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    Institutional coup

    Praful Bidwai
    10 February 2009
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  2. From rural livelihoods to agricultural growth

    • Lies Craeynest
    10 February 2009

    This paper examines the policies and practices on land of the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom. After a market-led approach to land distribution in the 1980s, DFID made some changes towards a rights-based land policy, but this has since regressed.

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    The global collapse: a non-orthodox view

    Walden Bello
    11 February 2009
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    The convenient crisis of civilisation

    Christophe Aguiton
    11 February 2009
    Article
  5. Toward a Paradigm Shift

    Tom Blickman
    11 February 2009
    Article


    The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy presented its conclusions at a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, on 11 February. Founded by former Presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), César Gaviria (Colombia) and Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico), integrated by 17 independent members, the Commission assessed the limits and unwanted effects of the repressive policies of  the "war on drugs" in Latin America.

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    Israel: Rise of the Right

    Phyllis Bennis
    12 February 2009
    Article
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    Awaiting Pakistan's official response to Mumbai attacks

    Praful Bidwai
    12 February 2009
    Article
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    Permanent devaluation

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    12 February 2009
    Article
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    Bowled over

    Saul Landau
    12 February 2009
    Article
  10. Toward a Paradigm Shift

    12 February 2009
    Article

    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. 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.

     

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    India scoffs at Pakistani denials

    Praful Bidwai
    13 February 2009
    Article

    It is clear that Pakistan's stonewalling tactics have strengthened the hands of Indian hardliners, who now advocate covert action in Pakistan, or coercive diplomacy targeting the shared waters of the Indus River system with a view to reducing their flows into Pakistan.

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    WSF: is another world possible?

    Tim Costello, Brendan Smith
    13 February 2009
    Article
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    Softer Policy on Drugs Is Debated in Argentina

    Alexei Barrionuevo
    14 February 2009
    In the media
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    Chávez - a referendum of his very own

    Humberto Márquez
    15 February 2009
    In the media
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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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    UN System-Wide Coherence

    Tom Blickman
    16 February 2009
    Article

    The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, wrote a letter to the delegates negotiating the Political Declaration for the 52nd session of the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) in Vienna on March 11-12, 2009, dedicated to review of the progress achieved and the difficulties encountered by in meeting the goals and targets set out in the 1998 UNGASS.

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    Put People First!

    28 March 2009 - Event
  18. Pardon for Mules in Ecuador

    17 February 2009
    Article

    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. Although with this measure, the Government of Rafael Correa took an important step in the process of reforming draconian legislation regarding controlled substances in his country, it is still to be completed with new legislation.

    Read the new briefing: Pardon for Mules in Ecuador, a Sound Proposal, Series on Legislative Reform of Drug Policies Nr. 1, Transnational Institute/Washington Office on Latin America, February 2009

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    First Southeast Asian informal drug policy dialogue

    Martin Jelsma
    18 February 2009
    Article
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    Bangkok Dialogue

    Martin Jelsma
    18 February 2009
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) and the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) co-hosted the First Southeast Asian Informal Drug Policy Dialogue, 12-14 February 2009 in Bangkok. The dialogue – similar to TNI efforts in Europe and Latin America – brought together government officials, experts, NGOs and representatives of international agencies, to discuss dilemmas and possible improvements in drug policy making in the region. Participants in the Bangkok meeting were from Burma, Thailand, Laos, Yunnan (China) and Northeast India.

     

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