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Oli’s Big Topic: Society rules

Breaking the law…but following the rules

Independent worker’s visas: a question of degrees

Colombia's visa rules are getting stricter, which has lead to an attack on the freedom of the press that has already forced several journalists to leave.
Patriotism

Oli’s Big Topic: Hate-riotism-Patriotism

What does it mean to be patriotic? And how do you stop pride in your country turning into hatred for others? We consider the tricky topic of patriotism.

Opinion: Has Colombian football overcome the tragedy of Andrés Escobar?

Vengeance, football, murder: the infamous end of Andrés Escobar is the very real story of what can occur when on-field mistakes result in real...

OPINION: Inclusive gender-neutral Spanish is riling linguistic authorities, but will it...

It is impossible to imagine the Spanish language without gender. Every noun is inextricably tied to its 'el' or 'la', and each adjective defers...

Opinion: Did John Oliver’s ‘Colombia-cocaine’ joke go too far?

Comedian John Oliver was in the news this week in Colombia as he delivered off-the-cuff off-colour remarks about the country in a segment on...

Tourist trap: tours in Colombia under pressure

A local tour operator complains that the heavy handed implementation of arcane rules threatens to throttle the industry.

Cocaine cash fuels conflict: ‘It’s the (narco) economy, stupid’

Many rural communities remain plagued by violence, in spite of the peace agreement with the FARC. This reveals the endless tussle over cocaine, both its production and distribution, to be the true cause of conflict in Colombia.
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Turning the tables: Venezuelans in Colombia

As hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans in Colombia try to build new lives, Frank Silva Cardona speaks to some of them about the challenges of starting over.
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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.