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Information and analysis bulletin on extractivism here and in Colombia

Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia

December 2019

Will Álvaro Uribe finally pay for his crimes?


One of the most controversial leaders, Álvaro Uribe Velez is appearing before the Supreme Court of Colombia to be questioned in a case of witness manipulation and fraud. Uribe is currently implicated in over 270 legal cases which involve charges of illegal wiretapping, organized crime, selective assassinations, forced disappearances to name a few.

Colombian national strike continues


Since November 21, hundreds of thousands have been mobilizing across Colombia to reject President Iván Duque’s anti-people and neoliberal policies. Hundreds of thousands of Colombians peacefully mobilized across the country against Duque’s neoliberal package, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary (IMF) and the World Bank, and for life and peace. 

Colombian organizations denounce massacre of Indigenous authority and members of Indigenous guardia


The rampant persecution and assasination of Indigenous people continues in Colombia. On October 29, four members of the Indigenous Guardia and an Indigenous authority were killed in an armed attack in the Tacueyó town of the Toribío municipality in the Cauca Department in Colombia. In addition, six other people were seriously injured. Cristina Bautista, leader of the Nasa Indigenous community, was one of the victims of the ambush in Cauca Department, Colombia, on October 29.


Mandé Norte again putting Atrato communities at risk


We went through the war, and anyone who experiences war never wants to do so again — so we made the decision to return to our territory after the displacements.
In the dense jungles of northern Chocó sits the region of Bajo Atrato, named for its intimate connection with the Atrato River, which is of great importance to the department for the food delivery and transportation possibilities it offers. Chocó is the department with the highest level of unmet basic needs in Colombia.


Canadian organizations call for unequivocal commitment to peace


In 2016, a historic peace agreement was reached between the Government of Colombia and the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), with great hope of bringing an end to 52 years of armed conflict. The peace process was dealt a serious blow when several former commanders and now dissidents of the demobilized FARC announced their return to arms. 

FARC / FARC-EP: Thoughts after the schism


Although Iván Márquez’s arguments justifying the decision to go back to war make some sense — since the current government is the main party responsible that has failed to make good on the agreement — it is also a decision that affects the whole country in general, and the grassroots of the party in particular.


Sovereign Likhts’amisyu

The Likhts’amisyu are one of the 5 Wet’suwet’en Clan Groups. Since the last Ice Age we have governed ourselves on the ancestral territories without the influence of other Wet’suwet’en Clans or other Nations. For thousands of generations the protection and occupation of our lands have been central to how we derived our authority and sustained ourselves.

Thoughts about education from prison


Family, television, school, church, the street, parks, shopping centres, public transportation, supermarkets: these are common sites where a type of model subject is inculcated, where people are trained to be, act, dream, and feel. In case this inculcation does not produce the desired results, prisons are always there to push the offending citizen back onto the straight and narrow path.

The palanquero placed an item on each of its compartments: a piece of chicken showing a touch of blood, which, according to one wag among the men assembled, “might get up and run away if you gave it mouth-to-mouth resuscitation”;
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Peoples Dispatch, formerly The Dawn News, is an international media organization with the mission of bringing to you voices from people’s movements and organizations across the globe. 
Piedra, it is the rock of resistance, the rock which, placed in the powerfuls’ shoe, bothers. It is the one that, in all its diversity, constitutes our habitat, vital to our existence. It is the rock we throw. And, of course, it is the exploited rock. Extractivism, an economic model based on the exploitation of resources, ravages always increasingly here and elsewhere. It is in “Canada”, on colonized lands, that the majority of mining companies hold their headquarters. As so, the Canadian companies deploy their activities in Colombia in all impunity, and take advantage and participate in the political and social violence that hits this country living in war.
The Project Accompaniment Solidarity Colombia is a collective which realizes accompaniment with Colombian communities and organizations since 2003, while also creating links here and in Colombia of groups and individuals struggling against the imposition of mega-projects of resource extraction.