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How "The NAFTA Flu" Exploded
Apr 29 2009 - 6:17pm
National Criminal Justice Act of 2009
Mar 26 2009 - 2:33pm
Narcoterrorism in Mexico
Sep 26 2008 - 7:31pm
House Cleaning in Colombia
Mar 24 2008 - 8:21pm
What if Ingrid Betancourt had been in Ecuador Saturday?
Mar 8 2008 - 3:29am

La Global Marijuana March en Argentina

Ayer el sábado 8 de mayo:

"Esta tarde se llevó a cabo la Global Marijuana March, en Plaza de Mayo. Se reclamó por una cese de las detenciones, la discriminación y el maltrato a usuarios. Pero sobre todo, por una nueva ley de drogas.

Al grito de "Autocultivo, autocultivo...", unas 3000 personas llegaron a Plaza de Mayo en la Global Marijuana March, también conocida como Marcha Mundial de la Marihuana, que se realiza desde 1999 el primer sábado de mayo de cada año, en simultáneo en ciudades de todo el mundo..."

International Centre for Science in Drug Policy releases study at the annual Harm Reduction Conference in Liverpool

Effect of Drug Law Enforcement on Drug-Related Violence: Evidence from a Scientific Review

New Year 2010: Czech Republic decriminalizes personal possession, use, and cultivation of various drugs

As of New Year's day 2010 it is now legal to possess, use, and in some instances grow various types of formly banned plants in the Czech Republic. Mexico passed similar legislation in 2009 decriminalizing possession and use of certain drugs, but the Czech government went even further by allowing possession of larger amounts, than Mexico. A week prior to decriminalizing many drugs, the government made it legal to allow limited cultivation of marijuana, coca, mescaline cactus, and forty varieties of psilocybin mushrooms. Read links below for further information.

Sources: Prague Daily Monitor, Le Monde (in French), Unified Networkers of Drug Users Nationally

Australian Indigenous Population Risks Major HIV Infection Rates; Drug Users League Warns Gov't not to Repeat Canada's Mistake

As World AIDS Day approaches, December 1, 2009, the Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) is warning of a rise in HIV infections in Australia's indigenous population from 18% to 22% among it's IV drug users from 2004 - 2008, while the rate among the non-indigenous population has remained the same at 3% over the same period.

USA Moves Towards Removing Funding Ban for Needle Exchange

According to the International Harm Reduction Association US politicians have moved to counter President Obama's decision to continue the federal funding ban on needle exchange in his 2010 budget.

"The move follows a series of activist protests in America in July 2009, after the President went back on one of his campaign pledges and continued with the funding ban which has existed in the USA since the 1980s."

Read the full story here.

News from Colombia: CCAJAR Discusses Government Spying, and VBS.TV Investigates Narcosubs

This week from CCAJAR, - Colectivo de Abogados “José Alvear Restrepo”, shows disturbing trends in illegal domestic spying by DAS the nation's intelligence agency.

John Gibler talks with CNN on drug violence in Mexico

John Gibler, Narco News contributor, and author of Mexico Unconquered,  appearred on CCN's "American Morning" program this past Friday to discuss the drug war in Mexico; he said the current drug war policies have failed, and that sending more federal agents to the border will have no effect on stopping the flow of drugs or ending the violence.

Obama and Chavez to meet?

According to Caribbean Net News President Obama is to meet with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez this upcoming April in Trinidad.

 

"United States President, Barack Obama will have a face-to-face meeting with his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez in April in Port of Spain, when the two leaders will be among three dozen heads of government and state at the three day Summit of the Americas."

 

The full article can be read here: Caribbean Net News

A Long-Standing Dream Fulfilled: Strategy For Successful International Drug User Activist Organizing

An Opinion Piece, by Cheryl White, Toronto Drug Users Union, Canada.

Report on the 2008 INPUD Annual General Meeting and International Drug User Day (IDUD2008) Gathering, “Moving Forward II”, Copenhagen, Hosted by the Danish Drug Users’ Union – BrugerForeningen

I have spent more than 20 years as an Illicit Drug User activist (IDUA), participating in the early years of forming local, national and international networks of common cause dedicated to harm reduction and DU activism. To say these periods were characterized by extreme growing pains would be to put it lightly indeed. Because our fight has been and continues to be a fight for our very lives, feelings are often raw and our activism is driven by a high level of passion...

Click Here to read the full article by Cheryl White.

The U.S. Drug War Reaches New Heights of Absurdity in Federal Court

Federal prosecutors charged George Wills and Robert Catalano, the owners of Puck Technology makers of the Whizzinator with conspiracy in Pittsburgh, PA in October. The two men plead guilty to two counts of conspiracy on November 24, and face up to eight years in prison and a $500,000 fine; their sentencing will take place in February of next year.[1] The prosecutors claimed the two had conspired to defraud the federal government’s drug testing programs:

“On October 14, federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh won a 19-count indictment against the owners of Puck Technology, maker of the Whizzinator, for fraud and selling drug paraphernalia. Prosecutors allege that by manufacturing and selling the Whizzinator, company president Gerald Wills and vice president Robert Catalano conspired to defraud the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which administers federal workplace drug testing programs. The government is seeking forfeiture of all of the company’s assets, including its Internet domain names.” [2]

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