Author Event: A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

Author Event: A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola

The Institute for Policy Studies, Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), and Teaching for Change’s Busboys and Poets Bookstore, welcomes Ricardo Cortes to discuss and sign his new book, A Secret History of Coffee, Coca & Cola (Akashic Books), an...
Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

Our Unscientific Drug Control Regime

It is said that drugs – be they natural or synthetic, legally prescribed or illicitly consumed – and poisons only differ in dose. Indeed, today’s drugs vary tremendously in the personal and interpersonal harm they are wont to cause, from the largely...
FILM: Leaving La Floresta

FILM: Leaving La Floresta

IPS’ Drug Policy Project joins Give Us Names for the DC public premier of thier compelling new film, Leaving La Floresta and you’re invited. Leaving La Floresta is a documentary that chronicles the forced displacement of one Colombian family. Abelardo and...

A Peaceful End to the War on Drugs?

Earlier this month tens of thousands of people marched in Mexico City to protest a war that has left more than 35,000 people dead in the last four and a half years. When elected president of Mexico in 2006, Felipe Calderón vowed to crack down on drug...
U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

U.S. Renews Anachronistic Campaign to Stamp Out Coca Leaf Chewing

(Pictured: Bolivian President Evo Morales wields coca leaf.) Just one month after President Obama announced that the U.S. would finally sign the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, U.S. officials are already violating the spirit – and the letter...

What Impact Will Drug War Nationalization Have in Bolivia?

First, coca is not cocaine. Coca in its natural state is virtually impossible to abuse and has many healthful properties, but this hasn’t stopped U.S. officials from demonizing all coca (as though it was synonymous with cocaine), which has backfired for U.S....

Will Illicit Crop Cultivation Decline Amid Rising Food Prices?

Supplementing coca crops with grain cultivation will be good for Bolivians and may help to reduce net coca cultivation in Bolivia in the short run, but it is unlikely to curb global drug production in the long run. The cost of coca leaf or coca paste for...