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Daniel Robelo

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The Drug War = Mass Deportation: 250,000 Deported for Drug Offenses in Last 6 Years

(24) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 5:49 PM

The drug war has increasingly become a war against migrant communities. It fuels racial profiling, border militarization, violence against immigrants, intrusive government surveillance and, especially, widespread detentions and deportations.

Media and politicians have tried to convince us that everyone who gets deported is a violent criminal, a terrorist or...

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Guatemalan President Praises Colorado and Washington for Marijuana Legalization at UN Speech

(8) Comments | Posted September 27, 2013 | 10:54 AM

Ending the failed war on drugs emerged as a major theme of the United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, after Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina took the floor Thursday to denounce drug prohibition and urge the world's leaders to experiment with "new models" for controlling drugs.

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Breaking the Taboo: Why the OAS Report on Alternatives to Drug Prohibition Is Such a Big Deal

(27) Comments | Posted May 23, 2013 | 1:17 PM

The Organization of American States (OAS) released an unprecedented report last Friday that presents the most high-level discussion of alternatives to drug prohibition in history.

This report is a big deal. It's the first time that any multilateral institution anywhere in the world has critically analyzed the...

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New DPA Report Highlights the Impact of the War on Drugs on Veterans Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:32 PM

After returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. veterans are increasingly become casualties of the country's longest war: the war on drugs.

Last Friday, the Drug Policy Alliance released an updated and revised edition of its seminal 2009 report, "Healing a Broken System." The report examines the plight of...

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Drug War: Time For An Exit Strategy

(55) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 2:47 PM

The Mexican government's reluctant release of updated homicide statistics reveals the grim costs of the failed drug war -- and the growing need for an exit strategy.

As The Times notes, at least 50,000 people have been killed because of the drug war in the last five years -- nearly...

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Mexico's Presidents Are Considering Legalizing Drugs. Will the U.S. Join the Debate?

(244) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 2:35 PM

The question of whether legalizing drugs would help reduce the killings in Mexico has made front page news this week and is causing unprecedented debate around the world.

Last week, former Mexican President Vicente Fox called on his country "to legalize the production, distribution and sale of...

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Veterans: Casualties of the Drug War

(8) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 4:23 PM

Today is Veterans' Day. Another year to remember the men and women who serve in our Armed Forces -and to do a better job of taking care of them when they come home.

With hundreds of thousands of servicemen and women currently deployed (often for second, third, or...

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