Cooking Cocaine in Lima: The New King of Coke (Part 3)

Subscribe to VICE News here: The United Nations announced in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s top producer of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. For the past two decades, Colombia has been virtually synonymous with cocaine. Now that Peru has become the global epicenter of cocaine production, the Andean nation runs the risk of becoming the world’s next great narco state. The Peruvian government is trying to crack down on the problem by ramping up eradication of coca plants, and devoting military and police resources to interdiction efforts. Despite the response — and a hefty amount of foreign aid devoted to combatting cocaine production — Peruvian coke is being consumed in the nightclubs of Lima and in cities around the world like never before. VICE News travels to Peru to learn more about the government’s battle plan against cocaine, and to see how nearly every aspect of Peruvian society is caught up in the fight. We witness how the fine, white powder has forced an entire nation to the brink in the global war on drugs. In part three of the five-part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen links up with cartel members at a clandestine lab in the middle of Lima and observes as they make cocaine that will be shipped from Peru to the world. Watch Part 1 – Watch Part 2 – Watch Part 4 – Watch Part 5 – Read “The Opium and Heroin Business Is Booming in Southeast Asia’s ‘Golden Triangle'” – Read “A Law Designed to Target Coke Lords Is Screwing Over Legal Pot Companies” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Dismemberment and Displacement in Buenaventura (Trailer)

Subscribe to VICE News here: The coastal city of Buenaventura is Colombia’s most violent city. There, two rival gangs — La Empresa and Los Urabeños, both successors of paramilitary groups — fight for control, with the city’s 400,000 residents caught in the middle. According to a recent report by Human Rights Watch, more than 50,000 of Buenaventura’s residents have been forced to flee their homes since 2011 out of fear of extortion, death threats, or forced gang recruitment. Adding to the pervasive fear are accounts of mutilated body parts found washed up along nearby shores — discards from the grimly-named “chopping houses,” where victims are dismembered alive. VICE News traveled to Buenaventura to meet with security forces, government officials, crime reporters, gang members, and victims, to try to understand why this city on Colombia’s Pacific coast has became so violent, and what’s being done about it. Watch “The New King of Coke (Part 1)” – Read “Colombian Peace Talks Ready to Resume After Guerrillas Release Hostage Army General” – Read “‘Too Scared to Return’: Millions of Displaced Colombians Failed by Land Restitution Efforts, Report Says” – Read “Paramilitaries Likely to Continue Terrorizing Colombia Even After a Peace Deal” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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VICE News Exclusive: The Architect of the CIA’s Enhanced Interrogation Program

Subscribe to VICE News here: The Senate Intelligence Committee has released a blistering, 500-page report on the CIA’s controversial detention and interrogation program, a document that committee chairwoman Dianne Feinstein said represents the most significant oversight effort in the history of the US Senate. The $40 million, five-year study concluded that CIA officials exaggerated the value of the intelligence they gleaned from dozens of “high-value detainees” held at black site prisons, where they were subjected to so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” such as sleep deprivation and waterboarding. The committee reviewed more than 6 million pages of top-secret CIA documents and found that the architect of the interrogation program was a retired Air Force psychologist named James Mitchell, an agency contractor who — according to news reports — personally waterboarded alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The Senate report does not identify Mitchell by name. Mitchell has a signed a non-disclosure agreement with the CIA and was unable to discuss his alleged role in the agency’s enhanced interrogation program, but VICE News met up with him in suburban Florida to discuss the Senate’s report and one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror. This is the first time Mitchell has ever appeared on camera. Read “Community Outreach — Not ‘Enhanced Interrogation’ — Might Be the Best Way to Stop Terror Attacks” – Read “What $300 Million Bought the CIA’s ‘Detention and Interrogation’ Program” – Read “Senate Torture Report Finds the CIA Was Less Effective and More Brutal Than Anyone Knew“ – Read “UN Official Wants US Administrators Involved in Torture to Be Prosecuted” – Check out the VICE News beta for more: Follow VICE News here: Facebook: Twitter: Tumblr: Instagram:

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Why a Mobile-Friendly Website Is Essential to a Successful SEO Strategy in 2015

Some organizations are still resistant to having a mobile-friendly website, either because they lack the resources or don’t see the value. If you want to be relevant in 2015 on Google, now is the time to begin building a mobile-friendly website.

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