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.
It is critical for those of us concerned with human rights to shine a light on the Colombian military/paramilitary alliance which continues to plague the Afro-Colombian people with particular intensity, and which is leading to what Afro-Colombians are terming, "ethnocide"; others would call it "genocide."
The current Colombian reintegration program, launched in 2002, represents a portion of one of the most complex DDR processes in the world. Since establishing its strategic importance as part of the Colombian Peace and Security policy, the reintegration program has been characterized by its thoroughness.