‘Bolivia’s Smarter Approach’ – Open Society Foundations’ Diego Garcia-Davis comments on ‘Habeas Coca’

Diego Garcia-Davis’ comments on Linda Farthing and Kathryn Ledbur’s recent article ‘Habeas Coca‘ are republished here under a Creative Commons license authorising non-commercial reproduction. The original can be found here.   Bolivia’s Smarter Approach to Controlling Coca Production Forced crop eradication using harmful pesticides and without viable livelihood alternatives has put the health and economies of local communities at risk and […]

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Pope’s Visit to Bolivia Underscores Need for Drug Reform

Reproduced from Washington Office on Latin America, originally published July 8 2015.   By Kathryn Ledebur and Coletta A. Youngers In a long-anticipated trip, Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia today, almost 30 years after the last papal visit. Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and the Argentine pontiff developed a good rapport during the president’s meeting at the Vatican in October 2014. […]

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‘Habeas Coca'; Bolivia’s Community Control

AIN founder Linda Farthing and director Kathryn Ledebur recently published a report for the Open Society Foundation Global Drug Policy Program covering Bolivia’s successful model of community control over coca cultivation. A few introductory remarks from the Open Society Foundation are reproduced below; you can read the entire memo in pdf form by following this link: Bolivia Report-Habeas Coca-US-07-06-2015-corr1 (1) (1) “With […]

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LA Times Misfires in Attempt to Shoot Down Bolivian Drug Control Efforts

AIN comments on “Peru may resume shooting down suspected coke -smuggling planes” in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times. On April 26th, the Los Angeles Times published an article criticizing Bolivia’s role as an ‘air bridge’ facilitating the passage of cocaine between producers in Peru and consumers in Brazil and beyond. The article included extended commentary from Peruvian and Chilean sources and a […]

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Latin America Advisor Q&A: What Should Bolivians Expect From a Third Morales Term?

Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin American Advisor.  For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website. Featured Q & A: Bolivian President Evo Morales won re-election on Sunday, Oct. 12 with an estimated 60 percent of the vote. What can investors expect from another Morales administration? What do Sunday’s legislative election results suggest about Morales’ governing strength […]

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Latin American Advisor Q&A: Is Bolivia’s Morales a shoo-in for a third term?

Excerpt from the Inter-American Dialogue’s newsletter, the Latin American Advisor.  For the full version, please see the Inter-American Dialogue’s website. Featured Q&A: Is Bolivia’s Evo Morales a Shoo-in for a Third Term? Bolivian President Evo Morales is leading in voter intention with 52 percent of voters saying they would vote for him ahead of the country’s presidential election on Oct. […]

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Bolivian Political and Social Landscape: Primer for Pending Presidential Elections

As the presidential campaigns gain momentum, AIN outlines the political and social landscape in Bolivia to provide background to understand upcoming electoral debates. President Evo Morales is running for a third term in the October 12, 2014 elections.  Critics argue he is not eligible to run for another consecutive term, but the Plurinational Constitutional Tribunal ruled in his favor, and […]

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Al ritmo de otro tambor: El control social comunitario del cultivo de la coca en Bolivia

Tenemos el agrado de anunciar el más reciente número de NACLA (Congreso Norteamericano sobre Latino América) en el que Linda Farthing, una inveterada colaboradora de Red Andina de Información (RAI), hizo de editora invitada.   El número se llama Reimaginando la Política de Lucha Contra las Drogas  en las Américas e incluye artículos acerca de la actual política de la coca […]

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