The Granda Affair – Roundup from El Tiempo

Jorge Uribe, Colombia’s Foreign Minister, was responsible for offering a bounty on FARC spokesperson Rodrigo Granda’s head – that is apparently what led to Granda’s kidnapping in Caracas in December 2004, which in turn led to a diplomatic crisis between Colombia and Venezuela. Jorge Uribe offered to resign – but that decision is up to another Uribe, this time, Alvaro, the Colombian President. The reward for Granda offered by the Colombian government seems to have been $350,000, an anonymous source told El Tiempo.


Jorge Uribe, Colombia’s Foreign Minister, was responsible for offering a bounty on FARC spokesperson Rodrigo Granda’s head – that is apparently what led to Granda’s kidnapping in Caracas in December 2004, which in turn led to a diplomatic crisis between Colombia and Venezuela. Jorge Uribe offered to resign – but that decision is up to another Uribe, this time, Alvaro, the Colombian President. The reward for Granda offered by the Colombian government seems to have been $350,000, an anonymous source told El Tiempo.

Condoleeza Rice, being sworn in, said she thinks Chavez is a ‘negative force’. The US has stated its support for the kidnapper in this case (they don’t like FARC because FARC kidnaps people, you see, so it makes perfect sense that they support Uribe, who kidnapped Granda from Caracas) and demanded that Chavez clarify his position on the FARC. An interesting request from a government that invades, occupies, and inflicts mass death on other people’s countries. No surprises there though. The empire is nothing if not predictable.

Justin Podur

Author: Justin Podur

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