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.
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.
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.
Politicians on all sides have been falling over themselves to praise former Immigration Minister Mark Harper for his 'honourable' decision to resign, following the discovery that his cleaner was an 'illegal immigrant.' Harper's colleagues, all of them honourable men and women themselves, have been been at pains to point out how correct and even noble he was