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.

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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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...
cacao Colombia, cocoa Colombia

Cacao for coca

Last edition we examined some of the factors behind the spike in the country’s coca production. This month Siddharth Mohan finds out why authorities hope crop replacement schemes could prove successful.
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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Plan pistola

Police targets of plan pistola

Plan pistola sees cash bounties offered for the murders of police officers. In his latest column, Gerald Barr looks at the motives behind such attacks and how the police are responding.
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.
Otello Teatro Colón

The voices of Otello

As Verdi’s classic opera, Otello arrives to the Teatro Colón in Bogotá, Phoebe Hopson catches up with some of the stellar cast.
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.
Colombian strikes, Teachers' strike Colombia, Buenaventura protests, paro profesores,

Colombian strikes hold up country

Less than halfway through the year, Colombia has seen a significant number of civil and union strikes across the territory, with teachers’ strikes in major cities and civil action in Chocó and Buenaventura.

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