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The Effects of the Latin American Economy on Drug Wars. Paul Mascali. Thesis Question. How has the economy in Latin America affected the drug wars and the smuggling of illegal substances?. Latin American History. 1820 nearly all of Latin American won its freedom from Spain

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The effects of the latin american economy on drug wars

The Effects of the Latin American Economy on Drug Wars

Paul Mascali


Thesis question

Thesis Question

How has the economy in Latin America affected the drug wars and the smuggling of illegal substances?


Latin american history

Latin American History

  • 1820 nearly all of Latin American won its freedom from Spain

  • it was divided into more than 20 weaker countries by race, wealth, and geography

http://www.visitlatinamerica.com/images/latin-america-map.jpg


Latin american income

Brazil 2002

Population-174 million

Unemployment-7.5%

Labor force-161 million

Trade partners

U.S., Argentina, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, Italy

Latin American Income

Brazil 2008

Population- 191 million

Unemployment-8.7%

Labor force-175 million

Trade Partners

U.S., China, Argentina, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Netherlands

Mexico 2009

Population -109 million

Unemployment- 3.7%

Labor force- 105 million

Trade Partners

US, China, South Korea, Japan

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Predicted economic changes

Predicted Economic Changes

  • economic boom has taken place because of cash crops

  • Europe and America do not buy outside products such as the ones from Latin America


Corruption in latin america

Corruption in Latin America

  • President Alberto K. Fujimori was sentenced to 25 years in prison

  • Jorge Garcia-“Injustice has been committed…now we must take to the streets to make ourselves heard”


Drug war in mexico

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Drug War in Mexico

  • Number of gangland killings have reached 5,376

  • A 117 percent increase of deaths have occurred in the year

  • Profits of the illegal drug trade has strengthened the ranks of the drug lords in Mexico

  • excess profits the drug lords have hired politicians, judges, prison guards, and police officers

http://media.photobucket.com/image/mexican%20drug%20war/pushpinderbagga/march/mexicandrugmafia/mexican-drug-war-boston-pictures-10.jpg


Colombian drug trade

Colombian Drug Trade

Marijuana

Cocaine

  • Colombia didn’t start supplying marijuana to excess until the late 1960’s

  • The origin of the marijuana boom can be traced to a search by US consumers for a new supply source of marijuana.

  • The new Colombian drug lords soon took over the producing and distributing of the marijuana that was produced in Colombia.

  • During the 1970's the Colombian Drug Lords began focusing their attention on supplying a vast amount of cocaine

  • In the late 1980's when law enforcement began to really crack down on the transporting of coca base to Colombia, the Colombians began planting and growing there own coca plants

  • cocaine can be transported much more easily and has a much higher profit than does marijuana.

http://www.healthjockey.com/images/marijuana-herb.jpg

http://www.typicallyspanish.com/spain/uploads/2/cocaine_lines_on_a_mirror_1__1_.jpg


Colombian smuggling

Colombian Smuggling

  • Daniel Rendon Herrera was a Columbian drug cartel

  • captured on April 16, 2009

  • Rendon had a $2-million bounty on his head in Colombia and has been indicted in U.S. federal court on charges of smuggling 100 tons of cocaine

  • In a raid in August on a Rendon arsenal, authorities seized 140,000 rounds of ammunition, among the largest illegal munitions caches ever found in Colombia.

  • Rendon's henchmen were responsible for more than 3,000 killings in recent years.

http://images.tvnz.co.nz/tvnz_images/news2009/south-america/Daniel_Rendon_Herrera_2.jpg

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-colombia-drugbust16-2009apr16,0,2299612.story


The effects of the latin american economy on drug wars

  • Thoumi, Francisco E. (1995).  Political Econonmy & Illegal Drugs in Colombia.  Colorado: Lynne Rienner

  • George, Susan (1992).  The Debt Boomerang.  San Francisco: Westview Press

  • Scott, Peter D. & Marshall, Johnathan  (1991).  Cocaine Politics.  Los Angeles: University of California Press

  • Gootenberg, Paul  (1999).  Cocaine; Global Histories.  New York: Routledge


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