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1 Colombia: Colombian Coca Farmers, Facing A Threat To TheirFri, 24 Nov 2017
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:222 Added:11/28/2017

The anti-narcotics police arrived here in the heart of Colombia's cocaine industry last month to destroy the coca crop. The community was determined to save it.

Roughly 1,000 farmers, some armed with clubs, surrounded the hilltop camp that police had set up in a jungle clearing and began closing in on the officers.

The police started shooting. When they were done, seven farmers were dead and 21 were wounded.

"Several friends and neighbors died on the ground waiting for medical assistance," said Luis Gaitan, 32, who protected himself by hiding behind a tree stump.

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2 Colombia: Peace Is New Test For Colombian Coca FarmersTue, 18 Jul 2017
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Casey, Nicholas Area:Colombia Lines:209 Added:07/22/2017

LOS RIOS, Colombia - 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 in the jungle, he shovels coca leaves into a giant vat with gasoline, then adds cement powder - the first steps in his cocaine recipe.

Like everyone in his village, Mr. Tupaz depends on coca for cash and has survived decades of war here in Colombia. He churned out his product during the seemingly endless conflict between the rebels and the government, which tried many times to destroy his coca plants. He simply replanted.

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3 US DC: PUB LTE: What About Plan Colombia's Effects on the DrugFri, 19 Feb 2016
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Healy, Kevin Area:District of Columbia Lines:37 Added:02/20/2016

The Feb. 15 editorial "Success in Colombia" focused almost entirely on counterinsurgency success against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and thus was another sad example of willful amnesia about U.S. drug control policy impacts abroad.

Ignored by the editorial were the equally important counternarcotics goals and impacts of Plan Colombia. After 15 years and almost $10 billion in U.S. aid, the question needs to be asked if U.S. taxpayers received their money's worth from this investment in the largest drug control program in the annals of the war on drugs in the Western Hemisphere. Today, Colombian cocaine production is increasing. Moreover, Colombia is a major source of heroin in the United States' national epidemic, with Maryland a sad case in point.

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4 Colombia: Mixed Legacy For War On DrugsFri, 12 Feb 2016
Source:Guardian Weekly, The (UK) Author:Brodzinsky, Sibylla Area:Colombia Lines:196 Added:02/13/2016

In Colombia, Peace Deal With the FARC in Sight

But Herbicide-Resistant Coca Production on Rise

In the lowlands surrounding the town of La Hormiga, coca was once king.

Fields of the bright green bushes stretched to the horizon in every direction and farmers were flush with cash. The surrounding municipality was the one with the most coca crops in the country that produced the most cocaine in the world.

This was "ground zero" for Plan Colombia, a massive multipronged effort funded by nearly $10bn in US aid that started in 2000. The plan aimed to recover a country that was in the grips of drug mafias, leftist guerrillas and rightwing militias, and whose institutions malfunctioned and economy faltered.

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5 Colombia: A Cocaine Comeback?Wed, 11 Nov 2015
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Miroff, Nick Area:Colombia Lines:199 Added:11/11/2015

Despite U.S. Efforts to Cut Off the Drug at the Source, Colombia Is Again the World's Top Coca Producer

Tierradentro, Colombia - Illegal coca cultivation is surging in Colombia, erasing one of the showcase achievements of U.S. counternarcotics policy and threatening to send a burst of cheap cocaine through the smuggling pipeline to the United States.

Just two years after it ceased to be the world's largest producer, falling behind Peru, Colombia now grows more illegal coca than Peru and third-place Bolivia combined. In 2014, the last year for which statistics are available, Colombians planted 44 percent more coca than in 2013, and U.S. drug agents say this year's crop is probably even larger.

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6US CA: OPED: Druglord's Escape Should Lead to BetterSun, 19 Jul 2015
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Shirk, David A. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:07/19/2015

The capture of Joaquin "El Chapo (Shorty)" Guzman in February 2014 was lauded at home and abroad as one of the most important accomplishments of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who restored Mexico's longtime ruling party to power after a 12-year hiatus. However, on July 11, 2015, Guzman escaped from Mexico's top maximum-security prison.

Now, one of Pena Nieto's greatest feats is widely seen as his greatest failure, and a possible setback to U.S.-Mexico relations. Since Guzman's escape through a 1.5-kilometer ventilated tunnel, pundits are debating who is to blame and what comes next in the fight against Mexican organized crime.

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7US TX: Column: The Changing War On DrugsSun, 05 Jul 2015
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Robberson, Tod Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:07/09/2015

Michael Botticelli Explains the Focus on Misuse of Prescription Medication

Michael Botticelli, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, is reorienting the focus of the U.S. "war on drugs" to make Americans more aware of the dangers posed by domestic prescription drug abuse, as opposed to international illicit drug trafficking. He shared his perspectives with Points during a recent visit to Dallas.

In years past, the "drug czar" has tended to focus on issues such as Plan Colombia and fighting international drug cartels. You're taking a different track, almost entirely focused on domestic drug consumption. Why?

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8 Colombia: Defying U.S., Colombia Ends A Drug TacticFri, 15 May 2015
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Neuman, William Area:Colombia Lines:162 Added:05/15/2015

BOGOTA, Colombia - The government of Colombia on Thursday night rejected a major tool in the American-backed antidrug campaign - ordering a halt to the aerial spraying of the country's vast illegal plantings of coca, the crop used to make cocaine, citing concerns that the spray causes cancer.

The decision ends a program that has continued for more than two decades, raising questions about the viability of long-accepted strategies in the war on drugs in the region.

Colombia is one of the closest allies of the United States in Latin America and its most stalwart partner on antidrug policy, but the change of strategy has the potential to add a new element of tension to the relationship.

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9 Colombia: Anti-Coca Spraying HaltedTue, 17 Dec 2013
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:74 Added:12/18/2013

Program in Colombia Is Stopped After News That Shoot-Downs of U.S. Pilots Were Carried Out by Rebels.

BOGOTA, Colombia - U.S.-funded anti-coca spraying in Colombia has been suspended indefinitely in the aftermath of the shooting down, apparently by leftist rebels, of two spray planes and the death of one of the American pilots, sources confirmed Monday.

One fumigation airplane was shot down Sept. 27, killing the pilot, whose name was not made public. A second crop-duster was brought down Oct. 5, prompting the U.S. Embassy in Bogota to suspend spraying, according to one well-informed source who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

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10 US: Blow Back,sorry, Washington. If, After 30 Years, Colombia Can'tTue, 30 Apr 2013
Source:Foreign Policy (US) Author:Engle, Jonah Area:United States Lines:385 Added:05/03/2013

BOGOTA, Colombia - Along the winding road from Cali, Colombia's third largest city, to the port of Buenaventura on the Pacific coast, a new section of road is suspended over a steep mountain flank. Nearby, work crews blast tunnels through the mountains, where soon a two-lane highway will run. Last May, Colombia inaugurated a free trade agreement with the United States: These new arteries will bring the country's abundant mineral resources -- including gold, timber, and oil -- to foreign markets.

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11CN ON: OPED: Is Canada Serious About The Americas?Sat, 30 Mar 2013
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON) Author:Muggah, Robert Area:Ontario Lines:Excerpt Added:04/02/2013

The Conservatives have always talked tough about organized crime in the region, but Canada's foreign-policy goals remain unclear, writes ROBERT MUGGAH.

For at least the past five years, Canada has quietly waged a half hearted war on organized crime and drug cartels. Even before Canada's prolonged engagement in Afghanistan started winding down, politicians and strategists were refocusing on real and perceived threats south of the border in Latin America and the Caribbean. After decades of non-engagement, Canada launched an Americas Strategy in 2007, announcing that it would step up its diplomatic, defence and development engagement in some of the most insecure countries on the planet. This was never going to be easy: six of the top 10 most violent countries in the world are in the Western Hemisphere and for some, the situation is worsening.

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12US: Military Front, Center In FightSun, 10 Feb 2013
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX)          Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:02/10/2013

U.S. Troops, Pilots Routinely Deployed to Chase, Capture Traffickers

The crew members aboard the USS Underwood could see through their night goggles what was happening on the fleeing boat: Someone was dumping bales.

When the Navy guided-missile frigate later dropped anchor in Panamanian waters on that sunny August morning, Ensign Clarissa Carpio, a 23-year-old from San Francisco, climbed into the inflatable dinghy with four unarmed sailors and two Coast Guard officers like herself, carrying light submachine guns. It was her first deployment, but Carpio was ready for combat.

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13 Colombia: Colombia Units Use U.S. Techniques To Bust DrugMon, 24 Dec 2012
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:125 Added:12/24/2012

U.S.-Vetted Sensitive Investigative Units Rack Up Impressive Successes In The Drug Wars Using American Technology And Training At A Relatively Low Cost.

CARTAGENA, Colombia - Under cover of a moonless night in early July, the crew took no more than five minutes to load more than a ton of cocaine on a motorboat beached on a deserted shore of the Guajira peninsula in northeastern Colombia. Equipped with three 200-horsepower engines, the "go-fast" craft then roared off toward the Dominican Republic, the first stop on the drugs' way north.

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14 Colombia: Colombia Fights Drugs U.S.-StyleMon, 24 Dec 2012
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Colombia Lines:212 Added:12/24/2012

Special Units Rely on American Technology and Training, Racking Up Impressive Successes at a Relatively Low Cost.

CARTAGENA, Colombia - Under cover of a moonless night in early July, the crew took no more than five minutes to load more than a ton of cocaine on a motorboat beached on a deserted shore of the Guajira peninsula in northeastern Colombia. Equipped with three 200-horsepower engines, the "go-fast" craft then roared off toward the Dominican Republic, the first stop on the drugs' way north.

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15US TX: OPED: Obama Isn't Loony To Oppose Drug LegalizationMon, 23 Apr 2012
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Sabet, Kevin Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:04/25/2012

Strategies That Strike a Middle Ground Are Best, Say Kevin Sabet

"I personally, and my administration's position, is that [drug] legalization is not the answer."

Which U.S. president uttered these words about our nation's drug policy? Was it Woodrow Wilson, a progressive leader who urged the country to unite against drugs? Perhaps it was FDR, who signed the first federal law banning marijuana? Or maybe it was the guy who everyone thinks started the war on drugs (he didn't), Richard Nixon?

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16 US PA: Column: Legalize Drugs?Thu, 05 Apr 2012
Source:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Author:Will, George F. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:105 Added:04/07/2012

Prohibition Tells US That Drug Use Would Skyrocket

The human nervous system interacts in pleasing and addictive ways with certain molecules derived from some plants, which is why humans may have developed beer before they developed bread. Psychoactive - consciousness and addictive drugs are natural, a fact that should immunize policy makers against extravagant hopes as they cope with America's drug problem, which is convulsing some nations to our south.

The costs - human, financial and social - of combating (most) drugs are prompting calls for decriminalization or legalization. America should, however, learn from the psychoactive drug used by a majorityof American adults- alcohol.

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17 US FL: Column: The Legalization DilemmaThu, 05 Apr 2012
Source:Miami Herald (FL) Author:Will, George F. Area:Florida Lines:103 Added:04/07/2012

The human nervous system interacts in pleasing and addictive ways with certain molecules derived from some plants, which is why humans may have developed beer before they developed bread. Psychoactive - consciousness-altering - and addictive drugs are natural, a fact that should immunize policymakers against extravagant hopes as they cope with the United States' drug problem, which is convulsing some nations to our south.

The costs - human, financial and social - of combating (most) drugs are prompting calls for decriminalization or legalization. The United States should, however, learn from the psychoactive drug used by a majority of U.S. adults - alcohol.

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18 US PA: Column: The Drug Legalization DilemmaThu, 05 Apr 2012
Source:Daily Item (Sunbury, PA) Author:Will, George F. Area:Pennsylvania Lines:111 Added:04/05/2012

The human nervous system interacts in pleasing and addictive ways with certain molecules derived from some plants, which is why humans may have developed beer before they developed bread. Psychoactive - consciousness-altering - and addictive drugs are natural, a fact that should immunize policy makers against extravagant hopes as they cope with America's drug problem, which is convulsing some nations to our south.

The costs - human, financial and social - of combating (most) drugs are prompting calls for decriminalization or legalization. America should, however, learn from the psychoactive drug used by a majority of American adults - alcohol.

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19 US DC: Column: Should We End the War on Drugs?Thu, 05 Apr 2012
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Will, George F. Area:District of Columbia Lines:100 Added:04/05/2012

The human nervous system interacts in pleasing and addictive ways with certain molecules derived from some plants, which is why humans may have developed beer before they developed bread. Psychoactive - consciousness-altering - and addictive drugs are natural, a fact that should immunize policymakers against extravagant hopes as they cope with America's drug problem, which is convulsing some nations to our south.

The costs - human, financial and social - of combating (most) drugs are prompting calls for decriminalization or legalization. America should, however, learn from the psychoactive drug used by a majority of American adults - alcohol.

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20 Guatemala: Central American Drug Summit InconclusiveSun, 25 Mar 2012
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Kraul, Chris Area:Guatemala Lines:93 Added:03/25/2012

Three Central American Leaders Fail to Agree on Changing Their Laws, Possibly Including Legalization.

A conclave of Central American presidents meeting in Guatemala to discuss a major overhaul of their drug laws - including legalization or decriminalization - failed to arrive at a consensus Saturday and agreed to meet again soon in Honduras.

Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina had invited five counterparts to discuss what he described as growing frustration with Washington's anti-drug policy, which many in the region say is exacting too high a price in crime and corruption.

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