Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Countdown to the Colombia Presidential Election in Music -- Video 4

Continuing our countdown to the Colombian Presidential Election on May 30, here is a song by Armando Aldana which says simply "Mockus Debe Ganar" ("Mockus Should Win"). Fair enough. But why?

When I started to get into this theme, this paragraph from Antanas Mockus' biography on Wikipedia caught my attention: "Under Mockus's leadership, Bogotá saw improvements such as: water usage dropped 40%, 7000 community security groups were formed and the homicide rate fell 70%, traffic fatalities dropped by over 50%, drinking water was provided to all homes (up from 79% in 1993), and sewerage was provided to 95% of homes (up from 71%). When he asked residents to pay a voluntary extra 10% in taxes, 63,000 people did so." The original source of these statistics is an article in the Harvard Gazette (3/11/2004) by María Cristina Caballero, a prize-winning Colombian investigative journalist who, at the time was a fellow at Harvard University's Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Caballero had been forced to leave her homeland after receiving death threats. In other words, this candidate is more than just a "tree-hugging nice guy".

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