Archivo de enero 15th, 2013

Colombia ends up losing in Santos vs. Uribe

Martes, enero 15th, 2013

Discord between President Juan Manuel Santos and his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe, took a nasty tone this week when Uribe called Santos a “swine”. The latest argument was sparked by President Santos’ claims that Uribe recommended General Mauricio Santoyo for a position in the Dipol (Police Intelligence Directorship) or Antioquia’s Gaula. Last year Santoyo pled guilty to ties to paramilitary groups and faces several other charges.

But the disagreements between the two politicians do more than just trigger a slew of responses on social media.

According to former Defense Minister, Marta Lucía Ramírez, it snatches “credibility and stability” away from the current Government and shifts the administration’s focus away from national interests.

For Ramírez, the saddest part is that this involves “two people who worked together and from whom the country expects a respectful and loyal personal relationship.” For analyst Andrés Mejía, Uribe often uses language and expressions that are rarely well-received by the public which is “unexplainable behavior from a former president”.   Moreover, given how quickly Uribe usually reacts to Santos’ comments, “it seems he is always paying attention to whatever Santos says so he can respond immediately” which harms his public image.

Bottom line is, analysts say, the country and its institutions end up losing because the fact that two leaders are  in constant battle wears the institutions out and puts society in the middle of the confrontation. The only great loser is the Colombian State.

A solution doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight and while some experts believe a reconciliation shouldn’t be ruled out because “in politics anything is possible”, others feel things will stay the same because Uribe’s supporters are clearly unhappy with the Santos administration.

Road to escalator is finally complete

Martes, enero 15th, 2013

The paving of El Reversadero, the main access to the escalators in Comuna 13, is an event worth celebrating as all residents are well aware of. They threw a block party when most of the work was completed last month and even danced on the new pavement, the only thing missing were the sidewalks, which are finally done.

The escalators are one of the reasons Medellín was nominated as one of the world’s most innovative cities by the Urban Land Institute. Final details like some landscaping and a handrail will be installed by January 26th.

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