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

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University of California Press, 1998 - History - 279 pages
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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 Politics shows that under the cover of national security and covert operations, the U.S. government has repeatedly collaborated with and protected major international drug traffickers. A new preface discusses developments of the last six years, including the Mercury News stories and the public reaction they provoked.

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User Review  - LamontCranston - LibraryThing

Essentially a summary of other works by people like Alfred W. McCoy and Bob Parry, and a response to the Kerry Commission and the Iran-Contra Hearings going through what the official reports did not delve into. Read full review

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User Review  - JohnAGoldsmith - LibraryThing

Like anything by Peter Dale Scott: hard to read, but essential. Jonathan Marshall is also a great journalist and researcher of parapolitics: why have we heard nothing from him in 15 years? Read full review


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Bananas Cocaine and Military Plots in Honduras
Noriega and the Contras Guns Drugs and the Hamri Network
The International Cali Connection and the United States
The Contra Drug Connections in Costa Rica
Jack Terrell Reveals the ContraDrug Connection
North Moves to Silence Terrell
How the Justice Department Tried to Block the Drug Inquiry
Covert Operations and the Perversion of Drug Enforcement
The Media and the Contra Drug Issue
Names and Organizations

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About the author (1998)

Peter Dale Scott is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (California, 1993). Scott is also a poet: in 2002, his "Seculum" trilogy won a Lannan Literary Award. Jonathan Marshall is the Economics Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War (California, 1995).

Having served many years as a foreign medical missionary, Jonathan Marshall returned to the United States in 1990 and has been in active private practice as a urologic specialist and general surgeon since then. He and his wife Jenny, live on a cattle ranch in Central Texas and prefer to commute daily to work as, after living rurally in the African bush for so many years, city life just didn't cut it. His wife, Jenny, was born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) to Scottish Presbyterian missionary parents and as a registered nurse, her training is highly valued on the mission field, particularly in the area of obstetrics and midwifery. She also earned a degree in paralegal studies. They continue to travel together frequently to foreign countries to work as short-term medical missionaries, most often in Southern Africa, where they are most familiar with the customs and language. Jonathan spent his early years in suburban Philadelphia, but as a boy of ten, he moved with his family to rural South Carolina to run the family cattle ranch. Most of his post-high school education was at Ivy League colleges and he obtained his Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania. As a urologic and surgical resident, he began to yearn to travel abroad in order to share his knowledge and expertise and became convinced of his higher calling as a medical missionary while on a tour to a Southern Baptist mission hospital deep in the heart of southern Africa in 1970. This also compelled him to pursue a doctorate degree in Divinity in 1980 and later he earned a Ph.D. in Theology from Trinity Seminary. The books in the Lucas and Angela Stuart series are based on the couple's experiences on the foreign mission field, as well as those of their missionary friends and colleagues over the years. The events are condensed and summarized, but are basically true to life - just dramatized to some degree. The purpose of the Do Unto Others books is primarily to entertain the reader, but Jonathan hopes that any reader contemplating contributing in any way to the mission field might gain some insight into the tremendous experiences that await them- including the enormous frustrations and heart-warming achievements to be found in foreign mission work.

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