Activists deaths Colombia, Paramilitary Violence Colombia, AGC Colombia

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.
Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Peace Laureate Bogotá

16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates arrives in Bogotá

The 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates brought a powerful message of peace, forgiveness and inclusion. Ex-combatants dressed in white walked and danced around the stage to the words of Gabriel García Márquez then passed white ribbon through the crowd before leaving their final message: “We are going to weave peace.” We explore four key topics of the event.
Colombia minimum wage

Minimum wage to increase by 7% in 2017

On January 1, the minimum wage in Colombia increased by 7% from the 2016 rate. Unions say that the rise – less than 50,000 pesos per month – does not meet the rise in the costs of living caused by inflation and tax reforms.

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.
gender ideology

Gender ideology in education

In recent months serious questions have been raised about the question of sexuality, homosexuality and the treatment of LGBTI people, particularly in the country’s schools, and one that reveals undercurrents of homophobia in our society, as Laura Brown discovers.
Colombia peace process, Colombia plebiscite

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.
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.
Vigilante justice

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.
Enrique Peñalosa, Peñalosa 100 days

100 days of Peñalosa

When he first stepped into office on January 2016, Enrique Peñalosa was confident, with ambitious plans for the city. As Bogotá's mayor celebrates his current administration’s first milestone, Diana Mejía takes stock of the achievements and controversies in what has been an eventful 100 days.
Eln Colombia

ELN: a chance for a ‘complete’ peace

Following the joint announcement on March 30 that the ELN and the Colombian government will begin the public phase of peace talks, Veronika Hoelker analyses the impact of the ELN beginning this phase of talks in the context of other peace setbacks

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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.
Colombian coffee

Colombian coffee: The new black gold?

The National Federation of Coffee Growers has a lot to celebrate as coffee production continues to rise but, as the organisation’s president explains, the industry also faces significant challenges. Emma Newbery wakes up and smells the Colombian coffee.
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

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.
Gender in Spanish, Spanish gender, Spanish gramar,

Gender in Spanish – putting gender on the agenda

Diana Mejía looks at some of los problemas you might have, and lays out some of the basic rules to identify and correctly use grammatical gender in Spanish.
Activists Colombia, Activists deaths

Colombian activists hit hardest by spiralling violence

As Colombian activists, human rights workers, and community leaders continue to be attacked throughout the country, Emma Newbery looks at the causes they are fighting for.

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