Posts Tagged ‘Caracol Radio’

A big shame: congress elections in Colombia

March 15, 2010

The most peaceful elections in years, elections for Congress in Colombia on the 14th of March, as even United Nations said. True, the FARC didn’t destroy bridges or energy towers, but in the meantime complaints about cheating and buying votes were numerous (more than 300 at the end of the day, Caracol Radio said).  The political party PIN, hereditary of the parapoliticians, has become the fourth party in Congess, before Cambio Radical and the Polo Democrático Alternativo. The only positive thing is that the new Partido Verde (Green Party, conformed by the three former mayors of Bogotá Antanas Mockus, Luis Eduardo Garzón and Enrique Peñalosa) won four seats, apparently without buying one vote, a special phenomenon in this country. (more…)

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Open letter to Álvaro Uribe

February 21, 2010

Dear mr. president,

Awful, the FARC’s last attacks in Colombia’s Cauca department. As I understood from an interview with Cauca’s governor at Caracol Radio this morning, the army and police reacted adequately. Hopefully that is true. In the meantime the guerrilla doesn’t want to see that it is the civilians who suffer most from their attacks and those civilians are poor moreover. And that is also the case with the hostages. They are poor. (more…)

Juan Manuel Santos will run for presidency

February 4, 2010

I bet Colombia’s president Álvaro Uribe will not run for a third term and thus clears the road to ex Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos. Uribe is praising his former minister; Juan Manuel Santos distanced himself from the very impopular measures the government took to make health care more efficient, and last but not least the referendum which would have to be held to make Uribe’s reelection possible, is confronting more and more complications to be approved by the Constitutional Court.

Juan Manuel Santos

Juan Manuel Santos

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Chávez and Uribe, much alike

November 9, 2009

Winds of war, as they say in Spanish, between Venezuela and Colombia and we don’t know where this is going to end. Never has the situation been so delicate. One spark of fire accross the border and it’s bingo. To me as an outsider from Holland the thing keeps being unreal, this fight between two Latin caudillos who are both so attached to power. (more…)

FARC are dinosaurs or Piedad 13

August 18, 2009

Two of 23 families of the policemen and militaries who are still suffering as a hostage of the FARC in Colombia have some relief. The guerrilla sent them proofs that their beloved are still alive. But they are only two. Piedad Córdoba and her Colombians for Peace say that other proofs are on their way. Let’s hope so and let’s hope that the army doesn’t intercept them. So that other families also can breathe more freely. But the most important thing is that those poor men get free and NOW. (more…)

Half of Colombia’s pregnancies is not wanted

June 19, 2009

Fifty percent of the pregnancies in Colombia are unwanted. A shocking figure that shows the country has a huge problem to solve. (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…)

HIV doesn’t exist

March 26, 2009

New aids news from Colombia. Molecular biologist Roberto Giraldo told Caracol Radio that HIV doesn’t exist and that aids is not sexually transmitted. He says it is a toxic disease that is transmitted by ‘toxic persons’. As a consequence the immunological system of the intoxicated person is destroyed. (more…)

Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas (2)

March 16, 2009

Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas, former hostages of the FARC are both in the news today. (more…)