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    Don't simply stamp 'Private' on the Royal Mail

    Simon Caulkin
    17 May 2009
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    Binayak case puts democracy on trial

    Praful Bidwai
    19 May 2009
    Article

    India has never before witnessed such mobilisation of international and national support for a person imprisoned within its borders. Twentytwo Nobel laureates from different countries have issued spirited statements of protest against the continued detention of Dr Binayak Sen, a public health activist and civil liberties defender.

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    Will China save the world from depression?

    Walden Bello
    19 May 2009
    Article

    The world is looking at China to save it from depression, but China has built its export based economy on the backs of its rural population, which is too poor to absorb the industry's output now that global demand has slumped.

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    Partecipazione, l'esempio di Firenze

    19 May 2009
    In the media
  6. Horse trading at the UN

    International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC)
    19 May 2009
    Article

    NGOs in the drug policy field have criticised the outcome of the recent elections to the United Nation’s International Narcotic Control Board (INCB) because the process of trading votes between member states has led to the exclusion of some of the most highly qualified candidates, and the re-election of at least one candidate who does not fit the stated criteria, Tatyana Dmitrieva.

     

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    The Cost of Empire

    Chalmers Johnson
    20 May 2009
    In the media
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    Ken Saro-Wiwa: the day of truth?

    Kevin Smith
    20 May 2009
    Article
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    Blundering in Nepal

    Praful Bidwai
    20 May 2009
    Article
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    INCB elections

    Martin Jelsma
    20 May 2009
    Article

    This month's elections to the International Narcotics Control Board have proven to be more about horse trading at the UN than the real issues at stake for global drug policy

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    Netanyahu at the White House: not yet change we can believe in

    Phyllis Bennis
    20 May 2009
    Article
    The reality of power – that the U.S. is still the financial, military, diplomatic and political superpower patron on which Israel depends – was not reflected in the press conference that followed the meeting.
  13. INCB elections

    Martin Jelsma
    20 May 2009
    Article

    On Monday the 18th, at the UN-ECOSOC session in New York, elections took place for six members of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). The Board consists of only 13 members, so almost half of this UN body was up for election. Taking a look at the INCB-section on our website quickly reveals our troubled history with this ‘quasi-judicial’ and supposedly independent body that monitors compliance with the UN drug control treaties.

  14. Mixed reviews for ‘community policing’ in slums

    21 May 2009
    Other news

    The police, who used to shoot first and ask questions later in Santa Marta, a Rio de Janeiro shantytown, are now getting on well with the local community – the result of a state government plan that nevertheless has drawn criticism. Out of long habit, many local residents in the Santa Marta "favela" do not dare talk openly about the police who have been permanently posted in their neighbourhood for the past six months, as part of what the Rio de Janeiro state government describes as a plan to "pacify" the slums.

  15. Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2009 Crete

    22 May 2009 - Event

    The sixth meeting of the Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series took place in Kolymbari-Chania, Crete, at the same venue where the dialogue series began in 2004. Over 35 people attended, approximately one-third policy makers and two-thirds representatives of non-governmental organizations or academic institutions. Four themes were covered over the two days: the 52nd Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), including the High Level Segment (HLS) and its Political Declaration; drug law reform, law enforcement and supply reduction; UN system-wide coherence; and the UNGASS review process and the Informal Drug Policy Dialogues.

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    Guantanamo plans don’t match rhetoric

    Phyllis Bennis, Interviewed by Louise Dunne
    22 May 2009
    Article
    US President Barack Obama is failing to match his words to his actions and his promise to end the Guantanamo "mess" must not lead to detention without trial on American soil.
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    BJP hammered, Congress boosted, Left warned

    Praful Bidwai
    23 May 2009
    Article
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    Aam Aadmi please, not India Inc

    Praful Bidwai
    23 May 2009
    Article

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