In Colombia, many hoped that Obama would free the FARC commander Simón Trinidad as a sign of his trust in and contribution to the peace process. One thing is to harbour the hope that it happens, quite another to trust the US government.
Colombia: Government and rebels ELN will start peace talks in october 27.
The first topic of the dialogue will be the participation of society in building peace, and the sub theme of humanitarian accords for peace.
By Gearóid Ó Loingsigh.
Without a doubt, the victory of the No side in the plebiscite on the 2nd of October came as a surprise to many, including the No campaign. It represents a multiple defeat, on the one hand Santos was defeated at the ballot box, the Final Accord was defeated as were the FARC. The defeat is not the same in each case.
What type of peace awaits us? What is the scope of that peace? And, is the Left really thinking of continuing to struggle after the signing of the peace accord? These are questions that should concern us. The declarations made in Havana by the FARC commander give us some clue as to what they are thinking and the path they intend taking.
It must be made clear, however, that while this important agreement is the beginning of the end of the war with the FARC, it is not so with the ELN and the EPL who have publicly expressed their decision to dialogue towards a similar agreement, without the government taking any action on the issue.
By John Jairo Junieles
I have experienced death at close range seven times, the last time being when a young hit man, walking in front of me, shot a diner three times at a restaurant in a plaza in Cartagena. He threw the gun, which fell to the ground, turned around, walked past me with his black cap and peered at me from under the visor. A few steps further on, it was I who turned out of curiosity and saw a young woman screaming as she hugged the body. In the distance the young man slowly walked away. Perhaps the good luck I had that day was inordinate, since others living similar or more egregious things might not have such good fortune. Our war has many ways of expressing itself.
During the course of the mobilisation, Willington Quibarecama Nequirucama, a 26 year old indigenous man, died “on arrival at emergency health facilities after a trauma to the head caused by a collision with a van”, according to local reports
By Gearóid Ó Loingsigh
George Orwell made the concept of doublethink famous – The power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them..– and – newspeak- reducing a language to its most basic elements with the aim of controlling the ability to express oneself – that truth was a lie, war was peace and nothing was what it seemed. We are used to these concepts and the use and abuse of language by the North American Empire, the media, companies and the academic world is usually denounced. But nothing is said about the abuse of language by the NGOs and the peace show business that accompanies them. Here I will try to deal with that abuse of language.