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Pure, Natural Coca Leaf – A Healing Gift Of The Divine Plant

Why Bolivia & Peru Should Sue Merck & Coca Cola

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Pizarro Kneels Before Mama Coca Just Before The Slaughter Of The Incas Begins

People of conscience rightfully condemn the Nazi looting of art and cultural artifacts from Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and from homes and museums around Europe. People also rightfully condemn the berserk destruction of cultural and historical treasures in Iraq and Afghanistan by ISIS and the Taliban.

There is a growing body of international law that condemns and demands reparations on the part of former colonial powers like Britain, France, Belgium and The Netherlands whose military and “explorers” looted cultural and historical treasures of Greece, Egypt, Iraq, India, Indonesia, Africa and elsewhere in their Empires. The Spanish are certainly near the top of any list of looters of cultural and historical artifacts with their centuries-long conquest and domination of the Indian civilizations of Latin America.

And of course it can hardly be disputed that the Americans top the list of looters with their genocide against Native Americans and blatant theft of their ancient homelands, along with widespread looting of their cultural and historical artifacts, desecration of their graves, and theft of their cultural heritage. When this history is combined with the destruction and enslavement of entire African civilizations, and the forced obliteration of not only whole families and tribes but whole histories, Americans are definitely at the top of any list of historical and cultural criminals.

All of the victims of these various exercises of colonial avarice, hatred and slaughter are at some stage in seeking reparations. The Greeks want their temples back from the British. The Egyptians want the bones and treasures of their ancient Kings returned. Native Americans are demanding the return of their sacred objects and the bones of their ancestors from the Smithsonian. The Iraqis who have seen their Mesopotamian heritage scattered to the winds for centuries are currently being victimized by a blow-dried reincarnation of Jim & Tammy Faye in the person of the “Christian” owners of the tacky little “Hobby Lobby” chain in the US that is charged with large-scale looting on ancient artifacts in the Middle East. These elaborately coiffed smiley-face Oklahomans of course deny everything, pleading that they had no idea that these little ole’ tiles were invaluable cultural artifacts.

Cultures worldwide are demanding the same of museums in France, Belgium and The Netherlands. The Chinese are demanding the return of cultural and historical treasures looted by the American-backed Chiang Kai Shek. American Black people are demanding reparations for the theft and brutalization of their families, cultures and history. Latin American cultures are demanding that Spain , Portugal and the Catholic Church return the wealth in gold, silver, culture and history stolen from them over the centuries of Colonial domination.

However, in the midst of all this worldwide outcry against theft of cultural and historical heritage by force and stealth, at least one enormous crime against Native People has been completely overlooked, and I am proposing that the people of Bolivia and Peru, who are the victims of this particular crime, organize and pursue legal remedy under the same body of international law that has begun to recognize the rights of other Native People worldwide.

The crime I am referring to is the theft of the Coca Plant by the European pharmaceutical industry that, since the 1840’s, has made hundreds of billions of dollars from the theft of this Sacred Plant of the Incas and has not paid one penny in reparation or shared any of the huge profits that this industry has enjoyed for over 150 years. Specifically, I am suggesting that Bolivia and Peru jointly sue the German Pharmaceutical company Merck, which was responsible for first looting Coca Plants from Bolivia and Peru and then extracting the alkaloid Cocaine from those plants, and then making Cocaine the core of the company’s fortunes as it grew into the globally dominant pharmaceutical giant of today.

The Coca Plant is indigenous to only one place in the world – the southern Andes – so Merck cannot claim that they took a plant that was readily available worldwide and simply exercised their scientific genius in producing Cocaine. The plants that Merck used to create mountains of gold from a few green leaves came from only one place, and were the cultural and historical heritage of only one People – the Native peoples who today live in poverty in Andes, remote from even a handful of the wealth so jealously guarded by the German pharmaceutical industry and others worldwide who profit from the cultural heritage of the Incas – companies like Coca Cola, who should also be named in any lawsuit for reparations brought by representatives of the Native People of Bolivia and Peru.

The art looted by the Nazis is being returned to the rightful owners under the law, and the families and descendants of those owners are rightfully being compensated. The stolen art, artifacts and bones of ancient civilizations in Greece, Egypt and elsewhere are gradually being pried loose from the talons of the museums erected by Colonial powers to display their loot. Even the American Smithsonian is finally, reluctantly recognizing that it has no right to make the corpses of Native Americans part of their “display”, and are, while doing a lot of foot-dragging, gradually returning the bones and cultural and historical loot stolen from the Native American people. And although there is enormous opposition among the elite and their toadies toward paying reparations to American Black people, at least there is some movement among American Black people themselves to reclaim parts of their stolen cultural and historical heritage.

So why shouldn’t Merck, Coca Cola and others that have profited from the theft of the heritage of the Incas be taken before the bar of international justice and stripped of at least a major portion of the profits that they have made from the theft of the cultural/historical heritage of the descendants of the Incas? The court of jurisdiction would also be responsible for assuring that the money recovered in the name of the descendants of the Incas was not re-looted by politicians in those countries, and instead went into a closely supervised non-profit international organization that was severely limited in the salaries it could pay and the administrative overhead it could charge.

I think that this is the right thing to do, and I think it should be done beginning now. Are you listening, President Morales? You have an historic opportunity to force the greedy capitalists of Merck, Coca Cola and other evil corporations to crawl on their knees dragging wagonloads of stolen wealth back to the people who are its rightful owners.

Just do it. Por favor.

 

Author: panaceachronicles

I will be moving to Portland, Oregon in the Fall of 2017 & am looking for an opportunity to contribute to the success of the Cannabis revolution that I helped to start with my 1969 "Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana". "Cultivators" was the first book-length US guide to growing Cannabis, and was a call for individuals to take ownership of this sacred plant before the government and criminal syndicates stole it from the People. Well, it only took 50 years or so, but it looks like the revolution is almost complete, although the struggle isn't quite over yet. Still, I intend to continue to be part of this movement, and am looking for the right opportunity in Oregon to help make the Cannabis revolution unstoppable. Here are some of the skills that I can contribute: Teamwork: I work hard to create win-win dynamics Management: I know how to motivate and lead successful teams Media savvy: I know what editors and readers want and how to give it to them Problem solving: I enjoy helping to find workable solutions to difficult problems Product naming: I create great product and brand names Compelling writer: I craft effective stories and advocacy arguments Strong researcher: I love discovering & validating new, workable concepts Loopholes & Angles: I can find ways to accomplish almost any objective Cultural Awareness: I look far beyond US Anglo culture for inspiration Conservative: I can always do more with less Compliance: I love finding legitimate, innovative pathways through legal issues Milestone Achievements The Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana, Agrarian Reform Press, Eugene, Oregon, 1969. The first US grower’s guide Self-published in the face of active FBI interference. Managed initial West Coast distribution. Published worldwide in six languages. 3+ million copies sold. Still in print in 2017. No longer the best – but still the first in its genre. Marijuana Foods, Simon & Schuster, 1981. The first full-length medicinal Cannabis extract cookbook in the US, offering unique extraction options and techniques for creating edible Cannabis for medical and recreational purposes. The first Medical Cannabis book to focus specifically on the needs of Seniors. Still in print in 2017. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company. 1980-82. Conceived, founded & developed the company & its flagship brand “American Spirit™”. Worked with Native American groups to develop a market for native, natural tobacco produced by Native Americans on tribal lands. Initiated organic growers program. Lost company through bad choice of outside investors – lesson learned. Writer/Producer of “International Straight Talk” video/CBT series. 1995-97. Sponsored by US/SBA, Texas Instruments, Texas Utilities and GTE. Ten full-length country-specific videos with accompanying Computer-based interactive training app. Focus on practical cross-cultural skills for Americans doing business with, or operating on teams with people from other countries. National & international distribution 100,000+ copies. Still used in Graduate Schools of Business & International Management. Countries in series: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Republic of Korea, People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, India, South Africa, Turkey, and Poland. Available on YouTube. Blogger & Social Media Fanatic: 2012 – Present. 150+ full-length posts on the historical and contemporary medical and spiritual uses of Cannabis, Coca and Opium, advocating for the full legalization of Coca Leaf as a natural medicinal plant to complement the emerging range of medical applications of Cannabis and the historically validated importance of Opium as a natural medicine. Plus, occasional political ranting and utopian dreaming. https://panaceachronicles.com My Current Passions 2011 – Present: I enjoy being part of a Husband/Wife team responsible for producing web and print advertising graphics & copy, targeted press releases, videos, logos, branding concepts, marketing copy, brochures, special events promotional materials, and blogs for major arts organizations. http://www.kacckerrville.com 2014 – Present: Online Business & Professional English teaching through SuperProf, located in Paris, France. Interact by webcam and messaging with professional, adult students in a range of countries including Brazil, China, Korea, Spain, France, India and Russia https://internationalstraighttalk.wordpress.com/business-professional-english-lessons/ 2016 – Present: Part of a Husband/Wife team functioning as Arts Editor and Photojournalists for “Hill Country Culture”, a monthly premium magazine with state-wide circulation published by the Kerrville Daily Times. https://issuu.com/hillcountryculture Other Relevant Publications The Connoisseur’s Handbook of Marijuana, Rolling Stone/Straight Arrow Books, San Francisco & NY, 1971. Best-selling history of Cannabis as recreational, inspirational and medical drug. First "coffee-table" book on Cannabis. International Cultivators Handbook of Hashish, Opium and Coca, Wingbow Press, Berkeley, 1975. First US book to link together & document the traditional medicinal and spiritual uses of these three great natural plants. The Cultivators Handbook of Natural Tobacco, Cultural Dimensions Press, 1982- 2010. The first grower’s manual for natural tobacco as grown by Native Americans for thousands of years before this powerful spiritual herb become corrupted by the modern cigarette industry. The Coca Leaf Papers, 2012. Medical and scientific research from 1750-1900 on the therapeutic uses of Coca Leaf in the form of extracts and tonics. Extensive bibliography hyperlinked to original historical resources. Advocates for acceptance of Coca Leaf alongside medical Cannabis as a powerful, natural medicine that cannot be co-opted by the Pharmaceutical industry. Cultural Dimensions Of Expatriate Life, 1999-2017. Series of full-length ebooks that currently includes: Australia, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Portugal, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, the US, and the U.K. Published for Kindle on all laptop & desktop computer platforms and available with Kindle App for iPad, iPhone & Android platforms. Academic History B.S. Sociology/Anthropology, Dickinson College, 1965 Graduate School, Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, 1968-69 Languages: English (native), French (20% current fluency), Spanish (20% current fluency). Other Professional & Creative History 1965-67 Peace Corps Volunteer, RCD/TEFL, Chad, West Africa 1967-68 Teacher – Head Start program, Caribbean and U.S. 1986-1990 Partner in Lisle Yarns, a high-fashion hand-dyed knitting & weaving yarn manufacturer located in Austin, Texas. Responsible for national sales & marketing, production of publicity, advertising and promotional materials. Traveled to industry shows and presented Lisle Yarns products to fiber arts retailers; interacted with yarn industry media and buyers. Company sold to employees in 1990. 1990-1999 Founder of CultureBanc.com, an online and on-site cross-cultural training company. Designed and delivered original cultural training courses for corporate clients including AT&T, Shell Group, American Airlines, Texas Instruments, GTE, Texas Utilities, Total and British Airways. Company sold to employees in 1999. 1995-97 Computer-based training developer and international management consultant to the non-profit Centre for International Business Studies, Amstelveen, The Netherlands. Part of a multi-cultural team developing proprietary cultural gaming/learning systems. 1997-1999 Adjunct Professor of International Management, University of Texas at Dallas, Graduate School of Management. Developed and implemented the original distance learning curriculum for the Executive MBA program. Taught three courses per semester: cross-cultural research; international business communications; multi-cultural team management.

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