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The FARC: The Longest Insurgency

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To many -- the Colombian, U.S. and the EU governments among them -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) is no more than a terrorist organization. Moreover, they claim that the FARC is only engaged in criminal activities and no longer maintains an ideology. But does this tell the whole story? Or can terrorism be a strategy for furthering ideological objectives ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published May 12th 2011 by Zed Books
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Karlo Mikhail
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, better known by its Spanish initials FARC (or the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia), has been called various names. Depending on who you’re asking, they’re either narco-terrorists, criminal kidnappers, child-soldier recruiters, non-state actor human rights violators, or Marxist revolutionaries.

The Colombian government, its United States imperialist masters, and the corporate media machine conveniently labels FARC a spent force of bandits tha
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Emma Thompson
I read this book as an outsider on the basic level that I'd never even heard of the FARC before and have minimal knowledge of South American politics though I am interested. I found the book well written, informative, and to the point, an excelent read, though I can't state it's factual accuracy obviously.

The book is short, which works in it's favour as it's very concise, which is a selling point as non-fiction books tend to be long and heavy. It takes a very narative view of events, taking seve
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Wesley  Gerrard
This book covers a very interesting subject for what in general there is a dearth of information and that which does exist tends to be fundamentally skewed with bias. The left wing of Colombia's forty year civil war is headed up by the FARC-EP. This revolutionary Marxist guerrilla group holds a vast amount of Colombian territory and is the de-facto government of a large amount of mainly impoverished rural people who are in general greatly neglected by their government. The FARC have a very stron ...more
BeeQuiet
I was delighted to get this book through LibraryThing Early Reviewers, having done a module in Media Movements and Radical Politics in my final year as an under-graduate. This book by Garry Leech documents the rise and fall of the FARC revolutionary group in Colombia. The FARC have a reputation in the media as a guerilla group engaging in violent terrorist acts, frequently contravening human rights as stated in international law; they may not be entirely wrong but it is, as Leech illustrates, fa ...more
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