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

Why Latin America’s oldest insurgent communist army is growing

Embedded researcher OLIVER DODD, who lived among the armed guerilla forces of the ELN, explains their origins, theory and practice Colombia’s National Liberation Army (ELN) is Latin America’s oldest insurgent movement. When founded in 1964, the ELN was, strategically and tactically speaking, inspired by the Cuban Revolution, which proved that a determined and well-organised political-military… Read More Why Latin America’s oldest insurgent communist army is growing

Why has Colombia’s government ended peace talks with Marxist rebels ELN?

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?