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Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia #2020

Beyond Bogota Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia uncovering the unofficial stories of people living in conflict zones Bey

  • Title: Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia
  • Author: Garry Leech
  • ISBN: 9780807061459
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Beyond Bogota: Diary of a Drug War Journalist in Colombia By Garry Leech, Independent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia, uncovering the unofficial stories of people living in conflict zones Beyond Bogot is framed around the eleven hours that Leech was held captive by the FARC, Colombia s largest leftist guerrilla group, in August of 2006 He recalls nearly thirtyIndependent journalist Garry Leech has spent the last eight years working in the most remote and dangerous regions of Colombia, uncovering the unofficial stories of people living in conflict zones Beyond Bogot is framed around the eleven hours that Leech was held captive by the FARC, Colombia s largest leftist guerrilla group, in August of 2006 He recalls nearly thirty years of travel and work in Latin America while weaving in a historical context of the region and on the ground reporting with each passing hour of his detention.More than 5 billion in U.S aid over the past seven years has failed to end Colombia s civil conflict or reduce cocaine production Leech finds that ordinary Colombians, not drug lords, have suffered the most and that peasants and indigenous peoples have been caught in the crossfire between the armed groups Meanwhile, than thirty Colombian journalists have been murdered over the last three decades, making Colombia one of the most dangerous countries in which to practice journalism Consequently, the majority of the Western media rarely leave Bogot to find the real story Leech, however, learns the truth about the conflict and the U.S war on drugs directly from the source poor coca farmers whose fields and food crops have been sprayed with toxic aerial fumigations, female FARC guerrillas who see armed struggle as their only option, union organizers whose lives are threatened because they defend workers rights, indigenous peoples whose communities have been forcibly displaced by the violence, and many others Leech also investigates the presence of multinational oil and mining companies in Colombia by gaining access to army bases where U.S soldiers train Colombian troops to fight the guerrillas in resource rich regions and by visiting local villages to learn what the foreign presence has meant for the vast majority of the population Drawing on unprecedented access to soldiers, guerrillas, paramilitaries, and peasants in conflict zones and cocaine producing areas, Leech s documentary memoir is an epic tale of a journalist s search for meaning in the midst of violence and poverty, as well as a humanizing firsthand account that supplies fresh insights into U.S foreign policy, the role of the media, and the plight of everyday Colombians caught in the midst of a brutal war.

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    1. Garry Leech has gone beyond the traditional security of Bogota, Colombia to search for the truth regarding the impact of spraying coca crops on poor farmers He uncovers the horrific truths about the US policy Plan Colombia It is causing massive civilian displacement and is being used to fund Colombian military and paramilitary efforts to quash the rights of the people This is a must read for anyone who cares about how the US is spending your taxpayer money to fund death squads.

    2. Through his tales from numerous journalistic forays into Colombia, Garry Leech provides a very good overview of Colombian political history over the past three decades or so plus background from earlier decades It s very readable mostly narrative We ll be recommending this book a lot to folks who want to understand what s going on in Colombia.

    3. An interesting read A lot of good detailed discussion about paramilitaries, their links with oil companies and the effects of coca spraying I was most disturbed by the description of the Soldier For A Day program, in which soldiers in a rural town traumatized by war invite kids to come be soliders for a day and get their faces painted, camouflage style The author comments that it is strange for the military to be providing trauma counseling for war affected children, but also points out that fro [...]

    4. B Interesting book from the perspective of a U.S English journalist who investigates the drug war in Colombia I ve never done coke but reading this really makes me not want to do it Did you know they use gasoline in the process of making coke Yuck Leech is kidnapped early on in the book, or rather, not permitted to leave, as he seeks to investigate the spraying of Colombian coca farms which is seek bc despite wanting to destroy the coke trade, the farmers whose crops are destroyed are poor peasa [...]

    5. Every paragraph is biased with left leaning communist sympathizing language Conclusions are drawn with no evidence acertations are made based on personal opinions Would recommend this book to demonstrate how liberal bias helps to persuade people Who don t know any better 25 years living in traveling in Latin America I do know about propaganda and good in evil in governments and in community organizing Gary should take a lesson in economics oh that s right , his economics is communism.

    6. Detain and release Detain and release There is no safe road that s not covered in war between multiple parties of interest It always seems to be the wrong people that fall victim to the struggle of just trying to live and maintain life.

    7. Gives a good and fair look into both sides of the conflict in Colombia Definitely a solid read for anyone interested in the drug war issues in Colombia.

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