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The “Sacred Leaf” and Its Modern Struggle

Headline: U.N Ruling Heartens Bolivian Coca Growers Since the arrival of the Spanish onto Quechuan and Aymaran lands, the indigenous peoples of Bolivia have found some relief in the consumption of the coca leaf. The chewing of this “sacred leaf” has been ingrained in ancient custom for hundreds, if not thousands, of years …

The United Nations’ Ruling of Coca Production in Bolivia

The Washington Post had an article on Thursday, January 17th describing the United Nation’s ruling on coca leaf cultivation and coca chewing in Bolivia. Coca, an oval-shaped green leaf, is cocaine’s raw material. This is an ancient crop and according to Honorata Diaz, a farmer from El Chapare, “Coca is …

Castro Almost Becomes Popular in Latin America

Erikson, Daniel P. “Castro and Latin America: A Second Wind?” World Policy Journal 21, no. 1 (Spring 2004): 32-40. http://ezproxy.umw.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=14398974&site=ehost-live (accessed March 9, 2010). Daniel Erikson argues in this 2004 article that due to the Bush administration’s focus on its war against terrorism, Castro has been able to improve Cuba’s …

Bolivia Tackles Gender Equality in Government

Published: February 6, 2010 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/02/06/world/AP-LT-Bolivia-Gender-Parity.html?_r=2&ref=americas President Evo Morales, who is the country’s first indigenous leader, has already set a precedent for Bolivia’s indigenous majority. He is now hoping to continue these positive changes by promoting the idea of gender equality within the Bolivian government itself. Although gender parity is no …

Morales deplores US ‘occupation’ of Haiti

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/20/AR2010012003897.html?waporef=obinsite by Carlos Valdez for The AP, Jan. 20, 2010 This article simply articulates the feelings of recently re-elected Bolivian President, Evo Morales, concerning the involvement of US military in devastated Haiti.  Like other Latin American leaders (this article mentions Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, while other posts this week have pointed …

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