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The Hunt for FARC Commander Alfonso Cano

by Garry Leech

Sat 29th Jan 2011
The Colombian military has had numerous successes targeting high-ranking leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in recent years. Its two greatest successes were the killing of secretariat members Raúl Reyes in 2008 and Jorge Briceño, alias “Mono Jojoy,” last year. By Garry Leech... [read more]

Misunderstanding the FARC

by Garry Leech

Mon 4th Oct 2010
Garry Leech on why the media's so-called 'experts' on the Colombian guerrilla group keep getting it wrong.... [read more]

Clinton Revises Colombia’s Drug History to Justify US Military Role in Mexico and Central America

by Garry Leech

Fri 24th Sep 2010
Garry Leech reflects on the Orwellian distortions in Hillary Clinton's recent comments on the history of US involvement in Central America.... [read more]
 

US Military Documents Show Colombia Base Agreement Poses Threat to Region

by Garry Leech

Fri 13th Nov 2009
Garry Leech on the increasing international concern at US moves to consolidate and expand its military presence in Colombia.... [read more]

The US and Colombian Roles in the Honduran Crisis

by Garry Leech

Fri 30th Oct 2009
Garry Leech argues that the US role in the Honduran crisis represents a continuation of the traditional US approach towards democracy in Central America.... [read more]

Exorcising the Ghosts of Paramilitary Violence: Reclaiming Liberty in Libertad

by Garry Leech

Fri 25th Sep 2009
Garry Leech on how the Colombian community of Libertad has struggled to free itself from the brutal violence of Colombia's paramilitary forces.... [read more]
 

Africa in Colombia: The First Free Black Community in the Americas Continues Its Struggle

by Garry Leech

Fri 28th Aug 2009
Garry Leech looks back on the historic struggles of Colombia's black community.... [read more]

Colombia’s Deteriorating Displacement Crisis

by Garry Leech

Fri 7th Aug 2009
Garry Leech reports on the plight of Colombia's millions of displaced persons.... [read more]

Obama Administration Shifts US focus in Colombia from Counternarcotics to Counterinsurgency

by Garry Leech

Fri 31st Jul 2009
Garry Leech on how the new regime in Washington is committing itself to a Colombia policy that is even more militaristic than that of the Bush administration.... [read more]
 

Interview with a Colombian Political Prisoner

by Garry Leech

Fri 17th Jul 2009
Garry Leech interviews political prisoner Liliany Obando in her sell in Buen Pastor Prison.... [read more]

Washington Post Shamelessly Promotes US Drug Policy in Colombia

by Garry Leech

Fri 29th May 2009
Garry Leech critically analyses a typically obsequious mainstream portrayal of US policy in Latin America.... [read more]

Uribe’s Latest Misfirings Against the FARC

by Garry Leech

Fri 15th May 2009
Garry Leech on how the Colombian government continues to lose moral authority despite its repeated claims that it is fighting an 'anti-terrorist' campaign.... [read more]
 

Colombian Government's Role in Human Rights Abuses

by Garry Leech

Fri 8th May 2009
Garry Leech examines the appalling recent history of state-sponsored terrorism in Colombia under the US-backed President Uribe.... [read more]

Plan Colombia: The New Military Strategy for Afghanistan?

by Garry Leech

Fri 10th Apr 2009
Garry Leech considers a worrying Washington initiative aimed at applying the disastrous 'Plan Colombia' counterinsurgency strategy to the battlefields of Afghanistan.... [read more]

The New Face of Plan Colombia: An "Alliance for Progress" for the 21st Century?

by Garry Leech

Fri 27th Feb 2009
Garry Leech examines the US-backed soft reform programme aimed at undermining support for radical movements in Colombia.... [read more]
 

Anatomy of an Investigation: The Colombian State’s War Against Civil Society

by Garry Leech

Fri 30th Jan 2009
Garry Leech examines how the Colombian governmetn is using anti-terrorism as a pretext for a concerted attack on patently non-violent social organisations.... [read more]

US Policy Towards Venezuela and Colombia Will Change Little Under Obama

by Garry Leech

Fri 23rd Jan 2009
Garry Leech on why US policy towards its Latin American neighbours is unlikely to change significantly under President Obama.... [read more]

Plan Colombia Devastates Afro-Colombian Communities

by Garry Leech

Fri 5th Dec 2008
Garry Leech examines the devastating impact of US policy in Colombia upon the country's Afro-Colombian rural communities.... [read more]
 

Is There Really Much Difference Between McCain and Obama on Free Trade?

by Garry Leech

Fri 31st Oct 2008
With the US elections just around the corner, Garry Leech examines the candidates' respective positions on international economic issues, and concludes that there is relatively little to choose between them.... [read more]

Colombia: Displacement, Disappearances and Extrajudicial Executions Increase Under Uribe

by Garry Leech

Fri 10th Oct 2008
Garry Leech reflects on the rise in state-sponsored violence in Colombia under the presidency of Alvaro Uribe.... [read more]