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Coca eradication way down under Morales

The smell filling the grimy whitewashed rooms of the market in the Villa Fatima district overlooking this Andean capital evokes the sweetness of cut grass – only it’s more pungent, nearly intoxicating. Sacks of freshly harvested coca leaves are stacked all around, awaiting buyers. It’s all legal, this trade in the leaves that produce cocaine. There’s lots more coca leaf around than there has been in years, no surprise given that new President Evo Morales was recently re-elected head of Bolivia’s coca growers’ federation. Full Story

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