ELN se esta desvaneciendo en Venezuela

El Nuevo Herald (EE.UU.) Menos presencia de guerrilla ELN en Venezuela

El opositor venezolano César Pérez Vivas, gobernador del estado de Táchira, dijo el jueves que no ha tenido nuevos informes sobre la presencia del Ejército de Liberación Nacional (ELN) en su territorio.

No obstante, Pérez dijo que esto no significa necesariamente que hayan abandonado la zona y señaló que el gobierno del presidente Hugo Chávez ha tratado en el pasado de ocultar la presencia de los insurgentes en el país, describiéndolos como integrantes de grupos paramilitares.

Los comentarios de Pérez, divulgados en una rueda de prensa realizada en Miami, coinciden con las declaraciones del presidente colombiano, Juan Manuel Santos, quien dijo recientemente que Chávez está cumpliendo con su palabra de no permitir la presencia de guerrilleros del vecino país en la nación petrolera. ver>>

Mineros de la guerrilla

The economist (UK) Guerrilla miners

WHEN last September government forces seized computer hard drives and memory sticks belonging to “Mono Jojoy”, the military commander of the FARC who was killed in an assault on his camp, officials said they had struck a gold mine of information about the inner workings of Colombia’s main guerrilla group. It turned out that they had also gained data about real gold mines under the FARC’s control, as Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s president, revealed this month.

With the price of gold close to record levels, and with government action having reduced the guerrillas’ income from kidnapping and drugs, some FARC fronts are now financing themselves through illegal mining. In captured e-mails, guerrilla leaders offered to pay for weapons, munitions and other supplies with gold, according to Mr Santos. A police investigation predating the discovery of the files found evidence that the FARC controlled up to 15 gold mines just in Bolívar department, in northern Colombia. Officials say that in some areas the FARC mines gold directly whereas in others it extorts “tax” payments from small-scale, and mainly illegal, miners. Criminal gangs that have sprung from the remnants of right-wing paramilitary groups have also gone into mining. ver>>

La cacería al Comandante de las FARC, Alfonso Cano

Colombia Journal () The Hunt for FARC Commander Alfonso Cano

The Colombian military has had numerous successes targeting high-ranking leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in recent years. Its two greatest successes were the killing of secretariat members Raúl Reyes in 2008 and Jorge Briceño, alias “Mono Jojoy,” last year. But the guerrilla leader that the military most wants to capture or kill is the FARC’s supreme commander Alfonso Cano. In an effort to achieve its objective, the Colombian army has deployed 5,000 troops with the sole mission of locating Cano. But the task of tracking down and targeting the FARC leader is proving to be far more challenging than the killing of Reyes and Mono Jojoy due to the high altitude and rugged mountain terrain prevalent in the department of Tolima in central Colombia, where the FARC was founded in 1964. ver>>