Posts Tagged ‘drugs’

Waarom Colombia valt over die coketweet van Nicolette van Dam

June 19, 2014

Cocaine 190614Wat in Nederland valt onder de categorie ‘Grapje, moet toch kunnen?’ valt elders weleens totaal verkeerd. Zoals Nicolette van Dams tweet met een getruukte foto van voetballers Falcao en James Rodríguez die cocaïne van een voetbalmuurtje snuiven. Nog steeds, een dag nadat de gewraakte tweet verscheen, zijn de Colombianen woest. (more…)


Preparing for Donkey Festival

April 21, 2011
A parked donkey in San Antero's main street

A parked donkey in San Anteros main street

There’s something special about San Antero’s Donkey Festival this year: it can be truely celebrated. Why, would you say, what nonsense are you talking? Well, it isn’t. Yesterday the mayor told me in 2011 there haven’t been any killings yet in the village. I didn’t believe him. This area on the coast of one of Colombia’s most violent regions, Córdoba, where drugs transports leave every day, cannot be suddenly peaceful. Yet it appears he wasn’t lying.


When love kills

January 11, 2010

Every four days in Colombia a woman is killed by her husband or boyfriend, Colombia’s newspaper El Tiempo wrote yesterday. The other important newspaper, El Espectador, published an article called ‘When love kills’. The reason is that within a few months at least five killings of wives and girlsfriends were reported by the Colombian press. One of the latest was the murder of a woman in the Caribbean town of Barranquilla. Her very jealous ex husband suspected she had a lover. He shot her. (more…)

Colombia es pasión (3), for big trouble

October 27, 2009

Tons of cocaine have been seizedBad news for Colombia and bad news for president Uribe, who is still in crossroads of soul if he is going to try to be reelected or not. The amount of coca and cocaine produced in Colombia hardly has been reduced, writes the National Council for Planning. The Council warns against a ‘gangsterisation’ of the country. (more…)

FARC rob coins

September 16, 2009

Bad luck for the tremendous terrorists FARC in Colombia. They pretended to rob 200 million pesos (about 100.00 dollars) from a bank and only could grab a million (about 500 dollars), in coins, according to the country’s daily El Tiempo. (more…)

Baby hippo Matilde arouses tenderness

September 12, 2009

Contradictions of life. Colombia’s most famous drugs trafficker Pablo Escobar left the country with a very special plague: a little less than 30 hippopotamuses. South African experts have advised to kill some animals and to try to sterilize the rest. But a month ago a hippopotamus girl was born: Matilde, and she seems to have been rejected by her hippo Matilde (more…)

The tragical death of Pablo’s hippo Pepe

July 23, 2009

A few weeks ago something happened that many had feared. One of Pablo Escobar’s hippopotamuses that had escaped from his Hacienda Nápoles, was killed. It was Pepe, the male hippo that had disappeared. People in this region in Colombia only knew where his ‘wife’ and their baby were.Pepe en soldaten 0709 (more…)

Cartagena’s reputation in danger

May 9, 2009

It seems that they are making a movie about drugs gangsters, titled Cartagena. Keanu Reeves is to be the protagonist in this movie. Now it happens that Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular tourist destination and therefore the government is in alert. (more…)

Cocaine comes from everywhere

April 8, 2009

The global war on drugs is no longer just fought in Colombia. The violence has spread to Mexico and West Africa and according to local media, the mafia is taking an increasing control of coca production in Bolivia and Perú. The authorities of drugs consuming countries need a radical change of policy. (more…)

Mexico’s cocaine comes from Colombia

April 1, 2009

cocaine-0409Claudia López’s column in El Tiempo had an interesting analysis Tuesday. She states that Colombia is no longer a priority for the United States in Latin America, because the Colombian government has been able to convince the Americans that the war in the country is under control. The United States’ attention is going to be shifted to Mexico, López writes, because the USA are very worried about the drugs related violence in that country. (more…)