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Stories about Colombia

22 July 2015

Latin American Indigenous Communities Compete in the ‘Other’ Copa América

Not everyone was on board with the alternative tournament. "This is an outrageous sham," one group wrote.

21 July 2015

Rewriting the History of Plan Colombia

A five-star general's specious narrative about the program’s success ignores the crimes and impunity of the Colombian military, and excuses the U.S. for fostering systemic human rights violations.

11 July 2015

Who is Responsible for the Explosions in Bogota, Colombia?

Two small bombs explosions in Bogota left eight injured.

3 July 2015

A Workshop Gathers Digital Activists Revitalizing Indigenous Languages in Colombia

Rising Voices

Indigenous youth from across Colombia gathered in Bogotá to share experiences and join the network of indigenous language digital activists.

28 June 2015

A ‘Peace Community’ Tries Nonviolent Resistance in Colombia

As Colombian peace talks over an end to decades-old civil violence between government and rebels proceed, some communities have claimed neutral status for themselves in the name of peace.

21 June 2015

Colombia Negotiates a Difficult Peace and Works to Remember the Victims of Violent Years Past

While the FARC and state representatives negotiate a peace deal, the Colombian government and rural communities take steps to remember the victims of violence, preserve collective memory, and promote reconciliation.

18 June 2015

Radio Ambulante Roundtable on Copa América 2015: FIFA Corruption, Team Analyses and Predictions

Daniel Alarcón, executive producer of Radio Ambulante, talks to other journalists about the latest FIFA scandal and its effect on Copa América, the most important football tournament in South America.

6 June 2015

‘Looking for Their Death': Tragedy Highlights Informal Mining Conundrum in Colombia

“If I work mining, I eat. If I don’t work, I don’t eat.”

18 May 2015

Join the Gathering to Connect Indigenous Language Digital Activists in Colombia

Rising Voices

Together with local partners, Rising Voices is pleased to announce the open call for participation for an Indigenous Language Digital Activism Gathering set for June 18-19 in Bogota, Colombia.

3 May 2015

The Wayúu Indigenous Community in Colombia and Venezuela Is Dying of Thirst

The main river running through the community's region was dammed with its water privatized for the world's largest coal mine and commercial agriculture.

2 May 2015

Teachers Strike in Colombia Leaves More Than 8 Million Students Without Class

The Federation of Colombian Education Workers has led Colombian teachers to go on strike to improve teachers' rights throughout the country

17 April 2015

Prejudices Erode in Chilean Floods as Colombian Immigrants Mount a Relief Effort

Colombian immigrants have displayed remarkable solidarity by volunteering for relief work in Chile's flooded cities, challenging many Chileans' anti-immigrant prejudices.

16 April 2015

Battle-Weary Colombians Demand Peace on Day for Armed Conflict Victims

On National Day of Memory and Solidarity with Victims of the Armed Conflict, Colombians turn out in droves to march for peace, a goal that overcomes traditional differences.

31 March 2015

Colombia Past and Present: An Interview with Author William Ospina

Excerpts from the most popular segments of an interview with the writer William Ospina on history, perception, and cultural identity in Colombia and Latin America.

27 March 2015

Bringing the Muisca Language Back from Extinction, One Word at a Time

Rising Voices

Even though the indigenous language Muisca is extinct, a group of Colombians are using wikis, mobile apps, and social media to breathe new life into the language.

The Arduous Journey of Colombian Migrants Headed for Chile

Global Voices, in collaboration with Connectas, Agenda Propia, Útero.pe, Vice and El Mercurio de Antofagasta, explored the challenges and history of migration in Latin America during a Google Hangout.

18 March 2015

A Crowdsourced Project to Map the Amazon

Rising Voices

Mapazonia is a crowdsourced collaborative mapping project focused in the Amazon region in South America.

17 March 2015

Back-to-Back Murders of Journalists Raise Concerns in Colombia

The murders of Colombian Edgar 'Quintin' Quintero and Luis Peralta highlight the dangers journalists face in Colombia today.

12 March 2015

The Country as a Mirror: Reflections of a Young Colombian in Bristol

"When you immigrate for a second time, the home that remains closest to you is the one you just left behind. You end up with a significant identity crisis."

17 January 2015

Colombia's New Minimum Wage Generates Minimum Enthusiasm

On December 30, 2014, Colombia's government raised the minimum wage by 4.6 percent to 644,350 Colombian pesos ($273). On social media, the disappointment of many has been palpable.

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