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Bolivia President Warns of US Drug Agency Plots

Nearly three years after expelling the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from Bolivia, President Evo Morales continues to accuse the agency of seeking to...
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Obama Anti-Drug Strategy More Rhetoric than Reality

The U.S. government has unveiled a "new" strategy against transnational organized crime which is vintage Obama: long on politically correct rhetoric, short on...
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US Report: Takedowns of Mexico Capos Don’t Stop Drug Flow

A leaked internal report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection said that the arrests and deaths of Mexican kingpins have no bearing on the flow of drugs into the...
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Bolivia Says Yes to Coca, No to Cocaine from Peru

While Bolivia fights a political battle over legal coca cultivation, it is also an increasingly important transit destination for cocaine traveling from Peru and...
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Bolivia Withdraws from UN Drug Convention

The Bolivian government has confirmed its decision to renounce a major UN drug convention, after rejecting its classification of the coca leaf as an illicit...
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Reducing Drug Demand: Not a Magic Bullet

Those seeking an alternative to the war on drugs often call for a shift in focus: from reducing supply, to reducing demand. However, it's not clear that such a...
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Ending 40 Years of Drug War: The Impact on Latin America

The 40th anniversary of Washington's war on drugs has sparked calls for the decriminalization of narcotics, but what may seem like common sense for the U.S. could...
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Costa Rica Calls for Regional Anti-Drug Efforts

Costa Rica’s President, Laura Chinchilla, said Central American governments should increase co-operation to combat the penetration of the drug trade in the...
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Nicaragua’s Navy, Little-Known Partner in US Drug War

In his political rhetoric, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega makes no secret of his often hostile views towards U.S. foreign policy. The irony is that Nicaragua...
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The Kingpin Strategy, Nacho Coronel, and Violence on the Pacific

Mexico's government offered an implicit defense of President Calderon's so-called “kingpin strategy,” which holds that the best way to take down a criminal...
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Colombia Never a ‘Narco-Economy’: Academic

Drug trafficking has made only a minor contribution to Colombia's economy, according to one Bogota academic, who says the illegal trade has never constituted more...
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US Calls for Closer Anti-Drug Work with Bolivia

The director of the U.S. Narcotics Affairs Section (NAS) office in Bolivia has called for the two countries to work together in the fight against...