In any case, I don’t see myself as a collector of interviews—what I really want to do is to tell stories. And so what I found is that the tool of the interview is very useful. When you begin a real dialogue with someone, you find that everyone has something to tell, a story to share, but we need to listen.
As a foreigner who is deeply concerned about our friends and neighbors in the United States, but nonetheless free from the visceral passions any politically engaged, responsible American must justly feel right now, I can only invite you to learn from our history in an attempt to repair the damage and move forward.
While this is more true of some countries than others, and despite all of the challenges outlined above, the fact remains that South America as a whole has made enormous strides over the past twenty years in not only reducing poverty but, more importantly, changing the very nature of poverty.
These reactions can only be understood in the context of Uribe’s legacy as one of the most transformative and influential Latin American statesmen of the 21st century, a man who has been both the protagonist of Colombia’s recovery from the depths of its late-twentieth-century crisis and the center of its current political polarization.
The great challenge is to fully recognize the value of the other. If I don’t recognize the value of the other, I will never be part of the solution, I will always be part of the problem.
After nearly a decade of social and economic collapse and three years of explicit dictatorship, the country’s future prospects remain bleak. Any paths to recovery remain uncertain at best.
A U.S.-Iranian war would prove deeply transformative to the 640 million people south of the Río Grande.
“Those who protest aren’t losing anything, the ones who lose are we who work, who produce, and they aren’t producing anything in their marches, other than harms and damages.”