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Ashley Kennedy, Journalist

Journalist Ashley Kennedy informs the audience of recent political events in the United States.

Cong. Gregorio Urias Germann, Sinaloa, Mexico, Introduced by Gustavo de Greiff

Gregorio Urias Germann, Mexican congressman from Sinaloa, delivers luncheon keynote address. Urias was introduced by former Colombian attorney general Gustavo de Greiff. Part 1 of 6: Part 2 of 6: Part 3 of 6: Part 4 of 6: Part 5 of 6: Part 6 of 6:

Eric Sterling, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

Eric Sterling, emcee of the Out from the Shadows conference, gives opening remarks about his trip to Latin America with US Congressmen as he served as council to the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

Felipe Quispe, Bolivian Federal Deputy

Felipe Quispe is the Congressman and El Mallku (high leader) of the indigenous Aymara Nation. Part 1 of 3: Part 2 of 3: Part 3 of 3:

Gustavo De Greiff, former Prosecutor General

Gustavo De Greiff is the former Prosecutor General of Columbia, and presided over take down the famous drug lord Pablo Escobar. Part 1 of 5: Part 2 of 5: Part 3 of 5: Part 4 of 5: Part 5 of 5:

Marco Perduca, executive director LIA

Remarks given by Marco Perduca, executive director of the International Antiprohibitionist League.

Out from the Shadows: Ending Drug Prohibition in the 21st Century

DRAFT Out from the Shadows was an international conference series, whose main event was a conference the city of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico from February __ to 13. Out from the Shadows drew people from throughout Latin America, as well as Europe and the United States, including legislators from seven countries. The following video footage was provided by Eclectech, a media group based in Merida and __, and by Radio Radicale, an affiliate of one of our primary conference sponsors, the Transnational Radical Party. Some or all speeches not displayed from the following: Luis Paulo Guanabara Eric Sterling Marco Perduca Rose Marie Acha Gustavo de Greiff interview David Borden interview Marco Cappato interview Marco Perduca interview

Latin America: Jimmy Carter to Harvest Coca Leaves on Evo Morales' Farm

At a Saturday meeting in the Bolivian capital of La Paz, former US President Jimmy Carter accepted an invitation from Bolivian President Evo Morales to go pick coca on Morales' coca farm in the Chapare, Agence France-Presse reported. The stop was part of a nine-day trip to Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru by the Nobel Peace Prize winning former president.

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Drying the leaves in the warehouse. The sign reads ''Coca Power and Territory, Dignity and Sovereignty, Regional Congress 2006-08''
Morales, a former coca grower union leader, launched the invitation amidst smiles at a press conference following a private meeting with the ex-president, saying that he had a long friendship with Carter, who had invited him to pick peanuts on his Georgia farm. "One time, he invited me to visit his family and house, and I harvested peanuts on his land in Atlanta," Morales said. "Now, I invite him to the Chapare to harvest coca... it will be the next time he comes."

"Since President Morales has come to my property and evidently picked some peanuts, I hope that in my next visit I can go to the Chapare, where he has invited me to go harvest coca leaves," Carter replied.

Carter is scheduled to be back in Bolivia in December. At that time, Bolivia will be undergoing general elections in which Morales is seeking reelection until 2015.

Bolivia is the world's third largest coca producer, behind Colombia and Peru. Under Morales, the country has embarked on a policy of "zero cocaine, not zero coca," which has brought it into conflict with the US and with the United Nations' international drug control apparatus. Bolivia expelled the US ambassador and the DEA last fall.

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