Saturday, June 14, 2008

Bobota or Bust

From the swamp back to Bogota, Colombia for a pseudo-pilgrimage. After a 3 hours wait at MIA for a short 3 hour flight to BOG, we'll arrive to a city of 9 million people at 8,000 feet above sea level.

Though the title is confounding, this post from The Holly Tree is very telling:

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Bananas, Blood, Chiquita, Death Squads, the US and Israel

"... A U.S. federal court on Monday imposed the fine on Chiquita as part of a plea agreement in which the company acknowledged paying about US$1.7 million between 1997 and 2004 to Colombian paramilitary groups.

The ruling sparked outrage within the staunchly pro-American government, as well as among victims of paramilitary violence.

"You can't help but feeling betrayed by the American justice system," said Interior Minister Carlos Holguin. "For US$25 million those who financed a mass massacre of Colombians were able to purchase impunity."

I will never buy another Chiquita banana, and I hope we never have a need for armed soldiers hanging our on our streets.

The fruit called "lulo" ... cant wait to taste one.

My family was forced to leave cuba in 1960, i was 1 year old. We settled in Bogota where my earliest childhood memories reside. When I was 5, it was decided that we would move to miami and thus began my immersion into the swamp. Back in 10 days.

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