Drawing on his personal experiences during an eleven-hour ordeal as a hostage of the FARC, Colombia's leftist guerrilla group, a journalist takes a close up look at the turmoil affecting the South American nation, shedding new light on U.S. foreign policy, the role of the media, and the plight of ordinary Colombians caught in the middle of the conflict.
This guide to Colombia reflects the resurgence of the country among travellers following years of lawlessness. With a strong focus on the country's cultural attractions, it will appeal to visitors seeking to discover Colombia's renowned flora and fauna, as well as its historic colonial cities, and its range of eco-tourism initiatives
Coming to prominence during the rubber fever of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, the Putumayo has long been a site of political turmoil, a place of mass immigration, exile, subjugation, insurgency, and violence, all of which have fostered a long, international literary history. Colombia's Forgotten Frontier maps a literary map of this history for the first time. Lesley Wylie looks at works by writers from Latin America, the United States, and Europe— including works by Roger Casement, José Eustasio Rivera, and Williams Burroughs—in order to examine Colombia's literary legacy of marginality and conflict.
In the wake of the global financial crisis, and savage government cuts across the world, Garry Leech addresses a pressing topic: the nature of contemporary capitalism, and how it inherently generates inequality and structural violence. Drawing on a number of case studies from across the world - including the displacement of farmers in Mexico, farmer suicides in India, and deaths from preventable diseases in Sub-Saharan Africa - Leech argues that global capitalism constitutes a form of genocide, and that this genocide is inherent in any social system that adheres to the logic of capital. Essential and eye-opening, the book questions the legitimacy of a system that inevitably results in large-scale human suffering, while offering a more egalitarian, democratic, and sustainable global alternative.
Garry Leech takes the reader on an exciting and thought-provoking journey from his childhood in Britain to life in the US Marines in Panama, from being a butcher in Detroit to driving a cab in New York and dealing blackjack in Las Vegas, from the war zones of El Salvador and Colombia to indigenous communities in the Amazon, and from post-industrial Canada to the socialist experiments underway in Venezuela and Cuba. Leech vividly describes how his adventures and experiences led him, not only on a geographic odyssey, but also on a path of personal discovery that resulted in him questioning many of the values and beliefs he had grown up with. No longer able to ignore the many injustices he has witnessed over the years, Leech concludes that socialism offers us our only hope to achieve a more compassionate, democratic and sustainable world.