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Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America

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When the San Jose Mercury News ran a controversial series of stories in 1996 on the relationship between the CIA, the Contras, and crack, they reignited the issue of the intelligence agency's connections to drug trafficking, initially brought to light during the Vietnam War and then again by the Iran-Contra affair. Broad in scope and extensively documented, Cocaine Politic ...more
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Published April 10th 1998 by University of California Press (first published 1991)
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Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was my favorite book from my Latin American Studies major. Chilling, thoroughly researched, artfully and efficiently presented... It will have a huge effect on how you view U.S. policies toward Latin America.
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I started with this Peter Dale Scott book to get a sense of his tone and handling of a subject before trying his more controversial works. This book turned out to be very careful and fair, almost too fair. Here Scott largely sticks to the Kerry report exposing U.S. government complicity in South and Central American drug trade as a mere tip of it emerged in Oliver North's Iran-Contra crimes. The book isn't as powerful as Robert Parry's seminal reporting gathered in Lost History or as contextuali ...more
like, i guess this is part of the Noam Chomsky school of writing where you write a bunch of true things and illustrate how complicity in like right wing death squads and the manufacture of drugs is like *basically a bipartisan part of the political establishment in the USA* but suggest somehow transparency or liberalism will solve all that?
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Detailed, nearly academic, study of the actors behind the the CIA's sanction of the drug business.
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