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…

Indigenous Social Activist Murdered in Cherán, Michoacán

Organized crime, behind the murder of activist in Cherán Photo of the activist Guadalupe Campanur on the front page of La Jornada Ernesto Martínez Elorriaga Cherán, Michoacán Guadalupe Campanur Tapia, 32, “was very active in the community rounds, in the work of the forest guards and in the cultural workshops. And finally, she was a…

Narco-Politics in Chiapas: A Time Bomb that Increases the Risk of Another Massacre

Blocked roads, populations under siege, shootings every night, dozens of houses burned and the absence of authority, are some of the conditions that some 6,000 displaced persons from Chenalhó and Chalchihuitán suffer. Photo courtesy of the priest Marcelo Pérez Blanche Petrich Three weeks ago, the parish priest of Simojovel, Marcelo Pérez, started to tour the…

Mexico: Police Open Fire on Rural Students, One Seriously Injured

El Enemigo Común Rural activism by normal school (teacher-training) students has once again become the target of armed repression by the Mexican state. On Wednesday, June 21, students from the Vasco de Quiroga Rural Normal School in Tiripetío, Michoacán, were brutally repressed by Special Operations Group police (GOES) who detained, beat and shot at the…