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US has no idea what counternarcotics in Colombia actually accomplishes: watchdog

In a scathing rebuke to US antinarcotics policies for Colombia, the government’s chief watchdog agency has concluded that despite a $10 billion investment since 1999,  there has been no “comprehensive review of the US counternarcotics approach” to determine what, if anything, actually works. With cocaine production at record levels despite two decades of antinarcotics programs, […]

Duque’s “absolutely disastrous” 2018

As Colombia’s lawmakers go on Christmas recess, President Ivan Duque can look back on an “absolutely disastrous” beginning of his government, according to newspaper El Espectador. The president’s approval rating has plummeted and his administration has been unable to push any of its reform proposals, including anti-corruption measures agreed with the opposition, through Congress. No […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Sunday, December 16, 2018

We have the top three picks for this Sunday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. PARTY: Tardezinha do Teles @ Arco do Teles (Centro) – Tonight there will be a live ‘roda’ (wheel) of samba, plus retro pagode – a popular Brazilian sub-genre of samba […]

Colombia’s Supreme Court elects least inconvenient special prosecutor to investigate Odebrecht bribery

Colombia’s Supreme Court elected a university dean with no experience in criminal law to investigate the Odebrecht bribery scandal that is devastating public confidence in the country’s politics and justice system. Sergio Arboleda University law dean Leonardo Espinosa was the least inconvenient candidate of three proposed by President Ivan Duque. The scholar, whose specialty is […]

Colombia’s students did it again; government agrees to drastic education budget increase

Following weeks of protests, Colombia’s government and student representatives reached agreement on investment in the country’s chronically underfunded public education system. Both President Ivan Duque and the student organizations said to be content with the agreement to invest $1.8 billion (COP5.9 trillion) in higher education and science in the coming four years. Government gives in […]

Colombia’s students did it again; government agrees to drastic education budget increase

Following weeks of protests, Colombia’s government and student representatives reached agreement on investment in the country’s chronically underfunded public education system. Both President Ivan Duque and the student organizations said to be content with the agreement to invest $1.8 billion (COP5.9 trillion) in higher education and science in the coming four years. Government gives in […]

Rio Nightlife Guide for Saturday, December 15, 2018

We have the top three picks for this Saturday, and below there is a list of bars and lounges that are always a good option. PARTY: Sambotica @ Espaço Corcovado (Cosme Velho) – Sambotica is throwing a massive party at this incredible space complete with a stunning outdoor area. Special guests include Bloco 442, the […]

Brazilian Judge Orders Arrest of Italian Fugitive Cesare Battisti

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazilian Federal Supreme Court Justice (STF) Luiz Fux ordered on Thursday the immediate arrest of Italian national, Cesare Battisti, sentenced to life in prison in Italy and living in Brazil since 2004. The Battisti extradition is seen as certain by political analysts when president-elect […]