Category Archives: AIN Posts

‘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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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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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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To the Beat of a Different Drum: Bolivia’s Community Coca Control

We are pleased to announce the latest issue of NACLA (North American Congress on Latin America) that AIN long-time collaborator Linda Farthing guest edited. The issue is called Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas and includes articles about current coca policy in Bolvia written by AIN director Kathryn Ledebur and Linda Farthing, and by AIN collaborator Tom Grisaffi. It also […]

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CAN YOU GET RICH FROM THE BOLIVIAN COCAINE TRADE? COCAINE PASTE PRODUCTION IN THE CHAPARE

This piece was written by AIN research fellow Thomas Grisaffi during his Drugs, Security, and Democracy Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council. Written by Thomas Grisaffi[i]                                                 In October 2013, Mary Anastasia O’Grady wrote in the Wall Street Journal that Bolivia under President Evo Morales is turning into a rogue-state, awash with drug money.[ii]  The Bolivian press has argued that cocaine production […]

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US Book Tour with Bolivian Author and Activist, Felix Muruchi and Co-Author Linda Farthing

In October and November, Bolivian author and activist, Felix Muruchi will be speaking in the northeastern US and Chicago area about current process of social change.  He is co-author with Benjamin Kohl and Linda Farthing of a personal history called From the Mines to the Streets (Texas, 2011, http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/kohfro).  Felix’s personal history as a miner, construction worker, student and union […]

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Held to a Different Standard: The US Decertifies Bolivia

All cocaine-producing countries are equal; but some are more equal than others. The White House’s decision to “decertify” Bolivia’s drug control efforts for the sixth time is no surprise.  Since Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 2008, the US has portrayed Bolivia as uncooperative and incapable of curtailing illicit drug production and trafficking.  The […]

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