In a popular Colombian radio program with journalist Mar?a Isabel Rueda, there was a debate on the participation of women in the peace process, in which one of the panelists asks: "Why are there women sitting at the Table, if they don't do anything other than smile in front of the cameras?"
The ability to pervert the truth
The ideological domination, taking possession of millions of people to act in compliance with the interests of the masters, acquires vital importance for the ruling classes at this moment. Showing as true what is not and turn the ones who oppose them into monsters, becomes vital for them in order to perpetuate their profits.
The true peacemakers
The question about who is really tired of the peace process moves towards really important reflections. One of them takes us to the beginning of the talks between the national government and the FARC-EP. Why did the process start in the first place? After eight years of war practiced by Uribe, what made Santos change course?
It's important to say that building a stable and long-lasting peace requires an effective gender equity in Colombia. There are many factors of the national situation that negatively influence the possibilities for women to fully develop their capabilities.
Who is tired of the peace process?
Around the peace process which is currently taking place in Havana, all sorts of speculations are woven. Starting from President Santos and his leader at the peace talks, Humberto de la Calle, the allegations against the FARC are released and repeated in an irresponsible and biased way by different spokesmen of the Establishment and commentators, who are well-paid by the mainstream media.
On several occasions you said you were interested in an exchange of letters with me. Now, after a discharge, much less friendly than when you valued my style, you return to the fray, and with two constraints, that I should be productive and I shouldn't sow discord.
Some media, surely inspired on sensationalism, have speculated about a supposed threat of mine regarding a violation of the confidentiality agreed on in the General Agreement for the termination of the conflict.
President Santos responded calculating every word when he referred to the offer of cooperation made by President Mujica in New York. In spite of expressing his gratitude for the proposal to use the Uruguayan territory as a possible site for the peace talks, the Colombian president chose not to advance anything on dialogues with the guerrilla of the ELN. In these situations you have to be very cautious. Decisions are made by mutual agreement, he said.
The Agrarian and Popular National Strike in Colombia counted on an unexpected ally. In the main cities of the country, groups of young football supporters, the barristas, displayed enormous flags of solidarity with the strike, and joined on a massive scale the marches and cacerolazos, accompanied by members of trade unions, students and social movements, always singing canticles and yelling slogans of rebellion.
On the 19th of August started the Agrarian and Popular National Strike in Colombia and now, almost two weeks afterwards, it continues growing every day, bringing together the multiple struggles of people.