Thursday, March 12, 2009

More Bold Moves From Evo Morales

I'm just stealing from everybody today. The Kid sent through this article about Evo Morales eating a coca leaf in front of an assembly at the UN, to prove a cultural point.

President Morales, a former peasant coca farmer, brandished the leaf during an impassioned speech, saying: "This is coca leaf, this is not cocaine, this is part and parcel of a culture." He told ministers that the ban on coca was a "major historical mistake".

As The Biz pointed out today, coca leaf has been used to give fortitude to people who's lot in life is harsh to say the least for thousands of years. Banning it in Latin America would be like banning Guinness in Ireland, or banning state sanctioned military torture in the USA.

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