From Aporrea, here’s one for the scratch-yer-head-till-it-hurts files:
Translation mine.Fuck, shit, shuck fit.How the hell did this happen? El Narco wasn’t even invited, yet he got in AND wangled a free-trade agreement with my home and native land–most of whose citizens don’t want free trade, let alone with a narco-terror state like the current, unhappy Colombia. (We get a lot of imports from there already–most of them refugees! In fact, before Harpo, Colombia was our #1 source of refugee claimants.)Now, don’t get me wrong. We don’t want “free” trade with anyone, but we would love fair trade. I’m sure Colombia, the part of it that has no truck with Uribe, has something to offer us besides cheap bananas, flowers grown with dangerous chemicals, and former narcoterrorist paramilitaries looking to avoid getting killed by their ex-bosses (who, go figure, are mighty close to El Narco). But here’s the rub: We want to see Colombia get its house in order before we do business with it, because we don’t believe doing business with it is enough to put said house in order. Why is it so hard for certain people to comprehend this? Why do they keep pushing for an agreement which would only deepen a current disaster?“No” is the same word in English and Spanish, and spelled slightly differently, but pronounced the same, in French. So why can’t our respective so-called leaders seem to hear it when we’re all screaming it at the top of our respective lungs?
Even though Colombia is not a member of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum, its president, Alvaro Uribe, travelled to Peru to meet with a group of leaders from various parts of the world and to take advantage of the opportunity to establish contacts with China, Japan, Canada and others, with the objective of increasing trade.Uribe arrived in Lima on Friday afternoon and a few hours later signed a free-trade agreement with Canada, his country’s ninth. This Saturday, he signed an agreement to promote and protect investments with China. According to Uribe, the agreement with Canada will generate some 120,000 agricultural jobs and 97% of Colombian exports will have free access to that North American nation.