In previous posts, we’ve looked at how America’s paranoid War on Drugs provides cover for incarcerating a generation at home, and waging a vicious class war in Colombia. Now, in this informative and frequently hilarious history (108 mins), Woody Harrelson explores in more depth the long, costly and futile fight to eradicate marijuana.
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Posted by Dave (The Void) on August 29, 2007
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 23, 2007
In a previous post, we looked at how America’s “War on Drugs” is used to wage war on Colombia. This 1999 documentary (92 mins, in English after a brief introduction in Dutch) shows the other side of the coin: an increasingly powerful “growth industry” built around locking up Americans – mainly poor, black Americans – and slowly moving towards a privatised police state.
Given recent developments in England, this is a very relevant warning on both sides of the Atlantic.
Posted by Dave (The Void) on July 12, 2007
Colombia: a land of intense natural beauty and biodiversity, the setting for the literature of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and the recipient of more U.S. ‘military aid’ than anywhere outside the Middle East and Afghanistan.
Behind the paper-thin (and increasingly irrelevant) charade of a War On Drugs, the U.S. continues to support the brutal, racist counter-revolution that started in 1948 – and to generate business for its own military-industrial complex.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure the opening credits are supposed to do that.