Montesinos’s Revenge

Extra, Extra! CIA’s Drug Warrior Was a Thug!

Cambio brings together a team of visionaries. Black is famous for designing magazines from Rolling Stone to The New Republic. After a foray into interactive Web design in the mid 1990s, he cashed out and has now returned to his first love, editorial. Meanwhile, García Márquez began publishing the Colombian edition of Cambio in 1999. For the new version, he partnered with the Mexico-based Editorial Televisa, which publishes 41 magazines in Spanish. His editor in chief, Ramón Alberto Garza, was for years the editor of the independent newspaper El Norte. With Cambio, the team hopes to deliver a mix of politics and culture to a growing middle class with a passion for democracy.

The ties go way back. Black's business partner, the Mexican designer Eduardo Danilo, first worked with Garza on El Norte, and Black helped García Márquez stage a journalism seminar in Cartagena. "He's amazing to watch in person," says Black. "It's like having Muhammad Ali around. The men yell out to him—'Gabo!'—and all the women come running around."

Black has acquired some potent political views from his friends south of the border. Says the designer, "There's nobody outside of the U.S. who believes in a military drug war." In fact, he says, "I am one of those who believe the U.S. is to blame for the corrosion of Colombian society. I think that our drug habit destroyed Colombia, [and] I don't see how any moral American can not do everything in their power to stop this." Thanks to the U.S. demand for drugs, he says, Colombians die, their system is corrupted by drug money, and coca cultivation increases every year.

For all the hardware the U.S. has thrown at the problem, Black says, "It's only getting worse. All we have to do is stop demanding so much drugs, or legalize."


ccotts@villagevoice.com

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