Praise for Amb. Brownfield, jeers for “José Obdulio” Luis Eduardo Celis: Is the ELN saying “goodbye” to President Uribe?
Mar 212008
  • Write a critique of U.S. policy toward the Americas in less than 1,000 words? No problem. See my essay “Good ‘Politics,’ Bad Policy” on the website of FOCAL, the Canadian Foundation for the Americas.
  • The International Crisis Group has capped a months-long research effort with an excellent two-part report on anti-drug policy in Latin America. Highly, strongly, emphatically recommended.
  • Were Gen. Leonardo Gallego, head of the Medellín police at the time, and Gen. Mario Montoya, who is now head of Colombia’s Army, involved in a 2003 episode in which five non-combatants were killed and presented as dead guerrillas? A February article in the Colombian magazine Cambio, which we missed when it was first published, indicates that Gallego and Montoya may have had something to do with the case.
  • 14 U.S. Senators wrote a letter (PDF) to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at the end of February expressing concern about the increase in these “extrajudicial executions” committed by the Colombian armed forces.
  • Civilians have been killed and wounded in the crossfire in fierce combat between guerrillas and the Colombian army in the largely indigenous municipality of Toribío, in the southwestern Colombian department of Cauca. Indigenous leaders cited in El Tiempo charge the Colombian Army with indiscriminate use of bombs. In a press release, the army’s Third Brigade blamed the FARC.
  • A new Facebook group seeks to recruit 1,000 people to march to a remote FARC encampment in June to demand the release of guerrilla hostages.
  • We’ve posted videos of Southern Command’s annual testimony to the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to Google Video (the videos are too long for YouTube).
  • Miami Herald columnist Andrés Oppenheimer bemoans the near-total absence of Latin America coverage in the U.S. media. He interviews the authors of a recent study by the Project for Excellence in Journalism:

“Latin America was not measured as a separate category, but it is safe to assume that it accounted for less than the 0.5 percent devoted to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The study’s authors told me that even some of the most dramatic events in Latin America got very little coverage in the mainstream U.S. media.”

6 Responses to “Friday links”

  1. Jaime Bustos Says:

    Adam your Article is brilliant, I wish I could put in words ideas with half the wit you do.

    Only one subtitle could have made it more explicit:

    For whom the world’s fezzed up :)

  2. Kyle Says:

    There was also an article in the LA Times today about extrajudicial executions, more well known as “false positives.”

    http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/asection/la-fg-colombia21mar21,1,7256441.story

  3. Camilla Says:

    Can’t those senators in that letter to Rice sign their names legibly? It’s as if some politician muscled them into signing the letter and they were so embarrassed they tried to hide behind illegible signatures. The letter has no merit, by the way, and relies solely on the hearsay word of NGOs with a political agenda as the absolute truth. BS. If I were pressured by my party leaders to sign such a letter, I’d try to hide behind illegibility too.

  4. Chris Says:

    http://www.eltiempo.com/politica/2008-03-23/ARTICULO-WEB-NOTA_INTERIOR-4025659.html

    Thought you all would appreciate the above link; however, I must say that I would never agree with the release of any guerrillas who have been sentenced in the US as a precondition for exchange talks.

  5. Randy Paul Says:

    Can’t those senators in that letter to Rice sign their names legibly?

    Funny, I had no problem: From top to bottom on the left side: Chris Dodd – CT, Bernard Sanders – VT, John Kerry – MA, Barbara Boxer – CA, Herb Kohl – WI, Barbara Mikulski – MD, Bob Casey, Jr. – PA,

    Top to bottom on the right side: Russell Feingold – WI, Sherrod Brown – OH, Edward M. Kennedy – MA, Dick Durbin – IL, Tom Harkin – IA, Sheldon Whitehouse – RI (admittedly the hardest to read) and Tim Johnson – SD.

    Maybe you just don’t know the senators.

  6. LFM Says:

    Darn it, Randy Paul. The “illegibility exception” was about to become the greatest legal innovation to come out of this blog. I wonder why it had never occurred to Senators before. You know, you’re always pressured to take uncomfortable stances so the “illegible signature” loophole would come handy. I guess the reason it hasn’t been tried before is because Senators would have to go on a killing spree to disappear all the congressional aides through which their letters go through as they sign them. Alternatively, maybe they haven’t tried it because they know they would immediately be impeached, not for their positions but for being brain-dead idiots that thought that staring at the ceiling and whistling would get them off the hook. Oh well, no great new discovery in political accountability theory this week…

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