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    Chewing over Khat prohibition

    • Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal, Axel Klein
    16 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Policy briefing

    Khat has been consumed for thousands of years in the highlands of Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia.Strict bans on khat introduced in Europe ostensibly for the protection of immigrant communities have had severe unintended negative consequences.

  2. Expert Seminar on the Future of the UN Drug Conventions

    26 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Report

    As the debate on drug policy and law reform gathers momentum on the international stage, the failings of the three UN drug control conventions (1961 , 1971  and 1988 ) have come into stark relief. Criticisms of the global drug control regime established by the drug treaties have now entered the mainstream public discourse and political debate.

  3. The Davos Class

    Susan George
    24 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Article

    The Davos class run our major institutions, know exactly what they want, and are well organized, but they have weaknesses too. For they are wedded to an ideology that isn't working and they have virtually no ideas nor imagination to resolve this.

  4. Current drug laws

    01 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Article

    Active legislation in Uruguay around drugs.

  5. Trends in drug matters

    01 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Article

    What are the current trends in drug law reform in Urguay?

  6. Global State of Harm Reduction

    01 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012

    The Global State of Harm Reduction e-tool is an online resource containing up-to-date information on harm reduction policy and programming around the world. The web pages draw on the latest research in this area to present an at-a-glance guide to the current state of harm reduction worldwide.

     

  7. parlamento-portugal

    A resounding success or a disastrous failure

    • Caitlin Elizabeth Hughes, Alex Stevens
    05 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012

    Two observers and scholars of the 2001 Portuguese drug policy reform consider divergent accounts of the reform which viewed it as a ‘resounding success’ or a ‘disastrous failure’. Acknowledging from their own experience the inherent difficulties in studying drug law reform, Caitlin Hughes and Alex Stevens take the central competing claims of the protagonists and consider them against the available data.They remind us of the way all sides of the drug policy debates call upon and alternatively use or misuse ‘evidence’ to feed into discussions of the worth, efficacy and desirability of different illicit drug policies.In doing so they provide pause for thought for those of us who operate as drug policy researchers and drug policy advocates.

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  8. Prescribing Cannabis for Harm Reduction

    • Mark Collen
    05 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012

    Neuropathic pain affects between 5% and 10% of the US population and can be refractory to treatment. Opioids may be recommended as a second-line pharmacotherapy but have risks including overdose and death. Cannabis has been shown to be effective for treating nerve pain without the risk of fatal poisoning. The author suggests that physicians who treat neuropathic pain with opioids should evaluate their patients for a trial of cannabis and prescribe it when appropriate prior to using opioids. This harm reduction strategy may reduce the morbidity and mortality rates associated with prescription pain medications.

     

  9. How well do international drug conventions protect public health?

    • Robin Room, Peter Reuter (RAND)
    07 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012

    The Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs in 1961 aimed to eliminate the illicit production and non-medical use of cannabis, cocaine, and opioids, an aim later extended to many pharmaceutical drugs. Over the past 50 years international drug treaties have neither prevented the globalisation of the illicit production and non-medical use of these drugs, nor, outside of developed countries, made these drugs adequately available for medical use.

  10. Chewing over Khat prohibition

    • Martin Jelsma, Pien Metaal, Axel Klein
    10 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012

    In the context of a fast changing and well documented market in legal highs, the case of khat (Catha edulis) provides an interesting anomaly. It is first of all a plant-based substance that undergoes minimal transformation or processing in the journey from farm to market. Secondly, khat has been consumed for hundreds if not thousands of years in the highlands of Eastern Africa and Southern Arabia. In European countries, khat use was first observed during the 1980s, but has only attracted wider attention in recent years.

  11. Regime change

    • Martin Jelsma, David Bewley-Taylor
    18 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Policy issue

    March 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This legal instrument, the bedrock of the current United Nations based global drug control regime, is often viewed as merely a consolidating treaty bringing together the multilateral drug control agreements that preceded it; an erroneous position that does little to provide historical context for contemporary discussions surrounding revision of the international treaty system.

  12. Possession of cannabis for personal use

    12 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Policy issue

    The legal status of cannabis for personal use is one of the most controversial policy issues in the European Union. Although cannabis is a classified narcotic drug placed under control by the United Nations and by all EU Member States, the measures adopted to control it at national level vary considerably, as shown in the table, click here to access the information country by country.

  13. European Drug Policy at Crossroads

    19 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Policy briefing

    In recent years of global debate on policies and strategies on controlled drugs, the European institutions (European Commission and Council, and the EMCDDA) and member states have broadly been a progressive and civilizing factor in pushing for balanced, evidence based and humane drug policies and programmes. However, just when the wider global debate is shifting in accordance with these principles, and there are real political opportunities to create more balanced, humane and effective drug policies, there are worrying signs that the European institutions are taking a wrong turn – the vision and leadership on this issue is notably absent, and some of the more recent positions taken seem to indicate a return to the simplistic messages and priorities of the failed policies of the past.

  14. Informal Drug Policy Dialogue 2012 Prague

    25 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Report

    The ninth meeting of the TNI/ Diogenis Informal Drug Policy Dialogue series took place in Prague. The aim of the dialogues is to provide a platform for professionals to discuss drug policy issues. Four themes were discussed: the European Union (EU) drug policy agenda, cannabis policy reform, the future of the UN drug control conventions and the upcoming 55th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs. This report highlights the main issues covered during each of the sessions.

  15. Nieuwe publicatie van het Transnational Institute raadt de regering af khat te verbieden

    11 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Press release

    faDe engelstalige briefing Chewing over Khat Prohibition rekent af met de effectiviteit van een ban, zoals is gebleken uit andere Europese landen. Problematisch gebruik hangt nauw samen met andere social problemen en is geen reden tot verbod. Andere oplossingen zijn te prefereren.

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  16. Drug law reform in El Salvador

    01 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
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    As a result of a truce between the country’s main gangs (Maras), the number of murders in El Salvador so far in 2013 is down by about 45 per cent in comparison to the year before. Since El Salvador is one of the countries with the highest murder rates in the world (71 per 100,000 people in 2011), the truce represents a step forward in the eradication of street violence and, some believe, in the fight against the retail drug trade and trafficking.

  17. The War on Colombia’s Poor

    Ross Eventon
    23 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Article

    The EU's proposed free trade agreement with Colombia will worsen the already serious human rights violations in the country, as its drive to access to cheap raw materials for European corporations means forcing local people off their land.

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    Miguel Altieri: On agroecology, and why it is the solution to hunger and food security

    Miguel Altieri
    12 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Multi-media

    Today, a billion people live in hunger. Can we feed the world and achieve economic development while conserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of peasants and the rural poor?

     
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    The Politics of Climate change and the Global crisis

    • Praful Bidwai
    12 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Book

    Praful Bidwai's last book, in which he addressed the impacts of climate change and the politics of the international climate negotiations; and challenged lndia as an 'emerging economy' major polluter to aid rather than obstruct the fight against climate change.

  20. RIO+20 and the greenwashing of the global economy

    Olivier Hoedeman
    13 ဇန်နဝါရီလ 2012
    Article

    Challenging the corporate co-option of the UN should be a major priority in the run-up to the UN Rio+20 Earth Summit in June 2012.

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