Trouble with a capital T, here in River City (well - the Venezuela-Colombia border, actually)
While it cheers this old (twenty-nine and one third [my God - do I really only have nine months left of my twenties? Quick - I must write a novel, some poetry, something!]) Marxist's soul to hear that Chavez has accelerated the country's land redistribution programme and is expropriating the property of absent landlords (and they said shit like that doesn't happen anymore), there is fairly worrying news from
It seems that
From Democracy Now:
Colombia Admits It Seized FARC Member Inside Venezuela
In other news from Latin America, Colombia's defense minister acknowledged Wednesday that the government had paid a bounty hunter to seize a member of FARC while he was in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has described the Dec. 13 as a kidnapping that violated his country's sovereignty. Until now the Colombian government had claimed the man, Rodrigo Granda, was captured inside
, along the Venezuelan border. Colombia
For more detailed info on the situation, Venezuelanalysis.com is always good (and I'm not just saying that because yours truly has had stuff on the site [don't go looking for Victor S - I used my real name there]). Here are two articles that go into more detail. I'll be commenting more thoroughly on the issue in the coming days.
There was also an open letter signed by Noam Chomsky, William Blum, James Petras and others to Chavez about the issue, subsequently published on Counterpunch a few days ago.