PKK, the Workers Party of Kurdist?n: 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 second part of the interview.
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 Party of Women's Liberation (PAJK), Zelal Dersim and Asia Dicle, about the situation in the Middle-East, Islamic State, the role of the United States, the peace process with the Turkish government and, last but not least, the PKK struggle for freedom.
We had already made some written comments on the discourse of President Santos, which he showed once again in his recent inauguration. We have also pointed out the total alignment of the mainstream media with the ruling class. The two, including 'Center Uribe' (Centro Democrático, NT), get greatly upset when we do not express what they want to hear from us.
In February 2012, in a guerrilla camp in the South of Colombia, we heard on the news that the FARC terrorists had sewed the mouth of a poor farmer with wire, in the South-West, just because he didn't want to take a "burro bomba", a donkey with explosives on his back, to the nearest army outpost (1).
On the night of November 4, 2011, Colombia and the rest of the world were informed about the news of the death of Comandante Alfonso Cano after a military operation in the department of Cauca. Successively, the details of the event were being revealed. It was described as an intense aerial bombardment, along with a long strafing, which had left the guerrilla leader isolated and unarmed early in the morning.
At the peace talks in Havana, all our power lies in our ideas and the only weapon we have is the truth
The issue of victims that will soon be discussed at the Peace Talks in Havana has generated a huge barrage against the FARC-EP in the mainstream press. Even those who strive to look neutral, warning that the responsibility of government officials involved in illegal conduct should also be taken into account, end up being part of the general chorus according to which we are the worst offenders.
By: Pablo Catatumbo - Member of the Secretariat of the FARC-EP
It's remarkable to see how much media attention obtained the recent tour made by the French sociologist Daniel Pécaut - nationalized in Colombia -, around Colombian universities and newsrooms of newspapers and magazines. As if he were part of a rock band on tour, the academic in the last few months has piled up a record of unexpected public appearances, in a country in which social researchers are usually made invisible, killed or persecuted.
During the last congressional and presidential elections in Colombia, mainstream media and international witnesses reported a smoothly running democratic contest, some kind of genuine "carnival of democracy". For a foreign spectator, this fact would prove the existence of a real democratic regime in this South American country. But below the surface, a grim reality emerges.
Taken from: www.colombiareports.co
Contrary to claims, the FARC-EP is a political organization. Especially for our opponents, this is important to recognize because it?s the denial of our purpose that has kept us in arms for this long.
Always incisive, the President repeats almost literally the same phrases in all possible national and international scenarios.
Its content has become a commonplace; cliché sentences which are easily understood by anyone, but which actually don't express much. His version of the national reality could be summarized in short sentences like "a model country for economic and social development", with the best rates in every sense: in growth, in employment, in reducing poverty and misery, in the race against inequality, in education and whatever you want to add.