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  1. Bernie's Healthcare bill is just the beginning of a long crusade.

    It won't become law, but it gives Democrats something to fight for. Eight years ago, as Congress was in the throes of debate over the Affordable Care Act, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders withdrew an amendment to replace the US's current healthcare system with one in which the federal government provides Medicare-style insurance to every man, woman, and child. Republicans trying to block the ACA were forcing the Senate clerk to read the 767-page amendment out loud as a way of stalling debate;...
  2. An alternative to the War on Drugs that cannot be won

    Drug abuse is the curse of mankind. We will not defeat drug abuse until we can change human nature. As it is impossible to change human nature it is impossible to defeat drug abuse. The ‘War on Drugs’ cannot be won.
  3. Steve Bannon’s Porn And Meth House: “You have no idea what kind of evil stuff went on”

    When award-winning underwater cinematographer Lawrence Curtis moved into the lush Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, he had no idea the house he was renting would become a national story. But that’s because he didn’t know the prior tenant was Steve Bannon, adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and now the chief strategist in the White House. In March 2017, the Washington Post published a profile on Bannon that included some shocking details, including the bizarre case of 1794...
  4. Donald Trump and the Coming Fall of American Empire

    Even as President Donald Trump faces ever-intensifying investigations into the alleged connections between his top aides and family members and powerful Russian figures, he serves as commander in chief over a U.S. military that is killing an astonishing and growing number of civilians. Under Trump, the U.S. is re-escalating its war in Afghanistan, expanding its operations in Iraq and Syria, conducting covert raids in Somalia and Yemen, and openly facilitating the Saudi’s genocidal military...
  5. Call to regulate synthetic drugs to stop 'head in the sand' approach

    Image: Stuff Risk of death from synthetic drug use can be significantly reduced if the system gets it right, the head of a Maori public health provider says. As of August 1 this year, 10 people are believed to have died as a result of using illegal synthetic drugs within the space of one month. And without a law reform these "tragic" numbers may become worse, Hapai Te Hauora Tapui chief executive Lance Norman said. Norman said the scale of the problem suggested it was time to regulate...
  6. The night John McCain killed the GOP’s health-care fight

    Image: US Senate TVIt was the most dramatic night in the United States Senate in recent history. Just ask the senators who witnessed it. A seven-year quest to undo the Affordable Care Act collapsed — at least for now — as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept his colleagues and the press corps in suspense over a little more than two hours late Thursday into early Friday. Not since September 2008, when the House of Representatives rejected the Troubled Asset Relief Program — causing the Dow Jones...
  7. Republican States Make the Case Against Trump’s Drug Policy

    The Trump administration's get-tough drug enforcement policy aims to set the tone for the rest of country by projecting a distaste for leniency and an embrace of mandatory minimum prison sentences. But that outlook is becoming more passé by the day — even by the standards of the president's own party. A bipartisan movement to scale back drug laws, gaining momentum for a decade, has spread to some of the country's most conservative regions. Of the more than 20 states that have softened...
  8. EU cannot ignore Albania’s descent into disorder

    In this year of make-or-break elections in France, Germany and the UK, it was never likely that Albania’s parliamentary elections in June were going to command the same level of international attention. Yet developments in the Balkans over the coming months could prove just as significant for Europe’s future, if not more. Two decades on from the break-up of Yugoslavia and conflicts that followed, the region is again plagued by political instability, rising extremism and ethnic tension. With...
  9. Afghanistan's Deadly Poppy Harvest on Rise Again

    The world's number one opium-producing country, Afghanistan, is braced for an exploding poppy harvest this year, as farmers are cultivating the illicit crop in areas where it has never grown before. “Unfortunately, the narcotics production is on the rise this year,” Javed Qaem, Afghan deputy counternarcotics minister, told international donors in Kabul Tuesday. “We are concerned that narcotics would increase this year, including in areas and provinces where previously we had zero opium...
  10. USA - The Drug War Is Back Under President Trump's Reign, Critics Say

    Civil liberties and drug decriminalization advocates were starting to realize some of their worst fears in recent days as U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a return to harsher prison time for federal drug convicts. Gage Skidmore, Getty ImagesUnder the Obama administration the Department of Justice "instructed federal prosecutors to exercise greater discretion in selecting drug cases to bring to federal court," according to the DOJ. During that time, drug trafficking cases...
  11. Australia - Drug testing could have catastrophic consequences for welfare recipients

    Scott Morrison's federal budget has declared yet another "war on drugs", announcing 5000 new welfare recipients will be required to undergo drug testing. Let's be clear, there is no evidence these measures, which would target some of society's most vulnerable people, would have any social benefit. Targeting and excluding people who use drugs is a terrible response to what is at its core a public health issue. This idea rests on the discredited view that illicit drug use is a "moral evil" as...
  12. Australia slams Philippines president over drug killings

    The Turnbull government has denounced Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs that has left thousands dead, declaring Canberra is "deeply concerned" about reports of extrajudicial killings. Tanya Bennett, Australia's deputy permanent representative at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, rejected the Philippine government's claims there have been no state-sponsored killings, noting "credible allegations of involvement by elements of the Philippine national police." Countries...
  13. George Soros Weighs in Against the War on Drugs

    Billionaire business magnate and philanthropist George Soros—who has long bankrolled drug policy reform and harm reduction causes—has an op-ed in today’s Financial Times. It’s in support of a new report from the London School of Economics, which is signed by five winners of the Nobel Prize for economics and calls for an end the international War on Drugs. Soros describes the report as “the most thorough account of the war on drugs” to date. Authored by some of the world’s top economists, it...
  14. Ireland - Sweeping decriminalisation an option in National Drug Strategy

    Growing calls in recent years for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use. The decriminalisation of all drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use is one of the policy options outlined in the forthcoming National Drug Strategy. Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne will publish the strategy – which will govern all drugs policy from now until 2020 – before the summer. It proposes a group be established to “consider the approaches taken in other...
  15. Gun control and the mentally ill

    Gun control featured prominently in the 2016 presidential election. Donald Trump was vehemently opposed to gun control, making statements like “I feel that the gun-free zones and, you know, when you say that, that’s target practice for...
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