On the day that California’s Governor Jerry Brown asks federal judges to lift an order to release prisoners to reduce overcrowding, this brief clip seemed extremely appropriate when considering just why it is that the US prison population is so high (as we noted most recently here). Professor Daniel D’Amico provides some insightful color, noting that fully 24 percent of inmates in U.S. prisons are non-violent drug offenders. The drug war has been [...]
The “Django Unchained” director told a talk show that as he researched slavery, he saw the same sort of injustices happening in America today.
Although race always has been an element in his work, Django Unchained has become the flash point for public examination of Quentin Tarantino‘s thoughts about African-Americans.
Tarantino’s new film is set just before the Civil War and features Jamie Foxx as a freed slave who seeks to save his wife by taking down [...]
by Matt Taibbi, Rolling Stone:
If you’ve ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you’ve ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or “drug paraphernalia” in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me.
Breuer this week signed off on a settlement deal with the British banking giant HSBC that is the ultimate [...]
President Obama says recreational users of marijuana in states that have legalized the substance should not be a “top priority” of federal law enforcement officials prosecuting the war on drugs.
“We’ve got bigger fish to fry,” Obama said of pot users in Colorado and Washington during an exclusive interview with ABC News’ Barbara Walters.
“It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined [...]
A new documentary takes viewers through 40 years of what it calls a failed drug war, featuring the voices of two former presidents who say America’s drug policies are all wrong
Breaking the Taboo, which debuts Friday and whose trailer already has 200,000 views on YouTube, is narrated by actor Morgan Freeman, who lauds people like former president Bill Clinton who “have had the guts to change their minds.” During the [...]
We are now only [one day] away from Election Day, and it’s starting to look very much like at least one state will vote to legalize marijuana, possibly two, and, if the gods are really smiling down, three. It’s also looking like there will soon be at least one more medical marijuana state, and like California will finally reform its three strikes sentencing law.
There are also local [...]
The U.S. government allowed Mexican drug cartel hit men working as “confidential informants” for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to murder people inside the United States, an American federal law enforcement supervisor told the private intelligence firm Stratfor in e-mails released by WikiLeaks. ICE neither confirmed nor denied the allegations when contacted by The New American.
The explosive leaked documents containing the claims were part of a massive batch [...]
Via Via Drugsnotthugs.com and Reason Online
Full article here.
Mexican police have found seven dismembered bodies in a Pacific coast state where the country’s most-wanted man is battling its most aggressive drug cartel.
The Attorney General’s Office says the bodies were found early Tuesday in Sinaloa along with a message accusing authorities of cooperating with drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
Guzman is head of the Sinaloa cartel, and the letter’s wording suggests it may have been written by the Zetas [...]
The high mortality rate in Mexico’s drug war has seen women progress quickly in the shadowy underworld of the cartels and they are increasingly taking on key management roles, a new book says.
“Female Bosses of Narco-Traffic,” by Arturo Santamaria, a researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Sinaloa, traces the ascent of women in drug trafficking organizations.
“The narco-traffickers will become stronger as a result of this,” wrote Santamaria. “They will be more difficult to [...]
Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rightsexperts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy.
There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and political clashes from the past.
However, we at Republic [...]
From Carpe Diem:
“Last year, over 850,000 people in America were arrested for marijuana-related crimes. Despite public opinion, the medical community, and human rights experts all moving in favor of relaxing marijuana prohibition laws, little has changed in terms of policy.
There have been many great books and articles detailing the history of the drug war. Part of America’s fixation with keeping the leafy green plant illegal is rooted in cultural and [...]
US rejects Syria elections as “ridiculous” – check
Israel discovers another oil field offshore; Lebanon maritime border still in dispute – check
Saudi saying they will make up lost Iran production (Kuwait, Qatar too) – Check
KONY video goes viral; Tullow assessing pipeline routes out of Uganda with partner France and CNOOC – Check
South Sudan alternative pipeline via Kenya and Ethiopia moving ahead; China interests isolated; Kenya/Ethiopia Somalia offensive ongoing – Check
Nigeria moving [...]
“Ask most people, even those working in the field of drug treatment, and chances are they have never even heard of it.
But the Chapel Street Clinic in Widnes is known in certain circles from Australia to Canada.
Pioneering but controversial, the clinic helped to form the blueprint of entire nations’ drug policies, has been the subject of fierce international disputes, extensive educational studies, law enforcement seminars, and even an alleged trans-Atlantic [...]
Every weekday, Juan Andres drives across the U.S.-Mexico border from his home in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, to the University of Texas at El Paso.
The three-and-a-half-mile commute takes him a world away from a major flashpoint in Mexico’s drug cartel war, away from a city with one of the world’s highest murder rates.
Andres, who agreed to speak to CNN under the condition that his name was changed, has [...]
Since the drug war has become so unpopular with the electorate, instead of politicians actually changing the drug laws, the Department of Defense seeks to reduce and conceal the real costs by transferring the “dirty work” to private contractors to do what “U.S. military forces are not allowed or not encouraged to do.”
The BBC (in Spanish) is reporting that the U.S. Department of Defense is delegating the war on [...]
The media has tried to portray Ron Paul as a racist, but what is the truth, and how to communities targeted by racism see the issue?
YouTube mashup of what some black people really think of Ron Paul instead of how many in the media portray his followers. Links:
**WARNING: Contains some explicit language
Ron Paul Talks About Race in America
Is Ron Paul a Racist?
The mainstream media says Ron Paul is a racist.
Granted, some of the newsletters written by others and published using his name are quite racist. And there areother actions that could be viewed as racist.
But Paul voted to recognize Martin Luther King day as a public holiday, the only time in history that the Congressman has ever voted for something that is not explicitly authorized in the Constitution. [...]
Uploaded by democracynow on Oct 27, 2011
www.democracynow.org – As protests continue against Wall Street and the nation’s biggest banks, Democracy Now! speaks to British journalist Ed Vulliamy, author of “Amexica: War Along the Borderline.” Vulliamy exposes how one bank, Wachovia, made millions in the Mexican drug war. At the time, Wachovia was the nation’s fourth-largest bank — it has since been taken over by Wells Fargo. “You can’t drive around Mexico with [...]
The first Mexican truck bound for the U.S. interior crossed at the international bridge at Laredo, Texas, on Friday, carrying electronic equipment destined for suburban Dallas and fulfilling a controversial provision of the 1994 North American Free Trade Act.
The move was praised by business leaders on both sides of the Rio Grande, while sign-waving Teamsters Union members in Laredo jeered.
NAFTA called for Mexican trucks to be allowed to [...]
More than 1.6 million people were arrested for drug offenses in the US last year, according to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report 2010, and more than half of them were for marijuana. That’s a drug arrest every 19 seconds, 24 hours a day, every day last year. The numbers suggest that despite “no more war on drugs” rhetoric emanating from Washington, the drug war juggernaut is [...]
FOR most of Felipe Calderón’s four-and-a-half years as Mexico’s president, voters have worried more about jobs than crime. Since 2001 average income growth per person has been below 1% a year, one of the lowest rates in the world. Whereas the drug war has raged mainly along the cocaine trail, with two-thirds of its estimated 40,000 killings occurring in just 3% of the country’s municipalities, [...]