Chavez Warns Troops to Prepare for War with Colombia
By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 11/10/2009 - 11:00

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez says his country's soldiers should be ready if the United States attempts to provoke a war between his country and Colombia. Tensions between the two countries continue to rise, and Chavez insists that if a conflict broke out, "it could extend throughout the whole continent."

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Hugo Chavez Urges Venezuelan Military to Prepare for Conflict
By Mariela Rosario | 08/10/2009 - 16:54

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is up in arms about a proposed agreement for Colombia to lease seven military bases to the United States.

Warning that the presence of U.S. troops could be used to destabilize the region, Chavez declared, "The threat against us is growing. I call on the people and the armed forces, let's go, ready for combat!" The socialist leader also warned Colombian president Alvaro Uribe that "Venezuela's military will respond if there's an attack against Venezuela."

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Shakira Returns to Colombia to Promote Education
By Mariela Rosario | 03/06/2009 - 14:45

The BBC's Rajesh Mirchandani recently accompanied pop mega star Shakira on a trip through Colombia to raise awareness for disadvantaged children and education. They traveled to the north-west border province of Choco, a poor and remote location deep in the Colombian jungle to visit a school funded by Shakira.

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FARC Guerrillas Admit to Indigenous Murders
By Mariela Rosario | 02/18/2009 - 16:30

The Marxist FARC guerrillas recently admitted that they were behind the massacre of 8 Indians in the Southwest region of Colombia. Government officials and Human rights organizations had accused the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia of killing 27 Awa Indians, but details hadn't emerged and members of the Awa community had admitted it was difficult to identify the attackers since the murders occurred at night.

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Latin American Leaders Meet to Discuss Increasing Violence in the Region
By Maya Pope-Chappell | 01/16/2009 - 17:20

Drug wars and escalating violence has prompted a summit in Panama between Latin leaders from Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala and Panama. The summit, being held today will address the substantial increase in crime and violence in an effort to counter drug-trafficking, money laundering and organized crime groups.

The summit between Presidents Felipe Calderon of Mexico, Alvaro Colom of Guatemala, Alvaro Uribe of Colombia, and Martin Torrijos of Panama is a clear recognition by the leaders of these countries that they share a common problem.

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