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A coca farmer in Antioquia, Colombia
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Colombia’s Struggling Anti-Coca Strategy Needs US Backing: Report

A new report quantifies the progress of Colombia's coca crop substitution program under the peace agreement, and calls for US leniency and support despite a rocky...
A victim of the shootout during the protest
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Confusion Surrounds Bloody Incident Linked to Colombia Coca Eradication

A protest by farmers in Colombia against government eradication of coca crops left several civilians dead and wounded. But conflicting version of events have made...
US Ambassador to Colombia Kevin Whitaker
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US Ambassador: FARC ‘Have Not Complied’ With Colombia Peace Deal

The US ambassador to Colombia publicly aired his country's main grievances with regard to Colombia's peace agreement with the FARC guerrilla group, adding to...
Is cocaine consumption really rising?
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Cocaine Consumption On the Rise? Think Again

Colombia's coca cultivation boom is not only being blamed for increased cocaine consumption in the United States, it is also being held responsible for an alleged...
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
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US Congress Hearing Underscores Tensions Over Colombia Peace Deal

Criticism of Colombia's peace process with the FARC guerrilla group by US officials and experts at a recent congressional hearing underscored simmering...
The FARC may have earned up to $580 million a year
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The FARC’s Riches: Up to $580 Million in Annual Income

The former rebels of what was once Latin America's oldest insurgency, the FARC, continually claimed to have barely any money. And while they did have a lot of...
Coca cultivation and production in Bolivia and Peru held steady in 2016
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Bolivia, Peru Cocaine Figures Show Colombia Driving Andean Boom

Newly released data on coca cultivation and cocaine production in Bolivia and Peru shows little significant change from last year, reinforcing the notion that...
Will increased legal coca cultivation increase cocaine trafficking?
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Bolivia Defense of Legal Coca Cultivation Likely to Boost Cocaine Trade

President Evo Morales of Bolivia has again defended his administration's plans to expand legal coca cultivation, a move that aims to please some of his biggest...
US-Colombia's special relationship stems back decades
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US Warns Differences on FARC Peace Could Cause Relationship ‘Problems’ With Colombia

A top US anti-drug official has cautioned that "bilateral political problems" could result from differences of opinion between the United States and Colombia about...
David Bazán Arévalo, mayor of Tocache, Peru
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Peru Mayor’s Arrest Reveals Ties to Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

On July 26, Peru's counternarcotics police arrested David Bazán Arévalo, the mayor of Tocache, on charges of financing and supplying weapons of war to a...
Coca growers in Colombia's Putumayo department
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Colombia’s Coca Farmers in Legal Dilemma That May Jeopardize New Drug Policy

Colombia's government is intent on passing a law that will grant a one-year judicial immunity for small-scale coca farmers who agree to abandon their illegal...
Coca fields in Bolivia
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Bolivia Coca Cultivation Grows for First Time in 6 Years: UNODC

A United Nations monitoring program reported a rise in coca cultivation in Bolivia in 2016 after five successive years of decline, but this reversal in past trends...