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.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2017
This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.
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.
by Prof. James Petras
December 2, 2010
Political Power and the World Market
The twin nemesis of Latin America’s quest for more equitable and dynamic development, US imperial and local oligarchic power have been subject to profound changes over the past decade. New capitalist classes both at home and abroad have redefined Latin America’s relation to world markets, seized opportunities to stimulate growth and forged cross class coalitions linking overseas investors, agro-mineral exporters, national industrialists with a broad array of trade unions, and in some countries peasant and Indian social movements. Parallel to these changes in Latin America, a new militarist and financial political configuration engaged in prolonged wars, colonial occupations and widespread speculation has weakened the structural economic links – dominance – between US imperial economic interests and Latin America’s dynamic socio-economic classes.
April 02, 2010 — The mass graves in Colombia raise serious questions for both Colombia and the United States. Why is the United States in Colombia? In addition, United States President Barack Obama and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe agree that the United States will have access to seven military bases in Colombia.
Matthew Bristow reports for The Guardian on the cocaine industry in Colombia
Matthew Bristow spent two years documenting the cocaine industry in Colombia. In the first of three films, he meets the farmers, and looks at their battle with a government determined to eradicate the crop.
February 02, 2010
Barack Obama this [past] summer signed a deal to give the Pentagon access to 7 military bases in Colombia. Some argue that the United States aims to cash in on Colombia’s oil; big oil may turn up the heat on Colombia’s drug war.
Video Documentary Directed by Gerard Ungerman – Narrated By Ed Asner
Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure documents what many believe to be dangerous hypocrisy on the part of the American government. The film gives particular attention to the reasons behind the drug trade (Colombia is the world’s biggest cocaine exporter), which include illegal trade funded by radicals, the corrupt government, and the simple fact that most farmers harvest coca because they can’t survive on the profits of legitimate food crops.
Ungerman also explores the link to America’s notorious School of the Americas in Georgia and how targeted aerial fumigation has destroyed perfectly legal natural resources in the mission to eradicate drug crops. The film concludes that the U.S. military-industrial complex is cashing in on the violence they themselves perpetrate, while doing little to actually stem cocaine production.
Investigative reporter Greg Palast discusses the domestic political motives behind the war posturing of Venezuela and Columbia, Obama’s embrace and expansion of Plan Columbia, the demonization of Hugo Chavez and Ecuador’s escape from vassalage to the U.S. and big oil.
Pepe Escobar: Tension grows between Colombia, Venezuela and EcuadorThursday March 6th, 2008
Based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Pepe Escobar writes The Roving Eye for Asia Times Online. He has reported from Iraq, Iran, Central Asia, US and China. He is the author of the recently published Red Zone Blues. Pepe is a regular analyst for The Real News Network.