In The Nation

Plan Columbia displaces Afro-Indigenous communities for palm plantations.

In mid-2008, Bogota-based writer Teo Ballvé submitted a proposal to Project Word for an investigative piece—a report on the displacement of Afro-Colombian refugees for palm oil plantations, with the evident support of USAID.

Within months, The Nation commissioned the piece, after Project Word provided developmental editing. The article was posted in May 2009, ran in the June 15, 2009, magazine, generated media coverage, and earned numerous award nominations. PDF here.

Teo Ballvé, the author of "The Dark Side of Plan Colombia," is a former editor of the NACLA Report on the Americas, the most widely-read English-language publication on Latin American affairs. In addition to this report for The Nation, his work has appeared in The Progressive, AlterNet, New America Media, Z Magazine and more than a dozen newspapers.

Thu, 07/23/2009 - 12:09pm