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‘Para-justice’ or vigilante justice in Colombia

The citizens’ weariness with street thieves naturalised revenge and punishment as instruments of a kind of dangerously vindictive “para-justice”.   German Ayala Osorio*   Every day, videos are posted on social media showing citizens, particularly men, subjecting thieves to violent punishments they call “paloterapia” (lynching), cognitive recalibration, therapeutic massages (punching […]

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Roaming the streets at random and whim

Last week I wrote about how the cityscape contains empty spaces, voids, which are the as-yet undeveloped tracts within the urban setting.   Steve Latham    But the word ‘void’ possesses a dual meaning. It is also a spiritual word. The void is what mystics experience in the depth of […]