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An American Explorer and his ties to the Cali Cartel — December 28, 2018

An American Explorer and his ties to the Cali Cartel

Jungle Mike wrestled snakes, built a hospital in Colombia — and served 20 years for a record St. Pete cocaine seizure

Michael Tsalickis of Tarpon Springs had such an extraordinary life that National Geographic once filmed him wrestling an anaconda and actor Robert Duvall starred in a movie based on his adventures.

This is the account by the Tampa Bay Times about Michael Tsalickis who emigrated to Colombia.  He settled in a remote area in the department of Amazonas.  To a city named Leticia.  He went there to hire human apes to catch monkeys.  Those apes he hired then spent their measly pesos in Leticia, a city allegedly “transformed by Michael James Tsalickis into a thriving town with a hospital, a hotel and a bona fide airport.”

Mike, Jimmy, Mr. T , “Jungle Mike” as he was known,  went to Colombia to exploit the region.  To build a business selling exotic animals to zoos and monkeys to researchers.  Previously “Jungle Mike” opened a zoo in Tarpon Springs, Florida with an unnamed friend.    Do you have to wonder why a zoo owner would go to Brazil and Colombia to trap exotic animals?

The apes he hired so benevolently to trap and not eat what was abundant in that region, helped him buy an airplane,  build a business transporting medical supplies, trade exotic animals for profit and science, and  extend a runway for an airport that lured Brazilian and Colombian airlines.  [The national airline of Colombia, AVIANCA is now owned by a Brazilian citizen.]

Can you imagine how much it cost to build a runway that can handle heavy metal?  How many monkeys, oscelots, and medical supplies did it take “Jungle Mike” to have the deep pockets of a Rockerfellar?  That’s where the Cali cartel came to the rescue of a man who had failed once before in a little town of Florida, know as Tarpon Springs.

“It takes a monkey to buy pants in Leticia,”  Tsalickis would say.  “It takes a monkey to buy a shirt in Leticia.”

To read more about “Jungle Mike” please click on the link for the Tampa Bay Times.

https://www.tampabay.com/Obituaries/jungle-mike-wrestled-snakes-built-a-hospital-in-colombia-x2014-and-served-20-years-for-a-record-st-pete-cocaine-seizure-20181226/

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El Valle ve nacer un nuevo y poderoso negocio agrícola — April 29, 2016

El Valle ve nacer un nuevo y poderoso negocio agrícola

la posibilidad de iniciar el desarrollo de un clúster de la piña en el Valle y Cauca que permita comparar las áreas sembradas con las que tiene hoy Costa Rica y transformarse rápidamente en una de las exportaciones del país más importantes en volumen de frutas después del banano.

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Juan Manuel Santos y Barack Obama se reunirán el próximo 4 de febrero — December 30, 2015

Juan Manuel Santos y Barack Obama se reunirán el próximo 4 de febrero

The White House confirmed on Tuesday December 29, 2015 that the presidents of the United States, Barack Obama, and of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, will meet February 4, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

La Casa Blanca confirmó este martes que los presidentes de Estados Unidos, Barack Obama; y de Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, tendrán una reunión de trabajo, en Washington, el próximo 4 de febrero de 2016. 

La cita, que es denominada como una “visita oficial de trabajo” para que los dos mandatarios hagan una revisión de todos los asuntos bilaterales, también servirá para que se conmemore el aniversario número 15 del Plan Colombia, que es la ayuda oficial para la lucha contra las drogas que de forma bipartidista el Congreso estadounidense da a Colombia. colp_hf230895

“En el año 2000 Colombia era un país al borde del abismo. En ese momento el gobierno de Estados Unidos comenzó un plan de apoyo al esfuerzo que ya hacía Colombia, denominado Plan Colombia, que durante 15 años ha tenido el apoyo de 3 administraciones y de los dos partidos. Un apoyo sostenido y decisivo que gracias a la persistencia de nuestro pueblo, al sacrificio económico de los colombianos y a las victorias de nuestras Fuerzas Armadas, logró la transformación de nuestro país y abrió la puerta para el proceso de paz”, explicó el embajador de Colombia en Estados Unidos, Juan Carlos Pinzón.  Continue reading

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