Garry Leech is a freelance journalist and author whose work is rooted in the global struggle for social justice. For 12 years (1999-2011) his investigative journalism focused primarily on the U.S. intervention in Colombia. During those years he investigated the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror” in addition to other issues related to human rights and globalization. Garry’s articles have appeared in numerous publications in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia and Latin America as well as in Colombia Journal, an online publication he edited for eleven years (2000-2011). And while he is no longer updating Colombia Journal, its more than 350 articles by a wide variety of authors remain available online as a valuable resource for anyone interested in the U.S. intervention in Colombia.
Garry has also authored seven books, some of which focus on Colombia while others offer a broader critique of capitalist globalization. These books include Capitalism: A Structural Genocide (Zed Books, 2012), Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2009) and Crude Interventions: The United States, Oil and the New World Disorder (Zed Books, 2006). Additionally, he is a lecturer in the Department of Political Science at Cape Breton University in Canada and, in his spare time, masquerades as a singer/songwriter and performs with his band The Misfit Boys.
This website contains information about the books Garry has written as well as an Articles Archive with selections from his investigative journalism work and editorial and analysis pieces that he has penned over the years. It also contains a slideshow with photos he has taken as part of his work in Colombia’s conflict zones and recordings of his music.
Watch an interview with Garry Leech on C-Span’s “After Words” program about his book Beyond Bogotá: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia (Beacon Press, 2009). The book is a memoir about his experiences working as an independent journalist covering the U.S. military intervention in Colombia under the guise of the war on drugs. In this interview, Garry discusses the life experiences that led him to become a journalist and his work in Colombia’s rural conflict zones.