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.
In recent days, Dutch peace organization PAX has started a campaign to call Dutch people to not use energy from Essent, Nuon, E.ON, Delta en Electrabel; Dutch energy companies who directly buy coal from the transnational corporations Drummond (U.S.) and Prodeco (owned by Anglo-Swiss Glencore) in the region of Cesar (Colombia). The campaign is called STOP BLOEDKOLEN (?stop blood coals?). PAX also called for these companies to stop buying coal from the mining companies Drummond and Prodeco.
By Victoria Sandino Palmera, Peace Delegation of the FARC-EP.
Building peace with social justice must be assumed from a gender perspective, and the conditions of Colombian women in different spaces of society must be established. This way, we can guarantee that all points discussed and agreed at the Peace Talks will contain initiatives to overcome historical inequalities and inequities in this area.
The way in which national and international media report on the agreement on illicit drugs made by the Colombian government and the FARC-EP deserves a closer look. The headline of mercopress.com, for example, reads: "Another chapter of Colombia peace talks closed; FARC admits links with the drug trade". Nearshoreamericas.com wrote: "Colombia Reaches Landmark Deal: FARC Agrees to Abandon Drug Trade". BBC Mundo: "FARC make commitment to break links with drug-trafficking, and so on".