The following article by James Jordan is from Fight Back! News:
Alliance for Global Justice volunteer, Raquel Mogollón, was in attendance at the trial of political prisoner Liliany Obando Aug. 4 in Bogotá, Colombia. Based on her eyewitness report, the hearing revealed manipulation of evidence behind the charges being brought against Obando.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Alvaro Uribe, FARC-EP, farcpoliticas, FENSUAGRO, Fight Back!, INTERPOL, James Jordan, Liliana Obando, Piedad Cordoba, political prisoners, Raquel Mogollón, Raul Reyes, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army
The following article is Nicaragua Network / Alliance for Global Justice’s response to the attention the possibility of a Nicaraguan coup has received in the media today.
Nicaragua Will Not Be Next
By Chuck Kaufman
Nicaragua Network/Alliance for Global Justice
While the facts in the Prensa Latina article, “After Honduras, Nicaragua?” on April 22, 2010, and some coverage by other international media, are correct about the current turmoil in Nicaragua, the implication that Nicaragua is ripe for a coup, like occurred in neighboring Honduras, is not. The Nicaraguan opposition, generously funded by the US National Endowment for Democracy and US Agency for International Development, has worked to make the country ungovernable virtually since President Daniel Ortega took office in January 2007. One of the periodic escalations of those tactics is taking place now.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Nicaragua
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Chuck Kaufman, counter-revolution, Daniel Ortega, FSLN, Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, National Endowment for Democracy, NED, Nicaragua Network, Revolution, Sandinismo, Sandinista Front for National Liberation, Sandinistas, USAID
The following article by Angela Denio is from Fight Back! News:
The jailing and repeated postponement of trials of Liliany “Lily” Obando tells the story of a powerful woman. She is dealing firsthand with the extreme repression facing many Colombians who oppose the government. In Colombia there are over 7000 political prisoners. Colombian trade unionist Liliany Obando was arrested in the summer of 2008. Her arrest came during a string of attacks by the Uribe government targeting leaders of Colombia’s growing struggles for social change.
Obando is a typical Colombian. She has taken up the challenge to fight for the rights of the people – the ones who don’t matter to the rich in charge in Colombia and their puppeteers here in the U.S. government. Through her work with FENSUAGRO, a Colombian union, Obando championed the rights and welfare of Colombian farmers and rural wage laborers. Her work was transparent and legal under Colombian law, but Liliany Obando now sits in prison. Continue reading
Posted in Action Alerts, Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Women's Liberation
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Angela Denio, FARC-EP, FENSUAGRO, Fight Back!, James Jordan, Liliana Obando, political prisoners, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Trade Unions
The AUC is Colombia's largest paramilitary death squad
The following commentary by James Jordan is from Fight Back! News:
In early November I received a copy of a death threat made against student activists at the University of the Atlantic in Barranquilla, Colombia. The threat was sent out in the name of the “United Self-Defense Forces (AUC)-Rearmed”. The AUC is the largest paramilitary organization in Colombia, though it supposedly demobilized due to government efforts. However, a number of organizations, from Arco Iris Corporation to Human Rights Watch, have reported that para-militarism is actually on the increase, often in the form of new or reconstituted organizations.
Posted in Colombia, Student Movements
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Alvaro Uribe, Armed Struggle, AUC, Clandestine Colombian Communist Party, counter-revolution, death squads, FARC-EP, FEU, Fight Back!, human rights, James Jordan, paramilitarism, Revolution
James Jordan speaking in Haiti. (Fight Back! News)
The following article by Tom Burke is from Fight Back! News:
The U.S. government is stepping up its surveillance and harassment of U.S. activists in an attempt to intimidate them and dampen their spirits for the change we believe in. International solidarity activist James Jordan was returning from a two week trip to Haiti, on Jan. 7, five days prior to the terrible earthquake disaster. When his flight touched down in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, flight attendants called out for “James Patrick Jordan” and asked him to come to the front of the airplane. Homeland Security came on board the airplane to escort him off.
Posted in Anti-War / Anti-Intervention, Colombia, Haiti, Imperialism
Tagged Alliance for Global Justice, Bruce Nestor, Campaign for Labor Rights, Chuck Kaufman, Colombia, ELN, FARC, FENSUAGRO, Fight Back!, Haiti, Homeland Security, James Jordan, Jean Bertrand Aristide, Liliana Obando, National Lawyers Guild, political prisoners, repression, School of the Americas, surveillance, Tom Burke, U.S. Bureau of Prisons