Een verkeerde stap in een foutieve richting

Forward Operating Locations on Aruba and Curaçao

7 October 1999

Op 13 april 1999 sloot Nederland een verdrag met de Verenigde Staten over de vestiging van Amerikaanse militaire steunpunten op Aruba en Curaçao, de zogenaamde "Forward Operating Locations" (FOLs). Onderhandelingen over een verlenging voor een periode van tien jaar zijn nu gaande.

October 1999

About the authors

Tom Blickman

Tom Blickman (1957) is an independant researcher and journalist, based in Amsterdam. Before coming to TNI he was active in the squatters and solidarity movements in Amsterdam. He worked for Bureau Jansen & Janssen, a research institute on intelligence and police matters. Now he specialises in International Drug Control Policy and Organised Crime as a researcher at TNI's Drugs & Democracy Programme.

Recent publications from Drugs and Democracy

Towards a Healthier Legal Environment

Since the current drug laws were enacted several important changes have taken place inside and outside of Myanmar. The decision of the Myanmar Government to review the law is not only timely but also offers a prospect to improve the drugs legislation and to ensure that the laws address drug-related problems in the country more effectively.

Mexico: Challenging Drug Prohibition from Below

The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning ‘social power‘ that has the potential to change politics and policy.

Fixing a broken system

Despite efforts by governments in Latin America, illicit drugs continue to provide one of the largest incomes for criminal organizations, enabling them to penetrate and corrupt political and social institutions.

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The International Drug Control Regime and Access to Controlled Medicines

In poor and developing nations pain remains largely uncontrolled. Africa is the least well served continent for access to analgesia.