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  • June 7, 2011

    The New York Times

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    Sanho Tree, a drug policy expert at the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington-based research group, said the vehicles reminded him of the Monitor and the Merrimack, two American warships that fought the first naval battle between ironclad ships during the Civil War.

    “This is first-generation technology, like the Monitor and Merrimack,” he said. And because the drug business is so Darwinian, he added, with submarines replacing smuggling boats, and light, quiet aircraft replacing heavy, loud ones, the trucks will quite likely mutate to include “shielding for tires, their Achilles’ heel, blast pads in the flooring, up-armoring, et cetera.”

  • June 7, 2011

    KBOO-FM 90.7

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    Bill and Sanho talk about the reasons why the war on drugs has failed to curb abuse while defying empirical evidence about usage. More importantly, Sanho points out, the Drug Warriors fails to grasp why some people use drugs and why most others don't: the lack of means to lead a purposeful life, which Sanho believes would be the greatest deterant to drug abuse.

    Sanho Tree is director of the  Drug Policy Project, which works to end the domestic and international “War on Drugs” and replace it with policies that promote public health and safety, as well as economic alternatives to the prohibition drug economy.

  • May 27, 2011

    YES! Magazine

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    In his work on drug policy reform, Sanho Tree has traveled throughout Latin America and has seen the devastating effects U.S. policies and influence have abroad. He speaks and writes to educate people on the real costs of the drug war—and how we can move beyond it.

  • April 19, 2011

    Oregon Daily Emerald

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    The number one problem is prohibition. Drug prohibition makes these drugs incredibly valuable. And it causes what people are willing to do in Mexico and places like Colombia. They're killing each other to control trafficking over what are essentially minimally processed agricultural commodities.

  • March 21, 2011

    The (Mountain Home, AR) Baxter Bulletin features article “Colombia Is No Model for Mexico's Drug War”

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  • March 17, 2011

    AlterNet features article “Colombia Is No Model for Mexico's Drug War”

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  • December 26, 2010

    Politics Daily

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    While an investigation by Politics Daily found no evidence that the cartels tried to influence the defeat of California's Proposition 19 that would have legalized marijuana, this did not surprise Sanho Tree, director of the Drug Policy Project for the Institute for Policy Studies. Tree said the cartels don't need to involve themselves with trying to block American efforts to relax drug laws, because drugs are "a third rail issue," and no American politician wants to be seen as soft on crime or drugs.

  • December 24, 2010

    The Columbia Missourian features article “WikiLeaks: Caveat Lector”

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  • December 22, 2010

    The Manitowoc (WI) Herald Times Reporter features article “WikiLeaks: Caveat Lector”

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  • July 14, 2010

    The Open Society Institute Blog

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    In the United States, an op-ed about U.S. drug policies by the director of the [Drug Policy Project at the] Institute for Policy Studies was published, while the Washington Office on Latin America, Center for International Policy, and the Latin American Working Group Education Fund published the report Waiting for Change, an analysis of the Obama Administration's Latin America policy, including counter-narcotics policy.

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