Plan Colombia: Drug War Without End
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Plan Colombia began in 2000 as an effort by the Clinton administration to reduce cocaine production in Colombia and stop the growing leftist guerrilla insurgency. The Bush administration says Plan Colombia is a big success. On this edition, independent producer Reese Erlich visits rural farmers and urban shanty towns, and talks with high ranking Colombian politicians to learn about the serious problems with the Plan.
Jorge Uribe, Colombian minister of defense; Antonio Navarro, senator from the Independent Democratic Pole; Alfredo Rangel, director, Security and Democracy Foundation of Colombia; Sandro Calvani, head of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Colombia; Gustavo Petro, congressman from the Independent Democratic Pole; General Manuel Jose Bonett, former commander of the Colombian Armed Forces; Gladys Avila, Association of the Families of the Detained and Disappeared; Claudia Cordoba, Children of the Andes; Jaime Jaramillo, Children of the Andes.
For more information:
Independent Democratic Pole – Bogotá D.C. Colombia
Children of the Andes – London, UK
Review of this program on PRX (Public Radio Exchange):
Reviewer: The Sounding Board
This was a really interesting piece. The interviews were really diverse, ranging from top politicians to rural farmers… This gave the piece a lot of complexity. South America isn’t talked about very much, and it was refreshing to hear some candid opinions on Columbia’s national issues, as well as the United States’ role in dealing with them.