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Sat Jun 14, 2014, 04:53 PM

Colombia's freedoms are threatened by a campaign of far-right lies

Colombia's freedoms are threatened by a campaign of far-right lies

As his country votes for a new president, a leading writer fears a result that could lead to years of hatred and butchery

Héctor Abad
The Observer, Saturday 14 June 2014 08.55 EDT

According to the most recent polls, former president Álvaro Uribe and his puppet, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, will win the elections on Saturday. His campaign, deceitful but effective, will bring the far right to power in Colombia, actively assisted by the utopian, Chavist left – represented by the bard William Ospina – and assisted (through blank votes) by the Maoist left, represented by senator Jorge Enrique Robledo. Zuluaga is Uribe's puppet in much the same way that Dimitri Medvedev was Vladimir Putin's when he placed Medvedev in the Kremlin while he (briefly) stood down.

As an Italian politician once said, power corrupts those who do not have it, as they are prepared to do whatever it takes to regain it. The strategy of lying has worked and everything seems to indicate that most Colombians have fallen for these tall campaign tales and so will return Uribe to power and, with him, the most fanatical representatives of the Colombian far-right. Because, if we don't pinch ourselves before we vote, something even more serious than lies will triumph in these elections: a backlash against the most precious gains of freedom in recent times.

In fact, part of this far right has already taken control of one of the state's most important departments. It is there that an ally of Uribe-Zuluaga, Alejandro Ordóñez, Colombia's Inspector General (akin to a US attorney general) is fighting what they consider a Catholic crusade against liberalism and modernity. Among the rights they do not support and would like removed are such fundamental things as birth control, gender equality and sex education in schools and others, such as gay marriage, that are still battles we are far from winning.

Another element of the far right that looks set to gain is represented by the guild of cattle farmers, headed by José Félix Lafaurie, who still defends feudal land ownership privileges. Lafaurie was cleared by his friend the Inspector General of having been among those who bribed an ex-minister to change her vote so as to ensure Uribe's re-election. Lafaurie does not deny that he financed paramilitaries although, he makes clear, only as a way to protect himself from guerrilla groups.

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http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jun/14/colombia-freedoms-threatened-by-far-right-lies-hector-abad

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Reply Colombia's freedoms are threatened by a campaign of far-right lies (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 OP
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #1
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #3
delrem Jun 2014 #5
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #6
delrem Jun 2014 #7
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #8
Louisiana1976 Jun 2014 #2
Judi Lynn Jun 2014 #4
Enthusiast Jun 2014 #9

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 05:03 PM

1. Washington is Voting for the Candidate of War in Colombia

Washington is Voting for the Candidate of War in Colombia
Nil Nikandrov - http://www.strategic-culture.org

The second round of the presidential elections in Colombia will take place on 15 July. Despite predictions, the first round did not end in favour of current president Juan Manuel Santos, who ceded three percent of the vote to his main rival Oscar Zuluaga. One would think that this gap is small, and that Santos now has the chance of turning the tide in his favour. A significant part of those who would have voted for candidates who have since dropped out are intending to give their vote to Santos, who is leading his election campaign under the slogans of achieving civil peace, demilitarisation, and the creation of favourable conditions for social and economic reforms.

The prospect of Santos’ new policy, however, which has been unconditionally subordinate to orders from Washington in the past, has prompted the Obama administration to make adjustments to its own policy toward Colombia. A stake has been placed on Oscar Zuluaga, the candidate for the right-wing conservative movement Democratic Center and protégé of ex-president Alvaro Uribe, the shadow boss of the Colombia drug mafia, and the organiser and instigator of far-right paramilitary organisations.

Time and again, reports have appeared in the media about their disbandment, along with stories about how their leaders had been tried on terrorism charges, but in the end it turns out that the most combat-ready paramilitary groups continue to operate. They are concentrated on the Venezuelan and Ecuadorian borders, and their gunmen are being used to carry out terrorist attacks in other countries including Brazil, whose government Washington regards as unfriendly, especially since Dilma Rousseff is still demanding clear public apologies from the Obama administration for America’s all-out electronic and human espionage in Brazil, and is starting to distance itself from the Empire, including in the sphere of military and technical cooperation. In response, Washington, as usual, is using its agents from the ‘fifth column’ and NGOs to wage anti-football protests, compromising the World Cup in Brazil.

Prominent Venezuelan politician José Vicente Rangel recently stated that the US has increased its infiltration of paramilitaries in Venezuela’s border areas in order to ‘argue’ for the need to deploy US armed forces and their closest allies in the country ‘in line with the OAS mandate’. Zuluaga is being regarded as a promising player in the fulfilment of this goal. He is sharply critical of the peace talks with representatives of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), preferring their complete surrender and unilateral disarmament. He also makes no secret of his harshly critical attitude toward any option which includes left-wing insurgents in the country’s political life.

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http://www.tiwy.com/news.phtml?id=324

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #1)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 06:26 PM

3. Info. people who have researched modern Colombian history have learned:

From the article above:

As US political analyst James Petras writes: «US Special Forces and ideologues entered Colombia to develop military and paramilitary terror operations – aimed primarily at penetrating and decimating political opposition and civil society social movements and assassinating activists and leaders... Thousands of activists, trade unionists, human rights workers and peasants were murdered, tortured and jailed. The ‘Colombian System’ (of government) combined the systematic use of para-militarism (death squads) to smash local and regional trade union, peasant opposition and popular insurgency, and ‘emptying the countryside’ of rebel sympathizers. Large-scale multi-billion dollar drug trafficking and money laundering formed the ‘financial glue’ to cement a tight relationship among oligarchs, politicos, bankers and US counter-insurgency advisers – creating a terrifying high-tech police state».

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #3)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 09:20 PM

5. Thank you.

Thank you for showing me the results of your research.
Because I do need help in understanding this history. Help in deriving some sense of all the "data", all the myriad instances of this action or that, so many of which are emotionally draining just to read about.

In one sense nothing ever changes in the violent fascist/colonialist enterprise, nothing changes in the fascist "empire" regardless of the name given to the administration. That's something that I think a lot of DUers don't understand, don't realize. Certainly something that no "Third Way Democrat" would admit to understanding.

I just got a post hidden because it did one thing: It posted a youtube video of Woody Guthrie saying and singing about what he thinks about fascism. A rather central topic to consider, both then and now. A DUer wasn't pleased, and that DUer yelped, and the DU jury hid my post in a 4/3 verdict.

So I thought about this. Would I censor myself to such extent that I give safe haven for fascists, so safe that even a Woody Guthrie song has to be erased? No, I wouldn't. In other words, I'm unrepentant and I stand by my post of the Guthrie video, and I have NOTHING BUT COMMENDATION FOR THE SENTIMENT WOODY GUTHRIE EXPRESSES IN THE VIDEO.

I would not provide safe haven for fascists or commingle with those that do.

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Response to delrem (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 09:46 PM

6. Unforgiveable. Some stupid right-winger troll hiding here got a post incinerated

for linking a truly U.S. American song!

From his Wikipedia:

Woodrow Wilson "Woody" Guthrie (July 14, 1912 – October 3, 1967) was an American singer-songwriter and folk musician whose musical legacy includes hundreds of political, traditional and children's songs, ballads and improvised works. He frequently performed with the slogan This Machine Kills Fascists displayed on his guitar. His best-known song is "This Land Is Your Land." Many of his recorded songs are archived in the Library of Congress.[1] Such songwriters as Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Andy Irvine, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, Jay Farrar, Jeff Tweedy, Bob Childers and Tom Paxton have acknowledged Guthrie as a major influence.

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When the right-wingers pool their ignorance and hatred, they can jam up a website quite easily, but in the end they are all going to end, there's not a shred of doubt about that.

The dropped post could have everything to do with getting too many trolls picked for one jury, too.

Rats.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #6)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 10:40 PM

7. I think it has everything to do with

a population that doesn't understand the meaning of the word 'fascist', and that doesn't understand that the USA is the world's premier exporter of and supporter of fascist rule. I mean, there are threads today on DU that suggest that a huge percentage of DUers think that the US intends to export some kind of "good" toward the ME. Which is such a patently ridiculous argument that I don't know what to say ....

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Response to delrem (Reply #7)

Sun Jun 15, 2014, 03:12 AM

8. The stupidity leaves one speechless. How can they not ever think?

How can anyone settle for such a limited, stupid view of their lives, anyway?

Looks as if they can keep themselves so overstimulated they don't have time to think! Short attention spans.

Their parents weren't the ones to teach them any self-discipline, leaving them with no depth, no awareness. Just suspicion, hatred, greed, fear, delusions, and lots of strange beliefs.

I noticed around 2000, they were calling the same people BOTH "commies" AND "fascists." Nice work if you can get it! They still haven't figured it out, apparently.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 05:15 PM

2. If Zuluaga wins, which it looks like he will, dark days are ahead for Colombia.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 14, 2014, 06:30 PM

4. Very, very dark, for sure. Maybe worse, if possible, than sleazy Alvaro Uribe's.

As we would see, his election would be proof Uribe's "shadow" power is increasing, just as it did with Cuba's bloody dictator, Fulgencio Batista, in the years between his first Presidency, then his Presidency in the 1950's.

During that time, Batista also operated behind the scene, pulling strings, keeping Cuba dirty, and violent.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Jun 15, 2014, 05:42 AM

9. Kicked and recommended!

We cannot leave well enough alone.

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