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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.

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.

Learning From Hardship: Colombia's Reintegration Process

The Morningside Post | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
The Morningside Post

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.

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.

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.

Colombia Vows to Crack Down on Narco-groups' Illegal Coltan Mining

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Corbin Hiar

After an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists exposé about paramilitaries involvement in the coltan trade, Colombia is moving to curb illegal mining of the highly sought after mineral.

U.S. and Colombia's Every-Child-Left-Behind Policy Advancing

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.27.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

The UNHCR has released a report in which it concludes that, between 2008 and 2011, around 250,000 teachers and students have been displaced by neo-paramilitary death squads.

The U.S. War for Drugs and of Terror in Colombia

Dan Kovalik | Posted 04.17.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

I just had the pleasure of reading an important new book entitled, Cocaine, Death Squads and the War on Terror (U.S. Imperialism and Class Struggle in Colombia).

U.S. Fueling Human Rights Abuses in Colombia in Violation of Its Own Laws

Dan Kovalik | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

Thus, Human Rights Watch just released its annual human rights report on Colombia, and it is not pretty. The punch line of the report is most damning of the United States and its role in that country's abysmal practices -- undoubtedly, the very worst of this hemisphere.

The U.S. Must Work for Peaceful Resolution to Colombian Armed Conflict

Dan Kovalik | Posted 09.04.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

While the mainstream press has been silent on the issue, there is a growing movement in Colombia for a peaceful settlement of the decades-long civil w...

Colombia's "Genocidal Democracy" May Have Claimed Over 150,000 Lives*

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Kovalik

In his book, Colombia: The Genocidal Democracy, Father Javier Giraldo, a Jesuit priest and long-time human rights activist in Colombia, estimated that...

U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

The largest mass grave unearthed in Colombia was discovered by accident last year. The grave was discovered when children drank from a nearby stream and started to become seriously ill.

Tactics and Strategies

Jaclyn Simon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaclyn Simon

Presidential candidate Antanas Mockus is a potential ray of light in Colombia's political miasma of corruption.

U.S. Human Rights Group Threatened By Colombian Death Squads

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Kovalik

On May 13, 2010, staff from the Washington Office on Latin America ("WOLA"), a D.C.-based human rights organization, met with long-time Colombian Amba...