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The Greek Tragedy at the Heart of the Indonesian Executions

Olivia Wilson | Posted 05.01.2015 | Politics
Olivia Wilson

As the bodies of the eight executed men return to the their families, we in Australia and elsewhere, are left reeling by the life and death drama of the last few days.

Aspiring Rapper Gets Life Sentence After Rap Lyrics Used As Evidence

REUTERS | Nate Raymond | Posted 04.03.2015 | Crime

(Reuters) - An accused New York City gang member was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for a slew of violent crimes, including three murders, af...

Latinos Can Honor the 43 Missing Mexican Students by Calling for 'No More Drug War'

Jeronimo Saldaña | Posted 03.27.2015 | Latino Voices
Jeronimo Saldaña

Latinos have been paying dearly, sometimes with their own lives, for American prohibition without having a seat at the policy making table.

Can You Say 'Blowback' in Spanish?

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Just as the U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya fertilized the field for IS, another U.S. war, the so-called War on Drugs, opened new horizons for the drug cartels.

Two Australian Drug Traffickers Are About to Be Executed in Indonesia and You Should Know Their Names

Olivia Wilson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics
Olivia Wilson

What a difference a name makes. When we have two people with a story, more of us are able to empathize. The more of us who see a part of ourselves in them, no matter how small, the more of us feel this is not a story to be punishable by death.

Agent Says He Was Undercover Silk Road Employee To Its Creator

Reuters | Nate Raymond | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) - A federal agent told jurors on Wednesday he covertly became an employee of the website Silk Road, chatting with its opera...

Jury Selection Starts In Alleged 'Silk Road' Creator's Trial

Reuters | Nate Raymond | Posted 03.15.2015 | Technology

By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jury selection began on Tuesday in the trial of the suspected operator of Silk Road, an online blac...

Colombia Is Not Mexico

Cecilia Farfán | Posted 02.11.2015 | Latino Voices
Cecilia Farfán

Colombians have mostly abandoned stories of drug lords and their escapades, of good guys against bad guys, and traded them for a more sober and conscious approach. They know that violence is not always an end in itself but the reflection of systemic problems. Without adjectives, without qualifications, Colombia is indeed not Mexico.

The Gary Webb Story: Still Killing the Messenger

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.20.2014 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

For the first time the true story about the courageous investigative journalist, Gary Webb, is being told in movie theaters across the country where people can draw their own conclusions unhindered by the noise and static of establishment naysayers in the corporate media.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

Jail Guards Accused Of Drug Trafficking

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Crime

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) - Three guards at New York City's Rikers Island Correctional Facility have been indicte...

The Story of Exodus (... the One From Central America)

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful country to the north. The country was having problems with foreigners who had illegally crossed its borders and formed gangs to defend themselves against local, more established gangs.

The Youngest Victims of the Drug War at Home and Abroad

asha bandele | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
asha bandele

Perhaps the terrible truth of drug war violence will finally be addressed as all of America bore witness this summer to the horror of some 52,000 unaccompanied children who were fleeing devastating violence that had erupted in Central America.

Honduras: A Nation of Refugees

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.09.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

Gaining refugee status would be good news for the migrants, because it would mean they would not automatically be deported to their home countries. Instead, they would receive international protection.

Dear Tea Party, America's Addiction to Illegal Drugs and Cheap Labor Causes Illegal Immigration

H. A. Goodman | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

It's against the law to buy $28 billion of cocaine and it's against the law to hire illegal immigrants to pick our crops, but we do both. It's time to face the reality that we've caused the border crisis.

Global Day of Protest Against the Drug War

Daniel Altman | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Daniel Altman

For the second year in a row, an international groundswell of activists have organized a Global Day of Action. In addition to the thousands of actions around the world focusing on various aspects of the failed drug war, drug policy reform advocates will be taking their protest right to the source: the UN Headquarters in New York.

Giving International Drug Policies a Chance to Turn the Tide

Ruth Dreifuss | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
Ruth Dreifuss

If just a small fraction of the money spent each year on drug-related law enforcement globally -- about $100 billion per year -- was re-directed towards drug-related health and social services, countless lives would be saved.

Sex And Drugs Add $16.7 Billion To Britain's Economy

Reuters | Posted 07.29.2014 | Business

By David Milliken LONDON, May 29 (Reuters) - They already know what rock'n'roll is worth, so now Britain's statisticians are getting ...

Colombia: Peace and Drugs

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Lisa Haugaard

The peace process between the Colombian government and the FARC-EP guerrillas reached the halfway mark on May 16, 2014 with a ground-breaking agreement on how to treat drug production and trafficking.

Oklahoma Tackles the Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic

Adam Banner | Posted 06.23.2014 | Crime
Adam Banner

More than 6 million Americans abuse prescription drugs, and both the number of prescription drug sales and the number of prescription drug overdose deaths have quadrupled since 1999. Are doctors to blame?

How the Pentagon Views Threats in Latin America

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 06.21.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

On February 26, General John F. Kelly, Commander of the United States Southern Command, presented Southcom's annual "Posture Statement" to the House Armed Services Committee. The Posture Statement surveys threats and concerns in the command's Area of Operations, in this case, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Foreign Drug Mules Trapped In Peru On Parole

AP | CARLA SALAZAR and FRANK BAJAK | Posted 02.13.2014 | Latino Voices

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Profuse sweating betrayed Nicole Bartscher's internal panic over having 10 pounds of cocaine strapped to her body as she negotiate...

So Where Does Bitcoin Go From Here?

Mary Buffett | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Mary Buffett

It's fair to say that it has been a couple of rough months for Bitcoin, the once ballyhooed Internet currency. Just as it moved from the shadows into...

Banks Launder Billions of Illegal Cartel Money While Snubbing Legal Marijuana Businesses

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 09.22.2014 | Business
Avinash Tharoor

The hypocrisy of the role that banks play in the drug trade is particularly disgraceful when considering the recent system of marijuana regulation that was introduced in Colorado.

Colorado Airport Bans Marijuana Possession

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

Recreational marijuana will be legal for adults to buy on Jan. 1, 2014, but those adults will not be able to fly out of the state from Denver's main a...