Based on the strategy of hybrid warfare, the Colombian state, working with US intelligence, has been carrying out covert military operations and targeted assassinations inside Venezuela, reports OLIVER DODD LAST year in June I reported the targeted assassination of the communist guerrilla leader Jesus Santrich in Venezuelan territory by mercenary commandos sent by the Colombian… Read More The unknown story of Colombia’s campaign of military intervention in Venezuela
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
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)
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
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
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
SINCE 2017, Colombia’s government and the left-wing National Liberation Army (ELN) have been publicly engaged in peace talks to end 54 years of armed conflict. But following the inauguration of right-wing president Ivan Duque in August 2018, a man who vowed to end peace talks during his presidential campaign, Colombia’s new government has since canceled… Read More Why has Colombia’s government ended peace talks with Marxist rebels ELN?
Near the Colombian border in Ecuador, in 2010, I spoke with a former FARC guerrilla who was forcefully relieved of his duties after a military aircraft took one of his legs away. Like the overwhelming majority of Campesinos I have met, and although he was categorised as a ‘terrorist’ by some governments, I was received… Read More Meeting FARC Insurgents