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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:18 PM
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PM's visit to Colombia raises spectre of slain aboriginal
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 01:19 PM by Judi Lynn
Source: The Ottawa Citizen

PM's visit to Colombia raises spectre of slain aboriginal
Assassinated protester testified in Parliament about effects of dam

Richard Foot, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Monday, July 16, 2007

BOGOTA - When Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets the president of Colombia today at the start of a five-day visit to Latin America, the memory of a slain Colombian aboriginal leader could cast an uncomfortable shadow over their talks.
(snip)

Kimy Pernia Domico, a former leader of Colombia's Embera Katio Indians, left an indelible mark in Canada in 1999 when he testified in Parliament about the impact of a hydro-electric development in the forested river valley where his people live.
(snip)

More important, he warned he might be killed for speaking publicly in Canada.

"Saying these things to you today puts my life in danger," Mr. Domico said. "Already, four Embera leaders have been killed by paramilitary forces for challenging the negative impacts of the Urra Megaproject. ... Anyone who dares to speak out about Urra is accused of being involved with the (anti-government) guerrillas, and with that pretext, they have declared both our communities and leaders to be a military target.
(snip)

Less than two months later, Mr. Domico was kidnapped in the town of Tierralta, Colombia -- grabbed on the street and forced onto the back of a motorcycle by masked gunmen -- and never seen again.




Read more: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/story.html?id=f88b799...
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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 01:46 PM
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1. Canada steps into void left by U.S.-Colombia rift
Source: Reuters

Canada steps into void left by U.S.-Colombia rift
Mon Jul 16, 2007 2:11PM EDT

By Hugh Bronstein

BOGOTA, July 16 (Reuters) - Canada started trade talks
with Colombia on Monday and pledged full support for
President Alvaro Uribe, who has seen his key bilateral
relationship with the United States bog down in a scandal
over human rights.

In a thinly veiled slap at U.S. congressional Democrats who
oppose a trade deal with Colombia until the country's rights
record improves, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
used a trip to Bogota to present himself as a steadier ally.

"We are not going to say fix all your social, political and
human rights problems and only then will we engage in
trade relations with you. That's a ridiculous position,"
Harper said in a media conference with Uribe at his side.

Uribe's international standing has been damaged by a
scandal in which some of his closest political allies are in
jail awaiting trial for helping paramilitary death squads.

-snip-

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/americasCrisis/idUSN1637...


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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:10 PM
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4. delete
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 03:10 PM by Bacchus39
n/t
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GliderGuider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:15 PM
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2. shared values
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601082&sid=aUR...

Harper Starts Talks With Uribe on Canada-Colombia Trade Accord
By Theophilos Argitis and Helen Murphy

July 16 (Bloomberg) -- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off a five-day tour of Latin American and Caribbean countries today by starting free trade talks with Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.

The two sides also will begin talks on an agreement to eliminate double taxation, Harper said today during a joint press conference with Uribe in Bogota.

``Colombia is a country that has made tremendous progress on shared values,'' Harper told reporters. ``We want to encourage them on those efforts.''

... snip ...

The visit is a boost to Uribe, 55, who's seeking to persuade the Democratic-led U.S. Congress to affirm a separate free-trade accord. The Colombian leader has been criticized for failing to stop death-squad killings of trade union organizers, and faces allegations tying his supporters to paramilitary groups. U.S. lawmakers such as Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts want Colombia to solve hundreds of union workers' and activists' murders before they approve the accord.

... snip...


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MrPrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 02:49 PM
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3. Shame Shame on My Country n/t
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Bacchus39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:11 PM
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5. sounds like the meeting didn't go as you hoped
n/t
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Commie Pinko Dirtbag Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:03 PM
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7. Care to elaborate? -nt
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Spazito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 03:13 PM
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6. I see the poodle replacement is yapping, yapping, yapping
harper is falling in the polls and only has a minority government, he can yap all he wants, it doesn't mean he can DO much because, unless he wants his government to fall, he has to be careful what bills he brings forward in Parliament.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 04:42 PM
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8. Some interesting facts about Colombia of which many seem blissfully unaware.....
Criticism of Fumigation Grows in Colombia as Cocaine Trade is Undiminished
Matthew Stein | 16 Jul 2007
World Politics Review Exclusive

BOGOT, Colombia -- After seven years of ineffective drug policies, Colombia is questioning whether America's coca fumigation strategy is really the answer to their drug problem. From sharp criticism in the Colombian media to Colombia's own defense minister admitting that the country's drug progress resembles a "stationary bicycle," new solutions are rapidly being sought.

Since 2000, under the banner of, "Plan Colombia," the American government has spent $4.7 billion fighting drugs and helping the Colombian military counter armed groups in the country. More than 900,000 hectares of coca, the base for cocaine, have consequently been fumigated or manually eradicated. Yet, according to the U.S. State Department, there is 27 percent more coca in Colombia today than at the onset of Plan Colombia. White House Drug Czar John Walters also recently admitted that the price of cocaine in the United States fell 11 percent from February 2005 to October 2006, with a gram now available in cities like New York and Los Angeles for $30 or less.

Meanwhile, the American-backed efforts have proven costly for Colombia. Although Plan Colombia has helped strengthen state security in main cities and along principal roads throughout the country, the billions spent on aerial fumigations remain controversial. Although it took 3 hectares of fumigated land to successfully eliminate one hectare of coca in 2001, five years later it has taken 21.5 hectares to accomplish the same goal. The consequent bombardments of glysophate chemicals have destroyed licit and illicit crops alike, threatening Colombia's vast bio-diversity, and exacerbating poverty and displacement in a country that already suffers from the largest displaced community in the world.

"The spraying displaced many people because there was nothing to cultivate or eat, and people had to leave," said Richard Solarte, mayor of Villagarzon in Putumayo, the original epicenter of Plan Colombia. "When they fumigate, they fumigate without looking and that affects many people."
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http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/article.aspx?id=929

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This is one child's depiction of the aerial spraying against illicit drug crops. The drawing shows the fumigation planes; a child with sores on his body; banana, corn, and coffee plants with yellowed leaves; dead fish, birds, chickens, and horses; and the coffin of his younger sibling.
(Courtesy of Adolfo Maldonado)







Photo by Jess Hunter, Witness for Peace

Castillo's black pepper field destroyed by the herbicide spray 2001.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:01 PM
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9. ...
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 10:48 PM
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10. Sorry, I overlooked removing a duplicate kid's picture. Accidental. n/t
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