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Archives by Tag 'drug war'
Drug War Savages
SAUL LANDAU
Savage: not domesticated or cultivated; wild. In June and July the war on drugs proceeded apace as DEA agents and Honduran military goons knocked off some Miskitu people in Honduras – suspects supposedly running...
Drop the Case Against Activist Jazz Hayden
ANTHONY PAPA
Joseph “Jazz:” Hayden is a community activist from Harlem whose main goal was to expose the ...
End the Prison-Industrial Complex, Now!
ROB URIE
Most readers probably know the outline of this story: beginning in the 1970s the incarceration rate in America, the proportion of the population sent to prison, started to rise exponentially. The rate of incarceration in America is now the highest in the world. And in abs...
Mexico’s Return to “Perfect Dictatorship”
MICHAEL WILSON
On the night of July 1, Enrique Peña Nieto shouted before cameras, “this Sunday, Mexico won!” The presidential candidate of the Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI), Peña used the speech to declare himself the winner, promising an “honest” and “democrat...
The Real Story Behind Issa v. Holder
FRED GARDNER
All my life I would have sympathized with the Black man being hounded by a vicious Caucasian (who happens to be the richest man in the United States Congress). But watching Attorney General Eric Holder taking verbal abuse from Rep. Darrell Issa last week, all that came to...
Obama’s Statement on Fast and Furious
LINH DINH
Good evening, my fellow Americans. I’m here tonight to clear up some misperceptions about Operation Fast and Furious. Many of you are confused, even angry, and I fully understand. Why did the United States sell thousands of guns to vicious Mexican drug cartels, so that ...
Smoking Pot in the Capitol
ANTHONY PAPA
Earlier this week, political activist and comedian Randy Credico engaged in a novel protest and civil ...
The DEA and the Return of the Death Squads
GREG McCAIN
The US is once again hell bent on establishing death squads in its militarization of Central America. This is a stark reminder of the 1980s when Ronald Reagan and Ollie North were funding the contras with drug money, but now it is reinforced with lessons learned in terror...
Colorado’s War on Medical Marijuana
CHRISTOPHER BRAUCHLI
[A] drug which takes away grief and passion and brings a forgetfulness of all ills. — Homer, The Iliad Two events took place in June that suggested a primer on how medical marijuana laws are working in Colorado might b...
The Left Makes Noise in Mexico
PAUL IMISON
Mexico City. You can blame it on those damn students. Ever since over a hundred of them at a private university, the Iberoamericana in Mexico City, ran presidential frontrunner Enrique Peña Nieto off campus with cries of “Coward!” and “Get out!” o...
Breaking the Cycle of Addiction in Prison
ANTHONY PAPA
An amicus brief was filed by the Drug Policy Alliance o...
The Horrible Things That Empire Offers Us
FIDEL CASTRO
A piece of news released by AP, the most important US news agency, dated today in Monterrey, Mexico, explains it with irrefutable clarity.  This is not the first, and certainly it won’t be the last, about a reality that puts paid to the mountain of lies with which the ...
Failure at the Summit of the Americas
RAUL ZIBECHI
Dilma Rousseff interrupted the speech of Barack Obama. The President of the United States was speaking about the advances of various countries in Latin America, commenting that now there exists “a prosperous middle class” that represents a business opportunity for com...
Is the US Poised to Regain Control of Latin America with Regional Proxy Wars Through Colombia?
ANNIE BIRD
The Summits of the Americas began in 1994 as forums to promote free trade.  In 2009 the Summit’s focus shifted to demands for the inclusion of Cuba in regional political bodies and the end of the U.S. economic embargo, a debate which continued in this month’s Sixth S...
Somnambulant in Cartagena
ROBERT SANDELS
“I watched Obama closely at the famous ‘summit gathering.’  Fatigue sometimes overcame him, he involuntarily closed his eyes and occasionally slept with his eyes open.” – Fidel Castro [1] The Sixth Summ...
A Conspiracy of Whores
JOHN GRANT
Whore: (verb) To debase oneself by doing something for unworthy motives, typically to make money. ...
A License to Steal
ANTHONY PAPA
There are good lawyers and there are bad lawyers. As an advocate and freedom fighter, I have run into plenty of cases where legal representation was questionable. But once in a while I run into a story that is just downright disgraceful and makes the legal profession look...
A Tale of Two Murders
RAVI KATARI
The headline of a recent USA Today article reads, “In wake of Trayvon Martin’s death, America is soul-searching” (1).  And so it should be.  He was a 17-year-old African-American walking back from a convenience store when he was gunned down by an overzealous and s...
Victims of U.S. “Drug War” Mount as Media Yawns
DANIEL KOVALIK
Last week, you would have been lucky to find even a small blurb in a few newspapers about but another journalist killed in post-coup Honduras — the 19th in the last two years, making Honduras by far the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.   Ind...
Putting Drug Legalization on the Agenda
JEFFREY DHYWOOD
The so-called War on Drugs has been going on for over 40 years, but despite the colossal resources that have been thrown at this failed social experiment, the world’s appetite for illicit substances keeps heading stubbornly upwards and drug–trafficking is as flourishi...
Doing Biden’s Bidding
LAURA CARLSEN
Vice President Joe Biden landed in Mexico City last night and he’s left little doubt about his mission—to lock in the regional drug war. His visit comes at a time ...
Calderon in Juarez
PAUL IMISON
Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s much-publicized visit to Ciudad Juarez on the US border last week – the proverbial “scene of the crime” – was as well-timed as it was cynical. With his National Action Party (PAN) facing a tough re-election campaign ahead of J...
The Drug Police
FRED GARDNER
Tod Mikuriya, MD, once paid a printer to make up stickers that said “Drug Police: Armed Clergy.”  The message came to mind Jan. 24 when the New York Times ran ...
Coffee Shop Confusion in the Netherlands
JOHN SINCLAIR
Amsterdam. New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam was even more festive than usual this season as thousands of European visitors flocked to the city to enjoy what they believed would be the last night they’d be welcome in the coffee shops of the Netherla...
The Drug War’s Invisible Victims
LAURA CARLSEN
There are many kinds of war. The classic image of a uniformed soldier kissing mom good-bye to risk his life on the battlefield has changed dramatically. In today’s wars, it’s more likely that mom will be the one killed. UNIFEM states that by the mid-1990s, 90% ...