Disarray and Uncertainty in Colombia after Peace Deal Rejected

Top-level negotiations take centre-stage but the real victims remain in the countryside As Colombia stumbles from tumultuous fanfare on the international stage to national political disarray in the space of two weeks, the population is left mulling what could have been against an uncomfortable backdrop of uncertainty, polarization and an attitude of radical Pyrrhonism towards Read more about Disarray and Uncertainty in Colombia after Peace Deal Rejected[…]

President Santos vs James Bond

It struck me the other day as I was watching the results roll in for the first round of the Colombian presidential elections that the dove picked as his symbol by President Santos is strikingly reminiscent of the dove pin used as a calling card in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. A Read more about President Santos vs James Bond[…]

Smoke Detectors and Panini Stickers: Dirty Gritty Pretty Bogota

Sometimes I wish I had an office job so that I could swing in a rotating chair, heave my feet up onto a window overlooking Bogotá, pick my teeth with a hunting knife and then say: “I love this dirty gritty pretty city.” Eight years and counting. Wobbles and “Colombia moments” notwithstanding, things are good Read more about Smoke Detectors and Panini Stickers: Dirty Gritty Pretty Bogota[…]

Final Thoughts on 2013: My end of Term Report

As the ubiquitous year-end travel lists for 2014 are being penned as parting shots and final thoughts on 2013 by editors and hacks across the land, I find myself for once, wishing to write an end of term report as it were. Colombia As always, a hat tip to my adopted homeland. Here’s a big Read more about Final Thoughts on 2013: My end of Term Report[…]

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