By Mariela Rosario | 07/15/2010 - 14:00
Ingrid Betancourt announced recently that she presented a request for conciliation to the government of Colombia. Betancourt, who was kidnapped while campaigning for the presidency of Colombia in 2002, was freed with 14 other hostages by the Colombian military during its "Operation Checkmate" in July, 2008. The request is the first step in seeking compensation for the six years she spent in FARC captivity.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/21/2010 - 12:15
Angelina Jolie is visiting Ecuador to bring attention to Colombian refugees in honor of World Refugee Day. The violence and fighting that has been going on for decades between the FARC and the Colombian government has caused over a hundred thousand innocent people to flee the country. In addition to the refugees, many people do not know that Colombia is second only to the Darfur region of the Sudan with an estimated one million internally displaced people.
By Grace Bastidas | 05/19/2010 - 16:00
Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes took time off during his busy recording schedule this past Saturday to receive an award for his humanitarian work at the annual Fedex/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala in Miami. The event was a benefit for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, a pediatric cancer research center.
By Grace Bastidas | 03/25/2010 - 13:51
ChocQuibTown has been burning up stages with their hip-hop fusion ever since breaking out in 2006 with Somos Pacificos, a record that garnered the Colombian act a Best New Artist nomination at last year’s Grammys. They recently released their sophomore effort, Oro out on Nacional Records (10.99, amazon.com), and are still in high demand.
By Grace Bastidas | 03/22/2010 - 12:00
Though we have a long-standing love affair with Colombian rockero Juanes, lately our hearts have been beating for another guitar-clutching singer/songwriter. His name is Gustavo Galindo and last week he turned the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas into a veritable smooch-fest with his romantic ballads. Billboard.com immediately dubbed him an “idol-to-watch” after his performance on Wednesday night.
By Dorkys Ramos | 02/25/2010 - 09:54
Police believe that a former lingerie model is the leader of one the world’s largest drug gangs. An international arrest warrant is reportedly in affect for Angie Sanselmente Valencia, 30, who recruited gorgeous models she described as “unsuspicious, beautiful angels” to traffic drugs from South America through Cancun, Mexico and into Europe. The women were paid around five thousand dollars for each trip they made and reportedly one model boarded a plane every 24 hours.
By Mariela Rosario | 02/08/2010 - 11:57
Ever since Natalia Navarro was crowned Miss Colombia back in November 2009, she has generated controversy. Everything from her use of colloquial "street" Spanish to her physical appearance has come under scrutiny in her native Colombia, where beauty pageants and the cult of perfection inspire passionate debate.
By Mariela Rosario | 12/21/2009 - 10:08
The brutal murder of General Julian Aristides Gonzalez, which occurred after he dropped his daughter off at school just days ago, is the latest indication of the extent to which drug violence is wreaking havoc all across Latin America. Honduras is at the crossroads of drug smuggling, and Gonzalez found himself trying to handle the situation with the smugglers from Colombia, as well as handling the increasing presence of Mexico's drug cartels.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/16/2009 - 11:31
Students at a Colombian cooking school presented a sexy spin on dessert at the “Gastronomy 2009” show in Bogota. The pudding-like treat is made with passion fruit, whipped cream, chocolate and Viagra.
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."