Today, after waking up, I checked the news from back home, El Salvador. On the front cover on massive bold letters, the headlines read “Muere Numero Dos de las FARC” (Number Two FARC leader dies). I was shocked. This is something of great consequences in Latin American politics not just because this will change the rules of the game between the Colombian Government and the FARC - potentially affecting the liberation of hostages and peace negotiations - but also because of the reaction of Colombia’s neighbors.
Image details: Colombian President Pastrana Visits Former FARC Enclave served by picapp.com
Hugo Chavez, as always, has made a scandal out of this, going to the extreme of closing the Venezuelan embassy in Bogota and recalling all of Venezuela’s functionaries. Rafael Correa, president of Ecuador, is outraged because he claims that the military operation that ended in the FARC leader’s death was a violation to his nations sovereignty as it took place on Ecuadorian territory. And Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega criticized the Colombian government for killing this guerrilla leader. Both Venezuela and Ecuador have sent troops to their border with Colombia. Continue Reading »
Following up on the RCTV Article in the Venezuela Issue of the Yale Globalist with the Story in Pictures and Video
RCTV in Film:
RCTV in Pictures:
Riot Police outside of the CONATEL building in Venezuela. CHENEY
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First, let me welcome everyone to the first post of the Globalist blog. Our intent is to create a place for our staff and alumni to share stories from around the world as well as their opinions on current events. We’ll also post the occasional entry about the magazine itself.
Last May, we took our annual research trip, to Venezuela. Check our website to see the issue itself, but, in any case, we received a rather passionate letter from someone we talked to while there. I reproduce the letter in full. Anyone who was on the trip, I invite you to respond.
Dear students from the Yale Globalist,
My name is Manuel Lepervanche, I was one of the students you met when you came to Venezuela last May. I recently read your piece on Venezuela, and it was very unsatisfactory, to say the least. It was a disappointment on two levels: its lack of serious research and, more dangerously, its condescending view of our situation.
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