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Colombia Is Not a Democracy

Posted by libhom Sunday, January 10, 2010

map of ColombiaThe US corporate media portray the government in Colombia as this democracy fighting against evil terrorists. Yet, the facts portray that state to be a murderous dictatorship. Ten Percent is doing an excellent job covering what is going on in that country, and it is useful to know the facts about the regime that our tax dollars are supporting. Here are a few examples:

Another Colombian Death Squad Gets Away With It

Students In Colombia Live Under The Gun

Chiquita Brands Bribes The US Govt. To Cover Up Their Terrorism

It’s Obama’s Back Yard Now
(Note: This article links to an Afro Netizen posting which exposes the fact that Eric Holder used to represent Chiquita.)

Some Labour MP’s See The Truth About Uribe

329 Extrajudicial Killings by the Colombian Authorities in ‘07

Our tax dollars are supporting violence and repression by a foreign dictatorship in order to get access to military bases we don't even need. The corporate media and the politicians keep lying about all of this too. Chiquita (formerly United Fruit) has held the US government on a tight leash for decades, yet how many people in this country have any idea what is going on?

With all the corruption, bigotry, and economic despair here in the good old USA, it is understandable that we turn inward somewhat, but we still need to know what's going on in the rest of the world. I would much rather see the money our government is sending the Colombian dictatorship go to help food pantries here in the US.

Image: Thomas Roche

 

3 comments

  1. GDAEman Says:
  2. Yes. Ten Percent is on top if it. His blog has informed me on numerous occasions.

    One of the more memorable is reflected in my post on Argentina's Shame in Paired Photos... hope my echo of Ten Percent's lead did justice to the subject.
    ~

     
  3. Lew Scannon Says:
  4. I'm not certain, but I think the military base in Columbia is to ensure the flow of all that South American oil into the gas tanks of US drivers. So, you're right, it's not needed.

     
  5. RickB Says:
  6. Thanks!! To both of you.
    I did wonder if one were to do a little experiment, if you said to people the names Hugo Chavez and then Alvaro Uribe, how many would even recognise the name of Colombia's leader, would Chavez be better known and would the reaction to him be largely negative? My guess is that would be the case as corporate media have done a great job of creating a bizarro vision of Latin America (which of course is antithetical to true journalism, but that's not news!) aligned with their interests, the Washington consensus & foreign policy. Which of course is antithetical to true journalism, but that's not news!

     

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