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    A Lost Opportunity

    • Martin Jelsma
    15 June 1998

    United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS)
    New York, 8-10 June 1998

    The "United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem" held from 8 to 10 June in New York, did not bring any surprises. The drug summit adopted a global strategy to reduce illicit drug supply and demand by 2008. In the General Assembly room, it was an uninterrupted three day sequence of political speeches. All countries could give their own emphasis to the agenda items and present in seven minutes their own more general view on the drugs issue and their policies to deal with it. But, all in all, it has been a lost opportunity, no evaluation of current drug policies took place whatsoever, it was devoted to (as a New York Times editorial phrased it) "recycling unrealistic pledges". 

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    Lessons To Learn

    • Tom Blickman, Ken Bluestone
    02 June 1998

    The United Nations Drugs Control Programme (UNDCP) is rallying support for the UN General Assembly Special Session to Counter the World Drug Problem Together (UNGASS). The UNDCP hopes the meeting will raise the profile of drugs issues and place the agency at the centre of a revitalised global approach to drugs. At the meeting, a series of declarations and action plans on a variety of issues will be tabled. Tackling drugs problems, however, involves more than words. What matters most is how such ideas will be put into action.

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    Caught in the Crossfire

    • Tom Blickman
    01 June 1998

    Drugs control is one of the most controversial issues of the late twentieth century. US-led efforts to wage a ‘war on drugs' have focused on wiping out production in developing countries, rather than tackling the demand for drugs in rich countries. Over time, eradication strategies have become increasingly militarised, and have led to human rights abuses and environmental degaradation. And the war has failed. The amount of drugs produced and drugs-linked crops cultivated have not decreased.

    This briefing is published in the run-up to the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on drugs, to be held in New York in June 1998. The UNGASS provides a rare opportunity to re-think current drugs efforts. Member states are being asked to endorse a plan, known as SCOPE, for the eradication of drugs-linked crops by 2008. Is SCOPE viable? And what impact would it have on poor farmers who grow drugs-linked crops to survive?

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    Statement Andean Coca Producers

    18 May 1998

    The Andean Council of Coca Leaf Growers (CAPHC), which groups together men and women coca growers from Bolivia, Colombia and Peru, met in Puno May 17-18, 1998, to analyze the situation of our people, put a distance between ourselves and the anti-drug policies currently being implemented and propose alternatives that need to be put in practice at the grassroots, demanded from the Andean governments in office today and proposed to the international community.

  5. Democracias bajo fuego

    • Martin Jelsma, and others
    13 May 1998
    Book

    Democracias bajo fuego illustrates that the current repressive drug policies create more damage than that they produce solutions in Latin America.

  6. Reluctant Recruits: The US Military and the War on Drugs

    • Peter Zirnite
    06 August 1997
    Report

    Despite spending some $20 billion over the past decade on international drug control and interdiction efforts, illegal drugs from Latin America still flood the United States - a fact that concerns many within the military itself.

  7. La Suisse aux enchères

    • Susan George, Fabrizio Sabelli
    13 June 1997
    Book
    On somme la Suisse de se jeter à pieds joints dans le néo-libéralisme et d'embrasser la pensée unique façon helvétique. Avant de s'y lancer, ne vaudrait-il pas mieux réfléchir à ce qui s'est passé chez d'autres qui ont fait ce choix? Susan George et Fabrizio Sabelli mettent à plat les rouages du tout-marché, révèlent son inefficacité économique, décrivent ses funestes conséquences humaines et tracent des voies différentes vers la réussite économique et la cohésion sociale, le tout avec esprit et clarté.
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    The Rothschilds of the Mafia on Aruba

    • Tom Blickman
    29 May 1997
    Paper

    "A magnificent washing-machine is sold here, its trademark is Aruba. The machine is an Aruban-Colombian product, its model called Cartel. The brand is well-known for its good performance in the United States and Europe. It is recommended by former ministers, members of Parliament, owners of casinos, supermarkets, cosmetics manufacturers and importers of cars and batteries. The washing-machine fits everybody who has become inexplicably rich from one day to another."

  9. Crime in Uniform

    • Adriana Rossi, Martin Jelsma, Ricardo Soberon, Theo Roncken, Frank Smyth, Carlos Fazio, Thelma Mejía, Samuel Blixen, Jayme Brener
    11 April 1997
    Book

    Crime in Uniform presents detailed case studies examining the involvement of Latin American security forces in the illicit drug industry.

  10. Democracy, Human Rights, and Militarism in The War on Drugs in Latin America

    01 April 1997
    Book

    The following essays present insights into the various levels of military involvement in the war on drugs and the implications of this involvement in terms of democracy and human rights in the Western hemisphere.

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    Compassion and Calculation

    • David Sogge, Kees Biekart, John Saxby
    30 June 1996
    Book

    An exploration of the million dollar aid agency aid business, examining critical questions such as accountability, purpose, performance and power relations in this crucial sector.

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    The Democratisation of Disempowerment

    • Jochen Hippler
    01 October 1995
    Book
    The market-oriented democratisation of the Third World has been developed by Western powers as a policy that fuses both democratic rhetoric and support for more pluralist policies in the Third World, with the pursuit of Western interests.
  13. The WHO Cocaine Project

    03 March 1995

    In 1995 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) announced in a press release the publication of the results of the largest global study on cocaine use ever undertaken. A decision in the World Health Assembly banned the publication of the study. The US representative threatened that "if WHO activities relating to drugs failed to reinforce proven drug control approaches, funds for the relevant programmes should be curtailed". This led to the decision to discontinue publication.

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    Crédits sans frontières:

    • Susan George, Fabrizio Sabelli
    12 November 1994
    Book

    Cet ouvrage, réalisé avec rigueur et sans concession, procède à un examen critique de la Banque mondiale, de sa culture propre et des intérêts qu'elle défend.

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    Breaking Through

    • Joel Rocamora
    01 October 1994
    Book
    A book that narrates the history of the Communist Party of the Philippines and its members, with discussions about "national democrats" and the Left political discourse.
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    Faith and Credit

    • Susan George, Fabrizio Sabelli
    13 June 1994
    Book

    An examination of the World Bank's policies and culture reveal a supranational, non-democratic and extremely powerful institution which functions much like the medieval Church or a monolithic political party, relying on rigid doctrine, hierarchy and a rejection of dissenting ideas to perpetuate its influence.

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    The standard low dose of oral cocaine

    • Teobaldo Llosa
    31 December 1993

    publicationCoca tea has been used for the treatment of cocaine dependence. Two previous reports found that treatment that includes coca tea can be successful in controlling relapse to cocaine dependence. In the current study, coca tea plus counseling was used to treat cocaine dependence in 23 cocaine-addicted coca paste smokers seeking treatment at an outpatient clinic in Lima, Peru.

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    European Official Development Assistance to the Philippines

    • Joel Rocamora
    20 October 1992
    Book
    The studies in this book focus mainly on the period of the Corazon Aquino presidency. It was this period that European Overseas Development Assistance to the Philippines begun to increase significantly.
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    The Debt Boomerang

    • Susan George
    10 June 1992
    Book

    In an unsettling but lucid critique, The Debt boomerang shows that we in the North must also pay the price of World bank and IMF policies that have accelerated deforestation, encouraged mass migrations, fuelled an expanding drug trade and heightened global instability and conflict.

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    Coca and cocaine

    • Antony R. Henman
    05 October 1990

    publicationThis article examines alternatives to the War on Drugs through a comparative analysis of attitudes toward coca and cocaine in South America. Two regions of traditional coca use and cultivation -- northwest Amazonas state in Brazil and the department of Cusco in Peru -- are compared to highlight the differences between Peruvian and Brazilian attitudes toward coca and ethnic identity.

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