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More FARC hostages to be released

Score another point for evil Chavecito...

Colombia's Farc rebels have said they will release three hostages captured over six years ago, for health reasons.

The Farc told local media that it would free the hostages in return for mediation efforts made by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

The group released two high profile hostages earlier in January in a deal that Mr Chavez helped to broker.

The hostages to be released were named as former lawmakers Luis Eladio Perez, Gloria Polanco and Orlando Beltran.

No handover date was given.

In a statement, the Farc repeated their desire to exchange hostages for jailed rebels.

Such an exchange has been blocked over a Farc demand that the government demilitarise a large area in southern Colombia to enable a handover.

...and another black eye for the gringos' "good guy" Alvaro the para-narco-politician.

I really don't know why Dubya and Harpo want free trade agreements with that little putz; no one else does.

On the other hand, Chavecito's fair-trade pacts, such as ALBA and Petrocaribe, keep getting more signatories. And his hostage-release efforts, funnily enough, just keep bearing fruit. Shit, he's even combatting drug trafficking from Colombia through Venezuela at an unprecedented rate--one surmises it's a good thing he kicked out the DEA.

You'd think, eventually, that someone high up in Colombia would get the hint. Well, maybe they might--but they'll have to get rid of Alvaro first.