Colombia: minister resigns over drug gang scandal

The foreign minister of Colombia resigned Monday as the government of President Álvaro Uribe, the Bush administration’s closest ally in South America, struggled with a scandal that has disclosed ties between paramilitary cocaine-trafficking squads and some of Mr. Uribe’s most prominent political supporters.The scandal (which surprised nobody) comes at a time when the U.S. Congress is considering extension of the so-called “free trade” agreement with the Colombian government. Blogger Jonathan Tasini (Huffington Post) writes that “free trade” has meant flooding Colombia with cheap imported grains from highly subsidized U.S. agribusiness corporations. This drives local farmers out of business and forces them to switch to growing coca for the well-connected drug gangs. Source. (Source: New Recovery)

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