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  1. Pardon for Mules in Ecuador

    • Pien Metaal
    01 February 2009

    At the end of 2008, about 1,500 persons were released who were in Ecuadorian prisons sentenced for drug trafficking. The measure, known as “pardon for mules,” singled out a specific group of prisoners who were victims of indiscriminate and disproportionate legislation that was in effect for many years.

     

  2. Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift

    01 February 2009

    The statement presents the main findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy. Prohibitionist policies based on the eradication of production and on the disruption of drug flows as well as on the criminalization of consumption have not yielded the desired results, concludes . We are further than ever from the announced goal of eradicating drugs. Breaking the taboo, acknowledging the failure of current policies and their consequences is the inescapable prerequisite for the discussion of a new paradigm leading to safer, more efficient and humane drug policies.

     

  3. Pardon for Mules in Ecuador

    • Pien Metaal
    01 February 2009
    Policy briefing

    At the end of 2008, about 1,500 persons were released who were in Ecuadorian prisons sentenced for drug trafficking. The measure, known as “pardon for mules,” singled out a specific group of prisoners who were victims of indiscriminate and disproportionate legislation that was in effect for many years.

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    End WTO deregulation of finance

    Myriam vander Stichele
    01 February 2009
    Article
    Since the current financial crisis started, none of the governments, experts or media who have called for new regulations for the financial industry have taken into account rules of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which actually impose extreme financial service deregulation on many WTO member countries.
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    “Free trade” agreements contribute to financial and other crises

    Myriam vander Stichele
    01 February 2009
    Article
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    “Talk of human security helps frame power relations”

    David Sogge, Interviewed by José Manuel Pureza
    01 February 2009
    Article
    Talk of "human security" asserts a prerogative of the powerful to say whose rights are to be respected, whose not respected, and to say who shall be system of domination now in place -– a risky thing, given that “stabilisation” practices have a way of triggering a lot of instability.
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    Looking for a Handshake with Obama

    Kester Kenn Klomegah
    02 February 2009
    In the media
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    Farewell, Monroe Doctrine

    Saul Landau, Philip Brenner
    02 February 2009
    Article
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    Scrap carbon trading

    Oscar Reyes
    02 February 2009
    Article
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    'WSF had a prophetic voice'

    Walden Bello
    02 February 2009
    Article
  13. Dutch Remain Firm on Harm Reduction

    Tom Blickman
    02 February 2009
    Article

    “We will be aiming for no less than securing the inclusion of harm reduction in the political declaration by which member states determine international drugs policy,” the Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation Bert Koenders told the Donor Conference on Harm Reduction that took place on January 28-30, 2009, in Amsterdam. “We will do the same when, in 2010, the honour of chairing the UNAIDS governing board falls to the Netherlands. You can count on that.”

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    Progressive Public Water Management in Europe

    • Philipp Terhorst, David Hachfeld, Olivier Hoedeman
    03 February 2009
    Report

    Despite decades of intense pressure to commercialise and privatise water delivery, there are still numerous inspiring examples of successful public water management in cities and regions across Europe.

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    Israel may still face war crimes charges

    Phyllis Bennis, Thalif Deen
    03 February 2009
    Article
  16. Harvesting trees to make ecstasy drug

    Tom Blickman
    03 February 2009
    Article

    In June 2008, the Cambodian government set up a media show, burning 1,278 drums of safrole-rich oil—a key ingredient in the manufacture of the illicit recreational drug ecstasy—with the help of the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The amount of oil could have been used to make an estimated 245 million ecstasy tablets with a street value of $7.6 billion in Australia, the AFP claimed. While thick black plumes of smoke went into the air, Australian police officers, who had traveled to Cambodia to assist in the public burning, looked on wearing chemical suits and breathing apparatus.

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    È possibile sradicare la povertà

    03 February 2009
    Article

    Non si può uscire dalla crisi economica senza uscire da quella ambientale, sostiene Susan George, e propone «keynesianesimo verde» come via d'uscita.

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    Voices from the World Social Forum

    04 February 2009
    Article
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    Trees for Ecstasy

    Tom Blickman
    04 February 2009
    Article

    Many people believe that ecstasy is merely a synthetic drug that is manufactured solely with chemicals, so-called precursors. However, the main raw material for ecstasy, safrole, is extracted from various plants and trees in the form of safrole-rich oils—also known as sassafras oil. Preventing ecological damage and unsustainable harvesting of safrole-rich oils is urgently needed to preserve fragile ecosystems.

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