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Southern Asia. Opium production in the Golden Triangle

Cultivation of opium in Southeast Asia’s notorious Golden Triangle region has doubled in the past decade, according to an in-depth study that rebuffs claims by governments that an aggressive anti-narcotics policy is reaping benefits and improving livelihoods. The findings come a year before the 2015 deadline set by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)…

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Bolivia & Argentina – Dynamic drug trafficking

Drug trafficking is a challenge for Bolivia and Argentina too. Bolivia is the third largest producer of coca leaf, (behind Peru and Colombia), forcing traffickers to move there. According to recent estimates, about 30,000 hectares of Bolivian land are devoted to coca cultivation, while Bolivia’s legal coca crop limit is 12,000 hectares (for traditional use).…

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Peru – Coca cultivation on the rise

Just like the Colombian FARC, what remains of the Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) rebel group in Peru, has played a leading role in the production and trafficking of cocaine with excellent returns, since the Andean country, over the last years has increased coca cultivation and Peru has become the world’s main grower of coca leaves…

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Colombia: Drug cartel ‘miniaturization’

Colombia was home to legendary drug traffickers in the 90s, and despite the demise of several drug cartels in the 2000s, the area cultivated with coca in the country has not decreased, and considerable incomes have been earned from Colombian cocaine traffic over the past 20 years. This index, according to some analysts, reveals the…

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Advocacy

Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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Baobab

The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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