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You Are The Ref
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I think Colombia's, eh,
colourful
ruler deserves his own thread at least as much as the president of neighbouring Venezuela. Here's a quick taster from the above link:

"He was educated at Harvard and Oxford, is as sharp as a tack, and a very able bureaucrat. At the tender age of 26 he was elected mayor of Medellín, the second-largest city of Colombia. The city’s elite in the 1980s was rich, corrupt and nepotistic, and they loved the young Uribe. But the new mayor was removed from office after only three months by a central government embarrassed by his public ties to the drug mafia. Uribe was then made Director of Civil Aviation, where he used his mandate to issue pilots’ licenses to Pablo Escobar’s fleet of light aircraft, which routinely flew cocaine to the United States..."

Meanwhile, here's Richard Gott on the recent assasinations in Ecuador:
http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/richard_gott/2008/03/for_farcs_sake.html

[ 04.03.2008, 12:15: Message edited by: You Are The Ref ]

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Uribe has, at least, bothered to deny links to Escobar. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/world/americas/03colombia.html?ex=1349064000&en=f0f17778beb1f007&ei=5090&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss
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Well, as I wrote on the Chavez thread, Uribe has zero credibility when it comes to peace deals.
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FYI
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Is this the guy who presided over Escobar's hilltop 'jail' farce?

'Killing Pablo' is an excellent read by the way - miles better then 'Black Hawk Down', also by Mark Bowden.

The film is appearing next year according to IMDB.

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You mean "Medellin" with Vincent Chase?
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I thought this was going to be about the legal problems of the White Sox shortstop.

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http://www.newsvine.com/_news/2008/03/03/1341714-correa-ecuador-was-in-talks-with-rebels

Coo, what are the chances, eh?

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So what do they know that we don't?
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That's an astonishing typo on line 4 for Reuters to miss!
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Falklands factor innit? A needless foreign skirmish can often raise a leader's popularity.
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'His strongest supporters are gathering signatures in support of a measure to change the constitution to allow him to run for an unprecedented third term in 2010.'


Well he's obviously a dictator in the making.

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How high did Thatcher go in the polls after the Falklands, E10? 82% just seems insanely high for a country with as many problems as Colombia...and if that's the reason, it doesn't suggest that FARC is sitting on a wellspring of public support...
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Oh FARC are massively unpopular. They have no real urban base at all. But it's simplistic and inaccurate to portray Colombia's situation as FARC v Uribe. I don't doubt that Uribe's policies have reaped him some popularity gains but in a country in which trade unionists, journalists, teachers and human rights activists are regularly abused, tortured and killed (Colombia has the highest rate of TU killings in the world), other issues need to be factored in when you analyse how people might respond in opinion polls.

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Well, I guess this is my question. Colombia seems like a functioning two-party or even three-party system. Political power does change hands between parties. Why don't the TUs have more power? Why isn't there a political party willing to defend them? How does Uribe's maintain this level of popularity given this?

I know zilch about Colombia, you understand. I've heard about the death squads, etc. - but I've never understood their relation to established political parties (my understanding - perhaps quite faulty - is that these death squads have operated under different regimes more or less unchanged). Can anyone point to any good sources on this?

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