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  1. The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

    Walden Bello
    23 August 2011
    Article

    Events in Libya and Syria have again brought the legitimacy of armed humanitarian intervention and so-called “responsibility to protect” into question.

  2. Victory in Afghanistan

    Ross Eventon
    16 August 2011
    Article

    Debate over the 10-year-plus war in Afghanistan tends to focus on how and when it "can be won," obscuring the fundamental question of whether it was morally acceptable in the first place. Now as the US gets closer to consolidating its imperial presence in the region for decades to come, the high cost to the Afghani people continues to be ignored.

  3. Money matters at Stockholm Water Week

    Satoko Kishimoto
    21 August 2011
    Article

    The tone of the debates in Stockholm has improved compared to previous years, less focus on private sector expansion, more on genuine solutions. 

  4. The World's Largest Pyramid Scheme

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    23 August 2011
    Article

    The United States managed to avert a default, and that is good news. But the partisan battle in Congress sent the stock market plunging, and the decision by Standard & Poor’s to downgrade the country’s credit rating has made matters far worse.

  5. Activists mark one-year anniversary of recognition of human right to water and sanitation

    Satoko Kishimoto
    02 August 2011
    Article

    A group of activists celebrated the right to water in front of a public water fountain in the centre of Brussels on 27 July.  The occasion was the one-year anniversary of the UN's recognition of right to clean and safe drinking water and sanitation as human right.

  6. How to determine personal use in drug legislation

    • Grazia Zuffa
    23 August 2011

    Distinguishing between drug possession for personal use and supply and trafficking is widely acknowledged as one of the most difficult and controversial issues facing drug legislators and policy makers. To address the problem, two solutions are typically enacted: the threshold scheme and the "flexible" model.

     

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  7. Libya: Too Soon to Declare Victory

    Phyllis Bennis
    24 August 2011
    Article

    The success of Libya's uprising will have a great deal to do with the willingness of its leadership to break its dependency on the United States and NATO.

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    Drug Policy in Portugal

    • Artur Domoslawski
    31 August 2011

    In 2000, the Portuguese government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a "war on drugs" approach and instead decriminalized drug possession and use. It further rebuffed convention by placing the responsibility for decreasing drug demand as well as managing dependence under the Ministry of Health, rather than the Ministry of Justice. With this, the official response toward drug dependent persons shifted from viewing them as criminals, to treating them as patients.

     

     

  9. Colombia Takes Step Towards Drug Decriminalization

    Elyssa Pachico
    25 August 2011
    Article

    Colombia's Supreme Court ruled against harsh punishments for small-time drug offenders, in a move towards easing up Colombia's zero-tolerance drug laws, which have achieved little in the fight against organized crime.

  10. As COP17 approaches: Dirty Durban’s manual for climate greenwashing

    Patrick Bond
    30 August 2011
    Article

    Will the host city for the November-December world climate summit, COP17, clean up its act? The launch of Durban's strategy, Towards a Low Carbon City suggests the new municipal leaders are climate greenwashers, disguising high-carbon economic policies with pleasing rhetoric.

  11. Leaving Oil in the Soil

    Patrick Bond
    04 August 2011
    Article

    Civil society must combine it's strengths to insist that oil is best left in the ground. 

  12. The Afghanistan War in the Mirror of the Tet Offensive

    Richard Falk
    23 August 2011
    Article

    U.S. foreign policy still fails to incorporate the lessons learned from the Tet Offensive. The refusal to admit goals weren't achieved in Afghanistan is frustrating to say the least.