Colombia 2021:The Year in which State Terrorism Became Visible

Renán Vega Cantor The State and the ruling classes of Colombia, which constitute the counterinsurgent power bloc, have made use of a series of fallacies to hide the terrorist nature of the State in this country, consolidated as such for decades. The first of these fallacies, repeated ad nauseam, is that Colombia is a democratic…

Colombia: A Threat to Latin America

Pueblo en Armas In Colombia, state terrorism has deepened and is open. Social leaders, indigenous people, peasants, teachers, settlers are assassinated every day. The rich in Colombia hold on to power and maintain their model of accumulation by means of discriminatory violence against activists and their organizations. According to data from Global Witness, a Human…

ELN: In-Depth Interview with Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista

Sasha Yumbila Paz “The categorical disassociation with drug trafficking is an integral part of our essence.” – Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista “The Nixon White House…had two enemies: the anti-war left and African-American people (…) We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be against the war or to be black, but to get the public to…

Colombia: An Unusual and Extraordinary Threat to Latin America

Since 2016, more than 900 social leaders have been killed in Colombia. Between 2020 and 2021, 78 massacres have been recorded, in which 292 people were killed. Since the beginning of the strike, the figures of repression are grotesque: 84 people murdered, 75 disappeared, 3,274 detained, 1,790 people injured. With 70% of the world production,…

National Strike in Colombia: A Labyrinth for Uribism

María Fernanda Barreto Operation Orion Victims marched in 2012 to demand justice for their family members. | Photo: EFE “We woke up in the night of terror amidst the bullets and the helicopter…”: so begins one of the many terrible stories of the people who lived in the Comuna 13 of Medellin on October 16,…

Interview with Tatiana Moreno: ‘Colombia Is A Narco-State’

Oliver Vargas & Kathryn Ledebur Tatiana Moreno of Congreso de los Pueblos Kawsachun News spoke to Tatiana Moreno of the Colombian social movement Congreso de los Pueblos after two weeks of mobilzations. We discussed the ongoing brutal repression against demonstrators by Ivan Duque’s security forces. Understanding the context of the mass protests requires us to…

Colombia: One Year After the Historic Mobilizations that Shook the Country

Protest against the Duke government of the multisectorial in Bogota. Image: EFE Colombia revived the historic mobilizations that took place last year with a national strike against the policies of President Ivan Duque. The diverse group of conveners included unions, students, teachers, doctors, peasant and feminist organizations. The Strike Committee, which brings together many of…

The Power of Narco-Trafficking in Mexico

Adalberto Santana Mexican Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos with then-U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in Mexico City, 2017 U.S. judicial system policies have led to the prosecution of two prominent figures from Mexico’s past governments in separate trials on charges of serving the drug trade. One of them has been Genaro García Luna, former Secretary of Public…

The Prosecution of Alvaro Uribe: The Start of a New Narco-War in Colombia?

Misión Verdad Álvaro Uribe, center, was Colombia’s president from 2002 to 2010, and is the mentor of current Colombian President Iván Duque, right, and acting Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez, left. Photo: Henry Romero / Reuters In Colombia, a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court of Justice has placed Senator and former President Álvaro Uribe…

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…

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…