USAID has funded the Cerrejón Foundation, the charitable arm of the Cerrejón mine in Caribbean Colombia, to the tune of millions. A months-long investigation reveals its community development projects are a front tied to a long history of displacement, violence, and death
Interview with local activists and businesspeople determined to kick the mining industry out of their town
After the peace accord, can the Colombian government incentivize coca planters to cultivate other crops? Not if they don’t address the inequality and land grabbing that prompted them to start growing coca in the first place
Buenaventura, Colombia’s largest port-side cities, generates US$2 billion in revenue for the Colombian State, yet over half the city doesn’t have access to drinking water. Furthermore, unemployment is above 60%, it lacks a major hospital to serve its 400,000 residents, and illegal armed groups have been inflicting heinous violence on the civilian population for more Read more…
As protests in Colombia rage on, President Trump’s meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos could point towards a deepening of militarized drug war policies over investing in Colombia’s peace process
Paramilitaries are widely seen as the number one threat to lasting peace in Colombia
Without understanding the problem of the concentration of land ownership, it is impossible to understand anything that has happened in the country in the past eighty years
If the vote had gone the other way, Colombia might have shown the world that even intractable civil wars can come to an end. It would have been a message to Syria and the Congo, a message of the power of negotiation towards a new civil compact. But this did not come to pass.
The stalemate and the ensuing battle fatigue led each side to reconsider its all-or-nothing position and to enter into political negotiations. How did this happen?
Beyond the final results of the vote itself, October 2 thus demonstrated the resiliency of Colombian social life in the face of violence, and how those local, rural movements will still help to define a new Colombian democracy