Category archives for Society

Things I believe will happen in the future

This post has nothing to see with astrology or guessing the future, but about things I assume would happen to humanity and the planet in a near and far future, following also the modern tendencies of our humanity mind. It is not also a sort of prophecy like trying to impersonate Nostradamus or another traditional […]

The Psychological Internet Time as Illusion

The use of the Internet changes the personal idea of time Summary: Why internet users have another idea of the passing of time? A single subject is doing many things at the same time and it divides the time in different vectors. It trains the brain to perform multi-task actions even in the real world. […]

The plastic… that modern mistake

Every age has its mistakes and we, modern people, have too many mistakes, of course. It would be wiser to discover them and try to correct in a best way not to be blame by our descendants as selfish or mediocre people that knowing what was to be done, it was never done. Our modern mistakes, […]

Freedom of press as a human right

Policy makers and governments should know that information is a human right. People has the right to know what is happening in their society, their country and the planet everywhere, even if such information is labeled by certain individuals as top secret or confidential under premises such as national security or global wars on anything. 

Working for a Christmas Gift

1,6 million children work in Colombia The 12th of June was marked by the SIMPOC as the International Day for the Elimination of Child Labor in a reality that can be astonishing in the world. To say how many children work in the five continents is difficult because in many nations the phenomenon has not […]

I’m Sicario because “I love you”

Sicario, that ancient Roman world for ‘hired-killer’, was updated in the Latin American Spanish by the Colombian mafias since the 1980s. The figure of a “professional” assassin got a kind of fascination not only by popular stories, but literature and movies. It even attracted prestigious writers like Peruvian Mario Vargas Llosa who traveled to Medellín […]

English classes in Colombia: a failure

The Minister of Education of Colombia, Mrs Cecilia María Vélez White, declared that the evaluation to teachers of English of the Colombian schools has proven their lack of preparation: “De los once mil que nosotros habíamos evaluado más o menos unos cinco mil no sabían hablar inglés, los otros seis mil por lo menos tenían […]

Costa Rica with the best place for living in LatAm

According with a recent study of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Costa Rica was perceived as the best place to live in Latin American and the Caribbeans. It has the best standard of life, economical situation, and the best national system of health and education, according with its own people. The results, published also by […]

The Venezuela of Chávez fears writer Vargas Llosa

The presence of prestigious Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa has risen concerns in the Venezuela of president Hugo Chávez, famous for his socialist project for the South American nation. Vargas Llosa, one of the most important authors of the Hispanic literature, came to Caracas for the International Congress on Freedom and Democracy organized by the […]

Ciro Guerra succeed in Cannes 2009

The young Colombian director, Ciro Guerra, was awarded with “City of Rome” this year for his film “Los viajes del viento” (The trips of the wind) in a new edition of the Film Festival of Cannes that presented the best of the Colombian cinematography. In one of the event, “Quincena de Realizadores“, other Colombian young […]

And how Medellín looks like?

Going around modern Bangkok you never finish to amaze if you like big cities and Asia. However Bangkok can be crowed and many other visitors prefer other places of amazing Thailand. I was talking about how beautiful and friendly was the city with that German lady I was guiding. Then she asked for my country. […]

Colombia will become destiny of migration

There have been only two big groups of foreign migration into Colombia since the 16th century: the Spaniards that led a conquest over the territory and migrated by different groups over the next 300 years, and the Arabs since the 19th century. Other groups of migrations have been less notice and rapidly integrated to the […]

Mario Benedetti, a Latin American voice

The name of Mario Benedetti is very familiar in all the Hispanic world, even for those who are not interested in poetry or literature. However, the Uruguayan poet was not a name linked only to literature, but he was a man able to represent the Latin American identity and the fights for freedom of expression […]

Freedom of Disagree

By Javier Darío Restrepo Translated by Albeiro Rodas Medellín | Published in El Colombiano on 7th May 2009 Although our daily reality, nothing was said about the freedom of disagree last Sunday… It lacked to proclaim that being in disagreement with a government does not make a person a terrorist, an accomplice of the FARC […]

Wake up Medellín!

“¡Medellín, despierta!” (Wake up, Medellín) is one of the cultural and artistic programs of the municipality for the most marginalized barrios of the city. Last 19th April the Medellín nightlife went up the comunas (districts) to “give life to the night” with musicians, dances, performances and films. Barrio Granizal in the 1rst District (Comuna 1) […]

“The Village of the Widows” from Colombian writer Cañón

By Javier González * / Translated by Albeiro Rodas Barcelona. “La Otra Orilla”, a publishing house of Norma Group, published recently in Spain “La aldea de las viudas” (The Village of the Widows) of the Colombian author James Cañón. The novel has been regarded as “an important contribution to the Latin American literature” by the […]

African albino moved the heart of Spain

Spaniards are used to the thousand of African migrants that arrive to the Iberian coasts every year. They know also that most of them would be sent back by authorities once their safety and conditions will be guaranteed. But this time one of those African migrants moved their heart. He was Moszy, a boy of […]

Lula and Obama, Latin America and USA

For many observers the meeting of Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva in Washington with US president Barack Obama was the first important encounter among US and Latin America during the government of the new president at the White House. Undoubtedly, Lula became one of the most representative political leaders of the region and […]

Press Fredom for a Colombian celebration

Colombia will celebrate the Day of the Journalist today with a record of 130 violations to the Press Fredom, according to Maria Teresa Ronderos, director of Semana.com. The number, however, is inferior of what it was in 2007 in 32 cases. The information is provided by “Fundación para la Libertad de Prensa” (Foundation for the […]

Palmira ready for a country of fashion

If Colombia has a fame of having very beautiful women, we can not ignore that Colombia is a Latin American center of fashion, thanks to its development in the textile industry since the beginning of the 20th century. Of course, the industries were settled in big cities like Bogotá, Medellín, Cali and Barranquilla, but it […]

Hay Festival | Colombia, a country of writers

The Hay Festival in Cartagena de Indias reminds us that Colombia is a country of writers. The big affluence of people to the conferences of authors and the performances of artists like Juanes or Miguel Bosé, is a proof of that. You have to book entrance with a good anticipation in order to see authors […]

A Colombian, victim of violence in New Jersey

Wilter Sánchez, a 33 years old Colombian living in New Jersey, was victim of a violent attack last Wednesday. He was walking with his cousin Fernando Quincha toward a restaurant, when a car approached to them. The car stopped and five men came out. Fearing an attack, bot began to run, but Sánchez slipped on […]

A friendly press conference between two controversial presidents

Cartagena | ColPas. The meeting of the two most controversial presidents of Latin America in Cartagena de Indias was rather friendly. Even if journalists touched hot subjects like the Farc hostages that broke relations between Chávez and Uribe since November 2007 or the issue of the reelection that both leaders are looking. But the most […]

Colombian disabled conquered the peaks of Aconcagua

Five disabled Colombians conquered the pick of the second tallest mountain of the world: Cerro Aconcagua in Argentina. The team is made by four soldiers and a civilian who were victims of mines. They committed themselves to climb the tallest mountains in Colombia and the Americas.

Obama with a Colombian bulletproof vest

We still to know how would be the relations between Obama and Uribe, but it seems that the relations Obama and Caballero are at their highest ranking. At least the elconfidencial.com digital magazine from Spain is suggesting that president Obama wore the bulletproof vest designed by the Colombian fashion designer.