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Philippines President Calls On Civilians To Kill Drug Addicts

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 07.01.2016 | World

The Philippines' president is asking civilians to murder drug addicts in the island nation -- adding to a growing list of outrageous actions from the ...

How A Sexist Backer Of Death Squads Came To Rule The Philippines

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.30.2016 | World

The Philippines swore in Rodrigo Duterte as its new president on Thursday, handing leadership of a country with over 100 million people to a man nickn...

Paramilitaries Continue to Haunt Colombia Despite U.S. Denials

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.15.2016 | World
Dan Kovalik

It is the denial of the very existence of the paramilitary death squads -- the worst human rights abusers in Colombia -- which gives the U.S. the pretext to certify Colombia's human rights record and to continue delivering lethal military assistance to that country.

Colombia: Ethnocide and Political Violence on the Rise

Dan Kovalik | Posted 03.28.2016 | World
Dan Kovalik

While Colombia, the U.S.'s staunchest ally in the Hemisphere, is held out as some beacon of democracy in Latin America, the facts on the ground tell a very different story. Of course, you will rarely hear those facts, or about Colombia at all, given the general laziness and slavishness of our main stream media, so here they are.

U.S. Intervention and Colombia's Record Displacements

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.19.2016 | World
Dan Kovalik

What the U.S. has had "going on" in Colombia for decades is massive military involvement, both overt and covert, though one would hardly know from the lack of media attention on this issue.

Reflections on Colombia's "Narco-Paramilitary State"

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

In his contribution to the recent report put together by the Historical Commission of the Colombian Armed Conflict and Its Victims (Feb. 2015), one of Colombia's bravest voices, Father Javier Giraldo, S.J., gives his take on "The Origins of The Armed Conflict, its Persistence and its Impacts."

As Colombia Nears Peace Accord, The Question of U.S. Culpability Looms

Dan Kovalik | Posted 06.21.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

Due to the good journalism of Colombia Reports as well as FAIR, there has been some attention given to the scandal of U. S. military and military contractors sexually assaulting young women and girls in Colombia.

Human Rights Nightmare Continues in Silence in Colombia

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the press continues to vilify Venezuela, to the exclusion of any Colombian coverage, Colombians are actually seeking safe haven in Venezuela -- an irony worth noting.

The US Helped Create a Christian Martyr in Oscar Romero

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.06.2015 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

The murder of progressive clergy in Colombia continues to be part and parcel of the policy of both the Colombian military, and the U.S. which sponsors it, to prevent social change in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

Number of Colombian Victims of Civil Conflict Surpasses 7 Million: Media Unimpressed

Dan Kovalik | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Dan Kovalik

A tragic milestone went virtually unreported in the English-speaking press last week, as Colombia's Victims Unit released its report indicating that the number of victims of Colombia's civil war has now surpassed 7 million.

GOP Leader Questions Candidate About Hate Group That Advocates Death Squads

Jonathan Hutson | Posted 09.23.2014 | Politics
Jonathan Hutson

Michael Peroutka's neo-Confederate friend and supporter Michael Hill has advocated a program of assassination against journalists and elected officials. Voters have a right to know what Peroutka and other GOP leaders have to say about that.

Colombian Peace Process and Cease-Fire Gets Big Boost From International Legislators

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

At a critical juncture for the Colombian peace process, 245 lawmakers from the U.S. Congress, the Irish and UK Parliaments, and the Northern Irish Assembly have sent a letter of support to the Colombian government and FARC peace negotiators.

Death Squads Continue to Reign in Colombia

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

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 ACT OF KILLING" NOW SHOWING IN NYC: DEATH SQUAD LEADERS BOAST ABOUT THEIR CRIMES

Karin Badt | Posted 07.07.2015 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

"Imagine if forty years after the Holocaust, the Nazis were still in power and the henchmen are being interviewed about their crimes," director Joshu...

No Time for Tigers in Honduras

Marco Cáceres | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Marco Cáceres

The proposal to create a new elite police unit in Honduras called TIGRES is a really bad idea. The acronym stands for Intelligence Troop and Special Security Response Groups, or "Tigers." Clever acronym, but dumb concept.

Kenya's Message to the West

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.22.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Uhuru Kenyatta's disputed election to the presidency of Kenya earlier this month raises a host of questions regarding its legality, Kenyatta's indictment at the International Criminal Court (ICC), and whether Kenya will become isolated as a result.

The U.S. Empire and Modern Day Christian Martyrs

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Dan Kovalik

It is the U.S. which, since 1962, has cultivated the very death squads which haunt the Church of the poor in Latin America, and specifically in Colombia.

Reagan Would Be 102 -- and Against Obama's Drone Policy

Will Bunch | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Will Bunch

Reagan, indefatigable Cold Warrior and conservative advocate for American strength, did not believe in torture, rendition, military tribunals, or in military strikes with a high risk of killing innocent civilians.

The ICC, Colombia and U.S.-Sponsored Violence

Dan Kovalik | Posted 02.13.2013 | World
Dan Kovalik

The International Criminal Court (ICC) just published its Interim Report on Colombia. It is an interesting read, revealing as much about the ICC itself as it does about Colombia.

Constructing Central America's Newest 'Death Squad Democracy'

Andy Thayer | Posted 11.20.2012 | Chicago
Andy Thayer

Honduras is the third poorest country in the Western hemisphere. After Mexico, it is the largest source of migrants from Central America to the United States. It is also the murder capital of the world.

What Stoners and Mitt Romney Have in Common

C. Robert Gibson | Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics
C. Robert Gibson

Every smart weed smoker knows that while you're applying for jobs, it's best to stay clean. While all smokers have unique remedies they swear to when ...

Ryan Grim

Bain's Blood Money: Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Funds From Families Tied To Death Squads

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 10.24.2012 | Politics

In 1983, Bill Bain asked Mitt Romney to launch Bain Capital, a private equity offshoot of the successful consulting firm Bain & Company. After some in...

Victims' Voices From Colombia: A Review of Throwing Stones At The Moon

Dan Kovalik | Posted 09.09.2012 | Books
Dan Kovalik

The soon-to-be-released book Throwing Stones At The Moon reads like a collection of literary short stories, but, in this case, the stories are both real and horrifying.

U.S.-Sponsored Crimes In Colombia Referred to International Criminal Court

Dan Kovalik | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

The most salient aspect of the scandal for Americans, however, is that the Colombian military has been encouraging the high body count in order to justify continued military aid from the U.S.

Colombia: The Empire Strikes Back

Dan Kovalik | Posted 07.08.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

With the intensification of the U.S. military and economic push in Colombia, we sadly can anticipate more such violence against peaceful actors in Colombia in order to make Colombian land secure for massive appropriation and exploitation.