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A man is searched by police on the second night of carnival in Salvador, Brazil, in February 2012.
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How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

How Brazil’s Drug War Became a Crusade Against People of Color

In Brazil’s old colonial capital of Salvador de Bahia, February means Carnaval, a six-day Dionysian celebration often called the biggest street party in the world. But behind the merriment hides a striking example of Brazil’s endemic structural racism. Though Salvador’s population is 80 percent black, the carnavaleros dancing down the cordoned-off avenues are mostly white,

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Drug war catharsis in the US capital

An interactive art installation, dedicated to the victims of the drug war, will be burned in Washington D.C. on Saturday. Prior to burning, the sculpture – Temple of Essence – will be placed on the National Mall, during a 48-hour vigil entitled Catharsis on the Mall: A Vigil for Healing the Drug War. Event organiser,

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Indonesia plans “special prison” with drug convicts guarded by crocodiles

Drug traffickers in Indonesia will be housed on an island prison surrounded by crocodiles, and then executed by the state, asserts Budi Waseso. Waseso, the head of Indonesia’s anti-drugs agency, justified his plans due to the corruption involved with the drug trade; unlike prison guards, the saltwater predators cannot be persuaded to show compassion, nor

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Ireland Drugs Minister: Decriminalise heroin, cocaine, cannabis possession

The Republic of Ireland will decriminalise the possession of many drugs – including heroin, cocaine, and cannabis – for personal use, the country’s Drugs Minister has proclaimed.

Drug cartels, the product of prohibition, continue to threaten Latin American security

All Too Familiar with the War on Drugs, Latin America Offers Advice to Africa

A reverend from Kenya, a doctor from Senegal, a psychiatrist from Tanzania, and a pharmacist from Malawi sip a cup of coca tea and munch on coca leaf cookies. This was the scene at the recent South–South Drug Policy Exchange in Bogota, a gathering of African and Latin American officials and civil society representatives to

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Medical cannabis campaigners push for UK progress

Earlier this week, in a crowded meeting room in central London, the United Patients Alliance (UPA) convened a discussion about

The Power of a Second Chance

President Obama changed 46 lives on Monday, commuting the prison terms of individuals who had been locked away serving long sentences for low-level, nonviolent offenses. “These men and women were not hardened criminals. But the overwhelming majority of them had been sentenced to at least 20 years—14 of them had been sentenced to life—for nonviolent

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The Simple Funding Fix That Could Dramatically Reduce Drug-Related Deaths

At this year’s UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, the four men and two women who were executed in Indonesia by firing squad in January were a source of much discussion. The six victims were convicted of trafficking under Indonesia’s draconian drug laws, and the executions sparked international outcry. Yet these horrific events represent just one

Nick Clegg speaking at Chatham House, London

War on Drugs: Time for a Strategic Retreat?

During a joint appearance at Chatham House on Wednesday with Sir Richard Branson, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg noted that a considerable number of MPs in Parliament across party lines privately acknowledge the failings of current UK drug policy, yet lack the political courage to do so in public. Following on their op-ed in The

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Marijuana Misconceptions in the Skunk Study

The recent report by King’s College London into the effects of cannabis on mental health has been widely reported by the media in the last few days. Many media sources have opted for  sensationalist and fear-inducing headlines, such as “Users THREE TIMES more likely to develop psychosis if use stronger strains of Skunk cannabis”. While

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