Colombia and Venezuela make peace
August 14, 2010

Forrest Hylton: Is Colombia’s new leader stepping back from U.S. plan to isolate Chavez?

Forrest Hylton teaches history and politics at the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota). He is the author of Evil Hour in Colombia (Verso, 2006), and with Sinclair Thomson, co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (Verso, 2007). He has contributed to New Left Review, NACLA Report on the Americas, and CounterPunch, and his short fiction and translations have appeared in the Brooklyn Rail. His first novel, Vanishing Acts: A Tragedy, which won the Ben Reitman Award from CityWorks Press, is forthcoming in 2010.



Latin American Historian Greg Grandin on Colombia After Álvaro Uribe

Democracy Now!
Aug. 10, 2010

Colombia and Venezuela are expected to reestablish trade and diplomatic ties after their leaders meet today to defuse a simmering crisis. Colombia’s new president Juan Manuel Santos, who was inaugurated Saturday, will meet Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in Santa Marta, Colombia, the site where South American liberation hero Simón Bolivar died in 1830. In his inaugural address, Santos, who was defense minister under former President Álvaro Uribe, called for “frank and direct” dialogue with Chávez. Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez responded by calling for Colombian guerrillas to free all their hostages and give up their armed conflict. [includes rush transcript]

Greg Grandin, professor of history at New York University and author of Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism. His most recent book,Fordlandia, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in history.

via Latin American Historian Greg Grandin on Colombia After Álvaro Uribe


Latin American Historian Greg Grandin on Colombia After Álvaro Uribe

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Venezuela, Colombia to flamenco

RTAmerica | August 10, 2010

Relations between Colombia and Venezuela were severed when allegations came from Colombia that Venezuela had been aiding and training FARC rebels along the border. However, Colombia’s new leader Juan Manuel Santos will head to the negotiating table to talk with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez. The United States and Venezuela relations have gotten even colder over the past few years; will Colombia’s decision to return to the negotiating table spark the US to do the same?


Hurrah for Hugo Chavez By Mike Whitney

Venezuela pushes for peace By Coral Wynter

US interference in Venezuela keeps growing By Eva Golinger

The War On Democracy by John Pilger (2007; must-see)

American Designs in Latin America By Timothy V. Gatto

Colombia: Mass Graves

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