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Saturday, November 8

Reopening the offensive against coca growing in the Amazon

Peru police launch massive drugs raid in jungle: "The operation, involving 11 armored helicopters, was continuing on Saturday but the Interior Ministry said five people who had been working in the cocaine processing sites had been arrested and 10 stolen vehicles had been recovered." Reuters AlertNet The never-ending struggle to keep the cocaine trade within tolerable levels so that the U.S. government does not blacklist the country. Interior Minister Fernando Rospigliosi, a former far left militant and progressive journalist, knows that it's a no-win situation but he has to put up the fight to keep Peru eligible for U.S. funding. There is a lot of irony in his position.

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