Black People : Afrocolumbians: It's Not About The Drugs-!

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  1. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    For Afro-Colombians, the War Is Not About Drugs

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    NCM Online, Mary Jo McConahay, Posted: Jun 12, 2002

    Something dark and fearsome is happening in Western Colombia,
    ancestral home of millions of black Colombians.

    Massacres and forced displacement are pulling the population out by
    the roots. The Choco province on the Pacific, home to 400,000, is
    hard hit. One of the richest regions in the world in biodiversity --
    "one tree in its deep forest has as many insect species as all of
    France" a native Choco resident once told me proudly -- it is also a
    source for mineral deposits critical to the aerospace and nuclear
    industries, for oil, gold, silver and most of the timber felled in
    Colombia. And it is home to some of the signal killing events of the
    Colombia war.

    On May 2, 117 non-combatant civilians huddling for safety in a church
    were killed as guerrillas and paramilitary forces supported by the
    army fought. Forty-five of the dead were children. It was not the
    first mass killing in Choco. For residents, the war in Colombia is
    not about drugs.

    "This violence is not gratuitous – it is an attempt to grab the
    natural resources that we have protected for generations, in order to
    build mega-projects on our lands," charged Marino Cordoba Berrio,
    president of the Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians, in an
    email. The Choco region has been proposed as the site for a dry
    canal, an oil pipeline, highway construction and a mega-port –
    projects residents say will benefit only the high rollers from the
    capital, who have long treated the area as an internal colony.

    "They are killing us for no reason," said another Choco email
    writer. "They kill us because we don't agree with all the things the
    government, the paramilitaries and the guerrillas are doing." In l998
    Governor Luis Murillo, who is Afro Colombian, declared Choco a
    neutral Territory of Peace, off limits to all armed groups including
    the army; within months courts stripped him of office and he was
    kidnapped and held by a death squad in Bogota, escaping only with
    steely nerve and a bogus check. He lives in exile in Washington, D.C.

    Willie Thompson of Oakland, an instructor in Sociology at San
    Francisco City College for 25 years and "second-generation freeborn"
    African American, has been making it his business to throw light on
    the crisis in Choco. It is Thompson who receives the plaintive,
    angry, sometimes desperate emails from Afro Colombians, and attempts
    to redistribute them through his own network. He is organizing
    protest. It is not right, Thompson says, that Washington should be
    bankrolling Colombia – it receives more U.S. aid than any country in
    the world besides Israel and Egypt. The Bush administration no longer
    says it only wants to fight drugs, but now wants Congress openly to
    approve money for the counterinsurgency too. Significantly, the
    administration also wants $98 million to protect an oil export
    pipeline operated by Occidental of Los Angeles, raising the specter
    of U.S. dollars paying to protect pipelines while civilians remain
    unprotected.

    "I think much of the African American community especially is not
    aware that money it pays in taxes and many leaders in Congress are
    politically supporting a U.S. policy detrimental to Afro-Colombians,"
    said Thompson. "Detrimental meaning not economic, but physical
    elimination."

    In weeks the newly-elected Colombian president, the hard line, pro-
    paramilitary Alvaro Uribe Velez, will take office. When Uribe was
    governor of next door Antioquia, bidding was announced on the inter-
    oceanic canal, and the door opened to paramilitaries, who began to
    wreak havoc in Choco. For some, the paramilitaries are the right arm
    of the politicians and entrepreneurs with the big economic ideas for
    the region. Thompson is hearing from his Choco correspondents about
    the results of the national election: "They say it's the worst thing
    that could have happened to them."

    Copyright © Pacific News Service
     
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    This not getting into the news is part of the U.S. way to kill people for oil and other resources. It's been going on for two hundred years. But we don't talk about it this way. Now it
    s these African-Bolivians. Some the oil company behind this belongs to Al gore.



    AXE!
     
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    AND THEY ARE GOING TO PUT A MILITARY BASE THERE TO CONTINUE THIS?

    NO WONDER A BLACK MAN NAMED CHAVEZ IS ON FIRE, BUT THE QUESTION REMAINS WHY ANOTHER BLACK MAN WITH MORE WORLD SUPPORT,
    HAS NOT SPOKEN OUT ABOUT THIS HORROR??
     
  4. chuck

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    Chuck:

    Another word or two of advice?

    Yes...

    As long as you write and speak, as in terms of the facts that were and are being reposted, fine...

    But...

    Also you indulging in further speculation, though you not backing it up, i. e., by you presenting verifiable facts, isn't!

    FYI...
     
  5. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Good question!

    Better if sombody who've read our comments can and will answer it for us!!

    FYI...
     
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    Chuck are you talking to me?

    You seem to be misunderstanding what I say.
     
  7. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    It was a general question
    posed to the general community reading this post
     
  8. chuck

    chuck Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Chuck:

    I can't answer if I don't know what the question is!

    Please do elaborate further about this...

    Thanks!

    FYI...
     
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