James Patrick Jordan

What is the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center Doing in Venezuela: We Have a Right to Know!

by James Patrick Jordan en español… The Solidarity Center–the AFL-CIO’s organization for acting around the world–has long been active in Venezuela, and not usually for good effect.  We demand that the Solidarity Center open their books, and honestly report about their current operations in that country. We hope they are not supporting the current coup…

No Sanctions! No Coup! No War! Hands Off Venezuela!

by Eduardo Correa Senior and James Patrick Jordan The threat is real… The trumpets of regime change have sounded, and the drums of a possible war are beating against Venezuelan democracy. Provocations hitherto unimagined threaten to plunge the whole region into chaos and strike a serious blow against popular democracy around the world. Venezuela’s foreign…

Is Foreign Military Intervention in Venezuela Imminent?

By James Jordan According to conventional wisdom, there should be no serious talk of foreign military intervention in Venezuela. But these aren’t conventional times. The conventional playbook would adopt a strategy of foreign coordination of the Venezuelan opposition, economic sabotage, infiltration of the military, and manipulation of popular movements against the elected government. All this…

Saudi Arabia’s Jails and U.S. Prison Imperialism

by James Patrick Jordan Overview The United States government has deep ties with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s penal system, and with the entire Ministry of Interior, which oversees the kingdom’s police, courts, and jails. The American Correctional Association (ACA), a trade organization that collaborates and contracts with the US government, is likewise linked with…

Attacks on Peace Court Could Help Plunge Colombia Back into War

by James Patrick Jordan Send an email to Colombian authorities demanding they drop the charges against July Henriquez, Ernesto Caicedo, and Martha Lucía Zamora In a brazen attack on Colombia’s peace accords, Attorney General Néstor Humberto Martínez Neira has brought charges against three former officials of the Special Peace Jurisdiction courts (JEP, by its Spanish…

Struggle and defiance at Colombia’s Feast of Pestilence

by James Patrick Jordan There is a scene in Arturo Alape’s novel, El Cadaver Insepulto (The Unburied Corpse) that sums up Colombia’s current reality. A small group of authorities have been called to enter the apartment of an elderly woman who has not been seen in the community for days. Her apartment is at the…

Sweet Dreams and Nightmares – Can Colombia Achieve a Just Peace?

by James Patrick Jordan The dream of achieving a just and durable peace in Colombia may be taking a turn for the worst, becoming a nightmare of massacre and abuse, where hopes of democracy have come head to head against a march toward fascism. That is the sad reality. But it is not an inevitable…

Genocidio Cultural y los Asaltos contra el Río Yaqui

por James Patrick Jordan “Eso es un cuerpo de agua nombrado por el pueblo…. Han estado viviendo allá desde antes la llegada de los invasores. Para eso ser sacado deja el pueblo sin recursos. Es inmoral.” To read in English, click here Hace clic aquí para leer la declaración del Observatorio de Derechos Humanos del…

Cultural Genocide and the Assaults on the Rio Yaqui

by James Patrick Jordan “This is a body of water named for the people themselves…. They’ve been living there since before the invaders showed up. For that to be taken away leaves the people high and dry. It’s immoral.” Para leer este artículo en español Read the People’s Human Rights Observatory Statement of Solidarity with…