Romulo Lopez Cordero

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US Embassy in Ecuador tried to contact FARC?

Two days ago Ecrisis published a long comment about Ecuador’s actions in the current FARC-Colombia-Ecuador crisis, and at the end of the post they added the 2 documents found in Reyes laptop (here 1-18-08 and here 2-28-08) released by the Colombian police to the press. 

In point # 6 of the document dated 2-28-08, not much attention has been paid to this specific point.   I found a highly interesting piece of information regarding the US embassy in Ecuador’s alleged efforts to contact FARC.  Below a translation that deserves some thought and questions for American diplomacy, which sometimes seems to be more worried about the well being of rogue governments and not about US interests:

In the document Raul Reyes is reporting to the FARC hierarchy, about his talks with Gustavo Larrea, Minister of Homeland security in Ecuador:

"The gringos (the American embassy) requested an appointment with the Minister (Larrea) to tell us their interest in talking about certain topics.  They say that the new President of their country will be OBAMA, and they are (Obama or the embassy?) interested in their fellow countrymen (American’s or Colombians?).  Obama will not support Plan Colombia neither the Free Trade agreement (with Ecuador?).  Here we (FARC) answered that we are interested in having relations with all the governments in equality of conditions and that in the US case it requires a public announcement stating their interest in talking with the FARC, given their eternal war against us."

Ecuadorean and Venezuela governments have been quick to deny the validity of these documents saying that it is all a forgery and a trick of Uribe’s government.  Assuming that they are right they are missing one of their biggest arguments, that not all Americans are in favor of Plan Colombia and what they call the US imperialistic actions. 

But the documents are most likely true, so the question, that Americans ought to ask to their state department representatives, and the Bush administration is why a US embassy is trying to establish a relationship with a known terrorist organization.  Ecrisis in the past has suggested that the US embassy, in Ecuador has been one of the biggest allies of Correa:

"Ecuadoreans are so stupidly easy to manipulate and lazy that they fail
themselves to realize that U.S. ambassador Jewell does not represent
the U.S. government nor is she honestly representing U.S. foreign
policy. But because no one oversees her professionally vacated staff,
she gets away with this insertion of the Soros backed NGOs who run the
embassy."

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Pavarotti, Britain’s got talent and fat is beautiful

Como primera cosa, vean la intervención de este humilde vendedor de
celulares en un show Británico como operación triunfo o America’s got
talent.  Una prueba más de que todos tenemos un talento y que hay que
promocionarlo.

http://www.elperiodico.com/default.asp?idpublicacio_PK=46&idioma=CAS&idnoticia_PK=416822&idseccio_PK=1028

Miren primero el video y sigan leyendo, yo en lo personal he visto el
video como 10 veces y no termino de creer lo que oigo.  Pavarotti
falleció ayer y aunque ignorante como soy para las artes musicales
clásicas (mis talentos no pasan de saber tocar el timbre en ese
campo), al ver este tipo no podía dejar de pensar que su voz es tan
buena como la del maestro, que lo he escuchado todo el día con cada
especial que han pasado sobre la vida de Pavarotti.

Por cierto oigan esta entrevista y escuchen los pequeños shorts de
canciones que interpreta al final y en el background:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=12884258

Finalmente este link a continuación es uno que encontré mirando el
enlace anterior, la belleza está en los ojos de quien lo mira y el
arte está en transmitir a otros lo que uno (o el artista en este caso)
ve.

http://www.elperiodico.com/info/galeriasv2/galeria.asp?idioma=CAS&idgaleria=909

Estas fotos fueron tomadas por el Sr. Spock, el personaje con orejas
de murciélago en la serie Star Trek que parecería que se ha dedicado a
la fotografía en su vejentud, con resultados interesantes.  La próxima
vez que digan que gordo o gorda fea (o gordo pedorro como dirían los
argentinos) acuerdense de las fotos.

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YouTube – Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming

Link: YouTube – Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming.

If I were American I would vote for this guy.

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YouTube – Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming

Link: YouTube – Ron Paul : Stop Dreaming.

If I were American I would vote for this guy.

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London bombing

What a pitty what has happened in London I join my voice to the blogsphere condemming this horrendous attack. I woke up late today, and my first thought was should I use the Metro today or call in sick. I guess chances of having simultenous attacks in different cities is still low. Hopefully we should never see that day.

In the meantime to my readers links from good sources about the London bombings:

Wall street Journal (free article) is talking about how bloggers are doing the coverage of the attack and how you can find images on flickr.

Alt1040, as always doing a coverage of current events in spanish with resources that he is constantly searching on the web

Eneas Biglione offers his comments on the issue here.

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This country is about dreams

Great Gloria Stefan and Emilio Stefan have been just awarded a prize acknowledging their musical careers. Only the second winners of this prize for musical achievement and it’s a proof of the ever increasing influence of Latinos. Cheers to Latino’s and America, as Emilio Estefan said, “this country is about dreams”. A country full of all this dreams that people achieve here despite the meager conditions in which they arrive and live for a while. Long live to this republic.

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Happy Birthday America

I am watching on tv the concert at the mall celebrating the 4th of July. The best part so far is the Star Wars insignia musical theme played on the national mall by the National Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Erich Kunzel. Just watching it on tv with the backdrop of the Mall gave me goose bumps. Makes you think about the greatness of this country, that is the good part. On the other hand hopefully this country remains a republic and does not become an empire or a dictatorship as it happens in the movie. Any similarity with reality is sheer coincidence.

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Another fallen government in Bolivia?

I think is a matter of time before Bolivia breaks up or becomes another story of a failed democracy. Spanish newspaper el Mundo is telling that Mesa has abandoned the presidential palace. Lets see what happens next. At least in my native country Ecuador means a new government. The problems that Bolivia faces are not easy to resolve. Bolivia has reached a tipping point and anything can happen. Also check this link from an Op-ed of Oscar Ortiz of Compromiso Ciudadano.

Update:The President of Bolivia has returned to the palace, unfortunately El Mundo instead of adding a new link rewrites the whole story. So the previous link has the news.

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Richard Posner Chief Justice?

I am probably navigating rough waters with this comment, especially being new to this country and to judicial issues, but certanly this comment by PrawfsBlawg does an interesting analysis of why Richard Posner would make a good case for a Supreme Court Chief Justice. Being my inclinations on the libertarian side I admire a lot of Posner and Becker’s blog and I often hear them being quoted in free market – Libertarian -Conservative lectures. Would not be great to have a Supreme Court Justice like him? Thanks for the pointer to Instapundit

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Deepthroat

Ever since I came to this country I have always been amazed by the Watergate scandal and how a newspaper literally brought down the Nixon government. What made me even more curious was the unknown identity of the so called Deepthroat that was the whistle blower. The infamous name used in a 1970’s porn movie became part of popular lexicom thanks to this scandal (or it was the other way around). Anyway I always wondered when his identity would be revealed and it seems that this has been already revealed in this article by Vanity Fair. Not that I read Vanity fair, but thanks to Talk of the left Who I don’t necessarily agree but I find interesting to check in order to understand what the other side is debating and thinking.
Update: Washington Post confirms that W. Mark Felt is the real Deepthroat.

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