Culture - Evo Morales gives Rice coca leaf-inlay guitar

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  1. enquirewithin

    enquirewithin Gold Member

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    VALPARAISO, Chile (Reuters) - Condoleezza Rice knew coca would top the agenda in her meeting with Bolivia's new president, but she likely wasn't expecting to get the real thing.
    At the end of their 25-minute meeting, President Evo Morales presented the U.S. secretary of state with an Andean guitar that bore a coca-leaf inlay.
    "The gift was well received. We will just have to check with our customs to see what rules apply. We certainly hope we can bring it back (to Washington)," said a senior State Department official who attended the meeting.
    Morales, Bolivia's first indigenous president, came to prominence as a leader of coca farmers who want more freedom to grow coca, which is the main ingredient in cocaine but is also used legally for traditional medicines and in teas.
    The fight against cocaine is the main source of bilateral friction between the United States and Bolivia, the world's third-biggest cocaine producer.
    Rice told Morales, "I'm a musician you know," and strummed the instrument, a typical Bolivian lacquered handicraft with five pairs of strings.
    It was unclear whether she immediately realized what adorned it.

    Reuters
     
  2. hazeinmybong2

    hazeinmybong2 Newbie

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    That is pretty funny. "We will have to check with customs." What kind of literal assholes do we have running this country. Is Condoleezza gonna bring back her one of a kind guitar get out her lacqour thinner, get the coca leaves out and chew them? If not let her bring it back haha. I hate when they make an issue out of nothing.
     
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    Alfa Productive Insomniac Staff Member Administrator

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    Like that would be a problem for her at the border.
     
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    enquirewithin Gold Member

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    Daeron Platinum Member & Advisor

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    im starting to like the guy, very much. but i like the charango better