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Colombia FTA placates Right, but hollow ‘Action Plan’ fails to end violence against unionists

Colombian unionists protest against paramilitary violence against workers.

In his State of the Union address in January, President Obama pressed for quick passage of a free trade agreement with Colombia, and since then has followed up on the proposal. In doing so he has delighted Republicans who had been accusing him of failing to […]


Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico to sign Pacific Agreement on Thursday

Calla, Peru, is just outside of Lima and is the anticipated export point for Latin American goods under the Pacific Agreement. The Port of Callao has been the site of major labor violations against the dockworkers union, SUTRAMPORPC.

The governments of Peru, Colombia, Chile and Mexico will sign the Pacific Agreement on Thursday in […]


Obama defies unions with Colombia deal

At least 51 union activists were killed in Colombia in 2010.

President Obama broke with union supporters Wednesday over a controversial trade agreement with Colombia that is vociferously opposed by organized labor.

The administration announced it would move forward with the deal after agreeing to an “action plan” with Colombia in which that country […]


Latin American Oil to China and not to the United States

Venezuela oil field. China's increasingly tapping Latin America for natural resources that were historically available primarily to the United States.

After hundreds of billions of dollars of oil and gas deals around the world over the last few years, pointedly uncontested by the United States, China is not wasting any time in filling holes […]


China and Colombia announce ‘alternative Panama Canal’

Trade between Colombia and China has increased from $10m in 1980 to more than $5bn last year.

The plan is to create a “dry canal” where the Pacific port of Buenaventura would be linked by rail, across Colombia, to the Atlantic Coast.

The announcement came from the Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, who told […]