In an open letter [es, fr], the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), in south western Colombia, demanded that “groups and legal and illegal armies” leave their territories, specifically the town of Toribío, which is routinely attacked by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) [es]. The indigenous destroyed army and police trenches, as well as a FARC camp [es]. President Juan Manuel Santos was booed [es] when he arrived to the town, where a council of ministers is set to be held on Wednesday, July 11.
Latest posts by Julián Ortega Martínez
23 July 2012
The resignation of Jaime Restrepo Cuartas, director of the Administrative Department of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Colciencias, has raised concern among the scientific community about the future of Colciencias (the main source of funding for most Colombian scientists) and the future of research in general in the country.
10 July 2012
José D. Pacheco M., of the blog Tras la cola de la rata, writes [es] about a study [es] and a report [pdf, es] on the contamination of the bay of Santa Marta, an important tourist destination in the Colombian Caribbean, because of the “poor handling and inadequate control of solid and liquid wastes”.
9 July 2012
After the announcement by CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) last week about the search of the Higgs’ boson, Helena Cortés writes [es] about a conference held at the Medellín Planetarium with local scientists explaining the news, and compiles tweets with “accurate and inaccurate comments” about the ‘Higgsteria'.
6 July 2012
A column [es] written by TV celebrity Alejandra Azcárate [es] for women's magazine Aló, where she writes tongue-in-cheek about “the 7 advantages of being [a] fat [woman]“, prompted harsh reactions in Colombian social media this week. Blog posts parodying [es] the ‘7 advantages‘ [es] format or replying [es]to her text [es] have appeared [es], as well as an internet meme [es]. The magazine apologised [es] but Ms Azcárate said in a radio interview [es] that she won't retract [es].
5 July 2012
In his blog La Ventana, Juan Batallas publishes a two-part post about one night he spent in a cell at an “immediate reaction unit” (unidad de reacción inmediata, URI, set up by the Attorney General's Office [es]). In the first part [es] he tells the story of his confinement and the people he met there, while in the second part [es] he explains and gives details about his arrest (for possession of a small dose of marijuana).
4 July 2012
Journalist Carolina Ruiz Giraldo publishes an interview [es] with Carlos Moreno, director of Escobar, el patrón del mal (“Escobar, the drug lord”), a controversial TV series broadcast since late May with high ratings. Moreno explains which parts of the biopic have been fictionalized and why some characters based on real people have their names changed.
1 July 2012
President Juan Manuel Santos confirmed on Twitter [es] the eruption (of ashes) of Nevado del Ruiz volcano (in western central Colombia), which occurred [es] Saturday June 30 at 17:40 (22:40 UTC). Social media users initially reported apparent calm in Manizales, the closest city to the volcano, where there is a 10 km smoke cloud [es]. Airports at Manizales, Pereira, and Armenia were closed, as well as some terrestrial roads [es]. Some users criticized the lack of immediate news coverage in audiovisual mainstream media, which paid more attention to the domestic football tournament. On November 13, 1985 an eruption at this volcano destroyed the town of Armero, northern Tolima.
30 June 2012
At Hoja Blanca, Lucas Urdaneta refers to the so-called Colmenares Case (the murder of a student of the University of the Andes which has received a lot of media coverage in Colombia), and wonders [es] what happens when victims don't belong to the privileged classes. He adds that, given the disproportionate attention to these cases, a solution for the internal armed conflict would be, as some argue, to send upper-middle class boys to military service.