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Drug Trafficking

Illegal Catch Could Net Fisherman Life Behind Bars

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 01.31.2017 | Crime

A Florida commercial fisherman who pleaded guilty to distributing nearly 45 pounds of cocaine he found floating in the Gulf of Mexico could be docked ...

Drug Policy: Our Unfinished Business In The Americas

Rep. Eliot Engel | Posted 01.17.2017 | World
Rep. Eliot Engel

By Reps. Eliot L. Engel and Matt Salmon In 2015, opioid deaths in the United States exceeded 30,000 for the first time in recent history. As both par...

Oklahoma Continues Use Of Controversial ERAD Tool for "Highway Robbery" In Civil Asset Forfeiture Cases

Adam Banner | Posted 08.26.2016 | Crime
Adam Banner

Although Oklahoma is the state making headlines in this area, the Institute of Justice graded 31 states at D or lower, with only one state, New Mexico, making above a B+. Everyone concerned with their constitutional rights needs to be concerned with the technology used to destroy them.

Colombian Drug Lord Sentenced To 35 Years In U.S. Prison

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.26.2016 | World

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Colombian drug kingpin was sentenced on Monday to 35 years in a U.S. prison for engaging in a multi-million dollar scheme to ma...

The 'Loser Terrorists'

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 07.17.2016 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The inspiration of many of today's terrorists is to achieve name recognition or even re-branding from loser to terrorist.

Africa needs collaboration and support to tackle crime at sea

The Conversation Africa | Posted 07.15.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Hennie van As, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Illegal fishing and its associated criminal activity at sea is an intractable and major interna...

The Other Opioid Crisis -- People in Poor Countries Can't Get the Pain Medication They Need

The Conversation US | Posted 03.25.2016 | World
The Conversation US

There are two opioid crises in the world today. One is the epidemic of abuse and misuse, present in many countries but rising at an alarming rate in the United States. The other crisis is older and affects many more people around the world each year: too few opioids.

One Of El Chapo’s Biggest Rivals Pleads Guilty In Washington

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 01.16.2017 | World

One of drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán Loera’s biggest reputed rivals pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges Tuesday in Washington, ab...

How a Pink Flower Defeated the World's Sole Superpower

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 02.22.2017 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

After fighting the longest war in its history, the United States stands at the brink of defeat in Afghanistan. How can this be possible?

War on Drugs Takes Center Stage at UN as Global Leaders and International Activists Assemble in NY

Hannah Hetzer | Posted 02.17.2017 | Politics
Hannah Hetzer

In April, the world will come together to talk about drugs. The United Nations will host the most significant high-level international drug policy event in almost two decades.

Presidential Election: Crying (Tears of Hope) for you, Argentina

Jesica L. Santos | Posted 10.21.2016 | World
Jesica L. Santos

On October 25, Argentinians will go the polls to elect their next democratic president who, for the first time since 2003, won't have "Kirchner" as a last name. But the choice Argentinians will really be making concerns not an individual but, rather, the type of country they want to recover.

No More Drug War: One Year Anniversary of Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

Daniel Robelo | Posted 09.25.2016 | Politics
Daniel Robelo

We stand with Ayotzinapa. We honor the courage and resilience of the students' families and community, and we join them in demanding justice.

Cocaine Cowboy 'White Boy Rick' Could Be Released On New Law

AP | Andy Campbell | Posted 01.10.2017 | Crime

DETROIT (AP) ― A major Detroit-area drug trafficker known as “White Boy Rick” could soon be released from prison following nearly 30 years behin...

Italy Seizes Kilos Of Cocaine Hidden In Squid Container

AP | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 01.03.2017 | World

ROME (AP) — Italian customs police have seized 49 kilograms (108 pounds) of pure cocaine hidden in a container transporting frozen totani, a kind of...

The 'Human' in the Drug Trafficking Equation

Ana Davila | Posted 07.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Ana Davila

Ignoring the increasingly intertwined relation between human and drug trafficking is a privilege that the U.S and Mexico can no longer afford, not when this activity promises to rise alarmingly in the following years as drug cartels continue to gain power and impunity in Mexico.

The Greek Tragedy at the Heart of the Indonesian Executions

Olivia Wilson | Posted 05.01.2016 | 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 05.27.2015 | 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 05.23.2015 | 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.