Colombia: Timochenko and His Presidential Vision

See Rodrigo Londoño’s opening campaign speech Farooque Chowdhury The renewed initiative for a peaceful and decent Colombia is facing fatal hurdles as assassinations and assaults are being unleashed against the Revolutionary Alternative Force of the Commons, FARC, the political party formed by the former guerrilla leaders and activists. Blood of progressive activists is being spilled…

Amid Peace Talks, Two More Social Leaders Assassinated in Colombia

Several social movements in the region have denounced the death of the two leaders. Orlando Gruesa, an ex-FARC member, was working to help campesinos in the region transition from growing illicit coca crops to other alternatives. | Photo: Twitter/ Coccam Amid peace talks between the National Liberation Army, ELN, and the Colombian government, two more…

Colombia: FARC Suspends Political Campaign Amid Safety Concerns

Colombia’s Revolutionary Alternative Forces of the Commons, FARC, the former rebel group turned political party, have temporarily suspended their presidential and legislative campaign due to increased threats and attacks on its members. Rodrigo Londoño, also known as Timochenko, the former head of the rebel group, who launched a presidential bid in January, has been confronted…

The Struggle of Afro-Colombian Communities

Raffaele Morgantini | Ricardo Vaz Translated from French by Internationalist 360° The history of the Afro-Colombian communities is a succession of persecutions, forced displacements, human rights violations and permanent struggle for dignity. To better understand this struggle, especially in this context of (non) implementation of the peace agreements in Colombia, we exchanged with Luis Armando…

Peace in Colombia: A Plan and a Criminal Force

On the lack of safety guarantees for FARC members and community and peace defenders.. Gabriel-Angel An insurgent force fighting the State for more than half a century, which has to its credit an indeterminate number of combatants killed, crippled or disappeared because of the war, and to which an indeterminate number of casualties in the…

UN Condemns Killings of Two FARC Politicians and Ex-Combatants

“Avoid a new political genocide” a FARC statement demanded, calling for the dismantling of paramilitary structures. FARC Statement U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres visits reinsertion centres of former FARC rebels on Jan. 14. The U.N. Verification Mission in Colombia condemned “the murders of Wilman Asprilla and Ansel Montoya, FARC members who were participating in electoral…