US study says cocaine production remains high in Colombia
Cocaine production in Colombia remained near record levels in 2021, according to estimates released by the White House, raising the stakes for bilateral cooperation between the United States and Colombia’s next administrationwashingtonpost.com
Stands collapse at a Colombia bullfight, with deaths and major injuries
ArrowRight The tragedy took place in El Espinal, a small town located some 95 miles from Bogotá. Otherwise we’d be talking about a much bigger tragedy,” Ortiz told The Washington Post. The bullring is erected for a spectacle that was originated on the Caribbean coast when Colombia was a Spanish colony. Over 500 people died and more than 2,000 were wounded when the makeshift stands there collapsed. Having witnessed the afternoon’s deaths and injuries first hand, Ortiz is predicting, “I think this is the end for corralejas in El Espinal.”GiftOutline Gift Articlewashingtonpost.com
Colombia picks 1st leftist president in tight runoff contest
Colombia will be governed by a leftist president for the first time after former rebel Gustavo Petro narrowly defeated a real estate millionaire in a runoff election that underscored people’s disgust with the country’s traditional politicians.
Colombians to vote for president amid generalized discontent
As Colombians emerge from the pandemic to find increasing inequality, inflation and violence, they will pick their next president Sunday from a pool of six men who are all promising various degrees of change amid a generalized sense that the country is headed in the wrong directionwashingtonpost.com
Why Colombia’s Election Has Voters Looking Left
Colombians are forecast to elect a radical leftist president for the first time in their history this year. Senator Gustavo Petro, who is calling for a new economic model and a shift away from oil and coal, has maintained a lead over all his rivals, which has investors on edge. Elsewhere in the Andes, Chile and Peru elected leftist leaders in 2021. Presidential elections will be held May 29, with a runoff three weeks later if no one wins a majority.washingtonpost.com
Colombian candidate says he won't nationalize property
Colombian presidential frontrunner Gustavo Petro pledged that he will not nationalize private property if he wins the nation’s presidency this year as critics in the South American country accuse the leftist candidate of wanting to make radical changes to the country’s free market economy.
Colombia protest leaders hope to gain seats in Congress
In the spring of 2021, Colombia experienced the largest protests in decades as hundreds of thousands took to the streets to march against economic inequality, police violence and plans by the country’s cash-strapped government to increase income taxes on the middle classwashingtonpost.com
Latin American economy rebounding faster than expected. Some nations will commit political suicide, anyway | Opinion
The good news about Latin America is that the region’s economy will rebound much faster than expected, mainly because of a sharp rise in U.S. and Chinese imports. The bad news is that the region’s politics will most likely ruin the recovery.news.yahoo.com