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FARC negotiators, Colombian peace process

Peace process advances with ‘Special Agreement’

In a joint statement today, the Colombian government and FARC negotiators in Havana with the announcement of their decision to contrive “Special Agreement” status for any final peace accord reached between them.
The Bronx

2,500 riot police raid the Bronx

At dawn on Saturday May 28, more than 2,500 heavily-armed riot police swept through the infamous Bronx neighbourhood in Bogotá’s historic centre, in an attempt to purge the troubled, drug-ravaged community of its long-ignored gang culture.
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Uber vs Taxis: The Bogotá transport debate

The arrival of Uber has stirred up controversy with some remaining faithful to yellow cabs and others converting to the newcomer, Laura Sharkey looks at both sides of the debate and Emily Hastings runs through the most recent events.
Colombia police code

New order: New police code

Large scale changes to procedures raise the question of whether the new police code will encourage civic responsibility or lead to increased corruption and abuses, writes Laura Sharkey.

Why we hate the FARC (and not so the paramilitaries)

As new research shows the role the media coverage has played in fuelling misconceptions about the FARC and paramilitaries in the Colombian conflict, Oli Pritchard speaks to Alexandra García who carried out the investigation.
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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.
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Things Slowly Improving For Colombia’s Transsexuals

Cataline came to Bogota from Cali 22 years ago looking for freedom and acceptance. Like many transsexuals, she ended up working in the sex...
FARC public opinion, peace deal

It’s a matter of perception

The question of whether the Colombian public will accept the peace deal, and then accept the FARC back into society has never been more important. Sam Ling Gibson speaks to former FARC combatants and members of the public to get a better understanding of deep rooted beliefs.
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What can Colombia learn from Sri Lanka?

Siddharth Mohan draws interesting conclusions between Colombia and Sri Lanka regarding the end of a longstanding conflict on the other side of the world.
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...

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