The mining strikes continue in Remedios and Segovia, northeast of Antioquia in Colombia. It involves -despite being considered as the problem of a lost corner of the interior of the country- concrete decisions in a matter of prime national interest, the exploitation and trade of our common goods.
During the pedagogical talks about the Havana Agreements that I give in the mornings in the Local Transitional Zone, I have always been struck by the concentration in the staring eyes that I have seen in one of the assistants, a man with copper skin and a certain indigenous aspect who almost always wears a white T-shirt, and who, I guess would be around the age of forty.
Activities at the Transitional Zones where FARC-EP troops are grouped takes place at a very fast pace. And it is surrounded by uncertainties for most of the guerrillas. The main uncertainty has to do with their immediate future. It is natural for people to ask themselves what will happen to their life, where they will live, and how they will sustain themselves.
The democratic and progressive aspirations of the peoples of Our America have just suffered a frontal blow in the Federative Republic of Brazil. In a first instance court decision, former president Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva, who was foisted with corruption and money laundering, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
The signing of the Havana Agreements was a milestone in national history, but the deepest footprint in the life of the country should be its complete implementation. The peace talks process that led to the peace agreement teaches us the kind of country that we can build; but it is through full compliance of the agreed that we will reach its effective achievement.
While embarking upon a previously elaborated plan of visits to various Transitional Zones, at seven in the morning, last Saturday, we took a helicopter in the Mariana Paez Transitional Zone in Mesetas. The pilots, who have always been so attentive, explained that we had to travel to Villavicencio, a nearby city where they would fuel their tanks in order to fly directly to our new destination.
The following is the written response by Gabriel Angel to an article published in Las2Orillas by Ivan Gallo in which the author makes a biased contrast between FARC-EP member, Jesús Santrich and the rest of FARC-EP Commanders with the intention of making it look as if the FARC-EP is internally divided. The following is the full response article:
It had been a long time since Timo [FARC-EP Commander] had slept fourteen hours in a row. In the last weeks his hours of sleep had been cut in an agonizing way, forcing him to get somehow accustomed.