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Cocaine, death squads, and the war on terror; U.S. imperialism and class struggle in Colombia.

9781583672518

Cocaine, death squads, and the war on terror; U.S. imperialism and class struggle in Colombia.

Villar, Oliver and Drew Cottle.

Monthly Review Press

2011

272 pages

$16.95

Paperback

HV8079

Villar (politics, Charles Sturt U.) and Cottle (politics, U. of Western Sydney) investigate the so-called Crystal Triangle of cocaine production and trade between Columbia, Bolivia and Peru. They critically examine the role of the United States in supporting the "narco-bourgeoisie" of Columbia in particular, whose interests include exploiting the landless poor for labor in coca production and crushing the rebel groups like FARC that would organize revolution. They consider the advent of the cocaine industry from coca cultivation, the relationship between the "narco-state" and "narco-economy," "Plan Columbia," and the privatization and corporatization of the American war on drugs. They argue "in a nutshell, the war on drugs and terror is part of a counterrevolutionary strategy designed to maintain rather than eliminate the economic conditions that allow the drug trade to thrive."

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