Winds of Change Sweeping Latin America

Richard S. Dunn Repudiation of Biden administration at Summit of the Americas and Colombia’s election of a left-wing presidenta signifies a new era of independence and progressivism in Washington’s traditional “backyard.“ The 9th Summit of the Americas came to an uneventful close on June 10th. Held in Los Angeles, California, the summit from almost all accounts,…

Do Colombians and Venezuelans Need to Become Political “Allies”?

Franco Vielma The election of Gustavo Petro as president of Colombia and his running mate as vice-president, Francia Márquez, is undoubtedly a political milestone in this country, especially considering the long cycle of right-wing conservative governments that took the form of a political caste since the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán in 1948. This event…

“…Chile…Colombia…Brazil???”: Bolsonaro Despair at Left Resurgence

BRASILWIRE Folha’s Monica Bergamo reports that, following the victory of Gustavo Petro, President Jair Bolsonaro sent a message on a private WhatsApp group in which he despaired at the result. Left-wing candidate Gustavo Petro was elected president on Sunday with 40.32% of the vote. It is the first time the left has won an election in…

Francia Márquez, Vice-President Elect of Colombia

The first fact about Colombia’s vice-president-elect, Francia Márquez, is her African descent. However, her origins are more relevant than what is evident at first glance. It was her history as a human rights activist and lawyer for social causes that led her to the prominent role she has today. Francia was born in 1981, in…

Interview with Pacto Histórico’s Vice Presidential Candidate

Marco Teruggi Francia Márquez: “We need all of Colombia to go out and vote”. “I grew up on a mountain in the middle of nowhere, in the oblivion of the state and the presence of armed violence,” Francia Márquez, who could be elected vice-president of Colombia next Sunday, tells PáginaI12. The candidate takes a few…

Venezuela to Host Anti-NATO Summit Amid Rising Tensions with Colombia

Uriel Araujo Nicolas Maduro’s Bolivarian government of Venezuela announced it will hold an anti-NATO “counter-summit” in San Cristóbal (state of Tachira) on the border with Colombia on June 28-29. Colombia, Washington’s main ally in South America, and also a huge human rights breacher, has been a Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) since May 2022. This development comes amid a…

Elections in Colombia: Between Hope and Concern

Pablo Ruiz On Sunday 19 June, all eyes will once again be on Colombia and the results of the second round of the presidential elections: will it be more of the same in Colombia – one of the most dangerous countries for human rights defenders – or will there be a change, depending on whether…

Colombia: World Power of Life or Neo-Fascist Pillar?

Agustín Laó-Montes Francia Marquez and Gustavo Petro (Photo: @darwintorres_22 Twitter) The leftist Historical Pact emerged as the favorite of Colombian voters in the recent election. But rightist forces are working to prevent Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez from winning in the second round and becoming President and Vice President of Colombia. A new and devastating utopia…

Colombia Needs Democracy: An Interview with María José Pizarro

Vijay Prashad, Taroa Zuniga Silva The candidates of the Historic Pact, Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez The run-off presidential election in Colombia in June 19 is a rare opportunity for a left-wing breakthrough, which will help set aside the violent agenda that has so far been supported by the country’s elite On May 29, 2022, a…

The Somali Model as a Mirror of the TANCOL Strategy Against Venezuela

Mison Verdad Paramilitary groups and guerrillas are considered threats to Venezuelan political stability, their radicalization goes beyond being a public order issue (Photo: CEOFANB) Last Thursday, June 2, from the command post of the Ministry of Defense, President Nicolás Maduro made an evaluation of Operation Bolivarian Shield 2022 in which he stated that the so-called…