Working Paper by Thomas Grisaffi and Kathryn Ledebur: Supply Control or Social Control

Abstract: For over two decades the US has funded repressive forced coca eradication in Peru, Colombia and Bolivia to reduce the illegal cocaine trade. These policies have never met their stated goals and have generated violence and poverty. In 2006 Bolivia definitively broke with the US anti-narcotics model, replacing the militarized eradication of coca crops with a community-based coca control […]

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Huffington Post: ‘Operation Naked King: U.S. Secretly Targeted Bolivia’s Evo Morales In Drug Sting

Authors: Ryan Grim, Washington Bureau Chief, The Huffington Post, and Nick Wing Senior Viral Editor, The Huffington Post Original article from the Huffington Post. Reproduced with permission. The United States has secretly indicted top officials connected to the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales for their alleged involvement in a cocaine trafficking scheme. The indictments, secured in a U.S. Drug […]

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Cultivos de coca en Bolivia siguen bajando según ONUDD: comunicado de prensa

INNOVADORAS POLÍTICAS BOLIVIANAS DE CONTROL DE COCA LOGRAN IMPORTANTE REDUCCIÓN EN EL CULTIVO Experiencia boliviana contiene lecciones para países andinos, ofrece alternativa a la erradicación forzosa 17 ago 2015 Washington, D.C. y Cochabamba, Bolivia — Por cuarto año consecutivo, Bolivia ha experimentado una reducción en el cultivo de hoja de coca, según estadísticas dadas a conocer hoy por la Oficina […]

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Coca Cultivation in Bolivia Continues To Drop: WOLA/AIN Joint Press release

  BOLIVIA’S INNOVATIVE COCA POLICY SECURES MAJOR DROP IN CULTIVATION Bolivian Experience Holds Lessons for Andean Countries, Offers Alternative to Forced Eradication 17 Aug 2015 Washington, D.C. and Cochabamba, Bolivia—Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). An analysis of this data […]

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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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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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International Declaration on Tenth Anniversary of Black October

Versión en español abajo Ten Years of Protecting International Fugitives: It Is Time for President Obama to Extradite Sánchez de Lozada and Sánchez Berzaín to Bolivia The massacres that devastated the families of Bolivia’s highlands ten years ago this month must not be forgotten. In October 2003 the families living in El Alto and other villages above the Bolivian capital […]

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Bolivian Prison Deaths Highlight Flaws in Judicial and Penitentiary Systems [with VIDEO]

Please take a look into the life of nonviolent drug inmates in Bolivian jails in this video clip [El Mario – Las Cárceles de Bolivia], developed in collaboration with Violeta Ayala and Dan Fallshaw of Cocaine Prison. On September 11, 2013, President Morales signed a pardon decree designed to benefit between 1,000-2,000 inmates.  The Bolivian congress must still approve the […]

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