Drug War Capitalism (book, author interview)

Author and journalist Dawn Paley presents a thesis that the drug war “enables global capitalist expansion through enclosure.” “…how elites collude across borders for their own benefit at the expense of their populations.” (quotes by interviewer Andrew Smolski, a sociologist and writer).

Adulteration increasing with coffee bean prices

The Washington Post reports that as “high temperatures, drought and a plant disease known as coffee rust are devastating Arabica coffee trees” in Central America and South America, more of our coffee is adulterated with cheap filler additives. Dickerson, Kelly, and Live Science. “Dirt, Corn, Twigs, Soybeans and Other Fillers Are Appearing in Coffee.” The Washington Post, September 8, 2014. Link.

Cuba, drug trafficking, smuggling, and gambling (book)

Eduardo Rovner, The Cuban Connection: Drug Trafficking, Smuggling, and Gambling in Club from the 1920s to the Revolution.  Translated by Ross Davidson. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.  Eduardo Sáenz Rovner’s work is an important contribution to the study of the international drug traffic.  He now teaches in Colombia and has done work on its drug history.

  • 2009.”Ensayo sobre la historia del tráfico de drogas psicoactivas en Colombia entre los años 30 y 50″ En: Alemania, Iberoamericana. América Latina – España – Portugal ISSN: 1577-3388 ed: Iberoamericana v.9 fasc.35 p.93 – 104
  • 2008.”Las redes de cubanos, norteamericanos y colombianos en el narcotráfico en Miami en los años sesenta” En: Colombia Innovar: Revista De Ciencias Administrativas Y Sociales, ISSN: 0121-5051 ed: Centro De Publicaciones, Universidad Nacional De Colombia. v.18 fasc.32 p.111 – 126
  • 2007.”La “prehistoria” de la marihuana en Colombia: consumo y cultivos entre los años 30 y 60″ En: Colombia Cuadernos De Economia [Bogota] ISSN: 0121-4772 ed: Tercer Mundo Editores v.26 fasc.47 p.205 – 222.
  • 2007.”La participación de los cubanos, los colombianos y los chilenos en las redes del narcotráfico en Nueva York durante los años sesenta” En: Colombia Innovar: Revista De Ciencias Administrativas Y Sociales, ISSN: 0121-5051 ed: Centro De Publicaciones Universidad Nacional de Colombia, v.17 fasc.30 p.133 – 144.

George F. Will on “the drug legalization dilemma”

Conservative columnist George F. Will writes the first in his series of opinion-pieces on the legalization of drugs (Washington Post).  The column includes these interesting statistics:

“Almost all heroin comes from poppies grown on 4 percent of the arable land of one country — Afghanistan. Four South American countries — Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia — produce more than 90 percent of the world’s cocaine.”  When enforcement efforts make it more expensive to grow the drugs in one place, they are grown someplace else.  Similarly the success in making it difficult to bring drugs into the USA through Miami has moved the drugs highway through Mexico with disastrous results there.

“America spends 20 times more on drug control than all the world’s poppy and coca growers earn.”