Colombia State Council agrees to hear Bogota mayor’s appeal

Colombia’s State Council decided Tuesday that it would revise Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro’s appeal against his dismissal by the Inspector General last December. The State Council will revise the appeal by Petro claiming the violation...

Santos appoints Maria Mercedes Maldonado as Bogota mayor

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday appointed Maria Mercedes Maldonado as replacement mayor of Bogota after the removal of the capital’s elected mayor, Gustavo Petro. Maldonado is to replace interim mayor Rafael Pardo, who in...

Colombia’s Cities Risk Deluge From Changes in Andes Climate

BOGOTÁ – Half a mile above this city of almost eight million is a rugged, fog-shrouded world, silent except for the trickle of water and whispering wind pushing through the treeless tundra. This is Chingaza,...

Colombia Launches Operation Against “Pots”: Demolishing Houses

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos has ordered the demolition of numerous buildings used as drug sales points, a strategy that seems to have little practical value and will almost certainly do little more than...

Colombia Police Arrest Alleged Leader of Bogota Child Porn Ring

Colombia's National Police announced last week the capture of the alleged leader of a child pornography network in Bogota. Authorities say Andrés Camilo Gómez Orozco posed as a 'recognized manager' of young models in order...

Bogota Mayor Describes his Ouster as Coup d’Etat

  Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro said that his dismissal was a coup against democracy and leftist forces in Colombia, and he announced a national demonstration to demand justice. "We cannot remain silent and accept this...

Petro vs. Colombia — can international bodies save Bogota’s mayor?

As Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro’s appeal against his recent dismissal reaches the ears of international courts of justice, the increasingly high-profile, intricate and often confusing web of judicial and political proceedings remains a headache...

Bogota enters 2nd day of bus strike

A bus strike in the Colombian capital of Bogota has entered its second day, heavily affecting the outlying parts of the of city, according to local media.  Small private bus companies are striking against license plate...

And What Happens Post-Petro?

After signing the order ousting Bogotá Mayor Gustavo Petro, Colombian President Manuel Santos didn't wait to appoint a replacement. Ex-minister of labour and would be-candidate for mayor and president Rafael Pardo is now mayor...

Bogota city council considers initiative to round up beggars

Bogota’s city council is considering a proposal that would grant city police broad powers to combat begging in Colombia’s capital. The proposal, titled the “Zero Begging” initiative, would authorize police to round up all those begging...

Why It’s Hard to Downgrade from Uber to Taxis

by bogotastic · Uber cars have been in Colombia for quite some time now. I have been here for over a year and everyone has insisted that Uber cars were far better than the Bogota’s taxi...

Bogota Mayor calls for new public transport protest

After protestors temporarily paralyzed the pubic transportation system of Colombia’s capital city Tuesday, Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro called to action a new protest for next week, while promising demonstrators change in the status quo. Petro...

Colombia’s Inspector General dismisses Bogota mayor over trash collecting scandal

Colombia’s Inspector General’s Office announced the dismissal of Bogota’s mayor Gustavo Petro Monday, barring him from public office for 15 years, over a “irregularities” during the transfer of the city’s waste collection to a...

Bogota official asks Colombia govt to decriminalize marijuana

An official from the administration of Bogota has asked Colombia’s national government to initiate debate upon the regulation of marijuana. “We really need leadership from the Congress and the government to regulate the medicinal and...

78-year-old arrested for drug smuggling at Bogota airport

A 78 year old Spanish national was arrested in Bogota’s International airport as he tried to board a flight to Barcelona while carrying nearly a pound of cocaine in his stomach, according to local...

Facebook opens first Colombia office in Bogota

Facebook opens its new office in the Colombian capital of Bogota on Wednesday, with Colombian-native Sandra Quintero as its top executive.  This marks the first time the social media giant has established a permanent presence...

Bogota plans social housing projects in upper class neighborhoods

Colombia’s capital Bogota is planning to carry out social housing projects in some of the city’s most expensive neighborhood in an attempt to curb social and economic segregation, the administration announced Friday. According to the director...

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