Category: Andes

Venezuelan Opposition Takes Control of Parliament Amid Shouting Match

Top Story — Venezuela’s opposition coalition gained control of congress for the first time in 17 years on Tuesday as legislators were sworn in during an animated parliamentary session that […] Read More >

US to Bring Drug Trafficking Charges Against Top Venezuelan Military Official

Top Story — U.S. authorities will unseal drug trafficking charges against the head of Venezuela’s armed forces, who formerly headed the country’s anti-drug unit, as part of the U.S. government’s […] Read More >

Spanish Police Arrest FARC ‘Abortion Nurse,’ Highlighting Claims of Group’s Abuse

Top Story — Spanish police arrested Héctor Arboleda Albeidis Buitrago in Madrid on Sunday on claims that he performed over 100 forced abortions on female FARC rebels. The arrests follow […] Read More >

Venezuela Opposition Claims Legislative Supermajority, Promises Sweeping Changes

Venezuelan opposition leaders announced Monday that they had secured the 112 seats necessary to form a two-thirds supermajority in the legislature following mid-term elections the day before, which could allow […] Read More >

Venezuela Opposition Defeats Ruling Party in Legislative Election

Top Story — Venezuela’s opposition coalition on Sunday won control of the National Assembly for the first time in nearly 17 years, dealing a major blow to President Nicolás Maduro and […] Read More >

Colombia Declines to Extradite FARC Guerrilla to US

Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday revealed an executive order rejecting the U.S. extradition request for FARC rebel Juan Vicente Carvajal, wanted in New York on drug trafficking charges, […] Read More >

NSA Targeted Venezuela State Oil Company: The Intercept

An internal National Security Agency memo obtained by whistleblower Edward Snowden reveals a spying scheme into Venezuela’s state-owned oil and natural gas company Petróleos de Venezuela, or PdVSA, The Intercept […] Read More >

Colombia Advances LGBT Rights But Some Say It’s Not Enough

The past few weeks have been incredibly important for Colombia’s LGBT community. Last month, the country’s first openly gay candidate for political office was elected mayor in the southern city […] Read More >

US Drug War Ally Colombia Will Legalize Medicinal Marijuana

Top Story — On Thursday, Colombia’s government announced it will legalize the commercial sale of marijuana for medical and scientific use, The Associated Press reported. The upcoming decree by President […] Read More >

Two Nephews of Venezuelan First Lady Extradited to U.S. on Drug Charges

Top Story — Two nephews of Venezuelan first lady Cilia Flores were arrested on Tuesday in Haiti for their alleged attempt to smuggle 800 kilograms of cocaine into the United […] Read More >