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Thursday, September 29, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Yet again, a state seeks to buck the primary calendar (and yet again it provides a chance to wonder why we have the nomination system we have).

From me @OTB:  Florida Moves its Primary.

Monday, September 26, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Farc’s drug submarine seized in Colombia

The 16m-long (52ft) vessel - equipped with a sophisticated navigation system - was captured near the Pacific port city of Buenaventura.


The vessel would have been able to travel as far as Central America.

From the photo (see it via the link), the craft looks like a semi-submersible (i.e, the craft is not designed to operate wholly under water).

This is the first time that I recall one of these craft being explicitly linked to the FARC:

"It was going to be used by the narco-terrorist 29th front of the Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) in alliance with organisations of drug traffickers who operate in this southern area of the country," drugs police chief Gen Luis Alberto Perez told Efe news agency.

Sunday, September 25, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

The GOP debates matter (if by “matter” we mean “affect the views that voters have of the candidates”).

From me @OTB:  Does Debate Performance Matter?

Friday, September 23, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

An interesting piece from the Economist:  Bridging the gaps.

Tuesday, September 6, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

From a few days ago via the BBC:  Thirty-six seized in Colombia anti-drug operation

Thirty-six suspects have been arrested in two operations against drug-trafficking in Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos has said.


The operations were carried out jointly with the US.

The authorities seized large amounts of drugs, 21 light aircraft and submarines used to transport the drugs to Central America, to be taken to the US.

The gang is said to have been capable of exporting 10 tonnes of cocaine per month to the Sinaloa drug cartel in Mexico.

A couple of quick observations/questions:

1)  I wonder what the exact role of the US was in the operation?  Theoretically, there are limitations on exactly what the US can do in Colombia.

2)  As always, it is amazing how these raids lead to revealing substantial capabilities of any given drug gang/cell of a given operation.

3)  The direct connection to Mexican cartels underscores the current structure of the cocaine business in the current era.

Cross-posted at OTB.

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By Steven L. Taylor

Purple in Detail

365.235 (9/1/11)

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By Steven L. Taylor

Via the BBC:  Colombia’s new defence minister Pinzon vows action:

Colombia’s new defence minister, Juan Carlos Pinzon, has been sworn in, with orders to give the "final blow" to the Farc rebel group.

Mr Pinzon is an economist, a former deputy defence minister, and a close ally of President Juan Manuel Santos.

He was brought in to replace Rodrigo Rivera, amid a growing perception that security gains are being reversed.

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Monday, September 5, 2024
By Steven L. Taylor

Morning Reflection

365.226 (8/23/11)

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By Steven L. Taylor

After the Glass(es)

365.225 (8/22/11)

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By Steven L. Taylor


365.224 (8/21/11)

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