· June, 2014

Stories about Colombia from June, 2014

The Inca Road Is a New World Heritage Site

  23 June 2014

For the first time in the 40 years of World Heritage convention, six countries united to submit a joint application to designate a cultural site as world heritage. Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru requested that the Incan Road be included as a cultural heritage site. The announcement was made in...

Reasons to Cheer for the Ivory Coast in the World Cup

  19 June 2014

On the website LaMula.pe, Juan Carlos Urtecho explains his reasons for supporting the Ivory Coast in the World Cup match with Colombia on Thursday, June 19: Desde que les ganaron a Japón en su debut, los marfileños se han vuelto mis preferidos en este mundial. […] Uno escoge a sus...

The Influence of the World Cup in the Colombian Election

  18 June 2014

Image by Globovisión on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0. On the blog Trayectoria Económica (Economic trajectory), Daniel Bustos writes about the recent presidential election in Colombia and analyzes a series of factors that, in his opinion, influenced the results. This includes the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: El sabado no fue...

Journalist: Colombia's President Was Reelected Because He Campaigned on Peace

  17 June 2014

Journalist Natalia Bonilla writes on Ser Cosmopolita (Being Cosmopolitan) about the results of the run-off in Colombia's presidential election on Sunday, June 15. For her, the peace discourse was fundamental for the reelection of president Juan Manuel Santos: “Paz”, la mejor palabra en su publicidad. Su repetición durante la campaña eleccionaria fue...

Tejo, Colombia's Explosive National Sport

  17 June 2014

Tejo or turmequé, a national sport in Colombia since 2000, has its origins in other game played in the Muisca community, which inhabited the Bogotá savannah 500 years ago, as Spanish journalist Jose Sanchez Hachero blogs on Los Mundos de Hachero. Back then, the game was known as “zepguagoscua”. Tejo...

Reflections of a Colombian Voter During the FIFA World Cup

  17 June 2014

On the blog Filosofía de a pie (Pedestrian philosophy), Alejandro Martínez notes that “the T-shirt is the flag”, amidst the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and the Colombian presidential election, about “the wicked association of football and politics”: La televisión y la prensa han catalogado a estas elecciones como las más...

Let Colombia End Its Civil War

  16 June 2014

On May 16, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia signed a preliminary accord on the third of five negotiating points in their peace talks: illicit drugs.

Colombians Reelect President Juan Manuel Santos

  15 June 2014

With 98 percent of the votes officially counted in Colombia's presidential election, incumbent President Juan Manuel Santos (nicknamed Juanpa) has 5.7 percent more votes than his opponent Oscar Iván Zualuga: Ganó ‘Juanpa’. http://t.co/lZQ5PWMPQD pic.twitter.com/x3XImN3mHO — El Espectador (@elespectador) junio 15, 2014 ‘Juanpa’ was elected. Zuluaga reconoce derrota y felicita al...

Dubai and Arab Culture From a Latin American Perspective

He is a college professor of Colombian origins who is fascinated by Arab culture. Marcelino Torrecilla's purpose is to “describe sociocultural experiences in United Arab Emirates and their relevance with Colombia”. Narrating his own stories in Dubai, he explains why this capital is an open door city [es]: En el...

The World After Snowden, as Seen from Colombia

  5 June 2014

Colombian activist Pilar Sáenz [es] writes on Las 2 Orillas [The two shores] an article titled Year 1 AS (after Snowden) [es], in relation to the first anniversary of the leakings by Edward Snowden. El 5 de junio de 2013 fue el día en que algunas de las teorías de...

The Importance of Maths in Education

  4 June 2014

Carlos Thompson from The Chlewey Blog writes [es] about the importance of teaching Maths in Colombia in relation to the poor performance the country had in international tests of quality of education [es]: Las matemáticas dan mucho más que la capacidad de contar las vueltas en una tienda; o las...

Reconsidering Educational Tasks

  1 June 2014

School teacher Marcela Gómez writes [es] on her blog Las notas de clase de Marcela Gómez [Classnotes by Marcela Gómez] about the challenge of motivating her students to learn more and reconsidering educational tasks: Ahora, se ha entendido que la educación depende tanto de la persona que llega a motivar...

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