opinion Essay
733 words
733 words

Columbia is a country wrought with poverty, corruption, and violence. It has gained notoriety for its drug trafficking and the scandalous dealings by the military. Five percent of Columbia (1.9 million people, 1.1 million of them children) have been displaced due to the fighting in a four decade old civil war. Columbia will need some serious rearranging politically, socially, and overall to get back on their feet.
Columbia is located in the very northern part of South America, it borders the Caribbean Sea between Panama and Venezuela, and it borders the North Pacific Ocean between Ecuador and Panama. The capital city is Bogota. The population, as of July 1999, was estimated to be 39,309,422. As of 1999, their birthrate was estimated at 24.45 per 1,000 people, and their death rate is estimated at 5.59 per 1,000 people. The life expectancy for males is 66.54 years, and for females it’s 74.54 years. Women live longer because we have to suffer more during everyday life. Columbia has a high literacy rate; (91.3% of those aged fifteen and above can read ad write, compared to the United States 97%).
Columbia government is very similar to ours; in fact the recently enacted criminal code was modeled after U.S. procedures. The original legal system was based on old Spanish law. The New criminal code was set up in 1992- 1993. Elections are open to be on voted by all citizens aged eighteen and above, and there is universal suf...

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  • Opines that columbia needs some serious rearranging politically, socially, and overall to get back on their feet.
  • Explains that columbia borders the caribbean sea between panama and venezuela, and the north pacific ocean between ecuador and panama.
  • Explains that the colonial government is very similar to ours. the original legal system was based on old spanish law; the new criminal code was set up in 1992- 1993.
  • Explains that andres pastana will serve a four-year term, as all presidents in colombia do. the united states has the largest number of corporations involved with trade and overall investments in columbia.
  • Explains that columbia supplies the united states with eighty percent of the cocaine consumed in the us. the cultivation of coca in 1997 was equal to79,500 hectares.
  • Opines that colombia has had good relations with the united states. border disputes, undocumented colombians in venezuela, and colombia's narcotics traffickers and guerrillas have strained colombia’s relations.
  • Explains that liberal and conservative parties have dominated colombian political institutions since mid-nineteenth century. the political system was challenged by leftist guerrilla movements and narcotics traffickers linked to rightist paramilitary groups.
  • Analyzes how the united states has contributed billions of dollars to columbia over the last twenty years. the paramilitary groups control most of the drug making farms and facilities and organize the trade.
  • Concludes president pastrana's well-respected financial team is working to deal with the multitude of economic problems the country faces, including the highest unemployment rate in years.
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