A Portrait of Homelessness in Bogota

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After eight years of residing in a city does one become so accustomed to the in-your-face-reality of homelessness that you no longer see it? Homelessness in Bogota is everywhere, the less fortunate are all around and are as important to the fabric of this city as the ubiquitous lottery salesmen outside your nearest supermarket, the pirate DVD peddlars of San Andresito, the European-resembling waifs of Rosales and the lost looking police Auxiliares in the Candelaria.

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Homeless in Bogota

Slowly and surely, I will continue to

Colombian Revisionism

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Gleaning what I can from the various media outlets which see fit to report, let alone publish, any news from the closely guarded dialogues taking place between the FARC and the government’s negotiators, I find myself returning to mull but one key question: “Was the only solution for the campesinado back in the late 1950s and early 1960s to go to war?”

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The City Paper Bogota

A general overview of 1958, as a key flashpoint for today’s conflict

Risking Lives: Entrapment and Lies by Colombia’s Septimo Dia

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Since the news show Septimo Dia aired their broadcast on August 31 entitled “Turismo sin límites: sexo, droga y peligro” my rebuttal of the episode has been incredibly popular in the blogosphere, but I am now able to follow-up that piece of personal indignation, with some facts that have been brought forward by two of the tourists filmed.

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Septimo Dia has lost its way?

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Escobar, Drugs and Hostels in Colombia

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For some time I have been observing and attempting to identify a couple of the more idiosyncratic tendencies in the Colombian psyche. My latest conundrum surrounds that of the need to place the blame, create an excuse and indeed shirk a responsibility. I feel that all of these traits can fall under the same cockeyed linguistic umbrella which hinders Colombian societal progress.

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Septimo Dia with Manuel Teodoro

How often have I heard the following phrases: “malicia indigena”, “idiosyncracia costeña”, “el