Cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed more than two decades ago, but one of the last surviving members of Escobar’s ultra-violent Medellin cartel just became a free man. The release of John Jairo Velásquez, who left prison on August 19, has sparked controversy in Colombia.
Brooklyn, NY and Bogota, Colombia are the answers to our Geo Quiz today. Both cities figure in our Global Hit too. Members of the musical group Monareta hail from Bogota, but spend a lot of time in Brooklyn.
Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba has been banned from public office for 18 years for 'collaborating' with the FARC. Cordoba helped negotiate the release of several FARC hostages but is now accused of exceeding her role as a mediator. John Otis reports.
Colombian authorities are trying to crack down on cocaine production by targeting some of the chemicals used in processing the drug. Trouble is, those chemicals also have legitimate uses. John Otis reports from Bogota, Colombia.
Ten Colombian soldiers and policemen had emotional reunions with their families on Tuesday, a day after being freed by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (the FARC). Some had been held for up to 14 years.
Mexico and Colombia have a shared experience of brutal conflict. In both countries, families of victims have had to overcome taboos about speaking out."Memory projects" in Colombia have made some inroads could offer some guidance for activists in Mexico.
You don't have to be all that fit to enjoy the TV soap opera that millions of people are watching right now in Colombia. Although, it is about sports. Sort of. "La Seleccion" is a TV series about some star Colombian soccer players.
The king of Colombian Vallenato folk music died over the weekend, but Diomedes Diaz' traditional songs will live on. Diaz will be remembered in Colombia for his accordion-laced tunes, but also for his larger than life personality — and his criminal record.