Colombia’s Battered Rebels Seek Peace

The U.S. government’s use of targeted killings on al-Qaeda-linked “terrorists” has stirred legal and moral objections. But what about using drones to assassinate Latin American peasants fighting a corrupt oligarchy? […] Outgunned and Unpopular In essence, the FARC is finding itself outgunned by the same kind of al-Qaeda and targeted missile strikes that have been used in…

Capitalism, Genocide & Colombia

Dispatch From Catatumbo http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/15/capitalism-genocide-colombia/ Capitalism, Genocide & Colombia by DANIEL KOVALIK I just returned from Catatumbo, Colombia where thousands of peasants are waging a life-and-death struggle against the U.S.-backed Colombian military and its paramilitary allies.   For over 60 days, the peasants have been demonstrating against the deplorable living conditions and economic circumstances in which they…

The Banana files: Central America Part I

hn – Chiquita senior vice president of finance. Palma, Arnaldo – general manager of Chiquita’s Honduran operations. Paz, Benjamin – Chiquita official. Ploughman, Dale – Chiquita executive in Antwerp, Belgium, responsible for shipping issues. Raymer, Joel – Chiquita lawyer. Rodriguez, Eugene – Chiquita executive. Rodriguez, Manuel – Chiquita lawyer. Stalinski, Ernst “Otto” – former consultant…

Going Bananas: Blood,Guns and Bananas: Chiquita International

Banana giant Chiquita Brands International paid off paramilitary and guerilla factions inside Colombia and benefited handsomely from these secret deals with Colombian death squads. George Washington University published a series of papers released by the Justice Department, and the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act, detailing Chiquita’s cover-up of payments to the far-right United…