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4/28    Finally you can get REAL coca-cola
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Bolivia has come up with a fizzy beverage it says is the real thing: Coca Colla. The drink, made from the coca leaf and named after the indigenous Colla people from Bolivia's highlands, went on sale this week across the South American country. One is a symbol of US-led globalisation and corporate might; the other could be considered a socialist-tinged affront to western imperialism. The familiar-sounding name and packaging may rile the Atlanta-based soft drinks manufacturer, but Coca Colla could also cause groans in Washington. It is made from the coca leaf, a mild stimulant that wards off fatigue and hunger, and has been used in the Andes for thousands of years in cooking, medicine and religious rites. Evo Morales, an Aymara Indian and coca grower, was elected president, championing coca as a crop with legitimate uses. The socialist government vowed zero tolerance for cocaine but expelled drug enforcement administration agents, accusing them of spying, and encouraged Bolivian companies to use coca to make teas, syrups, toothpaste, liqueurs, sweets and cakes. "We are seeing how we can give it impetus, because the industrialisation of coca interests us," the deputy minister of rural development, Victor Hugo Vzquez, told the news agency Efe earlier this year. If the coca spin-offs work out, the government said the area of land authorised for legal cultivation of the leaf may expand from 12,000 hectares to as much as 20,000 hectares. The US warned that most of the coca crop would be siphoned off for cocaine, and accused Bolivia of failing to co-operate in the fight against drugs. Coca-Cola, which denies ever having used cocaine in its recipe, did not immediately respond to requests for its views on the Andean upstart. It is not the first time the corporation has faced a South American coca rival. Paez Indians in south-western Colombia launched Coca Sek, which was also based on coca extracts, and sought to promote the cultivation and everyday consumption of the coca leaf, including in tea. But the drink was banned the following year amid pressure from the international narcotics control board, the body responsible for implementing United Nations drugs conventions. Guardian and Observer Series - Factfile UK Complete sets of the Factfile UK newsprints featured in the Guardian and Observer from 24th - 30th April 2010 for 12, or 450 each.