Colômbia

Colombia Is Closer To Peace Than Ever Before - But I'm Holding My Breath

Ross Kemp | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Ross Kemp

I first visited Colombia 10 years ago, when covering the demobilisation of right-wing paramilitary groups that had emerged some two decades earlier to fight Marxist guerrilla soldiers. Since then, I have remained very attached to Colombia and its fate. This month, and a decade on from my first visit, the Colombian government has signed a historic peace agreement with leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, otherwise known as FARC. This accord brings Colombia closer to peace than ever before. Like everyone, who knows and loves Colombia, I wish both parties every success as they try to convert the deal from a piece of paper signed by old commanders tired of war, to a meaningful peace on the ground. But I hold my breath.

Profits Prioritised Over Protest and Dissent Dismissed for Dividends - Business and State Prove a Toxic Mix in Latin America

Thomas Hughes | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK
Thomas Hughes

States, businesses, and global civil society must take action to neutralise this pandemic of violence and threats and to integrate a human rights approach into the interactions between the state, business, and civil society. Environmental human rights defenders cannot continue to be collateral damage for the share prices of multinationals or the whims of government.

These Real Life Lego Houses Are Made Of Waste Plastic And Housing The Homeless

The Huffington Post | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK Tech

This house might look like it’s made from bricks and mortar, but it’s actually made from plastic. And not just any plastic - waste plastic that’...

Forget the Euros, For the Best Football Look to the Americas

Matthew Smith | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Sport
Matthew Smith

If you get a chance to stay up after the Euro games are done and catch the Copa America, or to see some of the highlights, I strongly urge you to do so. It's the best the beautiful game currently has to offer.

Five Things We Can Learn From Medellin

Adam Bradford | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

I was lucky enough to visit the second largest city in Colombia last week - Medellin. The city of eternal spring. Once known as one of the most viol...

Colombia Brings Hope

Kristian Herbolzheimer | Posted 25.09.2016 | UK
Kristian Herbolzheimer

With hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing war and poverty, the world hardly looks like it's getting a better place to live in. And yet, at a time when war in Syria and Ukraine, militarisation in East Asia, and increasing violence in places like Turkey make the headlines, progress in Colombia's peace process suggests there is a remedy to violence, no matter how deeply rooted.

'Miracle' As Mother And Baby Found Alive In Colombian Jungle Five Days After Plane Crash

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.06.2015 | UK

This is the incredible moment a teenage mother and her baby son were rescued – five days after a plane crash which claimed the life of the pilot. ...

Urgent Follow-up Needed as Colombia Suspends Aerial Eradication

Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

President Juan Manuel Santos's decision to suspend Colombia's aerial spraying program is a welcome move that further strengthens his position as an international leader of drug policy reform.

Colombia's Cartagena: Should Government Prioritise Tourists Over Citizens?

Israel Butler | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Israel Butler

Getsemani is the last residential neighbourhood of Cartagena's 'old town'. A colonial city on Colombia's Caribbean coast, Cartagena was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1984.

Colombian Travel and Food

Layne Lieberman | Posted 09.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Layne Lieberman

The touristic and historic cities of Bogotá, Cartagena and Medellin are brimming with culture, innovation and energy. Colombia is known for valuable emeralds, rich coffee, beautiful woman, salsa dancing and the rise and fall of the world's most infamous drug lord Pablo Escobar.

First Post

William Shield | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Now. What to talk about? There's a lot going on up there in the messy closet of my mind. Should I be bitter? Should I be kind? Should I talk about war, love, life, and people? I want to express myself in the most inappropriate and offensive way, because now, I can.

100% Colombian Guarapo (Sugarcane Juice)

Layne Lieberman | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Layne Lieberman

On my recent trip to Medellin, Colombia, it was common to see street vendors in parks and plazas operating a sugarcane press to make the fresh juice. One person feeds the cane and limes into the press and discards the used pieces.

Seven Destination Travel Blogs to Follow in 2015

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 07.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

For those perennial travelers, always looking for the best tips and suggestions for their next holiday trip, the following selection of travel blogs are of invaluable assistance. Each is filled with great experiences, photos and background on the destination they cover.

Lightning Strike Kills 11 Colombian Tribe Members

Huffington Post UK/AP | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK

Authorities say 11 members of a remote indigenous tribe along Colombia's Caribbean coast were killed when a lightning bolt struck a thatch-roofed hut ...

No, Potatoes Are Not Adequate Contraception, Please Do Not Put Them In *There*

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK

A young woman has learned the hard way that a potato does not provide adequate contraception. Nope, not by getting pregnant, but by having the veg...

Colombian Women's Cycling and How the Sport's Governing Body Helped a Twitterstorm Go Mainstream

Ben Atkins | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK Sport
Ben Atkins

That's right, the governing body of an Olympic sport and its president is hanging six athletes out to dry in a media hurricane, along with their team and their national federation, over a badly lit picture that appeared on Twitter.

Arcane Parliamentary Process Fails to Put People Before Profit

Ruth Bergan | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Politics
Ruth Bergan

So why did this deal pass? Heavy lobbying by business? A misguided belief that it would somehow help tackle human rights violations? It would seem not. This deal was allowed to pass due to the UK's arcane parliamentary processes...

Cocaine Worth £25 Million Found In Bananas Shipped From Colombia

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.07.2014 | UK

Police officers have found cocaine with an estimated street value of £25 million hidden in plastic fruit among a shipment of bananas from Colombia. O...

Team Focus: Colombia's Fearsome Attack Living Up to Expectations

Ben McAleer | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Sport
Ben McAleer

Even if teams set up to defend against them, Colombia have the players to hurt any team and with Juan Quintero, Fredy Guarín, Ramos and Martinez in reserve, the depth is there to go far in Brazil. Provided Rodríguez, Cuadrado and Ibarbo, amongst others, can maintain this rich vein of form, Pekerman's side have the ability to make it all the way to next month's final.

The Real Reason England Are Out of The World Cup

Hamish Mackay | Posted 24.08.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

That countries such as Costa Rica, Colombia, Chile and Mexico have all looked more impressive than England makes the inevitable debate about how we need to change our coaching set up/youth teams/b-teams/academies/facilities all the more embarrassing and redundant.

Colombia: Realities

Lloyd Rundle | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lloyd Rundle

I am tired. I am weary. I have been in Colombia three years. I have lived in both city and village. I have had enough.

Colombia: Hope and Despair

Lloyd Rundle | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK Politics
Lloyd Rundle

Whatever the future holds, Zuluaga's loss in the elections means hope for peace. But Santos needs to prove himelf a real leader with principles to achieve this. Otherwise he is just another leader taking advantage of his people.

Team Focus: Colombia Still an Attacking Threat Without Falcao

Alistair Tweedale | Posted 10.08.2014 | UK Sport
Alistair Tweedale

He played an important role throughout the campaign, helping Colombia to second place behind Argentina, but after a debut season in France in which he struggled to settle, it could be a blessing in disguise that an extra attacking spot was made available in the Colombia squad.

The Inside Track on Three World Cup Outsiders

Tony Jimenez | Posted 02.08.2014 | UK Sport
Tony Jimenez

We now stand less than two weeks away from the beginning of what is being billed as one of the greatest World Cups of all time. As the pre-tournament excitement builds with every passing day, all talk turns to which side has enough quality, focus - and not to mention a little bit of luck - to lift the famous trophy.

Colombian Teacher Accused Of Confiscating Pupils' Panini World Cup Stickers To Complete His Album

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2014 | UK Sport

One Colombian teacher might not need to attend the Panini World Cup swap shop after it emerged he had confiscated stickers from his pupils to fill his...