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Archives by Tag 'drug war'
The Fight is On in Brazil
RICHARD BROKAW
Rio de Janeiro. In June 2013 what seemed like a minor demonstration against the increase of 20 cents in the public transportation ticket  in Sao Paulo,  Brazil’s largest city, turned into a free for all of police brutality.  Police riot  control troo...
Playing Politics With the Drug War
SHELDON RICHMAN
Two recent law-enforcement decisions illustrate yet again that when government sets out to solve a problem it created, things get much worse. This week, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the Justice Department will keep nonviolent small-scale drug sellers...
How Alexander Cockburn Helped Me Take on the War on Drugs
BRIAN McKENNA
McGruff, the Crime Dog, was huffing and puffing as he charged up the stairs. The canine removed his doggie headdress, revealing a Philadelphia policeman underneath. He quickly took me aside. “I just got back from teaching one of those drug bastards a lesson he’l...
The Origins of the Neoliberal War on the Poor
JEFFREY ST. CLAIR and ALEXANDER COCKBURN
In November of 1994 two years of ramshackle government, breached pledges and the Clinton administration’s frequently manifested contempt for its traditional base, exacted their price. In the midterm elections Republicans seized control of both the House and the Sena...
In Order to Address Racism, We Must Confront the Drug War
SHARDA SEKARAN
This past week has brought an intense time of reflection and critical self-examination for many Americans. In the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, there have been emotionally-charged conversations about the way young black men are viewed in the U.S. and how valued th...
The Real Purpose of the Drug War
ALEXANDER COCKBURN and JEFFREY ST. CLAIR
A heart in love will decipher every squiggle in a letter as a kiss. In the final days of the 2008 campaign and in the opening ones of his administration, Obama and his top legal aides seemed to the eager ears of marijuana legalizers on the West Coast to be opening the doo...
Obama in Mexico
LAURA CARLSEN
President Obama touched down in Mexico and then flew to Costa Rica in a short trip with ambitious goals. The president sought to re-set the image of U.S. involvement in the region by downplaying the increasingly controversial drug war that is currently the focus of U.S. a...
My Supreme Court Fashion Felony
JAMES BOVARD
In March 1995, I visited the sacred burial ground of Americans’ rights and liberties – the Supreme Court. Working on an article for ...
15 Benefits of the War on Drugs
KEVIN CARSON
With American drug use levels essentially the same as — and levels of drug-related violence either the same as or lower than — those in countries like the Netherlands with liberal drug laws, public support for the War on Drugs appears to be faltering. This was most re...
The Will of the People Doesn’t Mean Jack Shit to the Drug Warriors
DAVE HUMMELS
The Associated Press reports that eight former DEA administrators are urging the Obama administration to sue Washington and Colorado over their voter-approved moves toward  marijuana legalization. One former chief, Peter Bensinger, fears that successful legalizati...
Honduras: the Killings Continue
NICK ALEXANDROV
Assistant Secretary of State William Brownfield succumbed to a fit of honesty earlier this month: “When the drug war turns bloody, he said, the strategy is working,” journalist Martha Mendoza reported.  By Brownfield’s standards, the strategy has been an enormous s...
Green Pot Head Pressure
LENNI BRENNER
A two-headed Martian recently dropped in on us and challenged me: “Folks back home love to ask what’s the wackiest thing about planets we visit. What should we say about this one?” Of course I told them that Marijuana is illegal. Thirty million American...
Hate Drugs? You Should Want to End the Drug War
TONY NEWMAN
Many people hate drugs. It is easy to see why. Most families have had a loved one with a problematic relationship to alcohol or other drugs.  People who struggle with drug problems can cause incredible pain to themselves and their loved ones. Broken marriages, loss of ...
Convicts, Collateral Damage, and the “War on Drugs”
JOSEPH NEVINS
Two recent court cases in southern California provide insight into the identity of those smuggle drugs across the international boundary between the two countries. But more importantly what they do is highlight how the ludicrous “war on drugs” produces casualties of m...
How Capitalism is Destroying Democracy
LAURA FLANDERS
Eugene Jarecki is an author and a filmmaker. The director behind “Freakanomics,” “The Trials of Harry Kissinger,” “Why We Fight,” and most recently “The House I Live In.” “The House I Live In” his documentary about the drug war leaves one thinki...
Have Conservatives Really Seen the Light on Mass Incarceration?
JAMES KILGORE
I lived in South Africa from 1991 until 2002, during the difficult transition from apartheid to democracy. An interesting part of this history was that by 1994, apartheid had become so discredited that it was difficult to find a single white person who admitted to ever su...
Yes We Cannabis
HELEN REDMOND
The cracks in the American cannabis control system just got wider with the states of Washington and Colorado passing referendums legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults. It is nothing short of historic in a country that arrests over 850,000 people every ye...
Contradictions of the New Juarez
KENT PATERSON
The push to rebrand and re-sell the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juárez is in full swing. With violence way down as 2012 draws to a close, business and political leaders are extolling the return of security, inaugurating public works and opening new restaurants. Accordi...
Nullify the Drug War!
SHELDON RICHMAN
Thomas Jefferson said a revolution every 20 years would be a good thing. Regardless of what one thinks of that, perhaps a little constitutional crisis every now and then would have its benefits. One such crisis may be brewing now. On election day, solid majorities ...
El Lazca and the Walking Dead
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. Mexico awoke Tuesday to the news that one of its leading drug lords had bit the dust. Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano (aka El Lazca), presumed leader of Los Zetas and arguably the country’s third most wanted man, had been killed in a fire...
Hempstalk and the Coming End of Prohibition
MICHAEL DONNELLY
Another Portland Hempstalk  has come and gone.  This free annual weekend after Labor Day celebration of Cannabis Culture, bi...
Testimonies of the Drug War’s Devastation
LAURA CARLSEN
The Caravan for Peace with Justice and Dignity arrived in New York today and hit the ground running. In the early evening, hundreds of caravan members and New York supporters met each other in ...
Pot Injustice Pervades Public
NORM KENT
Recently, the city of Denver said it was going to deny medical marijuana dispensaries the right to advertise on city billboards.  A few years ago, I remember other cities denying strip clubs the right to solicit on billboards as well, claiming the ads distracted drivers ...
Along the Border of the Surreal
PAUL IMISON
San Diego. If the Mexico-US border is the most surreal international boundary in the western hemisphere – often described as the only place where the so-called “First World” meets the Third, with all the envy, prejudice and distrust that implies – ...