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Coca is known as the main ingredient in cocaine. But for Bolivia, it's more than that. by Bear Guerra

Coca, widely known as the main ingredient in cocaine, has been grown in the Andes for centuries. In Bolivia, an estimated third of the population consumes the leaf in natural form as if it were coffee, or tea. But the sturdy leaf has also been at the heart of US-led eradication efforts in Latin America.

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This is an update to our earlier series on "Coca Si, Cocaina No", which was funded by the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting in 2008. 

As Pope Francis Visits Ecuador, Women There Say They're Losing Ground by Bear Guerra

Correa is known outside Ecuador for his investment in social programs and infrastructure. But many of his critics argue that his policies toward women are among the most conservative in Latin America. Women’s groups in Ecuador say they’ve been losing a series of hard-won rights since Correa first came into office in 2007.

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