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  1. Misguided U.S. economic policies drive many Mexicans to come here

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    04 August 2010
    Article

    Most immigrants would prefer to stay at home with their families and live their own culture, eat their own food, and listen to their own music.

  2. Colombia’s new president should call for a dialogue on drugs

    Coletta Youngers
    18 August 2010
    Article

    In June 1998, Juan Manuel Santos signed a letter delivered to Kofi Annan, then the Secretary General of the United Nations, calling for “a frank and honest evaluation of global drug control efforts"….as “we believe that the global war on drugs is now causing more harm than drug abuse itself." Now that Santos is President of Colombia, he has the power to implement – in his own country – the letter's proposals for meaningful debate and an evidence based-approach to drug policy.

  3. The Wikileaks Afghan War Diary: More Evidence of a Failed Mission

    Phyllis Bennis
    04 August 2010
    Article

    The leaks just fill in details of what we already knew: that the Afghan War is too costly to continue.

  4. Colombia’s Uribe takes dictation one last time

    Atilio Boron
    04 August 2010
    Article

    The White House asked him for one last “proof of love” to support US Latin America policy. What will be next? Worries about his personal future?

  5. Why the U.S. won't cut ties with Israel, no matter how extreme its government gets

    Phyllis Bennis
    09 August 2010
    Article

    Israel's defence minister spends much more time in Washington than the nation's pro-"ethnic cleansing" foreign minister; no wonder when the US is committing hundreds of billions of US taxes to Israel's militarization.

  6. The Human Toll of the Drug War: A Pending Issue

    Kristel Mucino
    10 August 2010
    Article

    Analia Silva, an Afro-Ecuadorian woman in her late 40s, says that getting a job in Ecuador was really difficult for her because she did not know how to read or write, and she continuously faced racial and age discrimination. Jobless, desperate and being the sole provider of her two children, she started selling small amounts of drugs to make ends meet. She was caught within months and was sentenced to 8 years in prison.

  7. Israel to Let the UN in...or Not?

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 August 2010
    Article

    What a coup for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon!

  8. The Human Toll of the Drug War: A Pending Issue

    Kristel Mucino
    10 August 2010
    Article

    Driven by poverty to make ends meet many small drug sellers' are targeted by harsh drug policies, yet their persecution does nothing to tackle the root cause of drug-related crime or addiction.

  9. The equal and opposite effect

    Praful Bidwai
    21 August 2010
    Article

    We have never before witnessed such a huge multi-billion rupee racket as the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Every brick and steel bar that goes into the facilities is lubricated with bribes.

  10. Kerlikowske draws the wrong conclusions

    Martin Jelsma
    16 August 2010
    Article

    In "Has the time come to legalize drugs?" Andres Oppenheimer, the influential opinion maker about Latin American affairs at the Miami Herald, describes how the debate about cannabis regulation "is rapidly moving to the mainstream in Latin America." He quotes White House drug czar Kerlikowske who argues that The Netherlands proves that relaxation of cannabis laws increases consumption, and that the Dutch government is now reversing its strategy. That requires some rectification.

  11. Paris: local authorities regain control of water management

    Anne Le Strat
    24 August 2010
    Article

    The President of Paris' remunicipalised water utility tells the inspiring story of how water was taken back into public hands, and why this has prompted a major expansion in reinvestment, public participation, and international solidarity cooperation.

  12. Insisting on an alternative: meeting the challenge of the cuts

    aleksej
    06 August 2010
    Article

    The logic of "the market" masks a modern form of despotism where the self-interests of financial elites are dressed up as the "public good."

  13. Carbon market “growth” is mainly fraudulent, World Bank report shows

    Oscar Reyes
    03 August 2010
    Article

    The global carbon market grew in 2009. Far from signalling a success, this reflects a massive increase in fraud, the dumping of surplus emissions permits by industry, and a rise in financial speculation.

  14. EU awards €40 million to support water partnership projects in Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific

    28 August 2010
    Article

    PSIRU at the University of Greenwich has created the www.acp-eu-waterpartnerships.org website help water utilities, local authorities and civil society organisations access and use EU aid to build not-for-profit ACP-EU water partnerships.

  15. It's no secret what Pakistan's been doing with the Taliban

    Tariq Ali
    03 August 2010
    Article

    British politicians "shock" over wiki-leaks shouldn't be taken seriously: Pakistan's ties to the Taliban have never been a secret.

  16. Is Africa still being looted?

    Patrick Bond
    19 August 2010
    Article

    African elites, together with the West and now China, are still making Africans progressively poorer, thanks to the extraction of raw materials.

  17. Norway contemplating Heroin Assisted Treatment

    Christopher Hallam
    13 August 2010
    Article

    The recent report of the Stoltenberg Committee, set up by the Norwegian Health Minister to review the country’s drug situation, included a recommendation to begin offering Heroin Assisted Treatment (HAT) to the most marginalised users. The government, while supporting the introduction of new harm reduction measures, is still considering whether to follow the recommendation.

  18. Revenge of the Deficit-Haters

    Saul Landau
    31 August 2010
    Article

    Ironically, the loudest complainers about paying taxes become the most eloquent advocates of spending more on the military.

  19. Mining for El Salvador's Gold... In Washington

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    19 August 2010
    Article

    An international tribunal gives the green light to a lawsuit brought by two companies attempting to overcome strong public and government resistance to their destructive gold mining.

  20. Urgent Reform Needed

    04 August 2010
    Article

    Experts and policymakers have gathered in Vienna for the 18th International AIDS Conference to evaluate current trends in HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention. Despite the widespread attention given to the subject, countries around the world continue to maintain draconian drug laws that are increasing the spread of the disease. Several leading AIDS, human rights and drug policy reform organisations and leading scientists are calling for urgent action to change current drug laws and incorporate evidence-based approaches to drug and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention to reverse this trend.

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