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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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    Cannabis in Mexico

    • Jorge Hernández Tinajero, Leopoldo Rivera Rivera
    27 August 2010

    In August 2010, Mexican President Felipe Calderon declared that he would support a national debate on the issue of legalisation, reversing his previous stance on the subject. However, he underscored that he did not favour legalisation, particularly since the US and the international community maintained their prohibitionist approach. This IDPC Briefing Paper offers background information on the cannabis political debate in Mexico.

     

  4. II Latin American Conference on Drug Policy

    26 August 2010 - Event

    On 26 and 27 August, 2010, the Second Latin American Conference and the First Brazilian Conference on Drug Policy took place in the noble hall of the National Law School of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) with more than 400 attendees and the presence of top drug policy experts from thirteen countries in Latin America. It was the most specialized meeting to take place to date in the region. The Conference was organized at the regional level by Intercambios, a key Latin American civil association that has worked for fifteen years on issues of harm reduction and drug policy. And, locally by Psicotropicus, a pioneer in bringing the drugs debate out from obscurity and bringing it into everyday discussions in Brazil.

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    European Union: most anti-democratic and neoliberal in history

    Susan George
    25 August 2010

    At the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) in October, Asian governments should not take any lessons on democracy or economics from the European Union. We have to make common cause between Asian and European social movements, because we are all losing out from current policies.

  6. 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.

  7. Prague high

    24 August 2010
    Other news

    Although the partial decriminalization of cannabis at the beginning of this year didn't transform the capital into the new Amsterdam, as some headlines suggested, the accessibility of soft drugs, National Drug Coordinator Vobořil says, has secured the Czech Republic one of the highest rankings in Europe regarding cannabis use. The possession of more than the allowed 15 grams of cannabis is subject to a fine of up to CZK 15,000, or imprisonment of up to one year.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Phyllis Bennis: Afghanistan after the Wikileaks War Logs

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 August 2010
    Multi-media

    Interview about the impact of the Wikileaks documents and the new financial input for the American troops in Afghanistan - hosted by Eric Mann

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    Democracy Needs Whistleblowers

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 August 2010
    Multi-media

    She spoke at a rally in Quantico, VA supporting a soldier charged with releasing a video showing the killings of civilians and journalists in Iraq.

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

    Phyllis Bennis
    19 August 2010
    Article

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

  14. Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience

    • Sanji Gunasekara
    19 August 2010

    In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. The Commission will  present a final report which is likely to feature a new approach to personal pos­session and use of drugs placing less emphasis on conviction and punish­ment and more on the delivery of effective treat­­ment. New Zealand’s approach to drug law reform may provide les­sons for other countries.

     

  15. 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.

  16. Cannabis farmers take up arms to defend crops in booming trade

    16 August 2010
    Other news

    Illicit cannabis factory farmers are arming themselves with sawn-off shotguns, CS sprays and machetes and even setting booby traps to protect their crops from rival gangs, according to a police study published today. The report for the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) reveals there has been a boom in cannabis production across Britain in the last two years, with nearly 7,000 illegal farms and factories uncovered in 2009/10 alone.

  17. 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.

  18. Leading doctor urges decriminalisation of drugs

    16 August 2010
    Other news

    One of the UK's leading doctors said today the government should consider decriminalising drugs because the blanket ban has failed to cut crime or improve health. "I'm not saying we should make heroin available to everyone, but we should be treating it as a health issue rather than criminalising people," said Sir Ian Gilmore, former president of the Royal College of Physicians.

  19. Drug Law Reform: Lessons from the New Zealand Experience

    • Sanji Gunasekara
    15 August 2010
    Policy briefing

    In 2007, the Government of New Zealand entrusted an independent agency, the National Law Commission, to review the country’s drug law. New Zealand’s approach to drug law reform may provide lessons for other countries.

  20. 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.

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