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Colombia and the United States: War, Unrest, and Destabilization

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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Every year the United States spends millions of dollars to help the war-ravaged country of Colombia. But help it with what? In Colombia and the U.S. Mario Murillo explores the misdirected and devastating impact that U.S. military "aid" continues to have on the war torn-people of Colombia. Beginning with a brief history of Colombia, Murillo analyzes the complex forces ...more
Paperback, 232 pages
Published September 2nd 2003 by Seven Stories Press (first published September 1st 2003)
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Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I think Murillo misses a lot in this book, but I think his critique of media is worthwhile and critiques of paramilitaries in Colombia, supported by Colombia and the US vis-a-vis the Colombian government (at least in the early 2000s).

Murillo could do a better job at talking about the supporters of the FARC and the supporters of the AUC and paramilitaries. Are all the rank-and-file economically motivated as he suggests? What is the race/class breakdown of these groups? I think Murillo does not do
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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A solid alternative-press take on Colombia's war on drugs. The authors sympathies lie with the insurgent groups and at times is insufficiently critical of the leftist/counter-government positions, but there's a lot of reportage here that's hard to get in English. Recommended if read along with other, more mainstream works.
Brian Napoletano
Sep 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Murillo presents a convincing argument that Colombia is in the midst of a protracted civil war that has been prolonged by US intervention. He also reveals the absurdity of claims by US officials that counter-narcotics or counter-terrorism are significant motivations for this intervention. Oil and coffee appear to be much higher priorities, and Murillo's account discusses the ways in which US intervention is helping to "liberate" both from the control of indigenous communities and peasant ...more
Clearly written for a college course in mind, this is a dense but short book containing a simplified history of the guerilla and civil wars in Colombia, as well as the role the US plays in the conflict. Murillo tries to be objective, but at the end he kind of gives up, and joins the side of the FARC, to an extent. The human rights atrocities committed in Colombia are worth knowing about, and the study of the news coverage in the US of Colombia is too short a section. I would have liked more ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it liked it
Good book about the political history of Columbia. It attempts to debunk popular misconceptions about Columbia. It is fairly good though some statistics are not sourced which was a little frustrating for me.
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
My copy says it is by Mario A. Murillo with thanks to Avirama. This is a very good overview of the current situation with groups such as FARC and the US involvement in the nation and the dangerous effects it is having on the people.
Virginia Rand
Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting subject but this book isn't for the casual reader and that's what I am. It has gotten me interested enough to look out for other books on the topic, though. :-)
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