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· November, 2011

Stories about Colombia from November, 2011

Colombia: Internally Displaced People Tell Blogger their Stories

According to the Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES) Colombia has 5.2 million internally displaced people. Mike Ceaser talked “to several of the displaced people who've been demonstrating daily...

Latin American Students March for Education

Inspired by the student movements in Colombia and Chile, students across the continent marched on November 24, 2011 to demand free, high-quality education. El Ciudadano [es] links to the Facebook...

Colombia: Bogota's Ignored Street Art

After participating in the ‘Bogotá Graffiti Tour‘, blogger Vicki Kellaway from the Banna Skin Flip Flops writes about the “other” street art in Bogotá, “the kind that’s moulding and rusting...

Colombia: Students Suspend Strike in Public Universities

Starting November 17, 2011 students from public universities [es] are gradually returning to class, after the strike that had started last October 11, 2011. This decision was announced on November...

Colombia: President Asks Congress to Remove Education Reform Law 30

A tweet by the Presidency of the Republic [es] (@infopresidencia) reported that President Santos already sent a request to Congress asking for the removal of the project to reform higher...

Colombia: Students Gather in Bogotá's Bolívar Square

On November 10, public university students participated in marches throughout the country and gathered in Bolivar Square in Bogota, the principal administrative center of the country. The event aimed to...

Colombia: Massive National Mobilization Rejecting Reform of Law 30

Blog El salmon [es] published [es] a post titled “|No to Law 30|… We are occupying Bogotá!!” on the November 10 national mobilization [es], reporting that other social movements like...

Latin America: New Online Learning Platform Oja.la

The Next Web highlights new online leaning platform Oja.la [es], which plans to offer IT courses in Spanish starting with “How to find investors for an online project” with entrepreneur...

Colombia: Sabaneta Municipality Outraged Due to Electoral Anomalies

After the October 30 regional elections, citizens of the smallest municipality in Colombia - Sabaneta, Antioquia - have peacefully opposed the mayoral election result and called for an investigation into...

Colombia: Online Petition Calls for Resignation of Minister of Education

With widespread opposition to the Colombian government's reform to higher education, Pilar Sáenz (@Mapisaro) tweets a link [es] and shares that she signed an online petition [es] that calls for...

Colombia: President Santos Proposes Removal of Reform to Law 30 if Students Lift Strike

Seconds after President Juan Manuel Santos announced [es] that if students lifted their strike he would remove the project to reform higher education Law 30 from Congress, ‘Presidente Juan Manuel...

Colombia: FARC Main Ideologue “Alfonso Cano” Killed

Alfonso Cano, the top leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), was taken out on November 4 in the department of Cauca during combat against the army. Colombians...

Colombia: Top FARC Leader Alfonso Cano Dies

On November 4, top FARC leader Guillermo León Sáenz Paez, alias Alfonso Cano, died at the age of 63 in a military operation in the southwestern Cauca department. Reactions on...

Colombia: Lleras Law Sinks in Congress

Congress once again discussed the controversial bill called ‘Lleras Law” [es] on copyright and intellectual property on the Internet, but this time Senator Roy Barreras proposed to sink the bill,...

Colombia: Universities Continue Strike in Protest of Law 30

Colombian university students are still on strike in protest of a reform to Law 30. They argue the reform will privatize public universities, and emphasize they will not start classes...

Latin America: Travel Writer Tackles the Andes

Michael Busch interviews travel writer Michael Jacobs about his book Andes: “Beginning in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela and finishing up in the heart of Argentina’s Tierra del Fuego, Andes masterfully details...

Colombia: Anonymous Invites Citizens to Protest on November 10

Anonymous, through its Twitter account @Anonymiss_Co [es], links to a video [es] where they confirm their support of the student strikes in rejection of a reform to higher education Law 30....

Colombia: The 2011 Regional Elections

On Sunday, October 30, Colombia held regional elections for local public posts. Due to the importance of these posts, these elections are tracked in the same manner as the presidential...

Colombia: Gustavo Petro, Bogotá's New Mayor

Regional elections were held in Colombia on October 30. Although the right to vote was exercised throughout the country, the Bogotá election generated the greatest expectations since its citizens went...

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