Three Political Fronts Where Chavism Has Taken the Offensive in 2020

Misión Verdad The popular mobilization of women and men in civic-military union and the measures of social protection and promotion are the driving forces of Chavismo. Photo: Archives A crisis that is not only circumstantial or regional, but systemic and global, has been catalyzed by the pandemic that branches out from the geopolitical to the…

Indignation in Colombia Amid Spree of Assassinations

Tanya Wadhwa Peasant communities in Catatumbo denounced that Soldiers from the Colombian Army assassinated Salvador Jaime Duran on June 27. Photo: Colombia Informa The wave of assassinations and acts of sexual violence carried out by security forces and paramilitary groups against Colombian civilians in the past week has shaken the country A series of assassinations…

Colombians Question Deployment of U.S. Security Forces

Thomas Power A 2019 protest in Bogotá, Colombia against military aggression in Venezuela (Tom Power) Colombian soldiers and military brass have been implicated in a string of human rights violations in recent weeks. On May 1, Semana magazine reported that Colombian military illegally used U.S. military aid to spy on journalists and human rights defenders,…

The Colombian Tragedy

Wafica Ibrahim After the signing of a peace between the Colombian government and the largest guerrilla group in the American continent, and after the result of the plebiscite, Colombia passed in just a few weeks from hope to unrest, and has lived in that limbo for the last four years. The signing of the peace…

Colombia: “The People Confront the Continent’s Most Violent Oligarchy”

Carlos Aznarez People marched in the southern neighborhoods of the Bogota and in the center to protest the national and local government’s management of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Johan González – Colombia Informa | Peoples Dispatch In order to deepen the information about what has been happening in Colombia since the arrival of a large…

Colombia’s Other Pandemic: Unchecked State Violence in the Time of COVID-19

Danny Shaw The human rights group Indepaz reports that 800 activists have been killed in the past three and a half years in Colombia, since November 24, 2016, the date the government signed “the Peace Accord” with the FARC.[1] Taking advantage of society’s fear and distraction, and the demobilization caused by the novel coronavirus, state…

U.S. Special Forces, Mercenaries Terrorize Colombia and Venezuela

Scott Scheffer US troops on the tarmac in Colombia. At a press conference in January 2019, then-White House National Security Advisor John Bolton made sure a notepad that had the words “5,000 U.S. troops to Colombia” scrawled on it was visible for photographers. Pretending it was inadvertent, he signalled a threat to Venezuela’s President Nicolás…

Assassination of Social Activists Continues in Colombia Despite “Lockdown”

Tanya Wadhwa “Not one more social leader assassinated” reads the poster. Photo: El Pais According to the Institute of Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ), 115 environmentalists, human rights defenders, Indigenous, peasant and social leaders, and more than 20 former combatants of the FARC guerrilla group have been killed so far this year. The systematic assassination…

In Colombia, the Pandemic is Widening Inequality in Access to Education

Zoe PC In Colombia, families that do not have access to food hang red cloths in their window. Across the world, the pandemic has intensified existing inequality and plunged working-class families and marginalized populations into greater states of precarity with their access to basic rights of food, education and health are not guaranteed. Photo: Colombia…

Communities Violently Evicted in Colombia Amid “Lockdown”

Altos de la Estancia is a park area in the Ciudad Bolívar district which is occupied by homeless locals, migrants, peasants, indigenous people and unemployed workers. Nearly 700 poor families live in precarious conditions in the slums built on the land. Peoples Dispatch On May 11, activists in Colombia denounced violent evictions of families carried…