Bogotá City Council

With great power comes little accountability

The Bogotá city council has problems. A quarter of Bogotanos don’t even know that it exists. Of those who do, 65% are unimpressed by its performance. Mike Mackenna casts a critical eye over the role of the city's second highest administrative authority.
Rafael Uribe Noguera, Yuliana Andrea Samboní

Colombia’s peace and a murdered child

The murder of Yuliana Andrea Samboní has shocked the nation. Daniel Ogalde argues that it is a reflection of inequalities that have been exacerbated by conflict, and that the peace agreement is only the first step towards healing Colombian society.
Colombian Teacher's Strike

Teachers’ strikes: Thank you, Minister Parody

As the teachers’ strike continues, Juan Gabriel Pineda believes that Education Minister Gina Parody has allowed us to ask fundamental questions about the public...
President Santos, Colombian peace process

Is Peace More Costly Than War?

President Santos has pinned his legacy on peace but, according to Adriaan Alsema, he has yet to put his money where his mouth is President...
Government sells Isagen

Blowing a fuse over Isagen

In a trend no one could have predicted, pawn shop based reality shows like Pawn Stars have taken over your television. Mike Mackenna asks why Santos is selling off the state’s crown jewel.
Prince Charles Colombia

A Blunder of Royal Proportions

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla caused a stir while on their official royal visit to Colombia recently and, since their departure, the situation has only got more heated. Harriet Marsden explains how the memorial to British Colonial invaders was destined to cause a furore from the outset.
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...
Coca spraying in Colombia

Coca crop spraying: Poison from above no more

Colombia made the right decision to stop dropping a potentially carcinogenic herbicide on isolated rural communities that grow coca in order to survive, argues analyst Adam Isacson
Dia Sin Carro Bogota

Both sides: No car day

The recent Dia Sin Carro in Bogota caused much debate. We look at the argument for both sides as our correspondents give their opinions for and against.
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.

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Festival Estéreo Picnic

Festival Estéreo Picnic: A day to remember

Linda Gómez is at the second day of the Festival Estéreo Picnic, the attendees braved mud, rain, anxiety and despair, as they waited for the band that for many perhaps had been their motivation for buying the ticket: The Strokes.
Hiking Bogotá, Quebrada Las Delicias, Quebrada La Vieja, Bogotá´s Mountain trails

Hiking Bogotá: The hills are alive with the sound of walkers!

Having a huge forest reserve right on the edge of the city makes for some excellent hill walking. Gerald Barr is on hand with a guide to hiking Bogotá mountain trails.
Estéreo Picnic 2017

Estéreo Picnic 2017, Damp but not Dampened

Estéreo Picnic 2017 revellers were delighted by the performances and undeterred by the rain, as Linda Gómez discovered.
Santa Fe

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.
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.
trust in Colombia, Colombia peace process

Making Colombians trust again

If you’ve lived in Colombia long enough, you will have heard locals say that you can’t trust anyone here and that you need to be cautious (no des papaya!). Veronika Hoelker and Julia Lledín examine the importance of trust and confidence-building measures in the post-agreement phase.

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