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 Dec 27 - Brazilian cities hit by crack epidemic
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SAO PAULO, Brazil — Glassy-eyed, rail-thin and filthy, hundreds of addicts emerged from doorways and alleys as dusk came to the once-grand Luz district in the heart of this city.

After quick transactions with crack dealers, they scrambled for a little privacy to light up their pipes and inhale tiny, highly addictive rocks that go for about $5 each. The image was reminiscent of Washington or New York in the 1980s, when crack cocaine engulfed whole neighborhoods and sparked a dizzying cycle of violence.

But this time, the crack epidemic is happening in Brazil, alarming officials and tarnishing the country’s carefully cultivated image ahead of two major sporting events to be staged here: soccer’s 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

In cities all over Brazil — from this gritty metropolis to the crown jewel of Rio de Janeiro and smaller places in the middle of the Amazonian jungle — nightfall brings out swarms of desperate addicts looking for their next fix in districts known as “cracolandias,” or cracklands.

And like the crack wave that slammed the United States, the result here is the same — lives destroyed, families upended, neighborhoods made uninhabitable.

“Crack is an incurable illness,” said Paulino, 50, a wiry, fast-
talking addict who wouldn’t give his last name as he explained his daily appetite for the drug. “I need crack in my blood. My sickness is like a serpent. What’s the medicine for a serpent?”

With an estimated 1 million cocaine users, Brazil is being whipsawed by a problem that some leaders here once thought of as solely an American one. The trend carries worrisome ramifications for the country, whose population of 200 million includes a booming, new middle class, offering a promising market for traffickers, drug-control experts say.


Brazilian cities hit by crack epidemic - The Washington Post
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It's bloodshed, feel the cracks of my city streets
I'm from the crack of them city streets
Used to sell crack in them city streets
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Matt504 said:
Black GENOCIDE.

it's sad that we watched it here in the 80s and now we're watching the same epidemic tear across another largely Black population.
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Well we all seen this movie, hopefully the Brazilian government handles it better than the U.S; but its funny how some populations of people in almost all countries gets the short end of the stick when it comes to education and opportunities, this is not a coincidence seems like thats the way certain groups at the top want it.
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Alerts said:
Well we all seen this movie, hopefully the Brazilian government handles it better than the U.S; but its funny how some populations of people in almost all countries gets the short end of the stick when it comes to education and opportunities, this is not a coincidence seems like thats the way certain groups at the top want it.
thats how humans are, its always been that way. haves and have-nots, this isnt new
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nightmare said:
thats how humans are, its always been that way. haves and have-nots, this isnt new
Come on! We know all know this, but look at the have-nots
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Matt504 said:
always the darker people with the most genetic potential.
only recently, we'll be back

they are already predicting that Africa finna blow up economically, within the next 40 years


if Whites could spend 1000 years, in filth, ignorance and disease war and then turn around and takeover the world in 300 years, the sky is the limit for anybody
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nightmare said:
only recently, we'll be back

they are already predicting that Africa finna blow up economically, within the next 40 years


if Whites could spend 1000 years, in filth, ignorance and disease war and then turn around and takeover the world in 300 years, the sky is the limit for anybody
Ok, if Africa does become a power, who controls that power? The Chinese government or Western corporations, with American influenced leaders.
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Matt504 said:
always the darker people with the most genetic potential.
Americas (North and South), Asia and we all know about Australia
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Alerts said:
Ok, if Africa does become a power, who controls that power? The Chinese government or Western corporations, with American influenced leaders.
good question, however, if people support more dudes like this:

maybe they can control their own sh*t
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nightmare said:
good question, however, if people support more dudes like this:

maybe they can control their own sh*t
Yea once people realize that Africa is not a country
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Alerts said:
Yea once people realize that Africa is not a country
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looks like i'm hittin up the world cup
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bLoOdSpOrt84 said:
??????

Have you forgotten history? Dont chu know all the Pharaos and Co. who were ruling 1000s of years ago were black? Did they need any type of a.ssistance or influence when they were ruling? No, so stfu!
Read today's paper
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Alerts said:
Yea once people realize that Africa is not a country
Bahhhhhhhhhahahahahahaaaaaa
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Crack is wack
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nightmare said:
only recently, we'll be back

they are already predicting that Africa finna blow up economically, within the next 40 years


if Whites could spend 1000 years, in filth, ignorance and disease war and then turn around and takeover the world in 300 years, the sky is the limit for anybody
Miss me with this Afrocentric bullshieet
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mastakillah21 said:
Miss me with this Afrocentric bullshieet
its not some super afrocentric hype line, its the truth, simplified but the truth nontheless


after the Roman Empire fell in 476, Europe went into a period of turmoil (the Dark Ages) and about a 1000 years later, after the plague, had the Renaissance and from there proceeded to conquer most of the world, is that not true?

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Glassy-eyed, rail-thin and filthy, hundreds of addicts emerged from doorways and alleys as dusk came to the once-grand Luz district in the heart of this city.
sorry, this isn't me being insensitive or hateful but that sh*t reads like the opening to a zombie flick. I got a mental flash of how hundreds of them would look peaking out the door ways as the sun hit's their favela.

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on a more mature note, *cough* ..... sh*t is crazy.
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Matt504 said:
always the darker people with the most genetic potential.


The Human Race as a whole has "genetic potential"

we need to quit with this reverse racist mentality. no 1 race is more special or god-favored than the next, I don't care where you read it at or from, or who tell's you it is. we are all 1 race of species, and to be honest the complexion of the skin probably (I say probably ONLY because I do not have the scientific backing to say it's fact) arose out of the climate and environmental factors at the time Homo Sapiens began to populate the earth and out number Homo Erectis(sp?)
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