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Carlos Raúl van der Weyden Velásquez

I am a Colombian digital journalist. I usually write for equinoXio digital magazine and used to carry The Colombia Herald, “one of the best examples of a “bridge blog”” David Sasaki “has ever seen” ;) Currently I'm trying to make some room on my busy schedule for Global Voices and for the recently started equinoXio english edition.

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Latest posts by Carlos Raúl van der Weyden Velásquez

19 September 2008

Colombia: Conflict Continues Between Uribe and Supreme Court

The ongoing conflict between Colombian president Álvaro Uribe and the Supreme Court continues with new twists, including some leaked information regarding a meeting at the Presidential residence. Colombian bloggers take...

4 July 2008

Colombia: Íngrid Betancourt and Other Hostages Rescued

Colombian bloggers praise the government for the military operation that rescued 15 hostages held by the FARC, all without a single shot being fired. This has proven to be yet...

30 May 2008

Colombia: FARC Leader “Sureshot” is Confirmed Dead

After countless false claims of the death of the FARC's top leader Manuel Marulanda Vélez aka "Sureshot," the Colombian government confirmed that he passed away in March of natural causes....

28 May 2008

Colombia: FARC Laptops Reveal Ties to Politicians and Foreign Governments

The laptops found in the FARC guerrilla camps were sent to Interpol for independent analysis. The findings, which were leaked to the press, reveal some disturbing ties to foreign governments...

26 May 2008

Colombia: Paramilitary Leaders Extradited to the United States

In Colombia, 14 demobilized paramilitary bosses were recently extradited to the United States to face charges of drug trafficking. Bloggers in Colombia discuss how this might affect the current political...

10 April 2008

Colombia: 60th Anniversary of the Murder of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán

Many Colombians believe that if charismatic Colombian Liberal Party leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán had not been shot and killed on April 9, 1948, he would have become President of Colombia...

21 March 2008

Colombia: Reward for FARC Guerrilla for Killing His Commander

Shortly after the death of FARC leader Raúl Reyes, it was revealed that another high ranking member of the guerrilla forces, Iván Ríos was also killed. It was assumed that...

14 February 2008

Colombia: More Reactions to the March Against FARC

Reactions continue to emerge regarding the February 4 demonstration against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, for its initials in Spanish). Many bloggers provide their thoughs on why they...

5 November 2007

Colombia: Local Elections and Uribe's Influence

Colombia recently held local elections, which were marked by campaign violence. They were also characterized by the influence by current president Álvaro Uribe, who still enjoys considerable popularity around the...

16 October 2007

Colombia: Uribe vs. Supreme Court

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe is facing an investigation by the country's Supreme Court following accusations that he ordered the killing of a paramilitary warlord sparking a controversy between the head...

8 September 2007

Colombia: Bogus Earthquake Alarm in Bogotá

A prank was recently played on the entire city of Bogota, in which an individual called several companies indicating that a massive earthquake to strike the capital city. The false...

9 August 2007

Colombia: Moncayo's Walk for Hostage Release

Pablo Emilio Moncayo was kidnapped by FARC guerrillas in December of 1997. His father, schoolteacher Gustavo Moncayo, decided to walk with his daughter from his hometown to Bogotá to seek...

11 July 2007

Colombia: Protests Against Kidnappings

Following the death of 11 deputies, who were kidnapped by the FARC, Colombians took to the streets to demand the release of the remaining hostages. Several Colombian bloggers were present...

29 June 2007

Colombia: Outrage and Anger at FARC for the Death of 11 Lawmakers

Colombians awoke on the morning of June 28 to the news that 11 of 12 kidnapped deputies had been killed. The word from the FARC rebel group was that they...

29 May 2007

Colombia: Reactions to Paramilitary Chief's “Confession”

Colombian bloggers react to the testimony provided by paramilitary chief Salvatore Mancuso, in which he implicated many of the Colombian powerful and elite. Some think he should not be believed,...

7 May 2007

Colombia: Uribe's Bittersweet Visit to Washington

Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez started a three-day visit to Washington, seeking support for Plan Colombia and the US Congress' approval of the Free Trade Agreement. Instead of he was...

28 April 2007

Colombia: Paramilitary Scandal, Crimes, and Media ‘Coincidences’

Colombian bloggers react to a special section in the El Tiempo newspaper devoted to gruesome accounts of human rights abuse at the hands of paramilitary forces. [ Warning: The article...

19 April 2007

Colombia: The disappointing debate on paramilitarism in Antioquia

Yesterday finally the long awaited “debate” on paramilitarism in Antioquia department, where President Álvaro Uribe was born and was Governor from 1995 to 1997, was held at the Colombian congress....

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