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A coca field

Last October an American anti-drug pilot was fumigating Colombian coca fields when Marxist guerrillas opened fire at his crop duster. Two bullets hit his left leg but the pilot managed to land safely in a cow pasture. He was lucky. Three weeks earlier, rebel gunfire brought down another anti-drug crop-dusting plane, killing the American pilot on board. Read more»

A coca farmer in Columbia with his crop.

The annual United Nations survey on coca plant production in the Andean region serves as a kind of drug war report card — yet it’s hard to tell whether Colombia is passing or failing. Read more»

Coca leaves

Panettone, a traditional Christmas sweet bread, usually includes raisins, candied fruit and what flour. But Bolivian coca growers have modified the recipe to include flour made from coca leaves. Read more»