By Alfred W. McCoy
The 1st publication to turn out CIA and U.S. executive complicity in worldwide drug trafficking, "The Politics of Heroin" contains meticulous documentation of dishonesty and soiled dealings on the maximum degrees from the chilly warfare till this present day. holding a world viewpoint, this groundbreaking examine info the mechanics of drug trafficking in Asia, Europe, the center East, and South and important the United States. New chapters element U.S. involvement within the narcotics alternate in Afghanistan and Pakistan sooner than and after the autumn of the Taliban, and the way U.S. drug coverage in vital the United States and Colombia has elevated the worldwide provide of illicit medicinal drugs.
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17) But with their law of silence and their experience in secret criminal operations, the Corsicans easily adapted to the world of espionage and urban guerrilla warfare. The most famous of these gangster Resistance heroes were the Guerini brothers. Antoine Guerini, a former triggerman for Carbone and Spirito, worked as an agent for Anglo-American intelligence. When English intelligence officers were parachuted into the Marseille area to make contact with MUR, they were hidden in the cellars of nightclubs belonging to Antoine.
59) Although sporadic boycotts continued until mid April, Marseille was now subdued and the strike was essentially over. " In supplying the Corsican syndicates with money and support, the CIA broke the last barrier to unrestricted Corsican smuggling operations in Marseille. When control over the docks was compounded with the political influence the milieu gained with CIA assistance in 1947, conditions were ideal for Marseille's growth as America's heroin laboratory. The French police later reported that Marseille's first heroin laboratories were opened in 1951, only months after the milieu took over the waterfront.
Corsica will never accept being handed over to Italy. Since 1789, she has embraced France. She has given France Napoleon. In the course of the Great War, 40,000 Corsicans died on the field of battle in north eastern France .... An Italian Corsica? What a monstrosity! If this crime were ever committed, history would have to reserve some bloody pages for the fight to the death a small people of 300,000 would wage against a powerful nation of 45 million inhabitants. (11) In Corsica itself, this strong anti-Italian chauvinism mobilized the most effective resistance movement in all of France, and the island's mass uprising in 1943 is unparalleled in the annals of the Resistance.