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JFC Posters: To study and struggle

JFC Posters (A2 size): To study and struggle

Entrance to the law faculty, National University, Bogota 2012. To the left is an image of Camilo Torres, Colombian sociologist, priest and guerrilla, killed in 1966. Below him it says "Your example is the way" To the right is an image of Che Guevara. Above the door it says "to study and struggle"

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JFC Posters: Building education

JFC Posters (A2 size): Building education

FEU National University Students' Union protesting against the Santos government's educational reforms. National University, Bogota 2012. The top quote from Simon Bolivar reads "Nations march towards greatness at the same pace as their education advances" The sword is labelled "the market", while the kneeling figure is labelled "education". The bottom quote reads "Building education for a country at peace and with social justice."

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JFC Posters: New Education Law

JFC Posters (A2 size): New Education Law

Mural from the National University, Bogota, 2012. The mural is somewhat sarcastic, saying that the police fear democratic laws developed by the people. The figure hurling the book "New Education Law" Police behind riot shields "Careful! Careful! It's a democratic law ahhhh"

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JFC Posters: Let the university paint itself black

JFC Posters (A2 size): Paint itself black

National University, Bogota, 2012. Above a whiteboard in a classroom: "Let the university paint itself black, let it paint itself mulatto, not just in its students, but also in its academics, let it paint itself of worker and of peasant, let it colour itself the colour of the people, because the universities are not anybody's patrimony, they belong to the people..."

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JFC Posters: FENSUAGRO

JFC Posters (A2 size): FENSUAGRO

FENSUAGRO agricultural workers' union Congress, Bogota, 2009. FENSUAGRO has lost over a thousand members to the repression. Many more have been imprisoned, displaced, tortured and threatened. In 2011 Unite, the USW and FENSUAGRO signed a partnership agreement which treats an attack on a member of FENSUAGRO as an attack on a member of all.

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Recommended Books from Amazon

The FARC: The Longest Insurgency (Rebels)

By Garry Leech, paperback, published 2011

Using original sources and key interviews, this book serves as an invaluable guide that places the FARC, Latin America's oldest and largest insurgency movement, in its political, economic and strategic context.' - Dr Doug Stokes, University of Kent at Canterbury 'You may disagree with this book. But whether you believe that the FARC are terrorists, drug traffickers, the armed poor, freedom fighters, or just a group that has lost its way, Garry Leech's history of the guerrillas will make you view them differently - and may change your view of Colombia's long conflict and how it can be brought to an end. 'The FARC' acknowledges and addresses the many deserved criticisms leveled at Latin America's oldest insurgent group, and seeks to explain what continues to motivate it today. Whether you think the FARC should be fought, negotiated with, or both, Leech's book is an essential text. There's nothing like it in English.' - Adam Isacson, Director of the Regional Security Policy Program at the Washington Office on Latin America 'A predominant characteristic that separates a strong investigative journalist from someone who simply reports already existing information is the distinction of integrity to acknowledge that which is not so readily or openly supported by popular discourse. Such a description fits well when concerning the work of Garry Leech, as shown within The FARC: The Longest Insurgency. Not only does Leech put into context the historical importance of this movement, and its response to Colombia's political-economic inequalities, but he provides a detailed analysis of what the guerrilla have done in an attempt to create a more socially respectable environment for the betterment of the majority rather than a continuity of enrichment for a select few. It is for these reasons that this work is essential reading for a wide variety of scholars, social activists, concerned citizens, and social justice advocates, as Leech is able to shed light on the important events and issues facing Colombian(s) society. A reality that is sorely unaddressed or, even worse, structurally misinformed through instruments of the popular media and so-called academic scholarship.' - James J. Brittain, Associate Professor within the Department of Sociology, Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia

By Garry Leech, paperback, published 2010

Leech, an independent journalist originally from the UK, has been covering the Colombian conflict for more than a decade. His new book covers many of his experiences in Colombia including being briefly taken hostage by leftwing FARC guerrillas as well as looking at the role of the media and the plight of ordinary Colombians caught in the middle of the conflict.

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Revolutionary Social Change in Colombia: The Origin and Direction of the FARC-EP

By James Brittain, paperback, published 2009

James Brittain, an assistant professor of sociology at Nova Scotia University in Canada, has achieved what few others have managed with this book by presenting an insider's account of the Colombian civil war. Whilst they are one of the most powerful insurgency forces in Latin American history, little is known about how the FARC guerrilla group functions, what they stand for and where they see themselves as going. Brittain's book changes this and we highly recommend it for anyone interested in developing a full understanding of the Colombian conflict and the FARC's role in it.

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Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia

By Jasmin Hristov, paperback, published 2009

Hristov's excellent book investigates how the Colombian political elite have used paramilitaries to accumaltae camptial, exterminate opposition and consolidate political control over Colombia. Her examination of the relationship between the paramilitaries and foreign companies are particularly fascinating as is her documentation of the penetration of major state institutions by the paramilitaries. The book also raises questions about the so-called 'demobilisation' of the paramilitaries and looks at the deep historical links between them and the official armed forces. We highly recommend it.

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Colombia: Between the Lines

By Jason P. Howe, paperback, published 2008

Jason Howe's book of 85 black and white photographs captures the Colombian conflict up close. Policemen patrolling an oil rich border town, displaced families building new homes, a rebel couple kissing and a wounded soldier lying next to his dead colleague are just some of the characters that can be found in the book. Entries from the photographer's journal and a forward by Garry Leech accompany the photos.

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Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Colombia

Edited by Gustavo Gallon and Christopher Welna, paperback, published 2007

The excellent volume offers a series of well argued discussions on different themes related to the Colombian conflict, each chapter written by a different expert on Colombia. Issues covered include the weakness of Colombian democracy, who should be held accountable for the violence, why peace efforts have failed to produce durable agreements and what the impact of the United States and the War on Drugs have been on the Colombian civil war.

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Evil Hour in Colombia

By Forrest Hylton, paperback, published 2006

This book explores 150 years of political conflict in Colombia and looks at how the war, especially since 1948, has been destroying lives, property, communities and the environment as a result of the ongoing cycle of violence between the haves and the have nots. Hylton, who has lived and worked in Colombia, looks at how the conflict has helped the elite to steadily accumulate land, wealth and power through a brutal combination of terror and expropriation.

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Law in a Lawless Land: Diary of a Limpieza in Colombia

By Michael Taussig, paperback, published 2006

According to Eric Hobsbawn, "if you want to know what it is like to live in a country where the state has distintegrated, this moving book by an anthropologist well known for his writings on murderous Colombia will tell you." Taussig's work offers a rare and penetrating insight into the nature of the Colombian conflict and the human consequences of it by chronicling two weeks in a small town in Colombia's Cauca Valley that was taken over by a brutal paramilitary death squad with, according to the author, the tacit support of the Colombian security forces.

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The Dispossessed: Chronicles of the Desterrados of Colombia

By Alfredo Molano, paperback, published 2005

Alfredo Molano is one of Colombia's foremost journalists and has written extensively about the Colombian conflict and its victims. This informative book looks at the lives of some of the millions of Colombians who've been forced from their homes and lands; why they were forced to leave and what life has been like since. We highly recommend it.

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America's Other War: Terrorizing Colombia

By Doug Stokes, paperback, published 2004

With this work Doug Stokes has looked behind the official version, replicated by the mainstream media, of what is going on in Colombia. The US, he argues, whilst using first 'communism', then 'drugs', now 'terrorism', to justify their intervention in Colombia is in fact far more interested in preventing social change and plundering the country's natural resources. Washington's policies, contends Stokes, have led to terror and repression on a staggering scale.

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Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War

By Grace Livingstone, paperback, published 2004

This book is a good introduction to the situation in Colombia and has a particular focus on the human rights situation what abuses are taking place, who are the victims and who is responsible for the violence. Packed full of facts and figures about the conflict Livingstone's book also looks at the economy, the population, the drugs war and foreign involvement in the conflict and includes a basic timeline of the civil war as well as a look at the prospects for peace in Colombia.

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More Terrible Than Death: Drugs, Violence, and America's War in Colombia

By Robin Kirk, paperback, published 2004

Kirk gives a chilling yet very human description of the everyday savagery and violence faced by normal Colombians. She also castigates the country's government for not doing more to protect the civilian population from the onslaught and investigates the deep involvement of the Colombian military in the 'dirty war' against the poor. Kirk, who used to work at Human Rights Watch, has an intimate knowledge of the situation in Colombia and with this book she gets behind the official line and media manipulations to tell the story of the people on the ground.

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Colombia and the United States: War, Terrorism and Destabilization

By Mario Murillo, paperback, published 2003

Mario Murillo's seminal work on Colombia looks in detail at the Colombian conflict arguing that it is not about drugs, guerrillas or 'terrorism', but rather as a result of the unwillingness of the country's elite to allow economic, social or political reforms. Murillo alleges that US military assistance has been used by the Colombian political and economic elite to promote its own agenda and accuses the Colombian State and paramilitaries of engaging in politically motivated violence in order to protect their interests. Murillo's detailed analysis of the civil war and the complex forces behind it, as well as his proposed solutions, make this book highly recommended.

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Drugs, Oil, and War: The United States in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Indochina

By Peter Dale Scott, paperback, published 2003

Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat, has published widely on the War on Drugs and this brilliantly researched book looks at the intertwined patters of drugs, oil politics and intelligence networks that have led the US to become so heavily involved in Colombia and other countries. The author pays particular attention to how Colombia's paramilitaries have to a large extent served as Washington's proxies in the Colombian civil war whilst at the same time being heavily involved in drugs trafficking themselves.

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The Colombian Civil War

By Bert Ruiz, paperback, published 2001

Bert Ruiz' overview of the civil war looks at the modern historical origins of the conflict and how it has developed over recent decades. The book pays special attention to United States involvement in the war and Ruiz has uncovered several crucial US Government records using the Freedom of Information Act helping to illustrate his critical stance on the US role in Colombia. Every reader review on Amazon has awarded the book 5-stars.

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