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Talisman is simply changing hands

21 January 2015

We learned in December 2014 that the multinational Talisman, one of Canada's largest independent corporations, was bought by Spanish company Repsol in exchange for US$13 billion. Talisman is an oil and gas exploration and production company, operating at the international level since 1992. The company is known in Quebec for participating in shale gas projects, and has been highly criticized for its operations in Sudan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Australia, Iraq and Algeria, to name just a few.

Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales in Colombia - Fairtrade certified?

19 January 2015

Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales in Colombia
Fairtrade certified?

Pacific Rubiales has received Fairtrade certification for petroleum production in the sites of Rubiales and Quifa, Colombia. Fairtrade certification was granted by Equitable Origin, after a process carried out by Deloitte Colombia. This news is surprising. It removes all credibility from the process of Fairtrade certification.

Colombia peace talks are back on track but short on time

19 December 2014

Colombian officials and leftist FARC rebels returned to the bargaining table in Cuba in the past week, with both sides saying their two-year-old peace negotiations were on a stronger footing after having survived their first major crisis.

The conversations were frozen Nov. 16 by President Juan Manuel Santos after the guerrillas captured Brig. Gen. Rubén Alzate, the highest-ranking military official ever to fall into rebel hands.

Paramilitary threats shift to journalists and the media

4 December 2014

This morning, a pamphlet from the paramilitary group Aguilas Negras (Black Hawks) circulated by email, this time threatening the death of journalists, communicators, and members of popular media agencies and groups, including Colombia Informa. A couple days ago, they also threatened Canal Capital, Telesur, and Reporteros Sin Fronteras. This strategy of terror that uses the force of repetition and abruptness, does not achieve the desired effects. Instead, it reinforces the networks of denouncement and solidarity.

Colombian Prisons and Prisoners Mirror Class Struggle

27 November 2014

Prisoners in Colombia have recently gained new visibility.  Prisoner protest actions are one factor.  Another is discussion at the Havana peace talks of prisoners as victims of armed conflict.  November 2014 marks the two-year anniversary of talks between the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the Colombian government.

Strikes and Civil Disobedience in Colombian Prisons

30 October 2014
Inmates from all over Colombia have initiated a period of strikes and civil disobedience in response to what they call a “criminal, unjust, and elitist policy.” They are denouncing the prison and jail system which subjects them to a bad diet, severely lacks in its provision of health care, is ineffective in dealing with legal and administrative procedures, and has violated human rights.

Political Declaration from the International Conference about Political Crime and the Situation of Political Prisoners in Colombia

28 October 2014

More than 600 people from all over the country met in the city of Bogota the 15th of October, the National Day of the Political Prisoner and Detainee, to reflect on the peace talks, political crime, and the situation of political prisoners in Colombia and in the world.

As a result of this conference, family members and friends of the political prisoners from different regions of the country, recognized analysts and researchers, human rights defenders from countries such as Argentina, Chile, Basque Country, Palestine and Venezuela, we declare that:

Advocates for Local Jobs Murdered in Meta

24 October 2014

Villavicencio, Colombia.

Two community activists have been murdered in the Colombian department of Meta in the last month and a half, in what oil and energy sector union USO condemns as a new chapter in a long history of systematic violence designed to weaken community and labor organizations in this petroleum-rich region.