Colombian Government Announces Official Resumption of Peace Talks with ELN

Michele de Mello The administration of Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez has vowed to prioritize peace and ameliorate the devastating setbacks the processes had under Ivan Duque. Cuba, Ecuador, Chile and Norway have been chosen to mediate the negotiations between Petro’s administration and the guerrilla group In the first press conference to local media after…

Beltrán: “We are Walking Along Different Paths Towards a More Just Society”

María Fernanda Barreto Exclusive interview with Commander Pablo Beltrán, head of the ELN Peace Delegation, regarding possible dialogues with the new Colombian government. The presidential triumph of the Historical Pact in the last elections in Colombia, has awakened an unprecedented hope in the majority of the Colombian population and in general, in all the countries…

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…

ELN Believes 2022 Elections in Colombia Will “Likely Favor Peace”

Michele de Mello, Zoe Alexandra The National Liberation Army just commemorated 57 years of existence and seeks to restart peace talks in Colombia. Photo: Colombia Informa At 211 years of independence and six decades of armed conflict, Colombia remains mired in violence. ELN commander Aureliano Carbonell discusses the challenges to building peace Colombia celebrates its…

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,…

The People of the Colombian-Venezuelan Borders Fear War

María Fernanda Barreto FANB deployments on the border with Colombia in the state of Apure (Photo: Archivo) Since the events in Apure, a number of incidents on the Colombia-Venezuela border have been reported in the international media, hinting at a military conflict in the making during this pre-electoral year, which is expected to be the…

Colombia: An Ideal U.S. Client-State in the Western Hemisphere

Angelo Cardona Funeral of slain guerrilla fighter, one of many victims of Colombia’s long civil war. [Source: trtworld.com] Washington has long helped fuel the devastating conflict in Colombia that goes back to the era of La Violencia in World War II Colombia has been living with one of the longest armed conflicts in the world….

Shattered Dreams: The Assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán

Steve Lalla On April 9, 1948, Colombian Liberal politician, movement leader, and social activist Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala was murdered in the capital city of Bogotá. His killing changed the country’s history forever. During the 1940s the charismatic orator and lawyer had steered the Liberal party towards socialism. Gaitán was leading the presidential race at…

Colombia: Over 3,600 Indigenous Rights Violations in the First Months of 2021

Ellys Segura The recent upsurge in state and right-wing violence has left all of Colombia reeling, but Indigenous communities have been particularly affected by it. This is evident from recent data published in a report by the Human Rights Observatory of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC). The report revealed that between January 1st…

US, OAS, Colombia Try to Steal Ecuador’s Election from Popular Socialist Candidate, While Spreading Fake News

Ben Norton The US State Department is pushing a politicized vote recount, overseen by the coup-sponsoring OAS, after socialist Andrés Arauz won Ecuador’s election in a landslide. Meanwhile Colombia’s ex-president warns his country’s “radical right” is “interfering” with “slander” and a “dirty game.” GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR– A popular socialist candidate, Andrés Arauz, won the first round…

Is Colombia Entering a New Cycle of War?

Nepomuceno Marín Four years after the signing of the Peace Accords between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and a sector of the FARC (Timochenko and Ivan Marquez), various analyses have emerged on this event and on the phenomenon of violence and war in Colombia. Almost all of the reflections focus on the process of…

People’s Mobilization in Latin America, from the Vision of the ELN

Peoples Dispatch Peoples Dispatch and other media projects carried out an exclusive interview with Antonio García, military chief and member of the Central Command of the National Liberation Army (ELN). Latin America has been permeated by a wave of mobilizations over the past couple of months. The indignation has been expressed in the streets in…

The Colombian Tragedy

Wafica Ibrahim After the signing of a peace between the Colombian government and the largest guerrilla group in the American continent, and after the result of the plebiscite, Colombia passed in just a few weeks from hope to unrest, and has lived in that limbo for the last four years. The signing of the peace…

Colombia: “The People Confront the Continent’s Most Violent Oligarchy”

Carlos Aznarez People marched in the southern neighborhoods of the Bogota and in the center to protest the national and local government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Johan González – Colombia Informa | Peoples Dispatch In order to deepen the information about what has been happening in Colombia since the arrival of a large…