Honduras: The Farce of the War on Drugs and Narco-Democracy

Since the 2009 coup d’état, Honduras has been turned into a political laboratory, making it possible to condense the history of the last decade into a narcocorrido where the blue and red car gangs dedicated themselves to drug trafficking and the looting of the country; all under the discreet gaze and complicity of the Obama…

Honduras: Drug Trafficking in the Geopolitics of Capital

Ricardo Arturo Salgado Bonilla It is no secret that the governments of the United States have used drug trafficking to their own country as a means of carrying out their imperial policies. From the Iran-Contras case to the uncontrolled growth of poppy production in Afghanistan, the US military and intelligence used this deadly business as…

Why is Colombia Concerned about Russian Military Personnel in Venezuela?

Misión Verdad Venezuelan pilots will be trained in the handling of Russian helicopters Mi17V-5, Mi-35M and Mi-26T (Photo: Sergey Pivovarov / Sputnik). Suspicions from Colombia regarding the presence of Russian military personnel in Venezuela are in clear harmony with Washington’s spokespersons who have criticized the oil nation’s technical-military cooperation with the Russian Federation. In fact,…

Narco-states vs Freedom

Raúl Zibechi Translation by Chiapas Support Committee Wealth accumulated by the one percent is being protected by an alliance between drug trafficking networks and sectors of the state apparatus that serve the interests of large multinationals but at the same time have been formed as an important factor of power. This alliance operates by clearing…

Plan Colombia Version 2.0

Wayne Madsen The election of Colombian narcotics syndicate- and death squad-linked Ivan Duque as president of Colombia will herald the second run of the Pentagon’s and Central Intelligence Agency’s discredited “Plan Colombia.” Plan Colombia saw the systematic murder of farm workers, labor activists, and indigenous peoples by Colombian right-wing paramilitary units like the United Self-Defense…

Colombia: Drug Trafficking, Business of War and Presidential Elections

María Fernanda Barreto It is now time of presidential elections in Colombia. Fear is the main electoral strategy. The Colombian electorate is frightened by the ghost of “Chavism”, with the guerrillas that became a political party, with a former social-democratic guerrilla or with an alleged “invasion” of Venezuelans. Xenophobia as an expression of fear of…

The US Hand In War & Peace In Colombia

A man walks his dog next to a mural depicting former President Alvaro Uribe, in Bogota, Colombia/Photo: AP Over 100,000 students and members of the general public took to the streets of Bogotá on Oct. 5 in support of the peace accords which had been rejected by razor-thin margin in a public referendum three days…

The US War for Drugs and of Terror in Colombia

By Dan Kovalik I just had the pleasure of reading an important new book entitled, Cocaine, Death Squads and the War on Terror (U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia). This book, which was ten years in the making, is written by Oliver Villar & Drew Cottle and published by Monthly Review. The premise of…

The Wages of Plan Colombia Have Been Death

Plan Colombia’s 15th anniversary will be celebrated in Washington Thursday. But the legacy of the plan is marked by massacres, mass graves, and death squads. By Daniel Kovalik According to Colombia’s Victims Unit, the number of victims of Colombia’s civil war has surpassed 7 million. This number includes those who have been killed, disappeared or displaced since…