Only Women and Children Live in This War-Torn Villa

In Colombia’s mountainous northwest, three hours’ walk from the closest town over paths haunted by guerrillas, lies the village of La Puria. It’s home to around a hundred indigenous Emberá Katío people. In their...

A Portrait of Colombia in 26 Gorgeous Polaroids

(San Francisco) Bay Area photographer Matthew O’Brien documented Colombia from his unique vantage as a long-time visitor, straddling the line between traveler and insider while living in the country off and on from 2003...

How Coca Leaf Became Colombia’s New Superfood

No other plant in human history has been as demonized as coca. In 1961, it was placed on the Schedule I list at the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, which stated that "The...

In Latin America, is there a link between abortion rights and democracy?

Three-quarters of all abortions in Latin America are performed illegally, putting the woman’s life at risk. Together with Africa and Asia, the region accounts for many of the 17.1 million unsafe abortions performed globally...

Latin America Makes History In 2016

Satisfaction! On March 25, just one day after the end of a historic visit from US President Barack Obama, who was the first US president to visit Cuba in 88 years, the Rolling Stones played...

Gringo Roundtable on the Colombia-FARC Peace Deal

(TODAY COLOMBIA) By Colin, Expat-chronicles.com - I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Colombia’s peace agreement with the FARC when the war officially ended on Aug. 28. But I haven’t lived in Colombia in almost...

24 Signs You Were Born and Raised in Colombia

1. If your mother calls your name, you certainly don’t answer “¿qué?” (What?) Otherwise, she will immediately say “Señora, aunque se demore un poco más” (Ma’am, even if it takes a little longer). You learn...

Why Do People Not Comply with the Law in Latin America?

Q24N - There is an abysmal difference in people’s attitude before the law. For example, people in Germany and in the United States usually feel almost a reverential respect toward it, but people in...

Why Air Travel in Latin America is So Expensive

TODAY COLOMBIA - Insufficient development of low-cost airlines is the main reason why international travel within Latin America is so much more expensive than doing so in Europe and Asia. A report published by The...

What Prevents Us from Eradicating Poverty is Within Ourselves

TODAY COLOMBIA - Per Bylund, a libertarian thinker, recently tweeted: “What causes poverty? Nothing. It is the original state, the starting point. The real question is: What causes prosperity?” Bylund refers to the original...

Colombia World’s 3rd Most Dangerous Country for Drivers: Report

TODAY COLOMBIA - New research by Global Positioning Specialists (GPS) in Australia has identified the most dangerous countries to be a driver. Experts at GPS in identifying the most dangerous countries to be a driver,...

Colombia Among The Places You’re Most Likely To Get Kidnapped

TODAY COLOMBIA via Vocativ.com - Kidnapping is booming. There are lots of reasons people avoid high-profile travel destinations—the flights are too long, the hotels are overpriced, the beaches are overrun with German men in...

The Real ‘Narcos’: My Life Inside Pablo Escobar’s Cocaine Kingdom

TODAY COLOMBIA (Nypost.com) - The white, blood-spattered truck screeched to a halt outside the Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paul, Medellín’s biggest public clinic. “Rapido! Rapido!” someone yelled over a cacophony of sirens, honking car...

The Medellin Tranvía (Tram)

The tranvia (tram) will complement an integrated system that will eventually link Medellín to all nine of its satellite cities. The idea of a tram was first floated during Fajardo’s 2004-‘07 mayoral term, with formal...

The Anatomy of a Colombia Prison Extortion Call

TODAY COLOMBIA - Over 400 cases of extortion were perpetrated by prisoners last year in Colombia, reflecting the ease with which this crime can be carried out from within the country's prisons using trickery...

Colombian Navy Supports Scientific Expedition in the Antarctic

  TODAY COLOMBIA (Dialogo Americas) The Colombian Navy is providing logistical, operational, and scientific support – and its largest and most sophisticated ship – for 20 researchers conducting the country’s first scientific expedition to the...

Cuba-U.S. Close Cold War, What It Means For Latin America

The decision by the United States and Cuba to restore diplomatic ties looks like good news for now: for Cuban families, for regional democracy and for peace in Colombia.     TODAY COLOMBIA (El Espectador) BOGOTA — The...

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Ivan Duque, who finished first in the second round of the Colombian presidential vote, said that he would respect the peace accords with the...

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President-elect Ivan Duque appealed for unity after winning a runoff election over a leftist firebrand whose ascent shook Colombia’s political establishment and laid bare...

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(AFP) Colombia will not take struggling Japan for granted when the two sides meet in their World Cup opener in Saransk, on Tuesday (June...

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Now that the right-wing Ivan Duque will face the center-left Gustavo Petro in the second round of the Colombian presidential elections, the Alternative Democratic...

Ivan Duque and Gustavo Petro Go To Runoff

With nearly all ballots counted in Sunday's first round, Ivan Duque was leading with 39.7% ahead of Gustavo Petro on 24.8%. Former Medellin Mayor...

Colombia to be NATO’s first Latin American global partner

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will next week formally join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, making it the only Latin American nation in the alliance,...

Pablo Escobar’s Former Hit Man “Popeye” Arrested In Medellin

From a "repentant Popeye", he went on to "Popeye imprisoned", Jhon Jairo Velásquez Vásquez, the self-proclaimed former sicario (hitman) for Pablo Escobar, was arrested...

Colombia’s presidential election: another referendum on the peace deal?

On Sunday, May 27, Colombians will head to the polls to elect a new president. At play in this year’s election are a range...

Colombia invited to join OECD; third Latin American member with Mexico and Chile

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced on Friday that Colombia would be officially invited to join the group. The Paris-based economic...