By: Edgar Piedrahita.
In a previous article (in Spanish; NT) we referred to Brigadier General of the US Army William P. Yarborough and his impact on the Colombian conflict. Given the unfortunate consequences of his "assistence" - the longest conflict of the Western Hemisphere - it makes sense to review some aspects of his life that will shed light on Nortamerican militarism and its global impact.
The proposal of the inter-agency committee of the judicial branch, composed of the Prosecutor and the Presidents of the high courts, to convene a constituent assembly dealing with the reform of Justice, provoked a series of reactions for and against the initiative.
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.