April 3rd, 2006

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American hypocricy:

"If it is wrong for Chávez to pack the congress and the judiciary with his friends and supporters", Frechette asks, "then what about Uribe?"

When the historian Eric Hobsbawm visited Colombia in 1963, he wrote that he had discovered a country where the avoidance of a social revolution had made violence the constant, universal, and omnipresent centre of public life. Hobsbawm's visit predated the birth of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarios de Colombia (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia / Farc) guerrillas by a year; since then, a fratricidal war has blocked and distorted the development of rational, modern politics.


Colombia’s elections: the regional exception

Latin America is swinging to the left – but structural violence and civic fear may prevent Colombia from following the trend, says Ana Carrigan.


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Terrorist and Diplomates: The Seige in Bogata;THE MAN IS INSIDE: Outmaneuvering the Terrorists.
By Diego and Nancy Asencio with Ron Tobias. Atlantic-Little, Brown. 244 pp. $17.50

The Washington Post February 13, 1983, Sunday, Final Edition

Book World; Pg. 5

By KAREN DEYOUNG; KAREN DeYOUNG is foreign editor of The Washington Post

ON FEBRUARY 27, 1980, terrorists belonging to a Colombian guerrilla group called the M-19 broke into a diplomatic reception in Bogot,a, took scores of people hostage at gunpoint and demanded the liberation of 311 imprisoned colleagues and $50 million. Fifteen of the hostages were ambassadors, among them U.S. Ambassador to Colombia Diego Asencio.

As a news story, the Colombian siege was somewhat overshadowed by the simultaneous captivity of American hostages in Tehran, not to mention by Abscam, Afghanistan and the wildly fluctuating price of gold. "The world at large was edgy," Asencio recalls, and events in Bogota seemed just a sign of the times. After 61 days, the hostages were released unharmed by their captors, who got no prisoners in exchange and a modest $1.2 million ransom.
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