Colombia

18.09.2020

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

We can achieve peace and rights if we compromise

By Zenaida Espinosa “If we made a minute of silence for each social leader in Colombia who has been murdered, we would be silent for 15 years”. This painfully truthful phrase was said by the President of the Truth Commission, Father Francisco de Roux, last August 14, at a webinar… »

10.08.2020

Of all the crimes that haunt him, Alvaro Uribe has been arrested for the least serious

Of all the crimes that haunt him, Alvaro Uribe has been arrested for the least serious

While the former president and senator for the Democratic Centre Party (Centro Democratico in Spanish) is being investigated for alleged procedural fraud and bribery, his files in various judicial offices are still full of not yet resolved facts related to murders, massacres, displacements and alleged links with paramilitary groups. Today,… »

27.07.2020

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

The campaign ‘Silence is no longer an option’ began on Sunday in Colombia with the objective to defend the lives of social leaders and signatories of the Peace Accord. Promoted by the Defend Peace movement, the crusade seeks to renew the commitment to life in this nation where the murders… »

23.07.2020

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

By Zenaida Espinosa and Jorge Escobar Banderas Almost four years have passed since the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and FARC former guerrillas. In the meantime many changes have been fostered, although there are still many debts unpaid, as only 25% of the improvements have been carried out. »

17.07.2020

Colombia. #StopTheGenocide  [#QuePareElGenocidio]

Colombia. #StopTheGenocide  [#QuePareElGenocidio]

As of the writing of this article  (7/09), Colombia has reached 161 assassinations of community leaders in 2020, the latest being Gentil Pasos’s. Presently, the average is of three to four murders per week . Just on June 27th, the Institute of Studies for Peace and Development, IDEPAZ, registered 7… »

20.05.2020

Conversation with Jaime Manrique

Conversation with Jaime Manrique

By Jhon Sánchez Jaime Manrique lives around the corner of the AIDS monument in the West Village. As soon as I entered his apartment, I saw the poster of the book-cover of “No One Writes to the Colonel” by Gabriel García Márquez, illustrated with a large fighting cock. Isabela, an Australian cockatiel greeted me with a… »

23.11.2019

National strike in Colombia

National strike in Colombia

By Alicia Muñoz On November 21, Colombia experienced a historic national strike. Nationals mobilized throughout the country to protest against the government of President Ivan Duque. Different sectors such as Indians, lgtbi, Afro communities, social leaders, artists, peasants, teachers, students, among others were the protagonists of this meeting, to demand… »

30.08.2019

Colombia: a new blow to the Havana Accords

Colombia: a new blow to the Havana Accords

Through a video, apparently filmed in the area of Puerto Inírida, in the Colombian jungle, Iván Márquez, Jesús Santrich and El Paisa, the three former FARC combatants whose whereabouts were unknown and who did not keep their appointment to testify before the JEP (Special Justice for Peace), have announced the… »

22.05.2019

The government of Colombia: its betrayal of the peace agreements and its two-sided discourse

The government of Colombia: its betrayal of the peace agreements and its two-sided discourse

Declaration of Colombians abroad, addressed to the international community to make visible the situation of misgovernment of Ivan Duque in Colombia, assassinations of social leaders, former FARC combatants, boycott of the Peace Accords, persecution of the JEP and little or no political will to continue the dialog with the ELN. »

21.01.2019

Face 2 Face with Jaime Manrique

Face 2 Face with Jaime Manrique

On this show we speak with Jaime Manrique about his upcoming book “Like this Afternoon Forever.” The novel is based on the true story of two Colombian priests who are lovers and who killed themselves upon discovering they had HIV. We also talk about Colombia’s peace process and NYC during… »

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