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Students Protest Scripps’ Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America

On Tuesday, March 13, a student protest broke out at the opening ceremony for the Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America in Garrison Theater at Scripps College. As soon as former Mexican Presidential candidate for the National Action Party Josefina Vázquez Mota finished her speech, numerous students stood up and shouted to Scripps President […]

On the website of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a useful link to a list of the referenda against prohibition which were passed. Also, a longer interview, entitled After Historic Votes Legalizing Marijuana, Colorado & Washington Prepare for Federal Gov’t Showdown, on Democracy Now! provides insights into the major changes that have occurred and continue […]

Law Enforcement Officials Call for an End to “The War On Drugs”

The two career law enforcement officers interviewed on October 25th here are two of many speaking out against the criminalization of drugs and the failed ‘drug war’ policy pursued by Bush and now even with more vigor, President Obama. Interviewed in above linked video are the following: Jim Gierach is a former Assistant State’s Attorney […]

If the “War On Drugs” has Failed, is Legalization the Answer?

Excellent interview of two police officers, on the front lines of the ‘war on drugs’ for decades, who founded Law Enforcement Against Prohibition because of the failure of this policy. When will President Obama actually take a stand for post-partisan practical policies on drugs that these first responders describe compellingly here? The call for an […]

Unearthing the Truth About the Bloodletting War on Drugs: Militarization and Economic Domination

Great ten part series mentioned here. View an interview with the author, Mark Karlin, by Paul Jay, editor of the Real News Network here. Again, where are our much-touted great human rights leaders and organizations, like Senator Leahy, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the American Friends Services Committee, when a policy that has so clearly […]

It’s Time to Abandon Nixon’s War on Drugs

This piece by Laura Carlsen, Director, Mexico City-based Americas Program of the Center for International Policy; columnist, Foreign Policy in Focus, is an excellent summary of the failure of the ‘drug war’. Unfortunately no mention is made of the widespread recognition of this by Republican Party libertarians and by sizable portions of the electorate across […]

WikiLeaks and the War on Drugs

by Blanche Petrich Moreno, an award-winning veteran journalist in Mexico, is a member of La Jornada’s WikiLeaks investigative reporting team. This article appeared in the August 13-20, 2012 edition of The Nation. Some of the cables can undoubtedly be found on Wkleaks site (after they weather the current denial-of-service attack). The one entitled “Mexico Offered […]

Can the Caravan of Peace End the War on Drugs?

by Tom Hayden Published in the Nation magazine on August 7, 2012 A new peace movement to end the US-sponsored drug war begins with buses rolling and feet marching from the Tijuana–San Diego border on August 12 through twenty-five US cities to Washington, DC, in September. (for the rest of this piece, click here). Weird […]

Congressional Democrats silence in response to appeal to stop ‘drug war’ abuses

“Using the “war on drugs” as justification, what this type of law does is control the social and political opposition – all types of opposition to the Honduran state.” Media Repression in Honduras Speaks to U.S. Congress, but is anyone Listening? View report here.

Excellent coverage of rigged Mexican election

by the Real News Network. Thousands of Mexicans Protest Alleged Elections Fraud James Cockcroft: Mexican Elite will not allow Andres Lopez Obrador to be President Why establishment media in the US is covering the Mexican election as if it was not stolen by the corporate-militarist right-wing candidate (b/c the establishment media in the US also […]

Economic Scene: Numbers Tell of Failure in Drug War

By EDUARDO PORTER Published in the New York Times Business Section, July 3, 2012 Now that the New York Times has come out against the ‘war on drugs’ perhaps Amnesty International will. If you’re a member, you could give them a call and see what they say. . . Quote: “. . .the presidential elections […]

Honduran Scholars Call on US to Cease Support for Military and Police

Anthropology Professor Dr. Pine of American University is interviewed here on the Real News Network and provides a fascinating and thorough background and analysis of ‘drug war’ militarization and its impacts in Honduras. On June 7, 40 Honduran scholars, supported by 300 academics from 29 countries, sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary of […]

From DailyKos: 2008 Darrell Issa Voted YES To Fund Project Gunrunner & Merida Initiative

Note: We all know: If there’s so much law enforcement cooperation between the U.S. and Mexico, why haven’t the murderers of Brad Will been brought to justice after they killed him in broad daylight in front of witnesses? Instead we got a Senator Leahy-supported ‘independent expert’ investigation by ex-RCMP guys who didn’t even interview witnesses […]

More letters in NY Times for decriminalization

Or legalization. (Though Governor Cuomo’s proposal and Mayor Bloomberg’s (original) one both continue the destructive and cartel-empowering Prohibitions approach.) Can’t we evolve to a pragmatic and civil liberties-respecting altenative: Re “Police and Mayor Back Plan to Curtail Marijuana Arrests” (front page, June 5): Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s call to end the criminalization of the possession […]

Letters: Legalize it!

Read the original Op-Ed by Justice Reichbach. Letter Legalizing the Use of Medical Marijuana Published: May 21, 2012 Re “A Judge’s Plea for Pot” (Op-Ed, May 17): I salute Justice Gustin L. Reichbach for his courageous act of civil disobedience and his willingness to admit publicly his use of marijuana for medical purposes. Anyone who […]

‘Dirty War’ Tactic Of Disappearances Reappears In Mexico

By Cyril Mychalejko 25 May, 2012 Toward Freedom Here’s a quote: “Instead of reducing violence, Mexico’s ‘war on drugs’ has resulted in a dramatic increase in killings, torture, and other appalling abuses by security forces, which only make the climate of lawlessness and fear worse in many parts of the country,” said José Miguel Vivanco, […]

Democracy Now covers growing challenge to failed US ‘Drug War’ policy

On March 9th, 2012. U.S. Faces Challenge to “Drug War” as Latin American Countries Mull Decriminalization, Legalization Ethan Nadelman of the Drug Policy Alliance provides a diplomatic and (to me what seems overly) praise-laden overview of the Obama Administration’s promotion of ‘drug war’ policy. He does declare Obama Administration has shown a failure of leadership […]

Mexico Joe Doing Biden’s Bidding

March 06, 2012 by 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 of mounting calls to end prohibitionist laws and the drug war model. Excellent piece by Laura Carlsen, Director of […]

Jurors Need to Know That They Can Say No

By PAUL BUTLER Published: December 20, 2011 IF you are ever on a jury in a marijuana case, I recommend that you vote “not guilty” — even if you think the defendant actually smoked pot, or sold it to another consenting adult. As a juror, you have this power under the Bill of Rights; if […]

Granting Golpismo

There’s just so much money in the non-profit industrial complex. And it’s so unrepentantly imperialist. Take, for example, the recent “Grants to Support U.S. Ideology in Foreign Hospitals and Schools,” offered by USAID: Number of Grants: 26; Estimated Size of Grant: $2,000,000. more of this excellent piece on the role of USAID and NGOs they […]

The Trenches of Mexico: “You Can’t Call the Police on the Army”

“Both Calderón and Obama, in slapping the open wounds of Mexico with weapons and cash, are disastrously ignoring primary causes, the root and branch of drug trade and corruption—the booming drug demand in the US, the decimation of Mexican employment, and a spike in violence due to an over-enforced border, family separation and neoliberal trade […]

Opinion: Latin America’s left at the crossroads

Here’s an important quote: “The year 2010 marked the 200th anniversary of independence for many Latin American nations. While the region may have achieved its political independence it still remains, 200 years later, deeply tied – and subordinated – to the larger world capitalist system that has shaped its economic and political development from the […]

Too Little, Too Late: Commissioner Kelly Tells NYPD to End Stop-and-Frisks That Led to Thousands of Bogus Marijuana Arrests

By Kristen Gwynne | Sourced from AlterNet September 23rd, 2011 After a decade of unjust marijuana arrests, Raymond Kelly has finally issued a memo to New York City police, ordering them to end the illegal stop-and-frisk procedures that resulted in the arrests of so many young black and Latino youths. The memo said: “Questions have […]

Debunking the ‘success’ of Plan Colombia

Good thing that Colombian security officers are training Mexican anti-narcotics squads. (Try to ignore Juan Forerro’s typical parroting of ‘drug war’ boosters’ narrative.) Death and Drugs in Colombia, New York Review of Books, June 23, 2011 by Daniel Wilkinson Quote: “Paramilitaries also confessed to judicial investigators that they had collaborated extensively with military officers, both […]

American Banks ‘High’ On Drug Money: How a Whistleblower Blew the Lid Off Wachovia-Drug Cartel Money Laundering Scheme

A revealing examination of the games the Federal Government, D.C.-tied ‘human rights’ organizations, and the big banks play on the way to militarization of Latin America and the Caribbean. Quotes from the story: With headline stories across the nation exposing massive fraud and money laundering schemes infilitrating the American financial systems: how could it have […]

Call Off the Global Drug War

An oped for the New York Times by former US President Jimmy Carter June 16, 2011 From the oped: “In an extraordinary new initiative announced earlier this month, the Global Commission on Drug Policy has made some courageous and profoundly important recommendations in a report on how to bring more effective control over the illicit […]

Mexicans are uneasy about America’s outsourced war on drugs

Many believe that Calderón’s drug policies have been imposed by the US, which provides aid under the Mérida Initiative For the Guardian by Luis Hernandez Navarro Tuesday 14 June 2011 Cipriana Jurado is a Mexican activist who for years struggled to assert the rights of maquila workers in Ciudad Juarez on the US border. She […]

Great piece by ‘drug war’ insider turned opponent

40 Years of Drug War Hasn’t Worked; “Time for a Change,” Says 9-Year Veteran The public understands how disastrous it’s been — now it’s time for the politicians and law enforcement to change course. June 15, 2011 | The “War on Drugs” was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago this week. In 1980, […]

Mexican Guns Tied to U.S.

Article in Wall Street Journal by Evan Perez suggests many of cartels’ weapons come from US. An intriguing passage states “Mexico has strict restrictions on gun ownership, with most legitimate sales processed through one store on a military base near Mexico City.” This and other elements of the story invite suspicion that a significant portion […]

Mexico’s Anti-Drug War March Demands Far-Reaching Political Reforms

Posted on: 05/09/2011 by Laura Carlsen Thousands of Mexicans changed the face of national and international politics May 8 in the world’s first mass protest against the drug war. Read the rest of this excellent piece here.