The drug war is the U.S.' most failed social policy intervention in modern history -- yet the call to rethink its assumptions, and revise our approach to regulation of illicit drugs, has been issued and seriously engaged only by reformers in Europe and Latin America.
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for a meeting with religious for the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life at Paul VI audience hall...
As to the accusation that Mr. Penn and Ms. del Castillo were responsible for the capture of El Chapo. This is el colmo in hypocrisy! In one breath, Mr. Penn is being criticized for meeting with a drug lord, and not using his meeting to set up a sting operation.
I believe the reaction of the press to Mr. Penn's article -- character assassinations, rather than exposure of the hypocrisy and fiasco that has been the "War on Drug" -- is a sad testament to the lack of integrity and freedom of the press in the USA.
Violence will continue to plague Mexico and Central America until the United States and is neighbors abandon the discredited drug war strategy that was started by Richard Nixon 45 years ago -- and that continues to drive international policy today.
The drug war brought violence to Latin America, but let me tell you it's also brought opportunity and created a way to escape a system of deeply-ingrained poverty for hundreds of thousands of people.
Sooner or later, Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán is bound to escape from prison again. In 2001, he did so by hiding in a laundry basket. Last year, after only 16 months of being locked-up, he escaped through a mile long tunnel dug under Mexico´s highest security prison.
The feverish over-reaction to the weekend revelation in Rolling Stone that two-time Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn had interviewed a recently recaptured Mexican drug lord points up some of the biggest toxic dynamics in our media culture.
With crisis after crisis, scandal after scandal, human rights violation after violation, the Mexican public has lost all confidence and trust in its state institutions.
Seven months ago, when I sat down at my computer, logged onto the Gloucester Police Department's Facebook and started typing, I never would have imagi...
Maine's Governor Paul LePage is no stranger to making crazy comments in public that are unbecoming to an elected official, but his latest racist rant about heroin use in his state is rightfully getting people up in arms.
I am not a regular viewer of Kelly and don't know her daily work, but I do remember a segment she did on drugs and the drug war. Five years ago, Megyn Kelly did a long segment on my organization, the Drug Policy Alliance. The segment is a classic.
Colorado and other pioneering states are showing us what a reality-based, public health approach to marijuana looks like.
Perhaps on some level there is truth to some facets of these stereotypical roles that are pounded into the minds of the American TV viewer. It is not, however, the image of the justice system I see in my day-to-day work as a public defender.
The same power dynamic seen in the Holtzclaw case allows police to coerce false testimony and secure wrongful convictions. At the end of the day, there are so many victims.
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