|WHINSEC Instructors and the Drug Mafia|
|Written by John Lindsay-Poland, FOR|
The Colombian Army’s Third Brigade, based in Cali, was deeply penetrated by the drug trafficking mafia, according to a recent criminal investigation.
“What the prosecutors’ investigation has shown as it progresses,” reported Semana magazine, “is that ‘Don Diego’ [a drug mafia kingpin] didn’t just buy these officers in exchange for one-time favors, but that many of them belonged to his organization. They were part of the mafia and put their jobs in the Army at its service.” Brigade commander Gómez Vergara resigned August 16, 2007, as a result of the investigation, and a dozen other officers have been arrested or are under investigation.
Published in the Fall 2007 issue
¡Cierren la SOA!
written by jks789, July 16, 2009
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Presente is already the most widely-read Latin America Solidarity publication in North America, but we won't stop there. We want to expand the reach of the paper even further! Can you help to increase the print run by 20,000 copies?
Interview with Father Fausto Mila in Honduras
SOA Watch participated in the International Human Rights Encuentro in Honduras in February 2012. Laura Jung spoke with Father Fausto Milla, a religious leader in the Honduran movement who has been persecuted by the State of Honduras.
The Saturday morning assembly in the Convention Center during the 2013 November Vigil was organized in the Peoples Movement Assembly (PMA) format. The PMA model has been developed by Project South and through the US Social Forum (USSF).
Six-hundred people took part in 21 small group discussions about the role of nonviolent direct action, and grassroots organizing. The groups developed collective political understanding through dynamic conversations, and new relationships started to form. A goal for the PMA process is to engage everyone to come up with answers to questions about strategies, to develop our political analysis, and to come up with joint plans for action.
H.R. 2989, the Latin America Military Training Review Act of 2013 renews the legislative efforts against the notorious U.S. military training institute, formerly known as the School of the Americas.
The Spring 2015 issue of ¡Presente! included a poster about the disappeared 43 students from Guerrero, Mexico by Omar Inzunza, who is kown under the artist name Gran OM. Omar is one of Mexico’s most recognized wheatpaste and visual artists and we are excited about the permission to reprint his poster in ¡Presente!
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A challenging new documentary has quickly become one of the
widest-reaching films to encapsulate the history of the SOA Watch
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002.