Colombia

The Governor: A Story of Tragedy and Redemption

Who said feminism was solely the territory of intellectuals? The story of Lisinia Collazos – indigenous leader and militant of a peaceful feminist movement in southwest Colombia – embodies the deep changes endured by women in times of war.

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A People's Peace for a Country without Owners

By Emmanuel Rozental and Vilma Almendra
Originally published as "La Paz de los Pueblos sin Dueños" in Revista Contrapunto

We hope that the negotiations between the armed insurgency (FARC for now, but likely ELN as well) and the Colombian government will conclude rapidly with a signed agreement that will guarantee a definitive and permanent ceasefire between the parties. The current balance of forces in this negotiation should be examined in light of the strategic objectives of capital and its dynamics in Colombia on the one hand, and in light of the indigenous and popular struggles on the other. This will help to place us in context and help the popular forces avoid a trap that will help capital in its objective to continue to dispossess people, this time in the name of peace, while continuing war and terror by other means.

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Hollman Morris's Nuremberg Award Speech

While receiving the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award, Morris asked president Santos to amend the victims of the DAS, and demanded from the guerillas to release all hostages.

September 25, 2011

Sunday September 25th 2011, by Camilo Segura, Juan Pablo Morris

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The gift that keeps on giving: Colombia's magic laptops and the war against social movements

One of Colombia's major magazines, Cambio, published a story quoting from the magic laptops that survived bombing in the Ecuadorian jungle and were retrieved after the Colombian government assassinated Raul Reyes just about a year ago (March 3/08). This particular story concerns my friends Hollman Morris and Manuel Rozental.

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The march of Colombia's war

Indigenous people in Colombia are fighting their perpetual struggle against the militarization of their communities. In a horrific incident earlier in February, Colombia's guerrillas (the FARC) massacred dozens of Awa indigenous people in Narino. FARC claimed the massacre was a reprisal for Awa's cooperation with the military, who came earlier and coerced some people to cooperate with them.

On my choice of civil resistance

On my choice for civil resistance
Hector Mondragon
September 7, 2008

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The desperate lies of a criminal regime

by Justin Podur

I would have preferred to do some kind of letter to the editor, but it won't work. The need to react precisely precludes writing in Spanish, the need to write quickly precludes finding a translator, and the need to explain a great deal precludes the writing of a short letter. This article concerns the recent articles in el Tiempo, Colombia's national newspaper, on the FARC in Canada.

The Para-Uribe Regime, the Extraditions, and Justice in Colombia

by Justin Podur, Dawn Paley, and Manuel Rozental

A New York Times article by Simon Romero on August 15 suggested that the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo was going to investigate the FARC in Colombia, and its connections to other countries. In the 12-paragraph article, one paragraph (the 10th) noted that the ICC would also look at paramilitarism:

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ACIN on Ingrid Betancourt's Release

WE REJOICE, WITH THOSE LIBERATED, THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS AND CALL
THEM TO USE THEIR FREEDOM TO ACHIEVE THAT OF ALL COLOMBIANS

Colombia's Minister of Defense has just announced that former
Presidential Candidate Ingrid Betancur, together with three American
Soldiers
and 11 members of the Colombian Armed Forces held by FARC have been
rescued unharmed in a successful operation carried out by Colombian
intelligence disguised as representatives of a "fake" NGO who were to
transfer them under the orders of FARC's Secretariat. As this note is written,

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