From coca to cocoa, Colombian farmers reinvent themselves

Aug 21, 2019 Latam
Farmer showing cocoa products
Tired of the violence that comes with the fact of growing coca, in the times of the drug trafficking boom, farmers began voluntarily eradicating coca

'Green Frontier' opens the door to the Colombian Amazon in a new Netflix series

Aug 15, 2019 Movies
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The series addresses the issue of the threat against biodiversity that surrounds the traditional communities that live in that region of the Amazon

Colombian Central Bank seeks to lower inflation, but without hurry

Aug 13, 2019 Macroeconomics
The logo of the central bank of Colombia is seen in Bogotá, Colombia
The bank manager said that inflation would end this year by 3.6% due to temporary shocks in the prices of food and regulated products

Coca and conflict: the factors fuelling Colombian deforestation

Aug 13, 2019 Environment
Graduation of participants and trainers from the workshop.
A University of Queensland-led study found that conflict between illegal groups and the governmental military forces were all associated with increased…

Colombian company will export banana to China and hopes to add Eastern Europe

Aug 09, 2019 Trade
Colombian worker in a banana export company.
The Colombian company Uniban, dedicated to the commercialization of bananas, expects to enter several markets in Eastern Europe with its product

According to a report, Mexican cartels are financing electoral campaigns in Colombia

Aug 09, 2019 Latam
The document identified 98 questioned candidates out of 243 who aspire to mayors and governorships in 27 of the 32 Colombian departments

Venezuelans among rights abuse victims in conflict-ridden Colombian region

Aug 09, 2019 Latam
El director de la División de las Américas de Human Rights Watch (HRW), José Miguel Vivanco
Human Rights Watch said the government "is not meeting its obligations to protect the rights of civilians who are victims of the conflict between armed groups"

The women of 1819

Aug 08, 2019 Latam
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Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Battle of Boyacá, in Colombia, we pay tribute to the women who collaborated to make Latin America a free region

Duque's Presidency, a year with ups and downs

Aug 06, 2019 Latam
The president of Colombia, Ivan Duque in Bogotá (Colombia).
In LatinAmerican Post we review the events that have marked his first year as president of Colombia

Colombia will give citizenship to children of Venezuelans born in its territory

Aug 05, 2019 Latam
Colombian President Iván Duque speaks with Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo and Attorney General Fernando Carrillo
The president stressed that, with the decision taken on Monday, they support "defenseless creatures who want to have a nationality"

Brazil’s new president, Michel Temer, faces a difficult balancing act in his first speech before the General Assembly, after a bruising impeachment battle that ousted his rival, Dilma Rousseff.

That battle cast scrutiny on Mr. Temer’s challenges in strengthening a flailing economy, battling corruption and addressing growing divisiveness in Brazilian society.

Mr. Temer, a former vice president who turned against Ms. Rousseff, is expected to reassure his nation that change is coming after 13 years of governance by the leftist Workers’ Party. But he may also foreshadow plans that will not be too disruptive, in an attempt to ease fears over austerity measures aimed at overhauling labor laws and pensions.

“Temer’s message will be that Brazilian democratic institutions are resilient, that even as recession and corruption scandals smear the entire political class, the judiciary remains independent, there are no political prisoners and no journalists in jail,” said Matias Spektor, a professor of international relations at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, an elite Brazilian university.

“This sets Brazil apart,” Professor Spektor said, “from countries like Turkey, China and Russia.”

But while Brazil’s democracy may still be vigorous, Mr. Temer, a politician from the centrist, scandal-plagued Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, is striving for legitimacy.

He ascended to the presidency not through an election but via a contentious impeachment in a Congress where leaders are facing trials on graft charges. His administration faces claims that it is trying to stifle corruption inquiries. Street protests reflect Mr. Temer’s dismal approval ratings.

Still, the visit to the United Nations will give Mr. Temer a chance to highlight plans to privatize an array of public companies, reflecting a shift toward market-oriented policies after a long stretch when leaders sought to bolster the federal government’s already considerable role in the economy.

New York Times | By SIMON ROMERO

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