Monday, April 7 marked the third anniversary of the failed U.S.-Colombia Labor Action Plan (LAP). Rather than celebrating this anniversary, we are just once again reminded that Colombia still has far to go to protect labor rights and labor unionists' lives.
My founding partner, Juan Carvajal and I created this film festival with the intention of providing the Colombian people with the opportunity of using the medium of film as a catharsis to exorcise the pain they have endured for decades.
While it is remarkable that such death squad violence continues to haunt our hemisphere into the 21st century, what is even remarkable is that the U.S. government, which helped create the death squads to begin with, takes no responsibility for this violence.
The Northern Irish directly confronted the concerns of those in the U.S. who claim that somehow the FARC are not worthy negotiation partners because of the human rights violations they have committed during the course of the conflict.
Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.
Memo to first-time visitors to Colombia: The local tourism folks want you to know they've come up with a way to make you less of a stranger to the 150-mile-long coastal strip before you set out to see it.
It is evident that the problems of inflation, scarcity, crime and violence are issues that affect all Venezuelans equally, regardless of their political affiliation or ideologies. Why, then, is the population still divided?
Consider this a Public Service Announcement... Broad style! Because it's last minute, I'm thinking cheap, fun and NO STAY-CATIONS! Especially not when it's snowy and freezing out. Unless you live by a ski resort. But even then.
The U.S., therefore, instead of focusing on a military strategy which objectively puts itself on the side of the Colombian paramilitaries, should instead be supporting those brave souls in Colombia who are struggling for peace at the risk of their very lives.
This marriage of mindfulness and aid might not seem the most natural at first glance, but anyone who has practiced yoga or taken the time to meditate can appreciate just how valuable that hour of stretching, finding calm, and reconnecting with yourself can truly be.
The Alabama-based Drummond Company's recent coal spill in Colombia has combined with its record of labor abuse to place the coal giant at the intersection of the country's political struggles and environmental crises.