Colombia: Moving towards a change in the politics against drug trafficking?

Orsetta Bellani, El Reportero (Photo: O.B.)

Colombia is a cocaine producing country. Seventy percent of the cocaine produced is exported to the United States. We are concerned about the cocaine production and the role the Colombian guerrillas and the paramilitary have in the business, and what strategies the government is employing to face it. In this interview with Daniel Mejía Londoño, the director of the Center of Studies on Security and Drugs at the University of the Andes of Bogotá. Continue reading…

Chiapas: Paramilitary action continues

Orsetta Bellani, Latinamerica Press (Photo: O.B.)
 

The front porches of the homes in Ejido Puebla, in the southern state of Chiapas’ Chenalhó municipality, are covered with coffee beans. Since October, the residents of this indigenous Tzotzil Maya community in a corner of the Chiapas highlands have been harvesting the seeds that are now drying under the sun. Continue reading…

The Permanent People’s Tribunal and the Counterinsurgency War in Chiapas

Orsetta Bellani, Upside Down World (Photo: O.B.)

Minerva Guadalupe Pérez López was 19 when, on June 20, 1996, she was arrested in the Miguel Alemán community (Chiapas) while on her way to visit her sick father. According to the testimonies, she was locked in a house where she was repeatedly beaten and raped during three days, by more than thirty men, who then took her to the countryside to dismember her. Continue reading…