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Published: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 12:28:05 -0700

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Bolivia: Bolivia Defends US Drug-Fight Slur

Sun, 15 Sep 2013 07:00:00 GMT

Buenos Aires Herald, 15 Sep 2013 - BOLIVIA DEFENDS US DRUG-FIGHT SLUR LA PAZ - The Bolivian government yesterday rejected a drug report that the White House released, stating that the US government "aims to undermine" the achievements of the country in its fight against narcotics.



Bolivia: Drugs Dispute As The Bolivians Demand Right To Chew

Sun, 13 Jan 2013 08:00:00 GMT

The Observer, 13 Jan 2013 - A major international row with wideranging implications for global drugs policy has erupted over the right of Bolivia's indigenous Indian tribes to chew coca leaves, the principal ingredient in cocaine. On Friday, Bolivia obtained a special exemption from the 1961 single convention on narcotic drugs, the framework that governs international drugs policy, allowing its indigenous people to chew the leaves.



Bolivia: Coca Licensing Is A Weapon In Bolivia's Drug War

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:00:00 GMT

New York Times, 27 Dec 2012 - TODOS SANTOS, Bolivia - There is nothing clandestine about Julian Rojas's coca plot, which is tucked deep within acres of banana groves. It has been mapped with satellite imagery, cataloged in a government database, cross-referenced with his personal information and checked and rechecked by the local coca growers' union. The same goes for the plots worked by Mr. Rojas's neighbors and thousands of other farmers in this torrid region east of the Andes who are licensed by the Bolivian government to grow coca, the plant used to make cocaine. President Evo Morales, who first came to prominence as a leader of coca growers, kicked out the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2009. That ouster, together with events like the arrest last year of the former head of the Bolivian anti-narcotics police on trafficking charges, led Washington to conclude that Bolivia was not meeting its global obligations to fight narcotics.



Bolivia: A Novel Approach To Coca

Thu, 27 Dec 2012 08:00:00 GMT

International Herald-Tribune, 27 Dec 2012 - There is nothing clandestine about Julian Rojas's coca plot, which is tucked deep within acres of banana groves. It has been mapped with satellite imagery, catalogued in a government database, cross-referenced with his personal information, and checked and rechecked by the local coca growers' union. The same goes for the plots worked by Mr. Rojas's neighbors and thousands of other farmers in this torrid region east of the Andes who are licensed by the Bolivian government to grow coca, the plant used to make cocaine.



Bolivia: Cocaine: The New Front Lines

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 14 Jan 2012 - Colombia's Success in Curbing the Drug Trade Has Created More Opportunities for Countries Hostile to the United States. What Happens When Coca Farmers and Their Allies Are in Charge?. In the dusty town of Villa Tunari in Bolivia's tropical coca-growing region, farmers used to barricade their roads against U.S.-backed drug police sent to prevent their leafy crop from becoming cocaine. These days, the police are gone, the coca is plentiful and locals close off roads for multiday block parties--not rumbles with law enforcement.



Bolivia: Bolivia Renounces UN Anti-Drug Convention Over Coca

Fri, 01 Jul 2011 07:00:00 GMT

Daily Telegraph, 01 Jul 2011 - Bolivia's government has decided to renounce the United Nations' anti-drug convention because it classifies coca leaf as an illegal drug, the Foreign Ministry said. The decision comes after a proposal by President Evo Morales to remove language obliging countries that have signed the convention to ban the chewing of coca leaves was rejected following US objections.



Bolivia: Thousands Chew Coca In Bolivia Protest

Wed, 26 Jan 2011 08:00:00 GMT

Macon Telegraph, 26 Jan 2011 - LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Thousands have taken to the streets in Bolivia to chew coca leaf in support of the country's bid to remove an international prohibition on the age-old practice. The chief target of Wednesday's peaceful protest was the U.S. Embassy.



Bolivia: Drug Lords Finding Safe Haven In Bolivia

Fri, 27 Nov 2009 08:00:00 GMT

Washington Times, 27 Nov 2009 - SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia - Narco-trafficking cartels are migrating to the Andes region in Bolivia, where a diminished U.S. presence has allowed a boom in cocaine production and the opening of new drug routes, regional anti-drug officials say. Recent studies by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime show a steep rise in cocaine production in Bolivia and a smaller increase in Peru. They also show a drop in Colombian cocaine output, which is subject to increased anti-drug efforts by the U.S. and Colombian governments.



Bolivia: Bolivia Plants Coca, and Cocaine Follows

Tue, 18 Aug 2009 07:00:00 GMT

Wall Street Journal, 18 Aug 2009 - U.S. Says Drug Trade Is Booming as Morales's Plan to Encourage Legal Products From Leaves Backfires When Evo Morales, a former coca farmer, became president of Bolivia in 2006, he promised to restore the thumb-shaped green leaf to the place of respect it enjoyed in Inca times. Farmers could legally grow more of it, and his government would build factories to churn out coca shampoo and toothpaste. He would fight drugs under a policy of "zero cocaine, but not zero coca."