Far-left politics http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26770/all en Colombia's ELN rebels kidnap five people, including Canadian -army http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/colombias-eln-rebels-kidnap-five-people-including-canadian-army <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Five workers, including a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians, have been kidnapped by leftist rebels at a gold mine in northern Colombia, the army said on Friday.</p> <p>The five were taken hostage by members of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia's second largest guerrilla group, at a site next to a gold mine, army General Alejandro Navas told reporters.</p> <p>He said the company running the mine was controlled by Colombian and Canadian investors, but did not name it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/colombias-eln-rebels-kidnap-five-people-including-canadian-army" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics Left-wing politics Political spectrum Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 18:45:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736305 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Colombian ELN rebels kidnap five, including Canadian http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-colombian-eln-rebels-kidnap-five-including-canadian <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Workers seized in gold mine run by Canada's Braeval</p> <p>* Kidnap highlights security risks faced by miners</p> <p>* ELN wants to start peace talks with government</p> <p>By Luis Jaime Acosta</p> <p>BOGOTA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Five workers, including a Canadian, two Peruvians and two Colombians, were kidnapped on Friday by leftist rebels at a gold mine in northern Colombia, the army said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130118/update-1-colombian-eln-rebels-kidnap-five-including-canadian" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombia Far-left politics Labor Law Left-wing politics Thomson Reuters Fri, 18 Jan 2013 21:15:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736403 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's FARC rebels end ceasefire http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/blank-headline-received-2 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>HAVANA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A unilateral ceasefire declared by the Marxist FARC rebels at the start of peace talks with the Colombian government two months ago ended on Sunday after the government refused to join the truce, the rebel group said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130120/blank-headline-received-2" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Far-left politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Sun, 20 Jan 2013 14:00:47 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5736863 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombian FARC rebels free three kidnapped oil workers-sources http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/blank-headline-received-5 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Colombia's FARC rebels on Thursday freed three oil contractors working for Canada's Gran Tierra Energy who had been kidnapped a day earlier, military sources said.</p> Communism in Colombia Far-left politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 18:31:19 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5742086 at http://www.globalpost.com URGENT ¥¥¥ Colombia rebels say will free two captive police, 1 soldier http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/urgent-colombia-rebels-say-will-free-two-captive-police-1-soldier <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Saturday they will free two police officers and a soldier they captured a week ago.</p> <p>A statement from the FARC leadership said the hostages were in good condition and had been treated well. Their capture and a series of military clashes had caused tension at ongoing peace talks with the government.</p> <p>nn/dw/sg</p> Communism in Colombia Far-left politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:30:39 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744016 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia rebels say will free two captive police, 1 soldier http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombia-rebels-say-will-free-two-captive-police-1-soldier <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Colombia's leftist FARC rebels said Saturday they will free two police officers and a soldier they captured a week ago.</p> <p>A statement from the FARC leadership of the rebels' web page said the hostages were in good condition and had been treated well. Their capture and a series of military clashes had caused tension at ongoing peace talks with the government.</p> <p>The FARC said it would hand the hostages over to a delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and an NGO called Colombians for Peace. It did not specify when.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/colombia-rebels-say-will-free-two-captive-police-1-soldier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Colombia Far-left politics Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:30:40 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5744053 at http://www.globalpost.com Greek finance minister sent bullet in the mail http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/greek-finance-minister-sent-bullet-the-mail <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>ATHENS, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Greece's finance minister was sent a bullet and a death threat from a group protesting home foreclosures, police officials said on Monday, in the latest incident to raise fears of growing political violence.</p> <p>The package was sent by a little-known group called "Cretan Revolution", which warned the minister against any efforts to seize homes and evict homeowners, police sources said. The group sent similar letters to tax offices in Crete last week.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/greek-finance-minister-sent-bullet-the-mail" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics Politics Social Issues Terrorism Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 17:15:57 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745595 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia's ELN captures two it believes to be German citizens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/colombias-eln-captures-two-it-believes-be-german-citizens <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BOGOTA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Colombian ELN rebels said on Monday they have captured two men believed to be from Germany, the second time within a month the armed group has seized foreigners.</p> <p>The National Liberation Army, Colombia's second biggest guerrilla group, said in a statement the two were seized in Catatumbo, near the border with Venezuela.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/colombias-eln-captures-two-it-believes-be-german-citizens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics National Liberation Army Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 20:45:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745768 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Colombian ELN rebels capture two thought to be German citizens http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/update-1-colombian-eln-rebels-capture-two-thought-be-german-cit <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* ELN has sought to be part of FARC peace talks</p> <p>* ELN says captives considered intelligence agents</p> <p>* Group also holding Peruvian, Canadian captives (Adds comment, detail)</p> <p>By Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta</p> <p>BOGOTA, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Colombian rebels from the National Liberation Army (ELN) said on Monday they have captured two men believed to be from Germany, the second time in a month the armed group has seized foreigners.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130204/update-1-colombian-eln-rebels-capture-two-thought-be-german-cit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> ELN Far-left politics Left-wing politics Political spectrum Thomson Reuters Mon, 04 Feb 2013 21:45:35 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5745815 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia rebels say they kidnapped 2 Germans http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/colombia-rebels-say-they-kidnapped-2-germans <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leftist Colombian rebels said Monday they are holding two German hostages, seized weeks ago, whom they believe to be spies.</p> <p>National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas identified their captives as "Messrs. Breur Uwe and Breuer Gunther Otto, of alleged German nationality," in a statement on its website, <a href="http://www.eln-voces.com" title="www.eln-voces.com">www.eln-voces.com</a>.</p> <p>The men were captured in the Catatumbo region, in northeastern Colombia near the border with Venezuela, the group said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130204/colombia-rebels-say-they-kidnapped-2-germans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombia Far-left politics Government Labor Law National Liberation Army Social Issues Technology War AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 02:15:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5745934 at http://www.globalpost.com Germans seized by Colombian rebels are tourists - Germany http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/germans-seized-colombian-rebels-are-tourists-germany <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>BERLIN, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Two German men kidnapped by Colombian rebels are tourists, Germany's foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after their captors suggested they were spies.</p> <p>The National Liberation Army (ELN), Colombia's second-largest guerrilla group, said on Monday it had captured two men believed to be from Germany and considered them to be intelligence agents because the pair could not explain why they were in the area.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/germans-seized-colombian-rebels-are-tourists-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics Left-wing politics Political spectrum Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:46:17 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746659 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Germany says two nationals seized by Colombian rebels are tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-germany-says-two-nationals-seized-colombian-rebels-are <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* ELN, FARC have stepped up offensive in recent weeks</p> <p>* ELN has sought participation in FARC peace talks</p> <p>* Rebel groups weakened but still formidable (Adds detail, background)</p> <p>By Annika Breidthardt and Helen Murphy</p> <p>BERLIN/BOGOTA, Feb 5 (Reuters) - Two German men kidnapped by Colombia's ELN rebels in a sparsely populated jungle area near the Venezuelan border are retirees travelling as tourists, Germany's Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday, after their captors suggested they were spies.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/update-1-germany-says-two-nationals-seized-colombian-rebels-are" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics Left-wing politics Politics Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:45:43 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5746807 at http://www.globalpost.com Embassy says German hostages in Colombia tourists http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/embassy-says-german-hostages-colombia-tourists <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Two Germans being held hostage by the leftist ELN guerrilla group in Colombia are tourists, the German embassy said Tuesday after the rebels accused the two of being spies.</p> <p>"They are retirees who were in the region as tourists," the embassy said in a statement, acknowledging that they were being held against their will.</p> <p>It said the German foreign ministry had formed "a crisis management team that was in contact with all the relevant parties."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/embassy-says-german-hostages-colombia-tourists" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Far-left politics Labor Law Left-wing politics Political spectrum Social Issues AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 19:46:04 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746814 at http://www.globalpost.com Colombia kidnappings seen as bid for peace talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/colombia-kidnappings-seen-bid-peace-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The recent kidnapping of several foreigners by Colombia's leftist ELN guerrilla group may, paradoxically, be aimed at prodding the government into peace talks, analysts say.</p> <p>The government is already carrying out peace negotiations in Havana with Colombia's largest rebel group, the FARC, but President Juan Manuel Santos has not been keen to extend the negotiations to the lesser-known ELN.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/colombia-kidnappings-seen-bid-peace-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Colombia ELN Far-left politics Labor Law Left-wing politics AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 06:00:24 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5748486 at http://www.globalpost.com Give peasants land, Colombia rebels urge http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/give-peasants-land-colombia-rebels-urge <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Leftist rebels holding peace talks with Colombia's government called on it Saturday to hand over a huge amount of land to farmers so as to to address the key issue of rural poverty.</p> <p>The FARC guerrilla group emerged in the 1960s precisely because of the huge gap in wealth between peasants and ultra-wealthy owners of huge haciendas, or estates.</p> <p>Land redistribution is one of the most critical issues on the agenda of peace talks that began in November in a bid to end Colombia's conflict, which has gone on for nearly 50 years and is Latin America's oldest.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130209/give-peasants-land-colombia-rebels-urge" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Far-left politics Left-wing politics Socialism AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 22:01:23 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5751391 at http://www.globalpost.com