John Lindsay-Poland

John Lindsay-Poland is a writer, activist, researcher and analyst focused on human rights and demilitarization, especially in the Americas. This site includes links to his past and present work in these areas.


The Rise and Fall of "False Positive" Killings in Colombia and the Role of U.S. Military Assistance, 2000-2010, Fellowship of Reconciliation and Coordinación Colombia-Europa-Estados Unidos, 2014.

Military Assistance and Human Rights: Colombia, U.S. Responsibility, and Global Implications, Fellowship of Reconciliation and U.S. Office on Colombia, 2010.


Emperors in the Jungle: The Hidden History of the U.S. in Panama (Duke, 2003) is an exposé of key episodes in the military involvement of the United States in Panama. Investigative journalism at its best, this book reveals how U.S. ideas about taming tropical jungles and people, combined with commercial and military objectives, shaped more than a century of intervention and environmental engineering in a small, strategically located nation.
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Inside Panama (with Tom Barry, Interhemispheric Resource Center, 1996). Purchase book.


"Berkeley Police Association PR campaign distorts evidence," Berkeleyside, January 9, 2018.

"Las Vegas, SWAT Teams, and the Cult of the Gun," Huffington Post, October 17, 2017.

"A Federal Program that SF Needs to Cut," 48 Hills, February 6, 2017.

"'Good Guy' Narratives and Community Safety," Huffington Post, September 13, 2016.

"The Movement to Stop the Militarization of Police," Street Spirit, October 2015.

"Supplying the World's Third Most Deadly War," Huffington Post, September 24, 2015.

"Removing Military Weaponry from Our Streets," Huffington Post, August 6, 2015.

"The US Shouldn't Export Colombia's Drug War 'Success,'" Insight Crime, July 9, 2015.

"On Washington's Watch," Huffington Post, July 1, 2015.

"The Mexican Military's Buying Binge," NACLA Report on the Americas, March 23, 2015.

"Leaving Children Behind: U.S. Central America Aid Built on a Policy of Deporting the Vulnerable," Huffington Post, March 19, 2015

"Central America: Police and private investment don’t replace political will and compassion," Forum on the Arms Trade, March 11, 2015.

"Don't Feed the Beast: Applying Human Rights Standards to Federal Police Grants," Huffington Post, February 10, 2015.

"Considering the Panama Invasion, 25 Years Later," Telesur, December 20, 2014.

"Theater and Substance at the School of the Americas," November 2014.

"'Guerrillas Killed in Combat' and the Colombian Military's Persistent Impunity," NACLA Report on the Americas, Summer 2014.

"A Response to the Drug War," presentation to Marin Interfaith Task Force on the Americas, September 2013.

"Will Common Sense Ever Prevail? Lost Lessons, Militarization and Cycles of Violence and Impunity in Colombia and Mexico," with Marcela Vásquez, Revista de Estudos Universitarios, 2013.

See also my blog archive at Fellowship of Reconciliation's site.

"Soft-Pedaling American Intervention," Peace Review, vol. 8, no. 2, 1996.