Historic! Gustavo Petro wins elections in Colombia / by Martin Hacthoun

According to data from the National Registrar’s Office, Petro and Francia Marquez, his running mate, will govern Colombia after a triumph already described as historic in this country that has been for over 200 years under right-wing rule. With 89.35 percent of the tables reported, Petro obtained 10 million 75 thousand 836 votes for 50.88Continue reading “Historic! Gustavo Petro wins elections in Colombia / by Martin Hacthoun”

Petro wins first-round victory against right wing in Colombian presidential vote / by William T. Whitney, Jr.

Presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, left, and his running mate Francia Marquez, with the Historical Pact coalition, stand before supporters on election night in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, May 29, 2022. Their ticket will advance to a runoff contest in June after none of the six candidates in Sunday’s first round got half the vote. | FernandoContinue reading “Petro wins first-round victory against right wing in Colombian presidential vote / by William T. Whitney, Jr.”

Francia Márquez Mina: the Triumph of a Pedagogy of the Oppressed in Progress / by Charo Mina Rojas

Colombian Vice Presidential Candidate Francia Marquez (Photo: Twitter @FranciaMarquezM) Francia Marquez is Colombia’s vice presidencial candidate, the first Black national candidate in that country. Her triumph is not just personal, but the result of a strong mass movement. I am excited and moved by the process that has been unleashed after anger and indignation led FranciaContinue reading “Francia Márquez Mina: the Triumph of a Pedagogy of the Oppressed in Progress / by Charo Mina Rojas”

Progressive Coalition Campaigning in Colombia Promises Real Change / by W. T. Whitney Jr.

Historic Pact confirms Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez presidential ticket in Colombia | Peoples Dispatch In Colombia Gustavo Petro and Francia Márquez on March 24 registered as presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively, for elections taking place on May 29. On behalf of the Historic Pact coalition, Petro stated that, “today is the first day ofContinue reading “Progressive Coalition Campaigning in Colombia Promises Real Change / by W. T. Whitney Jr.”

US Must Return Its Political Prisoner Simón Trinidad to Colombia – W.T. Whitney Jr.

Murderous violence and oligarchy were at the center of Colombian political life during the 20th century. Colombians by the millions were marginalized, impoverished, and/or displaced from small land holdings. Violence and the failings of liberal democracy turned Simón Trinidad into a revolutionary. Few in the United States and Europe know about him. Colombia’s allies inContinue reading “US Must Return Its Political Prisoner Simón Trinidad to Colombia – W.T. Whitney Jr.”