Sunday, September 27, 2015

Makes you wonder

In 2008, Bolivian President Evo Morales kicked out the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Since then, Bolivia, a traditional coca-growing region, “has … managed to reduce coca leaf cultivation, especially over the past five years, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The total production of dried coca leaf fell 11 percent from 2013 to 2014, and has fallen by an average of nearly 10 percent each year since 2011.”

Bolivia now has the “lowest coca crop in the region”, according to a non-profit NGO focusing on coca-growing, while US allies that still cooperate with the DEA Colombia and Peru have the highest. “Colombia … according to the United Nations, has seen a significant increase in coca cultivation over the past year…”

Morales said he “could mention many countries in the world where there is this drug problem and how it has grown with U.S. presence,” referring to places like US-occupied Afghanistan, where opium cultivation has risen dramatically over the past several years.

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