Fifteen years on the roads of the
Fifteen years of “Resistencia
Fifteen years that the FARC-EP has made
its voice heard to the peoples of the world.
Fifteen years that have made it possible for us to grow and
have fourteen thousand five hundred copies floating in the
consciousness of those who are concerned about Colombia. It is
for that diverse group and to meet its continually growing
demand for information that “Resistancia International” is now
produced also in German, English, Italian, Portuguese,
Russian, and soon we will have it in French and Swedish as
We were the second Colombian communications media to enter
virtual space. Since 1997 we have been visited by millions of
people from all over the planet and, along with the other
spaces for communication we have created, the FARC-EP has
become a credible information resource in different
Right from the beginning, “Resistencia International”
represented an important challenge for our organization. Every
issue became a learning experience for those who had the
responsibility of putting it out. There have been celebrated
achievements and mistakes to learn from in company with the
ever-present solidarity of the friends who guided us to
improve each issue, to enrich it and to get it in
From the beginning right up to the present, “Resistencia
International” comes out every four months, thanks to the
support we receive in the different countries where it is
printed. As with all revolutionary tasks, conviction about its
validity, effort and commitment are the fundamental
ingredients that have enabled us to live and grow.
But, in addition to this, the successive issues of
“Resistencia International” are the best reflection of what
the FARC-EP’s position has been over these fifteen years.
Re-reading them brings memories but also confirmations:
memories at encountering fallen comrades or at seeing the
youthful smiles of others who remain in combat, but also,
confirmation of the integrity of our organization’s struggle
to build a new Colombia.
Nine themes have been developed during this 15-year
journey, all reflecting the views of the FARC-EP. This goes
without saying once we see that analysis and proposals of a
political, economic and social nature have appeared in 18.6%
of our articles as a support for what is also the military
character of our organization, a theme represented in 5.3% of
the articles published.
And since “those of us in arms do not make war just for the
sake of it, but because the circumstances oblige us to….But
that cannot be the destiny of this Nation”, as our Commander
Jacobo Arenas said, “Resistencia International” has devoted
23.4% of its articles to the theme of Peace, to the Negotiated
Solution, to the different negotiation processes we have
engaged in out of a commitment to our people.
But the war in Colombia is about more than our desire for
Peace. Paramilitarism, created and strengthened by the state
itself, drug trafficking, tied to the highest groupings of
economic and political power and the consequent violation of
the Human Rights of the civilian population is a constant in
Colombian daily life. 23.6% of our articles have been
dedicated to these themes.
To make known the History and profiles of the personalities
who have contributed to it is to reveal as well the reasons
for the struggle, the concerns and perspective for the future
that we have as an organization. 10.9% of our articles have
been dedicated to these themes.
The way we deal with the International theme warrants
mention. As a revolutionary Marxist organization, the FARC-EP
has never been indifferent to events taking place in other
countries. It’s concern and attention to them is reflected in
the fact that 8.0% of its articles have dealt with this theme
and in many cases, have been enriched by opinion pieces of
people who, while not from our organization, share our
analysis. The latter have constituted 2.8% of the publication
over the past fifteen years.
The process adopted, how we have dealt with and understood
it, obliged us to incorporate new themes. And so, for the past
…….issues a permanent section has been dedicated to Women, in
other issues the theme of the indigenous peoples has been
taken up, and in others it is the media that has been analyzed
– 4% of the articles published.
Art, the poetry of the guerrilla camps, photography as a
form of expression, the songs or mascots which accompany us,
have always been present in “Resistencia International” with
4% of the articles.
This is how “Resistencia International” has arrived at its
first fifteen years of life. We will continue coming to you,
faithful to the saying of Simon Bolivar, “I will never sheath
my sword until my country’s freedom is completely
Thank you for making the journey with us.
Covers of ten releases of electronic version of
magazine "Resistencia"in Russian
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