PKK, the Workers Party of Kurdistan: many people know their name, few really know what their struggle is about. Www.farc-epeace.org had the opportunity to speak with two representatives of the PKK's women's organization - PAJK, Zelal Dersim and Asia Dicle, about the situation in the Middle-East, IS, the role of the United States, the peace process with the Turkish government and, last but not least, the PKK struggle for freedom. This is the third part of the interview.
Part III - Killing the dominant male: PKK and women's revolution
Written by Victoria Sandino Palmera; Taken from: mujerfariana.org
Although the eighties are known in Latin America as ?The Lost Decade?, they were not necessarily so for Colombia, where the decade brought some welcome popular victories and -- despite the suffering brought by massacres and acts of political genocide -- this was the decade during which more women than at any time before or since joined the ranks of the FARC-EP.
On November 24 and 25, Dutch minister Ploumen of foreign trade and development visited Colombia, where she led a trade mission comprising energy companies, a delegation of Dutch parliamentarians and different NGOs. She visited the Department of Cesar and, more specifically, the mining companies Drummond and Proteco.
The President uses in a thousand ways the banner of a civilized solution to the armed conflict. He is eager to figure in history as the man who made peace. He even attacks the declared defenders of a military solution. He agreed an Agenda with the insurgency as a starting point for definitive conversations. He boasts about the progress that has been made and he talks about perseverance. He even promotes the post conflict in other countries.
What the Establishment is trying to legitimate is nothing but the absolute reign of arbitrariness in a country that is described as a model.
Written by: Timoshenko, commander-in-chief of the FARC-EP
The justice minister, son of Dr. Reyes Echandía who was slaughtered by the National Army during the retaking of the Palace of Justice in 1985, joins the excitement generated within the ruling classes and their mainstream press, because of the absurd sentencing of militias of the FARC-EP by an Indigenous Assembly in Cauca.
"One would say that the idea is to make the guerrillas disappear to guarantee the broadest possible market for the transnationals"
Written by: Timoshenko, Commander-in-Chief of the FARC-EP
Last week, visiting Madrid, President Santos benefited from the important role of James Rodr?guez and Carlos Bacca, respectively playing for Real Madrid and Sevilla, speaking of them as an expression of that joyful, prosperous Colombia, with faith in its future. Colombians are now being part of the 'elites of excellence', being the projection of a modern country with growing importance in the world, he stated categorically.
The presence of a plural number of guerrilla Comandantes in Havana, who will integrate the technical commission, is an unprecedented fact that will bring together representatives of the insurgency and active military, with the common purpose of developing recommendations for the two parties related to item 3 of the Agenda, on issues of bilateral ceasefire and abandonment of arms, is undoubtedly an event of singular political importance, result of the progress that has been made. But it is also a clear sign of the commitment of the FARC-EP to the process, a step forward for peace with social justice in Colombia.
The Unión Patriótica - UP (Patriotic Union) is a Colombian political party created as a result of the peace dialogue between the FARC-EP and the Colombian government during the Belisario Betancur administration (1982-1986). The UP was the platform for transition of the guerrilla forces into an open political movement, in moments of truce and cease fire.
Written by Tanja Nijmeijer
On September 7, the FARC-EP and the National Government officially installed the gender sub-committee of the peace talks, "to guarantee a gender perspective in the partial agreements achieved until now and in an eventual final agreement". In my view, there are two powerful arguments that support the existence of such committee.