No to drugs, but yes to the coca leaf

“Bolivia’s new left-wing government has put a coca grower in charge of the fight against drug trafficking (BBC News). Felipe Caceres was appointed deputy minister for social defence by President Evo Morales – who was once a coca grower himself. Mr Caceres is a former mayor of a town in the coca-growing region of Chapare, and owns a small coca farm there. Coca is used to make cocaine, but also has widespread ceremonial and medical uses in Bolivia.” This all may sound ‘odd’ to some people but take a look at an article from the Catholic Institute for International Research based in London, who know a bit about the reality. Nice profiling of weblogs on their website too.