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ROUGH ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Peru was under siege in 1995. The War of Drugs had replaced the War against the Shining Path. The capitol city Lima was cool, but I had unsuccessfully spent the better part of two days trying to score a bag of cocaine. The airport police fingered me as a user and an undercover squad tailed […]

VICTORY AT ALL COSTS by Peter Nolan Smith

In November of 2010 the GOP and its Tea Party constituents swept the Democrats from the House of Representatives in the biggest shift of power of the 21st Century and this morning I was greeted at work by the security guard, Andy, who boasted, “We had a revolution last night.” “At least it was non-violent,” […]

ROUGH ROAD by Peter Nolan Smith

Peru sucked in 1995. The capitol city Lima sucked even more. I had spent the better part of two days trying to score a bag of cocaine. The airport police had fingered me as a user. They weren’t wrong. An undercover squad had tailed my ventures into the slums. Their obvious presence had scared off […]

The Renewal of the New World

The other night I sat through a speech of Evo Morales, the Bolivian president. He spoke in Spanish. His native language is that of the indigenous people of his landlocked nation. Quechua or Aymara. As a child Evo worked communal field where property belong to the village. He supports Socialism as the only social system […]

Bolivia Claims Coca-Coke Logo

The BBC reported that indigenous Bolivian coca planters have started a legal process to prevent Coca-Cola from using ‘Coca’ as a logo name, citing coca is as native to the Andean nation as hot dogs are to the USA. The multinational company has retorted that their logo is protected by Bolivian law, however the Coca Committee of […]