What You’re Saying: Charles L. Recktenwald, Jean Ricca, and Joan F. Walsh

The new campaign In 1968, civil rights leaders initiated a Poor People’s campaign. Now, 50 years later, a second, similar campaign is being launched. The first focused on racism, poverty, and the war economy. The current one will focus on the same three enemies of justice and societal well-being, and also on ecological destruction, which […]

Global Journalist: Death Squads in the Phillipines

In recent days Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte announced that he would withdraw his country from the treaty governing the International Criminal Court. That move came just over a month after the ICC’s top prosecutor announced that she had opened a preliminary investigation into atrocities carried out as part of Duterte’s “War on Drugs.” In the […]

The Poor People’s Campaign: Building Power Beyond the Fight for $15

There’s no question that the Fight for $15 has been transformative: In the last five years, more than 19 million US workers have won a total of $62 billion in raises. In Ontario, Canada, another 1.7 million workers just saw pay boosts of up to 21 percent. That’s great, but consider this: Trump’s December tax bill enriched […]

The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers

The War on Drugs Breeds Crafty Traffickers

By making drugs ever more valuable, increasingly punitive prohibition policies have only amplified the motivational feedback loop of the very people lawmakers are trying to stop.

Cuando los protocolos de la DEA fallan, las consecuencias son fatales

La Administración para el Control de Drogas (DEA) tardó al menos una década en abordar una serie de conflictos sobre el desempeño de una de sus unidades especiales, la cual ha estado vinculada a varios casos de muertes de civiles en diversos países, según un documento obtenido en exclusiva por VICE News. La llamada Sensitive Investigative […]

How Trump’s Death Penalty Policy Could Benefit Drug Dealers

In a speech to supporters in Pennsylvania on Saturday, Donald Trump once more brought up a policy idea he’s picked up from the leaders of the Philippines, China, and Singapore. Echoing a statement he made last week, Trump suggested that the solution to the United States’ worsening opioid crisis is allowing federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty for […]

All You Need to Know About Vermont Becoming the Ninth State to Legalize Cannabis

These were the words of the Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, as he signed H. 511 – legislation that makes Vermont the ninth state to legalize cannabis. H.511 is ‘an act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older…’ This latest development in the United States […]

Here are the proposed laws that could protect legal pot in 2018

It could be a big year—or a tumultuous one—for the marijuana movement. Right on the heels of California’s historic legalization in early January, Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave federal prosecutors leeway to go after marijuana in states where it’s legal. His reversal of the Cole Memo emerged, despite support for legalization that has maintained historic highs. Polarity […]

Mexican drug traffickers could catch a break from Jeff Sessions’ marijuana crackdown

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to rescind an Obama-era directive that made enforcing marijuana laws against companies that comply with state laws a “low priority” raised ire in both parties and stoked uncertainty in states where the drug is legal. The move may benefit nefarious actors who have long dominated the marijuana trade. Legal marijuana […]

First-ever U.S. Indictments of Chinese Fentanyl Makers Show Failures of Opioid Policy

American officials want two Chinese nationals arrested for allegedly manufacturing and importing large quantities of fentanyl, the powerful synthetic opioid that is driving the U.S. overdose epidemic that began in the 2000s to the explosive levels of fatalities recorded in the past few years. The case, announced Tuesday by senior Department of Justice officials in […]

Catapults Do Hurl Drugs Over Border. People Hit in Head? Doubtful.

A border wall with Mexico is happening, but it has to be see-through so that Americans aren’t knocked out by 100 pounds of drugs catapulted across the border, President Donald Trump told supporters. “Believe it or not, this is the kind of stuff that happens. So you need to have a great wall, but it […]

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