Expulsion, or displacement, directly caused by the decision of a government to make way for a military base, is but one of the many problems local communities face when they are confronted with a foreign military presence.
Stacie Jonas, Coordinator of the Bring Pinochet to Justice Campaign run by the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, DC, answers questions about the ongoing case against Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile.
The recent food crisis in many poor countries is due to the dismantlement of the developing nations’ state support for local agriculture, and opening up to liberalised international food trade, as promoted by the international financial institutions.
Despite the provisions in the Narcotic Addict Rehabilitation Act (2002), laws remain in force which lead to the arrest and charges for offences under previous Acts (1975, 1976, 1979). Thus the policy that stipulates that people who use drugs or are dependent on drugs should be “treated as patients, not criminals” is contradicted by existing legal practices that establish criminal liability for mere consumption of drugs. However, the Thai government is now on the verge of adopting a national harm reduction policy to prevent HIV and other blood-borne virus transmission in the near future.