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Colombia in the World

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October 25--COLOMBIA’s government had waited so long for the country’s free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States to be approved that when it passed at last, officials were caught a little off guard. The deal had been stalled in Washington for more than five years because of lobbying by left-leaning advocacy groups, who asked to see progress in Colombia’s human-rights record before rewarding the country with the trade deal. The FTA is expected to increase Colombia’s long-term economic growth rate by over half a percentage point.

| 2011/10/25 15:00

Colombian peril: running for office

October 25--After agonizing a few months over a guerrilla pamphlet that named him as a "military target," Hermes Sanchez finally decided to quit the race for mayor of Leiva, a rural municipality in Colombia's lawless southwest.

NOTICIAS ANTERIORES

| 2011/10/25 12:00

A Ranch With Room for Cattle and Capybara

October 25-- Here’s a Dot Earth Postcard from Rhett Butler, the founder of the essential Mongabay.com blog tracking issues related to conserving forests and biological diversity worldwide. Butler took the images above while visiting a ranch in Colombia that is managed to accommodate both livestock and wildlife. Whether in South America, the Adirondacks, the Serengeti or Asia, there’s enormous logic in finding ways to mesh human livelihoods and wildlife that don’t involve fences. The card was prompted indirectly by my recent coverage of raids of Gibson Guitar facilities under environmental laws. His dispatch is below (I’ve added some contextual links):

| 2011/10/11 18:00

Julio Mario Santo Domingo, Colombian Billionaire, Dies at 87

October 11-- Julio Mario Santo Domingo, the Colombian magnate whose $8.5 billion fortune made him one of Latin America’s richest and most influential men, died on Friday in New York. He was 87.

| 2011/09/15 18:00

Bridging the gaps

September 15--A creaking transport network is holding back Colombia’s growth. How fast can Juan Manuel Santos improve it?, 246458

| 2011/09/15 12:00

Bridging the gaps

September 15--A creaking transport network is holding back Colombia’s growth. How fast can Juan Manuel Santos improve it?, 246447

| 2011/09/14 12:00

Colombia's new defence minister told top priority is to see off the Farc

September 14--Juan Carlos Pinzón sworn in with instructions to come up with a definitive strategy against the guerilla group.

| 2011/08/30 19:00

Colombian pair emerge winners of salon tango category at World Tango Championships

August 29--A couple from Colombia were declared winners of the salon dancing category of the World Tango Championships on Monday night, edging out a Venezuelan pair following an unprecedented tie in the final round.

| 2011/08/30 18:00

Bogotá's age of rediscovery

August 19--With the conflict and curfews of the 1990s now behind it, Colombia's capital is bursting with creativity, clubs and great cuisine

| 2011/08/02 16:00

Climate Change and Coffee

August 2--The New York Times made a photo gallery that shows the daily routine of people who interact with the coffee and how climate change has affected them.

| 2011/08/02 16:00

Colombia's 'crossed legs' protest is redefining women's activism

August 2--A sex strike by women demanding a paved road to the small town of Barbacoas has deservedly grabbed the media's attention.

| 2011/08/02 16:00

Colombia's Gold Rush

August 2--The New York Times produced a video which shows the importance of the gold mines for some part of the Colombian population.

| 2011/08/02 15:00

Joe Arroyo obituary

August 2--Colombian star of the 1980s salsa revival

| 2011/07/26 11:00

ING Groep sells Latin American insurance arm to Colombia’s Gruposura for around $3.8 billion

July 26th--AMSTERDAM — ING Groep NV says it has agreed to sell most of its Latin American businesses to Colombia’s Gruposura for €2.615 billion ($3.76 billion) in cash, the latest in a spate of disposals.

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