Oil, Violence, and Ethnocide in Colombia Al Gedicks Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Colombia. 3rd largest recipient of U.S. military aid in the world, after Israel and Egypt $3 billion in U.S. military aid since Plan Colombia began in 2000
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Caught in Middle
Indian tribes (U’wa)
Church human rights workers
Judges, lawyers, journalists, etc.
Government Army(U.S. arms, trains)
Paramilitary groups(death squads allied with army)
Multinational oil & mining corporations
Guerrilla Armies (FARC peasant rebels, ELN worker rebels)
Some worker’s unions
Coca growers(small peasant farmers)
Opponents of foreign ownership of resources
(Colombian government estimate, 2001)
(International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, 2002)