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Colombian tax reforms

Colombian tax reforms: How you are affected?

As the new tax reforms come into force, Phoebe Hopson finds out why the government has pushed through politically unpopular measures and what you need to know to make sure you successfully adapt to the changes.
Mesa Franca

Mesa Franca

Colombian cuisine has so much more to offer than arepas and empanadas, as Victoria Robey finds out when she visits a new Chapinero restaurant that is taking the country’s food to new heights.
Homeless Bogotá, Bronx Bogotá

Bogotá’s homeless: Down and about in the city

From addiction to displacement, there are many factors that push people to live on the street. Gerald Barr speaks to some of the city’s homeless population so that they can tell some of their stories in their own words.
Hell or high water

Hell or High Water

Hell or High Water, the story of a brother's incredible plan to save the family ranch in true western style. There is something hatefully likeable...
Moonlight

Moonlight

Coming of age film Moonlight tells the story of a young African American man in a desperate search for identity in three separate stages of his life.
Systema Solar

Systema Solar: Taking a stand through music

Systema Solar frontman Walter Hernández Romero speaks to Phoebe Hopson about the band’s latest album and the philosophy behind the group.
El beso francés

El Beso Francés comes to Bogotá

This year’s season has a distinctly French twist for the Colombian National Symphonic Orchestra, as María Laura Ordoñez finds out when she attends the launch of El Beso Francés.
Hay festival Cartagena

Hay festival en Carta-hay-na

Each year, Cartagena’s Hay Festival – the iconic celebration of literature, art, cinema and music – draws intellectuals and artists from a wide array of disciplines. Carolina Morales reports from this year’s event.
New Police Code Colombia

Decoding the new Colombian Police Code

After six months of police training – and a fair deal of controversy – the new Police Code came into effect on January 30. Ángela Forero-Aponte identifies some of the activities that may now breach the rules.
Tinder relationships, bad relationships, Colombian dating

Colombian dating: Catastrophic Cupid

Phoebe Hopson provides some tales of expats on the Colombian dating scene who have learnt the hard way how cultural differences can get in the way of love.
Activists deaths Colombia, Paramilitary Violence Colombia, AGC Colombia

Paramilitary violence on the rise

These are the human rights defenders who have been killed so far in 2017 as the spate of violence against social leaders persists. Emma Newbery looks into the rise of paramilitary violence and activist deaths in rural territories.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate Bogotá

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates arrives in Bogotá

The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates brought a powerful message of peace, forgiveness and inclusion. Ex-combatants dressed in white walked and danced around the stage to the words of Gabriel García Márquez then passed white ribbon through the crowd before leaving their final message: “We are going to weave peace.” We explore four key topics of the event.
ELN Colombia, ELN peace talks

Formal peace talks begin with ELN

After more than three years of informal discussions, representatives from the Colombian government and the ELN have begun negotiations towards a ‘complete peace.’
Corruption Colombia

New anti-corruption measures

The drive against corruption is gaining momentum as the government announces new legislation and Senator Claudia López galvanises citizen efforts.
banana business

Fiscalía: Financing paramilitaries is crime against humanity

Investigation reveals that 194 banana companies financed paramilitary activity responsible for widespread murder and torture.
green economy

High hopes for green economy growth

Colombia hopes to become an example of environmental and economic best practice as it launches an ambitious green economy growth plan.