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  1. Study reveals alarming pattern in imprisonment for drug crimes in Latin America

    09 December 2010
    Press release

    A comparative study on the impact of drug policies on the prison systems of eight Latin American countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay – reveals that drug laws have contributed to the prison crises these countries are experiencing. The drug laws impose penalties disproportionate to many of the drug offenses committed, do not give sufficient consideration to the use of alternative sanctions, and promote the excessive use of preventive detention. The study Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America, published today by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), found that the persons who are incarcerated for drug offenses tend to be individuals caught with small amounts of drugs, often users, as well as street-level dealers.

  2. Drugs and prisons in Brazil

    09 December 2010
    Multi-media

    In Brazil, possession of drugs for personal consumption is punished with educational measures and community service, not prison. In this video, a young man tells of the disparity in sentencing between the wealthy and the poor.

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    Wikileaks Shows No "New Mind-Set" in US Foreign Policy

    Phyllis Bennis, Paul Jay
    02 December 2010
    Multi-media

    Wikileaks have confirmed that Obama's promise of a new kind of diplomacy in the Middle East have little signs of substance.

  4. Major Study on Drugs Laws and Prisons in Latin America to be Released

    29 November 2010
    Press release

    An unprecedented one-year comparative study of the drug laws and prison systems in eight Latin American countries - Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay - will be released on December 9, 2010, by the Transnational Institute (TNI) and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).

    Systems Overload: Drug Laws and Prisons in Latin America is the first major study to explore the way drug laws have contributed to prison overcrowding, analyze who is imprisoned on drug charges, and evaluate the impact of incarceration on people's lives, their families and their communities. Based on the available data, each country-study presents and analyzes statistics on the situation in the prisons, including levels of over-crowding; the percentage of prisoners behind bars on drug charges; the percentage of those who are consumers, low-level offenders or bigger traffickers; and the level of involvement in the drug trade of those in jail.

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    Strategies to end the Israeli occupation

    Phyllis Bennis
    15 November 2010
    Multi-media

    An analysis of how the deadly raid on the Mavi Maramara by the Israeli Navy has changed the public opinion so dramatically in the U.S., and in Israel.

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    Press Release: Experts gather to discuss solution to global land grab

    12 October 2010
    Press release

    Leading academic experts gather in Rome to discuss how to solve growing social and environmental problems around the global land grab.

     
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    Roundtable debate on Asia European relations

    Walden Bello, Praful Bidwai, Nicola Bullard, Christa Wisterich, Marica Frangakis
    05 October 2010
    Multi-media

    Debate between leading European and Asian analysts on the decline of European power, the economic rise of China and India, the likelihood of global recession, climate change and proposed alternatives to the current global economic model.

  8. WOLA and Prodh Publish Report of Human Rights Violations in Ciudad Juarez

    05 October 2010
    Press release

    Residents in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, are caught between the drug-related violence and the human rights violations committed by the security forces, concludes a report published today by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Center Prodh).

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    Press Release: Leading political analysts from Asia in Brussels to challenge ASEM

    30 September 2010
    Press release

    TNI and the AEPF will call on the Heads of State and governments of ASEM member countries to pursue more just and sustainable solutions to current global crises.

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    CAP 2013: European civil society calls on EU to reshape Common Agricultural Policy

    21 September 2010
    Press release

    335 organizations call on EU ministers to revise failed "market" approaches to food policy, and focus instead on meeting human needs, ensuring food sovereignty and environmental protection.

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    We need peace talks, not photo ops

    Phyllis Bennis
    09 September 2010
    Multi-media

    Peace talks are useless unless they are based on international law and human rights, and Israel is held to account over its controversial settlements policy.

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    What we didn't hear from Obama on Iraq

    Phyllis Bennis
    09 September 2010
    Multi-media

    Obama's declared 'end of war in Iraq' obscures the legacy it will leave behind: death squads in Iraq, US troops in civilian guise and an ongoing economic and social crisis in Iraq and the US.

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    CEO Pay and the Great Recession

    Sarah Anderson
    08 September 2010
    Multi-media

    CEOs of the 50 firms that have laid off the most workers in the US since the onset of the economic crisis are not tightening their own belts.

  14. 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.

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    Urgent action: Support the Human Right to Water

    27 July 2010
    Multi-media

    On Wednesday 28 July, the UN will vote on an historic resolution affirming the human right to water. But a powerful group of countries are trying to undermine the resolution.

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    Israel-Palestine - the Flotilla & Future Prospects

    Richard Falk
    19 July 2010
    Multi-media

    Interview with Richard Falk, UN Rapporteur on Palestine, and Cindy Piester of Pulse TV in Montecito, CA on July 9, 2010. Discuss the attack of Israel on the humanitarian flotilla bound for Gaza at the end of May and future prospects for the Middle East, the U.S., Israel and Palestine.

  18. New Website Documents Human Toll of the “War on Drugs”

    13 July 2010
    Press release

    TNI-WOLA's new drug law reform website documents the human toll of failed drug policies in Latin America, providing information, analysis, testimonies and information on efforts for reform.

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    EU Trade Policy Hits Poor

    22 June 2010
    Press release

    Campaigners call on the EU to change trade policies which lead to human rights and environmental crimes in developing countries, as the EU trade commissioner meets with the European Parliament (22 June) to discuss ongoing policy.

  20. UN expert Richard Falk talks about Israel's Flotilla Massacre

    Richard Falk
    14 June 2010
    Multi-media

    UN expert and TNI contributor Richard Falk talks live on GritTV about the illegal raid in which nine humanitarian aid workers were murdered by the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in international waters after boarding their ship in the dead of night.

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