Sri Lanka

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.

‘Victims are treated like criminals’

In the small hours of Monday, May 28, 2012, Rosa Elvira Cely died alone in Bogotá’s Santa Clara Hospital. She was 35 years old. Hers is an appalling tale of multiple failings on behalf of the state and of the endemic political culture of impunity and victim-blaming.
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.
Privatisation in Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa

On Trial: Privatisation

On Trial is a Bogotá Post feature in which we put someone or something from the Colombian news “on trial”, explaining the perspective of both their proponents and their critics. In this edition Mike Mackenna examines privatisation in Bogotá, a hot topic after Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, while not making any concrete promises, hinted at a privatisation plan in his first address to the city council.
Colombian Peace Process

On Trial: The peace process

On Trial is a Bogotá Post feature in which we will put someone or something from the Colombian news “on trial”, trying to explain the...

Does Colombia have a victim mentality?

While the next Miss Universe is unlikely to come from Liverpool, Faye Griffiths sees some similarities in the collective attitudes of Liverpudlians and Colombians.
Gustavo Petro Bogotá

All in the family

While some might say that questionable connections are a part of political life, Mike Mackenna argues that Gustavo Petro gave special treatment to his in-laws and their connections at the expense of the city.
Gustavo Petro Bogota Mayor

On trial: Gustavo Petro

On Trial is a Bogotá Post feature in which we will put someone or something from the Colombian news “on trial”, trying to explain the perspective of both their fans and their critics. In this edition we put on trial the outgoing Bogotá mayor Gustavo Petro.
Colombian tax system, Colombian RUT

Taxing times

Faye Griffiths argues that we have a moral responsibility to pay tax - even in a country with a history of corruption While I should’ve...
Working in Colombia, Colombian working visa

Are YOU risking deportation?

Daniel Warren argues that those who are working in Colombia illegally (or semi-legally) take all the risks while companies reap the rewards The number of non-Colombians working...

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La Niña: Life after war

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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.
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Colombian strikes hold up country

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Bogotá brunch

Bogotá Brunch

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Chicaque National Park

Chicaque: A walk in the clouds

At Chicaque Nature Reserve, Just south of Bogotá, fresh air, nature, and birds provide a welcome escape from the city, writes Laura Brown.

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