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Colombia Decriminalizes Cocaine and Marijuana, As Latin American Momentum for Drug Policy Reform Continues

Ethan Nadelmann | Posted 09.01.2012 | World
Ethan Nadelmann

Colombia's Constitutional Court Friday approved the government's proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use.

INKED UP: Tattoos Get A Latin Flavor At South American Tattoo Convention

Posted 06.12.2012 | Weird News

Tattoos are getting a lot of ink these days, especially in South America, where interest in body modification has grown in leaps and bounds in recent ...

A Strategic Approach to Hemispheric Trade

Eric Farnsworth | Posted 08.12.2012 | World
Eric Farnsworth

The real gains from trade for the United States would come from more fully integrating economies, which produce things together in a seamless supply chain for each other and for third countries.

Colombian Escort To Open Foundation For Prostitutes

Posted 06.07.2012 | Latino Voices

Dania Londoño Suarez, the escort at the center of the U.S. Secret Service sex scandal in Colombia is planning on opening a non-profit organization to...

U.S.-Sponsored Crimes In Colombia Referred to International Criminal Court

Dan Kovalik | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

The most salient aspect of the scandal for Americans, however, is that the Colombian military has been encouraging the high body count in order to justify continued military aid from the U.S.

Reporter Back Home After Captivity In Colombia

Reuters | Posted 08.01.2012 | Media

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) - The French reporter held hostage by Colombia's FARC rebels said he could not complain of his treatment during the month-lo...

Still No Peace In Colombia (PHOTOS)

Christian Fuchs | Posted 07.29.2012 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

2012-05-29-fuchscolombia.jpg Colombian refugees and internally displaced people are the frequently forgotten victims of the nearly 50-year-long conflict between paramilitaries, guerillas, and the Colombian military and security forces.

WATCH: Pablo Escobar's TV Series Penned By His Victims' Children

Posted 05.29.2012 | Latino Voices

The most infamous cocaine kingpin of all time is getting his own TV show. On Monday night, “Escobar, el Patron del Mal” (“Escobar, The Boss ...

PHOTOS: Colombia's 21st-Century Metropolis

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.29.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

Long a favored place of residence for Colombia's wealthy, Medellín is en route to becoming one of the quintessential cities of the 21st century.

Spilling The Beans On Colombia's Coffee Triangle

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.18.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

The so-called "coffee triangle" is higher in elevation and cooler in climate than must of the rest of Colombia.

Cartagena Offers The Best Of The Caribbean, Miami (PHOTOS)

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.14.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

Even the taxi driver who took me to the airport this morning was gossiping. "Eighty U.S. dollars," he scoffed. "All those guys had to do was give her the money."

Colombia's Wild East, The Guajira Desert

Richard McColl | Posted 07.12.2012 | Travel
Richard McColl

The desert is caked on our windscreen and I can make out the obstacle in front. It looks like a bike security chain, fastened in the middle with a padlock and strung between two cacti.

Worldwide, It's "More Dangerous to Be a Woman Than a Soldier in Modern Wars"

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 07.10.2012 | World
Soraya Chemaly

Rape, invisible and ubiquitous, is perceived as sexual and inevitable, and we tend to think of children and women as collaterally damaged during war. In truth, all over the world, girls and women are fully, bodily engaged in conflict.

PHOTOS: Colombia's Unspoiled Caribbean Paradise

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.09.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

Smart travelers know to explore the Caribbean coastline and the rainforests of the Colombian Sierra Nevada.

Colombia: The Empire Strikes Back

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

With the intensification of the U.S. military and economic push in Colombia, we sadly can anticipate more such violence against peaceful actors in Colombia in order to make Colombian land secure for massive appropriation and exploitation.

Beauty, Sex and Opportunity: Colombia's Globalization of Sexuality

Michelle Angulo Erazo | Posted 07.07.2012 | College
Michelle Angulo Erazo

Colombia's globalization of sexuality, which refers to the gendered and eroticized practices associated with the region, is being proliferated by the country's beauty culture and desire to establish transnational networks.

PHOTOS: 20 Reasons To Visit Colombia

Jeanine Barone | Posted 07.06.2012 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

There are countless reasons to visit Colombia. Here are 20 just to get you started on discovering this sometimes misunderstood country.

Inside Colombia's Incredible Salt Cathedral (PHOTOS)

Robert Schrader | Posted 07.04.2012 | Travel
Robert Schrader

Located approximately an hour north of Bogotá via bus, private car or tourist train, the Salt Cathedral is the centerpiece of a halite mine that has been active since the 5th century B.C.

Free Trade Run Amok: The 'TPP'

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Bilateral and thoughtfully constructed 'smallish' regional agreements are always preferable to massive multilateral agreements among widely disparate trading partners.

PHOTOS: A Look At Bogota's Liveliest Neighborhood

Megan Eileen McDonough | Posted 07.01.2012 | Travel
Megan Eileen McDonough

Although still a dangerous place to be wandering around at night, La Candelaria is brimming with color, personality and most of all, intrigue.

Labor Action and Inaction in Colombia Free Trade Deal

Michelle Chen | Posted 06.30.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

While officials convened at the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena earlier this month, the White House put the finishing touches on another free trade agreement. The deal has faced vocal resistance from labor and human rights groups in both countries.

Issa Slams 'Alarming' Actions Of Military Personnel In Prostitution Scandal | Posted 04.26.2012 | Politics

Rep. Darrell Issa today wrote to Department of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta requesting a briefing and detailed information about the investigation s...

The Secret Service: Still Worthy, America

Andy Kutler | Posted 04.25.2012 | Politics
Andy Kutler

April 12, 2012 was surely a dark day for the Secret Service, but the worst day? Not even close. Ridicule the 12; they're fair game. But the Secret Service's motto is "Worthy of Trust and Confidence," and yes, America, it still is.

12th Military Member Implicated In Colombia Scandal

Reuters | Posted 06.23.2012 | World

By Phil Stewart BOGOTA, April 23 (Reuters) - A 12th U.S. military service member was linked to a prostitution scandal in Colombia on ...

Angelina Jolie's New Engagement In Ecuador

The Huffington Post | Lee Hernandez | Posted 04.23.2012 | Latino Voices

Exactly one week after confirming her plans to marry Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie already has a new engagement—in Ecuador. The Oscar-winning actres...