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Chris Hedges Honors Humanists Combating the ‘Culture of War’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges channeled his solemn, sermonic style at Stony Point, N.Y., on Saturday at a dinner inaugurating the Anne Barstow and Tom Driver Award for Excellence in Nonviolent Direct Action in Retirement.

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Colombian Nobel Laureate, Author and Journalist Gabriel García Márquez Dies at 87

The writer, who is considered by many to be the creator of magical realism, died Thursday in Mexico where he’d lived for 30 years.

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Taibbi: ‘Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War Is a Joke’

British bank HSBC received a settlement deal from the Justice Department for laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels and violating a host of international banking laws. Matt Taibbi calls the preferential treatment “the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who’s ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge.”

Posted on Jan 6, 2014 READ MORE


The CIA and NSA Helped Colombia Target and Kill FARC Leaders

A clandestine program that began under the Bush administration and continues under the Obama administration led to the killings of at least two dozen leaders of the rebel group, The Washington Post reports. How did the U.S. justify involving itself in assassinations by another government? The same Office of Legal Counsel that OK’d the use of torture said it could.

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Protests Rage Against Colombia’s Economic Policies

Students and labor unions armed with pots and pans marched alongside miners, truckers, coffee growers, milk producers and potato farmers in a general strike in Colombia on Thursday, where hard laborers have to endure such difficulties as high fuel prices and free trade agreements that farmers say have brought them to the edge of bankruptcy.

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Colombian GM Employees Sew Mouths Shut in Protest

After a year of fruitless protest outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, some former GM employees have sewn their mouths shut in a hunger strike against the company’s treatment of workers at its Colombian plant, pledging death if their grievances are not addressed.

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Will GOP Exploit Secret Service and GSA Scandals?

Concerned as President Obama must be over the unfolding embarrassments in the Secret Service and the General Services Administration, he may actually be comforted by the feeble attempts of a few politicians to wring political profit from those scandals.

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Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



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Taxes, Riots and Prostitutes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Thousands of companies are withholding and keeping their employees’ state income taxes; 20 years after the L.A. riots: Whites don’t see the racial divide everyone else senses; the Secret Service and masculinity in Colombia; and Robert Scheer sounds off.

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Obama’s Policies: The Real Scandal in Cartagena

President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign launched its first Spanish-language ads this week, just after he returned from the Summit of the Americas.

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Secret Service Prostitute Scandal

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Blackwater Founder Builds Secret Army for UAE

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (now Xe Services), the world’s most notorious private military contractor, is discreetly training an 800-man army capable of defending infrastructure, suppressing rebellions and battling regional state enemies for the UAE. (more)

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No Tourists Allowed

A small town in the depths of the Amazon has declared itself off-limits to tourists. Why? Locals complain of tourists behaving badly and the fact that little of their spending actually benefits the indigenous people.

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21 Die in Colombia Mine Explosion

A blast at a coal mine in Colombia has killed 21 workers, less than four years after an explosion took the lives of 30 at the same La Preciosa mine in the northeast of the country.

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Colombian Rebel Leader Killed

Jorge Briceno, aka “Mono Jojoy,” had long operated as a senior leader of the FARC rebel force in Colombia. But on Thursday news came that Briceno had been killed in a military airstrike, dealing a blow to the guerrilla movement and providing a public relations coup for newly minted President Juan Manuel Santos.

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Mexico May Look a Little Colombian

In an apparent mixing of official messages, President Obama has contradicted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by rejecting the analogy that Mexico is becoming more and more like 1990s drug-heyday Colombia, when 40 percent of the country’s territory was controlled by rebel groups.

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Freed Captive Wants Colombia to Pay

After spending six years as a hostage in Colombia, politician Ingrid Betancourt, who was rescued from her rebel captors in 2008, has filed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against the Colombian state for “emotional stress and loss of earnings.”

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Drug Traffickers Catch World Cup Fever

Whatever your take is on drugs, you have to give traffickers some credit for their innovation: A fake World Cup trophy has been seized by police in Colombia after the 14-inch, 24-pound replica was discovered by investigators and found to be made entirely of cocaine.

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Colombians Head to the Polls

It’s an exciting day in Colombia as citizens head to the polls to vote for a new president. The two front-runners are former Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos and former Bogota Mayor Antanas Mockus of the Green Party.

Posted on May 30, 2010 READ MORE


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And Now, a Word From Shakira on Arizona SB 1070

She’s not an American, but she is a Latina, and Colombian pop star and self-professed “She Wolf” Shakira mobilized on Thursday for a visit to Arizona, where she was due to join forces with Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon to protest the Grand Canyon State’s oppressive new immigration law.

Posted on Apr 29, 2010 READ MORE


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Kidnapped Colombian Governor Found Dead

Colombian officials were blaming the rebel organization FARC, or Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, for the death of Luis Francisco Cuellar, governor of the country’s southern province of Caquetá, on Wednesday. Cuellar had been kidnapped Monday night and was found less than a day later with his throat slit.

Posted on Dec 23, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Reinaldo D' Santiago

Tensions High Between Colombia and Venezuela

Tensions are running high, and relations running low, between Colombia and Venezuela. The latter’s president, Hugo Chavez, told his generals to prepare for war, while the Colombian government announced a new base on the countries’ border and activated six air battalions.

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Colombian Guerrillas Unite

Despite profound ideological differences and a long history of fighting between the groups, the two largest Colombian guerrilla armies, the ELN and the FARC, have forged a pact to fight the country’s security forces.

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Afghan Poppy Trade Blurs All the Lines

The opium poppy was introduced to Afghanistan more than 2,300 years ago by the armies of Alexander the Great. His forces were eventually driven out, like those of every would-be conqueror since. The poppy has proved more tenacious.

Posted on Oct 29, 2009 READ MORE


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The Body Shop Under Fire

An ethical row has erupted after the supposedly eco- and human rights-friendly cosmetic provider The Body Shop was accused of buying palm oil from an organization that pressed for the eviction of Colombian peasant families in order to build a new palm plantation. Riot cops evicted the farming families in July.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Base Deal Rocks U.S.-Latin Relations

The U.S. reputation in Latin America continues to be soiled as a plan between the U.S. and Colombia to increase American access to Colombian military bases has erupted in a firestorm of Latin anger against the deal as a form of military imperialist expansion.

Posted on Aug 27, 2009 READ MORE



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Latin Leaders Unhappy With U.S. Move Into Colombia

The U.S. plans to move its anti-drug operations from Ecuador to Colombia, which is just a little too close for Hugo Chavez, who said “the winds of war were beginning to blow.” Luis Inacio Lula da Silva added, “As president of Brazil, this climate of unease disturbs me.”

Posted on Aug 10, 2009 READ MORE


Drugs, Guns and Reality

It’s an indictment of our fact-averse political culture that a statement of the blindingly obvious could sound so revolutionary. Nevertheless, Hillary Clinton deserves high praise for acknowledging that the U.S. bears “shared responsibility” for the drug-fueled violence sweeping Mexico.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009 READ MORE


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Chesa Boudin on Colombia’s Civil War

A new book casts an illuminating spotlight on Colombia’s guerrilla war, fueled by cocaine profits and U.S. military aid.

Posted on Dec 26, 2008 READ MORE


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Dick Cheney the Muse

A well-known Colombian tailor is using Dick Cheney’s famous hunting mishap—when Cheney accidentally shot his friend in the face—as inspiration for a new line of bulletproof hunting apparel. The accompanying video shows one of the bulletproof jackets in action.

Posted on Nov 28, 2008 READ MORE


Knowing When to Walk Away

Bush reportedly suggested to Obama he might support an economic stimulus package and aid to struggling automakers if Democrats drop their opposition to a free-trade agreement with Colombia. Strange behavior? Yes and no.

Posted on Nov 14, 2008 READ MORE


Colombia: Celebrate the Release, Not the Regime

It is fantastic to see Ingrid Betancourt free, but the celebration of her release should not be confused with celebration of the Colombian government.

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Betancourt Rescue
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The Real Operation to ‘Rescue’ Ingrid Betancourt

The July 2nd rescue of French-Colombian politician Ingrid Betancourt and U.S. mercenaries employed by the Northrop Grumman Corp. was heralded as a dramatic victory over the anti-imperial FARC guerrilla forces in Colombia. The real story may be significantly less daring. The mainstream media’s heroic rescue narrative is being contradicted by claims that a $20-million ransom payment was made.

Posted on Jul 9, 2008 READ MORE


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Colombian Hostage Drama Becomes Big-Screen Drama

Well, that didn’t take long: Just a week after former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages were rescued from their FARC captors by Colombian forces, plans are in the works to make a movie version of the story, with Simon Brand on board to direct the drama.

Posted on Jul 8, 2008 READ MORE


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Colombian Army Reports FARC Leader Dead

The demise of Manuel “Sureshot” Marulanda has been rumored many times before, but this time the Colombian army has announced that the long-time leader of the rebel group FARC is dead and has challenged FARC to disprove the report. Sources close to Marulanda have yet to confirm the news.

Posted on May 24, 2008 READ MORE


Colombia Claims FARC Planned to Make Dirty Bomb

Defending their position after the killing of members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Ecuador heightened tension among Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela over the weekend, Colombian officials said the slain FARC members had been plotting to make a dirty bomb.

Posted on Mar 4, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Reinaldo D' Santiago

Chavez Threatens War Against Colombia

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ratcheted up the tension between his country and neighboring Colombia by moving tanks and thousands of troops to the border between the two nations Sunday. Chavez’s actions were prompted by Colombia’s killing of a key Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) leader and 16 other FARC members in Ecuador the previous day. Chavez has friendly relations with FARC.

Posted on Mar 3, 2008 READ MORE


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War on Drugs a Bust

How will we know if the war on drugs is ever won?  When all the kingpins are locked up or dead?  That was once the prevailing idea among those on the front lines of the much-ballyhooed “war,” which Rolling Stone scribe Ben Wallace notes has now gone on for over three decades and, in his view, is an utter failure.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE


Free Speech Ain’t Free. Oh, Wait a Minute. Yeah, It Is.

After all the brouhaha in New York this week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo-, semi-, counterfeit, limited free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Know Your Audience

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Chiquita’s Slipping Appeal

What do Osama bin Laden and Chiquita bananas have in common? Both have used their millions to finance terrorism.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


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Going Bananas for Terrorists

Chiquita has agreed to pay $25 million in fines for bribing Colombian terrorist groups to safeguard its banana plantations. One of the groups, a right-wing paramilitary organization, has been guilty of some of Colombia’s worst atrocities.

Posted on Mar 15, 2007 READ MORE


Colombian Wives to Gangsters: Lay Down Arms or No Sex

They’re calling it a “strike of crossed legs,” and it’s supported by the Pereira, Colombia, mayor’s office: The wives and girlfriends of gang members will deny their partners sex until they vow to renounce violence.

 

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