Blood and Capital: The Paramilitarization of Colombia (Ohio by Jasmin Hristov

By Jasmin Hristov

WOLA-Duke e-book Award Finalist

In Blood and Capital:  The Paramilitarization of Colombia, Jasmin Hristov examines the complexities, dynamics, and contradictions of present-day armed clash in Colombia. She conducts an in-depth inquiry into the restructuring of the state’s coercive gear and the phenomenon of paramilitarism via its army, political, and felony dimensions. Hristov demonstrates how quite a few interrelated types of violence by means of country forces, paramilitary teams, and arranged crime are instrumental to the techniques of capital accumulation via the neighborhood elite in addition to the workout of political strength via overseas businesses. problems with compelled displacement, proletarianization of peasants, focus of landownership, development in city and rural poverty, and human rights violations are seen when it comes to using criminal capacity and extralegal armed strength by way of neighborhood dominant teams and overseas businesses to strengthen their financial interests.

After documenting the penetration of significant nation associations by way of right-wing armed teams and the patience of human rights violations opposed to social activities and sectors of the low-income inhabitants, Blood and Capital raises the most important questions about the promised dismantling of paramilitarism and the validity of the so-called demobilization of paramilitary teams, either one of that have been greatly thought of by means of North American and a few ecu governments as facts of present Colombian president Álvaro Uribe’s advances within the wars on terror and drugs.

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