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".
"Forgetting about our mistakes and our wounds isn't enough to make them disappear"
- Ai Yazawa -
More than eight months ago, the insurgency of the FARC-EP set forth the need for a Commission of Review and Clarification of the Truth about the History of the Internal Conflict in Colombia.
Regarding the most recent release of the National Secretariat of the FARC-EP and the facts behind it, many things have been said. Although we always learn about our actions through the mass media, universal champions of distortion and hoax, we are still quite impressed by the news about the new malicious avalanche against us.
What they are after with eavesdropping
The successive scandals regarding the interception of telephones, emails and other forms of communication used today, want, among other things, to build the idea in the public mind that everything is controlled by power. Somehow, though many people feel their privacy is being violated and express their outrage, they also get adapted to the idea that it is something inexorable and that it is useless to fight against.