Source: Contagio Radio
After two months of protests against the education reform proposed by Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, last Wednesday at around 2:30 pm in Michoacán 30 teachers were arrested and accused of blocking railroad tracks, which has been rejected by the National Coordinator of Education Workers (CNTE Spanish acronym) stating that teachers were at the federal highway, specifically at section “Lengua de Vaca” where no railroad track is located.
In its latest report, the Cinep stated that threats against human rights defenders are out of control.
Reply by the Political and War Prisoners from the ERON-PICOTA prison in Colombia to Sinn F?in
We, political and war prisoners of the FARC-EP, received with pride and hope the statement made in the last hours by Sinn F?in from the Assembly, by the living legend of the great and heroic struggle for dignity for political prisoners under far right, fascist and neoliberal regimes. We are talking about brother Pat Sheehan.
Report from Havana, 19 November 2015
The FARC-EP, represented by Iv?n M?rquez, spoke today on occasion of the third anniversary of the start of the peace talks in 2012. Besides praising the role played by Cuba, Venezuela, Norway and Chile, he highlighted the achievements that have been made in these three years, which he resumed in 9 main agreements:
"The Colombian government?s dark history of murdering dissidents should give us pause before celebrating peace"
This past September, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and the top guerrilla commander of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) finally agreed to sign a peace deal within the next six months.
The FARC-EP has carried out 18 unilateral acts as measures of de-escalation of the armed conflict, made with the firm conviction that it is necessary to provide humanitarian guarantees that lead to the definitive end of the conflict.
Taken from: www.colombiareports.com
Imprisoned members of Colombia?s largest guerrilla group the FARC are on hunger strike to demand that seriously injured jailed comrades are released and given medical treatment.
Havana, Cuba, site of the Peace Talks, September 12, 2015
We have announced our optimism about the peace talks to the country. We firmly believe in the successful development of the peace talks and the real possibility of a Final Agreement. But this view cannot bring us to ignore realities that make the transition to a Colombia in peace and social justice more difficult.
Written by: James Petras, taken from http://www.petras.lahaine.org/
Colombia has received more US military aid--over $6 billion dollars in the past decade -- than any country in the Western Hemisphere. For its part, Colombia allowed the Pentagon to build seven military bases, more than all the other countries in the region combined. There are over 2,000 US military officers and private US ?mercenary? contractors engaged in military activities in Colombia - more than any other country in Latin America.