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Descoberta a provável causa do vício. E não é o que você pensa

(147) Comments | Posted June 19, 2015 | 3:25 PM

Faz cem anos que as drogas foram proibidas pela primeira vez - e, ao longo desse século de guerra contra as drogas, professores e governos nos contaram histórias de vício. Essas histórias estão enraizadas em nossas mentes. Elas parecem óbvias, verdades evidentes.

Até três ano atrás, quando comecei uma...

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On a découvert les mécanismes probables de l'addiction, et ce n'est pas ce que vous pensez

(12) Comments | Posted February 15, 2015 | 10:39 PM

Voilà maintenant un siècle que l'on a commencé à interdire certains stupéfiants, et pendant ces cent années de lutte contre la drogue, nos professeurs et nos gouvernements nous ont tous dit la même chose sur l'addiction. Cette histoire est si profondément ancrée dans notre esprit que nous la tenons pour...

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Se ha descubierto lo que probablemente causa la adicción, y no es lo que tú crees

(143) Comments | Posted January 31, 2015 | 2:53 AM

Hace ahora cien años que las drogas se prohibieron por primera vez. En todo este siglo de guerra contra las drogas, nuestros profesores y gobiernos nos han contado una historia sobre la adicción. Esta historia está tan arraigada en nuestra mente que ya la damos por hecho. Parece algo obvio....

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Philip Seymour Hoffman Could Be Alive Today If The Drug War Were Over

(49) Comments | Posted January 30, 2015 | 8:51 AM

This weekend, it is a year since Philip Seymour Hoffman died, with a needle in his arm, in his apartment in New York City -- and this year, it is a century since drugs were first criminalized. These two events are connected. If the war on drugs had never happened,...

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Addicts' Lives Matter: Here's Why We Need a Hashtag -- and a Total Change of Attitude

(5) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 8:52 AM

For the past few months, I have been watching the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter as it exposes the unpunished killings of African-Americans -- Trayvon and Michael and Eric, and all the other names that never make the news, because there are so many, and it never seems to stop. I had a...

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La più probabile causa della dipendenza è stata scoperta - e non è ciò che credete

(131) Comments | Posted January 24, 2015 | 10:47 AM

Sono ormai passati cent'anni da quando le droghe sono state proibite per la prima volta - e nel corso di questo lungo secolo di guerra alla droga, i nostri insegnanti e i governi ci hanno raccontato una storia sulla dipendenza. Una storia tanto radicata nelle nostre menti che la diamo...

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Das ist die Ursache für Sucht. Es ist nicht, was Sie denken

(80) Comments | Posted January 23, 2015 | 5:53 PM

Es ist jetzt einhundert Jahre her, seit Drogen für illegal erklärt wurden. Während des gesamten Jahrhunderts wurde Krieg gegen die Drogen geführt und uns wurde von unseren Lehrern und unserer Regierung ein Märchen über die Sucht aufgetischt.

Dieses Märchen ist so tief in unseren Gehirnen verwurzelt, dass...

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The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

(1854) Comments | Posted January 20, 2015 | 2:20 PM

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take...

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Why Does Mitt Romney Support Violently Overthrowing Democratically Elected Leaders?

(187) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:24 PM

When you gaze at the square-jawed, brycreemed glisten of Mitt Romney, you do not immediately picture the kidnapping of a democratically elected president, nor the installation of a tyrant who slaughtered at least half a million people. Yet that is what this man has presented as a model for the...

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There's a Global War Against the Right of Gay People to Live and Love. We Need to Fight Back

(859) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 12:28 PM

There has been a strange hole in Western gay politics -- until now. We have, understandably, been focused on our own national battles for dignity: to get married, and not get fired for being gay, or bullied into despair as teenagers. But while we were starting to win, millions of...

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Would You Trust Management Consultants With the World's Rainforests? Our Governments Have -- Disastrously

(35) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 9:19 PM

The two most dreaded words in any office any time, anywhere, are the same -- management consultants. Their arrival rumbles through a workplace like the approaching thwump-thwump of the T-Rex in Jurassic Park, rattling our desks and making us all fear we will be picked up and gored at random....

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In The Age of Distraction, We Need One Thing More Than Ever: Books

(174) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 9:59 PM

In the twentieth century, all the nightmare-novels of the future imagined books would be burned. In the twenty-first century, our dystopias imagine a world where books are forgotten. To pluck just one, Gary Steynghart's novel Super Sad True Love Story describes a world where everybody is obsessed with...

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Factory Farming Is Manufacturing Superbugs -- and Endangering Us All

(302) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 9:06 AM

Here is a news story that could determine whether you live or die. Many of the world's scientists are warning that one of the mightiest weapons doctors have against sickness is being rendered useless -- so a few people can get richer, for a while. If they aren't stopped soon,...

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The Queen's Husband Is Ninety Today. Spare Us the Fawning

(59) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 10:38 AM

Is there a more consistently hilarious sight in Britain than the endless parade of slavering monarchists trying to convince us the Windsor family is the embodiment of virtue and hard work? Today is the 90th birthday of Philip Mountbatten. Ordinarily, I would wish him a happy day, as I would...

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It's Not Only Strauss-Kahn Who Should Be on Trial. It's the IMF Itself.

(91) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 11:22 AM

Sometimes, the most revealing aspect of the shrieking babble of the 24/7 news agenda is the silence. Often the most important facts are hiding beneath the noise, unmentioned and undiscussed. So the fact that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), is facing trial for allegedly...

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Larry Flynt -- Freedom Fighter, Pornographer, Monster?

(27) Comments | Posted May 27, 2011 | 11:42 AM

Larry Flynt has won. He was America's pioneer pornographer -- the man who fought against a still-Puritan nation all the way to the Supreme Court for the right to get vaginal close-ups into the grasp of every young man. This fight got him jailed. It got him shot. It got...

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The Deal We Dare Not Turn Down: Save This Rainforest, or Trigger Our Destruction

(72) Comments | Posted May 25, 2011 | 7:49 PM

Sometimes, there are hinge-points in human history -- moments when we have to choose between an exuberant descent into lunacy, and a still, sober voice offering us a sane way out. Usually, we can only see them when we look back from a distance. In 1793, the great democrat Thomas...

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David Cameron's Claims to Be a "Green" Prime Minister Go Up in Flames

(45) Comments | Posted May 14, 2011 | 1:44 PM

When the British Prime Minister David Cameron gazed into the dewy eyes of a husky and promised to lead "the greenest government ever", what did you think that would involve?

Probably not an attempt to sell off all Britain's trees to logging companies. Probably not a...

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Can We Now Learn the Real Lesson of Bin Laden's Death?

(173) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 10:00 PM

Scramble the film backwards. Rewind. Go back to the day 10 years ago when the air here in Manhattan was thick with ash and Osama bin Laden was gloating. There were two options for the United States government -- to pick up a scalpel, or to pick up a blowtorch....

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From the Crack Dens of Miami to the Royal Shakespeare Company: An Interview With Tarell Alvin McCraney

(3) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 10:54 AM

Tarell Alvin McCraney has made an unusual journey in his thirty years of life -- from the slums of Miami, where his crack-addicted mother died of AIDS and his brother ended up in jail, to writer-in-residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company. But when he glides past a large marble bust...

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