The following article by Conn Hallinan is from Alternet:
August 5, 2010 | If you want to understand what’s behind the recent tension between Colombia and Venezuela, think “smokescreen,” and then go back several months to some sick children in the Department of Meta, just south of Bogota. The children fell ill after drinking from a local stream, a stream contaminated by the bodies of more than 2,000 people, secretly buried by the Colombian military.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Colombia Mass Grave, counterinsurgency, DAS, Department of Administrative Security, false positives, FARC-EP, human rights, Juan Manuel Santos, Plan Colombia, Trade Unions, war crimes
The following article from VoltaireNet is by James Petras:
With just a 30 percent turnout, the election of new Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos was celebrated as a “victory for democracy” by major western media outlets. However, they blithely omitted to report on Santos’ role in the killings of over two thousand people presumably by the security forces while he was Defence Minister and his close involvement with death squads and narco traffickers. As one of Washington’s staunchest allies in Latin America and enthusiastic free-market champion, Colombia’s appalling human rights record and model of brutal political and social repression is news that doesn’t make the news.
Posted in Colombia
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, death squads, false positives, FARC-EP, Hugo Chavez, human rights, James Petras, Juan Manuel Santos, narco-trafficing, paramilitarism, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Venezuela, war crimes
The following is from the website of the Colombia Action Network:
“In the case of the 11 men from Soacha, their bodies showed up in morgues or mass graves hundreds of km from Bogotá just a few days after they left or went missing from their homes. And although they were wearing civilian clothes when they set out for their supposed new jobs, their bodies were found dressed in FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla fatigues…”
SOACHA, Colombia, Jan 13 (IPS) – Over the last two weeks, 31 Colombian soldiers accused of the forced disappearance and murder of 11 young men from the poor Bogotá suburb of Soacha have been released from prison on the grounds that they were not formally indicted within 90 days of their arrest, as established by Colombian law. Of the 42 members of the Colombian army implicated in what is known here as the “Soacha case”, 18 were released between Dec. 30 and Jan. 7, six on Tuesday Jan. 12 and seven more on Wednesday Jan. 13.
They are facing charges of luring a number of young men from Soacha in August and September 2008 with false job promises, murdering them and presenting them as guerrillas killed in combat (euphemistically referred to as “false positives”).