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Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine by Gary Webb, Maxine Waters

By Gary Webb, Maxine Waters

Author note: Maxine Waters (Foreword)
Publish 12 months note: First released in 1998
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Major movie in line with darkish Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be published in Fall 2014

Dark Alliance is a e-book that are meant to be fiction, whose characters appear to come instantly out of valuable casting: the foreign drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine dealer with an MBA in advertising and marketing, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate youngster from the internal urban who rises to turn into the king of crack, "Freeway" Ricky Ross. yet regrettably, those characters are genuine and their tales are true.

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb surprised the realm with a chain of articles within the San Jose Mercury News reporting the result of his year-long research into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in the USA, in particular in l. a.. The sequence, titled "Dark Alliance," published that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay quarter drug ring offered hundreds cocaine to l. a. highway gangs and funneled thousands in drug gains to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb driven his research even additional in his publication, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified records, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had by no means been publicly published, federal courtroom testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our govt knowingly allowed substantial quantities of gear and funds to alter arms on the fee of our groups.

Webb's unique article spurred an instantaneous outcry. inside days of e-book, either one of California's senators made formal requests for investigations of the U.S. government's dating with the cocaine ring. therefore, public demonstrations erupted in L.A., Washington D.C., and ny. Then-chief of the CIA, John Deutsch, made an unparalleled try at difficulty keep an eye on by way of going to South important L.A. to carry a public discussion board. consultant Maxine Waters later acknowledged in George journal, "I was once surprised via the extent of corruption and deceit and how the intelligence companies have wisdom of big-time drug dealing."

The allegations in Webb's tale blazed over the net and the Mercury News' web site at the sequence was once deluged with hits--over 1000000 in a single day. A Columbia Journalism Review disguise tale referred to as it "the so much talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the main famous--some could say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

Webb's personal stranger-than-fiction adventure is additionally woven into the ebook. His excoriation through the media--not due to any wrongdoing on his half, yet by way of an insidious means of innuendo and advice that during influence blamed Webb for the consequences of the story--had been all yet expected. Webb used to be warned off doing a CIA disclose through a former Associated Press journalist who misplaced his task whilst, years ahead of, he had stumbled onto the germ of the "Dark Alliance" tale. And although inner investigations via either the CIA and the Justice division ultimately vindicated Webb, he had by way of then been driven out of the Mercury News and long gone to paintings for the California nation Legislature activity strength on executive Oversight. He died in 2004.

The up-to-date paperback variation of Dark Alliance beneficial properties revelations in just-released experiences from the dept of Justice, inner CIA investigations, and a brand new cache of lately declassified mystery FBI, DEA, and INS...

Awards
Winner of the 1999 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award
Winner of the 1999 Firecracker replacement Bookseller (FAB) Award, Politics category
Finalist for the 1999 Bay zone ebook Reviewers Awards

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Invoking revolutionary ideals they were flouting daily on their estates, they marginalized French envoys, created their own assembly, and petitioned Paris for a regime of colonial self-rule. The white population of Saint-Domingue was minuscule, but by 1790 it was split into a myriad of political factions divided by wealth (urban poor vs. the rich planters), politics (revolutionaries vs. monarchists), nationalism (proponents of immediate independence vs. French loyalists), and birth (Creole vs. French-born colonists).

Extirpating maroon communities from these hills could take years, and even such efforts were not always successful. In 1702, the French sent a first expedition to the Bahoruco region to dislodge a maroon community that had settled near the Haitian–Dominican border. The expedition failed. For decades thereafter, Bahoruco bandits continued to pillage neighboring plantations, and French columns kept on hiking to the Bahoruco region. Eighty-three years later, in 1785, the French and their Spanish neighbors finally gave up: they signed a treaty granting the maroons independence in exchange for an end to the raids on plantations.

Because of the island’s weather, Saint-Domingue’s largest plantations specialized in sugarcane, not the tobacco and wheat predominant in the mid-Atlantic region; sugarcane cultivation was infamous for fostering bad working conditions regardless of the planter’s nationality. Sugar was a crop that required such extensive acreage, technological expertise, manpower, and machinery that it flourished best in large plantations employing Haiti in Colonial Times (1492–1791) ● 23 up to three hundred slaves.

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