Colombia and Ecuador are small pieces in this game of Chess

Colombia and Ecuador, currently being visited this week by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, are seen as chess pieces in a “new cold war,” being waged by President Biden seeking to abate the influence of China and Russia in the region.

Fair enough, can one conclude?


Should this be the case and given the lack of importance that has been afforded South America by previous US governments, then we have a problem. Re-entering this game is not an easy prospect for President Biden. With all sorts of domestic issues to deal with, Covid-19, the migrant crisis at the

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Mompós Photography Workshop with Malcolm Linton

International conflict photojournalist Malcolm Linton will be staging two further photography workshops in the Colombian colonial town of Mompox in collaboration with the Hotel San Rafael and La Casa Amarilla. Since the first workshop, held in May 2021 was very successful, there are now dates available in July and August.

The workshop is for photographers — from amateurs to professionals — who want to express themselves more fully in their images. It will run for three full days, usually from Friday to Sunday, with a welcome dinner the night before it begins.

Read a couple of testimonials from the inaugural May event.

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Some photos of the 1 May demonstration, Bogotá

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La Roja and La Trocha, breweries of peace in Colombia

Did you know that there’s a Beer Judge Certificate Program (BCJP) when it comes to beer tasting? I suppose I always assumed that something of this nature existed. But, beyond my amateur enjoyment of craft beer and the different varieties now available to the public in Colombia, I never before thought to read up and put the tasting criteria to the test. And as we are now all connoisseurs of ordering take outs, pick-ups and anything else via Instagram during this endless pandemic, I decided to test out two beers which have been on my radar for a while. It

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