By Tomas Castanheira, 12 September 2020
Latin America this week reached the grim milestones of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths and more than 8 million infections.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 September 2020
The massacre in Bogotá signals the willingness of the Colombian ruling elite to turn to authoritarian rule to crush social opposition in the midst of the uncontrolled pandemic.
By Julian James, 15 August 2020
Over the past weeks, the country has registered the highest per capita COVID-19 death rate in the world, 43.1 deaths per million people, compared to 32.9 per million for Brazil and 24.4 for the US.
By Cesar Uco and Bill Van Auken, 21 April 2020
The right-wing Duque government has called for reopening “productive life without social life” to meet the needs of Colombian and foreign capital.
By Julian James, 24 March 2020
Amid fears of the rapidly spreading pandemic, prison riots erupted across Colombia and were brutally suppressed by prison guards.
Former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe linked to international drug trafficking through Sinaloa Cartel
By Julian James, 16 January 2020
The charges against Uribe expose Colombia’s “war on drugs,” like that of the US, as a smokescreen for government criminality and a pretext for violence against the population.
By Evan Blake, 6 December 2019
Despite brutal police repression, tens of thousands carried out a third national strike on Wednesday in Colombia.
By Evan Blake, 28 November 2019
In the face of intense police repression that has already killed four protesters, workers and youth took to the streets to voice their hostility to the right-wing Duque administration.
By Andrea Lobo, 23 November 2019
The picture that emerges is that of a US vassal state panicking that, amid growing opposition from below, it also faces a civil war within Washington’s foreign-policy establishment.
By Evan Blake, 22 November 2019
In the latest eruption of the global class struggle, hundreds of thousands marched in over 100 cities demanding the ouster of President Duque.
By Evan Blake, 19 November 2019
In response to the looming strike, the Duque administration has begun to prepare a brutal crackdown by the military and police.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 November 2019
The brazenness of military repression to defend the highest levels of inequality in the world is the result of over a century of imperialist oppression.
By Julian James, 7 September 2019
At least 150 former FARC fighters and their family members have been killed since the signing of the agreement with the Colombian government.
By Julian James, 29 May 2019
The greatest influx of refugees has been to Colombia, where an estimated 1.1 million Venezuelans survive on the margins of society.
By Andrea Lobo, 27 June 2018
Parallel to the rise of far-right forces in Europe and the US, the coming to power of Iván Duque represents a stark warning for workers in Colombia.
By Carlota Duran, 21 July 2017
The world’s oldest guerrilla group is preparing to transform itself into a new bourgeois party in alliance with the Colombian Stalinists.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 April 2017
The disaster in Mocoa has killed over 250 people in one of the most impoverished areas of the country.
By Andrea Lobo, 29 November 2016
The government’s unpopularity has been deepened by its attempt to employ the discredited leadership of the FARC as a left cover.
By Andrea Lobo, 11 October 2016
The selection of Santos only underscores the dubious character of this distinction, which has been bestowed on the likes of Obama, Henry Kissinger and Menachem Begin.
By Andrea Lobo, 4 October 2016
Widespread abstention has postponed President Juan Manuel Santos’ plan to initiate an austerity plan under the banner of “peace” and “unity.”
By Neil Hardt, 7 September 2016
The agreement has been heralded by international banks and corporations as necessary to pave the way for further attacks on the Colombian masses.
By Neil Hardt, 5 April 2016
The agreement would transform the FARC into a legal political party and pave the way for intensified imperialist exploitation in Colombia.
By Bill Van Auken, 26 September 2015
The Colombian government and the guerrilla movement reached an agreement on “transitional justice.”
By Alexander Fangmann, 30 May 2015
The trip yielded a variety of trade and investment deals, along with infrastructure initiatives—all aimed at counteracting slowing domestic growth while expanding influence in the region.
By Bill Van Auken, 30 May 2015
The Colombian government dispatched its foreign minister and one of the country’s most prominent capitalists in an attempt to salvage the negotiations with the FARC.
By Bill Van Auken, 28 March 2015
The crimes, committed under cover of a treaty granting the US military complete impunity, have gone unreported in the mass media.
By Rafael Azul, 14 June 2014
Pseudo-left leaders of the Polo Democratico and the FARC guerrilla movement are backing the president and former defense minister as the “lesser evils.”
By Bill Van Auken, 6 May 2014
For the Santos government, the issue is not one of workers’ safety, but rather of its deals with transnational mining companies.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 December 2013
A targeted assassination program that claimed the lives of at least two dozen leaders of Colombian guerrilla movements was secretly organized and directed by US intelligence agencies.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 August 2013
Tens of thousands of workers and peasants carried out demonstrations and blocked highways in an August 19 strike against the US-backed government of President Juan Manuel Santos.
By Bill Van Auken, 6 September 2012
Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos formally announced that his government is in peace talks with the FARC guerrilla movement.
By Luis Arce, 29 October 2011
Tens of thousands of students took to the streets of Colombia’s major cities Wednesday to demand the rescinding of a proposed university “reform” that they say will benefit the country’s wealthiest at the expense of the majority of Colombian youth.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2011
The conviction of former Colombia secret police chief Jorge Noguera
By Bill Van Auken, 3 June 2011
An international commission that includes former Latin American presidents and US officials issued a scathing indictment of Washington’s “war on drugs.”
By Samuel Davidson, 7 February 2011
Two mine explosions in less than two weeks have claimed the lives of 26 miners, beginning another deadly year for Colombian miners.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 December 2010
A classified cable from the US embassy in Bogota confirms that Washington was told the Colombian army’s murder of civilians was “widespread,” yet still approved military aid.
By Bill Van Auken, 21 August 2010
A Colombian high court decision to toss out a treaty allowing the US to set up military bases in the country has left the governments in both countries scrambling to salvage the agreement.
By Rafael Azul, 9 August 2010
Behind the August 7 celebration of the swearing in of Manuel Santos as president, Colombia is in a state of profound crisis, marked by rising poverty and unprecedented social inequality.
By Rafael Azul, 28 June 2010
Nine days after a catastrophic explosion at the San Fernando coal mine in Amagá, Colombia, rescue crews ended their work. Seventy-three bodies were removed from the mine.
By Rafael Azul, 19 June 2010
At least 23 miners have been killed in a coal mine explosion in Colombia, the latest in a series of such disasters internationally.
By Bill Van Auken, 5 August 2009
The Pentagon’s plan to deploy US forces at seven new military bases in Colombia has fueled mounting tensions in Latin America.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 February 2009
A Colombian spy agency under the direct command of President Uribe was implicated in wholesale wiretapping against opposition politicians, judges and journalists, just as the country’s defense minister arrived in Washington to seek more military aid.