Coca is illegal – and there are harsh penalties for cultivating it. But farmers whose families face poverty say they have no choice.
Step aside, Pablo Escobar. New research shows it was poor farmers who helped turn Colombia into the world’s largest drug producer when they started growing and exporting pot in the 1970s.
Methamphetamine use has increased dramatically in Asia in the past five years, overtaking even the US. Now cartels spy an opportunities in Europe.
Production of coca leaf, the raw material in cocaine, is surging in Peru despite 40 years of forced eradication designed to convince farmers to abandon it. Bolivia shows a better way forward.
Colombia’s new president opposes the 2016 peace deal with the FARC guerrillas. As trust between the government and militants erodes, at least 1,700 former insurgents have returned to armed struggle.
Nearly 300 community organizers and activists have been killed in Colombia since the country’s 2016 peace accord. Who’s behind these targeted assassinations?
A Victorian athlete’s use of ‘performance-enhancing’ coca was met with interested approval rather than anger of the kind directed at Justin Gatlin.
Colombia’s plan to turn coca-leaf farmers into coffee growers has a fatal flaw: the market.