Last month I noted how the English-language media was no longer quite so enamored of Alvaro Uribe. In particular, even small news items now often conclude with a list of human rights problems. Now, for example, we hear that the Colombian Congress is balking at a bill required to allow a referendum on whether Uribe should be allowed to run for a third consecutive term. The article concludes with:
But his government has been plagued by scandals in which allied lawmakers have been linked to right-wing death squads and soldiers have gunned down innocent civilians to pass their bodies off as rebels killed in combat.
It's like a signature put at the end of every email, summed up as "he's very popular but his government has massacred countless people."