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Friday, May 31, 2013

CO2 in the Air Reached its Highest Level in Human History -

Friday, May 10, 2013

Terms of the New Abortion Bill Agreed by Irish Cabinet -

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Boston In Lockdown As Manhunt Intensifies -

Friday, April 19, 2013

2 Dead, Dozens Injured After Boston Marathon Bombing -

Monday, April 15, 2013

Fast Food Workers in New York Stage Surprise Strike -

Saturday, April 6, 2013

N. Korean Rhetoric Provokes Missile Shield Deployment -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Eyewitness Accounts from Meiktila Massacre -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sudan to Free All Political Prisoners -

Monday, April 1, 2013

A New Free Press In Burma Juxtaposed With Genocide: The World Will Be Watching -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Pressure Builds to End Ethnic Violence in Myanmar -

Friday, March 29, 2013

Activists Demand Action As Further Genocide Looms -

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Cyprus Reaches Last-Minute Bailout Deal With EU -

Monday, March 25, 2013

Myanmar Muslims Brace for Possible Genocide -

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Colombia Makes Peace with FARC after 49 Years of Armed Conflict

On Sunday, just a few days before the rebel group FARC’s 49th anniversary, the Colombian government and the FARC peace negotiators jointly announced an agreement for “radical transformations” in the Colombian countryside, a major breakthrough in peace talks that could end the half a century of conflict.

The peace talks between the parties have been taking place in Havana, Cuba for the past six months.

The FARC has long asserted that the land redistribution issues were the main reason they rose up against the government in the mid-1960s, claiming to fight on behalf of the country’s peasants. According to the UN Development Program reports, 52% of farms are in the hands of just over 1% of landowners in the country, giving Colombia one of the most unequal land distributions in the world. Between 1985 and 2008, 6.5m hectares of land were stolen, abandoned or forcibly changed hands in other ways as a result of the conflict.

During the 1960s, the Colombian government implemented a policy called Accelerated Economic Development (AED) where thousands of peasants were forcefully evicted from their farms and had to migrate to the cities. The dispossession of farmland turned small farmers and peasant land owners into workers of the industrial labor pool. By 1969, over 400,000 landless families were scattered throughout Colombia.

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia—Ejército del Pueblo, FARC–EP and FARC) was established in 1964. The group claims to be a peasant army with a political platform of agrarianism and anti-imperialism inspired by Bolivarianism. It operates in 25 of Colombia’s 32 provinces and is estimated to have approximately 8,000 guerrillas in its ranks.

Specific points of the agreement were not made public, but as part of the deal, the country will create a land bank through which farmland would be redistributed and farmers could receive loans, technical assistance and marketing advice as well as legal and police protection.

According to a report in the Guardian, the Farc has said it wants to see 9m hectares of land set aside for “peasant reserve zones” that would enjoy some autonomy from national government control. The government rejected the idea of autonomous zones but said they could be the focus areas of rural development programs.

The negotiation rules state that no single deal is final until the entire negotiation process draws to a close. FARC’s chief negotiator says there are some land reform details that remain unresolved.

Delegation will meet again in June 11th to start working on the second agenda: Political reintegration of the rebels.

Video: Courtesy of Al Jazeera: Titled “Is the war in Colombia coming to an end?”

Emine Dilek (194 Posts)

Publisher/Managing Editor: Progressive Press. Contributing Editor: WVoN-Women's Views on News. Columnist: Palm Beach Woman Magazine. Former executive producer and radio host: WVR -Women's Voice Radio, Human Rights/Peace Activist, Aspiring Author/ Journalist/ Poet/ Blogger. Emine also appears as a revolving guest on PNN radio show -international political analyst-, and had been a guest on Liberal Fix and Brian Hammer Jackson Show. Her articles have been published in various publications such as The Vibe UK, The New Agenda, W.E.A Women @ Work, Amazing Women Rock and ICAHK.