On the other "war."

Reply Wed 20 Oct, 2004 09:15 pm
NPR broadcast a story today on the drug trade which focused on the Central American countries through wich cocaine is transported to US and Canadian markets.

The governments of these countries acknowledge their efforts to stem the tide of traffic are in vain. The cocaine cartels are growing and their financial resources pale those of these countries, and they are gaining support from the local populace.

North America's appetite for cocaine is as voracious and gluttonous as ever and it is this that is funding the drug trade in the Americas.

"Countries once known as Banana Republics are fast becoming 'Cocaine Republics.'"

Central America's 'Cocaine Republics'

Today's was the first of a three-part series.
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Reply Fri 22 Oct, 2004 12:29 am
In the second part of the series, NPR reports how the drug trade is transforming the social fabric of traditional culture the costal populations of the country of Guatemala. Local fishermen are employed by buyers to collect bales of cocaine that are dropped off by traffickers at predetermined locations in the sea. The affluence gained by these locals from collection fees for these recovered packages goes to purchasing new automobiles and trucks, house--and church!--renovations and expansions, and a general improvement in the financial situations of those fishermen who play what they refer to as "the lottery of the sea." "It allows you to pull yourself out of the mud," says a local interviewee.

Off Guatemala, a Battle for the Seas
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