Connecting Colombias 69 views away from minor milestone, one thousand views in a month
Paramilitaries threatening to play football with a politician´s head, confused guerrillas opening fire on a fellow leftist´s presidential-campaign convoy and an environmental disaster that causes thousands of animals to die of thirst, are a few of the subjects in the files of Connecting Colombias.
Numbers don’t mean everything with a blog, but obviously it’s good to be seen and read. Otherwise a blog won’t accomplish much.
Well, with 24 hours remaining in March, Connecting Colombia’s is 69 views away from its first 1,000-view month. It’s a modest goal, but everything in its own time.
So, if you’ve ever been curious about Connnecting Colombias, today is a good day to take a peek. This is the news that North American media giants aren´t interested in. Here are a few of the options:
* Dramatic, tragic video from Colombian television of the death of thousands of wild Colombian animals in Casanare. Everything from global warming, to the petroleum industry, the rice-producing in industry and deforestation are blamed. The investigation continues.
* Former M-19 guerrilla leader Gustavo Petro was eventually removed from office in a controversy over garbage collection, at least that’s what some would like the world to believe. A more believable reason for his ouster are the powerful enemies he made exposing the paramilitary-political connections which still dominate so much of Colombian political life.
* Paramilitaries have long been a powerful, deadly influence in Colombian life. The gun-toting, drug dealing, assassins aren’t ready to give up running Colombia without a fight. They succeeded in electing a good number of candidates in Colombia’s congressional elections in March.
* Amost anything can happen when you have armed groups running about the country. Sometimes things get out of hand and they even start shooting at their friends. Well, that’s what happened when the Ejército Liberación Naciónal ran into then Unión Patriótica presidential candidate Aída Abella campaigning in the countryside.
* It says above that Gustavo Petro has made some powerful enemies exposing links between murderous paramilitaries and politics. Well, some of them apparently wouldn’t mind removing Petro’s head and using it to play a little football. It’s a terror tactic that goes back at least to the days of El Bogotazo, the rioting that erupted after the assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán on April 9, 1948.