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Chiquita & the Colombia FTA -- Murder in the Interest of Profit

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.16.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Recent documents obtained by the National Security Archive from the U.S. Justice Department show that Chiquita Brands International made illegal payments to Colombian guerrilla groups and death squads over 14 years in return for security from them.

U.S. Multinationals Revive NAFTA-Style Trade Deals on Capitol Hill

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.08.2011 | Politics
Michelle Chen

Whatever nation wins in the neocolonial land grab, multinational agribusinesses will come out on top. As we saw with the NAFTA in Mexico's designated rural sector, big agriculture's gain is the small indigenous farmer's loss.

Artist Asphyxiates During Performance (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Posted 07.03.2011 | Arts

Art turned fatal for John Jairo Villamil, a thought provoking 25-year-old Colombian university student, who asphyxiated himself amidst a performance. ...

Mother's Day In Jeopardy? | By JIM WYSS | Posted 06.29.2011 | World

OGOTA -- Some of the heaviest rains in Colombia's history have killed at least 418 people, damaged or destroyed 140,000 homes and affected three milli...

Weekly Diaspora: How Bad U.S.-Latin American Policy Fuels Unauthorized Immigration

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.21.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Catherine A. Traywick, Media Consortium blogger Too often, the immigration debate in this country ignores the role U.S. foreign policy plays in fue...

Human Rights Watch Nominated for Three Webby Awards

Human Rights Watch | Posted 06.14.2011 | Politics
Human Rights Watch

Visual Projects Spotlight Crises in Congo, Burma, Colombia (New York) -- Three multimedia projects spotlighting global rights crises produced by Huma...

No Community Left Behind? HIV and AIDS in Latin America

David Weiss | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
David Weiss

Despite the great strides many countries have made, inequalities are still evident across the region. Nowhere is this more evident than in access to health care.

Obama's Colombia-Korea NAFTA Expansion Is Disgusting

Lori Wallach | Posted 06.07.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

Today's announcement by the Obama administration of an "Action Plan" ostensibly aimed at addressing Colombia's horrific labor rights conditions is a remarkably cynical maneuver.

Will a Drug Kingpin Escape Justice?

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.30.2011 | World
Joel D. Hirst

Walid Makled, Venezuela's Pablo Escobar had reached the pinnacle of wealth and power. It was short lived.

Colombia's Cocaine Submarines Take The Lead In Drug War

Time | JOHN OTIS / BAHIA MALAGA | Posted 05.29.2011 | World

In recent years, the boat of choice for Colombian cocaine smugglers has been the semisubmersible, a vessel that cruises just below the ocean's surface...

A Hellish 30-Hour Bus Trip Convinced Me That Colombia Could End Its Civil War

Patrick McGinnis | Posted 05.26.2011 | Travel
Patrick McGinnis

Foreign tourists are flocking to the beaches of Cartagena and the restaurants of Bogota. And they should. Colombia's rich culture and astonishing natural beauty are easily accessible.

Tourists Barred From Colombian Village

AOL Travel News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel

While most vacation hot spots are doing backflips to attract tourists, Nazareth, Colombia, a lush village near the Amazon River, has yanked the welcom...

Five Reasons to Travel Alone

Sasha Cagen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Sasha Cagen

Traveling alone still gives me a thrill -- but it's not scary anymore, I've done it so much. The sense of risk and heightened reward is what draws me to it.

Colombia Slips Into the Abyss as FTA Threatens Further Havoc

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

Colombia just reached an ignominious benchmark -- it is now the country with the largest population of internally displaced persons in the world

Brazil's Youth Murder Rate Doubles Over 10 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BRASILIA, Brazil — The murder rate among Brazil's youths has soared to epidemic levels, almost doubling between 1998 and 2008, the Justice Minis...

What Do the Budget Battles Mean for Latin America?

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lisa Haugaard

How will the House Republican leadership's proposal for this year's budget affect Latin America and U.S. relations with the region? What a colleague and I found is alarming.

Economics of Colombia and Panama-U.S. Free Trade Agreements Speak for Themselves

Christopher Sabatini | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Sabatini

U.S. workers are not competing with Colombian workers. The issue is now to have the Colombian market open to U.S. products that U.S. workers produce.

Colombia Drug Gangs Overtake Villages

GlobalPost | Nadja Drost | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MONTELIBANO, Colombia -- On a November morning, several drug runners sat down at a bar in the quiet hamlet of El Palmar. They had told the bar's owner...

'Narcosub' Seized In Colombia

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BOGOTA, Colombia — Colombian soldiers have for the first time seized a fully submersible drug-smuggling submarine capable of reaching the coast of M...

Bull Gores French Matador In Colombia

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A French bullfighter is recovering from a fractured clavicle after being gored in the ring in Colombia. Shortly after Sebastian Castella stabbed t...

"Free Trade": The Capitulation Continues, Middle Class Weeps

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

"Free trade" is right up there on the list of very bad policies -- at least if you believe in a middle class. But the administration is amping up its efforts to get three "free trade" deals through Congress.

Weekly Mulch: Monsanto's Mutant Alfalfa and the Feral Pig Invasion

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Agribusiness giant Monsanto is strengthening its hold over the food system both in this country and abroad,...

PHOTOS: Altruism Grows In Queens

Huffington Post | Damiano Beltrami | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Seven days a week, 365 days a year, Jorge Munoz serves 140 hot dinners to day laborers in Jackson Heights, Queens. "When I see these guys in the st...

U.S. Secretary of State: A Cautionary Tale

Al Giordano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Al Giordano

In Latin America, as everywhere, the doctrine of Human Rights, begun in the Carter administration but left to atrophy by all administrations since, walks hand in hand with any pro-democracy agenda.

20 Bodies Recovered From Colombian Landslide

AP | LUIS BENAVIDES | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BELLO, Colombia — Rescue workers recovered 23 bodies but said more than 100 people remained missing and feared dead Monday following a landslide...