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Behind Colombia’s Civil War
by Fernanda
Tuesday Jan 30th, 2001 7:25 PM
James Petras is one of the world’s best known authorities on Latin American politics. He has recently retired as professor of sociology at the State University New York. While he was on a CISLAC-organised speaking tour in January, he was interviewed for a forthcoming CISLAC documentary on Colombia. The following is from that interview.

Interview with Professor James Petras:

What are the origins of the guerrilla movement in Colombia?

The origin of the guerrilla movement has to be traced back to an incident that occurred in Colombia in 1948 when all the progressive forces were organised and mobilised in support of the candidacy of [Jorge] Gait

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