Posts byJuan Felipe Gaviria

El Tigre: an unbreakable leader

A story of how art, hope and love, can beat any circumstance

The Santo Domingo barrio lies inside the Carpinelo sector in the northeast of Medellín, Colombia. Its brick houses covered by zinc roofs contrast its piled urbanity with backyards that grace potatoes on the slopes of the Andean Mountain that hosts its people. It portrays the typical image of the “comunas” that make up much of Latin-American

The new left in Colombia: A hard promise to keep

Gustavo Petro, the newly elected Colombian president, has a lot to live up to. The road will not be easy.

Colombia has a new president. Gustavo Petro, a 62-year-old ex-guerrilla combatant, ex-mayor of Bogotá, ex-senator and now, even to his great surprise, ex-opposition. This is a historic election. He is the country’s first leftist president, and his vice-president, Francia Márquez, is the first black woman to hold the second-highest position in the executive branch. Petro

Consider Writing

A bit of muffled insight into a great article

“Consider the Lobster” by the late David Foster Wallace is a 7-page field notes article published in Gourmet Magazine in 2004. It is one of my favorite essays ever written. In it, Wallace takes us to “the enormous, pungent, and extremely well-marketed Maine Lobster Festival.” He tells us about the hundreds of attendees that, every

Novel Political Leaders: A Lie in Disguise

A lesson from Medellín, Colombia

Young political candidates seem to have a flair to them. They resonate with the young. They represent change and bring a fresh twist to a rather dull, bureaucratic, and traditional institution like government. One place where this breed of politicians has proven its effectiveness is Latin America. Daniel Quintero, today’s mayor of Medellín, Colombia’s second-biggest