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    Evaluation and prospects of international drug control

    31 December 2010
    Article

    The Transnational Institute (TNI) and the International Drug Policy Consortium collaborated through a European Commission grant under the Drug Prevention and Information Programme (JUST/2010/DPIP/AG/0984). The project under the name Evaluation and Prospects of International Drug Control ran from January 2011 to August 2012.

  2. Deadly Chile prison fire puts heat on Latin America's crowded jails

    By Steven Bodzin, Sara Miller Llana
    29 December 2010
    In the media

    The Chile fire, started by rioting prisoners, has drawn fresh attention to the poor conditions, lack of guards, and gang violence rampant in Latin American jails.

  3. The significance of Myanmar’s 2010 election

    Trevor Wilson
    29 December 2010
    In the media

    TNI mentioned as background reading material for understanding Burmese elections.

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    The limits of Chinese expansionism

    Shawn W. Crispin
    29 December 2010
    In the media

    China's fast growing capital expansion within South East Asia is raising concerns about landgrabs and exploitative practices, especially as it is often aligned with support for authoritarian regimes such as Burma.

     
  5. Discrimination in Occupied Palestine

    Richard Falk
    29 December 2010
    Article

    The Human Rights Watch report, "Separate and Unequal: Israel’s Discriminatory Treatment of Palestinians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories" reveals nothing new but is nevertheless a conclusive demonstration of acute and pervasive discrimination against Palestinians as a salient feature of the Israeli occupation.

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    Respaldo al pedido boliviano sobre la hoja de coca

    Red Andina de Información
    29 December 2010

    Relación de Declaraciones y Comunicados que respaldan la preservación del masticado de la hoja de coca y la propuesta boliviana de enmendar la Convención Unica de Estupefacientes en este sentido.

  7. Obama’s Afghanistan Review

    Phyllis Bennis, Kevin Martin
    28 December 2010
    Article

    War in Afghanistan is not working: sixty percent of Americans know it, and the U.S. intelligence agencies know it too.

  8. The Return of Fascism

    Boris Kagarlitsky
    28 December 2010
    Article

    The logic of Russian fascists has always stood in sharp contrast to the logic and traditions of the development of the nation.

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    The concept of ‘drug harms’

    • Peter Cohen
    28 December 2010

    publicationIn my view, perceived harms associated with drugs are vulnerable to so many restrictions on reliability and validity that, for the time being, a serious estimate of drug harm per drug is impossible. In my view, it is even invalid to associate harms to drugs alone. Drugs are used by humans, under individual, social and legal conditions, in certain purities and dosages. Whatever the 'effects' of drugs, harmful or not, they cannot be estimated or even discussed without associating the drug with a particular user or user culture. Drugs per se do not meaningfully exist.

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  10. The concept of ‘drug harms’

    • Peter Cohen
    28 December 2010
    Paper

    In my view, perceived harms associated with drugs are vulnerable to so many restrictions on reliability and validity that, for the time being, a serious estimate of drug harm per drug is impossible. In my view, it is even invalid to associate harms to drugs alone. Drugs are used by humans, under individual, social and legal conditions, in certain purities and dosages. Whatever the 'effects' of drugs, harmful or not, they cannot be estimated or even discussed without associating the drug with a particular user or user culture. Drugs per se do not meaningfully exist.

  11. Cannabis clubs plug a gap in Spanish drugs laws

    Giles Tremlett
    28 December 2010
    Other news

    Private cannabis clubs are at the vanguard of a new movement of pro-cannabis campaigners in Spain. The members spotted a gap in Spain's drugs laws which, they say, makes the activities of private clubs like these entirely legal. Spain does not have a law banning consumption in private and members claim it is safer to use the club than go out to parks and smoke in public. "The club recognises that cannabis is not good for everyone. We propose a responsible form of consumption. Not everyone should smoke. We know there are risks."

  12. Un Plan Marshall para Cuba

    Atilio Boron
    27 December 2010
    Article

    Crear un un fondo especial de solidaridad con la Revolución Cubana sería un acto de estricta justicia.

  13. Ending the futile war on drugs

    Fernando Henrique Cardoso
    27 December 2010
    Other news

    The war on drugs is a lost war, and 2011 is the time to move away from a punitive approach in order to pursue a new set of policies based on public health, human rights, and commonsense. These were the core findings of the Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy that I convened, together with former presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia.

  14. Regulating landgrabbing?

    Jennifer Franco, Jun Borras
    26 December 2010
    Article

    Calls for codes of conduct for landgrabbing not only fail to tackle the main drivers of land dispossession but also legitimise a new wave of land enclosures that will affect many vulnerable rural communities.

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    Blacklisted

    • Ben Hayes, Gavin Sullivan
    26 December 2010

    Human rights experts call for abolition of United Nations ‘terrorist list’ and wholesale reform of EU blacklisting regime.

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    Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons

    Barry Hatton, Martha Mendoza
    26 December 2010
    Other news

    The United States, which has waged a 40-year, $1 trillion war on drugs, is looking for answers in tiny Portugal, which is reaping the benefits of what once looked like a dangerous gamble. White House drug czar Gil Kerlikowske visited Portugal in September to learn about its drug reforms, and other countries – including Norway, Denmark, Australia and Peru – have taken interest, too.

  17. Afganistán, una salida cada vez más distante

    Mariano Aguirre
    24 December 2010
    Article

    Pese al optimismo de la última revisión estratégica de Obama, la situación en Afganistán es grave y complicada.

  18. Las falsas ilusiones del proceso de paz

    Richard Falk
    24 December 2010
    Article

    La política del proceso de paz en Oriente Medio ha garantizado que no exista la menor posibilidad de alcanzar la paz.

  19. The delusions of the peace process

    Richard Falk
    24 December 2010
    Article

    The politics of the peace process in the Middle East have ensured that the mere prospect for producing peace is nonexistent.

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    Drogas y dogmas

    Juan Gabriel Tokatlian
    24 December 2010
    Other news

    El objetivo fundamental de la prohibición es lograr la abstinencia frente a determinadas sustancias psicoactivas y así crear una sociedad libre de drogas. Ello implica, en consecuencia, eliminar el cultivo, la producción, el procesamiento, el tráfico, la distribución, la comercialización, la financiación, la venta y el uso de un conjunto específico de sustancias psicoactivas declaradas ilegales.

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