Category Archives: Colombia

Haiti in Club Med Revival: Destination Haiti

Haiti in Club Med Revival: Destination Haiti

Lucio Garcia-Mansilla had long heard about the former Club Med property tucked along the Haitian Riviera, 123 acres lined with lush vegetation and a mile-long expanse of white sand.
But it wasn’t until decades later — when Haiti’s investment climate began to welcome international brands — that the Argentine founder of Colombia-based Decameron Hotels & Resorts would get there.

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Turkey Spends Over $1M on its New, Miami Embassy. I Think They’ll Stay for Awhile

If you spend money in a place, it usually means you like it.  If you spend a lot of money in a place, it usually means you’ll be staying for a while.  With the new non-stop airline route from MIA to Ankarra, I think the Turks are getting comfortable in Miami.

Amicon Construction is putting the finishing touches on Turkey’s new Miami consulate. Turkish-born and U.S.-based Murat Mutlu designed the 7,500-square-foot space in the Brickell City Tower, at 80 Southwest Eighth Street.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey’s new consulate features a modern, monochromatic design, and ballistic-rated glass, wall paneling and doors, Amicon project manager Jay Richmond told The Real Deal. He said the cost of the buildout was more than $1 million. It includes a reception area with multiple teller stations. “When you’re doing a high-security buildout, you’re dealing with materials from specialty manufacturers with long lead times,” Richmond said.

While the space opened in time for the Turkish election in November, the consulate is still tweaking finishes and has yet to hold a grand opening reception. Other tenants of the 33-story office building include Uber, Verizon, Lamex Agrifoods, Inlingua Language School, Chase Bank, Moye restaurant, the Beacon Council and the Consulate General of Japan.

Property records show that Banyan Street Capital owns the building. Danet Linares, vice chair of Blanca Commercial Real Estate, is the building’s exclusive leasing agent. Linares told TRD Brickell City Tower is currently 87 percent occupied with two new leases that will bring its occupancy up to 93 percent.

The Turkish consulate signed a 10-year lease about a year ago and moved into a temporary space in the building before the new office was ready. “Their space required a complete renovation,” Linares said. Amicon also built out the space of the French consulate in the Espirito Santo building nearby at 1395 Brickell Avenue.

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Venezuelan strives for better U.S. relations

Maximilien Arvelaiz does not look or sound like a hardened socialist tactician going toe-to-toe with the U.S. government.

Instead of military garb emblazoned with medallions, the young Venezuelan diplomat wears designer suits and vintage glasses. His talk isn’t peppered with vitriolic attacks on Yankee imperialism, but with references to pop culture and U.S. television.

Yet Arvelaiz, 43, is at the center of one of the most acrimonious relationships in the Western Hemisphere. For the last year and a half, Arvelaiz has been working behind the scenes trying to re-establish a functional relationship with U.S. officials.

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Colombia glitters abroad amid grumpiness at home

By any yardstick, Colombia is poised for a stellar year. It’s expected to sign a peace deal that will end the hemisphere’s oldest civil conflict, have the re-gion’s strongest economy, and play host to high-profile visits from both Pope Francis and President Barack Obama. To top it off, it’s even in the running for an Oscar.

But talk to people on the street and the mood is de-cidedly sour. Pocketbooks have been strained by the twin woes of a devalued currency and nagging infla-tion. And an El Niño-related drought is threatening water and energy shortages.

In that sense, Colombia is likely to have both a ban-ner and a bummer of a year. And whichever senti-ment tips the balance could have deep repercussions for President Juan Manuel Santos.

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China not Amused by Taiwan’s 1st Female President

China not Amused by Taiwan’s 1st Female President

“Sisters are doing it for themselves”, and their broth-ers seem not to be cool with that. For example, Tai-wan elected Tsai Ing-wen as its first female presi-dent Saturday, handing her pro-independence party its first majority in the national legislature and reject-ing the China-friendly party that has led the self-governing island for eight years.

The result seems to be deeply unsettling to China, which may respond by further reducing Taipei’s al-ready limited ability to win diplomatic allies and participate in international organizations.

In a statement issued after Tsai’s win, the Chinese Cabinet’s body for handling Taiwan affairs reaf-firmed its opposition to Taiwan independence, but said it would work to maintain peace and stability between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait. It’s the Asian Century just in case you’re not paying attention.

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New Congress in Venezuela Anticipates Tension


Well, yeah, what did you expect?

In what’s likely a sign of things to come, the inaugural session of Venezuela’s National Assembly on Tuesday devolved into shouting, shoving and recrimination as the opposition took control of the body for the first time in 17 years.

The ruling-party delegation, long accustomed to holding sway in the legislature, stormed out of congress as they accused their rivals of violating internal regulations.

But beyond the posturing and brinkmanship, the opposition bloc laid out the guidelines of what they said would be their program to rescue the country.

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Colombia: Las FARC Nombran a Nueve Guerrilleros que Negociaran con el Gobierno

Esta ‘anhelada solución politica’ al conflicto en el pais iberoamericano tiene diferentes matices. Cual seria la nueva posicion ante el gobierno de U.S. de Cuba, como pais que ha servido de escenario para las conversaciones exploratorias para lograr esta reunion y que se llevara a cabo en Oslo el 8 de octubre , un dia despues de las elecciones presidenciales de Venezuela, quien su actual presidente Chavez, se ha venido relacionando la FARC. Por los momentos, este jueves  se dierón a conocer nueve de los diez líderes guerrilleros que integraran la mesa de negociaciones con el Gobierno  de Juan Manuel Santos.

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“El Loco” Deported to Colombia from Venezuela

If you’re a drug dealer, things rarely end well.  Daniel Barrera, “El Loco” or “The Madman” as he is know in Colombia probably went out in the most non-violent way imaginable.  He was deported like a common criminal.

Venezuelan authorities deported the prominent drug-trafficking suspect to Colombia earlier this week, nearly two months after his capture at a payphone in an operation aided by Colombian and U.S. authorities.

Officials called Barrera one of Colombia’s most-wanted drug lords. The bearded 50-year-old was handcuffed and said nothing as he stepped down from a police plane that brought him and five other drug suspects from Venezuela.  If he is subsequently deported to the U.S., it will be the end of a life on the run.

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Florida Gov Scott Visiting Colombia for Trade

Our fearless governor Rick Scott, is taking a break from his own internecine battles and leading a 190-person delegation on a five-day trip to Colombia to promote Florida’s products and businesses.  I doubt that he will be visiting any of the businesspeople in charge of Colombia’s number one export to Florida, pero bueno, I think he’ll say and do all the right things to make sure Colombian pesos keep flowing north, however they get here.  But do the taxpayers have to pay for all 190 people going?  Couldn’t they at least bring us back a T-Shirt.

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Colombian FARC Guerillas Really Capitalistic Opportunists

Perhaps they’ve been fighting so long they’ve forgotten what the mission was.  Turns out, it may have been money all along.  As Colombia and the FARC guerrillas negotiate peace in Havana some fear the rebel group is diversifying beyond the drug trade.  FARC becoming a multinational conglomerate.  Soon they will trade their fatigues for corporate business suits.  I guess the irony that they are negotiating in La Havana is lost on all those involved.

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Colombian FARC Guerillas Really Capitalistic Opportunists