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Video Journal from a FARC demobilization camp

Dutch photojournalist Niels Van Iperen on assignment for The City Paper sends this report from the FARC's demobilization camp in Icononzo, Tolima.

Valerie Meikle: The Lady of the Amazon

Valerie Meikle paddled 1,500 kms down the Putumayo. A story of endurance, personal loss and life in the Amazon rainforest is the subject of a poignant film.

Colombia’s “Witching Hour”

Demonized by the media, redeemed by justice, Colombia has its women of the “Witching Hour”

Demining in Colombia: Rats to the rescue

Heroic rats are sniffing out landmines as an initiative by Apopo, an NGO that recently registered in Colombia to help with landmine detection.

Profile: The caricaturist Vladdo and his muse ‘Aleida’

The caricaturist known as ‘Vladdo’ shapes public opinion on printed pages and his alter ego 'Aleida' reaches millions on a weekly basis.

International Day of Forests: The deforestation dilemma

Despite advanced monitoring systems and global initiatives and policies aimed at preserving the world’s rainforests, controversy remains over whether deforestation rates are, in fact, declining.

Preview of photographer Malcolm Linton’s “When the Ink Dries”

The award-winning British photojournalist Malcolm Linton gave The City Paper a preview of his most recent essay: photographs of the final days of FARC.
9 Disparos FICCI Colombia Film Documentary Jorge Giraldo

9 Disparos: A “reel” testament for peace in Colombia

A Colombian soldier has turned his life, and near death, into a harrowing documentary of survival and enduring faith in his country.

El Cocuy: Trouble on the mountain, resolution on the horizon?

Local activists recently closed El Cocuy mountain after a football was kicked around on an endangered glacier. Now many are wondering when, or if, this National Park will reopen.

The Colombian chiva and Pineda’s mandalas in motion

Colombian photographer Carlos Pineda spent years documenting the art of chiva bus design in the coffee region to discover unique mandala designs.

Letter from “Anonymous”: I was a prisoner of FARC

In a letter, one prominent businessman recalls how we has sold into captivity and endured 10 months as an "economic prisoner" of the Colombian guerrilla.

El Comandante and the Venezuelan “revolution” revisited

A 60-episode series produced by RCN on the life of Hugo Chavez's premiered recently across Latin America. Three former presidents recall the leader and his "revolution."

Ruby Rumié: The artist of our living patrimony

Artist Ruby Rumié’s representation of palenqueras is art-psychology. Thirty exceptional women who contribute to the living patrimony of this nation are part of her latest photographic project "Tejiendo Calle."

Surfing with the elusive Chocó sun

Colombia’s Chocó region is known for its natural wonders, abundant rainfall and rich biodiversity, but thrill-seeking tourists are leading the waves, with Nuquí’s new-found surfing culture
Cartagena International Music Festival

Julia Salvi: A commitment to classical Cartagena

After the 10th annual Cartagena International Music Festival this month, a look at the family who founded this celebration of classical music in the colonial city.
Alvaro Soto

Álvaro Soto: Pioneer of the Sierra Nevada

Colombian anthropologist Alvaro Soto discovered the Ciudad Perdida in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta 40 years ago.

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