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Latin America erasure

So I have to begin with saying that I know this is not the worst thing in the entire world, I know that there are starving kids everywhere and there is war and the world is a mess, but if you can take five minutes of your time to read a post about the skeleton war (which I read and enjoyed too) you can read about the horror that is happening in that place you all love to forget about: Latin America. There are many problems in this continent right now, but I´m going to talk about the one that hits closer to home, which is the Colombia and Venezuela border issue that is such a big problem. If you didn´t know, the problem is basically that Colombians that lived in Venezuela are being deported, and not by the nice way. Their houses are being destroyed, Venezuelan kids with Colombian parents are being left alone, and to cross the border they have to go through rivers with all the stuff they were able to save and kids and older people are getting really sick. and the worst part is that this is not the first thing that has affected Colombians and Venezuelans alike and the international media is not exactly talking about it. 

COLOMBIA, Cucuta : Colombians deported from Venezuela who returned for some of their belongings and crossed them through the bordering Tachira river, walk near Cucuta, on the Colombian side, on August 25, 2015. Over a thousand Colombians “who did not have any type of identification” had been deported since Friday, according to the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Jose Gregorio Vielma. On August 21 Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country’s border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region following an attack on Wednesday that wounded four people. AFP PHOTO/ LUIS ACOSTA                        

Colombians that live across the Venezuelan border are being deported and stripped of their things, their houses are being marked and then demolished, families have been left separated on each side of the border, they have to leave Venezuela with no time to go back and pick up their belongings
The border has been officially closed and Venezuela’s president Maduro has no intentions of opening it anytime soon
The only crime these people have committed is that they are Colombians living in Venezuela
They are not politicians
They are not rich
They are working people who have lived in Venezuela for years
They had a life there
They had a home

IG report: Drug Enforcement agents had sex parties with drug cartel prostitutes in Colombia

Yes, this is where our Federal “war on drugs” has steered us.  Tell me, how does this kind of crack police work keep us safe from drug cartels?

from Politico:

Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of between two to 10 days.

The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Marshals Service. The IG’s office found that DEA did not fully comply with its probe.

The congressional committee charged with federal oversight is already promising hearings and an investigation into the allegations.

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Why were DEA agents in a foreign country in the first place?  If our borders were secure, there would be no need for this kind of foreign police work in the first place.  

As we drive from the coastal Venezuelan city of Maracaibo toward Colombia, we see dozens of trucks, some of them escorted by Venezuelan National Guard soldiers.

They’ve come from Colombia — laden with illegal contraband — even though the border is officially closed.

Regular people or smugglers who don’t have deals with the military have to brave what my driver calls la carretera sin ley, or the lawless road.

We stop at a crowded strip mall where a group of smugglers is sitting. One of them agrees to talk, but also doesn’t want his name used.

He tells me that the smuggling routes have been reversed: Before, Venezuela had lots of government-subsidized food that smugglers would truck into Colombia to resell at a profit. Which is why the government says it closed the border.

The Colombia-Venezuela Border: Open To Smugglers, Closed To The Desperate

Photo: George Castellanos/AFP/Getty Images