During decades of civil war, U.S. and multinational companies used the right-wing paramilitaries of Colombia as their private armies. Though mining companies were major culprits, other corporate criminals include Coca-Cola and Chiquita. Only the peace process, which was tentatively finalized last week, might reduce the ability of foreign companies to oppress the indigenous people and Afro-Colombians.
Of course, the same corporate power is on display in North Dakota, where Energy Transfer Partners is using both the police and private security to brutalize the Native American water protectors and their allies. The recent decision by the Army Corps of Engineers to reject an important permit needed to complete construction is a setback for the Dakota Access Pipeline, but the struggle is far from over.
On the first Wednesday of every month, I appear on Black Tower Radio to discuss my latest journalism. This month, I talked about my new freelance career and how my readers can support me through a donation to my Patreon. I also mentioned my free newsletter, “Gonzo Notes,” which I publish 2-4 times per month.