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1970. Bolivar The Liberator by Lauran Paine
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  • Bolivar The Liberator [top]
    Written by Lauran Paine
    First published in 1970 in Great Britain by Robert Hale & Company in hardback with dustjacket, 207pp, ISBN 0709115636
    Illustrated and with map
    Jacket illustration: A 19th Century popular print showing Simon Bolivar

About this book: The book tries to portray this incredible man - Simon Bolivar - who was liberator, diplomat, tactician, writer and philosopher. He had what you would call a short life, born in 1783 and died in 1830 aged 47. His total epoch was from 1810, the year before Venezuela pronounced for national independence, to 1828 when he took supreme power in Gran Colombia. During those 18 years, he brought independence to Venezuela (393,000 square miles of territory), to Colombia (447,536 square miles), to Ecuador (120,000 square miles), to Peru (695,733 square miles) and the nation name for him, Bolivia (506,467 square miles of land). So in total, he liberated more than 2 million square miles!

Chapters:
1. Virtuosity
2. Love and Life
3. Francisco Miranda
4. America-Hispana
5. Bolivar
6. The First Republic of Venezuela
7. New Granada
8. Vindication!
9. War without quarter
10. The Fall of the Republic
11. The Vacuum
12. To Haiti and Back
13. Towards the Third Republic
14. The Quest for Victory
15. The New War
16. Towards Boyaca
17. Truce
18. The Plains of Carabobo
19. Bombana
20. Varieties of Conquest
21. The Quicksands of Peru
22. Ayacucho
23. Return of the Liberator
24. A Federation of Shadows
25. "Vamonos Muchachos!"
26. In the Wake of the Hero
Bibliography; Index

Illustrations:
Simon Bolivar as a young man
Caracas, capital of Venezuela
The Calle Real, principal street in Bogota, Colombia
General Franciso, de Paula Santander, later President of Colombia
Santiago Marino
José Antonio Paez, painted in 1838 by Sir Robert Ker
José de St. Martin, liberator of Péru and Chile
An older Simon Bolivar
Manuela Saenz y Thorne, Bolivar's mistress
Grand Marshal Antonio José de Sucré, a bronze statue in the Place de Ayachucho, Bogota
A street in Lima, capital of Peru
A Bolivian town, San José
A 19th Century popular view of Bolivar the Libertaor
Map: South American States at the death of Bolivar

Bell, Peter D; Human Rights Watch. 'State of War. Political Violence and Counterinsurgency in Colombia', published in 1993 in the United States by Human Rights Watch, in paperback, 149pp, ISBN 15644321185. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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  • State of War. Political Violence and Counterinsurgency in Colombia [top]
    Report compiled and written by Human Rights Watch
    Human Rights Watch at this time was chaired by Peter D. Bell, with Stephen L. Kass and Marina Pinto as vice chairs; Juan E. Mendez was the executive director; Cynthia Arnson and Anne Manuel were associate directors; Robin Kirk was the Andean researcher; MaryJane Camejo and Gretta Tovar Siebentritt were research associates and Vanessa Jimenez and Ben Penglase were associates
    1st published in 1993 in the United States by Human Rights Watch in paperback, 149pp, ISBN 1564321185

About this book/synopsis: On November 8, 1992, Colombian President César Gaviria Trujillo adopted a series of emergency decrees restricting civil liberties, granting additional powers to the military, and punishing contact or dialogue with insurgent groups. The decrees marked a reversion to authoritarian patterns of rule supposedly left behind with the passage of the 1991 Constitution. And despite the adoption of emergency measures, the government has failed to achieve its central goal: winning a decisive upper hand in the thirty-year war against Colombia's 7,000 guerrillas. Colombia is Latin America's leading recipient of U.S. military aid, ostensibly provided for counter-narcotics measures, but the armed forces' priorities remain counterinsurgency tactics. The centrepiece of army strategy has been the creation of three Mobile Brigades, elite units of professional soldiers that receive special training and operate in areas of greatest insurgent activity.

The units have been implicated in a shocking number of abuses, including extra-judicial executions, disappearances, rapes, torture, the wanton burning of houses, crops and food, indiscriminate bombings and aerial strafing, beatings and death threats. For their part, guerilla forces have engaged in a disturbing pattern of violations of international humanitarian law, including the killing and torture of captured security force officers, selective assassinations of critics, attacks on civilian targets, and the destruction of the environment by repeated bombings of oil pipelines, putitng the civilian population in grave danger. The determination of the guerrillas to demonstrate their strength and the government's equal determination to incapacitate the insurgency, is sure to prolong the stalemate characterizing Latin America's longest-running war and increase the suffering of those civilians caught in the cross fire

Contents:
Acknowledgements; Introduction

PART 1:
A Panorama of Violence
The Declaration of the State of Internal Commotion
From State of Emergency to Total War

Impunity:
Uraba, Trujillo, El Nilo, Los Uvos, Fusagasuga, UNASE, Senior Military Involvement with Paramilitary Group

The Report of the Procuraduria

Irregular Use of the "Public Order" Courts

The Erosion of Constitutional Guarantees

The Law to Regulate States of Exception

Tutela

Attacks on Human Rights Monitors

The Drug War

PART II:
The Mobile Brigades
A Pattern of Violations
Mobile Brigade 2 and The Middle Magdalena

A Case Study: Meta
Climate of Violence
Impunity

Guerrilla Abuses in Conflict Zones:
The FARC
The ELN
The EPL

PART III:
United States Policy

Appendix 1
Appendix 2



Human Rights, Latin America


 



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