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Reversing Colombia's Security Deficit: Plan Colombia

Brian Fonseca | Posted 11.24.2015 | World
Brian Fonseca

To argue, as critics do, that Plan Colombia was a failure and the source of challenges faced by the Colombian people over the past 15 years, is to neither understand Plan Colombia and its historical context, nor the realities of Colombia today.

What's it Like to be an Artist in Cuba?

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 11.17.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

Bogotà. One of its sunny Sundays, car-free, carefree day. Perfect conditions to absorb the energy of this dynamic city. Filling my eyes with the colo...

Her Name Was Omayra

Jacob Stewart | Posted 11.16.2015 | World
Jacob Stewart

The world is still mourning the tragedies in Baghdad, Beirut, and Paris. But for a few moments, I ask that you also mourn the death of the courageous Omayra Sánchez Garzón. Let her story remind us that solidarity should never be temporary and should extend to all the corners of the world.

Colombian Government Takes Steps Toward Fully Legalizing Abortion

Cosmo For Latinas | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.13.2015 | Latino Voices

Abortion in Colombia is illegal except in cases of rape or incest, or where the woman's life is in danger, but the Colombian government is taking step...

The Story of Life in Color Founders, Sebastian Solano and Lukasz Tracz

Morena Duwe | Posted 11.10.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

There are few things as inspiring and motivational as a rags to riches story. The tale of Sebastian Solano, Paul Campbell, Lukasz Tracz and Patryk Tracz is surely one of the most colorful as they transformed from penniless college students to successful entrepreneurs.

17 Treats From Latin America That'll Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 10.30.2015 | Latino Voices

Whether it's Halloween, someone's birthday or just a random Tuesday night, these Latin American goodies never cease to satisfy our sweet tooth.  ...

U.S. Is Aiding and Abetting Afro-Colombian Ethnocide

Dan Kovalik | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

It is critical for those of us concerned with human rights to shine a light on the Colombian military/paramilitary alliance which continues to plague the Afro-Colombian people with particular intensity, and which is leading to what Afro-Colombians are terming, "ethnocide"; others would call it "genocide."

The 13 Coolest Abandoned Hotels and Resort Towns | Posted 10.28.2015 | Travel

I know, usually the adjectives 'cool' and 'abandoned' don't seem like they should be used in the same sentence, but they should be when you're talking about forgotten resort towns and hotels.

Violence in Colombia: An Infographic from El Molino Online

Carlos F. Torres | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
Carlos F. Torres

El Molino Online publishes the infographic below on the staggering toll of this violence. It's based on data painstakingly and very courageously gathered by the Centro Nacional de la Memoria Histórica.

The Greatest Retirement Spot You've Almost Certainly Never Heard Of

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 10.23.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Popayán has just about everything you'd need for a comfortable and affordable lifestyle, including an elegant blend of old Colonial traditions and modern art, education, and attitude. Put it all together, and Popayán just could be the greatest retirement destination you've never heard of.

9 Things You Should Know When You Meet a Colombian Abroad

Sebastian Osorio | Posted 10.21.2015 | Travel
Sebastian Osorio

This is the third time I have moved abroad. Unfortunately, I have learned the hard way that whenever I meet new and different people, they cannot stop making stupid jokes about me or my country once they learn that I am from Colombia.

5 Dead, 7 Injured When Small Plane Crashes In Colombia Capital

AP | Adam Goldberg | Posted 10.19.2015 | World

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No COLA? No Problem in These Top Retirement Havens

Kathleen Peddicord | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Kathleen Peddicord

Thanks to the roaring, soaring Greenback, more of the Old World is more affordable right now than it's been in a long time. No COLA? No problem.

Devil Is in the Detail of Colombian Justice Deal

Paul Seils | Posted 10.15.2015 | World
Paul Seils

While the FARC agreement is a most welcome and unexpected surprise, it is much too early to say that it is capable of delivering the kind of truth and justice that Colombia must provide to its injured citizens.

Could the Peace Deal in Colombia Be a Model for Other Conflicts?

The Conversation US | Posted 10.10.2015 | World
The Conversation US

After 60 more days, the FARC will lay down its arms, setting the stage for the end to the conflict by mid-2016. This is good news for Colombians, of course. But the peace agreement is also worthy of wider attention because it represents new thinking on how to end old conflicts.

The Best-Kept Secrets In South American Travel

Thrillist | Posted 10.06.2015 | Travel

Sure, the backpackers might think they've got the inside scoop on all of South America's hidden spots, but no matter how many recommendations are passed along on the Inca Trail or in Cuzco bars, this vast continent always has more surreal places to uncover.

How A Data-Driven Approach Is Reducing Homicides In Colombia

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.02.2015 | Media

Scientific American: Big Data Are Reducing Homicides In Cities Across The Americas Could there be a science behind reducing homicides? Rod...

Why This Is The Perfect Time To Relocate To Colombia

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 09.26.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

One of the most compelling reasons to retire in Colombia is the currency exchange of the Colombian peso against the U.S. dollar. Your dollar will buy you more in Colombia today than at any time in recent memory.

Colombian President, Rebels Reach Breakthrough In Talks

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 09.24.2015 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the leader of the country's largest rebel group announced on Wednesday an imp...

An Alternative Anti-Drug Policy: Economic Resilience

FOMIN | Posted 09.22.2015 | World

The success of many anti-drug measures adopted by governments in the past decade has been at best mixed, and the costs associated have been high. The most common anti-drug efforts are related to eradication of crops and include manual eradication.

To Change the World, We Must First Reinvent It

Yann Arthus-Bertrand | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Yann Arthus-Bertrand

Cities are where many of the changes we need to bring about a sustainable future are already taking place. Cities have become places of unparalleled ecological experiment.

Transforming the Most Violent City in the World

Jonathan Reckford | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Reckford

Without sound plans for growth, cities will continue to see an increase in informal settlements and crowded slums; and lack of secure tenure in these areas will discourage families from investing in housing improvements.

In Colombia, Neighborhoods Can Mean Life or Death

Samantha Cocco-Klein | Posted 09.16.2015 | Impact
Samantha Cocco-Klein

A long overdue first step is making excluded, urban children visible. The SDGs can improve this by holding governments accountable for accurately measuring the number of urban children facing deprivations of basic rights.

7 Reasons This Latin American Country Makes The Best Retirement Spot

Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher | Posted 09.14.2015 | Fifty
Suzan Haskins and Dan Prescher

Ever thought about retiring in Colombia? Now's the time to visit. Your money will go nearly twice as far in Colombia today. If you've ever wanted to travel to this warm and enchanting country or if you've ever considered it for an overseas retirement destination, now's the time to visit.

How to Integrate a New BRT System With Existing Transport Modes

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

In Caracas, public transport was described as uncomfortable, inadequate and disorganized. Local authorities decided to implement a national transportation plan with a BRT system, which opened in 2012. However, the lack of integration with traditional means including Jeeps, combis, minibuses and standard buses, made it less attractive the urban poor.