The Importance of Peace Dialogues with the ELN

I was busy writing about the proposed creation of a truth commission as tabled by the government’s negotiating team and the FARC in Havana, Cuba when the news came through this morning announcing exploratory peace dialogues with the ELN. Hurrying to complete the piece on what the truth commission means to Colombia, all of my Read more about The Importance of Peace Dialogues with the ELN[…]

Remembering Buenaventura

Long overdue, the coverage coming out of Colombia’s Pacific port of Buenaventura has left me feeling philosophical. I first visited this impoverished city in 2003 and then again in 2007. I promised myself I would never return. Writing in 2007 for the online site Suite101, I found myself suffering from a barrage of troll-like criticisms Read more about Remembering Buenaventura[…]

Should I Start Charging a Consulting Fee?

Where the author mulls over whether he should start charging a consulting fee for his knowledge and services in Colombia. I get contacted a great deal, it’s of my doing of course, the blogs, the radio show, the hotel, the journalism and the incessant social media spamming of loved ones, friends and associates when I’ve Read more about Should I Start Charging a Consulting Fee?[…]

No Man is a Prophet in his Own Land: The Gustavo Petro Interview

When Bogota, Colombia’s Andean capital city awakes, the thin high altitude air enables an uninterrupted urban panorama punctuated only with pine covered mountains. This paradisiacal image, however, vanishes once the daily commute begins and gives way to traffic-heavy thoroughfares, packed buses and an unpleasant smog hangs low permeating the city. Keen to reverse this trend Read more about No Man is a Prophet in his Own Land: The Gustavo Petro Interview[…]

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