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· May, 2016

Stories about Colombia from May, 2016

Health Crisis Provokes Protests in Medellín, Colombia

Demonstrators gathered in front of hospitals and health centers in Medellín last week, trying to pressure the authorities into addressing persistent and pervasive shortcomings in the local healthcare system.

GV Face: Is That El Chapo on Your T-Shirt? The Glamorization of Violence in Latin America

T-shirts, songs, fame, and even a Rolling Stones interview. Who wins and who loses in the glamorization of violence?

What Is Latin American Social Media Laughing at? One Critic Offers a Clue

"Having a good sense of humor is self-criticism, and these 'telepresidents,' which is what I call politicians who are obsessed with the screen, don’t accept any type of criticism."

Environmental Activists Warn Mining Is Putting Colombia's National Tree in Danger

"Perhaps the only way to see the wax palm in the future will be on stamps and banknotes #NoToMegaMiningInSalento"

The Text Message That Stopped an Oil Exploration Project in Colombia

A text message drew one senator's attention to proposed oil exploration in ecological reserve La Macarena, which marked the start of movement against the project.

‘Graffitours’ Capture a Colombian Community's Painful Past and Search for a Better Future

"We tell this story with great sadness, but we have to keep the memory alive. The memory must never be lost..."

The Fascinating History of Colombia's Currency, in 140 Characters or Less

On Twitter, @MonedasColombia shares facts about Colombia's currency. For example, did you know that 100 years ago, the National Bank released a 25 peso bill with a dog on it?

Two Years Without Gabriel García Márquez: A Tribute

On meeting Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez, and highlights from a discussion about the novelist at the 2016 International Congress of the Spanish Language.

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