Another premature baby was born in Colombia. This time was in Bucaramanga, where the little Santiago Abimelec came to this world after a 24-week pregnancy. He measures 31 cm and weighs 790 g. Last week, in Barranquilla, Milagros was born with 2 less weeks. Is this a trend? The doctors said that this was because of an amniotic fluid infection. As the correspondent says at the end of the report, some of these premature births could be avoided if mothers go to medical checks regular and exhaustively.
Last night, Caracol Televisión featured an interview with Yair Klein, an Israeli mercenary who trained Colombian paramilitaries and drug-traffickers in late 80s. Klein, who was convicted in 2002 by a Colombian local court, was never captured. Klein claims he was brought to the country by the police in order to train its members and said that he regrets to leave the country, and that he would be back in order to destroy FARC guerrillas. He also criticized the demobilization of the paramilitaries, saying it was “stupid”. Yeah, that’s our man (right, of course, take your bloody hands here)!!!
If I see that plate-faced old fellow once again on TV, I’m gonna blow my head with a fritter. Why Colombia can’t understand that, like [Álvaro] Mutis, García Márquez was made in Mexico? The only thing he did was to be born and drink booze with his chums in Barranquilla, that’s all. Instead overdimensioning that shameful old guy, we should give José María Vargas Vila and León de Greiff’s literature a chance, ’cause these guys are good, very good, and don’t go inventing sucking characters having frog children with different women. That’s serious and useful literature.
Of course, Víctor Solano has a slightly different view of the issue. When García Márquez was one of the owners of Cambio magazine, he never showed up there, since he lived (and lives) in Mexico. Solano says:
I must say […] I prefer García Márquez as a narrator because of her plausible prose in spite of its magic elevations, than Gabo as a journalist because of his political militancy. There are some reports, compiled in anthologies as Por la Libre, where his commitment with his ‘historical truth’, gives some flavour to his text in my opinion, but it also takes away some pieces of reliability. That’s a paradox where his fiction turns out quite credible to me and his militant journalism seems suspicious to me instead…