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Saturday, March 22

Washington Post Coca Trade Booming Again in Peru: "For the first time, the U.S. and Peruvian governments this year intend to pull up coca crops by force in the Apurimac and Upper Huallaga river valleys, unless peasants agree to eradicate their crops in return for financial assistance. Until now, most forced eradication has been confined to remote secondary producing regions safe from mass peasant mobilization. The Apurimac and Upper Huallaga, by contrast, are the two primary sources of Peruvian coca and historic redoubts of guerrilla insurgency." A new Post correspondent, Scott Wilson, gets to do his first coca-growing story -- same facts, but a different time frame.

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