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    Mr Bula

    In Colombia the coca leaf is a veritable symbol of popular resistance, or so I have read in the not-too-distant past.

    The coca leaf in it's raw form is super-useful and essentially an inseperable part of the local culture. Cocaine prohibition and it's highly militarized "enforcement" has made the problem explode, not diminish.

    In america the pot leaf is, without a doubt, a symbol of resistance as well as of counterculture values as well. Again, enforcement merely exacerbates, it doesn't come close to "curing" or solving the problems of "drugs". (But it sure works wonders on police and government budgets!)

    My sig sometime ago at another site was

    Peace Sign, Pot Leaf, Darwin Fish, Upside Down Flag.

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    by xxdr zombiexx on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 03:04:39 PM PST

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      Colombia is the least "indian" of te andean countries. Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have a much larger, influential and un-westernized indian population.

      Only in very few places, and for very few people, is it traditional in Colombia to grow the Coca-leaf and use it in forms other than cocaine. What you are saying applies much more to the countries cited above, especially Bolivia- Evo Morales was a proud coca grower before he was president. In Bolivia, Coca is included in products like toothpasete.

      As I see it, in Colombia the coca leaf is only a symbol of exploitation: "raspachines", coca growers earn a rather meager living from coca, while those who buy the coke from them get rich. In fact, cocaine is more and more profitable as it goes up the chain of intermediaries into Europe and the US. The people who profit most from cocaine are actually gringos (and the Rothschilds, if you believe Lyndon Larouche, which I'm not entirely disinclined to do).

      All that pretend to fight for Christ are decieved, for his kingdom is not of this world. George Fox

      by Mr Bula on Sun Dec 03, 2006 at 06:40:34 PM PST

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