Join Nation Books author Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno at the Commonwealth Club on Thursday, March 29th for discussion of her new book There Are No Dead Here: A Story of Murder and Denial in Colombia.
There Are No Dead Here uncovers the little-known history of the Colombian paramilitary groups with close ties to drug cartels that massacred, raped, and tortured thousands with the complicity of much of the country’s military and political establishment. Starting in the late 1990s, the paramilitaries carried out a bloody expansion campaign throughout much of Colombia. Fueled by an endless stream of drug profits, they committed gruesome massacres in the name of defending the country from the brutal Marxist guerillas of FARC. They killed trade unionists, human rights activists, journalists, schoolteachers, and judges. They gouged the eyes out of their victims, tore off their limbs, and raped and murdered them in front of their families. The United States, more interested in the appearance of success in its "war on drugs" than in stopping the carnage, largely ignored them even as it poured billions of dollars into Colombia's military.
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|Start:||March 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM|
|End:||March 29, 2018|
|Where:||110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105