Issues / Drugs
Bolivia is in the grips of its worst political crisis and social upheaval since the end of the dictatorships in 1983, while U.S.-imposed economic and antidrug policies are principal reasons for the current conflicts.
Drug crop eradication has produced little effect on the price or availability of cocaine in the United States.
The U.S. is pushing a negotiating agenda for the FTAA that would dramatically limit each countrys ability to undertake compulsory licensing, an important tool to promote generic competition.
Drug profits moving through the U.S. financial system are estimated to be as high as $100 billion a year.
U.S. antidrug policy has had racist overtones and is driven by political opportunism, not by considerations of effectiveness or justice.
Violence and warfare in Colombia are often blamed on the drug trade, but their roots run much deeper and go back well over five decades.
The militarization of Washington's Latin America policy is being led by the drug war, training programs, arms transfers, and a wide array of "military-to-military contact" efforts.
The militarization of Latin America, which begins at the U.S.-Mexico border, is undermining recent trends toward greater democratization and respect for human rights while doing little to stanch the flow of drugs into the United States.
U.S. officials have sought to relax restrictions on intelligence sharing with Andean governments at a time when these provisions need to be strengthened.
The Bush administrations Andean Regional Initiative (ARI)largely an expansion of U.S. support for Plan Colombiapassed the House of Representatives in late July, largely intact.