Archive for the ‘paramilitaries’ Category

Crimes are crimes, no matter who commits them

June 21, 2009

Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe thinks that the victims of his country’s horrible violence cannot be treated the same way. Those who are victims of crimes commited by the army, the police or the intelligence service DAS do not have the same facilities to get repaired by the state as the victims of the left wing guerrillas or the right wing paramilitaries. (more…)

Democratic security should be improved

June 4, 2009

The Democratic Security policy of the current Uribe administration has proved successful for a while, but with the FARC showing force in rural areas and drug related crime in cities surging, the policy needs a serious revamp. (more…)

Don Mario and Karina, managers of peace

April 23, 2009

The alleged request of ‘Don Mario’ to become one of the Colombia’s peace managers, shows exactly how little the title ‘peace manager’ is worth and how it is only reserved for crooks. (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…)

Will the former paramilitary warlords in USA talk?

March 25, 2009

The former paramilitary warlords in Colombia who have been extradited to the United States are going to testify very soon and are going to give 60 testimonies. Colombia’s Justice and Peace attorney Luis González said so in Washington, during a meeting of the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights (autonomous organ of the Organization of American States, OAS). (more…)

How to save Plan Colombia

March 18, 2009

Colombia’s vice-President’s Francisco Santos’ words to pull out of Plan Colombia should not be taken as literally as he said them. The man is not as childish as he seems. Santos is after the opposite: saving Plan Colombia.


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The lion of paramilitary Macaco

March 13, 2009

img_9193img_9265It seems that former paramilitary warlord Macaco in Colombia had a peculiar way to frighten his enemies when they owed him something, usually money, I suppose.

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Gay ex paramilitary wants to dress like a woman

January 16, 2009

The ironies of life: the aversion of (ex)-paramilitaries in Colombia against gays and transsexuals is well known. In the socalled social cleansing by paramilitaries and other irregular groups gays and transsexuals have been victims of killings. And now Colombia’s daily El Tiempo publishes an article about Faiber Narváez, ex-paramilitary, who is in prison. He wants to be called Mireya. (more…)