News-in-Transition

 23 September 2016

 - Wherever you go in the Chapare — one of Bolivia's two coca-growing regions — you hear similar stories of life in the 1990s and early 2000s: narco-slayings, police violence and rapes, and coca-grower protests ending in violence and death.

You also hear gratitude that Bolivia has replaced a strategy of eradication with one of regulated production to meet historic national demand for coca.

Farmers feel particularly indebted to President Evo Morales, a former firebrand coca growers' leader from the Chapare. Morales expelled the DEA from Bolivia in 2008 after violent confrontations in the region claimed 30 lives and he said he could no longer guarantee the US agents' safety.

"It is different now, the police are our friends," the farmer says. "Before, I would look away when they passed by. I didn't want to catch their eye. Now, we always stop and say hello."

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4 November 2015

 - As part of Ireland’s so-called “radical cultural shift,” the country intends to decriminalize pot, heroin and cocaine.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy (NDS), also announced that drug users in Ireland will be able to use medically supervised injecting rooms in cities such as Dublin, starting next year.

Ó Ríordáin said attitudes about drugs need to move away from shaming addicts to helping them by bringing compassion to the issue and removing it from the criminal justice system. The key to this, he said, would be to prevent drug addicts from ending up with criminal convictions.

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28 July 2012

 - For the last three decades several leaks have come out indicating that the CIA is directly involved in illegal drug trafficking.

This week a Mexican official openly accused the CIA of "managing" the drug trade. He said that they 'don't fight drug traffickers', but that instead 'they try to manage the drug trade'.

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