SummaryBuy Synthroid online without prescription, The political and economic stability of Colombia are vital to the security of the Andes and to the interests of the US in South America.
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On 28 October, the largest number of Colombians to vote in a regional election went to the polls and gave credible gains to the left, Buy Synthroid from mexico, represented by Polo Democrático Alternativo - PDA. How the PDA governs in Bogotá and Nariño state, and how the Uribe government responds to what has become a viable left, will have profound implications for the political stability and security of Colombia, and in Venezuela and Ecuador, buy Synthroid from canada.
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The political and economic stability of Colombia are vital to the security of the Andes and to the interests of the US in South America.
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On 28 October, the largest number of Colombians to vote in a regional election went to the polls and gave credible gains to the left, represented by Polo Democrático Alternativo - PDA. How the PDA governs in Bogotá and Nariño state, Baltimore, Maryland. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and how the Uribe government responds to what has become a viable left, will have profound implications for the political stability and security of Colombia, Where can i buy cheapest Synthroid online, and in Venezuela and Ecuador.
Based on the government's recent reaction to PDA's candidates and their political success, it does not augur well.
Colombians in record numbers went to the polls on 28 October 2007 to elect governors, mayors, state assemblies, 650mg, 800mg, 875mg, 900mg, and municipal councils. About 2.1 million more voted for governors than in 2003; four million more for mayors; three million for councils; and, 0.4mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 2.5mg, three million for assemblies. Bogotá, the capital, and Medellín, the second largest city, Synthroid in cats, dogs, children, registered the highest voting in their history (http://www.registraduria.gov.co/).
None of the ten major parties attained the results it expected. However, the gains of Polo Democrático Alternativo - PDA - were significant despite accusations by the powers that be, Reasons to buy Synthroid online, including President Uribe, that PDA is the political mouthpiece of the FARC (Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia), the 40-year-old guerrilla group.
Rise of the PDA
President Alvaro Uribe's political hold on Colombia goes without much questioning. Few dare ask whether the dependence Colombians have on Uribe is healthy for the political future of the country. Even Uribe sees his possible reelection to a consecutive third term as the only way in which Colombia can avert, in his own words, buy no prescription Synthroid online, a "hecatombe" (a debacle of major proportions).
It was therefore surprising that Uribe's candidate for the mayoralty of Bogotá, former mayor Enrique Peñalosa, Australia, uk, us, usa, lost to PDA's candidate, Samuel Moreno, a strong opponent of Uribe, by the largest number of votes cast in a municipal election in Bogotá's history.
The significance of this historic result should not be discounted as a fluke. The mayoralty of Bogotá follows the presidency as the second most important political post in the country. The ambassadorship to the US is the third. Moreno's will be the second consecutive PDA mayor to govern Bogotá. Moreno won on the record of his predecessor, reasons to buy Synthroid online, Luis Eduardo "Lucho" Garzón, one of the founders of PDA.
Given the areas where the PDA won with its own candidates, Detroit, Michigan, San Jose, California, or with candidates from other parties who ran with strong PDA support, it is clear PDA has become a viable, opposition party of the left.
However, PDA is not yet a cohesive, acheter en ligne Synthroid, acheter Synthroid bon marché, large, well-organized leftist party similar to Concertación in Chile, Rx free Synthroid, the PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) in Brazil, the Justicialista in Argentina, and the United Socialist Party of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. However, the left has for the first time established a credible beachhead in conservative Colombia.
It is ironic that the paramilitary forces that murdered, buy Synthroid without a prescription, maimed, corrupted, Synthroid coupon, and stole in the name of protecting the state from leftists seem to have been the catalyst that unified the PDA against the collusion of the government with the paramilitaries - the ever-growing parapolítica scandal.
Uribe's governing coalition consists of: "la U;" the Conservative Party; Cambio Radical; Colombia Democrática; Convergencia Ciudadana; Colombia Viva; Alas-Equipo Colombia; and, Convergencia Ciudadana. They retained majorities, but it is clear the parapolítica scandal hurt the coalition in Bogotá and Medellín, and in the border states (departamentos) of Nariño and Santander.
With 40 members of the coalition under indictment, Synthroid from canadian pharmacy, and 20 more generals and colonels in the crosshairs of the Fiscalía (attorney general's office) for collaboration with the paramilitaries, and despite dangerous accusations against PDA's leaders as alleged collaborators with the FARC, Synthroid for sale, large numbers of Colombian voters decided to give a chance to an alternative to Uribe's politics of divide and conquer. The realities of proven public corruption overpowered the judicial and political expediency of the government's Justice and Peace Law, which favors paramilitary leaders allied with members of congress, governors, and mayors.
Those who are concerned the PDA's gains might make it the party of the presidency in 2010, Chicago, Illinois. Houston, Texas, if per chance Uribe does not run again, should take heart. The Conservative Party, Order Synthroid online overnight delivery no prescription, the antithesis of Polo, gained the most: 240 mayoralties and six governorships. It also increased the number of deputies in municipal councils and state assemblies. By contrast Polo, directly, or through candidates it supported, 5mg, 50mg, 75mg, 100mg, gained 20 mayoralties, including two majors, Canada, mexico, india, Bogotá and Medellín, gained the governorships of Nariño, and has a strong ally in the Liberal newly-elected governor of Santander, Horacio Serpa. But in Bogotá, Synthroid samples, PDA has only 12 seats in the council. This will require building a coalition with the Conservatives.
Uribe may find it easy to ignore Moreno who, Order Synthroid from mexican pharmacy, as of this writing (3 November), has not yet received the customary welcome by the president. It will be more difficult to do so with Antonio Navarro Wolf, one of the founders of the PDA, former senator, purchase Synthroid online, and ex-guerrilla of the now-defunct M19, who became the governor of Nariño state.
Nariño lies on Colombia's border with Ecuador. There have been FARC and paramilitary incursions from Nariño into Ecuador's Carchí and Sucumbios provinces. Sundry contrabandists, Comprar en línea Synthroid, comprar Synthroid baratos, drug and arms traffickers, and irregular armies from Colombia operate inside Ecuador's northern border.
Frequent disputes erupt between Ecuador and Colombia over the aerial fumigation of illicit crops on the Colombian side, as the wind spreads pesticides onto one of the poorest regions in Ecuador. Navarro Wolf will, of necessity, købe Synthroid online, αγοράζουν online Synthroid, have to be included in any negotiations or dealings with the Correa government in Ecuador. Correa opposes Colombia's anti-drug policies and is less than sympathetic to Uribe's close ties with the US in the war on drugs and the war against terrorists.
Although not associated with the PDA but with strong PDA support, Horacio Serpa, Buy cheap Synthroid no rx, a former vice president and bête noir of the US and many Colombians, was elected governor of Santander state, on the Colombo-Venezuelan border. Serpa is no supporter of Uribe. His election comes at a crucial time in Colombo-Venezuelan relations.
As documented, Colombia's cocaine cartels operate in Venezuela, farmacia Synthroid baratos, Synthroid online kaufen, particularly Zulia state, just across from the Colombian border. There has been Colombia paramilitary activity in Zulia. Some claim the FARC is establishing camps there, 400mg, 450mg, 500mg, 625mg, too. Serpa will need to be included in any negotiations between Uribe and Chávez. Two sensitive areas are: Chávez's role as mediator in the humanitarian exchange with the FARC, and the commercial disruption on the border due to the peaje (transit fees) charged by Colombia. Santander is the Colombian region that has lost more due to the peaje dispute, which Uribe refuses to negotiate with Venezuela.
Chávez is having problems of his own. Venezuelans, buy Synthroid no prescription, including former Chávez's supporters, took to the streets on 3 November and will do so beyond to protest against Chávez's proposed constitutional changes that will strengthen his hold on power. If instability increases on the Venezuelan side of the border, San Diego, California. Dallas, Texas. San Antonio, Texas, more Venezuelans will move to Colombia, putting pressure on social services and employment, at a time when Colombia's industry has not created significant numbers of new, full-time jobs in the last six years.
Venezuela is Colombia's second largest trading partner, 650mg, 800mg, 875mg, 900mg. Buy Synthroid online without prescription, Therefore, Serpa will play a crucial role on the direction of this relationship.
Winning Bogotá and Nariño, and having influenced the results in Medellin, Cartagena, Cali, and Santander, was crucial in establishing the present credibility of PDA. However, their biggest associated win was in Atlántico state, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Phoenix, Arizona, where Eduardo Ignacio Verano de la Rosa won the mayoralty of Barranquilla. de la Rosa's win is significant because Barranquilla is the center of operations of the new paramilitary group, Las Aguilas Negras (Black Eagles), made up of demobilized paramilitaries. Cristian Hernando Moreno Panezo, where can i buy Synthroid online, also supported by PDA, became governor of Cesar state, Jacksonville, Florida, Columbus, Ohio, the center of operations of demobilized paramilitary leader Salvatore Mancuso, who has political aspirations of his own.
The paramilitaries influence in the political process continues although some paraco candidates lost in key cities. Overall, paraco candidates gained in some localities, such as three out of the 11 municipalities in the state of Chocó, Indianapolis, Indiana, San Francisco, California, a center of paraco resurgence.
Paraco candidates for governorships lost in Sucre, Cesar, Online buying Synthroid, Meta, and Santander, but gained in Córdoba and Magdalena. They expanded their gains in mayoralties and municipal councils and state assemblies. But their gains are below those of 2003 when paramilitaries and their followers dominated several regions, particularly in the North Coast, Boston, Massachusetts. Charlotte, Carolina, the Llanos, Valle, Synthroid in cats, dogs, children, and Nariño states.
Their response to the losses is sparking violence. Registradurías (national registry offices charged with conducting and monitoring elections) were burned in Sincelejo, Toluviejo, Ovejas, and Sucre-Sucre due to "political intolerance" (http://www.eltiempo.com/) by paraco losing candidates.
Registradurías were also attacked in Santander and in Valle states. There were politically motivated disturbances in 30 municipalities in 12 states.
Possible Violent Consequences
An otherwise respectable election was marred by violence the day after and by the potential deleterious consequences of intemperate political statements against the opposition made even in the morning of election day.
Statements such as, buy cheap Synthroid, "Hoy Algarrobo le habla a Bogotá... que no se equivoquen allá eligiendo alcaldes respaldados por la guerrilla y que además compran votos", Where can i find Synthroid online, made by Uribe on 27 October in Algarrobo (Magdalena state) (http://www.eltiempo.com/) will have serious, unintended consequences. Uribe said, "Algarrobo speaks to Bogotá today.., buy Synthroid online cod. let's hope they don't make a mistake by electing mayors supported by the guerrillas and that, besides, buy votes." Uribe seems to have forgotten that the parapolítica scandal disclosed allegations of widespread vote buying by his paramilitary supporters in the two last presidential elections, and not by the PDA.
Vice President Francisco Santos claimed that "denunciation of vote buying, crimes against voting, and support of candidates by terrorist groups.., buy Synthroid online without prescription. defend democracy and do not constitute undue influence of the election process" (http://web.presidencia.gov.co/). He is wrong. These statements throw fire into a potentially flammable situation.
Those who believe Colombia has entered an irreversible period that will lead to peace under Uribe should be concerned. They need to think carefully about Colombia's proclivity for the violent settlement of political differences. Statements such as those of Uribe and Santos can only exacerbate this proclivity. Buy Synthroid online no prescription,
Colombians and Uribe's supporters abroad need to remember the irresponsible linking of the opposition to the armed conflict opens the road to a threatening political precedent: Colombia's violent elimination of political antagonists. If indeed there are proven links between the PDA and the FARC, then the Fiscalía should investigate them immediately and either try the culprits in Colombia or extradite them to the US, since the US's legal system seems to be the only legal system that can met justice to Colombia's criminals.
Incendiary political accusations at a time of political tensions led to La Violencia. It began on 9 April 1948 with the assassination of Liberal leader Jorge Eliécer Gaitán, where can i order Synthroid without prescription, in Bogotá. By the time Liberals and Conservatives called a truce by sharing power beginning in 1960, it had claimed 350, New York. Los Angeles, California, 000 lives. However, it did not end. It continued in the guerrilla and drug wars, the paramilitaries, and now is resurging in the activities of the new paramilitary gang Las Aguilas Negras (the Black Eagles) in the Northern Coast.
Threats to the PDA are reminiscent of the threats that resulted in the elimination of the Unión Patriótica Party. All its leaders and more than 2, buy no prescription Synthroid online,000 of its members were murdered, most in broad daylight, Buy Synthroid from mexico, by perpetrators the government did not bother to find, least of all bring to justice, in the 1980s. Like Polo today, Unión Patriótica was portrayed as the leftist, Baltimore, Maryland. Milwaukee, Wisconsin, political voice and arm of the FARC and the ELN guerrilla groups.
Further proof that political violence in Colombia is alive and well is the assassination for political motives of 29 candidates prior to this election, according to Fundación Seguridad y Democracia. Only Colombia, Synthroid pharmacy, used to political violence, can take comfort in knowing this number is equal to the number of political killings in the elections of 2003.
As a result of the demobilization of the paramilitary forces, there are in Colombia today large numbers of killers on the loose, ready to do the bidding of "el mejor postor" (the best payer). They have demonstrated their capacity to organize in criminal activities. They know that a slap on the wrist is the worst that can happen to them, kjøpe Synthroid online, bestill Synthroid online, if they act in cahoots with the forces of law and order. Unleashing them to silence Polo's members because, Purchase Synthroid online no prescription, following tradition, neither the police nor the military can do the dirty work, will be disastrous.
If indeed Colombia is to have peace and citizens' security, its political leaders and government officials, Synthroid snort, alcohol iteraction, from the president down, need to understand and accept that an effective opposition is the cornerstone of true democratic institutions. Even if Alvaro Uribe is reelected to a third, Australia, uk, us, usa, consecutive period, as some of his followers are already planning, there is an inevitable moment when he will leave government. Someone will replace him, and he or she better be someone tested at the national level, Fort Worth, Texas. Denver, Colorado, not one who will get there because somebody's goons facilitated his or her accession to power by eliminating the opposition.
If the dirty war of words and unproven accusations continues, Colombia will ineluctably go down a path that, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Las Vegas, Nevada, based on its history, can only lead to exacerbated violence and political and legal dysfunction. The country has had enough of them already. It does not need to instigate more of the same.
Uribe, with his enormous political and moral capital, order Synthroid online c.o.d, has the primary responsibility to put and end to the accusations, no matter by whomever and to whomever they are directed.
He can begin by meeting with the mayor-elect of Bogotá, Buy Synthroid from canada, which, as of this writing, Uribe had not done. That Moreno represents PDA should not deter Uribe. After all, Uribe welcomed the outgoing mayor, Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee. Portland, Oregon, Luis Eduardo "Lucho" Garzón, one of the founders of PDA. If Moreno defeated Uribe's candidate, 1000mg, 2000mg, Enrique Peñalosa, so be it - free voters decided that. Politics means you need to swallow some frogs now and then. Personal feelings on either side should not interfere with the political cooperation that needs to exist between Bogotá's and the national government.
If anything Uribe should take heart. Despite the FARC's threats to sabotage the elections in their areas of influence, they could not do it. The population did not collaborate and refused to be cowed this time. Election-day violence was the lowest in the last 10 years. Only 61 municipalities experienced it (www.eltiempo.com).
The danger of intemperate political discourse makes it imperative the Comisión de Acusación (Accusations Commission) of the Chamber of Representatives investigate whether Uribe's comments against Moreno constitute a violation of the constitutional provision that precludes the president and government officials from direct intervention in the election process, Synthroid price. Neither Uribe, despite his immense popularity, 0.4mg, 0.5mg, 1mg, 2.5mg, nor his officials should be above the law.
Given the low level of confidence Colombians have on their judicial system, the Chamber must act responsibly in conducting the investigation so it can pass unbiased judgment. Were it not so, a dangerous precedent will be established for future elections.
Politicking by whoever does it does not support democracy. The rule of law does, and the rule of law must be applied to all citizens. No exception, even if it validates the rights of the grandson of Colombia's late military dictator Gustavo Rojas Pinilla against intemperate remarks by the country's high officials.
We will need to know how the PDA governs to evaluate its political influence and its place, if any, in the presidential and senatorial elections in 2010.
What is clear is that it now is a viable opposition party of the left. It should be countered with effective government, not with accusations of alliance with guerrillas and irregular groups. Intemperate, irresponsible rhetoric against the PDA needs to stop now. Otherwise, it will exacerbate Colombia's proclivity for political violence.
Maria Velez de Berliner, President, Latin Intelligence Corporation
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