Category: Colombia

Constanza Vieira: Breakthroughs and Hurdles in Colombia’s Peace Talks

Three major advances were made over the last week in the peace talks that have been moving forward in Cuba for nearly two years

Yesenia Barragan: Santos Won. But When Will Peace Win in Colombia?

Lost in the media celebrations was the question of how the end of the Official armed conflict would impact the unofficial campaign of ongoing violence against unionists, human rights activists, and dissidents

Dawn Paley: Colombian Poor Occupy Lands Slated for Military Base

Holding down an occupation for five months isn’t easy. Doing so in Colombia, even less so

Evan Pheiffer: Colombia’s Marcha Patriótica

Though it was established less than two years ago, the Marcha Patriótica (MP), a Colombian left-wing political movement, is already on the brink of collapse. Or extermination

Amy Goodman: Beyond Plan Colombia: Covert CIA Program Reveals Critical U.S. Role in Killings of Rebel Leaders

A new report has exposed a secret CIA program in Colombia that has helped kill at least two dozen rebel leaders

Immanuel Wallerstein: An Imperfect Peace: Colombia’s Civil War Nearing End

There has been civil war in Colombia more or less continuously since 1948. It seems it may finally be coming to an end. It is ending the way most other long-lasting civil wars end. A changed geopolitical context combined with a deep sense of exhaustion on both sides is permitting an uncertain and imperfect compromise Read more…

James Bargent: Taking on the Neoliberal Development Model: A Social Movement in Colombia Rises Up in Defense of Water

Colombia is booming, we are told. The security improvements of the last decade have opened up the country to investment, allowing it capitalize on its resource wealth to fund much needed development and investment in infrastructure. However, while this narrative has now traveled around the world, for many of those living at the heart of Read more…

Raul Zibechi: Colombia: The Triumphant Return of the Peasantry

Five decades of war made things worse. Landowners bought up more and more land, expelling and expropriating campesinos with force. The agricultural strike that began in August was the “Enough!” of a sector that will not put up with it any longer.  “We are in the middle of the labor pains of a new creature Read more…

Patrick Kane: Colombian Protests Show Cracks in Disastrous Economic Model

Markets for American productsThe latest uprising dominated the Colombian media, which carried footage of road blocks, mass marches, noisy protests and bloodied protestors in cities and rural areas across the country. In a symbolic demonstration, farmers poured thousands of litres of milk and other farm produce on to the road. The country's free trade agreements Read more…

James Jordan: Brutal Repression of National Strike in Colombia – Santos Declares Militarization of Bogotá

Colombian Armed Forces have brutally attacked members of the “Paro Agrario” National Farmers and Popular Strike, with at least four to five persons dead and reports of hundreds wounded. Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos, dismissing strikers as vandals, has ordered the militarization of the capital city of Bogotá and places throughout the country, vowing to Read more…

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