On Tuesday 12th of May, president Santos said on television that he had facilitated the conditions for a meeting between the FARC-EP and the ELN on Cuba (http://reliefweb.int/report/colombia/santos-colombias-eln-met-farc-cuba). FARC's Commander in Chief, Timoleón Jiménez, wrote the following reflections on Juan Manuel Santos' statements, which we translated into English.
The FARC-EP is not only an armed structure or a military organization. We are the merging of heterogeneous initiatives of popular struggle, active in different areas of Colombia.
Recently, a delegation of women from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, People?s Army (among whom the author of this article), met a delegation of the Alliance for Global Justice, comprising the National Lawyers Guild, the International Action Center and the Task Force on the Americas.
Havana, Cuba, April 8, 2015.
Mr. Álvaro Mejía.
Through digital media we have known the statements of the National CTI director, Julián Quintana, related to the fate of your son Andrés Mejía, who ensures the following: "We denounce that many sources, demobilized fighters and people who have some kind of relationship with the guerrillas, said they have seen Andrés in the ranks of the guerrillas. That is, he is under custody. We reiterate the call we made to the FARC to please release him or give us some sign of life."
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.