A widening spy scandal in Colombia is heightening tension between its two most powerful politicians as former President Alvaro Uribe’s legacy comes under fire by his handpicked successor’s anti-corruption drive.
On a patch of barren savannah in eastern Colombia, a settlement called Oasis has sprung to life in five years. Hundreds of oil workers and truck drivers relax on a February evening in some 40 hotels, bars, eateries and brothels made mostly of corrugated metal sheets.
News Corp., the media company run by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, nominated ex-Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao as directors, bolstering the board’s government experience.
The last time Javier Diaz saw his father was when he was 14 and Colombian paramilitaries accused the elder Diaz of supporting guerrillas. That was equal to a death threat at the height of Colombia’s now five-decades-long internal war.
School children dived for cover in Toribio, in western Colombia, when Marxist rebels attacked the town’s police station in March. During 15 days of fighting, teachers waving white flags evacuated pupils three times, as stray rounds smacked into their classrooms.