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Plaza de Toros en Bogotá

Opening the black box of parliament

The other day, a rather peculiar case made national headlines in Colombian newspapers: An, until then, unknown sub-secretary of the Senate, Colombia’s second chamber, shoved himself into a news network’s camera team. Mr Saúl Cruz, a high-ranking veteran Senate clerk with a 23-year long public sector career, unwillingly caught the public eye when his ruthless actions were […]

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Bogota street

The Colombian Peace Pact is setting new standards in international peace-building (despite its defects)

The peace pact between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), agreed upon on August 24, 2016, to put an end to their 52-year conflict is a unique example of successful international peace-building. In a world seemingly tumbling back into the dark past of national egoism, it is a welcomed reminder […]

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Ciénaga monument

Ciénaga, Colombia’s sleeping colonial beauty on its way forward

Squeezed in between Colombia’s Caribbean capital Barranquilla and the coastal resort of Santa Marta lies the city of Ciénaga, a forgotten and largely malgoverned colonial beauty. At last, a new (tweeting) mayor may turn matters around.    A city with a population of roughly 100,000 and a mean annual temperature of 34°C, Ciénaga’s traditional economic base is banana production, managed […]

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