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Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
In this pamphlet-as-journal, investigative journalist Ana Carrigan describes her conversations with the Colombian guerrillas, peace activists, & warlords who are fighting to redefine their nation. According to Carrigan, the simplistic view of Colombia's 50-year-old insurgency presented by the U.S. media ignores the deeply rooted political, social, & economic conditions that bedevil the U.S.-Colombian relationship at every level. Carrigan explores the U.S.-funded "war on drugs" that has led to the largest U.S. military aid appropriation in the history of the hemisphere; the new U.S. aid package for Colombia that puts $1 billion in the hands of the hemisphere's most corrupt & brutal military to assist them in "counternarcotics operations"; & the internationalization of an exceedingly complex & brutal civil war. The Other Colombia asks many questions, among them: Who are the FARC (Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia) guerrillas & the ELN (Armed Liberation Army)? What are they fighting for? What is the difference between these two guerrilla movements? What, if anything, do they have to offer to the future of Colombia? What might that "Other" Colombia, the country the guerrillas are fighting for, look like, feel like?Carrigan, Ana is the author of 'Other Colombia : Conversations with Rebels, Warlords and Doves', published 2000 under ISBN 9781583220436 and ISBN 1583220437.