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42,542. Since 1980 eight Coca-Cola union factory workers have been murdered by paramilitaries in Colombia. Surviving members of the union SINALTRAINAL claim that Coca-Cola bottlers collaborated with the paramilitaries. Since the murders colleges and other schools around the world have kicked Coca-Cola off their campuses. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) The Cost of a Coke Revisited
42,543. Former union leaders now live in hiding. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,544. The same night the union office was set on fire, and its leadership ordered to meet a paramilitary commander. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,545. Killer Cola. The Drink That Represses. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,546. Coca-Cola hired, contracted with or otherwise directed paramilitary forces to murder, torture, illegally detain or otherwise silence trade union leaders. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,547. Coca-Cola has come under intense scrutiny in India too. They were forced to shut down a plant in India after they had been found guilty of depleting and contaminating the water supply. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,548. Even in Turkey they have denied workers their rights to unionise. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,549. The cost of human life has now been calculated into the profits of the Coca-Cola company. (Company & Corporation & Trade Union & Colombia) ibid.
42,550. Coke Further Undermines Colombian Investigation: Employers led by a Coca-Cola executive [Ed Potter] stopped the International Labour Organisation examining violations of workplace rights in Colombia. (Companies & Corporations & Trade Unions & Colombia Employer) The Sydney Morning Herald 6th June 2007 online report, post 14th June 2007
5,491. On 13 January, George W Bush presented ‘presidential freedom medals’, said to be America’s highest recognition of devotion to freedom and peace. Among the recipients were Tony Blair, the epic liar who, with Bush, bears responsibility for the physical, social and cultural destruction of an entire nation; John Howard, the former prime minister of Australia and minor American vassal who led the most openly racist government in his country’s modern era; and Alvaro Uribe, the president of Colombia, whose government, according the latest study of that murderous state, is ‘responsible for than 90% of all cases of torture’.
As satire was made redundant when Henry Kissinger and Rupert Murdoch were honoured for their contributions to the betterment of humanity, Bush’s ceremony was, at least, telling of a system of which he and his freshly-minted successor are products. Although more spectacular in its choreographed histrionics, Barack Obama’s inauguration carried the same Orwellian message of inverted truth: of ruthlessness of criminal power, if not unending war. (Freedom & Bush & Henry Kissinger & Colombia & New World Order & War & Obama & Blair) John Pilger, Come on Down for Your Freedom Medals, article New Statesman, viz also website
8,606. Lake Guatavita in Colombia said to be the site of an ancient meteor crater … the search for El Dorado. (Alien & Ancient Astronaut Theory & Colombia & Meteor & El Dorado) Ancient Aliens: Aliens and Temples of Gold s3e4
17,748. The war has claimed over 100,000 victims. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) Ross Kemp on Gangs: Bogota, Colombia
17,749. The Sicario Assassin – these men are trained to kill without mercy. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
17,750. Madellin – a city made infamous by Pablo Escobar’s drug cartel in the 1980s. Using fear, intimidation and murder he controlled this town. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
17,751. 30,000 people have been kidnapped in Colombia over the past two years. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia & Kidnap) ibid.
17,752. To do the decent thing here you run the chance of being killed. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
17,753. Cartagena ... there’s eighty street gangs in those barrios. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
17,754. The boys tell me that the reason the paramilitaries are in the barrios is to carry out social cleansing. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
17,755. The largest private army in the country – the paramilitaries. (Gangstas: Colombia & Colombia) ibid.
43,756. They may look like soldiers but these are police officers – members of Colombia’s anti-narcotics branch. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) Colombia’s Drug Wars
43,757. Some 90% of all illegal cocaine consumed in the US still comes from or through Colombia. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
43,758. Both sides also fund their cause by producing drugs. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
43,759. One man – Pablo Escobar – made this country the biggest cocaine producer in the world. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
43,760. In many towns and villages outlaws have killed or driven out the police. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
43,761. Around the world coffee prices have sunk to historic lows. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
43,762. The coke trade’s foot soldier is the mule. (Drugs & Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) ibid.
44,209. A sleek super-charged speedboat streaks across the Caribbean on a tropical night. A staggering two tons ... of pure Colombian cocaine is crammed in the hull. (Cocaine & Colombia & Gangstas: Colombia & Boat & Caribbean) Inside Cocaine Wars II: Drug Speedboats
44,212. An estimated $67 billion of Colombian cocaine still moves north every year. (Colombia & Cocaine & Gangstas: Colombia) Inside Cocaine Wars IV: Drug Mules
52,074. Colombia: the tremors in the volcano are increasing, and the heat rising from the fires burning in its heart could explode the ice-cap any day now. (Animals & Colombia & Volcano) Life on Fire: Volcano Doctors: Jeremy Irons narrator
52,075. But if the magma is thick and sticky like toffee the gas bubbles can’t escape so the pressure builds up until the magma explodes furiously like a bomb. (Animals & Colombia & Volcano) ibid.
5,139. Seven-thousand miles from Egypt the dense jungles and rugged mountains of Colombia contain a vast number of archaeological sites. (Colombia & Archaeology) Ancient Aliens: The Evidence 2010