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    16 February 2010
    In the media

    Media coverage of the Drug Law Reform Project

  2. Climate meet: Can-can or Can-can’t?

    Praful Bidwai
    07 December 2010
    Article

    Progress in Cancun is likely to be modest, slow, and in fits and starts, in large part because of US unwillingness to take responsibility as the world's largest historical emitter of greenhouse gases.

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    To Kill, But Not Pollute

    Frank Slijper, David Cronin
    29 June 2010
    In the media

    European Union subsidies earmarked for reducing air travel's contribution to climate change may help develop deadlier warplanes than those already found in the world's arsenals, Brussels officials have admitted.

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    Change can be tougher than hope

    John Cavanagh
    19 January 2010
    Article

    The Obama administration can learn from its first year's setbacks to guide the country in the right direction in 2010.

  5. The China-Asean Free Trade Area: Propaganda and Reality

    Walden Bello
    18 January 2010
    Article

    Despite the official propaganda, the China-Asean free trade agreement that came into effect on January 1, 2010, will benefit China, but is likely to disadvantage the Asean Countries.

  6. Fifa Forbids Free Speech At World Cup Fan Fest

    Patrick Bond
    19 July 2010
    Article

    The South African government's repression of both street traders and political protest during the World Cup showed that corporations increasingly have more rights than citizens.

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    China-ASEAN Free Trade Area sparks cautious optimism

    Marwaan Macan-Markar
    20 January 2010
    In the media

    China and six South-east Asian countries have formed the world’s largest free trade area.

  8. Activists from across Asia explain how the EU’s free trade agenda affects them: (2) India

    04 November 2010
    Article

    At the Asia Europe People’s Forum in Brussels we interviewed civil society activists from across Asia, to find out more about the damaging impacts of free trade agreements on the everyday lives of people in their countries.

  9. What the World Can Learn from Switzerland’s Drug Policy Shift

    25 October 2010
    Article

    This short film by the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (HCLU), a grantee of the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program, outlines how the country successfully resolved these problems through the introduction of an innovative national drug policy based on scientifically proven methods, not rhetoric.

  10. Activists from across Asia explain how the EU’s free trade agenda affects them: (1) Indonesia and China

    12 October 2010
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    At the Asia Europe People’s Forum in Brussels we interviewed some civil society activists from across Asia, to find out more about the damaging impacts of free trade agreements on the everyday lives of people in their countries.

  11. Activists from across Asia explain how the EU’s free trade agenda affects them: (3) Labour rights in the Philippines

    18 November 2010
    Article

    In the third of a series of interviews with civil society activists from Asia we hear about the damaging impacts of free trade agreements on labour rights in the Philippines.

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    The impact of free trade on the financial crisis … and vice versa

    • Myriam vander Stichele
    25 November 2010
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    Behind the currency wars and the worsening global economic crisis lies a largely unquestioned free trade model that both contributed to the crisis and, without radical reform, is a major obstacle to overcoming it.

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    Need-based development in a free, just society: the lasting legacy of Mahatma Gandhi

    Praful Bidwai
    17 February 2010
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    An emphasis on popular mobilisation,  essential to enfranchising the millions who were excluded from public life and political processes for centuries, remains one of Gandhi’s epochal successes.

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    Book Review: An India that can say yes: a climate-responsible development agenda

    Nagraj Adve
    27 May 2010
    In the media

    This review of Praful Bidwai's An India that can say yes: a climate responsible agenda for Copenhagen and beyond, considers his critique of Indian climate policy and recommendations for more ambitious action from India to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, while defending North-South equity.

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    California's Proposition 19 Falls Short, but Moves the Marijuana Policy Debate Forward

    John Walsh
    03 November 2010
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    say_yes_prop19The California ballot initiative that would have legalized marijuana under state law was defeated at the polls Tuesday, garnering about 46 percent of the vote.  Over the course of the campaign, the measure achieved notoriety in Latin America , and provoked anxiety on the part of the Colombian and Mexican governments in particular.  WOLA has long promoted more effective and humane drug policies in the Americas, and in recent years we have seen the debate begin to open, not least in response to Prop 19.  So what does Prop 19's defeat foretell for the debate over alternatives to marijuana prohibition?

  16. Bolivia Breaks with U.S. Policy, But Not the War on Drugs

    Charles Davis
    21 October 2010
    In the media

    Bolivia needs to do much more to establish a progressive dialogue on its harsh judicial and sentencing drug law; report from TNI on the countrie's drug-related prison overload.

  17. First Battle May be Lost, But the Drug War is Not Over

    Marcela Sanchez
    18 May 2010
    In the media

    Despite decades of a U.S.-financed drug war in the region, drug trafficking and drug use are on the rise throughout Latin America.

  18. Can a Security Council "Coalition of the Unwilling" Defy Washington's Sanctions Crusade?

    Phyllis Bennis
    26 May 2010
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    Renewed U.S. efforts to bring sanctions against Iran are more backlash for being snubbed in favour of a tripartite deal with Turkey and Brazil than they are about nuclear proliferation. A UN Security Council coalition may be able to block U.S. pressure for sanctions that would only punish Iranian civilians.

  19. If Supply-Oriented Drug Policy is Broken, Can Harm Reduction Help Fix It?

    • Victoria Greenfield, Letizia Paoli
    01 August 2010

    Critics of the international drug control regime contend that supply-oriented policy interventions are not just ineffective, but they also produce unintended adverse consequences. Research suggests their claims have merit. Lasting local reductions in opium production are possible, albeit rare; but, unless global demand shrinks, production will shift elsewhere, with little or no effect on the aggregate supply of heroin and, potentially, at some expense to exiting and newly emerging suppliers.

     

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