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    Against a No Fly zone in Libya

    Phyllis Bennis
    07 March 2011
    Article

    The peoples of North Africa and the Middle East are looking for less, not greater militarisation of their countries. It is time for U.S. policy to recognize that reality and reject proposals for a 'no fly' zone.

  2. Guantanamo, Torture, and the Perversion of Justice: Obama’s New Executive Order

    Tom Reifer
    16 March 2011
    Article

    President Obama ratifies Bush (again): orders indefinite detention without charge for political prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and other torture sites.

  3. Annual report of the International Narcotics Control Board: Corruption, human rights and OST

    International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA)
    03 March 2011
    Other news

    The International Narcotics Control Board yesterday presented its annual report for 2010. Every year the Board selects a thematic issue of focus, dedicating its opening chapter to that issue. This year it is corruption. In an earlier blog post we asked whether the INCB would have the impartiality to be able to look at the drug control system itself, and its role in the generation of corruption, as the UNODC had done in 2008. The answer is no. At no point is the international criminal market in drugs recognised as a creation of drug control.

  4. Another missed opportunity

    Manuel Pérez-Rocha
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Obama's trip to Latin America: about gaining economic advantages, ignoring historical and recent diplomatic interferences and strategically placed critisism.

  5. When civil-societyism fronts for barbarism

    Patrick Bond
    17 March 2011
    Article

    The Gaddafis close relationship with the London School of Economics exposes yet another case of institutions selling favours to the rich and powerful.

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    Video: Water Union Rally in Jakarta - December 2010

    21 March 2011
    Multi-media

    In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city.

  7. The Arab Revolutions and the Democratic Imagination

    Walden Bello
    07 March 2011
    Article

    The revolutionary democrats of the Arab world have an opportunity to bring about the next stage in the global democratic revolution.

  8. Jaw-jaw about the Libya war-war

    Oscar Reyes
    31 March 2011
    Article

    Instead of focusing on the motives of the US and NATO, the opposition to the Libyan bombings needs to focus on the likely outcomes. Afghanistan and Iraq taught us there is still no way to bomb a country into democracy.

  9. Mixed thoughts about the INCB's latest report

    Martin Jelsma
    03 March 2011
    Article

    The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) just released its annual report. Martin Jelsma - who has followed the Board's policy for many years now with a critical eye - examines its negative stance towards harm reduction and decriminalization, and questions the Board's tendency to overstep its mandate.

  10. INCB Report: mixed thoughts

    Martin Jelsma
    02 March 2011
    Other news

    Today the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) released its annual report. I’ve been following the Board for many, many years now, have often criticized its narrow interpretation of the treaties, have questioned the validity of its usually negative comments about any policy changes in the direction of harm reduction or decriminalization, and have warned repeatedly about its tendency to overstep its clearly defined mandate.

  11. Link between capitalism and hunger

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    17 March 2011
    Article

    Speculation on food commodities causes hunger, despite state regulations; thirty years of liberalization of the food market has resulted in a food crisis on a scale higher than ever.

  12. The Coming Global Food Fight

    John Cavanagh, Robin Broad
    07 March 2011
    Article

    As anger mounts in response to rising global food prices, small-scale farms rooted in local markets are showing how to avert international disaster and lead the way to "food democracy."

  13. South of the Sahara dictators tremble

    William Gumede
    31 March 2011
    Article

    The possible domino-effect of the Arab Spring makes African dictators tremble in their boots. What are the parallels and what are the differences? Will an African Spring take place and how will it look?

  14. UN World Water Day 2011: Reclaiming public water for our cities

    aleksej
    21 March 2011
    Article

    TNI's Water Justice programme is marking this year's UN World Water Day in Cape Town at the GWOPA (Global Water Operator partnerships Alliance) Congress, in the continuing struggle to reclaim public water.

  15. Public Community Partnerships in Peru and Uruguay

    aleksej
    21 March 2011
    Article

    Citizen struggles for public water in Peru and Uruguay share many similarities and a common vision, with "public-community partnerships" bringing trade unions and water utility managers together on a shared platform.

  16. Libya intervention threatens the Arab spring

    Phyllis Bennis
    24 March 2011
    Article

    Despite its official UN-granted legality, the credibility of western military action in Libya is rapidly dwindling.

  17. The Nuclear Crisis in Japan: a Wake-Up Call for India

    Achin Vanaik, Praful Bidwai
    31 March 2011
    Article

    The Japanese crisis is a wake up call for India, which is currently building of one of the world's largest nuclear power plants at Jaitapur, despite massive popular protest. When such a disaster can occur in an industrially advanced country like Japan, India, whose atomic agency is notorious for its poor safety standards, needs to rethink its nuclear ambitions.

  18. UN resolution goes far beyond no-fly zone

    Phyllis Bennis
    21 March 2011
    Article

    Foreign military intervention in Libya has little to do with humanitarian concerns, and protracted militarization could threaten the country's chance for real democratic development.

  19. Learning from Disaster? After Sendai

    Richard Falk
    17 March 2011
    Article

    Despite a terrible history with nuclear technology, corporate and state actors try to disconnect these mega disasters from the energy industry in order to "normalise" that which continues threatens our very existance.

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    The future of Dutch cannabis policy

    Tom Blickman
    14 March 2011
    Article

    The municipality of the Dutch city of Utrecht recently announced two scientific experiments on cannabis policy. One experiment will be to set up a closed club model for adult recreational cannabis users. Cannabis smokers will grow their own marijuana in a cooperative, a move which would go against the government's drive to discourage coffee shops. The other experiment concerns treatment for people who are vulnerable to psychotic disorders.