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Not TINA (There Is No Alternative) but TAPAS: THERE ARE PLENTY OF ALTERNATIVES
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The Metamorphosis of Medellin: Once Most Dangerous, Now "Most Innovative City"

The Metamorphosis of Medellin: Once Most Dangerous, Now "Most Innovative City" | real utopias | Scoop.it
In two decades, the Colombian city of Medellin has visibly and psychologically transformed itself, as former cartel headquarters are now the Ministry for Education and transit times for the poor have been vastly reduced.
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An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End by Immanuel Wallerstein | Alternative News

An Imperfect Peace: Colombia's Civil War Nearing End by Immanuel Wallerstein | Alternative News | real utopias | Scoop.it
There has been civil war in Colombia more or less continuously since 1948.
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Putting Profits over People: Extractivism and Human Rights in Colombia - Upside Down World

Putting Profits over People: Extractivism and Human Rights in Colombia - Upside Down World | real utopias | Scoop.it

César García, a husband, father, and outspoken leader was assassinated on November 2 by a gunshot wound to the head as he was heading home with his wife and nine-year-old daughter after a day of work in his small-farmer community. Garcia led farm workers in brave and staunch opposition to a large-scale mining project in the Tolima department of central Colombia. Little more than one month prior, a similarly tragic story unfolded. On September 30, 36-year-old Adelinda Gómez left a meeting of her community’s women group, part of her countless efforts as a leader and human rights defender in the small agricultural municipality of Almaguer, in the Cauca department of southwestern Colombia. As she was walking home, she was attacked by two unidentified individuals, who shot her to death and left her 16-year-old son in critical condition. Just one month before her death, Adelinda had received an anonymous telephone call in which she was ordered to stop speaking out against mining or she would get herself killed. Adelinda and César’s tragic assassinations are sobering examples of the increasingly violent context surrounding large-scale mining and other extractive industry projects in Colombia. 

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Civil war nearing end in Colombia - Al Jazeera America

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Immanuel Wallerstein is a senior research scholar in the department of sociology at Yale University and director emeritus of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University.

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VIDEO: Colombian Farmers Win Back Control Of Their Seeds

VIDEO: Colombian Farmers Win Back Control Of Their Seeds | real utopias | Scoop.it

In Colombia after 21 days of a nationwide strike by thousands of farmers, blocking more than 40 roads nationwide, protesting farmers forced the Colombian government to negotiate the rejection of a farm bill and the release of detained protesters.

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation