Catatumbo in Dispute

María Fernanda Barreto Mouth of the Catatumbo River with Lake Maracaibo (Photo: Alan Highton / Cordon Press) The beautiful and strategic Catatumbo River originates in Colombia in the department of Norte de Santander and runs 240 kilometers until it reaches the Venezuelan border. From there it enters the state of Zulia, and flows its last…

Was America’s Longest War for Opium, Oil and Propping up the Stock Market?

John Potash Soldiers patrol opium fields in Afghanistan. [Source: bbc.com] On September 11, 2001—a day that will live in infamy in U.S. history—hijacked planes hit the World Trade Center in New York City and one side of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., which experienced destruction. President George W. Bush’s administration started a war in Afghanistan…

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,…

Violence and Humanitarian Crisis Intensify in Colombia

Peoples Dispatch The situation of violence in Colombia has led to the force displacements of around 15,000 people in different parts of the country. Photo: CONPAZCOL/Twitter According to the INDEPAZ, as of April 6, 43 social leaders and 14 ex-combatants of FARC have been assassinated by illegal armed groups. 91 people have been killed in…

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…

Origin and Current Status of Operation Condor

Fabián Escalante Font The National Security Doctrine of the United States, sustained and fed by the Monroe doctrine and other fascist concepts (Kissinger) were the fathers of Operation Condor, whose name, according to the Cuban-born terrorist Antonio Veciana, comes from the plot -so called by the CIA- to assassinate Fidel Castro on the occasion of…

A History of Inconvenient Allies and Convenient Enemies

Alexander Aviña The U.S. Coast Guard offloads seized cocaine in Miami Beach, 2014 (Photo by Sabrina Laberdesque/Wikimedia) Recent narco-terrorism charges against Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro form part of a longer history of U.S. empire using drugs to advance geopolitical goals. On March 26, U.S. attorney general William Barr announced new “narco-terorrism” charges against president Nicolás…

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…