Bogota Environment

No smoke without fire

As Bogota’s outgoing Environmental Vice-Secretary Julio Pulido was preparing to leave his position, we spoke to him about his work in the department and the issues they face, including black smoke, burning tyres and river regeneration.
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
Colombian conflict, FARC soldiers, reintegration,

Overcoming misconceptions is essential to building a lasting peace

History has been made as Colombia finally ends the world’s longest conflict – but the struggle for reintegration for the FARC soldiers is just beginning as emotions, myths and misinformation are the new battleground in Colombia’s conflict
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...
Colombian Peace Process

‘This is the best effort we ever had at peace’

Colombia has never been so close to achieving peace, and despite the increase in fighting and the guerrillas’ renewed infrastructure attacks, Colombians are likely to accept an eventual peace accord, professor and civil conflict researcher Oliver Kaplan says.
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.
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.

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.
Colombian Prison Crisis, Colombian Prison Overcrowding

Prisons: Chronicle of a brutality foretold

The prison crisis in Colombia is an accepted human tragedy, Wally Broderick analyses the seemingly unstoppable issues that surround this accepted and ongoing affair.
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.

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La Niña

La Niña: Life after war

La Niña is a new series which follows the life of a woman trying to escape her past as a guerrilla fighter in a fitting story for Colombia’s current situation. Jazid Contreras speaks to director Rodrigo Triana.
FILBo 2017

Somos libros at FILBo 2017

As Corferias throws open its doors for almost two weeks of bookish action, there’s talks, authors, cultural celebrations and of course books galore. Our team is on the ground to bring you the best of FILBo 2017.
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.
Champs bar Bogotá

Bogotá’s very own sports bar

”It’s the only true sports bar in Bogotá”, says Robert Garcia, the man behind Salitre-based Champs. And his claim is well founded: there may...
Santa Fe Bogotá

A portrait of Santa Fe

Once a prestigious district, home to poets, intellectuals, traders and merchants, Santa Fe is now a red light zone, home instead to strip clubs, sex workers and brothels. Fayida Jailler speaks to two artists who are working to capture the realities of Santa Fe, an area that has become synonymous with sex.

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