Tag Archives: Latin America

Super Max Isolation For FARC Leader

The following statement is from the National Committee to Free Ricardo Palmera. For more information please see The facts about the Ricardo Palmera case.

Super Max Isolation For FARC Leader

Colombian revolutionary Ricardo Palmera is now imprisoned at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado, as reported by the Spanish EFE news service in August. Known as the Colorado “Super Max”, it is a modern dungeon where political prisoners of the U.S. government are kept isolated from all human contact. The treatment is degrading, meant to break an individual’s spirit, and defines “cruel and unusual punishment”.

Ricardo Palmera is a leader with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He worked on peace negotiations and the political education of Colombian rebel fighters for more than fifteen years. His extradition, imprisonment, and trials are part of the White House’s dirty war in Colombia. Palmera is a victim of the Bush Administration’s so-called War on Terror–an unending war that respects no national boundaries and leads to war and oppression around the world.

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Documentary: The People of the Shining Path

“The People of the Shining Path” is an excellent 1992 documentary that gives a sympathetic look at Sendero Luminoso and the People’s War in Peru from just before the capture of their founding leader, Chairman Gonzalo (Abimael Guzmán). The PCP seems to have declined significantly since Gonzalo’s capture, and the current state of the PCP is unclear. I am including an interesting article from the bourgeois media about the Communist Party of Peru (Sendero Luminoso) from September 18th to help bring things up to speed. See also the People’s War in Peru document archive. 

The People of the Shining Path

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Plan Colombia: Cashing In on the Drug War Failure

This excellent 2003 documentary, roughly an hour long, is helpful at understanding Plan Colombia, the U.S. plan for war in Colombia.

Julian Conrado: De mi pueblo para la guerrilla

I was just listening to some music of Julian Conrado, who was a musician and member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP), which is a Marxist-Leninist guerrilla organization that has been fighting for socialism and national liberation in that country for more than 40 years. Conrado was reported killed in the illegal U.S./Colombian Government raid in Ecuador that also killed Raul Reyes. The music is beautiful and inspiring, so I thought I would post this excellent video here.

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This is an important documentary (and one of my favorites) about a young woman in Colombia who decides to join the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia – People’s Army (FARC-EP). The FARC-EP has been fighting a people’s war for national liberation and socialism for more than 40 years. This film follows this young woman as she trains to fight with the Marxist guerrillas.

Keep up with news in Colombia here on The Marxist Leninist blog and at Fight Back! News. Below is a resolution from FRSO’s 5th congress.

Resolution in Support of the Colombian Revolution

We in Freedom Road Socialist Organization salute the Colombian people’s heroic struggle for national liberation and socialism.

We oppose the U.S. government’s continuing intervention in Colombian affairs. The U.S. government has a long history of interfering with the sovereignty of Latin American countries that seek independence from the domination of imperialism. This interference has come in the form of political, economic, and military interventions. Today, the Colombian people are utilizing all means necessary to liberate themselves from this unjust assault on their national sovereignty. Continue reading

Colombia: Mercenaries freed, FARC carries forward fight for liberation

This is a repost from the old ML blog.

Colombia: Mercenaries freed, FARC carries forward fight for liberation

Free Ricardo Palmera!

Free Ricardo Palmera!

FIGHT BACK! NEWS: Analysis by Tom Burke

The Bush Pentagon and State Department are crowing after a raid in which 15 prisoners of war, including three American mercenaries, were freed. What they are not telling you is that the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) were preparing to unilaterally release the prisoners in early July 2008.

The FARC moved the prisoners of war from three separate jungle camps to one location, planning to transfer them by helicopter and release them to French and Swiss government envoys. It was a simple plan that would have given the FARC a platform to demand freedom for 500 FARC fighters in Colombian prisons. For FARC negotiator Ricardo Palmera and rebel Sonia (Anayibe Rojas Valderrama), held as hostages in U.S. jails, the raid and the refusal of the U.S. and Colombian governments to negotiate is bad news.

During its 44 years of fighting a guerrilla war in the countryside of Colombia, the FARC has unilaterally released prisoners a number of times, including seven months ago. These prisoner releases provide a rare opportunity for the FARC to present their political views and talk about pathways to social justice and peace in Colombia. At the prisoner release ceremonies, the FARC message sharply contrasts with the typical media distortions and censorship about them. In recent times, the U.S. strategy is to criminalize the FARC, to make it impossible for the FARC to negotiate with the Colombian government (or anyone else) and to deny the legitimate struggle of the peasants and workers. Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Fidel Castro!

¡Feliz cumpleaños! August 13th marks Fidel Casto’s 82nd birthday. To honor this great revolutionary, I would like to post this statement from Freedom Road back in March 2008. I would also highly encourage my readers to check out Fidel’s “Reflection” that appeared in Granma International on August 12th concerning South Ossetia, “Cannon Fodder for the Market“, along with the August 10th Statement of the Cuban Government.

A Tribute to a Revolutionary Leader: Fidel Castro

By Freedom Road Socialist Organization

On July 26, 1953, Fidel Castro stepped onto the stage of history, as he and other revolutionaries launched an attack on the Moncada Barracks of Cuban dictator Batista. After being captured, Castro made an eloquent defense of his action, saying, “history will absolve me.” Less than six years later, Castro led the Cuban revolution to victory by overthrowing the corrupt and cruel U.S.-backed Batista dictatorship. This act alone – leading a revolutionary movement to victory on a small island just 90 miles off the coast of the U.S. – would be enough to make Fidel Castro an unforgettable hero in the struggle of oppressed people for liberation. But this was just the beginning of Fidel Castro’s 49 years of contributions to the Cuban people’s liberation and to oppressed people the world over. Continue reading