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Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Petro talks to Venezuela’s president Maduro

Colombia’s president-elect Gustavo Petro is wasting no time in fulfilling his promise of normalizing relations between his country and the socialist government in Venezuela, discussing with Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro the reopening of the border between the two nations three days after winning the election. Media reports said: Petro, a former guerrilla who won the presidential election on Sunday promising[Read More…]

by 23/06/2022 1 comment World
Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro Is The First Leftist President Elected In Colombia

Gustavo Petro, a former rebel, has been elected Colombia’s first leftist president on Sunday. Petro’s triumph, in one of the most historically conservative countries on the continent, is a stunning example of widespread discontent that is shaking the status quo. It is a powerful rejection of the political establishment that has ruled the South American nation for two centuries. Voters[Read More…]

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Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

Colombia Needs Democracy, Plain and Simple: An Interview With María José Pizarro

by Vijay Prashad & Taroa Zúñiga Silva  On May 29, 2022, a political earthquake struck Colombia: the left-leaning Historical Pact’s presidential candidate, Gustavo Petro, and vice-presidential candidate, Francia Márquez, won the first round of the presidential elections after getting 40.33 percent of the votes. The blocs representing the far-right and right-wing parties—which have dominated Colombian politics for most of its history—trailed far[Read More…]

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Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

Elections in Colombia: Prospects for Change and Lack of Guarantees

With legislative and presidential elections coming up in Colombia, the supposedly “oldest democracy in Latin America” will see if it can consolidate the most precarious and recent peace on the continent. The Latin American and Caribbean electoral calendar for 2022 promises to be no less hectic than that of the previous year. Among the upcoming elections and referendums that are slated for this year—Costa[Read More…]

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Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Is Colombia’s Military Displacing Peasants to Protect the Environment or Sell Off Natural Resources?

Colombia witnessed a series of mass protests at the end of April following a call for a national strike in the city of Cali. Still ongoing, the protests have many causes: an apparent “tax reform” that was going to transfer even more wealth to the 1 percent in Colombia; the failure of the most recent peace accords; and the inability of Colombia’s[Read More…]

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The Roots Of Colombia’s Crisis 2021

The Roots Of Colombia’s Crisis 2021

There has been a social explosion of the Colombian people against poverty and repression. President Duque’s ‘tax reform’ package was the last straw that broke their patience. The biggest upsurge of sustained popular protest since the 1970s has brought the country to an absolutely pivotal moment: Colombia’s future hangs in the balance. In this article we look at why Duque[Read More…]

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The Uprising in Colombia

The Uprising in Colombia

On April 28, 2021, many of Colombia’s largest unions held a national strike against tax reforms put forward by President Ivan Duque’s government to cover funds related to the COVID-19 pandemic and national debt . Demonstrators filled the streets of downtown Bogotá, Medellín, Cali, Barranquilla and Ibague, as well as smaller cities. Stores and most public services came to a[Read More…]

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Nation-wide strike in Colombia: Trade unions, indigenous people, women, students join hands

Nation-wide strike in Colombia: Trade unions, indigenous people, women, students join hands

Amidst the increase in the numbers of massacres and murders of social leaders and former members of the then Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP) a nation-wide strike has gripped Colombia since Wednesday. The strike has hit the country’s main cities. Supported by peasant organizations, women, Afro-descendant and LGBTI communities and student groups, the mobilizations will be peaceful[Read More…]

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Police Brutality And US Imperialism In Colombia

Police Brutality And US Imperialism In Colombia

On 21 September, 2020, – World Peace Day – diverse sectors of the Colombian society held protests throughout the country, resulting in 142 actions including in the cities of Bogotá, Medellín, and Cali. In response to these demonstrations, the Colombian state unabashedly used its repressive power. At least 11 people were injured and 13 others were detained by the Colombian security forces. In Bogota, the National Police’s Mobile[Read More…]

by 29/09/2020 Comments are Disabled Imperialism
Paramilitaries continue to terrorize Colombia’s rights defenders: says report

Paramilitaries continue to terrorize Colombia’s rights defenders: says report

Paramilitary groups continued to pose by far the biggest threat to Colombia’s community leaders and human rights defenders last year, says a newly released report. In its annual report, Somos Defensores (SD), a human rights organization, registered a drop in assassinations of social leaders from 155 in 2018 to 124 in 2019, but an increase in death threats that went[Read More…]

by 18/09/2020 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Colombia: If We Do Not Get Engaged With Politics …

Colombia: If We Do Not Get Engaged With Politics …

  Renewed initiative for a peaceful and decent Colombia is facing fatal hurdles as assassinations and assaults are being unleashed against the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Common (Fuerza Alternativa Revolucionaria del Común, acronym FARC), the political party formed by the former FARC leaders and activists. Blood of progressive activists is being spilled by the ultra-rightist/conservative forces in the land[Read More…]

by 18/02/2018 2 comments World
The Plan To Gaza-ify The Colombian Peace Process

The Plan To Gaza-ify The Colombian Peace Process

This important article is by the Colombian economist and activist Héctor Mondragón and argues that Colombia’s landowning elite are not interested in peace, even though negotiators have gone to great lengths to placate them. Originally in Spanish – translated by Justin Podur. To understand what is happening with the Colombian Peace Accords, it is necessary to identify the enormous political[Read More…]

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