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Bolivia's President Suggested the Pope Try Coca

During Evo Morales' visit to the vatican he gave Pope Francis three books about the coca leaf.
Gabriela Gorbea
4.15.16
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How Pablo Escobar's Legacy of Violence Drives Today's Cartel Wars - Part 3

In the last part of our three-part documentary, we embed with the Peruvian National Police as they trek into the Upper-Huallaga, once the main coca supplier region to the Medellín Cartel.
VICE Staff
10.13.15
americas

Pope Francis Wants to Chew On Some Coca Leaves in Bolivia

Because of Bolivia's high altitude, the pope reportedly requested that coca leaves be ready for him to chew on once he arrives today in La Paz.
VICE News
7.8.15
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Amazon Settlers Dreaming of Modernization (Extra Scene from 'Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon')

In this extra scene, VICE News meets settlers of Alto Monte, who believe their sacred and remote town in the Amazon is on track to becoming a great civilization — just as their prophet Ezequiel Ataucusi promised.
VICE News
4.15.15
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Inside the Israelite’s Elementary School (Extra Scene from 'Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon')

In this extra scene, VICE News visits an elementary school in Alto Monte that follows the religious Royal Law established in the Amazonian community, but a young student says his generation isn't about to blindly follow the path of his elders.
VICE News
4.8.15
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The Promised Land: Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Full Length)

VICE News meets the apocalyptic sect living in the center of the fastest growing coca-producing region in South America.
VICE News
3.31.15
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Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 3)

In the final part of our series, VICE News visits a coca plantation near Caballococha, Peru, and learns of the environmental impact the Israelite farmers and the introduction of crops have had on the Amazon rainforest's ecosystem.
VICE News
3.27.15
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Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 2)

Coca has begun to grow in the Amazon basin near where the messianic sect known as the Israelites have settled, and Brazilian authorities suspect that members of the sect have become involved in the area’s growing drug trade.
VICE News
3.27.15
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Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Part 1)

In part one, VICE News travels to Alto Monte de Israel to meet the apocalyptic sect known as the Israelites, and learn about their prophet, Ezequiel Ataucusi, who led them to settle in the Amazon jungle.
VICE News
3.26.15
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The Promised Land: Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon (Trailer)

Coming soon: VICE News meets the apocalyptic sect that lives in the center of the fastest growing coca-producing region in South America.
VICE News
3.24.15