Sinaltrainal is inviting people to join them in a peace caravan in April-May in Colombia!
Along the roads of Colombia, April 21st- May 3rd 2014. We will be visiting several regions in the country, supporting the struggle of the people of Colombia, and contributing to the quest for peace and the achievement of democracy. As members of important social movements and popular organizations, we continue to oppose the war being waged by multinational corporations and the Colombian State against the people of Colombia.
The year 2013 saw major opposition to State politics, as well as peace talks and discussions on achieving rights for the people.
LASC announces its annual Latin America Week that will take place in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Leitrim from 7th April until 12th April .
- Leitrim, 7th April
- Galway, 8th April
- Limerick, 10th April
- Dublin, 12th April
Priceless land: Resisting Displacement in Colombia.
After 65 years of armed and social conflict, peace negotiations that actually address many of the core issues at stake – and above all, the problem of land – are finally taking place. Colombia is a fertile country, with all of the necessary natural conditions for food sovereignty. Nevertheless it has one of the world’s highest concentrations of land ownership (67% of the land in the hands of 0.64% of the owners), and instead of producing food, vast tracts are used for mega-mining and agribusiness. In the midst of the ongoing conflict, land is being expropriated from small peasants at a massive scale (over 6 million hectares in two decades). Today, Colombia is the country with the most forcefully displaced people in the world: 6 million.
Photo by Ms. Niamh Aine Ni Bhriain
Once again we feel angry and snubbed. It touches our hearts deeply. We are the MOTHERS OF SOACHA, whose sons were torn from us, kidnapping them and disappearing them after offering them jobs, just to massacre them in cold blood. These actions took place by the thousands over the length and breadth of the land, in incidents of barbarism that are misnamed “false positives”. These acts were committed by soldiers against impoverished men, women and children in the countryside and in cities. Today we are raising our voices of protest because we see links of corruption that involve the highest military commanders, buying the silence of those who murdered our children.
SOURCE: Mark Weisbrot, The Guardian See article on original website
It was 20 years ago that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico was implemented. Here in Washington, D.C., the date coincided with an outbreak of the bacteria cryptosporidium in the city's water supply, with residents having to boil their water before drinking it. The joke in town was, "See what happens, NAFTA takes effect and you can't drink the water here."
by Charlie Hinton, Counterpunch
At great personal risk Haitians demonstrated massively in cities throughout the country on September 30 and October 17, calling for President Michel Martelly to step down. Both dates commemorate important coup d'etats in Haitian history.
PRESS RELEASE - LASC has learned of an escalation of violence against the community in Pitalito, Colombia, over its ongoing land dispute. On 3rd December, a human rights delegation that went to Pitalito to assess the damage inflicted against the crops planted by the community were intimidated by workers of the Agribusiness boss Juan Manuel Fernández de Castro. Shots were fired against members of the community and against the lawyer and human rights defender Rommel Durán. They were also fired at Italian journalist Bruno Federico and a member of the Platform of Human Rights in Colombia of Valencia (Spain).
Alternative Report on the controversial gold mining project in Colombia - Press Release // London // 8 December 2013
London-based human rights organisation Colombia Solidarity Campaign has published an Alternative Report about La Colosa, the AngloGold Ashanti gold mining project in Colombia's municipality of Cajamarca (Tolima), entitled La Colosa: A Death Foretold.