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Stereotypes Colombians Can’t Stand Hearing

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Colombia has been declared “the happiest country in the world” on several occasions. But there are certainly plenty of things that make us Colombianos less than happy, like being asked if we carry coke at all times ?. Wanna see Colombianos smile again? Then stay clear of these stereotypes…

All Colombians Sound the Same

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Few things are more annoying than having complete strangers say you don’t sound Colombian because you don’t have that accent. News flash: we’re not all from the same region.

All Colombian Women Look Like This

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Colombian women come on all shapes and sizes, including ladies of Afro and indigenous descendent. Oh yeah, not all of us got boob jobs for our quinces either.

Colombians are Addicted to Coffee

Every Colombian is a Drug Dealer

Colombian Women are Easy

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Colombians are Only Good at Fútbol

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While Colombia made it to the 2014 World Cup and played fairly well (James Rodriguez is like a God), soccer is not the only sport Colombians dominate. Catherine Ibargüen from Apartadó, Colombia is a Summer Olympics medalist in the high jump; tennis player Marianna Duque from Bogotá high rank sits at 90 worldwide and Rigoberto Urán won second place in the 2014 Giro D’Italia.

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Every Colombian Abuses Cocaine

Colombia is a Third-World Country Where Tourists Get Kidnapped

 

Colombians are Only Made of Mulatos Dancing Salsa

Colombia = Guerrillas and Paramilitaries

Colombia is a Caribbean Country

Every Colombian is a Party Animal

PARTY, COLOMBIA, COCAINE

Colombian Food is Spicy because All Latin Food is Spicy, Duh

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Colombianos, what’s the most annoying stereotype you’ve heard? mitú wants to know. Let us know in the comments below. 

Colombia Is On Alert After Six Candidates Running For Mayor Have Been Murdered In The Past Six Weeks

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Colombia Is On Alert After Six Candidates Running For Mayor Have Been Murdered In The Past Six Weeks

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Yesterday saw police in Colombia arrest two people in connection to the death of Orley García, the mayoral candidate for the municipality of Toledo. But the wildest thing is that García isn’t the first mayoral candidate to have been killed this election cycle in Colombia. In fact, he’s actually the sixth

The most heartbreaking death was that of Karina García.

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The 32-year-old was running to be the first female mayor in the rural municipality of Toledo when she was attacked. Following a day of campaigning on September 1, García was returning to her hometown of Suarez when the car she was traveling in was shot at, before being set on fire. Six people died from the attack, including García’s mother, three local activists and a candidate for the municipal council, who were also in the car at the time. According to authorities, a grenade was used in the attack. Somehow, though, García’s bodyguard, who was driving the vehicle, survived.

Before she was killed, Karina reported receiving threats and asked for security.

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A reward of almost $44,000 has been offered for information leading to the capture of the dissidents who were responsible for the murder of Karina García, who is survived by her husband and three year old son. It seems like a case of too little, too late, though, as García had already reported to authorities that she was on the receiving end of death threats. It was only in August that four armed men confronted members of her campaign, ordering them to take down banners and posters supporting her candidacy. García took to social media, calling on authorities to protect her and her fellow candidates against harm. “Please, for God’s sake, don’t act so irresponsibly,” she said in a video posted to Facebook on August 24. “This can bring fatal consequences for me.”

Authorities are blaming the killings on FARC rebels.

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And just who are FARC? The Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, on the most fundamental level, are a guerilla movement that began in 1964. Motivated by Marxist-Leninist leanings, on paper they’re a peasant force that promotes anti-imperialism. However, what this means in practice is that they kidnap, ransom, drug run and extort their way into opposing Colombian authorities and consolidating power. By the time 2016 rolled around though, the group was running out of steam. This led to a ceasefire accord between FARC and the President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos. June 2017 saw FARC hand over its weapons to the United Nations.

Yes, FARC legitimized itself legally but several dissidents disagree with that decision.

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Obviously, that’s not the end of the story. Despite the peace deal, and despite the fact that FARC had officially announced its transformation into a legal, political party, there are still plenty of dissidents out there who disagree with the change and still operate under the original FARC doctrine. What’s most likely sparked the recent mayoral candidate killings is FARC’s announcement, on Youtube no less, that it’s resorting to violence due to the Colombian government’s failure to comply with the peace agreements from 2016. Of course, Colombian officials heartily disagreed with this statement, and responded with offensive strikes against FARC.

This has basically turned into tic for tac killing.

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And the repercussions of the violence and killings are far-reaching. Beyond the devastated friends and family left behind, this also spells trouble for the democratic process in Colombia. Because who’s going to risk running for office, if they’re risking not only their own life, but the lives of their friends, family and coworkers? And who’s going to even consider turning up to vote, when the candidates themselves are being murdered, left, right, and center? It’s hard to conceive of cultural and legislative change in a country where part of what needs to be changed is what’s preventing change in the first place.

The other thing to keep in mind is that this is the exact kind of violence that people are fleeing when they arrive at the US border and make an appeal for asylum.

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It’s a legitimate fear: the operation of gangs and cartels negatively impacts on the safety of the citizenry, as well as influencing the way that the entire country can be governed. However, because US legislation under the Trump administration states that asylum seekers cannot be granted refuge against gang violence, it means that these people have no choice but to go back to their country of origin and continue to risk theirs and their family’s lives. Something’s gotta give – otherwise, we’re going to see a lot more deaths at the hands of these gangs.

At this stage, we can only keep our eyes peeled for more news coming out from Colombia, as the elections are to be held October 27, across almost 1,100 municipalities. Unfortunately, with the murder of the sixth mayoral candidate in Colombia, this marks an even more violent election season than that of 2015, which saw the deaths of five mayoral candidates.

Get Your Tickets: Shakira Is Bringing Her ‘El Dorado’ Tour To The Big Screen

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Get Your Tickets: Shakira Is Bringing Her ‘El Dorado’ Tour To The Big Screen

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Pretty much anyone who calls themself a Shakira fan went to her ‘El Dorado’ tour in 2017-2018. I mean more than a million people attended her tour which travelled across 22 countries.

And now word is out that we get to relive all those beautiful moments and memories as Shakira is bringing the entire tour to the big screen. With her huge announcement, fans who are excited to relive the memories and fans who weren’t able to attend the original tour, fans have been freaking out.

Yup, it’s true. Shakira is bringing her ‘El Dorado’ tour to the big screen and we couldn’t be more excited.

In a first for the pop superstar, global music icon Shakira comes to cinema screens around the world this November with Shakira in Concert: El Dorado World Tour. The event will be shown on November 13, 2019 in more than 2,000 theaters in over 60 countries around the world with encore screenings to follow in select locations.

Following the hugely successful release of her 2017 album, El Dorado, which earned the singer a Grammy for Best Latin Pop Vocal Album and a Latin Grammy for Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album, the 42-year-old singer returned to the world stage, performing recent smashes such as Chantaje and La Bicicleta as well as hits from her 20+ year repertoire including Hips Don’t LieWaka Waka (This Time for Africa) and Estoy Aqui, to sold out stadiums and arenas around the world. The film will bring fans backstage and behind the scenes on the celebrated tour.

Directed by Shakira and James Merryman, the film relives the thrilling show on the big screen and, through documentary footage and Shakira’s own words, highlights what it took to bring the career-apex concert tour to 22 countries and nearly a million fans, after having to postpone the entire tour due to a vocal cord injury in November 2017.

The ‘She Wolf’ singer promised that it would be “something to remember.”

“This was one of the most memorable tours of my career,” Shak said in a press statement. “After I recovered my voice, my fans inspired me to get back on stage as they always do, and it’s pretty surreal to be reliving it with them now in over 60 countries in theaters throughout the world. I know they’ve been asking on my socials for this concert film and now it’s finally ready, so I hope it will be something to remember both for me and all those who have supported me throughout the years.”

The dazzling concert footage was predominantly filmed at Shakira’s Los Angeles show in August 2018 at The Forum in Inglewood, which the Los Angeles Times said at the time, “had the feel of a hero’s return.” Further scenes were shot throughout the U.S., Europe and Latin America. The tour spanned 22 countries worldwide where it was seen by approximately 1 million Shakira fans.

Fans took to Twitter to share in the excitement and proudly share they already had their tickets.

Seriously, Twitter is full of people proudly sharing screenshots of their tickets to one of the screenings. If there’s one thing we can be sure of in this wild, wacky world, it’s that Shakira has some serious die hard, loyal fans. So we can be sure that this global screening will be a major success for Shakira.

One Twitter user was shocked to find out that he’d be able to see it in his town…

“Oh my god it’s actually playing in my poverty stricken town.”

I’m not one to laugh at poverty but that comment is too funny. We’re just glad to see that people from all walks of life and various backgrounds will have the chance to see one of their favorite singers on the big screen.

But the screening event will happen at over 2,000 theatres in more than 60 countries around the world.

So chances are that no matter where you are in the world you’re nearby a theatre that will be playing Shakira’s big screen debut.

Marc Allenby, CEO of Trafalgar Releasing has said: “Trafalgar Releasing are really excited to be bringing to cinemas this incredible story, which illustrates Shakira’s determination and drive from her vocal cord injury through to bringing her amazing El Dorado shows to almost a million fans around the world. Through a mixture of behind the scenes, Shakira’s own words and the hit fuelled shows, this film will bring together Shakira fans everywhere to celebrate her 20 year+ career.”