Colombia http://wlrn.org en President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election http://wlrn.org/post/president-santos-colombias-comeback-kid-wins-re-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is back from the brink. Polls had indicated he could lose his re-election bid in Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But he won another four years in office&nbsp;– and that also breathes new life into Colombia's peace process.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 17:49:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 33998 at http://wlrn.org President Santos Is Colombia's Comeback Kid, Wins Re-Election Colombia Election: Is President Santos On The Run-Off Ropes? http://wlrn.org/post/colombia-election-president-santos-run-ropes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s on to Round Two in Colombia. Challenger Oscar </span>Iván<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Zuluaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a right-wing former Finance Minister, pulled an upset over&nbsp;the incumbent, President Juan Manuel Santos, in Sunday’s presidential election. But </span>Zuluaga<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> didn't get a majority ­­­– far from it at 29 percent to Santos' 26 percent&nbsp;– so they'll go to a run-off on June 15.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 26 May 2014 20:30:46 +0000 Tim Padgett 32951 at http://wlrn.org Colombia Election: Is President Santos On The Run-Off Ropes? Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? http://wlrn.org/post/could-trying-forge-peace-guerrillas-cost-colombias-president-election <p></p><p>Any presidential election in Colombia these days is a matter of high stakes.</p><p>That’s because the country – now South America’s second-largest economy and the United States’ most important ally on that continent – is in the midst of peace talks with Marxist guerrillas known as the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces, or FARC, to end a half-century-long civil war.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:39:11 +0000 Tim Padgett 32642 at http://wlrn.org Could Trying To Forge Peace With Guerrillas Cost Colombia's President An Election? Colombia's Peace Crisis: Pres. Santos Confronts The Skeptics – And The Spies http://wlrn.org/post/colombias-peace-crisis-pres-santos-confronts-skeptics-and-spies <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week’s Colombian voter poll had to feel like a back-handed compliment for President Juan Manuel Santos.</span></p><p>The new survey by the Bogotá research firm Ipsos-Napoleón Franco shows Santos with a 17-point lead over his closest competitor in his bid to win re-election in May. But Santos garners just 25 percent of the vote. Half of those polled said they were undecided or intend to cast a blank protest ballot. That’s hardly cause for cumbia dancing at the Casa de Nariño presidential palace.</p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 00:36:17 +0000 Tim Padgett 27401 at http://wlrn.org Colombia's Peace Crisis: Pres. Santos Confronts The Skeptics – And The Spies With Miami's Help, Colombia Trades Battle Lines For Zip Lines http://wlrn.org/post/miamis-help-colombia-trades-battle-lines-zip-lines <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When I interviewed Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last year in </span>Bogotá<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, he crowed about foreign investment pouring into his country. A nation considered a failed, civil war-torn&nbsp;</span>narco-state<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> less than a decade ago was now one of South America’s hottest money&nbsp;magnets, doubling its take from the previous year.</span></p><p>“This is completely out of anyone’s imagination,” Santos said.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 20:34:56 +0000 Tim Padgett 24558 at http://wlrn.org With Miami's Help, Colombia Trades Battle Lines For Zip Lines In Colombia, Starbucks To Take On Juan Valdez http://wlrn.org/post/colombia-starbucks-take-juan-valdez Seattle-based coffee giant Starbucks has announced it's going to expand to Colombia.<p>The country is known for its Arabica beans and for the mythical coffee farmer Juan Valdez. He's helped sell Colombia's coffee for 50 years. Starbucks has cafes in 50 countries. And now, it's coming to perhaps the country most associated with coffee.<p>Howard Schultz, the company's chief executive, announced that the first shop will open in Bogota in 2014, followed by 50 more cafes and in other cities over five years.<p>Colombia's coffee beans, grown in small haciendas in the mountains, are world famous. Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:11:52 +0000 19780 at http://wlrn.org In Colombia, Starbucks To Take On Juan Valdez Once Home To A Dreaded Drug Lord, Medellin Remakes Itself http://wlrn.org/post/once-home-dreaded-drug-lord-medellin-now-model-city Of all the violent cities of Latin America, one stands out as a great success story: Medellin, a metropolis nestled in the mountains of northwest Colombia.<p>Once the home of the cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar, it recorded more than 6,300 homicides in 1991, making it the world's murder capital. Then, one city government after another built schools and libraries, parks and infrastructure. Fri, 14 Jun 2013 13:20:40 +0000 15717 at http://wlrn.org Once Home To A Dreaded Drug Lord, Medellin Remakes Itself In Colombia, A Town Badly Scarred By Wartime Rape http://wlrn.org/post/colombia-town-badly-scarred-wartime-rape El Placer is a remote hamlet deep in southern Colombia, on the edge of the Amazon. Founded half a century ago by farmers who found it fertile and bucolic, its name means "The Pleasure."<p>But for women and girls in El Placer who suffered years of sexual assaults after an illegal armed group stormed in, the name is only associated with unspeakable violence and murder.<p>Brigitte Carreño, 25, is among the women who suffered. Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:10:47 +0000 Juan Forero 15494 at http://wlrn.org In Colombia, A Town Badly Scarred By Wartime Rape