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…

ELN: State Sanctioned Assassinations Outnumber Deaths from Armed Conflict

Yes it is systematic genocide! ELN Voces Nothing portrays more clearly the tragedy that we live in Colombia today  than the fact that 1,000 homicides occur each month. In January alone there were 27 murders of social leaders; 20 ELN guerrillas killed, as well as 11 deaths among soldiers and police. Among deaths from socio-political…

The Combat Order Was Given: Santos’ War Against Venezuela

War preparations already began. 2015: Tensions arise along the Colombia-Venezuela border Sergio Rodriguez Gelfenstein International media loudly spread the idea that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s trip to Latin America and the Caribbean was designed to align the region against Venezuela and pressure Caracas by increasing economic sanctions, but Tillerson was also trying to push…

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…

Venezuela: Dialogue Ends as Presidential Elections Begin

Government spokesman Jorge Rodriguez said that, on the eve of the scheduled signing, the opposition received a phone call from Colombia and decided to withdraw from the dialogue. Mision Verdad English Translation by teleSUR In a new but not unusual turn of events, Venezuela’s opposition Democratic Unity Table (MUD) has refused to sign an agreement…

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…