Category Archives: War on Drugs

Legalize it

The U.S.-led war on drugs has been a colossal failure, a senior U.S. official said last week. And while numerous administrations have sunk tens of billions of dollars into the effort to combat illegal drugs, “we have gotten nothing out … Continue reading

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Obama and McCain on Latin America

While I never got around to dissecting Barack Obama’s acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention (short take: a whole lot of talk about “change” and “hope”, with the same — albeit well-delivered — proposals for U.S. intervention around the … Continue reading

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Give that man a medal!

The Associated Press reports: LIMA, OH (AP) — A white police officer was acquitted Monday in the drug-raid shooting death of an unarmed black woman that set off protests about how police treat minorities in a city where one in … Continue reading

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How the system works

This week’s installment of “how having a shiny badge elevates you above the mere peons who pay your salary” is brought to you courtesy of the Minneapolis police department: A Minneapolis family is outraged that members of the SWAT team … Continue reading

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The Merida Initiative

My latest piece for Inter Press Service regarding the Bush administration’s so-called “Merida Initiative” — a three-year plan to further the “war on drugs” in Mexico and several other Central American countries through military training and equipment — is now … Continue reading

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Exporting democracy… and drug war propaganda

Remember that anti-drug Super Bowl from a few years ago? The one that claimed smoking a joint was equivalent to giving arms to al Qaeda (you know, kind of like the Reagan administration did)? Well, as Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports, … Continue reading

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In Defense of Barack Obama

I’ve been a critic of the cult of Obama as much as anyone, and not because of anything particular the man has done, but because I don’t think it’s wise to invest much faith in a politician, no matter how … Continue reading

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