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  1. crack-smoking-brazil

    Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits?

    • Leslie A. Malchy, Vicky Bungay, Joy L. Johnson, Jane Buxton
    30 Abril 2011

    Crack smoking has increased in Vancouver despite the harms associated with its use. Many people who smoke crack share their equipment, thereby increasing their risk for infectious disease. This project explored the effects of outreach distribution of "safer crack kits" on smoking practices. While kit distribution made safer use items more accessible, its impact on safer use practice was limited. Our findings highlight the need for targeted distribution of safer use items. Future research should explore the dynamics of unsafe crack smoking practices and ways to leverage safer use messaging.

     

  2. crack-smoking-rio

    Do crack smoking practices change with the introduction of safer crack kits?

    • Leslie A. Malchy, Vicky Bungay, Joy L. Johnson, Jane Buxton
    30 Abril 2011

    Crack smoking has increased in Vancouver despite the harms associated with its use. Many people who smoke crack share their equipment, thereby increasing their risk for infectious disease. This project explored the effects of outreach distribution of "safer crack kits" on smoking practices. While kit distribution made safer use items more accessible, its impact on safer use practice was limited. Our findings highlight the need for targeted distribution of safer use items. Future research should explore the dynamics of unsafe crack smoking practices and ways to leverage safer use messaging.

     

  3. The Obama Administration’s drug control policy on auto-pilot

    • Coletta Youngers
    29 Abril 2011
    Policy briefing

    In a widely watched You Tube video, U.S. President Barack Obama is asked whether or not the drug war may in fact be counterproductive. Instead of the resounding NO that would have come from any of his recent predecessors, Obama responded: “I think this is an entirely legitimate topic for debate.” He then qualified his remarks by adding, “I am not in favor of legalization.” Nonetheless, even acknowledging the legitimacy of debate on U.S. drug policy is a significant shift from the past, when successive administrations stifled discussion and routinely labeled anyone promoting alternative approaches to the socalled U.S. “war on drugs” as dangerous and surreptitiously promoting massive drug use and poisoning America’s youth.

  4. AV is not perfect, but we need it for plurality

    Hilary Wainwright
    29 Abril 2011
    Article

    The first-past-the-post voting system in the UK has led to the slow death of a critical political culture. Saying yes in the referendum on a proposed Alternative Voting (AV) system would at least give oxygen to debate.

  5. Obama's dirty energy fixation

    Daphne Wysham
    28 Abril 2011
    Article

    Despite the clear alarm bells sounded by Fukushima and the BP Gulf oilspill, Obama has yet to change either his energy policies or strategy.

  6. The banksters and the climate fund

    Patrick Bond
    28 Abril 2011
    Article

    The resumé of Trevor Manuel, confirmed co-chair of the Green Climate Fund, gives reason to worry. As South Africa's finance minister, he frequently rewarded transnational corporations at the cost of rising inequality, unemployment and environmental degradation.

  7. The politics of achieving the Right to Water

    Susan George, aleksej, Mthandeki Nhlapo, Peter Waldorff
    28 Abril 2011
    Article

    Privatisation offers nothing to the 43 percent of Africans in cities who have no access to water. On World Water Day 2011, experts met in Cape Town to share experiences of successful public-public partnerships for equal public access.

  8. The growing crisis of credibility of the Indian media

    Praful Bidwai
    28 Abril 2011
    Article

    Despite massive growth in the Indian media industry, the lack of quality and diversity shows an increasing disconnect with the real lives of people in the country and the most important issues they face.

  9. Jaitapur draws blood

    Praful Bidwai
    28 Abril 2011
    Article

    Indian protest against nuclear power plans are answered with violent oppression. The brute force used to counter the public protests only worsens the situation and already has claimed one life.

  10. The 2011 Commission on Narcotic Drugs

    25 Abril 2011
    Report

    The 54th Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) was the first for the new Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Yury Fedotov, who held his maiden speech.

  11. The Law of Mother Earth: Behind Bolivia's historic bill

    22 Abril 2011
    Article

    Approval of Bolivia's revolutionary 'Mother Earth' law is an historic step by social movements in a long struggle for real ecological transformation of their economy and society.

  12. From Chernobyl to Fukushima: the hazardous journey of nuclear power

    Praful Bidwai
    22 Abril 2011
    Article

    Three partial core meltdowns and other crises have precipitated a nuclear nightmare. This is a wake-up call for the world.

  13. Why so-called "Responsible Agricultural Investment" must be stopped

    21 Abril 2011
    Article

    Wealthy interests are pushing to normalise the concept of "responsible agricultural investment" but this corporate lingo masks the mass appropriation of land at the cost of local inhabitants (often forcibly removed), the destruction of livelihoods and the environment.

  14. The Way Forward - Voices from the Global Water Operator Partnership Alliance

    20 Abril 2011
    Multi-media

    GWOPA brings together public water operators, trade unions, workers and civil society on a platform to discuss, learn and develop model practices for the provision of fair and equal access to public water.

  15. Thumbnail

    Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now! talks about the expanding Western intervention in Libya and it's consequences

    Phyllis Bennis, Amy Goodman, www.democracynow.org
    20 Abril 2011
    Multi-media

    The continuing expansion of NATO's intervention in Libya has less to do with oil as in Iraq and is more a reactive response to the wider uprising across the Middle East which threatens US / Western hegemony.

  16. Small-scale farmers increasingly at risk from 'global land grabbing'

    Jun Borras, Ian Scoones, David Hughes
    15 Abril 2011
    Article

    New research on the global rush for agricultural land shows that small-scale farmers will increasingly lose out to major corporations as land deals ignore local tenure rights.

  17. Bilateral Investment Treaties: Public interest, social and environmental policies under threat

    14 Abril 2011

    Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) erode the ability of governments to act in the best interests of their citizens by allowing foreign investors to sue sovereign states when governments' social, environmental and economic regulations have affected their profits. TNI, as part of the Seattle to Brussels network, is campaigning for a Just EU Investment policy that puts corporate accountability and human rights above corporate profits!

  18. South Asia's misplaced confidence in nuclear technology

    Zia Mian, A.H. Nayyar, M.V. Ramana
    14 Abril 2011
    Article

    There are 20 nuclear power plants in India, two in Pakistan and plans exist to expand the industry across South Asia; yet there are always multiple risks that exist as a result of the technology that cannot be mitigated.

  19. Selective vigilantism by the West

    Tariq Ali
    14 Abril 2011
    Article

    Bombing Tripoli while shoring up other despots in the Arab world shows the UN-backed strikes to oust Gaddafi are purely cynical.

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