26 April 2019 Dear LAB Supporter and Friend, The shocking suicide of former President Alan García, as police arrived to arrest, may have been planned in advance to create a martyrdom and obscure the taint of corruption from the Odebrecht scandal, argues Javier Farje (Read more…). LAB editor Nick Caistor wrote the Guardian obituary (Read more…) Colombia Medellín emerged from the era of...
Right-wing paramilitaries, the heirs of the infamous death squads, have started to re-emerge in Colombia. Programme presented by Teresa Bo. Video: Al Jazeera (English), 9 September 2010
Sulay Pino is waiting for us at the main entrance to the San Javier metro station wearing a bright green t-shirt that reads ‘Stairway Storytellers’, the name of the project she founded along with her friend and co-worker Stiven Álvarez. https://vimeo.com/260256060 We are booked to go on the popular ‘free graffiti walking tour’ of the Comuna 13 neighbourhood in Medellín which...
This article is based on an interview carried out by ABColombia in August 2018. The text does not reflect the views of ABColombia rather the personal views of two women of the FARC who took part in the reintegration process during the Santos Government and their experiences between 2017 and 2018. For more information on women and the...
Rogelio Ustate recalls (in a poem) the day when his community (Tabaco, a township of Alto Nuevo in Guajira) was displaced by public officials in Colombia to make room for the expansion of a massive open-air coal mine, Cerrejón. Video: Rogelio Ustate, May 2014 (in Spanish, with English subtitles)

Las Huellas del Cerrejón

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The documentary "Las Huellas Del Cerrejón" recounts the experiences of some of the people living near the largest coal mine in the world: El Cerrejón. The 'company responsible' as it likes to call itself, has dried up the watercourses of the area and plunged the inhabitants into sadness and desperation. They, however, remain strong and united in their...
Documentary by Zoe Broughton for London Mining Network, detailing the protests at the annual industry conference on mining. Frontline defenders from Global Majority, including Camila Méndez from Colombia (interviewed in Voices), had travelled to London to protest at the conference. Video: Zoe Broughton. November 2017
A film by Gwen Burnyeat and Pablo Mejía Trujillo about the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó. Chocolate of Peace depicts the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó’s experiences of resistance, via a journey through their processes of organic chocolate production. From the seed to the product, the cacao is the narrative thread that takes us through the...
Charles Beach, in Cúcuta, witnessed Branson’s concert and the halting of the aid convoy On 22 January Richard Branson came to the Colombian border city of Cúcuta, a place that I’ve called my home and PhD field site for the last year, to organize a fundraising concert for the people of Venezuela. The British business magnate and creator of the Virgin empire, inspired by...
This article is based on a letter submitted in February 2019 to the European Commission and to the International Committee of the Red Cross. The author is Victor Álvarez R., a Venezuelan economist and winner of the Premio Nacional de Ciencia 2013. He was Minister of Basic Industries and Mining during the Chavez presidency The English translation...

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