Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad 2 days ago   11:00

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Colombia is the world’s largest producer of cocaine and the US is the largest consumer of the drug. Cocaine comes from the leaf of the coca plant which is harvested and processed in Colombia. Despite the Colombian government’s effort to eradicate the plant, coca cultivation is at an all time high. In this episode we go deep into the cocaine economy and discover why this problem is so hard to solve.

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Ok look, the best way to put out the drug economy is by legalizing drugs. Legalizing drugs will immensely drop their value which is held up by illegality. Also the rate of deaths by drug addiction will fall. Now your government regulated neighborhood farmer could supply you with safe drugs, not a crazy cartel. Also making drugs illicit won’t stop addicts from buying them. This will just cheapen drugs, making them have a lesser economic impact on an addict’s budget, and make drugs safer, by instituting new economic incentives.
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Well why would a corrupt government want to get rid of their number one export?
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Shi Yuan Jiang
I'm curious. Why doesn't the two governments just buy the coca from the farmer at market or slightly below market price. It will be a band aid solution to reduce ingredient input until they can develop the economic fix while not constantly wrecking livelihoods.
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The new government, with President Uribe (Duque is not really the president, we all know that), is bent on using glyphosate again. As the video points out, Colombia is one of the countries with the most biodiversity in the world and a very fertile land. There are no seasons, almost anything you sow grows, even if you bring it from somewhere else, like coca. The coca plant is not originally from Colombia, but Pablo Escobar brought it in to have his own crops, and it adapted very well.

Apart from the still present legacy of Pablo Escobar in Colombia and the world, we have corrupt politicians connected to drug trafficking, that is another reason why the fight against drugs is useless, but leaves honest people in misery, not only in the jungle, but the rest of the country.
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But isn’t coca also used for coca cola?
I mean its in its name right?
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Why can't the US start a dedicated program to improve the lives of the Colombians by building infrastructure and education? It's probably much cheaper than all the money they spend combating drug problems either directly or indirectly ( think of how much of problem drug addicts causing to US economy). On the plus side, USA earned a friend and all the other countries will slowly began to trust US just like how a stray kitten come out of hiding with their tail up when you gave it some food.
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How do you exterminate a plant? How do you ensure its entire existent species and genome is wiped out? Answer this, and you would have the answer so many seek. But frankly seeing how we had have thought extincted species bounce back like it was nothing Almost as strong as kaiju. I am not seeing it likely there will be anyway to exterminate cocaine. Like they could not poppies. Or Cannabis. Hell even if they purposefully BURNED DOWN THE ENTIRE FOREST. I bet some smart bastards would have some seeds saved for such a thing.
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How can anyone think that the war on drugs is helping after seeing this?
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As is often the case, the answer is simply strong, reliable infrastructure.
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Corruption, Cocaine and Murder in Trinidad Why Colombia is losing the cocaine war 2 days ago   23:21

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Around midnight on May 3, Dana Seetahal, a prominent attorney and former senator in Trinidad and Tobago, had just left a casino in the capital of Port of Spain when her vehicle was stopped by another car blocking the road. A van pulled up alongside and let loose a burst of gunfire, killing her in a well orchestrated hit.

Her murder was one of approximately 170 that have occurred in the Caribbean nation so far this year, putting it on course for one of the highest murder rates in the world. The country saw only 93 murders in 1999. Last year, there were 407.

VICE News visited the slums of Port of Spain and spoke with police, activists, community leaders, and gangsters to understand the country's decade-plus spike in killings. Many of the murders are attributed to ruthless and politically connected street gangs who control territories that are sometimes no larger than a city block. The gangs fight over lucrative government contracts meant to provide social services and combat unemployment.

But gang violence is merely a symptom of a bigger problem. Trinidad has become an important stop for drugs headed to West Africa and the United States. Many observers point to "the big fish" — the nameless political and business elites who are behind drug trafficking and the culture of endemic corruption and murder that come with it. They are accused of turning a country rich in oil and gas deposits into their own personal narco-state, fostering impunity through a web of bribes and murders. Unlike the profits from the energy industry, however, this phenomenon trickles all the way down to the street level.

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