Ruth Goring grew up in Colombia in a family of Christian missionaries. She left as a young adult, but returned years later to work on human and civil rights issues. Goring has a new biographical book of poetry about her experiences called 'Soap is Political'. She’ll share moments of her life as an advocate for Colombian civilians and read poems from her book.
Colombia has the worlds second largest internally displaced population due to the fifty year conflict between the central government and leftists opposition groups. Father Leonel Narvaez, a Catholic Priest and sociologist, talks to us on the show about the peace treaties being discusses at the Summit of the Americas. We also have Lithuanian independence leader Vytautas Landsbergis on the show to talk about relations with Russia and play a bit of the piano.
A report released by the Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA's use of torture found the use of "enhanced interrogation techniques" did not get detainees to provide critical information. We'll discuss the report with Katherine Hawkins. Her organization had advocated for the report's release.
The Colombian government has suspended peace talks with the leftist guerrilla group FARC after the kidnapping of an army General. Gimena Sanchez of the Washington Office on Latin America joins us to explain what this means for the peace process.
Colombia’s Afro population endures violence and persecution from the country’s numerous armed factions. Ruth Goring, human rights advocate and photojournalist Mike Bracey visited and photographed Afro-Colombian neighborhoods in Colombia. They join us to fulfill their mission to “share the beauty and strength of our Afro-Colombian sisters and brothers through exhibits and presentations in Chicago and beyond."
Brutal war has engulfed villages and cities in Mali. Violence in Colombia has forced people out of their homes and left anger, fear and poverty in its wake. Does post-apartheid South Africa offer a vision and a model for war-torn societies? Many countries that have been torn apart by civil war ask: how do we rebuild, how can we make amends, or does accountability trump reconciliation?