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:

Captura de pantalla 2014-03-30 a la(s) 11.50.37* 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.


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About Connecting Colombias

Recently retired newspaper reporter with one foot in British Columbia, Canada, the other in Colombia, South America. Fascinated with Colombian culture, Canadian connections, and heroic efforts to return millions of displaced Colombians to lands stolen by paramilitaries, guerrillas and organized crime.

3 responses to “Connecting Colombias 69 views away from minor milestone, one thousand views in a month”

  1. colombiadiaries says :

    Connecting Colombias is a great blog. I have really enjoyed reading your well-written coverage of events the media giants would rather spin or ignore. Good luck – I hope you make the milestone!

    • Connecting Colombias says :

      Thank you. I missed my little milestone, but that´s all right. It´s the trying part that´s fun. And you never know, what surprises another month will bring. Thank you for reading, your kind comments and your fine blog. Cheers, David. (I only missed by 14 views).

  2. lili campo says :

    es triste, el agua que le falta a los chiguiros en tienen las petroleras y la usan sin escatimar , en cantidades que sobrepasan el márgen de lo normal.. .pero los medios venden otra historia… Este es el fruto de las negociaciones entre los gobernantes y las multinacionales..

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