De gruwelijke taferelen in Gaza blijven voortduren. De bombardementen en beschietingen zijn de tweede week ingegaan en het Israëlische leger is nu ook een grondoffensief begonnen, voert artilleriebeschietingen uit en is en het Palestijnse gebied binnengetrokken met tanks. Het dodental is (aan Palestijnse kant) tot over de 600 gestegen, volgens Palestijnse bronnen.
Two pictures in the Philippine Daily Inquirer a couple of days ago said it all. One showed three dead Palestinian children, killed in Gaza by an Israeli bomb. Another, in the inside pages, showed three Israeli children playing inside a bomb shelter hiding from Hamas rocket attacks. After over a week of Israeli attacks, more than 660 Palestinians dead, most of them non-combatants, including 215 children and 98 women. At a clearly marked United Nations refugee center, an Israeli attack killed 40 people and wounded 100. Another 2950 people have been wounded in the whole of Gaza.
There has been a long, silent monetary coup d’état that has transferred value away from labour into the hands of capital, but the current crisis offers a window of opportunity for transforming the economy.
The Hungarian Civil Liberty Union (HCLU) produced a video on the debate on cannabis policy and the tolerated sale of small quantities of cannabis by coffee shops in the Netherlands. The debate fired up when the mayors of Bergen op Zoom and Roosendaal, two towns near the Belgian border, decided to close their coffee shops.
Smoking without Borders An HCLU film about drug tourism in the Netherlands: is it really only the problem of the Dutch?
The assumption that reducing opium production would lead to less drug use has been proven wrong. It has instead contributed to a pattern of an increased use of stronger drugs and more harmful patterns of use.