Story About Cocaine, Story About Colombia

Yesterday, National Public Radio broadcast a story about the drop in cocaine use in the United States in the past few years.   It was entitled "How Americans Said No To Cocaine After Years-Long Addiction," but as with most stories about cocaine, the reporters of course had to talk about Colombia. Sigh. From Blow to Pablo …

20 de julio: Colombian Independence Day

Colombian independence

¡Felíz día de Independencia! July 20th is Colombian Independence Day.  A day in Colombia to get off work, drink some Aguila beer or some aguardiente, and to appreciate the history of Colombia. July seems to have a disproportionate number of national holidays celebrating an independence day.  There is of course the U.S. American Fourth of …

Profile: Medellín

National Public Radio ran an interesting profile of the city of Medellín today.  It is in some ways a reflective of Colombia's changes as a whole - not without its problems with poverty and violence, but leaps and bounds over what Medellín was like in the 1990s when it was the "Murder Capital of the World." …