FANB to Initiate Bolivarian Shield 2022 Operation

Ana Perdigón The Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) is getting ready to initiate its Bolivarian Shield 2022 operation with the aim of guaranteeing peace in Venezuela. The head of FANB’s Strategic Operational Command (CEOFANB), General Domingo Hernández Lárez, reported that personnel, materials and equipment have already been enlisted to start the Bolivarian Shield 2022. Hernández…

Colombia: “In Arauca We Have Suffered Every Form of War”

Colombia Informa Colombia’s Arauca department is one of the most heavily militarized in the country, in addition to being home to several transnational oil extraction projects. Photo: Colombia Informa Amid an escalation in the armed conflict in the border region of Arauca, social leader and human rights defender Sonia López discusses the broader context of…

Colombia Reports the Fourth Massacre of 2022

Tanya Wadhwa In the first nine days of 2022, four massacres have been perpetrated in different departments of Colombia. Photo: Radio Nacional CO/Twitter On Sunday, the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) reported that two massacres took place in less than 24 hours in the country In the first nine days of this year,…

Colombia 2021:The Year in which State Terrorism Became Visible

Renán Vega Cantor The State and the ruling classes of Colombia, which constitute the counterinsurgent power bloc, have made use of a series of fallacies to hide the terrorist nature of the State in this country, consolidated as such for decades. The first of these fallacies, repeated ad nauseam, is that Colombia is a democratic…

Protests in Colombia Spur Government to Hunt Down Youth

Begonia D In the aftermath of the 2021 “National Strike” in Colombia, the Duque government is treating youth like terrorists and has launched a series of murders, disappearances, and prosecutions. Without a doubt, youth were the most significant force in the 2021 protests that swept Colombia. That explains why they are now the focus of…

Forced Displacements in Colombia Increase by Over 169% During 2021

Tanya Wadhwa The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó is one of the many communities that has seen an increase in paramilitary violence and threats. They carried out a march for the right to life on December 23, 2021. Photo: Contagio Radio The Office for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES) condemned that 2021 had…

Colombia and Venezuela: Where is There a Dictatorship?

María Fernanda Barreto Photo: Carlos García Rawlins / Reuters What is democracy in the 21st century? Where is there a true democracy? They say that all comparisons are odious, but at the same time they are inevitable. In the case of Colombia and Venezuela, the comparison between their political systems is constantly made by the…

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…

Latin America: Why the Elections in Chile, Brazil and Colombia are Crucial

Emir Sader Latin America has become the epicenter of the greatest political struggles of the 21st century because it was the epicenter of neoliberalism in the world. It was the region with the most neoliberal and radical governments. Therefore, it became the region where the anti-neoliberal governments developed, thus becoming the fundamental scenario of the…

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…

Court Cases Show Colombian Government Role in Paramilitary Killings, US Implicated

W. T. Whitney Struggle over agrarian rights in Colombia led to thousands of deaths after 1946. Then, 200,000 more were killed between 1948 and 1958. From then until 2018, class war involving leftist guerrillas, narcotraffickers, paramilitaries, big landholders, and Colombia’s Army took the lives of another 260,000 Colombians. The 2016 agreement ending 50 years of…