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.
The recent presentation of a bill to reform the law, allowing a referendum to coincide with the normal date of another public electoral process, is not such a clear fact as the national government tries to present it.
A country which he doesn't like, because it doesn't look like the London he dreams of, is on the streets, demanding changes, facing the authorities, calling for different policies
President Santos never misses an opportunity to manipulate. After all, he's a business man from the world of the big media, used to distort and belittle opposing points of view. He didn't scruple to assert before the military High Command, that the commander of the FARC-EP had written an article complaining about the fact he was considered a high-value target. That's his problem. On this side, we never resort to the distortion of what was said by the President, we prefer to interpret his words in their exact meaning.
What is a Peasant Reserve Zone?
For 54 days an enormous mobilization of peasants of the North Western Colombia kept blocked the highways of the important region of Catatumbo, near to the Venezuelan border. Catatumbo, which means "land of the lightning" in the barú native language, is a key territory for geostrategic natural resources like oil, coltan and coal, a coveted land by transnational capital and the scenario for a new chapter of the history of class struggle in Colombia.
"Here we go, here we go" ... was the sly reply of General Sergio Mantilla when reporters asked him how close the army was to Timoleón Jiménez. He repeated like a parrot what the President said, that the war will end soon by hook or by crook. And he used the occasion to warn our delegates in Havana that they are still a highly strategic objective, so they shouldn't even think about leaving the peace process, or Cuba, because they would lose all their guarantees.
The validity of the social struggles in Colombia
Paraphrasing Karl Marx, a spectre is haunting Colombia - the spectre of the FARC-EP. Every civic manifestation, every people's march, every little strike is -according to the government- "infiltrated by the FARC-EP".