Colombia: a mercenary state serving US imperialism

In the two days after Oliver Dodd published this article in the Morning Star newspaper on 4th December, Colombia’s state again sent highly trained commandos into Venezuelan territory as part of two separate covert operations falling under the strategic rubric of “hybrid warfare”, assassinating alias Romaña and alias Paisa, two of the five secretariat members… Read More Colombia: a mercenary state serving US imperialism

Colombia’s Mercenary Industry is Behind the Haitian Coup

Almost every assassin involved in the murder of Haitian president Jovenel Moïse was Colombian. That’s no coincidence: if you want mercenaries for hire on the cheap, often trained by the US military, you can find them in spades in Colombia. Colombia’s right-wing vice president Marta Lucía Ramírez recently complained that “Colombia should not be making international headlines… Read More Colombia’s Mercenary Industry is Behind the Haitian Coup

Colombia: Jesus Santrich assassination straight out of the CIA playbook

The Farc leader, killed by Colombian commandos in Venezuela, was a victim of the hybrid warfare techniques taught by the US and Israel, explains OLIVER DODD ON May 17, Seuxis Pausias Hernandez Solarte, aka Jesus Santrich, one of the two most prominent leaders of the Farc, was ambushed and assassinated in Venezuela by commandos sent… Read More Colombia: Jesus Santrich assassination straight out of the CIA playbook

Colombia: under a hail of bullets, workers and peasants refuse to retreat

The Duque government is slipping back into Latin America’s old methods of controlling the poor — from the streets of Bogota, OLIVER DODD reports on the explosion of state terrorism and the resistance it has provoked ON APRIL 28 millions of Colombians answered calls to take to the streets to oppose tax reforms proposed by… Read More Colombia: under a hail of bullets, workers and peasants refuse to retreat

Interview with Commander Villa Vázquez of the FARC-EP (Second Marquetalia)

Oliver Dodd, a PhD student at the University of Nottingham and writer for the British newspaper Morning Star, recently traveled to the Catatumbo mountains in Colombia to interview a commander-in-chief of the recently reestablished FARC-EP (Segunda Marquetalia). Villa Vazquez, the main leader of the Danilo Garcia Command of the Second Marquetalia. Background information The FARC-EP… Read More Interview with Commander Villa Vázquez of the FARC-EP (Second Marquetalia)

Colombia’s insurgency resumes: Why Segunda Marquetalia, a wing of the Farc, have returned to war

Inside a base in the Catatumbo mountains, OLIVER DODD speaks to Comandante Villa Vazquez in the first ever face-to-face interview with a senior figure in the recently re-established guerilla army DESPITE signing the 2016 peace deal that brought more than 50 years of war with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) to an end, the nation’s… Read More Colombia’s insurgency resumes: Why Segunda Marquetalia, a wing of the Farc, have returned to war

Exposing Colombia’s dirty counter-insurgency operations

Researcher OLIVER DODD draws on interviews and field work to look at some of the tactics that the Latin American state, with the support and guidance of the US, has used against Marxist rebels in its 50-year civil war IN the late 1990s and early 2000s when Colombia’s civil war existentially threatened capitalist interests in… Read More Exposing Colombia’s dirty counter-insurgency operations

The Colombian Connection: US imperialism and Venezuela

OLIVER DODD explains that big business in Colombia has everything to gain from extending its war against the poor within its own borders to the fledgling socialist state that it neighbours ON May 3, armed combatants arrived from Colombia to take prisoner or assassinate leading figures of Venezuela’s left-wing political leadership, including the country’s president,… Read More The Colombian Connection: US imperialism and Venezuela

Amid intensifying state repression, Colombia’s ELN imposes an ‘armed strike’

OLIVER DODD reports on the National Liberation Army’s general strike backed up with guns FOR 72 hours in February, transport and industry across Colombia was severely impaired as militants lent the weight of their weapons to anti-neoliberal protesters. Causing massive damage to capitalist accumulation, uniquely, the ELN’s aim was to persuade Colombia’s government and dominant… Read More Amid intensifying state repression, Colombia’s ELN imposes an ‘armed strike’

Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement is in crisis, despite the commitment of Comunes

In 2017 Colombia’s Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) gave up its weapons and began a process of demobilisation, based on a 2016 peace agreement which promised the Farc political legitimacy and protection from capitalist-backed paramilitary violence, as well as comprehensive rural reform for the benefit of peasants. Highlighting that the exploitation and victimisation of… Read More Colombia’s 2016 peace agreement is in crisis, despite the commitment of Comunes