FARC disarmament, FARC Colombia, Colomia peace process

FARC begins disarmament process

March 1 marked a historic step towards a lasting peace as the first FARC members took the ‘irreversible’ step of laying down their weapons.
Homeless Bogotá, Bronx Bogotá

Bogotá’s homeless: Down and about in the city

From addiction to displacement, there are many factors that push people to live on the street. Gerald Barr speaks to some of the city’s homeless population so that they can tell some of their stories in their own words.
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.
ELN Colombia, ELN peace talks

Formal peace talks begin with ELN

After more than three years of informal discussions, representatives from the Colombian government and the ELN have begun negotiations towards a ‘complete peace.’
16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates Bogotá

Nobel peace laureates stand with Colombia

As a host of high profile figures gather in Bogotá for the 16th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Oliver Pritchard gets a preview of what’s in store in the coming days.
Bullfighting Bogotá

Backlash as bullfighting returns to Bogotá

The spectacle of bullfighting is back in the capital, sparking widespread protests. However, as Kieran Duffy explains, its revival maybe short lived as the government is already considering a nationwide ban.
Activists deaths Colombia

Activists deaths continue in rural Colombia

According to figures from Indepaz, an institute dedicated to research and training on peace and development issues, there were 117 social leaders, human rights defenders and activists deaths in 2016. This year alone eight people have been killed.
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.
Andrés Felipe Arias

Colombia seeks to extradite Andrés Felipe Arias from US

Former Agriculture Minister Andrés Felipe Arias, who was found guilty of misallocating hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies, may be forced to return.

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Festival Estéreo Picnic: A day to remember

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

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English Grammar, English Prepositions

A proposition of prepositions

Spanish prepositions are quite easy and have some very basic rules. However, this is not the case for English prepositions. As Oliver Pritchard explains, they’re easy to get wrong, but not hard to get right. So practise, practise and practise some more!
Festival Estéreo Picnic 2017

Estéreo Picnic 2017: The final act

Musical worlds combined on the final day at this year’s Festival Estéreo Picnic 2017. The beats of the DJs led revellers late into the night and the traditional sounds of gaitas and tamboras entranced earlier on. Linda Gómez is on the scene.
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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.

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