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." …

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What is an American?

Map of North and South America, 1747.

In Colombian schools, students are taught that there are six continents. Do a quick run through (Asia, Europe, Africa, Oceania, Antarctica, North and South America), and this seems a bit odd.  Most of the world totals the number of continents at seven, not six.  So what gives? Colombians, and many other Latin Americans, consider North …