Peru’s War on Drugs

Despite the United Nations confirming in 2013 that Peru has overtaken Colombia as the world’s top coca and cocaine producer, the country’s place atop the drug supply chain has — at least so far — not included the levels of violence seen in Colombia, Mexico, and other international narcotics hubs. The frontlines of Peru’s war on cocaine are restricted to remote coca-producing basins, where drug laboratories and illegal landing strips are abundant. But the government’s campaign of crop eradication and efforts to destroy narco runways risk further igniting a larger social conflict, alienating the coca farmers whose livelihoods depend on growing the illicit crop. VICE News traveled to the heart of Peru’s coca-producing region to witness how the government is waging a war on drugs with the aim of putting an early end to its reign as the world’s new king of cocaine. Watch “The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u Watch “Cocaine and Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr Read “Sacred Cocaine: Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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The War Against Boko Haram (Part 3)

Watch Part 1: http://bit.ly/1af1cIz Watch Part 2: http://bit.ly/1FtEtGP Since 2009, the militant Islamist group known as Boko Haram has wreaked havoc in northern Nigeria. Instilling terror through bombings, abductions, and beheadings, Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state in the most populous country in Africa. VICE News traveled to Nigeria where the country’s army has ramped up its fight against Boko Haram, whose rise has caused a state of emergency. As the only journalists on the front line in northern Nigeria, we witnessed the beginning of the largest military insurgency to date. In the final part of this three part series, VICE News correspondent Kaj Larsen embeds with the Nigerian army on their assault on Bama, one of the last Boko Haram strongholds, as well as joining a fully operational air wing supplied by private military contractors assisting in the fight against the militant group. Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” – http://bit.ly/15xC4L2 Watch “Blood Diamonds and Religious War: Diamonds and Division” – http://bit.ly/1zYdmRq Read “UN Adopts Resolution Calling for International Coordination Against Boko Haram” – http://bit.ly/1EMamtR Read “Can a 72-Year-Old Former Military Dictator Bring Nigerians the Change They Have Voted For?” – http://bit.ly/1Hnr3ta Read “Nigeria Reacts to a Historic Change as President-Elect Buhari Prepares for Power” – http://bit.ly/1FmJT3x Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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Amazon Settlers Dreaming of Modernization (Extra Scene from ‘Cocaine And Faith In The Amazon’)

Peru is now the world’s main supplier of coca, the raw plant material used to manufacture cocaine. In the last five years, coca production has grown the most in the tri-border region, an area deep in the Amazon where Colombia, Brazil and Peru meet. The tri-border region is home to a messianic sect with apocalyptic beliefs whose members dress in biblical robes. Known as “Israelites,” the religious group migrated to the Peruvian Amazon in 1995 in search of a promised land that’s now infested with coca plantations. VICE News traveled to Alto Monte de Israel, the sacred land of the Israelites, to meet them and understand how they cope with the existence of coca crops on their land, and whether they’re involved in the drug trade. In this extra scene, VICE News meets settlers of Alto Monte, who believe that their sacred and remote town in the Amazon is on track to becoming a great civilization — just as their prophet Ezequiel Ataucusi promised. Watch “Cocaine & Faith in the Amazon” – http://bit.ly/1GM7wEr Watch “Peru: The New King of Coke” – http://bit.ly/1zchU6u Inside the Peruvian Sect Accused of Growing Coca in the Amazon – http://bit.ly/1GGRfRe Subscribe to VICE News here: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE-News Check out VICE News for more: http://vicenews.com Follow VICE News here: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vicenews Twitter: https://twitter.com/vicenews Tumblr: http://vicenews.tumblr.com/ Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicenews More videos from the VICE network: https://www.fb.com/vicevideos

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