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 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
The following article, originally from The Rag Blog, is being re-posted here from the website of the Colombia Action Network:
A rumor of war:
Shadows of Vietnam in Colombia
By Marion Delgado / The Rag Blog / January 22, 2010
CARTAGENA DE INDIES, Colombia — I borrowed the title of this post from Lt. Philip Caputo’s excellent book covering the U.S. Marines’ first six months in Vietnam, not only because I like the title, but I also see some correlation between his story and the story of our troops now being written in the jungles of Colombia.
As in Caputo’s war, death, destruction, and mayhem were preceded by, first, a troop build-up, and then, small skirmishes which were the precursors to all-out war.
Posted in Colombia, Imperialism, Latin America, Venezuela
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Armed Struggle, Barack Obama, Buyssi Semidy Segnini Lopez, CIA, Colombia Action Network, counterinsurgency, DAS, Ecuador, ELN, FARC-EP, Gerardo Zambrano, Hillary Clinton, Hugo Chavez, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, National Liberation Army, Oscar Gonzalez Pena, Panama, paramilitarism, Plan Colombia, Ramon Carrizales, Revolution, Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia - People's Army, Tarek El Aissami
The following is from CounterPunch. For more on the Chiquita paramilitary case, see the documentary, Chiquita: Between Life and Law, as well as the material collected on the website of the Colombia Action Network:
Chiquita Lauded for Human Rights Abuses
By DAN KOVALIK
In its most recent edition, the magazine, “Super Lawyers,” gave its cover story to the General Counsel of Chiquita Brands International, praising him for navigating the complex and difficult waters of Colombia. What it failed to mention is the trail of tears in Latin America left behind by Chiquita (formerly United Fruit, the architect of the 1954 coup in Guatemala as well as the 1928 massacre of striking banana workers in Cienaga, Colombia memorialized in One Hundred Years of Solitude). The following letter, by union labor lawyer, Dan Kovalik highlights the contradictions in the applause given to Chiquita. We note that, just after this letter was written, Chiquita also received (quite ironically) a “sustainability award” for its business abroad.
Posted in Colombia, Imperialism, Labor Movement
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Chiquita, Chiquita Brands International, Colombia, Dan Kovalik, Guatemala, human rights, Latin America, Mario Iguaran, paramilitarism, Super Lawyers, Trade Unions, United Fruit, war crimes
An excellent documentary about U.S. banana giant, Chiquita Banana (formerly the notorious United Fruit Company) financing and arming Colombian death squads. For more about this visit the Colombia Action Network website.
I am posting this in light of what was said regarding Colombia in Wednesday’s presidential debates. The following article is from Counter Punch:
By CONN HALLINAN
There are lots of places in the world where you need to watch your step. You don’t want to be a Sunni in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad (or vice versa). It’s probably not smart to speak Tamal in southern Sri Lanka. You might want to keep being a Muslim under wraps in parts of Mindanao. But most of all you don’t want to be a trade unionist in the U.S.’s one remaining ally in South America, Colombia.
“Colombia is the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist,” says Jeremy Dear, chair of the British trade union organization, Justice For Colombia (JFC), “In fact, more trade unionists have been murdered in Colombia during [Alvaro] Uribe’s presidency than in the rest of the world over the same period.”
In April, the Colombian Trade Union Confederation reported that the first part of 2008 saw a 77 percent increase in the murder of trade unionists. Continue reading
Posted in Colombia, Labor Movement
Tagged Alvaro Uribe, Barack Obama, Colombia, Conn Hallinan, farcpoliticas, John McCain, Labor Movement, paramilitarism, parapoliticas, Trade Unions
The following is a press release from the Communist Party of the Philippines Information Bureau.
A woman of the CPP's New People's Army
August 27, 2008
The Communist Party of the Philippines today warned that the Arroyo regime is taking advantage of the current troubles in Mindanao to “build up its local version of Hitler’s Brown Shirts.”
The CPP was referring to Local Goverments Secretary Ronaldo Puno’s encouragement and promotion of armed vigilante groups during his recent tours of trouble spots in Mindanao.
“Picking up from the example of North Cotabato Vice Gov. Emmanuel Piñol’s anti-Bangsamoro and anti-Lumad army of Ilagas, Puno is now encouraging, funding and promoting the all-out development of an armed ‘civilian’ army in Mindanao and eventually all over the country.” Initially, the justification given was to fight the MILF, said the CPP, but Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Chief Supt. Nicanor Bartolome said such groups could also be used to fight the New People’s Army (NPA).
“Puno has, since the Marcos martial law days been obsessed with building the local version of Brown Shirts Stormtroopers, Hitler’s loose ‘civilian’ army, whose unabated, sanctioned rampage against Jews and communists and all remaining resistance to the establishment of Nazi power preceded the official fascist transformation of the German state,” the CPP said further. Continue reading