January 14, 2013

The Condemned Coca Leaf

Ricardo Cortes, NY Daily News

AP Photo

Last week, the United Nations voted on an appeal by Bolivia to amend the international treaty that prohibits the chewing of coca leaf. Bolivia won a partial victory — a tiny sign that the world may be ever so slowly coming to its senses on the insanely harsh treatment of this humble, mostly harmless plant and the people, mostly South American natives, who enjoy it in its raw form. Coca chewing has been a ritual in the Andes for thousands of years, and it is practiced by millions of people throughout the continent today. Tourists to the highlands are offered coca tea to alleviate altitude sickness, and the plant’s mild stimulant properties have been known around the globe for centuries.

Read Full Article ››

TAGGED: Evo Morales, Bolivia, Latin America, Coca Leaf, Coca

RECOMMENDED ARTICLES

January 14, 2013
Hugo Chavez Turned Venezuela into Afghanistan
David Frum, Nat'l Post
So long as oil remains in the $100 range, the regime can probably stumble forward, despite declining output from its mismanaged oilfields. It’s when the price drops that the regime will fall, leaving nothing but ruin behind... more ››
January 15, 2013
Venezuela's Looming Political Civil War
Fabio Fiallo, RealClearWorld
Now that the legalist debate is left behind, a hardly-hidden, protracted power struggle is bound to come to the forefront of Venezuelan politics with renewed vigor. The struggle involves two major factions: The first group, led... more ››
January 17, 2013
Latin America's New Boss: Raul Castro
Andres Oppenheimer, Miami Hld
It sounds like a joke, but it isn’t: At the end of this month, the 33-country Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) — a two-year-old organization that lists promoting democracy among its top goals — will... more ››
January 18, 2013
What's Behind Cuba's New Travel Policy?
Mimi Whitefield, Miami Herald
Analysts say politics, money, and sending a message to the U.S. may have motivated Cuba to instigate a more liberal travel policy. more ››
January 14, 2013
Can Chile Lead Latin America's Brain Boom?
Jaime Daremblum, RCW
We are living in an age of unprecedented optimism about Latin America's economic future. Countries such as Panama and Peru have experienced China-level growth. Tens of millions of Brazilians have escaped from poverty. A majority... more ››