Dan Feder's Comments
Delahunt says he has received new information on the extent to which U.S. corporations supported the AUC, which existed with relative impunity throughout Colombia, inflicting a government-protected, drug-funded reign of terror from roughly 1997 to 2004. (Whether that period has truly ended if of course debatable). Last year, the coal company Drummond was found not liable for the paramilitary murders of three mine union officials after extraordinary maneuvers by the judge and the Uribe administration to prevent key witnesses from testifying. And while Chiquita Brands was fined a sum amounting to less than one percent of its annual income for making payments to the AUC (the companys leaders portraying themselves in the press as victims of extortion), no one in the justice department or the press seemed concerned that thousands of weapons for the AUC had entered Colombia through Chiquitas private ports.
Esta ha sido la política del gobierno colombiano para negar rotundamente que continúan existiendo escuadrones de la muerte pro-gubernamentales de extrema derecha. Del 2004 al 2006, este presidió la desmovilización gradual- bloque por bloque - del enorme ejército paramilitar conocido como Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia (AUC), las cuales ha cometido los peores crímenes de lesa humanidad que hayan podido tener lugar en América, desde que terminó la Guerra Fría.
There can be no serious dispute about the scale of the bloodbath under Gerard Latortues coup installed government one that was backed (quite predictably) by the US, Canada, France and the UN Security Council. Less predictable, and in some ways more important, was the backing Lortortue received from progressive and independent institutions. Glenwicks article moves COHA decisively into the camp of NGOs and media outlets that have served Haitis neo-Duvalierists so effectively in recent years. This represents a significant loss. Shortly before and after the coup, COHA stood admirably apart from the corporate media herd in its analysis of events in Haiti.
For the last four hours, the girl soon told her mother, Ruiz had left her alone in his apartment with his friend, U.S. Army Second Sergeant Michael J. Coen, who had sexually assaulted her. Ruiz, she said, also molested her before leaving her in the park.