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  1. Trump’s big opioid emergency speech is an exercise in fluff, misdirection, and deceit

    Beyond the fanfare, the president's song and dance routine is a disingenuous mess. Like the rash of executive orders he signed in the early months of his administration, President Donald Trump’s Thursday address declaring a national public health emergency to help fight deaths linked to opioids was long on performance and short on substance. The failure to invest new funding in the project and the vague promise that more policy specifics will be revealed in the coming weeks are symptomatic...
  2. New Zealand: Greens have been promised a referendum on personal cannabis use in coalition deal

    Image: Grant Matthews, STUFF An internal party email has revealed a raft of policy concessions for the Greens in Government, including a referendum on the full legalisation of the personal use of cannabis. The Labour Party also appears to have promised a major increase in the Conservation budget, massive bumps to funding across social issues and an overhaul of the welfare system - a policy former co-leader Metiria Turei bet on and lost her job over. In the email to members, it was also...
  3. Healthcare debate continues as Trump considers executive order.

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Guess what? Turns out Republicans have the votes to push health care legislation through the Senate, but they've been flummoxed because one supportive senator is in the hospital. That was President Donald Trump's view of where things stand Wednesday on Capitol Hill. And it's not true. Trump made the remarks a day after Senate GOP leaders discarded their drive to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. They lacked the votes to succeed, a not-so-minor snag...
  4. Basically the entire Health Care system hates the new Obamacare repeal bill

    The latest Senate Republican attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act and enact sweeping reforms to the American health care system has generated intense opposition from the very health care providers, patient groups and insurance companies that would be forced to adapt to the changes envisioned by the legislation. The bill, sponsored by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, would undo most of the Affordable Care Act and radically refashion the Medicaid...
  5. 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;...
  6. 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.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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