There is quite often news about Colombia in our media, and most of it isn't very flattering. Today, in the NYTimes, there's an article about an increasing trend of the carteles and paramilitares muscling their way into land ownership. Pretty troubling in that this sort of thing just continues to divide society in Colombia and put off further into the future any kind of reunification of a civil society based on the rule of law.

These factions know that even in in our modern society, money without 'real estate' is not truly a stable base for long-term power.

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