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Thursday, February 14

NY Times Farmers in Peru Are Turning Again to Coca Crop: "The trend does not mean that antinarcotics efforts in the Andes are failing, said analysts who track American antidrug programs. But it does underscore how fleeting victories can be in a drug war where national boundaries mean nothing to traffickers who can shift their crop across remote and poorly policed regions. While the reasons for the increase in Peru are complex, most experts attribute it largely to what they call the 'balloon effect,' in which eradication in one place simply pushes coca growing to another, given the continuing demand for cocaine, principally in the United States." The other impact of the 'balloon effect' is that articles start appearing in U.S. newspapers about the global shifts in illicit crops.

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