November 22, 2011

Freelance Articles

Richard McColl has worked as a freelance journalist for over a decade in Colombia and before that from across the Americas contributing articles to a variety of media outlets. Print: Wall Street Journal, Dialogo-Americas (US), BBC online, Matador network (US), The Scotsman, Global Travel (UK), Aventura magazine (CR), Central America Weekly (CR), Newsweek, CNN Traveller, Traveller Magazine, South American Explorers Club Magazine (US),, Pure magazine, the Daily Telegraph (UK), the Independent (UK), Global Traveler (US), the Santiago Times (Chile), Tatler, San Diego Reader (US), The City Paper Bogota (Col), The Bogota Post (Col), Business Insider (Col) Huffington Post, the Scrib (Can), Sidetracked Magazine (UK), Perceptive Travel (US), Running Times (US), NileGuide (US) Anadolu Agency (Tur), Latin Correspondent, The Daily Beast (US) Marx Rand Magazine Radio: BBC radio, BBC World Service, Radio 5 Live, NPR, Overseas Radio Network/ Escape Artist and Monocle 24. Television: BBC, CTV news (Can) RCN (Col), El Tiempo (Col), CNN Turk, DWtv news (Ger), TRT (Tur), Lonely Planet Docs, Where Next docs?, Sky One, isNews (NY, Israel).

Anadolu Agency, Turkey

Colombia to vote in a new president Sunday

Colombia to find alternate venue for talks with ELN

Colombia resumes peace talks with ELN rebels

Colombia: Santos suspends peace talks with ELN

Bridge collapse in Colombia kills 10

Colombia scores historic cocaine bust

FARC’s Timochenko to run for Colombia presidency

Colombia to bomb FARC dissident groups

Ex-FARC guerrillas eye control of Colombia’s coca trade

Colombia, ELN announce bilateral cease-fire

FARC guerrillas announce controversial asset list

Colombia’s FARC rebels reveal new name

FARC to hand over remaining minors in group

Colombia grants visa extensions to Venezuelans

Colombian FARC to formally enter politics

FARC splinter group releases UN worker in Colombia

Colombia’s ELN sets cease-fire demands

Colombian FARC hands over final batch of weapons

7 dead, 11 still missing day after Colombia boat sinks

3 dead, dozens missing after Colombia ferry sinks

FARC hands over second batch of weapons in Colombia

Death toll at 19 in Colombia landslides

13 dead in Colombia landslides

254 dead in Colombia flooding, mudslide

154 dead in Colombia after rivers overflow

FARC begins disarming in Colombia

ELN claims responsibility for Colombia bomb attack

Colombia, ELN rebels to begin peace talks

Fuel, electrical issues eyed in Colombia plane crash

Weather hampers rescue after Colombia plane crash

Government, FARC sign new peace deal in Colombia

Colombia pres. in US to shares details of peace deal

Colombia extends cease-fire with FARC

ELN rebels agree to peace talks with Colombia govt

Silent protest in Colombia in favorof FARC peace deal

Rejection of Colombia peace deal could fracture FARC

Uncertainty in Colombia as peace deal rejected

Colombians reject peace deal with FARC

End of Colombian war raises tough issues for both sides

FARC, Colombian government begin cease-fire

FARC declares cease-fire in Colombia

Colombian President Announces Ceasefire with the FARC

Colombia, FARC reach deal to end war

3 explosions at health insurers in Colombia’s capital

Cease-fire reached to end Colombia’s decades-long war

Colombia, FARC to announce bilateral cease-fire

Colombia tops UN list with most displaced persons

Colombian rebels free Spanish journalist

Missing journalists being held by Colombian rebel group

Colombia rebels to hand over minor fighters to govt

Colombia approves military force against criminal gangs

ELN rebels reject Colombia govt preconditions for talks

Military deployed to protect Colombian school children

Colombia, ELN guerrillas announce peace talks

Colombia govt confident of impending peace deal with FARC

Colombia says more than 45,000 disappeared in conflict

Colombia, FARC set date for final peace agreement

Colombia police seize huge haul of cocaine at airport

Colombia’s intelligence systems operating outside law: report

Santos unveils aid package for expelled Colombians

Nobel laureate’s ashes to return to Colombia

FARC, Colombia gov’t begin demining process

Colombians losing hope for government, FARC peace deal

FARC promises more attacks to destabilize Colombian economy

Colombian military murdered more than in 3,000 civilians

Colombian FARC to face 500,000 charges

FARC pushes for progress in Colombian peace dialogues

Truth commission planned in Colombia after peace talks

Colombian FARC rebels suspend unilateral cease-fire

Colombia negotiators urge guerrillas to cease landmine use

Colombia mudslide deaths rise amid reports of prior warning

Death toll rises to 69 in Colombian landslides

57 dead as Colombian river bursts its banks

FARC wants ‘day of pardon’ to apologize to Colombian victims

Colombia to discuss possible cease-fire with FARC

Colombia court limits adoption rights of gay couples

Colombian welfare group demands release of child soldiers

Colombia sends second team to peace talks with rebels

LatAm, Caribbean summit begins amid regional tensions

Colombian president in France seeking post conflict support

Colombia peace talks to resume in February

Colombian president clears way for cease-fire with guerrillas

Colombian guerrillas declare intention to stick with ceasefire

Colombia slow to respond to chikungunya outbreak, says report

Colombian guerrillas release kidnapped soldier

Colombian government reacts cautiously to cease-fire action

Nobel prize winner to appear on Colombian currency

Final group of Colombian victims visit Havana peace talks

Colombia and FARC to resume Peace Talks

Colombia wants to restart peace talks as freed general resigns

FARC releases 2 soldiers, condemns suspension of peace talks

Colombia’s president: Hostages to be released next week

FARC surprised by Colombia’s suspension of peace talks

Colombia suspends peace talks after general’s capture

Colombian guerrillas world’s third richest terror group

Long sentences for FARC fighters in Colombia natives court

Colombian victims of FARC guerrillas band together

Colombia’s capital worst for women public safety

The National Liberation Army rebels confirm talks with FARC guerrillas in Colombia

Colombia prohibits visitors from ebola stricken countries

Post Conflict wil cost Colombia US $45 billion

Forced recruitment of minors continues in Colombia

Bullflighting to Return to Colombian Capital

Colombia sends military envoy to peace talks in Havana

Guerrillas Attack Infrastructure in Colombia

Starbucks Opens in Colombia

Colombia Peace Talks Resume

Colombia’s Santos confident of Victory

Colombian presidential hopeful claims video a hoax

Violence Erupts in Colombian Capital

Scandals affect President’s re-election bid in Colombia

Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies

Freelance correspondent for Colombia

Multiple bombings paralyze Colombian pipeline

Colombian gov. and guerrillas’ peace talks ongoing


Colombia’s military faces challenges over peace talks

Colombian Army has growing Role in Flood Defence

Nukak disposession highlights Amazonian tribes’ plights

Seeking Garcia Marquez Magic in Colombia

En Busca de Macondo (BBCmundo spanish)


The Daily Beast

Who Will Hire Colombia’s Ex-Terrorists?

Where are the Bodies Buried in Colombia?

Did The U.S.-Cuba Deal Help Drive A Rebel Ceasefire in Colombia?


Wall Street Journal

Noise Levels Erupt on the Streets of Colombia as Elections Approach


Marx Rand Magazine

The Man behind “the Mick”.


Latin Correspondent

The Battle for Bogota

Will Bogotá’s massive tire fire finally spur progress on dangerous emissions?

Debate over Cartagena plaque is fighting the wrong battle

Despite dialogues, recruitment of child soldiers continues in Colombia


The City Paper, Bogota: Editorials

To save Bogotá’s green belt, attack the issue not the person

Peace in Colombia beyond the signatures

Political scandals and the art of the ‘private’ selfie

Why Paris was bigger ‘news’ than other terror attacks

Please prove me wrong Mayor Peñalosa

Bogotá looks toward peace and a new mayor

Opinion: Never compromise. Stay angry.

Borrowed Money

Guerrillas will go to prison

Tourism is key

Bogotá: ‘Uber’ and out

Disagree to Agree?

Return to freelance

Colombian Revisionism

Ready for a Challenge, Bogota

Bogota, of all or None?

A Splash on the World’s Stage

A splash on the world’s stage?
Respecting an ancient ritual
Respecting an ancient ritual

Respecting an Ancient Ritual

My Time in the Ukraine

A Macondian Slumber

A Meeting in Mompos

Binding the City Together

A different look at Colombia

 A Different Look at Colombia


The City Paper, Bogota

Touring the “White City”

Jazzed Up Mompos

Jazzed up Mompox
Jazzed up Mompox

In the valley of the Vallenato

My best, exotic Mompós

The forgotten conquistador

The ‘Jack’ of Santa Fe

Not all lost for the Nukak Makú

Mompox: saints, sinners and masons

Restoring Mompós


ASIS Security Management

Secure Activism 101: How to Survive a Demonstration 



Cocaine: an uneasy paradox in the Colombian Pacific

Cash and Reconciliation in Colombia

Bogota, Choking Herself Forwards


CNN Traveller

Colombia: the Forgotten Conquistador

Panama: Hats off to Progress

Providencia: Location, Location, Location

Ilha do Marajo: Treasure Island



The Havana Peace Accords: The FARC’s Last Chance?

Take Pride in Bogota


Colombia Reports

Colombia’s April Fool’s march against corruption or against peace?

Gustavo Petro, Bogota’s uncompromising heavy metal mayor

The Bogota Post

Santos: ELN Peace Talks Conundrum


Colombian ELN Rebels Free Kidnapped Canadian Engineer Gernot Wober

Colombia Launches Offensive Against Illegal Mining in Eight Departments

Most Colombians Believe FARC Peace Talks Will Bear Fruit, Says Survey

Colombia’s ELN Guerrillas Free 2 German Hostages Held Since November

Bogotá Inaugurates Innovative Municipal Drug Treatment Program

Colombia’s ELN Frees 5 Foreigners; Canadian Man Remains in Captivity

Colombians Brace for Violence as FARC Ends Unilateral Ceasefire

Colombia’s Anti-FARC Battle Plays Out on Airwaves, Social Media

Colombian Officials Debate Anti-FARC Strategies at Bogotá Seminar

FARC Attacks Terrorize Inhabitants of Southwestern Colombian Town

Colombian Soldier Landmine Injuries Treated At Bogotá Hospital

Flooding Prompts Humanitarian Response from Colombian Army

Latest Bogotá Bombing Targets Outspoken FARC Critic, Unnerves Residents

Colombian Troops Shut down FARC rebel Hospital in Bogota


Global Traveller

Colombia: Off The Beaten Path

Heart of Cartagena

Bogota: Brick by Brick

Panama City: Side by Side

Bogota: Closer to the Stars


Huffington Post

Colombia’s Wild East, the Guajira Desert


Matador Network

6 Reasons you should Live in Latin America

Notes on Painting and Place: Loule and Mompos

Becoming the Local

Day in the Life of an Expat in Mompos

Bogota’s Banksy: Political Graffiti from Colombia’s Capital

Swapping Tourism for Cocaine in Guaviare, Colombia

Bulletproof Kimono: An Interview with Miguel Caballero

Stories of Travel Terror

How to Trek the Inca Trail

10 Reasons why Colombia is not as Dangerous as you think

Book Review: Out of Captivity

10 Undiscovered Destinations in Colombia

Films that Misrepresent Colombia….and some which don’t


Daily Telegraph

Future Looks Bright for Panama

Where Ghostly Tales and Hidden Treasure are all in a day’s work

House-Hunting in Marquez Country


The Scrib

52 Things: A Hallucinogenic Trip Through The Jungle


The Independent

Colombia: A Long Way from Home


Sidetracked Magazine

Araracuara: Travels with Rambo


Perceptive Travel Magazine

Tranquilandia Transformed in Colombia


San Diego Reader

Macchu Picchu, in style

Caño Cristales, Colombia. On the region’s blood-red river, and other anomalies.

Providencia, Colombia: Tales of pirates and Puritans in this Caribbean island hideaway

I Am Rambo in Chiribiquete

Surinam: Outpost for the Scottish Diaspora

Carnaval en Rio – Firsthand

Into the Heart of Magic Realism Country

Striking a Balance in the Falklands

Other Publications

Uncharted101: One Man’s Follies in Macondo

Talking About Colombia: “Was Gabo an Irishman?” By Guest blogger Richard McColl

Talking About Colombia: “Mompos.” By guest blogger Richard McColl.

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