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  1. Investors see profit potential in new pot law

    30 November 2012
    Other news

    Votes in Washington and Colorado last month to legalize pot for recreational use turbocharged marijuana as a legitimate business opportunity. Business people packed a marijuana-industry conference in Denver the day after the election, and shares of publicly-traded companies spiked — one that sells marijuana vending machines jumped 3,000 percent.

  2. 8 Visions for the future of legal pot

    30 November 2012
    Other news

    Some drug policy reform leaders, fearing an official backlash, are urging a cautious, go-slow, approach: make it as easy as possible for the feds to back off and let the states do their thing. Other voices, claiming a pro-pot electoral mandate, are calling for bold, assertive moves to implement the will of the voters.

  3. Firenze 10 + 10 and the changing character of power

    Hilary Wainwright
    30 November 2012
    Article

    A series of interviews with young activists shows signs of a movement that connects local everyday struggles to a global movement, and one that resists by creating alternatives in the present.

  4. Turning over a new leaf

    30 November 2012
    Other news

    Faced with this soiled wedge between state legislation and federal law within the United States, Mexico's President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto and his advisors have already concluded there will have to be a significant change in their anti-narcotics policy. Weeding out the marijuana issue was prudently left to behind closed door discussions.

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    Accounting for carbon, depoliticising plunder

    • Les Levidow
    30 November 2012

    The EU aspires to global leadership in developing ‘sustainable biofuels’, arguing they can substitute for fossil fuels, but the result has been dispossession of rural communities throughout the South.

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    The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus

    • Liza ten Velde
    30 November 2012
    Policy briefing

    The countries of the Northern Triangle are experiencing much higher rates of violence and increasing Drug Trafficking Organization (DTOs) activity than Mexico which has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention. To what extent is the drugs trade responsible for this violence?

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    The New War on Drugs: ASEAN Style

    Tom Fawthrop
    30 November 2012
    In the media

    ASEAN nations are stepping up their fight against illegal drugs as other parts of the world are taking a much different approach

  8. Noureddine Mediane, “Il faut dépénaliser le cannabis”

    29 November 2012
    Other news

    Le président du groupe de l’Istiqlal à la Chambre des Représentants, Noureddine Mediane, évoque la nécessité pour l’Etat de revoir son système répressif contre les 200.000 familles vivant du cannabis. "La culture du cannabis est toujours considérée comme un sujet tabou au Maroc. Je pense que nous devons rompre avec cet état d’esprit. D’où mon idée de lancer un débat national sur cette culture si répandue dans notre pays. Ce débat doit trancher si nous devons maintenir cette culture ou la faire disparaître définitivement."

  9. Breaking the logjam in climate negotiations

    Praful Bidwai
    29 November 2012

    Praful Bidwai in an interview explains the main issues at play in current UN climate negotiations, the role of emerging economies, and suggests ideas on how to create political will for effective action in North and South.

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    Video: New Social Movements tactics

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    29 November 2012
    Multi-media

    At Firenze 10+10 young activists shared the different tactics they are developing to confront an unprecedented global crisis.

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    Video: Understanding and confronting the European crisis

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    29 November 2012
    Multi-media

    Young activists at the Firenze 10+10 meeting explain what they consider the causes of the European crisis and the best ways to confront it.

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    Video: The importance of Firenze 10+10

    Sol Trumbo Vila
    29 November 2012
    Multi-media

    Activists share the urgency to build a pan-European response to the crisis; one that puts democracy above austerity.

  13. Investment arbitrators' inner circle

    29 November 2012
    Article

    Interactive web showing the number of times the elite 15 arbitrators have sat side by side in investment arbitration panels.

     
  14. Putting a spotlight on the arbitration industry

    Cecilia Olivet
    29 November 2012
    Article

    Profiting from Injustice report reveals that the legal arbitration industry have strong vested interests in supporting an unjust international investment regime.

  15. The Northern Triangle’s drugs-violence nexus

    • Liza ten Velde
    28 November 2012

    Mexico has occupied the limelight when it comes to media attention focusing on drug-related violence in Latin America. However, it is actually Central America's Northern Triangle – consisting of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – currently experiencing much higher rates of violence and increasing Drug Trafficking Organization (DTOs) activity, thus providing an illustration of the 'balloon effect' previously experienced by Mexico itself after the implementation of Plan Colombia which was conceived at the end of the 90's. Together the countries of the Northern Triangle now form one of the most violent regions on earth.

     

  16. Towards a grand compromise in climate negotiations

    Walden Bello, Richard Heydarian
    28 November 2012
    Article

    Could dread at the deadly consequences of climate change force a compromise between Washington and Beijing in the same way fear of nuclear war caused a US-Soviet Union detente?

  17. The complex law suits that cost poor countries dearly

    Melanie Newman
    28 November 2012
    In the media
  18. European Union discussion on response to Bolivia's denunciation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

    28 November 2012
    Article

    The following notes are summaries of the EU Horizontal Working Party on Drugs discussions about Bolivia’s coca amendment and denunciation of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, taken from the reports of their meetings since September 2010.

  19. Mexico's drug war bright spot hides dark underbelly

    27 November 2012
    Other news

    For four years, Ciudad Juárez on the border with Texas was convulsed by daily slaughter, becoming the murder capital of the world and a shocking illustration of the Mexican government's failure to contain violence among warring drug cartels. A number of drug war experts say security has also improved because the Sinaloa Cartel of Joaquin "Shorty" Guzman now has a firm hold on the city after squeezing out the Juarez Cartel, for long aligned with the local police.

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