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Colombia under fire: 400 displaced following military offensive on FARC rebels in Cauca
by Julia DurantiLatin Correspondent
(Español abajo.) The final blog article from Julia Duranti as a WFP Colombia Team member: "'Not a day goes by when I don’t ask myself: "Do the lives of Afro-descendant, indigenous and campesino communities matter for this country?"' wrote Afro-Colombian leader Francia Márquez, a native of La Toma, Cauca."// El último blog/artículo de Julia Duranti como integrante del Equipo Colombia de APP “'No dejo de preguntarme cada día: "¿tienen importancia las vidas de las comunidades afros, indígenas y campesinas para este País’’'? escribó la lideresa Afrocolombiana Francia Márquez, nativa de La Toma, Cauca."
Zenith City Weekly: Si quieres la paz, lucha por la justicia
by Amy Price and Lyn Clark PeggZenith City Weekly
June 12th, 2012
Lyn Clark Pegg and Amy Price report on the findings of their Witness for Peace delegation to Colombia.
DULUTH NEWS-TRIBUNE: Time to Put People Ahead of Corporate Profits
September 17th, 2011
President Obama claims that free trade will create jobs, but Bill Hardesty, chair of the board of Witness for Peace - Upper Midwest, sets the record straight.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: 'Steamlined' in Arizona
June 12th, 2011
WFP member Martin Lepkowski on immigration and trade policy reform: U.S. taxpayers can spend billions of dollars to build walls and prisons but this issue will not go away. What is needed is a just immigration-reform policy. We need a fair-trade agreement, not a free-trade agreement that continues to impoverish the poor in Mexico, forcing them to migrate.
DESERET NEWS: Trade deal harmful
May 31st, 2011
The agreement will also prove disastrous for Colombia's small farmers. If passed, subsidized U.S. grain will flood the Colombian market and leave at least 400,000 farmers without their previous source of income, writes WFP intern Kelly Miller.
GRIST: The anti-coal movement goes global
May 27th, 2011
One of the oldest examples of citizens working across national boundaries on coal issues is organizations like Witness for Peace, which has brought attention to mines in Colombia and the U.S.
SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: No deal on trade deal
May 21st, 2011
The nefarious Colombia trade agreement would give corporate profits a small boost, but would have disastrous impacts on the working class and the environment both at home and abroad, says WFP intern Kelly Miller.
DAVIS ENTERPRISE: Nix a trade deal with Colombia
May 13th, 2011
Any trade deal that turns a blind eye toward the mass murder of workers and spurs cocaine production should be a non-starter in Washington, says WFP's Moravia de la O.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: Colombia free-trade deal may mean more cocaine in U.S.
May 9th, 2011
There's only one Colombian industry that can potentially employ workers who would lose their job in the wake of a free trade deal.
BALTIMORE SUN: The case against the Colombian free trade pact
May 2nd, 2011
Professor Kim Jensen compares lessons from two simultaneous delegations to Colombia: one human rights-focused and the other focused those who stand to benefit from free trade.
KPFK RADIO: Colombian free trade deal ignores violence, faces Colombian resistance
April 12th, 2011
Witness for Peace Associate Director Jess Hunter-Bowman sheds light on the faults of the "Action Plan" and the consequences of a U.S.-Colombia FTA for workers in both countries.
CINCINNATI ONLINE: Chiquita asked to aid Colombia terror victims
May 27th, 2010
Chiquita's top executive pledged to consider a petition asking for reparations for potential victims of terrorists bankrolled by Chiquita.
DEMING HEADLIGHT: Silent shifts in the Drug War
February 18th, 2010
How does President Obama compare to his predecessors expanding military aid to Latin America for the so-called "Drug War?"
PIONEER PRESS: Doing business with assassins
February 12th, 2010
Anne Holzman of St. Paul, who worked with Witness for Peace in Nicaragua in the 1980s, writes a rebuttal to an editorial calling for passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia.
HARVARD LAW REVIEW: Rise in Colombia extrajudicial killings may be linked to pressures on military
November 19th, 2009
In March 2006, Martha Giraldo returned to her father’s farm outside of Cali, Colombia, to find the property surrounded by soldiers and her father dead. Giraldo speaks about the impunity enjoyed by the government actors carrying out extrajudicial killings of Colombian civilians.
CITY BEAT: Terrorism and bananas
November 13th, 2009
Witness for Peace protesters were ready to greet investors as Chiquita held its annual stockholders meeting in downtown Cincinnati.
REGISTER CITIZEN: Hey, Congress, want to save a few million?
June 30th, 2009
Witness for Peace's Andean Regional Director, Jess Hunter-Bowman, calls on Congress to end the costly, ineffective and unethical aerial fumigation program in Colombia.
CNN: Protesters block streets as Obama, Uribe talk free trade
June 29th, 2009
President Barack Obama discussed a free trade agreement with his Colombian counterpart while scores of protesters clogged streets near the White House to demonstrate against the pact.
WYMT NEWS: People from around the country study coal mining in Appalachia
May 29th, 2009
Witness for Peace delegates met with miners in eastern Kentucky prior to traveling to Colombia, where they will also study coal mining.
WILLIAMSON DAILY NEWS: Pike resident joins delegation going to Colombian coal fields
May 25th, 2009
Pike County resident Vanessa Hall will be part of a U.S. delegation visiting the coal fields of Colombia, South America.
EL ESPECTADOR: Piden a Obama frenar Plan Colombia y TLC
April 20th, 2009
A Colombian newspaper reports on the protest in Washington, calling for a shift from military aid for Colombia to humanitarian assistance for the displaced and a continued hold on the U.S.-Colombia FTA.
EL TIEMPO: Marcha en seis ciudades de E.U. harán el lunes para protestar contra el desplazamiento en Colombia
April 19th, 2009
Colombia's largest daily, El Tiempo, reports on the U.S. activities for the National Day of Action for Peace in Colombia.
DAILY NEWS TRIBUNE: Poisoned crops and a failed drug policy
March 5th, 2009
An opinion piece by Andean Regional Director Jess Hunter-Bowman demonstrates that chemical spraying in the Amazon is a failed drug policy with terrible consequences for Colombian farmers.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS TIMES: Halt U.S. aid to Colombian military
January 14th, 2009
An opinion piece by Andean Regional Director Jess Hunter-Bowman suggests military aid to Colombia should be halted due to a reported increase in killings by the Colombian military.
BOSTON GLOBE: Past is perfect - for U.S. corporations
July 16th, 2008
A letter to the editor regarding the Colombia Free Trade Agreement by Witness for Peace supporter Avi Chomsky.