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“Who said that the battle of ideas would be easy? Let’s keep dreaming.” ~TANJA NIJMEIJER, a top Colombian guerrilla, commenting via Twitter on voters’ rejection of a peace accord. Source: Quotation of the Day – The New York Times

The Faithful — The California Sunday Magazine

René and Juan Carlos set out to convert their Colombian megachurch to Orthodox Judaism. This is what happened. With its decaying two-story homes and grazing cows, Bello looks like just another sleepy suburb of Medellín, Colombia. Thirty years ago, though, it was known as la capital de los sicarios, the …

Colombia’s police chief resigns amid male sex ring probe | Reuters

Colombian national Police Chief Rodolfo Palomino resigned on Wednesday, the day after the investigator general announced an investigation into whether he was involved in forming a male prostitution ring that allegedly served lawmakers. Palomino is also under investigation for alleged illicit enrichment and illegally wiretapping journalists’ telephones. Police officers have …

Who wants to be a galleonaire? | The Economist

Almost everyone “GREAT news!” tweeted Colombia’s president, Juan Manuel Santos on December 4th. “We have found the San José galleon.” Colombian authorities discovered the vessel, sunk by the British navy in 1708, in Caribbean waters off Cartagena. It had been carrying treasure from the Spanish colonies to Spain, which was fighting alongside …

Americans trail Russians in vacation time

Russia offers the most vacation days and public holidays combined (40) on average while Mexico has the least (13), according to a new Hotels.com study. The U.S. falls way down the list, taking 25th place out of 30 countries analyzed, with just 20 days of vacation days and federal holidays. …

Quote for the Day

“We are at a major turning point in the arc of gay and lesbian rights. The cases are moving fast, and the country is as well.” SUZANNE B. GOLDBERG, a law professor at Columbia, on the recent decision by the Supreme Court to hear cases on same-sex marriage. via Quotation …

This Is What 8 Tons Of Pot Looks Like

That dog is so high right now. Photos from Colombia. A police officer and a dog stand guard near packages of marijuana seized in Cali, May 24, 2012. Narcotics police seized eight tons of marijuana at checkpoints on roads in Valle del Cauca, Columbia. via This Is What 8 Tons …

Army replaces 1st female head of drill sgt school

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Army is replacing the first female commander of its prestigious drill sergeant school just days after it lifted her unexplained suspension. The Army headquarters in charge of training said May 4 that Command Sgt. Maj. Teresa King was reinstated after a six-month investigation, whose grounds …