Bolivia's drug war wins U.S. approval

By Heretic.Ape. · Sep 17, 2007 · ·
  1. Heretic.Ape.
    Bolivia's drug war wins U.S. approval

    Saturday, September 15, 2007

    WASHINGTON - Bolivia, the third-largest cocaine producer in the world, has done enough to fight the drug trade over the past year to be spared U.S. sanctions, U.S. officials said yesterday.
    The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision will not be made public until Monday, said Bolivia would not be put on the U.S. list of states that have "failed demonstrably" to meet their counter-narcotics commitments.
    If Bolivia were on the list, which is to be announced by the White House Monday, the United States could cut off U.S. aid other than counter-narcotics and humanitarian funds.
    U.S. officials cited two reasons for the decision.
    First, Bolivia met a U.S. target of eradicating at least 5,000 hectares of coca crop. Second, U.S. officials believe placing it on the list could undercut counter-narcotics co-operation.
    The presidential determination will likely paint a mixed picture of counter-narcotics work in Bolivia, showing increased drug seizures, but suggesting those reflected higher cocaine production.
    Cocaine seizures were up 17 per cent to 11 tonnes in Bolivia from October 2006 to May 2007, while coca leaf seizures increased by 48 per cent, said one U.S. official.

    © The Ottawa Citizen 2007​

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  1. stoneinfocus
    Uh, great, no sanctions, for those doing the will of a foreign country, avoiding invasions and military secret strikes on their homeground.

    The countries with sanctions are forced to trade and meet the american cocaine market, to survive and overcome poverty.

    What´s the situation like in Bolivia? Who´s profiting the most of the spared sanctions and what´s the situation as a whole for the great masses living in Bolivia?
    What´s bad on Cocaine anyway?
    *lol* questions....
  2. Heretic.Ape.
    Very good questions... I'll give you a nice big reputation lollipop if you find and post some articles that answer these questions ;)
  3. stoneinfocus
    So I´ve been reading some things up on wiki (which one shoudk do) and interestingly, the indians elected a cocalero Eva Moralwes with a 53% majority, one who stands for the cocaine culture and against the industry which was captured by american concerns, mainly gas-industry and made them state-owned, after the former president had to go into american exile because of teh demosntrations of the indios.
    I think the milutary junta in 1980 was influenced and supported even initaited by the americans to install a democray in bolivia.

    if swim might continue on this .. :D
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