Monday 30 August 2010 8:55 pm KCS-content whatsapp THE Labour leadership battle is finally drawing to a close. Ballot papers will be sent to party members tomorrow before the victor is announced on 25 September. The contest should have been fascinating, what with the fraternal war between Ed and David Miliband. But it has been a damp squib that has failed to generate any interest outside Labour circles. Despite this, the winner has a good chance of becoming the next Prime Minister. Even without a leader, Labour is snapping at the heels of the Tories; the most recent YouGov poll puts them on 39 per cent compared to 41 per cent for the Conservatives. The Lib Dems, who are languishing on 12 per cent, hardly get a look in. In fact, the numbers are so good for Labour, one wonders why they’re bothering to elect a leader at all.As the candidates limp to the finish, it is clear this is a two-horse race. David Miliband will win the most first-preference votes, as well as the support of the majority of Labour MPs. Brother Ed has mopped up more union support and could pip his elder sibling to the post if enough second preference votes fall his way. The Tories are hoping Labour goes for Ed, who plans a “core vote” strategy to win back former supporters in the party’s working class heartlands. That would leave the centre ground, which was dominated by New Labour until the election, empty for the Conservatives. Although Ed uses the word “new” in each of his six key leadership pledges, his manifesto is a re-run of the policies favoured by Neil (now Lord) Kinnock, who led the party to two successive defeats. Among other things, Ed promises a High Pay Commission that would hit wealth creation, a rejection of private involvement in public services, a pacifist foreign policy that would see Britain abandon its allies, and more cash spent on the causes (read perpetrators) of crime. Such a programme for government would guarantee a long spell in opposition. Although Labour likes to think it lost the election because it lost the support of traditional voters, the opposite is true.?Its vote held up remarkably well in Scotland, working class towns in the North, and poorer parts of London. But it lost millions of votes in aspirational, middle class constituencies in the South East, East Anglia and the South West. Although David Miliband is considerably to the left of New Labour stalwarts like Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson, he alone understands that Labour must win back these voters. If the party has any sense, it will ignore its heart and vote with its head. •David Miliband is interviewed in tomorrow’s edition of City A.M. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.com Battle of the brotherhood whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL
Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lucara Diamonds Corporation (LUC.bw) 2014 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLucara Diamond Corporation is a diamond exploration and mining company which operates in southern Africa. Its principal asset is the wholly-owned Karowe Mine in Botswana where Lesidi La Rona was found; the world’s second largest gem-quality diamond. Karowe Mine consistently produces large Type IIA stones and has an estimated worth of $US2.2 billion unmined diamonds. Lucara Diamond Corporation also has interests in the Mothae Diamond Project in Lesotho and the Kavango Diamond Project in Namibia. The company was previously known as Bannockburn Resources Limited, but the name was changed to Lucara Diamond Corporation in 2007. Lucara Diamond Corporation is a member of the Lundin Group of Companies with its head office based in Vancouver, Canada.
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SALE, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 13: Matt Kvesic of England in action during the International match between England U18 and Australia Schools at Heywood Road on December 13, 2009 in Sale, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images) “Matt Kvesic has been named captain and he’s a player who leads from the front. He’s a natural leader in terms of his actions on the pitch and he’s very well supported by the players around him. We’re lucky again in the sense that we have players with good amounts of captaincy experience at their club sides and it all bodes well. It’s a great opportunity and a great honour for Matt, he deserves it, and I’m sure he’ll grab it with both hands.”Hunter added: “Scotland will really come at us. We may have beaten them in the 6 Nations but out here it really is a different ball game. They will have improved since then, just as I hope we have, but they have a very strong set-piece and they’ll be a real challenge.” England U20 starting XV 1) Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers)2) Rob Buchanan (Harlequins)3) Will Collier (Harlequins)4) Sam Twomey (Harlequins)5) Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)6) Matt Kvesic © (Worcester Warriors)7) Matt Everard (Leicester Tigers)8) Sam Jones (London Wasps)15) Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)14) Marland Yarde (London Irish)13) Elliot Daly (London Wasps)12) Ryan Mills (Gloucester Rugby)11) Christian Wade (London Wasps)10) Owen Farrell (Saracens)9) Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby)Replacements:16) Koree Britton (Gloucester Rugby)17) Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)18) Charlie Matthews (Harlequins)19) Alex Gray (Newcastle Falcons)20) Chris Cook (Bath Rugby)21) George Ford (Leicester Tigers)22) Ben Ransom (Saracens) Kvesic will captain England U20 against ScotlandEngland U20 have made nine changes to the side that started the 33-25 win against Ireland in their Junior World Championship opener for the game against Scotland in Treviso on Tuesday, June 14. The game will be shown live on Sky Sports 4, kick off 5.10pm.Worcester Warriors flanker Matt Kvesic will captain the side in place of Newcastle Falcons No. 8 Alex Gray, who is on the bench, while Saracens fly half Owen Farrell starts at No. 10 for the first time in his England career, in place of Leicester Tigers’ George Ford.Ryan Bower (Leicester Tigers), Rob Buchanan (Harlequins), Will Collier (Harlequins), Sam Twomey (Harlequins), Sam Jones (London Wasps), Marland Yarde (London Irish), Christian Wade (London Wasps) and Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby) also come into the starting XV.Head Coach Rob Hunter is keen to stress that the rotation policy is all part of having a squad, particularly at the Junior World Championship, where the games come thick and fast. “We’re very lucky to have such strength in depth across all positions within the squad,” he said. “It’s important that we rotate effectively so that we get the most out of these guys over the five games.
It looked like another case of the away-day blues for Bedford when Tom Bowen pounced on a loose pass to score for Plymouth Albion; Declan Cusack converted to add to his brace of penalties for the hosts to take a 13-3 lead into the interval.But Mike Le Bourgeois was on song with the boot to slot three penalties and convert all of the Blues’ second-half tries scored by James Short, Mark Atkinson and Pat Tapley.13-man Rotherham re-enact the Great EscapeRotherham 17, Nottingham 11Two contributing factors enabled Rotherham to notch their sixth GKIPA win of the season: heroic defence when reduced to 13 after prop Marshall Gadd trudged to the bin in the shadow of Australian fly-half Dallan Murphy, and six kicks at goal that went west.Matthew Jarvis missed four penalties and a conversion for the visitors while Rori Lynn missed a penalty.Rotherham had a try from Sean Scanlon and four penalties from the division’s points scorer, Juan Pablo Socini to thank for a win they didn’t really merit, and will have to concede fewer than 17 penalties if they want to remain in the hunt for the title.Leeds leave it late to sink IslandersLeeds Carnegie 29, Jersey 13Two injury-time scores denied Jersey any hope of a bonus point at Headingley on Sunday. The Islanders went into the break only two points adrift at 10-12 following Drew Locke’s late first-half try and a Niall O’Connor penalty.Cross-kick recipient: Josh Griffin scoredDavid Doherty and Jacob Rowan had touched down for the hosts before Glyn Hughes slotted three further penalties to stretch Carnegie’s lead.Replacement Alex Lozowski made a late impact for Leeds, slotting a penalty and then launching a cross-kick from which Josh Griffin scored.Scottish leapfrog Leeds into top fourEaling Trailfinders 10, London Scottish 36 There was the same sense of inevitability at Vallis Way in Ealing on Sunday as there was at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, as the Trailfinders crashed to their ninth GK IPA Championship defeat.The Exiles, who look likely candidates for a play-off berth, scored five tries to Ealing’s one and replace Leeds in the top four by virtue of their try bonus point. <> during the RFU Championship match between Leeds Carnegie and Plymouth Albion at Headingley Carnegie Stadium on January 6, 2013 in Leeds, England. The Greene King IPA Championship: Here’s you’re next instalment from England’s competitive second tierBy Richard GraingerOn the day that will be long remembered in the Emerald Isle as the day Ireland so nearly beat the All Blacks, Bristol were left to reflect upon how so nearly beating the Cornish Pirates may yet condemn them to another season of Championship rugby.Pirates’ pressure pays offCornish Pirates 21, Bristol 15The Pirates recovered from last gasp defeat in St Peter to inflict what Bristol director of rugby Andy Robinson referred to as a “kick in the teeth” by completing the double on their Westcountry neighbours.The Cornishmen, who defeated Bristol at Exeter on the opening day of the season, were victorious courtesy of a brace of opportunist tries from Kieran Goss and a try from Tom Kessell.Bristol, who have not won in Cornwall since 2004, held a narrow lead thanks to a Nicky Robinson penalty and tries from Ross Johnston and Luke Eves either side of half time, until Goss scarpered over for his second in the final quarter.And despite being camped on the Pirates’ line for the last ten minutes the visitors had to settle for a losing bonus point.“We gifted Pirates three tries on Sunday and – credit to them – they took them well,” said Bristol’s director of rugby. “It’s a kick in the teeth because we had so many opportunities but we didn’t finish them.”Mose deny Exiles bonus pointMoseley 8, London Welsh 24The Exiles’ trip to Birmingham on Saturday was a potential banana-skin for the side looking most likely to head back to the Aviva Premiership, as we approach the halfway mark.However, despite being in touch at 8-14 at the interval, thanks to a penalty from Caolan Ryan and a Rhys Buckley try, the Midlanders faded in the second period as Seb Stegmann scored his second try to add to Carl Kirwan’s first half effort.On loan with Bedford Blues: James ShortBut the resolute defence of the Billesley Common part-timers denied Welsh a bonus point.Bedford get the better of substandard PlymouthPlymouth Albion 16, Bedford 27 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/19979/house-of-diffusion-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard House of Diffusion / FORM | Kouichi KimuraSave this projectSaveHouse of Diffusion / FORM | Kouichi Kimura “COPY” Year: Architects: FORM | Kouichi Kimura Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyHouses•Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/19979/house-of-diffusion-form-kouichi-kimura Clipboard 2008 Houses House of Diffusion / FORM | Kouichi Kimura “COPY” Japan Save this picture!+ 14 Share Text description provided by the architects. This project was requested from a 30-something couple. The client desired an open and varied space. The lot is located at a part of subdivision lots where idyllic scenery still remains. The east side of the lot faces a hilly area.Save this picture!The plan has been designed to incorporate the scenery as well as to protect privacy from neighborhood, resulting in the composition of being connected with the outward world while closed inward at the same time.Save this picture!The “diffused space”, which is neither single nor too much divided, provides to the owner a variety of living spaces produced with the views clipped from landscapes, introduced lights, and flexible spaces.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessSapphire Gallery / XTEN ArchitectureArticlesTalca Hotel & Casino / Rodrigo Duque Motta + Rafael Hevia García-HuidobroSelected Projects Share Area: 15024 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeFORM | Kouichi KimuraOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on June 05, 2009Cite: “House of Diffusion / FORM | Kouichi Kimura” 05 Jun 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021.
Building supplies company CRH has announced that it has donated €777,000 to the Simon Communities of Ireland in the first year of their unique partnership programme launched in July 2007.The CRH Simon Safety Challenge programme saw CRH join forces with Simon Communities of Ireland and Simon Northern Ireland to roll out this ambitious charity venture to raise much needed funding to help end homelessness on an all-island basis whilst also improving safety across CRH facilities.For every accident free quarter (3 months) achieved at any CRH company location, a substantial sum of money was donated to the Simon Community operating in that region.In addition, CRH locations which achieved a full accident-free year donated an additional 25% bonus payment on top of the four combined quarterly donations. Local company employee representatives present donations to their local Simon Communities on a 6 monthly basis. Simon Communities in Dublin, Dundalk, Cork, Galway, the South East, the Midlands, the Northwest and Midwest and Simon Community Northern Ireland have all benefited from the Challenge.Commenting on the success of the first year of the initiative, which will run for at least one more year, Donal Dempsey, Regional Managing Director with CRH said the theme of shelter provision was all important.“As one of the largest building suppliers in the world, CRH naturally saw a link between ourselves and Simon who are synonymous with providing shelter to those in need in Ireland,” Mr Dempsey said.Patrick Burke CEO of the Simon Communities of Ireland, commenting on the success of the initiative, said CRH’s sizable donation comes at a critical time, with budget cuts and a national economic downturn, and will assist greatly in Simon’s mission to prevent homelessness, to alleviate some of the associated difficulties and to support people in moving towards independent living.The companies participating in the Challenge include the building materials providers Roadstone, Northstone and John A Wood as well as Ireland’s largest cement producer Irish Cement Ltd.www.simon.ie About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 7 August 2008 | News Tagged with: corporate Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity safety initiative raises €777,000 in its first year
Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko)FARC-EP Comandante TimochenkoThe first exclusive interview with the top comandante of the FARC-EP (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peoples’ Army), Timoleon Jimenez (Timochenko), by Carlos Lozano, editor of the Colombian weekly newspaper VOZ.“The President repeats that he is not thinking of repeating the mistakes of the past and we hope this is so. You know that the biggest mistake of all the earlier peace processes has been to come to the table to demand we surrender,” Comandante Timoleón Jiménez told the editor of VOZ.Timoleón Jiménez, commander in chief of the General Staff of the FARC-EP, is the visible head of the legendary guerrilla movement, now engaged in the pursuit of a democratic peace through a new dialogue with the government. This policy continues the FARC-EP’s orientation. It’s the same thing that [late FARC historical leader] Manuel Marulanda told VOZ during the negotiations at Caguán: “Peace is a banner of revolutionaries.”This interview comes at a historic moment, on the verge of a new effort to achieve peace in Colombia. Here are the answers of Timoleón Jiménez, concrete and precise. It can be said, without false optimism, peace is closer than before, but there is still a long journey ahead. The whole country hopes it will not be a new frustrating moment.VOZ: A new process of dialogue is beginning with a government that is somehow or other the heir to the “democratic security” regime of [President Álvaro] Uribe. How will the FARC deal with this?Timoleón Jiménez: We have always been willing to look for solutions other than war. With Uribe this was not possible, because of his open disregard of our policy. [President Juan Manuel] Santos is not only heir to the democratic security regime, but was also one of its star players. In fact, with some cosmetic changes, he has continued it. But as he himself says, he decided to take the risks of talking and took positive steps in this direction. Any Colombian would say that the real risk is the war and not dialogue, and that’s why we don’t hesitate to accept talks to seek peace.Regarding how to deal with the new process, we do it with high expectations of reaching the end of the conflict. The president repeated that he is not thinking of making the mistakes of the past, and we hope this is so. You know that the biggest mistake of all the above processes has been to come to the table to demand our surrender, without a real will to work at resolving the causes that gave rise to and continue to fuel the confrontation.VOZ: The agenda includes the issue of “laying down arms,” which would be the culmination of an agreement or covenant of peace. What are the FARC’s expectations?TJ: There is no sense starting a process to get the final termination of the conflict, without contemplating laying down weapons as a target. Laying down arms consists of the abolition of the use of force or of appealing to any kind of violence to achieve political or economic purposes. It’s a real farewell to arms. If we could succeed in making that a reality in Colombia, our country would take a huge leap forward. We hope that the Santos administration and all sectors that use violence for economic and political ends agree with this view.The ‘errors of the past’VOZ: President Santos has said his government insists that this process of dialogue “does not repeat past mistakes”; that there exists a guarantee that they will lead to the end of the conflict; and that the government will maintain the military operations and military pressure on the FARC. What are the insurgency’s conditions for the process to end successfully?TJ: The ruling oligarchy in Colombia, solidly supported by the governments of the United States, has spent almost 50 years betting on the extermination of the guerrillas. Twelve presidents, one with repeated mandates, invariably promised our end and gave the military apparatus a free hand to carry this out. When Santos orders a step up in operations, he is not doing it to give satisfaction to the sectors of the extreme right, he does it because he believes, as all previous governments did, that these steps really can force us to surrender.Precisely this is the vicious cycle that needs to be broken. If you look at the general plebiscite approving peace talks, you realize that the vast majority of Colombians do not support the military solution, not the least because with more good sense than their rulers, they know it won’t be possible. We start with the concept that this process will be successful to the extent that these large majorities who favor a political solution should have an opportunity to speak out, to mobilize, to influence, to decide about it. And we are inviting them to do so.VOZ: Various sectors that support dialogue are considering the proposal of a truce, cease-fire and cessation of hostilities. What does the FARC-EP think about this?TJ: We are in complete agreement. It has always been one of our first approaches to bring about a narrowing of differences with the different governments. Unfortunately, the Colombian oligarchy has inclined away because the dialogues take place amid confrontation. If the clearing of the process had been accompanied by a mechanism of this nature, their outcomes would have been otherwise.VOZ: In Colombia, the ruling class, its political representatives and its media suffer the mania of only seeing things from one side. To report killing 30 guerrillas in an air raid arouses their applause, while the official casualties in battle are described as murders. With such manipulation they also sought to crudely pressure us at the discussion tables.The role of VOZTJ: You, as an alternative media that has endured heroically, are perhaps the ones who have in the most honorable manner informed the nation for decades of the infamous criminal persecution practiced in Colombia against these types of organizations. From the archives of VOZ the most accurate history of state crimes against the people of this country could be developed. The number of victims in Colombia is compared to that of the awful record concerning Jewish victims of the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Europe. What then acquires special importance is the role of the different social, labor, agrarian and popular movements that the Colombian state intends to ignore while taking up the individual crumbs of one or another case being studied. That Colombia, ignored and victimized, must now stand up to claim their dead and missing, to demand the definitive end of the war, to prevent any enactment of impunity for the criminals, to demand satisfaction for those old outcries for those who were ravaged in such a widespread and atrocious manner.VOZ: What do you think about the 6 to 8 months that President Santos has budgeted?TJ: This involves an expectation that he is generating on his own, contrary to what was agreed in the letter and spirit of the exploratory meeting. There was no final date discussed there, even the word “months” wasn’t used, so the president’s statement lets us know how difficult this road we are starting on will be. By the way, they gave clear evidence of their strategy: when they don’t achieve something at the negotiation table, they intend to impose it in the media.To get to Havana and carry out the exploratory meeting took two years, when initially one could think it would be a matter of weeks. And it was precisely not caused by the insurgency, which is a topic which I do not want to give details of out of respect for our commitment to keep on reserve for the moment the details, but considering the chronicles that have come out in the media, our negotiating partner seems to have forgotten the agreement. A matter for ColombiansVOZ: What policy proposal will the FARC-EP make to Colombians at the start of the dialogue?TJ: To mobilize around the definitive ending of the conflict. War or peace are issues that concern all us Colombians and we are obliged to speak out. The government aims to have the dialogues conducted exclusively among their representatives and ours, very discreetly, with no noise, as it repeats incessantly. Like when Laureano Gómez and Lleras Camargo signed agreements at [meetings in the towns of] Sitges and Benidorm in Europe. It also plans that the FARC should give a boost to the government’s plans as the most desirable ones for the country.That means once again that what is agreed to in the talks is being done behind the backs of the Colombian population, which truthfully is only in the interests of the transnational corporations, bankers, business people and landowners. That cannot happen again in this country. The large majorities of the people should be heard and listened to. Our proposal addresses that.VOZ: Why have the FARC decided to take on this new attempt at peace? Weakness? Strategy? Realism?TJ: Those who claim that military pressure was what definitively moved us to political negotiations are forgetting that this past decade of war erupted when [past Colombian President] Pastrana unilaterally ended the peace process taking place in Caguán. It is the Colombian state that is returning to the table for talks with the FARC, after they made their internal evaluations. One of them, which has not been made public, has to be the recognition that the enormous effort to defeat us has been futile. The FARC is still here, fighting, resisting, advancing. Now we return to the natural setting of politics — civilized dialogue. It is absurd to say that we have been forced to sit at the table, when it was the state that rose angrily from the table. We negotiate, because a political solution has always been our banner and that of the popular movement.VOZ: But then hasn’t the FARC taken severe blows during the last ten years?TJ: We cannot deny that we have received serious blows. And extremely painful ones. The deaths of four members of the National Secretariat cannot be minimized. What was also very hard were the deaths of our combatants under fire from bombardments. However, we have absorbed with courage all these experiences. No current member of the Secretariat has less than 35 years of guerrilla experience, and also most of the Central Chiefs of Staff. The replacements were not improvised. Forty-eight years of continuous struggle have produced a formidable apparatus. We went ahead, with pain in the soul, but more experienced and confident in our rationale. In every war there are casualties. The media campaign insists in presenting us as a defeated organization with no future. They have always done so. If they were facing a defeated force, they would not be working on further increasing their troop strength and their already huge arsenal. These are truths that the state and the media deliberately concealed.VOZ: Thus, although the FARC is not carrying out actions of the same size as it was 14 years ago, can it be said that the confrontation remains of great proportions? The defense minister completely minimizes you and claims that only in ten municipalities of the country in rural and isolated [locales] do confrontations persist.TJ: The FARC-EP operate and mobilize in the same territories that we occupy. The alleged control exercised by joint [government] task forces, brigades and battalions is often put on the grill by the mobile guerrilla activity. The armed forces’ casualties have been on the rise for some time. Of course, we also received blows, much publicized by the media. This is a conflict. A war is waged depending on circumstances, with no valid operating modes for all situations. It is obvious that conditions today are not the same as a decade ago, especially because of the current massive use of military aviation, but there is still daily battle. In all sectors of the FARC, the work varies depending on the equation at any time.Either way, the continuation of the conflict will involve more death and destruction, more grief and tears, more poverty and misery for some and greater wealth for others. Imagine the lives that could have been saved these last ten years. So we seek dialogues, a solution without shedding blood, through political understanding. With that we propose to go to Havana. We trust that the national government also understands the need to end violence practiced so long against the Colombian people.Source: www.anncol.eu, Translation: John CatalinottoNicolás Rodríguez Bautista (Gabino)ELN Comandante GabinoMarcha is the only Argentine media outlet that has managed to interview Comandante Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista “Gabino,” historic leader of the ELN [National Liberation Army] of Colombia, to speak about the upcoming peace negotiations with the FARC-EP [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-Peoples’ Army]. “We wish every success to the FARC ,” he asserts, and calls for “the participation of the different popular sectors” at the negotiations table.Since Colombian President [Juan Manuel] Santos publicly announced the agreement to begin peace negotiations with the FARC, little has been heard from the other historical guerrilla group in the country, the National Liberation Army.Up to now, the only ELN leader who has spoken is Carlos Marín Guarín, “Pablito,” a member of the Eastern Front, where the highest levels of insurgent activity have been maintained. In a collective interview given to a group of national and international correspondents in Argentina and broadcast by Carthage TV, Guarín stated: “Our commander Nicolás Rodríguez Bautista is in charge as leader [of the ELN], and is responsible for setting the parameters [of the negotiations] with those concerned.”Rodríguez Bautista, known as “Comandante Gabino,” has been a member of the guerrilla force since it was formed in 1964. From a Christian family, he was appointed to leadership in 1998 after the death of the priest and guerrilla leader, Manuel Pérez Martínez. Marcha’s correspondent in Colombia managed to contact him at the last moment and conduct the following interview, where the historic leader of the ELN elaborates on how this organization plans to address this new stage in the political struggle of his country.Marcha: Why are the FARC and not the ELN in the peace talks that were recently announced?Gabino: First of all, accept a friendly greeting from the ELN of Colombia, with our desire to maintain this open line of communication. We hope the brotherhood of our peoples forever unites us under the banner of our historical leaders, such as San Martín, Bolívar, Artigas, Che, Camilo Torres and many other fighters for freedom and democracy.In the dialogue with President [César] Gaviria in the 1990s of the last century, the [whole] insurgency was at the same table. At the other times, each guerrilla force was negotiating separately. The ELN considers having the insurgency around the same negotiating table as the most promising approach to the peace process. And we must strive to make this a reality. This requires levels of unity and we are taking steps to have this happen. We are respectful of the process started by the government with the FARC compañeros and wish them every success. We hope that over time the process now started separately may come together at one table because, except for some differences, we are forces with similar goals, which is the most important thing.Marcha: What are today, in Colombia, the requirements for this peace that is back on everyone’s lips, even President Santos’?Gabino: Most Colombians are weary of an internal war that has lasted over 50 years. The various social sectors have been organizing and speaking about a political solution that concludes with an end of the conflict. This is the case with the Congress of the Peoples, which is promoting a peace congress for next year. Similarly, a large number of popular and social organizations have expressed themselves, saying peace is urgent. When speaking of reaching a peaceful settlement, all Colombians are hoping that this time has come. The problem is that we understand and want it in different ways, and according to different interests. The vast majority of Colombians, including the insurgency, believe that peace means social justice and equality, democracy and sovereignty. In contrast, for the ruling class peace is achieved when it defeats the internal enemy on the battlefield, which President Santos reaffirmed days before the announcement of the start of the talks with the FARC.To be stable and enduring, a peace process under the conditions in Colombia requires the participation not only of the insurgency and the government, but also of different popular sectors, who are the ones bearing the brunt of the war. It is understood that peace requires a long and complex process, which confronts powerful enemies who pocket enormous dividends from the war.Marcha: What is the social situation like in the communities where the ELN operates?Gabino: In the communities where the ELN is present, they are experiencing a true state of war. These territories are commonly known as “red zones” and are subject to ongoing military and police operations. They control the movements of the population there, rationing supplies, particularly food and medicines, using the pretext that these goods are bound for the guerrillas.Punitive government forces, allied with paramilitary forces, act as an occupying force, subjecting the population to all kinds of indignities and repressive actions.In the regions where farmers subsist on illicit crops such as coca leaves, [the communities] are accused of being owners of these crops and are subjected to permanent spraying of the fungicide glyphosate, destroying crops of coca leaf and the other agricultural products [and] causing irreparable damage to animals and people, especially children, the elderly and pregnant women.This repression has cost a considerable mass of people their legal status. They cannot go out to the urban centers to escape permanently from such territories because the armed forces consider them military targets. This creates a very serious situation for many families whose only protection is the insurgency, so the insurgency must assume responsibility for their protection during operations by government forces. This reality is not new and is one of the explanations why many young peasants have no choice but to become guerrillas.Marcha: Based on past experience, how do they think they can finish this new attempt at dialogue?Gabino: Despite previously unsuccessful dialogues, we look today with expectations of the possibility of opening a serious and realistic path to peace, as is demanded by the national majority, already worn out by more than half a century of social and armed conflict that has gone beyond all limits. The ruling class could not defeat the insurgency, nor could it defeat the popular movement, despite the cruelty of the dirty war and state terrorism.The government forces, assisted by the U.S. and Israel, have tested and applied the experiences of other wars, but despite the cruelty, both popular movements and the insurgency remain in action.We believe that with this stubborn reality, the true way to move forward is by what we call a “political solution to the conflict,” which means that only through open dialogue, involving not only the insurgents and the government but also the most popular and diverse social expressions, will we be able to reach a responsible agreement to overcome the causes that produced the armed uprising, bilaterally stop confrontation and assume reconstruction, overcoming the deep crisis that has destroyed the social fabric and that broke the normal coexistence.The ELN has urged a political solution to the conflict for over 20 years. The five previous governments took this proposal as weakness and tried to use it for military advantage. This time, it seems that the ruling class more realistically assumes responsibility for building peace, as demanded by the national majority.Marcha: How does the insurgency see its future in Colombia in the years to come? Does it consider the possibility of withdrawing from the armed struggle and putting all its strength into the political struggle?Gabino: We have taken up arms for almost 50 years because the legal and wider popular struggle did not have political and legal guarantees. When this perverse logic is changed and there are guarantees and respect for the people’s struggle, the people will not be forced to take up arms to achieve their rights. But that decision is in the hands of the Colombian ruling class. As they say, the ball is in their court. And if after 50 years of fratricidal war, they are ready to recognize the majority’s right to justice and social equality, democracy and sovereignty, the country will be heading toward peace. Of course, this is not achieved through a decree, but it is urgent to open the path in that direction.So we do not see that the solution is the demobilization and disarmament of the insurgents. That formula has been tried and failed because the essence of the conflict is social and gave rise to the armed uprising. Then we have to go to the cause that gave rise to this and seek solutions. Only then will we go to the heart of the matter to make changes and overcome the problems.Source: eln-voces.com. Translation by John Catalinotto.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
May 26, 2021 Find out more News RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Receive email alerts Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Reporters Without Borders and its partner organisation, the Burma Media Association, are outraged that the politically committed poet Saw Wai was not released until 26 May, four months after completing the two-year jailed sentence he received for a poem that contained a concealed criticism of the head of the military government, Gen. Than Shwe.“We call on the military government to explain why Saw Wai was not released in January, as he should have been,” the two organisations said. “We also take this opportunity to call for the immediate release of the bloggers Nay Phone Latt and Zarganar and the journalists Hla Hla Win and Win Maw.”A romantic poet, Saw Wai, was arrested by the military on 22 January 2008, the day after a Valentine’s Day poem by him, entitled “14 February” was published in the popular weekly Achit Journal (Love Journal). Read vertically, the first words of each line formed the phrase: “Power crazy Senior General Than Shwe.”At least 12 Burmese journalists are currently imprisoned. Some are serving jail terms of more than 20 years. The blogger Nay Phone Latte is serving a sentence of 20 years and six months in prison. Other journalists and netizens serving long and unjustified sentences include Zarganar (45 years), Hla Hla Win (27 years) and Win Maw (16 years).Burma was ranked 171st out of 175 countries in the 2009 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index while Gen. Than Shwe is on the Reporters Without Borders list of 40 “Predators of Press Freedom.”Read the interview of Saw Wai, after his liberation, in Irrawady http://www.irrawaddy.org/article.php?art_id=18703 to go further RSF_en May 12, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Myanmar News News May 31, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Poet Saw Wai freed four months after completing two-year jail term May 31, 2021 Find out more US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture MyanmarAsia – Pacific Organisation MyanmarAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information
News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleStrabane man cleared of allowing his basement to be used by paramilitariesNext articleBus strike suspended to allow for talks News Highland A Donegal County Councillor has warned that the county’s water piping network will fall to pieces when the work of installing water metres begins in earnest.Councillor Patrick McGowan was speaking in the case of Siobhan Kelly – Ms Kelly says that her family have regularly been left without drinking water over the past six years with her water supply turning an orangey brown colour at least once a month.Councillor McGowan was however unable to offer much hope, he has pointed out that a funding application to upgrade piping in the Lifford area was submitted in 2011 – but no funding has been forthcoming.He has predicted that the situation will get worse when water metres are being installed:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/pat530WATER.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp By News Highland – May 13, 2013 Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Councillor predicts metering process will cause Donegal’s water network to fall apart Twitter Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter