Colombia coca production

Curbing coca production

In the first of a two part series, Siddharth Mohan examines the resurgent coca production industry in Colombia. This edition focuses on the plight of the country’s coca farmers.
La Tramacúa

Traumas of La Tramacúa

  Wally Broderick gives an insight into the hell that is La Tramacúa - Colombia’s most inhumane prison The latest letter from the 193 inmates of...
Santos war on drugs

Santos says war on drugs is not working

In recent years, Colombia has been a leading voice in saying that the ‘war on drugs’ is not working. Elly Darkin investigates some of...
Bogotá humedales, Van der Hammen reserve Bogotá

Humedales: to build or protect?

Proposed developments for Bogotá's humedales have sparked fierce debate about the need to preserve the capital’s wetlands against the need for housing and infrastructure – Diana Mejía takes a look at what’s at stake
Colombia land reform, Colombia land restitution

Land reform: The 500-year plan

Colombia holds the dubious international distinction of being one of the countries with the most internal refugees in the world. Mike Mackenna explains why Colombia’s Land Restitution Act, designed to return the displaced to their land and address one of the principal causes of the armed conflict, has made such little progress.
Transmilenio fare increase

Who’s to blame for the TransMilenio fare hike?

Mike Mackenna presents the case against the three principal suspects for the TransMilenio’s recent COP$200 fare increase, bringing the total cost to COP$2,000 per ticket.

Petro’s purgatory

When it comes to Gustavo Petro, it seems like the haters just don’t stop hating. Bogotá’s outgoing mayor has drawn criticism from all angles. Scott Figler assesses the outgoing mayor's legacy.
Alejandro Ordóñez

Alejandro Ordóñez: Serving the people?

Procurador Alejandro Ordóñez is in charge of supervising most of Colombia’s public servants, and as such is one of the most powerful figures in Colombian politics. Mike Mackenna argues that Ordóñez has used the office to further his own political career and set up a run for presidential candidacy in 2018.
Bogota Mayoral Elections

Bogota: The race for mayor

Daniel Steel takes a look at what’s at stake in the Bogotá mayoral elections - analysing where the four leading candidates stand on five...
Colombia Venezuela border

Chaos on Colombia-Venezuela border

As the Venezuela Colombia border spat rumbles on, Mike Mackenna takes a look at the history of the conflict between both countries, and what...

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Colombian coffee

Colombian coffee: The new black gold?

The National Federation of Coffee Growers has a lot to celebrate as coffee production continues to rise but, as the organisation’s president explains, the industry also faces significant challenges. Emma Newbery wakes up and smells the Colombian coffee.
Gender in Spanish, Spanish gender, Spanish gramar,

Gender in Spanish – putting gender on the agenda

Diana Mejía looks at some of los problemas you might have, and lays out some of the basic rules to identify and correctly use grammatical gender in Spanish.
fruit seller Bogotá

Bogotá Works: Álvaro the fruit seller

Every day, whether you think of it or not, you’ll come into contact with a whole range of workers – from the TransMilenio driver to the stall-owner who serves your morning tinto. This new column is dedicated to finding out more about their lives, their backgrounds and the things they want you to know about them. In this edition, Álvaro, who has been working as a fruit seller in Bogotá since he moved to the city 21 years ago after having been displaced by the violence in his hometown of Tumaco, speaks to Laura Sharkey.
Salento Colombia

The spectacular sights of Salento

Coffee is not the only reason to visit the quaint village of Salento, there are also wax palms, Willys Jeeps and hummingbirds as David Maas finds out.
FILBo 2017

FILBo 2017

Bookworms that we are, we open the pages of FILBo 2017 and say bonjour to the continent’s biggest celebration of reading. This year it's celebrating 30 years, and we ask how to get the most out of the region’s biggest book fair? Christopher Outlaw gets some expert opinions.
Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartad

Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó: The end is...

Leaders in the Comunidad de Paz de San José de Apartadó, in one of Colombia’s deadliest conflict zones, tell Penelope Glass they are facing more, not less, violence.

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