Huge buyout for restaurant chain

Colombia’s second biggest fast-food chain El Corral bought out by Starbucks-affiliated firm ONE OF Colombia’s biggest fast food chains, El Corral, has been taken over...

Chikungunya virus surge

Colombia has seen a dramatic increase in the lethal Chikungunya virus, with around 20,000 cases of infection reported in the northern region of the country since September this year.

General Steps Down

General Alzate resigns one day after being freed by FARC; peace negotiators return to Havana to discuss restarting talks
General Alzate

Release of General Alzate

General is set free, along with two other hostages Brigadier General Alzate, The highest ranking military officer ever to have been captured by the leftist...

Peace Talks Suspension Crisis: Timeline of Events

With the recent capture of Colombian General Alzate grabbing international headlines, we give you a run-down of events as they have unfolded over the...

All Eyes On The General

As Colombia waits for the release of General Alzate, we take a look at the background and potential ramifications for the peace process.   The General...
General Alzate

Who Is General Alzate?

The disappearance of General Alzate sparked the suspension of Colombia’s Peace Talks. We take a look who the General is, and how he fell...
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...
FARC Kidnapping

FARC Confirms It Is Holding Colombian Army General

Peace talks suspended after FARC kidnapping of top Colombian general On Tuesday, the FARC guerrilla group admitted its forces had captured a high ranking Colombian...
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.

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English Grammar, Using slang English

Precise Imprecision

Robin Davies provides a short-ish guide on the importance of being vague when speaking English A common assumption among both teachers and students is that...
Colombian peace

I’m A Friend Of The Enemies Of Peace

Adriaan Alsema rejects the polarisation of Colombians into “allies” and “enemies” of peace

Transcolado

As Transmilenio fares go up by 100 pesos, Katie Jacoby denounces a culture of free rides Can you imagine if the grocery store you always...

The Big Debate: The estrato system

Last edition we asked for your thoughts on the Colombian estrato system. Two readers got in touch with their views...   Elizabeth Hastings thinks the discussion...

International News In Brief…

  LATIN AMERICA & CARIBBEAN Nicaragua: Twenty-two people have died during several days of heavy rain, nine of them in the capital Managua when a wall...