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Tuesday, March 9, 1999

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  • Oil Politics in Colombia

    The bodies of three American activists killed in Colombia last week were flown back to the United States late yesterday, as calls intensified for a full investigation into who was responsible for their murders. This comes as Venezuelan authorities said yesterday that evidence at the site where the Americans’ bodies were found indicates that they were murdered in Venezuela, and not in Colombia as they originally thought. Ingrid Washinawatok, Terence Freitas and Laheenae Gay were kidnapped two weeks ago in indigenous U’Wa territory by masked gunmen and held for a week before they were shot to death.

  • British Petroleum and Oil Politics in Colombia

    Occidental Oil is not the only major oil multinational operating in Colombia–British Petroleum also has extensive operations in the Casanare region of the country. The company has been tied to the training and arming of Colombian military units that have been linked to massacres and other serious human rights violations. British Petroleum’s oil pipelines have been targeted by one of Colombia’s guerrilla groups, the ELN (National Liberation Army) for repeated bombings in protest of its environmental practices, its growing power in the region and its ties to the military. There is mounting evidence that implicates BP in the dirty war waged against those who challenge its policies, including labor rights groups and environmental activists.

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