FARC Leader Blames President Santos for Failed Peace Referendum in Colombia

By: Julián Villabona Galarza - Jan 10, 2017, 1:02 pm
FARC Leader Blames President Santos
FARC officials reportedly never wanted to ratify the peace deal through a referendum. (Flickr)

EspañolFARC leader Timochenko blamed President Juan Manuel Santos for mismanaging the referendum for peace in Colombia, which was rejected last October.

The guerrilla leader made the comments during an interview with the Argentinian magazine Crisis, during which he said they knew the results of the referendum would be negative, because the referendum is often considered a mechanism for supporting the president, and Santos had very low approval ratings at that time.

Timochenko also said that on top of poor execution by the Santos administration was the strong campaign of disinformation led by those who did not want peace.


The guerrilla leader said his organization did not want the agreement to be ratified via referendum. Instead, FARC officials wanted an agreement approved through a National Constituent Assembly, which would have required big changes to Colombia’s political charter previously agreed upon by both sides.

Timochenko said if those who oppose peace do not stop the agreement, the guerrilla organization is ready to return to civilian life and continue with a search for power — this time, by democratic means. FARC officials have announced their active participation in the elections next year, when Colombia will elect a new president.

The FARC leader said they will not have a candidate of their own, however; instead, they will seek to establish a coalition and support whoever guarantees the continuation of the peace agreement in the upcoming implementation stage.

Source: Blu Radio

Julián Villabona Galarza Julián Villabona Galarza

Julián is a reporter with the PanAm Post with studies in Politics and International Relations from the University Sergio Arboleda in Colombia. Follow him: @julianvillabona.

In the Tank: Meryl Streep’s pro-Hillary Speeches Before Her Golden Globe Rant

By: PanAm Post Staff - Jan 10, 2017, 11:15 am

Meryl Streep's rant against Donald Trump at the Golden Globes awards ceremony was "a rallying cry" in a new culture war, wrote The New York Times. The Old Hag added that Streep "firmly lay down the gauntlet... targeting Mr. Trump’s skills as a showman and entertainer and branding them as insidious..." She called on actors, foreigners, journalists and others to stand together and support the arts and the First Amendment, while portraying Mr. Trump as a bully who could whip his supporters into a frenzy and 'show their teeth'. Read More: Meryl Streep's Speech: Yet Another Example of Hypocrite Hollywood's Pseudo-Progressivism Read More: Trump Can Mark a Turning Point in History of US Meddling in Latin America The NYT even quoted one Rami Malek, "who stars in the USA drama 'Mr. Robot,' (and) said of Ms. Streep to his table, according to The Los Angeles Times, 'In a weird way, she’s our president.' What the NYT and the progressive media have failed to mention is that the Streep speech is yet another case of left-wing sour grapes after the November 8 election, which, as Nassim Taleb so eloquently put it, shocked each member of the bien-pensant class as if a rat had been surreptitiously put in his shirt. And surely Streep was as flabbergasted as any other Hollywood luvvy by Trump's surprise victory. Twenty days before the election, Streep said in public that "in 20 days we'll have President Hillary Rodham Clinton, President of the United States, and all this (Trump's sexism) will be moot." Things turned out rather differently. Streep also made a speech in favor of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Democratic National Convention which included fist-pumping and a Howard Dean-type howl, the type of gestures she would without a doubt find unbearably vulgar if performed by a Mixed Martial Arts audience. "Hillary Clinton has taken some fire over 40 years of her fight for families and children," Streep said. "You people," she told the Democratic crowd, "have made history, and you'll make history again in November because Hillary Clinton will be our first woman president, and she will be a great president, and she will be the first in a line of women and men who serve with grit and grace." Well, not quite. In a 2012 "Tribute to Hillary Clinton," Streep produced a parallel of her own life with that of the then Secretary of State. Here's what happens when I compare myself to Hillary Clinton... I find a lot of similarities. We're roughly the same age, we both have two brothers... We both grew up in middle class homes with spirited and big-hearted mothers... We both went from public high schools to distinguished women's colleges.... And we both went on to graduate school at Yale, which is where the two paths diverged in the wood... While I was a cheerleader she was the president of the student government. Where I was the lead in all three musicals, people who know her tell me that she should never be encouraged to sing. Regardless, she has turned out to be the voice of her generation. I'm an actress, and she is the real deal. Not exactly Plutarch. Decades after college, Streep and Hillary Clinton's roles have slightly altered. While Streep still acts as pro-Hillary cheerleader, Hillary is not the president. Hence Streep's Golden Globe philippic against Trump.

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