America-s War on Drugs, Human Rights in Colombia

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About 90% of the cocaine that arrives in the US comes from Colombia, where a 40 year-long civil war continued today with rebel forces killing six police officers. Four years ago, Colombian pilots bombed the village of Santo Domingo, killing 18 civilians, including seven children. Los Angeles-based Occidental Oil Company was involved in the action. Now, the State Department has suspended all aid to Colombia-s premier air force unit, claiming there-s been no -credible investigation- of how the incident happened. We discuss the symbolism and substance of making US drug war aid contingent on human rights reform in Colombia with a professor at the US Army War College and an advocate for social justice in Latin America.
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State Department-s Support Plan for Colombia


FARC (in Spanish)

Government of Colombia (in Spanish)

Occidental Petroleum Company

Little Rock Nine Foundation



Warren Olney


Frances Anderton