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…

Colombia: Constituent Assembly

Alberto Pinzón Sánchez The geopolitics and necessity of a constituent process in Colombia. The “Mesa Internacionalista de Alternatiba” has encouraged me, as part of its process of reflection and exchange of concrete experiences on constituent processes in Abya Yala, to send them a text to address this need in Colombia. A need that is shared…

Colombia’s False Promise of Peace: The Ongoing War on FARC

On this day 5 years ago, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC–EP) signed a final peace agreement with the Colombian government, in hopes of putting an end to the decades-long brutal conflict. But the peace never came. redfish joined former FARC militants who dropped their arms in hopes of freedom and peace, but are…

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…

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…

Interview with Commander Villa Vázquez of the FARC-EP (Second Marquetalia)

Oliver Dodd Oliver Dodd, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and writer for the British newspaper Morning Star, recently traveled to the Catatumbo mountains in Colombia to interview a commander-in-chief of the recently reestablished FARC-EP (Segunda Marquetalia). Villa Vazquez, the main leader of the Danilo Garcia Command of the Second Marquetalia. Background information…

The War Scenario in Apure is Transferred to the Media and Social Networks

Misión Verdad Since the beginning of the clashes last Sunday, March 21, between Venezuelan state security forces and armed groups operating in Apure, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, attempts were made to construct a false narrative aimed at criminalizing the government of President Nicolás Maduro and involving secondary actors. The discourse framework promoted hours after the…

Manuel Marulanda: From Poor Campesino to Colombia’s Most Wanted

Carlos Cruz Mosquera The U.S. military led a mission to Colombia in the early 1960s that warned its government that it was ill-prepared for the “communist threat” facing the country. In 1964, following the military guidelines advised by the U.S., the Colombian state launched a fierce military mission to bomb and destroy Marquetalia, a self-governing…

Biden Backs Revival of His Brainchild: Plan Colombia 2.0 Set to Begin Next Month

Alan Macleod In an effort supposedly aimed at reducing cocaine production, Colombia is set to return to a massive aerial campaign of spraying Monsanto’s glyphosate across the country. Defense Minister Diego Molano confirmed that the highly contentious practice of fumigation — shelved since 2015 — will resume in April. “The constitutional order is clear: the…