Who is ordering the terrorist attacks? It began with a phone call from a member of the Partners for Prosperity network to the Colombian National Army on August 19: According to information provided by the informant, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) was planning on blowing up an important bridge in the Huila region. The tip was specific and thorough: Three people in a Dimax pick-up truck had approached the La Seca bridge in the municipality of Guadalupe, in southern Huila. A man had exited the truck with a black package in his hands, which he placed underneath the bridge before returning to the vehicle. Reacting quickly to the intelligence, soldiers attached to the 12th Special Energy and Roadways Battalion went to the site and found the black package the man from the truck had placed under the bridge. The package was a cylinder bomb. Soldiers immediately jammed cellular signals in the area, since terrorists typically activate such devices with cellphones. They then destroyed the bomb with a controlled explosion. The tip and fast response by Army soldiers prevented a potentially devastating attack by a bomb containing about 50 kg of AN/FO – an industrial explosive mixture – and shrapnel. The explosive device had a lethal radius of 40 meters, which means it was strong enough to destroy the bridge, which connects Huila and Caquetá. Some analysts argue that the recent FARC attacks might have been ordered by splinter elements of the terrorist organization, rather than the group’s commanders. “The FARC have been divided by the losses they suffered against the Colombian government forces. These divisions could create isolated, dissident extremist groups carrying out these attacks to derail a peace process [between the Colombian government and the FARC being conducted in La Habana, Cuba] that is against their interests,” said Héctor Chávez Villao, a security analyst at the University of Guayaquil. “The high command is aware that the government security forces are superior and they gain no advantage from these provocations just now when they are negotiating a peace settlement in La Habana, when they could become political players in Colombia.” Other analysts believe that it is difficult to know, at least for now, who is behind the attacks. “It is hard to identify whether these attacks come from the FARC high command in order to demonstrate they still have power and gain some leverage with the government during negotiations, or whether the attacks are being perpetrated by smaller groups or cells that are acting independently,” said Yadira Gálvez, a security analyst at the National Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). “We have seen that cooperation with the populace has been a key point in the military’s efforts against these organizations and in the peace process. We have received assistance from the people that has allowed us to identify their areas of operation. Now the FARC no longer enjoy the protections that they had when this ideological battle began. People are tired of living through war and feeling threatened by these organizations,” concluded Gálvez. That’s how they negotiate?????? We need to unite the borders and honest guards who don’t take bribes. Wake up, Brazil. By Dialogo October 01, 2014
From Dirk to Durant: Five NBA milestones to watch Dirk Nowitzki passes John Stockton for 3rd all time in games played When informed of the inflated cost, the Mavs star expressed gratitude for his supporters.”That is a lot of money,” Nowitzki said. “That’s awesome, though. That means people want to come to that game. It’s amazing to hear about the support.” Related News SeatGeek.com communications manager Chris Leyden noted the prices could continue to climb over the next few weeks.”This is the most in-demand regular season Mavs game that we have ever seen, with an average resale price of $287,” Leyden said. “For comparison you can see Dirk just six nights earlier against the Timberwolves for an average of $62, so fans really are most interested in being there for the literal final game. Dirk Nowitzki is less than a month away from playing his final game at American Airlines Center, and it’s going to cost fans big money to see it in person.According to the Dallas Morning News, secondary market ticket prices for that April 9 game against the Suns are at record levels for a Mavericks regular-season game with price tags of $145 for an upper-deck seat to $7,875 for a VIP courtside seat. “As a comparison, Dwyane Wade’s final game in Miami has an average resale price of $292, so a pretty similar amount of demand.”With the 40-year-old’s appearance in Friday’s loss to the Magic, Nowitzki passed John Stockton for third all-time in games played with 1,505.The 14-time All-Star also sits in the top 10 all-time in points (7th), top 20 in 3-pointers made (11th) and top 30 in rebounds (27th).
[photos: Jeff Stein] June 13, 2012On Saturday, June 9. 2012, Professor Erkki Huhtamo, PH.D., brought a group of his students from the UCLA Department of Design – Media Arts, for an overnight stay.The visit included an intimate site tour of Arcosanti with Cosanti Foundation President Jeff Stein and a tour of the Soleri Archives.