Environmental Disaster and Health Crisis in Cerrejon, Colombia, by Yanis Iqbal

El Cerrejon (Contreras)

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 25, 2020

At Cerrejon (Colombia), the largest open-pit coal mine in Latin America owned equally by BHP (Australia), Anglo American PLC (United Kingdom) and Glencore (Switzerland), the situation of the indigenous people is progressively worsening. Cerrejon Limited has informed the workers that “all the existing shifts will be unified into a single 7-day work, for three days off.” With the enforcement of the new shifts, “workers would go from working 15 to 21 days and the mine would go from 4 to 3 shifts, leaving at least 25% of the current workforce unemployed.” The new shift pattern is likely to aggravate the health of workers as long working hours increase the number of work-related pathologies. Current work shift arrangements have already led to more than “700 pathologies associated with musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and ear diseases, among others.” As the level of work becomes more stressful, these occupational diseases will start multiplying.

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The Coffee Crisis in Colombia, by Yanis Iqbal

Colombia Coffee

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by Yanis Iqbal
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Aligarh, India
July 13, 2020

With the unabated march of the Covid-19 pandemic, the economic situation of Colombian coffee farmers is rapidly deteriorating. The price of Arabica coffee has reduced to an exceptionally low $0.9 per pound in June. Earlier, coffee production had fallen by 28% in April, 12% in March, 9% in February and 19% in January. Specialty coffee farmers too are experiencing difficulties in the form of shortage of experienced coffee pickers. In specialty coffee, coffee cherries are picked at the peak of ripeness. But with the absence of expert pickers, “Coffee cherries left on the tree will over-ripen or fall to the ground, effectively nullifying all the additional work put into the coffee to achieve the higher quality.” This labor shortage has been partly caused by the pandemic-necessitated closure of Colombia-Venezuela border which has significantly blocked the flow of Venezuelan migrants. 1.8 million Venezuelan migrants reside in Colombia and their contribution to Colombian coffee sector is indispensably important with nine out of ten coffee pickers in Colombia being Venezuelans.

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Chris Hedges: This is a Class and a Generational Revolt

DEFUND THE POLICE, FUND THE PEOPLE RALLY

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Jun 18, 2020

The US “War on Drugs” has ramped up in the Caribbean Sea, with the United States targeting alleged cocaine trafficking into the United States. Meanwhile, the United Nations reports the amount of land being used to grow the coca plant has decreased in Colombia. RT America’s John Huddy reports. Then Chris Hedges, host of “On Contact,” breaks down the “War on Drugs,” and comments on the recent US uprisings against police brutality and capitalism.

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The Year in Latin America: The Right Continues to Advance, but so do Popular Movements + Latin America Teeters on the Edge of Revolution

The Year in Latin America: The Right Continues to Advance, but so do Popular Movements + Latin America Teeters on the Edge of Revolution

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TheRealNews on Dec 30, 2019

2019 presented a complicated and mixed legacy for Latin America. Right-wing governments continued to make electoral in-roads, but popular uprisings against neoliberalism also left their mark on the region, says TRNN’s Greg Wilpert.

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Chris Hedges: Maintaining The US Empire Is A Bipartisan Consensus + Why Corporate Media Fakes The News

End Fascist Violence in Bolivia

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with Chris Hedges

RT America on Nov 21, 2019

Chris Hedges, author and host of “On Contact” joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in on the coup in Bolivia that removed populist reformer Evo Morales from the presidency.

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Max Blumenthal: What Really Happened on the Colombian-Venezuelan Border + Wilkerson: The Permanent War State Aims to Plunder Venezuela

Oppose the imperialist coup in Venezuela!

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Updated: Feb. 26 and Feb. 27, 2019

TeleSUR English on Feb 24, 2019

LIVE | From the South: Journalist Max Blumenthal joins us live to discuss the latest developments in Venezuela, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel speaks after casting his ballot in the country’s historic constitutional referendum. More on these and other stories now.

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Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

Abby Martin VS Edward Rodriguez on Peace and Paramilitaries in Colombia

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on May 27, 2018

Colombia’s presidential election could determine the fate of the historic peace deal ending their 53-year civil war. While most in the country want to honor the agreement, Colombia’s right wing has been a fervent opponent.

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Abby Martin: Colombia, the Deadliest Country for Unions and Social Leaders

Abby Martin: Colombia, the Deadliest Country for Unions and Social Leaders

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jan 5, 2017

In 2017, murders of social leaders, union organizers and indigenous activists in Colombia hit a new high since the historic peace agreement.

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Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure From Trump

Abby Martin: Coca Farmers Massacred In Colombia Under Pressure From Trump

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Updated: Dec. 21, 2017

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Dec 13, 2017

On October 5, 2017, police opened fire on unarmed farmers in Tumaco, Colombia. Eight were killed, with dozens more shot. The massacre was part of a crackdown on coca farmers in the “War On Drugs” despite an agreement for crop substitution–and amidst new threats from Trump, ordering the government to use more force or face consequences.

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Abby Martin: Human Rights Hypocrisy — Colombia vs. Venezuela

Abby Martin: Human Rights Hypocrisy -- Colombia vs. Venezuela

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Aug 19, 2017

Colombia and Venezuela: two neighboring countries that receive extremely different treatment by the US Empire and the mass media.

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Bolivian VP, Alvaro Garcia Linera: Equality + Justice = Socialism

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Occupy May Day 2012

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breakingtheset on Jun 14, 2013

Manuel Rapalo talks to Bolivian Vice President, Alvaro García Linéra, about the 2013 left forum in New York, socialism in South America, and the implications of Colombia potentially joining NATO. Continue reading

Rick Rozoff: NATO Is Antithetical To The Spirit Of The United Nations

by Rick Rozoff
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
June 10, 2013

Stop NATO manifestation, Krakow

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John Robles
Voice of Russia
June 9, 2013

Colombia may be on a list for membership in NATO further expanding what was originally a North Atlantic defense organization, into a global offensive military bloc, in effect taking over the world. Rick Rozoff spoke about this and more in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

Hello! This is John Robles. I’m speaking with Mr. Rick Rozoff the owner of the Stop NATO website and international mailing list.

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Noam Chomsky: The Problem for Latin America With Drugs is the US Demand, and Supply of Arms

Noam Chomsky - hinsides statssosialismen

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with Noam Chomsky

NACLA’s 45th Anniversary Gala: Noam Chomsky

Ambre Auzanneau Jun 3, 2013

Noam Chomsky is the 2012 recipient of NACLA’s Latin America Peace and Justice Award for his ongoing commitment to social justice in the Americas. The son of Eastern European immigrants, Noam Chomsky is a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a long time friend and supporter of NACLA. His book Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the struggle for Peace (South End Press, 1985) helped a generation of scholars, activists, and concerned citizens think about the regions different conflicts – in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala – as interlocking parts of a single crisis that revealed how the United States had a direct and enduring effect on political and economic policies in the hemisphere.

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U.S.’s Post-Afghanistan Counterinsurgency War: Colombia by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
April 23, 2012

Image map of Colombia and Venezuela with subdi...

Image map of Colombia and Venezuela with subdivisions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pentagon announced on April 23 that Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has begun a trip to South America, arriving in Colombia as part of a three-nation tour that will also take him to Brazil and Chile.

It is his first visit to the continent as Pentagon chief, though he has visited often in other capacities, including as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Panetta’s meetings with top government and military officials in the three nations will follow those of America’s top military officer, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, to Colombia and Brazil late last month.

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