Although trash recyclers remain at the bottom-rung of the global economic ladder and face harassment from authorities, they are increasingly organized and have won important victories. Colombia's waste pickers were among the first to organize, and they recently invited their counterparts from around the world to discuss shared problems.
My interview with Dave Koller of TYT about the Colombian armed conflict, its origins, and current attempts to bring it to an end.
After Colombia's 2-1 victory over the Ivory Coast, I spoke with Meleiza Figueroa of KPFA's "The People's Game," a show about politics and society during the 2014 World Cup. We discussed Colombia's history in the World Cup, its current winning streak, and how soccer in the country has crossed paths with the drug trade, the armed conflict, and today's political conjuncture.
This podcast produced by the Social Science Research Council's Drugs, Security, and Democracy (DSD) program features Winifred Tate and myself talking about our research projects on paramilitaries, land conflicts, and drug trafficking in Colombia.
La semana pasada El Tiempo publicó un artículo sobre los vallenatos que se cantan en Las Pavas, una comunidad de 123 familias en el sur de Bolívar. Las canciones narran la historia del conflicto y desplazamiento en ese lugar. Conocí a Edwin Torres, un cantante de Las Pavas, en el 2010 y le grabé esta canción. [English translation included.]
As mass protests in Colombia entered into their tenth day yesterday, I was interviewed by KPFA about the mobilizations that continue spreading throughout the country. Negotiations between the government and protest leaders continue. What began as a strike by peasants and agrarian workers now also includes organized labor groups, students, and other civil society groups.
A brief video produced for Antipode, the geography journal that gave me their annual graduate student scholarship award. It's an interview about my dissertation research project.