Losing the American Dream: One Farmer’s Fight for Survival

Joe Del Bosque has been a farmer for most of his life. He believes that regulations are one reason why he may be losing his farm, his American dream. His farm, which President Barack Obama visited in 2014, has also been severely affected by California’s drought.

The Twisted Legacy of Colombia's Aerial Cocaine Crop Spraying Program

After 30 years of dubious results and loud protests, the flagship of the supply-side drug war in North America has finally been brought to ground.

Last month, acting on the recommendations of President Juan Manuel Santos, Colombia’s National Council on Dangerous Drugs (CNE) voted 7-1 to indefinitelysuspend the aerial fumigation of coca, the plant precursor to crystal cocaine. Colombia has been the only drug-producing country in the world where the US-backed fumigation program still operated, and the move represents the Santos administration’s first concrete step toward progressive drug reform. If the New York Times editorial board can be believed, ending fumigation may even mark a bellwether shift in Latin America away from Uncle Sam’s anti-narcotics hardline.

But if fumigation’s suspension is going to make a real difference, it should be recognized for what it is: not just a bad idea that got worse with age, but the centerpiece of a global drug war that has persisted through the stubbornness of proponents and their blaring disregard for the consequences on people and the environment.

In other words, what the hell took so long?

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INDONESIA, Karo : An Indonesian farmer works as mount Sinabung ® spews volcanic ashes in Karo district in North Sumatra province on June 11, 2015. Nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by a volcano on Sumatra island to the highest possible level, an official said on June 4. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA