Items tagged with coca

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Coca leaf: Myths and Reality [16.06.2020] Many myths surround coca. Every day press accounts around the world use the word coca in their headlines, when they refer in fact to cocaine. TNI's D...
Report says the UN's global 'war on drugs' has been a failure [22.10.2018] The United Nations' drug strategy of the past 10 years has been a failure, according to a major report by the International Drug Policy Consortium (I...
Taking stock: A decade of drug policy [22.10.2018] ‘Taking stock: A decade of drug policy’ evaluates the impacts of drug policies implemented across the world over the past decade, using data from the...
Colombia continues to break records for cocaine production, report says [19.09.2018] Colombia is desperate to shed its reputation as a nation dogged by the drug trade, but new figures from the United Nations show that it continues to ...
Murder in Colombia’s peace laboratory [19.07.2018] Colombian campesinos in Briceño, Antioquia have voluntarily uprooted their coca plants in exchange for government support to grow new crops. But with...
Colombia coca production hits new record high, US figures say [26.06.2018] US estimates of coca production in Colombia show the Andean nation has set a new record for the amount of the drug-producing crop under cultivation, ...
More drugs, more deaths, more damage... [26.06.2018] In 2012, Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, referred to current drug control efforts as something akin to riding a stationary bicycle. " One ke...
Record coca, record murders: the flipside of “peace” in southern Colombia [20.06.2018] Hundreds of Colombian farmers, activists, and community organisers have been killed over the past 18 months, despite the landmark peace deal that sup...
Colombia’s two anti-coca strategies are at war with each other [20.02.2018] The government’s “comprehensive programme for illicit crop substitution” (PNIS) aims to replace the coca with a profitable legal crop. The crop-subst...
Colombian farmers keep growing coca despite government crackdown and U.S. pressure [27.10.2017] According to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, Colombia’s overall coca crop grew by a staggering 52 percent last year, to 345,000 acres, an area te...
Trump delivers shock rebuke to Colombia over cocaine surge [14.09.2017] U.S. President Donald Trump is threatening that he may decertify Colombia as a partner in the war against drugs unless the South American nation reve...
What does departure of top US anti-drug diplomat mean for LatAm policy? [30.08.2017] The planned resignation of the US State Department's top anti-drug official raises further questions about the future of US counternarcotics efforts ...
Coca and the Colombian Peace Accords [11.08.2017] Getting to the Briceño region in the heart of Antioquia requires an excellent vehicle, and a lot of time and luck. The week before our journey there ...
After decades of war, Colombian farmers face a new test: Peace [18.07.2017] Every three months or so, Javier Tupaz, a father of six, heads downhill from his clapboard home to work in his cocaine laboratory. Under a black tent...
Is Colombia sacrificing coca farmers' trust for US Aid dollars? [17.05.2017] Colombia's defense minister divulged new coca eradication figures ahead of a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his US counte...
Were peasant farmers poisoned by the U.S. war on drugs? [19.04.2017] After a 15-year legal battle, a U.S. jury will begin deliberations over whether a U.S. security contractor must pay damages to 2,000 Ecuadoran farmer...
Acquittal in Spanish coca leaf legal case [23.03.2017] BARCELONA - Yesterday the unprecedented resolution of a court case for the importation of coca leaf powder (also known as mambe ) took place at the P...
Bolivia sees coca as a way to perk up its economy – but all everyone else sees is cocaine [15.03.2017] The vision of an expanding international market for legal coca products – such as flour, tea and ointments – is shared widely in Bolivia, and it was ...
Confronting Colombia’s coca boom requires patience and a commitment to the peace accords [13.03.2017] Colombia is in the midst of a coca boom, perhaps its largest ever. The coca boom’s causes are complex, and Colombia’s government is hoping that the U...
Joint statement [13.03.2017] Exactly one year ago, in the 59th session of the CND, the Colombian government urged the international community to openly debate the results obtaine...
The Global Forum of Producers of Prohibited Plants (GFPPP) [27.10.2016] The voices of affected communities involved in the cultivation of coca leaf, opium poppy and cannabis plants are lacking in the global debate on drug...
Why is coca leaf left out of the drug research renaissance? [02.08.2016] While marijuana, magic mushrooms, and ayahuasca have all found their way into research labs, coca leaf, the mother of cocaine, seems to be off-limits...
Opium poppy farmers reject crop ban, war on drugs [25.01.2016] Opium poppy farmers from Myanmar attending an international conference on “prohibited plants” have rejected a ban on growing their crops and urged an...
The Heemskerk Declaration [20.01.2016] In a global meeting small scale farmers of cannabis, coca and opium from 14 countries in Heemskerk, the Netherlands, discussed their contribution to ...
Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer [09.11.2015] Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy. Just two years after it ce...
Bolivia stands up to US with coca-control policy [29.09.2015] The Habeas Coca report, published by Open Society Foundations in July, found that Bolivia slashed its illicit coca production by 34 percent over the ...
The White House blacklisted Bolivia for growing coca while US states sell legal weed [15.09.2015] The US has " decertified" Bolivia over what it calls a failure to comply with the UN drug control conventions, despite recent data showing the countr...
Building on Progress [14.08.2015] Bolivia has seen a decline in coca cultivation for the fourth consecutive year, according to data released today by the United Nations Office on Drug...
Habeas Coca [14.07.2015] With significant pressure and earmarked funding from the United States and other demand-side countries, the Andean countries of Bolivia, Colombia, an...
Colombia says rise in coca cultivation shows why it was right to stop spraying [01.07.2015] A new UN study showing a steep rise in the cultivation of the leaf used to make cocaine offers fresh support to Colombia’s recent decision to end the...
Exploring the land-drugs nexus [03.06.2015] "For many communities in Myanmar who grow opium, for them opium is not the problem, it is the solution to their problems," said local project consult...
Colombia to ban coca spraying herbicide glyphosate [09.05.2015] Colombia has announced it will stop using a controversial herbicide to destroy illegal plantations of coca, the raw ingredient for cocaine. The decis...
Last flight looms for US-funded air war on drugs as Colombia counts health cost [05.05.2015] For more than two decades crop dusters have buzzed the skies of Colombia showering bright green fields of coca with chemical defoliant as part of a U...
Time for a Wake-up Call [26.12.2014] The chemically-based frame of reference adopted by the UN Single Convention is mistaken in the culturally loaded and falsely “scientific” manner in w...
Reimagining Drug Policy in the Americas [27.06.2014] Latin America is now at the vanguard of international efforts to promote drug policy reform: Bolivia has rewritten its constitution to recognize the ...
Bolivia charts its own path on coca [25.06.2014] The U.N. reported that coca cultivation in Bolivia fell nine percent last year, and a massive 26 percent in the past three years. The nationwide decr...
Global drug policy is still deadly and ineffective [02.06.2014] If you actually read the treaties, while they do set firm limitations on the legal, "non-medical" or "non-scientific" sale of schedule drugs — limits...
Stalled Bolivia coca report delivers moderate verdict [14.11.2013] Bolivia's long-awaited coca use study has found the country needs to cultivate over 14,000 hectares of the crop to satisfy legal demand, a number mor...
Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma [07.10.2013] For fifty years the World’s attitude to and treatment of the coca leaf and coca farmers has been controlled by the UN Drugs Conventions beginning wit...
Lifting ban on cocaine plant can help millions of lives, MPs told [07.10.2013] An independent report, Coca leaf: A Political Dilemma?, commissioned by the influential All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform has urge...
Analysis: Colombia’s fight against the coca trade [05.09.2013] EL TARRA, 28 August 2013 (IRIN) - The Colombian government believes people should just say no to growing coca: those that do not, risk aerial sprayin...
Working towards a legal coca market: The case of coca leaf chewing in Argentina [30.07.2013] Modern use of the coca leaf in Argentina provides a series of examples that could contribute to dispelling many of the myths that have polarized deba...
The drug policy reform agenda in the Americas [30.04.2013] Latin America has emerged at the vanguard of efforts to promote debate on drug policy reform. For decades, Latin American governments largely followe...
The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context [31.01.2013] The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of curre...
Why we took cocaine out of soda [30.01.2013] When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more eu...
Coca and Snus: Sweden's self-defeating hypocrisy on drugs [15.01.2013] Tradition is disposable. Evidence is marginal. Economic arguments are not important. This, in a nutshell, is what Sweden said to the UN to oppose tra...
Major victory for President Morales: UN accepts “coca leaf chewing” in Bolivia [14.01.2013] Bolivia will again belong to the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs after its bid to rejoin with a reservation that it does not accept the trea...
Bolivians demand the right to chew coca leaves [13.01.2013] A major international row with wide-ranging implications for global drugs policy has erupted over the right of Bolivia's indigenous Indian tribes to ...
The condemned coca leaf [12.01.2013] Last week, the United Nations voted on an appeal by Bolivia to amend the international treaty that prohibits the chewing of coca leaf. Bolivia won a ...
Schijnheilig bezwaar van Nederland tegen het kauwen van coca bladeren [11.01.2013] De Nederlandse regering heeft bij de Verenigde Naties bezwaar aangetekend tegen de herintreding van Bolivia in het Enkelvoudig Verdrag inzake verdove...

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