Category: Colombia

Forrest Hylton: Colombia Diary: Under Heavy Manners

The Colombian student movement is one of the brighter lights in an otherwise dim firmament, and deserves support and protection from all who wish to avoid war in South America

Juan Pablo Melo: The battle for the commons in neoliberal Colombia

The local struggle to protect the Rio Blanco ecological reserve epitomizes the resistance against the destructive impact of decades of neoliberal development

Julia Margaret Zulver: Women Weaving Life in Southern Colombia

In Colombia’s southern province of Putumayo, a group of women is stitching together social fabric despite an alarming number of ongoing threats and acts of violence against them

Kate Paarlberg-Kvam: For Women, A Contradictory Peace in Colombia

So long as Colombia’s peace accords fail to contend with the liberal economic order or challenge extractivism and militarism in the country, they will fall short of achieving true gender justice

Forrest Hylton: Change and Continuity in Colombian Politics

Right-wing Uribe protégé Iván Duque is the next president of Colombia. But not all is lost: The Colombian Left had its most impressive turn-out in history

Victoria McKenzie: Death and Displacement: A USAID Export

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

Hannibal Rhoades: Building alternatives to mining in Colombia

Interview with local activists and businesspeople determined to kick the mining industry out of their town

Isabel Peñaranda: Agriculture in Post-Peace Colombia

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

Tom Power: Buenaventura Wakes Up

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…

Chelsey Dyer: Trump and Santos at the White House

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

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