• Narco-states grope for new strategy

    Emilio Godoy
    InterPress Service (IPS)
    Monday, November 5, 2012

    ips051112Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala face the need to modify their approach to the fight against drug trafficking and are urging the world to do the same. But Mexico and Colombia’s willingness to make the necessary changes is unclear. The three countries are connected by a powerful circuit of trafficking of drugs – whose main market is the United States – weapons and money from illegal activities. But the extent of the problem and the way drug organisations operate in each one of these countries vary.

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  • Latinamerika udfordrer USA i krigen mod narko

    En lang række latinamerikanske regeringer ønsker at legalisere narkotika for at undgå mere vold. USA kæmper imod
    Dagbladet Information (Denmark)
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012

    I mere end 40 år har de latinamerikanske lande med støtte fra USA forsøgt at bekæmpe narkotrafik med militære midler. Men markedet for kokain og andre narkotika er ikke blevet mindre. Derimod er kampen kun blevet hårdere og koster flere menneskeliv, mens rets- og fængselsvæsen i stigende grad overbelastes i de latinamerikanske lande.

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  • Coffeeshop, partita aperta

    Il commento di Tom Blickman (Transnational Institute, Amsterdam) al voto olandese
    Tom Blickman
    La rubrica di Fuoriluogo sul Manifesto
    Mercoledi, 3 ottobre 2012

    tom-blickman3Contrariamente alle aspettative, le elezioni olandesi di settembre non sono state decisive per il futuro dei coffeeshop. I partiti a favore delle restrizioni ai coffeeshop (o addirittura per la loro abolizione) hanno ottenuto 77 seggi su 150, mentre i contrari al cannabis pass e/o a favore della fornitura legale di cannabis ai coffeeshop ne hanno ottenuti 73. E per governare c’è bisogno di una coalizione.

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  • How Latin America is reinventing the war on drugs

    Frustrated with US dictates, countries across the region are floating new ideas to curb drug trafficking, from 'soft' enforcement to legalization
    By Sara Miller Llana, Staff writer, and Sara Shahriari, Correspondent
    The Christian Science Monitor (US)
    Monday, July 30, 2012

    newdrugwarLike thousands of other Bolivians, Marcela Lopez Vasquez's parents migrated to the Chapare region, in the Andean tropics, desperate to make a living after waves of economic and environmental upheaval hit farming and mining communities in the 1970s and '80s.

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  • 'Bolletjesslikker opsluiten zinloos'

    Patrick Meershoek
    Het Parool
    Zaterdag, 16 juni 2012

    bolletjesBolletjesslikkers horen niet in de gevangenis. Het berechten en opsluiten van ongeveer vijftienhonderd kleine drugssmokkelaars per jaar heeft geen noemenswaardig effect op de invoer van cocaïne en vormt een zware belasting voor Openbaar Ministerie, rechtbank en gevangenis.

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  • At summit, drug talk likely to be hot but hidden

    The Summit of the Americas is focused on roads and ports. But behind closed doors, leaders will discuss drug policies
    The Miami Herald (US)
    Saturday, April 14, 2012

    obama-cumbre-santosAs the hemisphere’s leaders gather in Colombia this week for the VI Summit of the Americas, their on-camera discussions will be dominated by perennial convention topics: poverty, cooperation, the need for roads. But behind closed doors, they are expected to tackle a more contentious issue: the narcotics trade.

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  • Guatemalan president leads drug legalization debate

    CNN (US)
    Friday, March 23, 2012

    otto-perez2On the campaign trail, Otto Perez Molina vowed to rule his country with an iron fist. The retired general said he would send troops into the streets to fight drug violence. Analysts summed up his political platform with three words: law and order. Now – just two months after taking office – the Guatemalan president is pushing a controversial proposal that has come under fire from U.S. officials and earned praise from people who were once his critics. Last year's law-and-order candidate said he wanted to legalize drugs.

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  • De Nederwietoorlog

    Politie dikt exportcijfers nederwiet aan
    KRO Reporter International
    Friday, March 2, 2012

    De exportcijfers van nederwiet die de Taskforce Aanpak Georganiseerde Hennepteelt veelvuldig in de media bracht, zijn sterk overdreven. Dit blijkt uit een vertrouwelijk rapport van het Korps Landelijke Politie Diensten dat openbaar wordt gemaakt door KRO Reporter International. Het rapport maakt duidelijk dat de export van nederwiet een “bescheiden omvang” heeft. “Het grootste deel van de productie is bedoeld voor de binnenlandse markt”, aldus het KLPD. Donderdag debatteert de Tweede Kamer over het drugsbeleid.

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  • Jakhalzen - Hashverbod

    De wereld draait door (DWDD)
    Tursday, March 1, 2012

    Het softdrugsbeleid mag wel wat aangescherpt, vindt de VVD. Regeringspartners PVV en CDA zijn het daarmee eens. Voorstel is een bijvoorbeeld een verbod op hash. Vandaag debatteerde de Tweede Kamer over het gedoogbeleid in Nederland. Jakhals Erik vraagt zich af of dit het begin van het einde is van de coffeeshop.

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  • South American prison deaths tied to overcrowding, official says

    Los Angeles Times (US)
    Tuesday, February 7, 2012

    Violence at prisons in South America, where at least eight inmates were killed in recent weeks, remains tied to alarmingly shoddy conditions and rampant overcrowding, a United Nations official said Thursday. "The implementation of harsh drug laws has fueled rising incarceration rates and has contributed to severe prison overcrowding," the Washington Office on Latin America and the Transnational Institute wrote in a study two years ago.

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