February 1, 2008

IF YOU THINK YOU'RE A NATION...

Talk of independence in a place claimed by 2 Nations (Simon Romero, February 1, 2008, NY Times)

Down the road from a neighborhood here called the Hill, where reggae blares out of weathered houses and parishioners sing hymns in English at the First Baptist Church, President Álvaro Uribe recently inaugurated a hospital with a decidedly Colombian name: Amor de Patria.

That translates as "Love of the Fatherland" for the English-speaking descendants of African slaves who inhabit this Caribbean archipelago, as if they needed a sharp reminder that they must be loyal to distant Bogotá.

But many Raizals, as the English speakers here are known, feel loyalty neither to Colombia, a Bush administration ally, nor to Nicaragua, a supporter of President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela. Nicaragua has claimed San Andrés in a bitter territorial dispute, and while the two countries press their cases, a nonviolent separatist movement is growing increasingly vocal here.


...you are one.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2008 8:10 AM
Comments

Including Russell Means' Republic of Lakotah?

Posted by: jgm at February 1, 2008 6:43 PM

Including Russell Means with his "Republic of Lakotah"?

Posted by: jgm at February 1, 2008 6:49 PM

Indians have a bunch of nations.

Posted by: oj at February 1, 2008 8:47 PM
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