16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Bogotá

Nobel peace laureates stand with Colombia

As a host of high profile figures gather in Bogotá for the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Oliver Pritchard gets a preview of what’s in store in the coming days.
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Nobel Peace Laureates come to Bogotá

Nobel Peace Laureates will gather in the capital for the world’s leading peace conference. Madeline Walsh finds out who’s coming and what they are going to be talking about.
Enrique Peñalosa

Peñalosa faces recall petition

On January 2 citizen groups filed a petition at the Registraduría Distrital to remove Bogotá mayor Enrique Peñalosa from office, beginning a lengthy procedure that may eventually lead to a public vote on whether he should stay.
Bogotá transport

Bogotá transport woes

A discouraging global study conducted by the transportation app Moovit using data from its 50 million users, shows that the Bogotá transport system is failing with bogotanos spending more time on daily public transit than people in any other city in the world.
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The new billete de 100 mil: Easy to spend or not?

This year, Colombia introduced a new family of notes to match the new coins released at the end of 2012. As the new billete de 100 mil becomes a more regular feature in our wallets, Oli Pritchard takes to the streets to find out how easy they are to spend.
Bronx Bogotá

The Bronx: After the raid

Two months after 2,500 riot police entered the Bronx neighbourhood to take control of the infamous “olla”, which had long been associated with vice and degradation, the raid’s repercussions are still being felt.
Colombian police brutality

Police brutality

Events at the nocturnal ciclovia to celebrate the city’s birthday took a very different turn when participants found themselves witnessing a violent assault by police on August 5.
Transmilenio, COP$5 trillion

COP$5 trillion to get city moving

Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa has been granted permission by City Council to take on over COP$5 trillion in debt over the next four years for use in his administration’s projects.
Bogotá street vendors

Order and control in Bogotopia

The current administration argues that Bogotá needs to “recover” its public spaces. Faye Griffiths highlights the flawed reasoning behind the city’s new administration forcing street vendors to move on.
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

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Reading in English: A guide for learners

Reading is a significant part of the language and reading in English is particularly useful, much more than speaking or listening, because of the massive quantity of literature available. Oliver Pritchard’s guide to reading will have you finding good texts and reading between the lines like a pro.
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.
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.
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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.
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.

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