Archive for the ‘drugs’ Category

Colombia es pasión (3), for big trouble

October 27, 2009

Tons of cocaine have been seizedBad news for Colombia and bad news for president Uribe, who is still in crossroads of soul if he is going to try to be reelected or not. The amount of coca and cocaine produced in Colombia hardly has been reduced, writes the National Council for Planning. The Council warns against a ‘gangsterisation’ of the country. (more…)

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Tsunami of bullets and silicone tits

October 4, 2009
Tsunami of bullets and silicone tits
Thinking of a subject for this column I thought of the recent start of the tv-series The maffia’s dolls, and of a word that could describe this and other similar programmes. Extravagant! I told myself. But when I looked it up in the Real Academia Española dictionary I found the following: “What is done or said outside of the usual or common way of acting”. Yet, observing into detail the esthetics which have seized this city (Pereira, WU)- the way people talk, the way this town has begun to disguise its poverty or construct its great wealth, and even a new dialect – it strikes me that the texts of The Boss, Without Tits Paradise doesn’t exist, or The Maffia’s dolls are not extravagant. They describe in a certain way style and daily life of at least a good deal of Pereira’s and also Colombia’s society.
I made myself do the terrible job – for me – to watch some chapters of these series, only with the aim to interpret it. But is was difficult to stay in front of television without feeling revulsion. The scene with Amparo Grisales dressed as a schoolgirl, trying to seduce her ex husband, a gangster with a gold colour buckle at his belt and a printed silk shirt, who observes her (hornily) twisting up a Greek style pillar, and, next act, in an unlikely acrobacy, stretching her in the gym exercised leg towards him and stating with a purr: “You still want me”, is simply grotesque.
In these series the dialogues full of gangster slang are abundant. “What I want is a though guy who maintains me” or “I crowned (fucked, WU) this little female”, are some of the sentences that make up the great literary effort of the script writers and which are what you could hear in whatever corner of our town, expressions that don’t exactly praise the pushing forward and the love to work that our ‘Paisa’ (the inhabitants of the coffee region and Antioquia, WU) race is so proud of.
These programmes make me feel that instead of distacing new generations from drugs trafficking, prostitution and superficiality, on the contrary they are a praise of these antivalues and that anti-aesthetics which sometimes drowns me in a kind of monstruous hallucination, in which one day we will be devastated by a tsunami of bullets and silicone tits.
MARÍA VICTORIA RAMÍREZ MARTÍNEZ
Corporación Contigo Mujer
Pereira, octubre 1 de 2009

Muñecas Mafia 1009In this post my friend María Victoria Ramírez writes about the new soapseries Las Muñecas de la Mafia (The Maffia’s Dolls) in Colombia and her home town Pereira. This column was published in Pereira’s newspaper La Tarde (The Afternoon). Enjoy it. (more…)

Cartagena’s reputation in danger

May 9, 2009

It seems that they are making a movie about drugs gangsters, titled Cartagena. Keanu Reeves is to be the protagonist in this movie. Now it happens that Cartagena is Colombia’s most popular tourist destination and therefore the government is in alert. (more…)

Cocaine comes from everywhere

April 8, 2009

The global war on drugs is no longer just fought in Colombia. The violence has spread to Mexico and West Africa and according to local media, the mafia is taking an increasing control of coca production in Bolivia and Perú. The authorities of drugs consuming countries need a radical change of policy. (more…)

Mexico’s cocaine comes from Colombia

April 1, 2009

cocaine-0409Claudia López’s column in El Tiempo had an interesting analysis Tuesday. She states that Colombia is no longer a priority for the United States in Latin America, because the Colombian government has been able to convince the Americans that the war in the country is under control. The United States’ attention is going to be shifted to Mexico, López writes, because the USA are very worried about the drugs related violence in that country. (more…)