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    Has corporate media forgotten Iraq? (video)

    Phyllis Bennis
    17 March 2008
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    The Kenya case and media bias

    Antony Otieno Ong’ayo
    08 February 2008
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    India needs some healthy populism

    Praful Bidwai
    04 March 2008
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    Violence, Governance and Islam in Pakistan

    Jochen Hippler
    24 September 2008
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    In 2007, 3600 people got killed by political violence in Pakistan, compared to 8000 in the Afghan war. What policies are needed that could start to bring stability to its people?
  5. Dutch Parliament discusses UNGASS

    29 February 2008
    Article

    On thursday 28 February 2008 the Dutch Parliamentary Justice Commission devoted its debate to the drugs UNGASS review. Martin Jelsma was invited as one of the experts to share with the commission TNI's views on the importance of the review process. In his contribution he highlights the opportunity to use the 2008/9 period to achieve a breakthrough on harm reduction acceptance at the UN level, to evaluate the performance of UN agencies like UNODC and the INCB, and to open the door for a revision of  the UN drug control treaty system.
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  6. The Coca Debate

    Tom Blickman
    25 May 2008
    Article

    In March 2008, the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) provoked outrage in Bolivia by calling for the elimination of traditional uses of coca, such as chewing coca leaves and drinking coca tea. A new briefing urges to address the current erroneous classification of coca under the UN conventions. It also notes an apparent shift on the issue by the US government and urges the US to formally clarify its position. 

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    A “private” letter to President George Bush on Cuba and U.S. policy

    Saul Landau, Nelson P. Valdes
    11 September 2008
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    UNGASS review reaches critical stage

    03 November 2008
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    The review of the objectives and action plans agreed at the 1998 UNGASS on Drugs has reached a critical stage. Following the thematic debate at the 2008 Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and the five expert working groups held in Vienna over the summer, the attention now moves to the political process of negotiating the text of a political declaration to be agreed at the high level meeting in March 2009.

  9. Long life to coca leaf!

    Tom Blickman
    13 March 2008
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    With a “Causachun coca! (quechua), viva la coca. Long life to coca leaf!” the vice -minister of Foreign Affairs of Bolivia ended his intervention on Monday at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). Vice-minister Hugo Fernandez protested against the request of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) to eliminate the traditional use of coca, such as coca chewing and coca tea. At the same time a vigil to defend the coca leaf took place in La Paz.

  10. A real outrage against our culture

    Tom Blickman
    10 March 2008
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    Foreign Affairs minister David Choquehuanca announced that Bolivia is going to ask for a rectification of the 2007 Annual Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) that called for the abolition of coca chewing and coca tea.

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    Playing with fire in Jammu and Kashmir

    Praful Bidwai
    17 August 2008
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    INDIA/US: Racing to Clear Last Lap of Nuke Deal

    Praful Bidwai
    07 August 2008
    Article
  13. UNGASS ten years on

    01 March 2008
    Article

    Weaknesses in the United Nations drug control system have often been identified, related to the functioning of the key organs – the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), and the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) –, related to collaboration with the wider UN system – the World Health Organistaion (WHO), UNAIDS, UN Development Programme (UNDP), etc. – and related to the outdated character of several treaty provisions.

  14. European Parliament in favour of licit use of coca leaf

    Tom Blickman
    28 April 2008
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    On April 23, 2008, the European Parliament approved a report by MEP Giusto Catania on the Green Paper on the role of civil society in drugs policy in the European Union. The EP, among other things, called "on the Commission and the Member States to explore ways of cooperating with EU civil-society organisations involved in promoting substances derived from coca leaves for lawful use purely as a means of contributing effectively (by absorbing raw materials) to international action against drugs trafficking, ensuring at the same time the safe use of such substances."

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    Casualties of another war

    Tariq Ali
    23 September 2008
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    Constituting change in a divided Bolivia

    21 January 2008
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    Bolivia's proposed new constitution is an innovative and progressive document constructed out of the struggles by social movements in recent years, however securing national consensus will be an uphill struggle. An in-depth analysis of Bolivia's constitutional process.
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    Response to poverty and empire: denial

    Saul Landau
    13 November 2008
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    A place for the left

    Hilary Wainwright
    23 September 2008
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    The pull of national and local identities away from Westminster is a vital clue to understanding and preparing for the unravelling of New Labour
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    The US-Iraq agreement on maintaining US troops in Iraq

    Phyllis Bennis
    22 October 2008
    Article
  20. Beyond 2008: Final Declaration and Resolutions

    23 July 2008
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    The "Beyond 2008" NGO Forum was held in Vienna, Austria from July 7-9, 2008.  It was the final step in the global consultation of NGOs involved in responding to drug related problems and to provide civil society input for the 10-year UNGASS review.
    Three draft resolutions and the draft declaration were subject to a line by line examination and intense debate. At the end of the Forum the Declaration and three Resolutions were adopted by consensus by all those participating in the Forum.  This was an historic achievement and reflected the maturity and commitment of the global NGO community. 

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