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  1. Coca leaf should be allowed in the UK

    05 July 2009
    Article

    On 12 June 2009, TNI submited a memorandum to the 'House of Commons Select Committee on the cocaine trade' to allow the coca leaf in its natural form on the UK market, as a mild stimulant and as an infusion. The leaf is now still classified along with cocaine and heroin as a Class A drug.

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    Lahore: the final wake-up call

    Praful Bidwai
    07 March 2009
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    A bold proposal for a new economy

    John Cavanagh
    16 February 2009
    Article

    The free market guru Milton Friedman understood what so many progressives do not: that crises create opportunities for radical change.  From low-wage workers, to local entrepreneurs, from independent thinking elected officials to the global networks that brought you the Battle in Seattle a decade ago, there's a new questioning of the Wall Street-based economy.

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    From guerrilla warrior to statesman -- now comfortably retired

    Saul Landau
    07 October 2009
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    A late September morning with Fidel Castro (Part 1)

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    Almost one year: Assessment

    Saul Landau
    17 December 2009
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    We have made the transition from a President who both horrified and amused us to one who simply disappoints.

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    Capitalism has failed: Face the facts

    Saul Landau
    12 March 2009
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  8. The Migrant Condition

    Walden Bello
    19 November 2009
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    Migrants' rights have to be addressed on two fronts: end the neoliberal policies that are responsible for creating poverty in their home countries, thus forcing them to emigrate, and demand that they are given full rights in their host countries.

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    Carbon Trading: flaw at the heart of Democrats’ climate bill

    Oscar Reyes
    28 May 2009
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    The oil, gas and coal industry lobbyists who have spent almost $45 million on President Obama´s clean energy plan in recent months need not worry: it is so full of holes that US industry could avoid making any reductions at home until at least 2026, rendering talk of a 17 per cent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 largely meaningless.
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    The Climate Camp vs the Carbon Market

    Kevin Smith
    26 February 2009
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    Uprooted: Foreign military bases and forced displacement

    Wilbert van der Zeijden
    17 November 2009
    Article

    Expulsion, or displacement, directly caused by the decision of a government to make way for a military base, is but one of the many problems local communities face when they are confronted with a foreign military presence.

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    Our jobs crisis needs drastic action

    John Cavanagh, Sarita Gupta
    09 December 2009
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    Obama's recovery plan has helped to slow the job loss, but we need a full-scale emergency relief plan that goes much further.

  13. Myth 3: Coca and addiction

    01 June 2009
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    The use of coca produces a form of drug dependence / The use of coca will cure dependence on cocaine and crack

    To some people, “the use of coca produces a form of drug dependence”, to others “the use of coca will cure dependence on cocaine and crack”. And, like a Peruvian expert added ironically in 1952, there is a third position, that of the members of the UN who maintain that it is not an addiction, but should be treated as such since it is a pernicious habit. The absence of scientific backing did not prevent the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence from ruling twice, in 1952 and 1953, that coca chewing should indeed be considered a form of “cocainism”.

     

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    Reprise? Obama and Afghanistan

    Phyllis Bennis
    30 November 2009
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    Obama's caving in to the pressures of Pentagon to escalate the war in Afghanistan will inevitably mean weakening his programmes at home and losing the support of the broad progressive coalition that brought him to power.

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    Bailing out the planet

    Brendan Smith, Tim Costello, Jeremy Brecher
    05 February 2009
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    'Green paper gold' could provide a much-needed fiscal stimulus while protecting the planet from climate change
    As the rag-tag army of social movement activists, NGO representatives and other advocates from global civil society wend their way home from the Amazonian city of Belem, Brazil, and the World Social Forum (WSF), they have reason to believe they have won the debate on globalisation.
  16. 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.

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  18. Myth 1: Coca and nutrition

    01 June 2009
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    The use of coca is symptomatic of hunger and malnutrition / Coca is a solution to the world’s hunger problem

    While for some people, “the use of coca is symptomatic of hunger and malnutrition”, others state the opposite saying that “coca is a solution to the world’s hunger problem”. It has long been common among superficial observers to confuse the use of coca with an inadequate diet, and thus to claim that coca is in some specific sense responsible for malnutrition among the Andean population. At the opposite extreme, there exists an increasingly vocal lobby, which defends the use of coca not so much as a stimulant, but as a food supplement, and sometimes engages in extravagant claims regarding coca’s dietary benefits.

     

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    Contested terrain: Obama's Iraq withdrawal plan and the peace movement

    Phyllis Bennis
    06 March 2009
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    President Obama's speech to Congress was a good first step, but we still have a lot of work to do to end the war in Iraq.

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