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Colombia: Displaced Wounaan Look for Government Support in Guaranteeing Safety
by Ali RosenblattUpside Down World
(By Ali Rosenblatt, WFP Colombia Team) In Colombia, hundreds of indigenous Wounaan are living in a sports arena after being displaced from their land. "We are here in a crisis caused by the state." /En Colombia, cientos de l@s indígenas Wounaan están viviendo en un coliseo después de ser desplazados de su tierra. "Estamos acá en crisis por parte del estado." En español:
Padres de Ayotzinapa difunden en EE.UU. su lucha para evitar su olvido (Spanish)
by Francesca EmanueleTeleSur
(Spanish) Unas palabras por Walker Grooms, de la oficina nacional (a 0:43), sobre la resposabilidad del gobierno de los EE.UU. en el caso Ayotzinapa y en las miles de desapariciones forzadas en los últimos años en México. El reporte comienza a las 0:25.
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."
Beyond Ayotzinapa: How U.S. Intervention in Colombia Paved the Way for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis
by Maggie Ervin and Julia DurantiUpside Down World
"Seeds of U.S. the Americas continue to bear fruit for powerful interests. But as a..drawing circulating in the wake of Ayotzinapa stated, 'They wanted to bury us. But they did not [sic] realize that we were also seeds.'"
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.
COLORLINES MAGAZINE: Wars on the U.S.-Mexico Border Divide and Conquer
March 21st, 2011
National Grassroots Organizer Catalina Nieto is featured in a hard-hitting piece on U.S. policy towards Mexico.
SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE: Military Aid Spurs Violence in Mexico
March 9th, 2011
Amidst rising tensions between the U.S. and Mexico, Presidents Obama and Calderon decide to stay the course on aid to the Mexican military - despite the evidence that it only spurs more violence.
PRESS TV: More U.S. aid won't end Mexico's drug war
February 14th, 2011
Four years have proven that the Mérida Initiative is a reckless strategy contributing to massive bloodshed in Mexico. So why is the U.S. granting the Initiative an extension and additional funding?
KBOO RADIO: Iniciativa Merida: entrevista con Witness for Peace
May 26th, 2010
Colette Cosner, Witness for Peace Northwest Regional Organizer, speaks to the Merida Initiative, free trade and immigration to the U.S.
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.
NACLA: The War on Drugs War is a War on the Poor
December 21st, 2009
The war on drugs in Guerrero, like much of the rest of Mexico, is a head-on collision between poverty and militarization.
ROME NEWS-TRIBUNE: U.S. stance OKs Honduran coup
December 11th, 2009
The Obama administration handed a significant victory to the military-backed coup government in Honduras by recognizing the results of its recent presidential elections.
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.
MARBLEHEAD REPORTER: Marblehead resident takes Honduras into her heart
October 14th, 2009
Marblehead resident and former Boston Globe columnist Linda Weltner reports on her Witness for Peace delegation to Honduras.
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL: Fairfax Pastor Marks 3 Decades of Human Rights Advocacy
October 11th, 2009
The Rev. Kenneth Weare traveled to Honduras Witness for Peace to gather testimony and look into human rights abuses inflicted by the regime that ousted democratically elected President Manuel Zelaya in a June 2009 military coup.
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.
NACLA: Megaprojects & Militarization
May 29th, 2009
As Mexican security budgets inflate with U.S. aid intended to combat the rising power of drug trafficking and organized crime these funds are increasingly being used to protect the interests of multinational corporations.
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.
PROVIDENCE JOURNAL: More of the same drug war isn’t the answer
April 27th, 2009
Witness for Peace Regional Director Jess Hunter-Bowman critiques the application of militarized anti-drug measures in Mexico.
TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT: Military response won’t halt drug flow
April 21st, 2009
A letter to the editor on Mexico's drug-related violence and NAFTA by Witness for Peace supporter Jenaro Rodriguez.
DAILY GAZETTE: Military approach not enough to win drug war
April 21st, 2009
Letter to the editor on Mexico's drug-related violence and NAFTA by Witness for Peace supporter Luisa Torres.
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.