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Plan Columbia Sreening - Apr. 27 in Berkeley
Date Tuesday April 27
Time 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location Details
714C University Hall, Corner of University and Oxford in Berkeley
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorJustice through Public Health
Please join Justice through Public Health for a screening of:
Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the Drug War Failure

Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the film go to:

Brief Synopsis:
February 2002. With most of the US military aid under the so-called "Plan Colombia" anti-drug
package delivered, Colombian President Andres Pastrana unilaterally withdraws from the peace
process with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and steps up violence in this
50-year quasi-civil war.

In the post 9-11 context and with the US State Department now branding the leftist FARC a
"terrorist organization" and openly targeting it, what is left of the initial anti-narcotics purpose of the US "Plan Colombia?"

Is the US Government still concerned with fighting drugs? Twenty years of drug wars in the Andes
have resulted in a two-fold INCREASE in cocaine imported into the US in the last ten years alone.
Could there be alternate purposes to a plan focused on beefing up the Colombian military and
spraying coca fields in rebel-held parts of the country when coca is grown in many parts of
Colombia that are not being sprayed?

This film sheds light on the complex issues of drug-trafficking and civil struggle in Colombia and
the impact of both the current chemical-spray program carried out by the US Defense-contractor
Dyncorps and the multi-billion-dollar aid package delivered to the brutal Colombian military.
Additional insights are provided on the significant factor oil has become in the Colombian
equation, a country with the same oil potential as Venezuela, today the second largest oil
supplier to the US.

Produced and directed by Gerard Ungerman & Audrey Brohy, the makers of Hidden Wars Of Desert Storm. (VHS, 58 minutes, 2003)
Added to the calendar on Friday Apr 23rd, 2004 5:38 PM
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