Hostage Nation

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes examine the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC): the drug-funded revolutionary army. In Hostage Nation: Colombia's Guerrilla Army and the Failed War on Drugs, they explore the political and socioeconomic conditions that enabled the FARC to gain unprecedented strength, influence, and impunity.


Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes

Comments [7]

Dr. Bob Lichtman from Westchester County, NY

A famous vocalist, I believe it was Frank Sinatra, sang a great song, "What Kind of Fool Am I." It most certainly applies here. In addition there is a must see motion picture, "A Clear And Present Danger," starring Harrison Ford, which addresses the CIA and the Special Forces attempt at destroying the cocoa (cocaine) plantations in a "South American Country." Add to this is our attempt to get the poppy growers in Afganistan to change their crops to corn and wheat. What kind of fools are we? Supply side drugs wars have never been won. When will we begin to realize that when there is a demand there will be a supply? Prohibition did not work, neither will our "War on Drugs." If drugs are not available people will synthesize them by any means available.

Sep. 04 2010 02:39 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

They really couldn't answer the 'american contractors' story...

They just said, "it's a really complicated story"

Sep. 01 2010 12:51 PM
Henry Escobar from Elizabeth NJ

These ladies are wrong wrong and publicitary right.

1) The increase of U.S. military forces in drug-countries -since the so called "drug war" started (really late 70s)-,
has only helped drug trafficking increase enormously.

That's why our military presence in the biggest
cocaine productor (Colombia), and biggest heroin productor (Afganistan.

We're the direct producers and consumers,
to submit a great part of our society.

2) There are now drug traffickers that make
Pablo Escobar (no-relation) look like a bum.

3) ALL WEAPONS that fictitious "FARC" and
Paramilitary forces (which are the elite's bodyguards) come from our military-weapons paradise. All of it. Look a "Iran-Contra" if doubts.

4) Fumigation is practiced in theory to eliminate drug plantations. But is really used to wipe out territory for mining -by american mining compainies-.

5) Uribe and all right-wing puppets are known
to hand U.S. more than the U.S. asks for them.
Example is our spanking new 7 military bases over there... To help our drug enterprise, and overthrow the new progressivist governments of south america.

6) Mass-graves with up to two thousand bodies
were found just as Uribe was exiting in La Macarena -look it up, since it has had no press-.
These were paramilitary massacres (to be read, the countrie's half a million military-members. Second biggest in the hemisphere).
Deaths that just add up to the 'false positive's scandal'. All of which makes fictitious FARC...
a Joke

There is extensive literature on these issues,
and 'Hostage Nation' is not one of them.
But at least they got the title right.

Sep. 01 2010 12:47 PM
Yerry from West Village

At least they mentioned the ills of Plan Mexico too... I understand the critics though, they do not make clear enough that the violence is mostly an America catalyzed phenomena.... And action, what can the listeners do? Contact congress and tell them to stop funding Plans Colombia and Mexico!

Sep. 01 2010 12:39 PM
Hector from Long Island City

"amazing rescue"? they committed war crimes by using Red Cross vehicles ... definitely not reading this book, very shallow, or deliberately misleading understanding they have...

Sep. 01 2010 12:36 PM
Jeremy from Harlem

Funding of these groups can come from the strangest sources. Chiquita Banana was fined by the, US DOJ, 25 million dollars for making protection payments, largely in cash, to the AUC, another right-wing revolutionary group in Colombia, in the late 90s and early 2000s, after 9/11. The AUC is classified, like FARC, as a terrorist organization, and also kidnaps, extorts and engages in cocaine distribution. Nobody at Chiquita was prosecuted.

Sep. 01 2010 12:29 PM
Jess from Park SLope

How about the disasters of Plan Colombia, USA military funding and drug demand that fueled all of this????? The millions of people displaced by Colombian military. The landowning elites that then take the peasants land. What a one sided conversation!!!! Learn more:"Under the pretext of fighting the leftwing guerrillas that have been active in this South American country since 1964, paramilitary groups expanded as never before between 1994 and 2000, killing tens of thousands of campesinos (peasants) and forcibly displacing millions of others, who fled to the overcrowded slums ringing Colombia's large cities.

The campesinos lost their food security when they fled their land, which was taken over by paramilitary mafias that purchased it at ridiculously low prices or occupied it by force, Rivera said.

The Uribe administration's demobilisation negotiations with the paramilitary chiefs took place on a farm in Santa Fe de Ralito, a town in the northeast, from 2002 to 2005.

While the talks proceeded in Santa Fe de Ralito, most of the millions of hectares of land that had been seized were put in the name of dummy companies and front men or sold to businesspeople.

The aim was to keep the properties from being registered in the victim reparations funds to be creatted under the Law on Justice and Peace, to avoid handing them over in compensation, as part of the process of restoration of stolen property, Rivera said. "

Sep. 01 2010 12:09 PM

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