Presidents of Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26186/all en Colombia expects Venezuelan help for FARC talks even if Chavez dies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/colombia-expects-venezuelan-help-farc-talks-even-if-chavez-dies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has said he is optimistic that Venezuela would continue to support the peace talks with Marxist FARC guerrillas should ailing President Hugo Chavez die and be succeeded by Vice President Nicolas Maduro.</p> <p>Chavez, a fiery socialist leader who is fighting to recover from cancer surgery, has played a key role in pushing the talks between Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, as they try to end almost fifty years of war.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/colombia-expects-venezuelan-help-farc-talks-even-if-chavez-dies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Government Politics Presidents of Colombia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 16:30:05 +0000 5734810 at http://www.globalpost.com Is Colombia's Santos already running for re-election? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/colombias-santos-already-running-re-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Santos has not declared whether he will seek second term</p> <p>* Gives out houses to poor, extends subsidy to farmers</p> <p>* May be third leader since independence to have two terms</p> <p>By Jack Kimball</p> <p>BOGOTA, Feb 15 (Reuters) - With one hand on the wheel of a 1940s jeep, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos edges through the crowd in a coffee-farming town, handing out subsidies and promises of a brighter future.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130215/colombias-santos-already-running-re-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Government Juan Manuel Santos Presidents of Colombia Technology Thomson Reuters Fri, 15 Feb 2013 14:15:55 +0000 5756691 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia coffee growers protest falling prices http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/colombia-coffee-growers-protest-falling-prices <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Juan Manuel Santos appealed for dialogue Monday to temper a protest strike by Colombian coffee growers angry over losses from falling coffee prices.</p> <p>"The strike being called today is not only inconvenient and unnecessary, it's also unfair," Santos said in a televised speech, urging the growers to keep the protest peaceful and refrain from violence.</p> <p>Since Sunday, thousands of growers from around Colombia have been mobilizing for a march to demand that the government increase subsidies and curb coffee imports.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/colombia-coffee-growers-protest-falling-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture in Colombia Economy of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Presidents of Colombia AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:31:26 +0000 5766095 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia coffee growers protest falling prices http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/colombia-coffee-growers-protest-falling-prices-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Thousands of Colombian coffee growers staged protests around the country Monday to press for more government support in the face of low coffee prices.</p> <p>President Juan Manuel Santos appealed for dialogue to temper the protest, and urged growers to keep their marches and other actions peaceful and refrain from violence.</p> <p>"The strike being called today is not only inconvenient and unnecessary, it's also unfair," Santos said in a televised speech.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130225/colombia-coffee-growers-protest-falling-prices-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture in Colombia Economy of Colombia Presidents of Colombia AFP Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:46:06 +0000 5766316 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia nabs rebel linked to Uribe inauguration attack http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130323/colombia-nabs-rebel-linked-uribe-inauguration-attack <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bogota, Mar 23 (EFE).- Colombian police captured a purported high-ranking member of the FARC leftist guerrilla group's Eastern Bloc who is suspected of participating in a deadly 2002 mortar attack during former President Alvaro Uribe's first inauguration.</p> <p>In a statement, the National Police said Jaime Aguilar Ramirez was detained Friday in the central province of Meta while riding in a luxury SUV.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130323/colombia-nabs-rebel-linked-uribe-inauguration-attack" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Presidents of Colombia War Agencia EFE Sat, 23 Mar 2013 22:46:57 +0000 5792170 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's president, predecessor clash over peace talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130408/colombias-president-predecessor-clash-over-peace-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos accused his predecessor Alvaro Uribe Monday of attempting to sabotage peace talks with the FARC rebel group.</p> <p>It was the second time in just three days that Santos has rebuked his former boss, this time for disclosing the locations from which rebel leaders were leaving Colombia for peace talks in Cuba.</p> <p>"They are sowing discord, they are planting lies and committing truly irresponsible acts, like divulging the coordinates worked out with our army to permit the departure of some guerrilla spokesmen to Havana," Santos said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130408/colombias-president-predecessor-clash-over-peace-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Presidents of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia War AFP Mon, 08 Apr 2013 22:01:56 +0000 5805999 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of Colombians march for peace http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130409/thousands-colombians-march-peace <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bogota, Apr 9 (EFE).- Thousands of Colombians filled the streets of this capital and other cities Tuesday to support the peace process being negotiated by the government and FARC rebels, in the most pluralistic rally that anyone here remembers, with President Juan Manuel Santos and leftist groups marching together.</p> <p>The only sectors missing were the most extreme conservatives, for whom military action is the only way to end Colombia's decades-long armed conflict, and some members of the opposition, who see the march as nothing but a ploy by Santos to win votes in the next election.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130409/thousands-colombians-march-peace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombia Government Politics Presidents of Colombia Agencia EFE Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:16:16 +0000 5808352 at http://www.globalpost.com Santos leads march for peace in Colombia http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/santos-leads-march-peace-colombia-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>President Juan Manuel Santos led Colombians in a massive march for peace Tuesday, calling for an end to decades of armed conflict at a time when peace talks in Havana are under fire from his predecessor Alvaro Uribe.</p> <p>Hundreds of soldiers joined Santos and his cabinet ministers at the Plaza of the Fallen Heroes, one of seven starting points for the march by thousands of people, many of them in white T-shirts and carrying white flags.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130409/santos-leads-march-peace-colombia-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Government Presidents of Colombia War AFP Tue, 09 Apr 2013 21:07:18 +0000 5808423 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia returns land to peasants plundered by militias http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130410/colombia-returns-land-peasants-plundered-militias <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Monteria, Colombia, Apr 10 (EFE).- President Juan Manuel Santos traveled to the northern province of Cordoba on Wednesday to preside over the restoration of lands stolen from 60 peasant families by the founders of Colombia's murderous AUC militia movement.</p> <p>"Where the murders reigned, the peasants return," Santos said to an enthusiasic ovation.</p> <p>"You who have suffered from violence like nobody else understand the significance of seizing these lands from the Castaño clan," the president told a crowd of some 400 people in a rural area near Monteria.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130410/colombia-returns-land-peasants-plundered-militias" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Government Presidents of Colombia Agencia EFE Wed, 10 Apr 2013 23:30:58 +0000 5810016 at http://www.globalpost.com Former Colombia leader pans peace talks with rebels http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/former-colombia-leader-pans-peace-talks-rebels <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's former leader Alvaro Uribe had harsh criticism Saturday for current President Juan Manuel Santos's peace overtures to leftist rebels, whom he likened to infamous drug kingpins.</p> <p>In an interview published Saturday in Chile's El Mercurio daily, Uribe compared the crimes of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) with the worst acts committed by notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.</p> <p>Uribe urged his successor to deal more severely with leftist fighters rather than treating them "with impunity."</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130413/former-colombia-leader-pans-peace-talks-rebels" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Presidents of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Sat, 13 Apr 2013 18:45:59 +0000 5814938 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia billboards feature rebel chief, slain drug baron http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/colombia-billboards-feature-rebel-chief-slain-drug-baron <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Billboards showing the faces of slain Colombian drug cartel chief Pablo Escobar and a leftist guerrilla leader have set off a controversy by asking: "Guess who has killed more police?"</p> <p>Colombia's National Electoral Council ordered that the billboards, which were put up in the northwestern city of Medellin by former vice president Francisco Santos, be taken down immediately.</p> <p>Santos, a cousin of President Juan Manuel Santos and a close ally of ex-president Alvaro Uribe, has said he hopes to run for the presidency in 2014.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130415/colombia-billboards-feature-rebel-chief-slain-drug-baron" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Politics Presidents of Colombia AFP Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:31:05 +0000 5816481 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's Santos changes mind on two-year re-election bid http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/colombias-santos-changes-mind-two-year-re-election-bid <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Eduardo Garcia</p> <p>BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday said he is no longer considering running for a shorter term of two years in 2014 and told lawmakers it was too early to consider an extension of presidential terms to six years.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130422/colombias-santos-changes-mind-two-year-re-election-bid" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Government Juan Manuel Santos Presidents of Colombia Thomson Reuters Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:15:44 +0000 5822573 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombian journalist dodges would-be killers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130502/colombian-journalist-dodges-would-be-killers <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agencia EFE </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Bogota, May 2 (EFE).- A prominent Colombian investigative journalist emerged unhurt after two gunmen fired shots at his car, the editor of newsweekly Semana said Thursday.</p> <p>Ricardo Calderon "emerged completely unhurt, thanks to the fact that he managed to throw himself, in the middle of the night, to the side of the highway, while these assassins fired at the vehicle and left five bullet holes," Alejandro Santos said.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.efe.com" class="button wire efe"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#efe"><span>Copyright EFE, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/agencia-efe/130502/colombian-journalist-dodges-would-be-killers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Álvaro Uribe Colombia Presidents of Colombia Agencia EFE Thu, 02 May 2013 20:45:31 +0000 5830099 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's Uribe slams Venezuelan 'dictator' Maduro http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/colombias-uribe-slams-venezuelan-dictator-maduro <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Eduardo Garcia</p> <p>BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia's former leader Alvaro Uribe on Sunday rejected an accusation by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro that Uribe was plotting to kill him as the desperate ploy of a dictator trying to hide his illegitimacy.</p> <p>In the latest in a string of explosive accusations from Hugo Chavez's recently-elected successor, Maduro said on Friday he had evidence that Uribe was conspiring with the Venezuelan opposition to kill him.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/colombias-uribe-slams-venezuelan-dictator-maduro" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Government Politics Presidents of Colombia Social Issues Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 May 2013 15:09:52 +0000 5832625 at http://www.globalpost.com Popularity of Colombia's Santos edges up slightly http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/popularity-colombias-santos-edges-slightly <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos' popularity recovered 3 percentage points, as people feel more upbeat about the outcome of peace talks with Marxist rebels and applaud a program to give homes to the poor, a leading pollster said on Friday.</p> <p>Santos' popularity had been sliding since his government began negotiating a peace deal in November with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, in a bid to end a five-decade war that has killed tens of thousands of people.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130507/popularity-colombias-santos-edges-slightly" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Juan Manuel Santos Presidents of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Tue, 07 May 2013 15:36:14 +0000 5832719 at http://www.globalpost.com