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    ¿Doblemente (in)falible?

    Rodrigo Uprimny Yepes
    27 February 2015

    Estaba convencido de que el carismático papa Francisco era doblemente infalible. Primero por ser papa, pues según el Concilio Vaticano I de 1870, el sumo pontífice no se equivoca, al menos cuando hace ciertas declaraciones en las que se supone que es asistido por el Espíritu Santo. Y segundo por ser argentino... pues al menos los argentinos creen que eso genera infalibilidad.

  2. Mexico: Challenging drug prohibition from below

    Sebastian Scholl
    13 January 2015
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    The horrific forced disappearance of 43 students in Iguala reveals how organised crime and corruption thrive in conditions of institutional or democratic weakness, shaped to a large extent by distinctive transnational relations (importantly, in this case, with the US). Fortunately groups like the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity are showing a burgeoning 'social power' that has the potential to change politics and policy in Mexico.

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    "Sin prohibición, habría menos muertes"

    02 May 2013
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    El juez de la Corte Suprema propuso discutir las políticas prohibicionistas y las consecuencias que conllevan. Lo hizo en el marco de unas jornadas en las que por primera vez se debatió sobre políticas de drogas en un ámbito universitario. Basta imaginar el cálculo que propuso Zaffaroni: “¿Cuántos años se hubieran necesitado para que se mueran por sobredosis de cocaína las 50 mil personas que murieron en las guerras a las drogas que en los últimos seis años en México?”. (Véase también: Los clubes de cultivo)

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    ¿Ha perdido Estados Unidos la guerra contra las drogas?

    Gary S. Becker, Kevin M. Murphy
    06 January 2013
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    El entonces presidente de Estados Unidos Richard Nixon declaró en 1971 "la guerra contra las drogas". La expectativa era que el narcotráfico en el país podría reducirse drásticamente en poco tiempo mediante operaciones policiales. Sin embargo, la lucha continúa. El costo ha sido grande en términos de vidas, dinero y el bienestar de muchos estadounidenses, especialmente los pobres y los de menor nivel educativo. Según la mayoría de los recuentos, los beneficios de la guerra han sido modestos en el mejor de los casos.

  5. Time for open, informed debate on drug policy

    18 April 2012
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    Latin American leaders have said recently that the West’s "war on drugs" has failed, and a new book from the International Institute for Strategic Studies agrees. At this week’s launch of Drugs, Insecurity and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition, IISS expert and former MI6 deputy director Nigel Inkster said a new approach was needed in which drugs were treated as an issue to be managed rather than as a problem to be solved.

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    El costo de la lucha contra las drogas

    14 February 2012
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    Al millonario monto en dinero que pagan los países en la lucha contra el tráfico de drogas, debe sumársele el costo social que representa el constante crecimiento de los índices de delincuencia, asesinatos y secuestros que generan el combate frontal contra los carteles de la droga. En esa guerra, Colombia y las naciones Centroamericanas son las que ponen la cuota más grande de víctimas, lo que las ha llevado a reclamar un mayor compromiso de los países consumidores. (Véase también: Gobierno no propondrá ninguna acción individual de legalización de droga)

  7. How the Plummeting Price of Cocaine Fueled the Nationwide Drop in Violent Crime

    Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones
    11 November 2011
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    This contradicts one of the central tenets of the War on Drugs, which is that the psychopharmacological effects of drug use lead to criminal behavior. Most studies show that it's in fact the competition of an unregulated market that encourages the majority of violent crime. This concept was evidenced during the prohibition era in the 1920s, a time that coincided with an increase in crime, corruption, and contempt for law.

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    Mexico's Narco-Epiphany: Is Calderón Suggesting the U.S. Legalize Drugs?

    Tim Padgett
    30 August 2011
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    The central statistic of Mexico's violent drug war – 40,000 gangland murders in the past five years – is repeated so often it almost fails to alarm us anymore. But what happened last Thursday, Aug. 25, in the northern business capital of Monterrey – 52 innocent people massacred after gangsters set fire to a casino, presumably in a drug-cartel extortion operation – left even President Felipe Calderón sounding distressed. So agitated, in fact, that drug-war analysts believe Calderón, in his speech the next day, signaled a change in philosophy and told the U.S. to think about legalizing drugs as a way of weakening vicious drug traffickers.

  9. The Drug War Is the Inevitable Result of Capitalism Gone Mad; Ciudad Juarez Is All of Our Futures

    Ed Vulliamy
    21 June 2011
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    War, as I came to report it, was something fought between people with causes, however crazy or honourable: like between the American and British occupiers of Iraq and the insurgents who opposed them. Then I stumbled across Mexico's drug war – which has claimed nearly 40,000 lives, mostly civilians – and all the rules changed. This is warfare for the 21st century, and another creature altogether.

  10. Drug laws 'may make matters worse'

    Mark Easton
    31 March 2011
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    Police efforts to fight drug gangs tend to lead to more violence and an increase in murders, according to a new international study. The authors, writing in the International Journal of Drug Policy, admit they were surprised by their own findings. Their hypothesis was that the results "would demonstrate an association between increased drug law enforcement expenditures or intensity and reduced levels of violence". But that's not what they showed. Instead, they report: "From an evidence-based public policy perspective and based on several decades of available data, the existing scientific evidence suggests drug law enforcement contributes to gun violence and high homicide rates and that increasingly sophisticated methods of disrupting organisations involved in drug distribution could paradoxically increase violence."