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…

Keys to Jesús Santrich’s Assassination in Venezuela

Danna Urdaneta To Jesús Santrich the neo-baroque poet and communicator admired by the Venezuelan people the Marxist thinker who gave his life for peace with social justice for Colombia. Jesús Santrich’s assassination in Venezuela on May 17, 2021, constituted a serious violation of national sovereignty by the United States and Colombia. Despite blankets of silence being imposed…

Jesus Santrich Assassination Straight Out of the CIA Playbook

Oliver Dodd On May 17, Seuxis Pausias Hernandez Solarte, aka Jesus Santrich, one of the two most prominent leaders of the Farc, was ambushed and assassinated in Venezuela by commandos sent by the Colombian state. Santrich had been a member of the Farc for three decades, having joined Colombia’s Young Communist League when he was…

Peace in Colombia Should Mean Land Reform and an End to Hunger

Vijay Prashad, Zoe Alexandra Rodrigo Granda of the Comunes party has been fighting for peace and social change in Colombia since the 1970s. Since the end of April, Colombia’s streets have smelled of tear gas. The government of Colombian President Iván Duque imposed policies that put the costs of the pandemic on the working class…

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,…

Jesús Santrich: The Laughter of a Bolivarian Cannot Be Easily Extinguished

Néstor Kohan JESÚS SANTRICH, a Colombian and Our-American revolutionary militant, has been annihilated. Honor to those who deserve honor. The shots and grenades that took his breath away were from the Colombian army, as was the knife or razor with which they mutilated his lifeless hand. The orders came from Iván Duque, the little pigeon…

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…