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Canada-Colombia Free Trade: ‘Doing business with murderers.’

While U.S. legislators are said to be stalling passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia, because of violence and human rights abuse, the Canadian government is full steam ahead – again.

Canada-Colombia Free Trade back on table

The Conservative government has reintroduced Bill C-23 – An Act to Implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement and that it has already passed first reading and is on its way to second reading. Forty trade unionists were murdered in 2009. We cannot forge a free trade agreement with Colombia. Our Colombian partners working on human [...]

Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The origin and direction of the FARC-EP

James J. Brittain has recently published Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The origin and direction of the FARC-EP (2010, Pluto Press). “This book presents an insider’s account of Colombia’s internal conflict. At the forefront is the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP). Although they are one of the most powerful military forces in Latin [...]

Opposition to Canada-Colombia free trade continues

On Friday, December 4th, over 80 people rallied in front of the Wolfville, NS, office of Scott Brison, MP for Kings-Hants. Brison, the Liberal International Trade Critic, was targeted because of his support of Bill C-23 – an Act to implement the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). The rally also came only days after the [...]

Colombian paramilitaries assassinate indigenous leader in the name of Canadian multinationals

Dave Bleakney of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers reporting from Copenhagen. He interviews Jose Goyas, an indigenous leader, about the harmful effects of Canadian mining companies and the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

Opposition to Canada-Colombia free trade continues

Large puppets of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe Vélez and paramilitaries mingled among the protesters. Demonstrators held white masks with flowing red streamers to represent the victims of Colombian state-supported armed violence. Following songs by the Raging Grannies and speeches from representatives of labour unions, church and social justice groups, the [...]

Trade issue stirs up protestors, politician

After two hours of heated words with those inside, Kustudic said of Brison’s stance: “adamant resistance to listening to/ hearing what others – especially your constituents, I have to say is not an admirable or desirable characteristic for someone who is elected to represent his constituents’ interests to the federal government.”

Exorcising the Ghosts of Paramilitary Violence: Reclaiming Liberty in Libertad

Marco Tulio Pérez arrived in the remote Afro-Colombian community of Libertad in 2000. One of his first acts was to organize a beauty pageant for local girls between 15 and 18 years of age. But this pageant was to be much more than just another example of a community engaging in one of Colombia’s favorite [...]

Liberals catch flak for support of Colombian free trade

While Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff touted himself as the saviour of Canada’s global reputation, his party was under fire Monday for supporting free trade with Colombia. Furious human rights activists chided the Liberals for playing up progress in the Latin American country as the contentious deal proceeds in Parliament.

COLOMBIA: Armed group slaughters twelve men, women and children of the Awá people

On 26 August 2009, a group of armed men wearing masks and military uniforms without insignia massacred twelve members of the indigenous Awá people in the province of Nariño.