by Garry Leech
While many countries in South America have taken a turn to the left, Colombia's presidency remains in the hands of right-winger Alvaro Uribe. Furthermore, many representatives in Colombia's Congress are ideologically aligned with the country's president. Consequently, the national government has done little to address the gross economic inequalities prevalent in Colombia. If anything, the neoliberal policies implemented by the Uribe administration have exacerbated the situation for the 64 percent of Colombians living in poverty.