With the U.S. military's lease on its base in Manta, Ecuador set to expire in 2009, a new report suggests U.S. military operations in South America might have found a perfect new home in central Colombia's Palanquero air base, one of the region's most state-of-the-art military installations.
In poor cities around the world, millions eke out a living by scavenging recyclable materials from the streets that can be exchanged for fractions of a cent. They are at the lowest rung of consumer society, the very rock-bottom of globalization. And they know it. “If we were any poorer, we’d be dead,” said Jorge Eliécer Ospina, a trash recycler in Bogotá, Colombia.
The Bush administration is attempting to use the recent Andean standoff to ram Colombia's pending "Free Trade Agreement" (FTA) through Congress.
Such economic development agencies as the World Bank and some local governments are beginning to recognize trash recyclers as relevant and good service to society as a whole. NAM contributor, Teo Ballvé reports from Bogota, Colombia, where the First World Congress of Waste Pickers conference was recently held.
Twelve years after the Embera were forced to flee, loggers and farmers are now leading a massive land-grab on their traditional territories in northwest Colombia. The group could stand to lose half of their lands.
With a return to the hamlet of Mulatos planned for February 21, paramilitaries are once again on the rampage, while the army and police continue abetting the repression—in many cases, as active participants.