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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
In a popular Colombian radio program with journalist Mar?a Isabel Rueda, there was a debate on the participation of women in the peace process, in which one of the panelists asks: "Why are there women sitting at the Table, if they don't do anything other than smile in front of the cameras?"
FREEDOM FOR SIMÓN TRINIDAD!
Simón Trinidad was born on July 30, 1950. As a young man from a wealthy family and attending the naval academy, he could not accept the violence, exploitation, and oppression he saw in his own country.
Constituent Assembly: A national outcry
What is the discussion about a National Constituent Assembly all about? The FARC-EP, when the discussion about the second point of the Agenda (political participation) started, within their minimum proposals, put forward the idea of countersigning the eventual agreements made in Havana with a National Constituent Assembly, also called Constituent.