Colombia

Country Colombia
Capital Bogotá,D.C.
Continent South America
Currency Peso(COP)
Languages Spanish & English

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Introduction

Colombia was one of the three countries that emerged from the collapse of Gran Colombia in 1830 (the others are Ecuador and Venezuela). A four-decade long conflict between government forces and anti-government insurgent groups, principally the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) heavily funded by the drug trade, escalated during the 1990s. The insurgents lack the military or popular support necessary to overthrow the government and violence has been decreasing since about 2002, but insurgents continue attacks against civilians and large areas of the countryside are under guerrilla influence or are contested by security forces. More than 31,000 former paramilitaries had demobilized by the end of 2006 and the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) as a formal organization had ceased to function. In the wake of the paramilitary demobilization, emerging criminal groups arose, whose members include some former paramilitaries. The Colombian Government has stepped up efforts to reassert government control throughout the country, and now has a presence in every one of its administrative departments. However, neighboring countries worry about the violence spilling over their borders.

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Colombia - Wikipedia
Colombia - CIA World Fact Book
Colombia - BBC
Colombia - National Geographic
Colombia - Timeline - BBC

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Coca production is booming in Colombia here's how it gets turned into cocaine - Business Insider

Business Insider

Coca production is booming in Colombia here's how it gets turned into cocaine
Business Insider
While the FARC agreed to exit the drug trade, dissident members have remained, and criminal groups that have proliferated in Colombia are also jockeying for a piece of the trade. Other factors, like few economic alternatives for coca-producing farmers ...
Colombia's FARC say six ex-members murdered in restive provinceChannel NewsAsia
Colombia: Opposition Party Prepares For Referendum To Repeal FARC DealSTRATFOR

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Arab tradition glitters in Colombia - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Arab tradition glitters in Colombia
Daily Mail
With strong yet delicate hands, Daniel Alfonso Garrido masterfully manipulates fragile threads of gold to craft fine jewelry, perpetuating an ancient Arabic art handed down by generations of Colombian goldsmiths. Lacy spindles of silver and gold have ...

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Colombia's Congress approves $80 billion budget for 2018 - Reuters

Colombia's Congress approves $80 billion budget for 2018
Reuters
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's congress approved an $80 billion (60.54 billion pounds) budget for 2018 on Wednesday, a 1 percent increase over this year's spending, as the government seeks to retain the country's 'BBB' credit rating. Policymakers have ...

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FARC Confirms Deaths of 6 Former Fighters in Colombia - teleSUR English

teleSUR English

FARC Confirms Deaths of 6 Former Fighters in Colombia
teleSUR English
Galan said the incident shows the difficulties involved in implementing the agreements in the face of the Colombian government's refusal to accept its commitments, including the protection of former fighters as well as the social policies within the ...

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Shop owner's takedown of Google leads to new consumer protection law in Colombia - TNW

TNW

Shop owner's takedown of Google leads to new consumer protection law in Colombia
TNW
A Colombian shop owner fought for his rights against Google. The small-scale furniture seller recently won a court battle with Google after failing to silence an anonymous blogger who spread false accusations, shattering his online reputation. The man ...



Colombia's Precarious Peace - NACLA

NACLA

Colombia's Precarious Peace
NACLA
A father and his son who have substituted coca for cocoa on their farm in the Antioquia department of Colombia. (USAID). Mauricio Quirz has always had a plan.The 38-year-old farmer and entrepreneur lives with his wife and three kids on a small ranch ...



Presidential candidate accused of bribing Colombia's justice to hide paramilitary ties - Colombia Reports (blog)

Colombia Reports (blog)

Presidential candidate accused of bribing Colombia's justice to hide paramilitary ties
Colombia Reports (blog)
Colombia's Supreme Court was paid to end an investigation into alleged ties between former Vice-President German Vargas and paramilitary warlord Martin Llanos, two opposition senators said Tuesday. Both Vargas and Senator Claudia Lopez (Green ...



Amid a cocaine boom in Colombia, a deeper problem is emerging ... - Business Insider

Business Insider

Amid a cocaine boom in Colombia, a deeper problem is emerging ...
Business Insider
Tumaco Colombia coca violence Farmers and soldiers tend to the wounded after police fired on protesters in Tumaco, Colombia, October 5, 2017. Las Dos ...
Colombia's frontlines of the drug war: Nario - Colombia ReportsColombia Reports (blog)

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Southwest Colombia community leader assassinated amid massacre probe - Colombia Reports (blog)

Colombia Reports (blog)

Southwest Colombia community leader assassinated amid massacre probe
Colombia Reports (blog)
A leader of the community that lost seven members in an alleged police massacre has been assassinated in southwest Colombia, the regional government said Tuesday. Jose Jair Cortes was the spokesperson of the Alta Mira y Frontera community in Tumaco ...

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Orosur Mining Announces Notice of Annual General Meeting & Colombia Drilling Update - Business Wire (press release)

Orosur Mining Announces Notice of Annual General Meeting & Colombia Drilling Update
Business Wire (press release)
The AGM will be held on November 17, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. (Colombia time) at the Offices of Alianza WJE,Cll 11C # 31-57 El Poblado, Medellin, Colombia. On October 16, 2017, Logan Drilling delivered the second and final planned diamond drill rig to the ...

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