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  1. brief40

    The illicit drugs market in the Colombian agrarian context

    • Amira Armenta
    31 January 2013

    The distribution of land and its unjust use are the major causes of violence in Colombia. For this reason land issues are the starting point of current peace talks between the Santos government and the FARC guerrillas. Remedying these structural problems at the heart of rural Colombia is the best guarantee of progress of the current peace negotiations that could bring an end to a half-century-old violent conflict.

  2. matt-mernagh

    Ontario’s top court upholds country’s marijuana laws in medicinal pot case

    31 January 2013
    Other news

    Canada’s ban on marijuana was effectively upheld when Ontario’s top court struck down the country’s laws related to medicinal pot much to the chagrin of activist groups. In overturning a lower court ruling, the Court of Appeal ruled the trial judge had made numerous errors in striking down the country’s medical pot laws. The Appeal Court found the judge was wrong to interpret an earlier ruling as creating a constitutional right to use medical marijuana. Doctors are allowed to exempt patients from the ban on marijuana, but many physicians refuse to prescribe on the grounds its benefits are not scientifically proven.

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    La nouvelle révolte du kif dans le Rif

    31 January 2013
    Other news

    Des milliers d’habitants des communes de Beni Jmil et de Ketama, province d’Al Hoceima, ont bruyamment manifesté, samedi 26 janvier 2013, devant les sièges du caïdat, de la commune et de la gendarmerie royale, leur mécontentement contre cette décision. Les manifestants, qui scandaient, entre autres slogans, “Des alternatives et du pain”, sont allés jusqu’à barrer la route côtière entre Al Hoceïma et Tétouan avec des amas de pierre, demandant le départ du nouveau commandant de la gendarmerie royale pour son approche sécuritaire dans la gestion de ce dossier. Les protestations ont fini en affrontements avec les forces de l’ordre.

  4. The World's Richest 25

    31 January 2013
    Infograph

    Just 25 people, almost all men, increased their known wealth to $827 billion in 2012. That could pay for the costs for every student in the US to go to university more than three times or pay for universal primary and secondary education throughout the developing world four times.

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    Why we took cocaine out of soda

    30 January 2013
    Other news

    When cocaine and alcohol meet inside a person, they create a third unique drug called cocaethylene. Cocaethylene works like cocaine, but with more euphoria. So in 1863, when Parisian chemist Angelo Mariani combined coca and wine and started selling it, a butterfly did flap its wings. His Vin Marian became extremely popular. Jules Verne, Alexander Dumas, and Arthur Conan Doyle were among literary figures said to have used it, and the chief rabbi of France said, "Praise be to Mariani's wine!"

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    The relationship between Latin American and European social movements

    30 January 2013
    Multi-media

    The challenge of social movements to continue working in an articulated way are two of the main issues addressed in this interview with Lucia Ortiz

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    New drug bill 'to decriminalise ecstasy' in Colombia

    30 January 2013
    Other news

    Colombia's Justice Minister, Ruth Stella Correa, has said a new drugs bill would decriminalise personal use of synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy. The proposal would replace current laws, which ban cocaine and marijuana, although people are not prosecuted for possessing small amounts. Colombia's legislation is being re-assessed in an attempt to tackle drug use, trafficking and related issues.

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    Czech Parliament backs medical marijuana, with a catch

    29 January 2013
    Other news

    The Czech Senate approved a bill allowing for the legal sale of cannabis for medical purposes, affirming a decision of the country’s lower house of parliament. The proposal, which enjoys very strong support from all political parties in both houses of parliament, should become law later this year, pending an expected presidential signature. But there’s a catch: the text of the bill says that only imported cannabis will be allowed for sale in the first year “to ensure standards.”

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    The crimes of large corporations

    Brid Brennan
    29 January 2013
    Multi-media

    Brid Brennan on the impunity of transnational corporations.

  10. Zero Dark Thirty & the Question of Torture

    Tom Reifer
    29 January 2013
    Article

    It is high time Americans recognize that: “If torture is not wrong, nothing is wrong.”

  11. marijuana-indoor

    WA officials: Challenges still exist on marijuana

    28 January 2013
    Other news

    Officials tasked with creating a regulated marijuana system in Washington state said they are moving forward with a timeline of issuing producer licenses by August 2013, but said that several challenges and uncertainties still exist surrounding the new law. (See also: Eager marijuana entrepreneurs are in for a long regulatory trip)

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    Will States lead the way to legalizing marijuana nationwide?

    27 January 2013
    Other news

    While it seems unlikely that the federal government will make much of an effort to arrest pot users in Colorado or Washington—Obama has said he has “bigger fish to fry”— the tension between federal and state laws on marijuana remains. Just last week, an appeals court rejected a suit that sought to lower the classification of medical marijuana under federal drug laws. Justice Louis Brandeis once said that the states should function as “laboratories,” testing new ideas for possible adoption by the whole nation.

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    Legalize pot and reap the benefit from influx of toking tourists: Liberals

    26 January 2013
    Other news

    Canada’s economy could benefit from an influx of toking tourists if weed is legalized, the Liberal Party of Canada says in a new analysis that backs the party’s 2012 policy convention resolution. And Canada’s health-care system and law-enforcement agencies would gain from billions in new tax revenues — money now going to organized crime — as a result of domestic sales of high-quality, low-priced and government-regulated Canadian weed, according to the 38-page paper.

  14. Dirty Money: The Finance and Fossil Fuel Web

    26 January 2013
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    Banks and Oil not only make up the most wealthy corporations, they sit on each other's boards and their executives include some of the world's most powerful political and social institutions. An insight into one dimension of the 'Davos class.'

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    The DEA's marijuana mistake

    Icaria Editorial
    24 January 2013
    Other news

    A pro-marijuana group lost its legal battle when a federal appellate court ruled that marijuana would remain a Schedule I drug, defined as having no accepted medical value and a high potential for abuse. For years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the National Institute for Drug Abuse have made it all but impossible to develop a robust body of research on the medical uses of marijuana. For a muscular agency that combats vicious drug criminals, the DEA acts like a terrified and obstinate toddler when it comes to basic science.

  16. María Barral Martínez

    Profile

    María graduated from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) in Law. Finished her degree in Italy in the university of Genova on 2011, and has done many courses related to Human Rights, International and European Law.

  17. Global 0.001%

    24 January 2013
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    Just 11 million people, or 0.15%, control $42 trillion dollars or two thirds of world GDP. An even tinier group of people, 0.001%, control a third of that amount. Where are they based? What could this money pay for? How much wealth does that leave for the rest of us?

  18. Planet Earth: A corporate world

    24 January 2013
    Article

    Which are the biggest companies in the world? Which corporations control them? How does their power compare with states?

  19. Planet Earth: A corporate world

    24 January 2013
    Infograph

    Which are the biggest companies in the world? Which corporations control them? How does their power compare with states?

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