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CARAVAN FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE LAND from 19 to 29 August 2014, Nariño, Colombia

12 June 2014

You are invited to join us in solidarity as part of the CARAVAN FOR THE DEFENCE OF THE LAND, which will be leaving Bogotá, Colombia next August 19, 2014 for the municipality of Samaniego, in the southern department of Nariño. This area has been impacted by intense militarlisation and mining concessions made to the multinational company ANGLO GOLD ASHANTI. The goal of the CARAVAN is to collect evidence and document the situation faced by the inhabitants of this area.

Communities in Casanare Speak Out Against Petroleum Exploitation and Canadian Company Talisman Energy

8 June 2014

On April 26, 2014, hundreds of residents from the department Casanare gathered in Trinidad, Casanare for a public hearing on the on the environmental and human rights impacts of oil exploitation. Senator Iván Cepeda presided over the hearing, and a number of government officials attended. They listened to the testimonies of community members, who presented instances of human rights violations and environmental damage due to petroleum extraction by multinational companies like Talisman Energy.  

Battling the gold veins of Sur de Bolívar (Colombia)

7 June 2014
Over 3000 participants gathered for more than a month along one of the main Colombian transport routes, close to the city of Aguachica. After several rounds of negotiations with government representatives the feeling of not being taken seriously grew enough to undertake actions on the road. On September 27th the protestors clashed with ESMAD (Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron, rich has a reputation for violence) resulting in severe head injuries and bullet wound. The whole spiral of Colombian protests started as an effect of various perceived foreign pressure.

Mining Showdown in Andes Over Unique Páramo Lands

24 April 2014

High-altitude neotropical ecosystems known as páramos are increasingly at risk in Colombia and elsewhere in South America as major mining companies seek to exploit rich deposits of gold and other minerals. Such projects, scientists warn, could have serious impacts on critical water supplies.
by chris kraul

Humanitarian Zone, for our present and future dignified life Statement from the Residents of Buenaventura

17 April 2014

Faced with the barbarity which we have witnessed, the murder of members of our community by paramilitaries since November of last year through today, before the terror that we live daily, the 800 families who live in 500 homes in the Nayero Bridge sector San Francisco, in the La Playita area of Buenaventura, Colombia, we have declared our territory as Living Space, Protection Area and Humanitarian Zone.

Date Set for the National, Popular Agrarian Strike After Meeting with President Santos, May 1

16 April 2014

 “The dialogue with the government will continue, but with the mobilizations,” stated Marylén Serna, spokesperson of Congreso de los Pueblos who participated in the meeting in the Nariño Palace with the President of the Republic. The announced strike will not only be realized from the campesino sector: it will involve diverse social sectors and it already has broad political support.

Aiming at the Hearth - Apuntando al Corazon

16 April 2014

Heroes Do Exist in Colombia was the name of the first major military propaganda campaign rolled out during ex-president Alvaro Uribe's (2002-2010) Democratic Security Policy.



The government's publicists reached for the hearts and minds of Colombians using emotional narratives of war and by constructing an image of the military based on the figure of hero and protector of a population vulnerable in the face of a guerrilla insurgency.



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