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).
Hobson, Christopher. “Privatising the War on Drugs.” Third World Quarterly 35, no. 8 (September 2014): 1441–56. On the growth and role of private military and security companies funded in the service of the War of Drugs for operations in Latin America.
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.
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.
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.”