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Evil Hour in Colombia

by Forrest Hylton
£12.99   paperback  Verso (2006)

Evil Hour in Colombia by Forrest Hylton Colombia is the least understood of Latin American countries. Its human tragedy, which features terrifying levels of kidnapping, homicide and extortion, is generally ignored or exploited. In this urgent new work Forrest Hylton, who has extensive first-hand experience of living and working in Colombia, explores its history of 150 years of political conflict, characterized by radical-popular mobilization and reactionary repression.
 
Evil Hour in Colombia shows how patterns of political conflict, from the mid-nineteenth century to today's guerilla narco-traffickers and paramilitaries, explain the war currently destroying Colombian lives, property, communities and territory. In doing so, it traces how Colombia's "coffee capitalism" gave way to the cattle and cocaine republic of the 1980s, and how land, wealth and power have been steadily accumulated by the light-skinned top of the social pyramid through a brutal combination of terror, expropriation and economic depression.

"Colombia's war-without-end has been sustained by U.S. intervention and subsidised by our own ignorance and indifference to the fate of this great country. Evil Hour in Colombia is a brilliant navigation of a complex and tragic history, as well as an eloquent indictment of Washington's policies."
(Mike Davis)

ISBN 13: 9781844675517 | ISBN 10: 1844675513

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