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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.
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Paramilitary violence on the rise

These are the human rights defenders who have been killed so far in 2017 as the spate of violence against social leaders persists. Emma Newbery looks into the rise of paramilitary violence and activist deaths in rural territories.
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Myths and realities of the peace process

As all parties in the peace process agreement sign the historic peace accord, campaigns from both the Yes and No camps are ramping up before the plebiscite on October 2. We take a look at some of the more common notions associated with it and see whether they have merit or not.
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V is for Vigilante

Vigilante justice is responsible for one death every three days in Bogotá. As the latest viral video sparks both support and outrage, Laura Sharkey asks what it means for society.
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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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Register your mobile phone

As of August 31, all mobile phone users in Colombia are required to register their devices with the respective service providers to combat the theft and sale of stolen phones.
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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...
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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.
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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.