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  1. Dossier Orlando Letelier

    15 December 2009
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    TNI dossier on Orlando Letelier, second director of TNI.

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    Trees for Ecstasy

    Tom Blickman
    04 February 2009
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    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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    China's Uighur conundrum

    John Gittings
    08 July 2009
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    Dissidents make noise -- oops, news

    Saul Landau
    19 November 2009
    Article

    Duplicity in language of the US administration coincides with stupidity of its policy.

  5. Europe and US split over drugs policy at UN

    Tom Blickman
    30 January 2009
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    The fight over the introduction of harm reduction in the Political Declaration of the UNGASS review has now reached the newspapers. A report by Reuters said that the 'US and Europe split over drugs policy'. "US negotiators are trying to push through anti-drug programmes that were promoted during the former Bush administration but which are no longer advocated by President Barack Obama," participants at the talks in Vienna told Reuters.

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    Key to economic recovery lies in unlocking workers' creativity

    Hilary Wainwright
    05 May 2009
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    The future of our public services will be as central to the next election as the future of the economy. The experience of Newcastle City Council shows that most political party leaders are wrong when they believe the solution lies in further competition and outsourcing.
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    The Battle for Harm Reduction

    Tom Blickman
    21 January 2009
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    The issue of harm reduction continues to be controversial during the negotiations in Vienna for the Political Declaration that has to be adopted in March 2009 at the High Level Segment of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND). There is severe pressure on delegates to drop their insistence on incorporating the language and principles of harm reduction in the political declaration, or to accept some watered down version.

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    When corporations capture the state

    Praful Bidwai
    07 August 2009
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    The danger of a corporate capture of government isn't imaginary, and corporations represent narrow profit-seeking interests of businessmen whose forte is not Constitutional values.
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    The embargo: Nothing succeeds like failure

    Saul Landau
    28 October 2009
    Article

    Will Obama have the courage to break with the incongruous Cuba policy he inherited from previous administrations?

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    Climate activism heats up in South Africa

    Tristen Taylor
    07 December 2009
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    South African civil society fired up in 2009 to respond to its government’s destructive industrial strategy, writes Tristen Taylor.

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    Bolivia’s New Constitution

    05 February 2009
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    Against a barrage of opposition media propaganda funded by Bolivia’s elites, the new constitution was approved with 61% of the popular vote. Bolivia was once the prized pupil for its wholesale application of policies encouraged by the IMF and the World Bank. Now it is one of the countries articulating an alternative.
  12. 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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    Isolating the BJP

    Praful Bidwai
    06 May 2009
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    Literary Fascism

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    22 September 2009
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    While browsing through a major Moscow bookstore recently, I happened to notice one bookshelf with a tersely written label that read, simply, “Jews.” It contained a randomly arranged collection of books on the ancient history of Palestine, tracts on Judeo-Masonic conspiracy theories, memoirs of escaped Holocaust victims, pamphlets written by “revisionist historians” arguing that the Holocaust never happened, Russian-language publications from Israel, and a large number of books that I would classify as practical guides for organizing a pogrom. In

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    Changing the discourse: first step toward changing the policy?

    Phyllis Bennis
    05 June 2009
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    Obama's Cairo speech shifted the discourse, away from justifying reckless imperial hubris, unilateralism and militarism and towards a more cooperative and potentially even internationalist approach. It is the task of people across the US to mobilise and turn that new language into new policies.

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    Institutional coup

    Praful Bidwai
    10 February 2009
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    Roger (Cohen) and me

    Saul Landau
    07 January 2009
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    A caring State

    Praful Bidwai
    25 June 2009
    Article
    Unless Left parties acknowledge their blunders and rebuild their links with progressive intellectuals and civil society activists, and involve them as well in changing course, they will face marginalisation and a historic decline.
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    Iran's evolution and Islam’s Berlusconi

    Fred Halliday
    09 June 2009
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  20. Coca chewing out of the UN convention?

    Martin Jelsma
    21 August 2009
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    On July 30th the Bolivian proposal to amend the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs by deleting the obligation to abolish the chewingof coca leaf was on the ECOSOC agenda (UN Social and Economic Council). After informal negotiations, the 54 members of ECOSOC decided unanimously to pass the amendment proposal on to the Parties of the Convention for their consideration. They now have 18 months to express any objections or comments on the Bolivian request.

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