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Turbulent Bolivia Is Producing More Cocaine, the U.N. Reports

Cocaine production has shot up in this politically unstable country, the United Nations said Tuesday, warning that international assistance is immediately needed to wean poor farmers from growing drug crops. Eradication efforts bankrolled by the United States had until recently wiped out much of the coca in Bolivia and Peru, the two countries that in the 1990’s supplied much of the raw material used to produce the world’s cocaine. But in Bolivia, the eradication has come with a high social cost, with displaced coca farmers joining protests that led two presidents to quit in the past 20 months, including Carlos Mesa last week.Full Story

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