The drug war brought violence to Latin America, but let me tell you it's also brought opportunity and created a way to escape a system of deeply-ingrained poverty for hundreds of thousands of people.
The success of many anti-drug measures adopted by governments in the past decade has been at best mixed, and the costs associated have been high. The most common anti-drug efforts are related to eradication of crops and include manual eradication.
A confidential informant says the DEA had its sights set on Bolivia's populist leader.
I grew up like most Bolivians with no notion of whether cocaine was good or bad. To me, it was a way to get out of poverty.
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The War on Drugs has failed. According to all available indices, it is no longer defendable.
A program which merely moves production and trafficking of drugs from place to place is not a program that actually helps people. UN drug policy needs to move out from the dark ages.
Kate Vrijmoet steps back from her spare, dripping portrait of a man standing with bloody stumps for arms, throws back her head, and cackles. "That's so funny!" she crows.
How effective is Morales's conference likely to be? And what do environmentalists make of the environmental downsides of Morales' coca nationalism?
First the soldiers came to Río Seco, a coca-growing village in the lush mountain jungles of southern Peru. "They called us