The capital of Colombia made headways in transportation in 2000 when they launched their Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, “TransMilenio.” The first rapid transit system of its kind implemented in the country succeeded in unifying thousands of independently operating bus companies under one system. Since it was opened to the public it has grown to include 12 lines serving 144 stations in the city of Bogota.1
En mayo de este año los colombianos vieron un cambio en los colegios: la eliminación de gaseosas y otras bebidas azucaradas. La decisión fue tomada voluntariamente por ocho compañías bien conocidas como Coca Cola, Pepsico, y Bavaria. Con el objetivo de liderar un cambio positivo en la salud de los colombianos, las empresas también se comprometieron a dejar de usar publicidad relacionada con bebidas en escuelas primarias y a trabajar en la promoción de hábitos de vida activos y saludables.
This past Monday, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and FARC rebel leader Timochenko signed a historic peace agreement six years in the works.1
En estas líneas me detengo en la pregunta que mañana la ciudadanía de Colombia deberá responder en las urnas. Esta pregunta constituye un eslabón fundamental de todo un ciclo político cuya potencialidad es inconmensurable para el país (y, consecuentemente, para toda América Latina). Mi afán aquí no es ni criticar al gobierno, ni debilitar el proceso plebiscitario, sino que, muy por el contrario, mi punto es simplemente contextualizar y señalar algunos errores de procedimiento que se podrían haber evitado.
The porous 2,219 km land border between Colombia and Venezuela was closed in August of 2015, by order of the Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro, as part of a campaign against smuggling and alleged paramilitaries operating in the area. Since then, hundreds of Colombian citizens living on the Venezuelan side of the border have been expelled and several thousand returned on their own with fear of deportation.
Latin America and the Caribbean are the world’s most urbanized regions with an enormous 80 percent of the population living in urban cities.1 The rapid rate of this urbanization is resulting in cities being pushed to their functioning capacity. The need to efficiently and cost-effectively move people has resulted in many cities building Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems. This worldwide transportation trend uses benefits from traditional buses and rail lines to integrate a successful public transportation system.
During the past decade, drug consumption surveys and expert analyses have warned about growing drug use in Latin America. According to the 2013 World Drug Report, cocaine use in Latin America increased significantly during the first decade of the 2000s while the U.S. cocaine market, although still the largest in the world, has been declining. Similar upward trends exist in marijuana, synthetic, and prescription drug use. These trends are seen as unprecedented as they affect primary drug producers, such as Colombia and Mexico, and are seen as generating significant violence.
On Wednesday September 23rd in Havana, Cuba, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos and leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Timoleón Jiménez, also known as “Timochenko,” made historic progress in peace negotiations, coming a step closer to ending the decades long conflict.
Military dictatorships in most Latin American countries during the 1970s suppressed the population, but out of it grew a movement that remains strong. People who were typically voiceless, began to use walls as a microphone for their political and social expressions. While street art is not always politically linked, the movement grew from the need to not be silenced anymore.