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Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado in Pot Dispute

Nearly a year after Colorado blazed a trail in the movement to legalize recreational marijuana use in the U.S., two neighboring states are totally harshing the stoner mecca’s mellow.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



A Society of Captives

The murder of unarmed citizens by police is not only about racism. It is an example of the omnipotence of the corporate state and the evisceration of the rule of law.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



The Disenfranchisement of American Felons: Caught Once and Left Behind for Good

The American public only loses when we don’t allow felons to try to reintegrate into society.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



Mexico’s Breaking Point

So deeply has this incident shaken the country that, as author Ruben Martinez describes it, “To understand the historical significance—and the moral and political gravity—of what is occurring, think of 9/11, of Sandy Hook, of the day JFK was assassinated.”

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Mexicans Have Had Enough of U.S.-Backed Violence and Exploitation

The U.S. funding of a “war on drugs” in Mexico, which was supposed to take aim at the traffickers, has instead largely fueled collusion between law enforcement, politicians and criminal syndicates. 

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The Cops Want This Car, Not That One

American police departments are using wish lists to decide which cars, electronics and other goods to seize in a practice that allows the government to confiscate property suspected of being tied to crime regardless of whether officers have secured a conviction or filed a charge.

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#YaMeCanse: Mexico Turmoil Reaches Boiling Point as Protests Over Students’ Disappearance Continue

Setting fire to the door of a palace built for Hernan Cortés, which Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto uses for official ceremonies, is an appropriate symbolic act for a wary nation abused and abandoned by corrupt officials, continually plagued with bloodshed and fear.

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IRS Seizes Money From Guiltless Americans on Mere Suspicion

A controversial area of law empowers the IRS to confiscate significant sums of money from “run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation” and “without ever filing a criminal complaint,” leaving the owners “to prove they are innocent,” The New York Times reports.

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What Does the U.S. Have to Do With the 43 Students Missing in Mexico?

The only possible sign of the nearly four dozen students who disappeared in Guerrero, Mexico, during a clash with police last month is a mass grave with 28 currently unidentifiable bodies.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



Student Debt: Blame Lawmakers, Tax-Shirking Rich, War on Drugs, Not Universities

Why is tuition so high in state universities that The New York Times is wondering whether families will go on being able to afford it?

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It’s A Start: Obama Commutes Harsh Drug Sentences for Eight Convicts

In the latest scale back of the nation’s war on drugs, the president has ordered the release of eight people serving from 15 years to life sentences for crack cocaine crimes that no longer would qualify for such harsh punishment.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Origins of Our Police State

The unleashing of police on poor people of color in the “war on drugs” is the first step in the rise of totalitarianism.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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The Orwellian Consequences of the War on Drugs

Without much notice, the drug war has expanded government search and seizure powers, turned children into their parents’ monitors and urged many Americans toward blind obedience to authority, Kevin Carson writes in CounterPunch.

Posted on Mar 13, 2013 READ MORE



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Raiding Consciousness: Why the War on Drugs Is a War on Human Nature

The question that tempts mankind to the use of substances controlled and uncontrolled is next of kin to Hamlet’s: to be, or not to be, someone or somewhere else.

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The Metaphorical ‘War on Drugs’ Gets All Too Real

As the “war on drugs” becomes increasingly militarized and violent, the symbolic phrase has become a bloody truth; more than 60 percent of Americans say that discrimination against the LGBT community is a serious issue; meanwhile, the NYPD thanks Occupy Wall Street for its help after Hurricane Sandy, albeit off the record. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 10, 2012 READ MORE



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The Painful Price of Numbness

Drugs are all anesthesia from pain. The ruthless Mexican cartels crave money, which they make from the Yankee craving for numbness. They sell unfeeling, and we buy it, at tens of billions of dollars and thousands of Mexican lives per year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2012 READ MORE



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Drug War Hobbles Mexican Economy

In addition to having produced 60,000 dead, 20,000 disappeared, hundreds of thousands displaced, wounded or on the run, and tens of thousands widowed or orphaned, Mexico’s drug war—which seems to be off the radars of that country’s presidential candidates—is a chain wrapped around the nation’s considerable industrial potential.

Posted on Jun 23, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Marco Ugarte

DEA Launders Money for Mexican Drug Cartels

To what length should governments enable crime in order to catch criminals? That’s the ethical issue raised by a New York Times article that reports DEA agents have laundered millions of dollars in drug proceeds to battle Mexican cartels. More than 40,000 people have been killed in drug-related violence in Mexico since 2006.

Posted on Dec 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ross D. Franklin

Dozens Arrested in Arizona Drug Bust

After a 17-month investigation led by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, federal, state and local authorities cracked down on a vast drug-smuggling network in Arizona that officials tied to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, making 76 arrests in three separate raids.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE


War on Drugs: Fast, Furious and Fueled by the U.S.

The violent deaths of Brian Terry and Juan Francisco Sicilia on either side of the increasingly bloody U.S.-Mexico border have sparked separate but overdue examinations of the so-called War on Drugs, and how the U.S. government is ultimately exacerbating the problem.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE


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Another Failed War

The “war on drugs” is failing; a teen in China sells his kidney for an iPad 2; and “Sesame Street” admits to spreading propaganda. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 5, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jeff Chiu

Three Strikes and Civil Rights

The racism within the police-court-prison system is one of America’s most neglected evils, as is the impact it has on the poor African-American and Latino communities that are home for so many released convicts.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Brazil’s Real War Against Drugs

Having used thousands of heavily armed men, Brazil claims to have wrested control of a notorious slum area in Rio de Janeiro from drug gangs in an operation that lasted five days and killed more than two dozen people.

Posted on Nov 26, 2010 READ MORE


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guardian.co.uk

Is the ‘War on Drugs’ Ending?

Mexico and Argentina’s recent decisions to decriminalize the personal use of drugs mark a growing trend across Latin America to reject the now-40-year-old, U.S.-led, Nixon-founded “war on drugs” as both harmful and ineffective.

Posted on Sep 6, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S., Britain Part Company in the Poppy Fields

The U.S. has decided to stop funding poppy field eradication in Afghanistan, declaring the policy a failure and a waste of money. Since 2003, opium production has gone up 40-fold in Afghanistan, making it the producer of 90 percent of the world’s heroin. But Britain, backed by the Afghan government, will continue destroying poppy fields as a way to stem the drug trade.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


U.S.-Mexico Borderlands
newsday.com

FBI Runs for the Border

In a move that further militarizes a bloody drug war that left 6,300 people dead in 2008 alone, the White House is sending FBI agents and equipment to the U.S.-Mexico border to defend against the “spillover” of drug violence. The relocation of federal agents to the U.S. Southwest follows the dispatching of thousands of Mexican soldiers to combat drug cartels earlier this year.

Posted on Mar 25, 2009 READ MORE


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csmonitor.com

Mexico Militarizes Border Town

The confrontation between the Mexican state and violent drug gangs is escalating, with the Mexican government moving to stomp out the bloody drug-related conflict in the border town of Ciudad Juarez. The first of some 7,000 troops have moved in to try to take control of the city.

Posted on Mar 4, 2009 READ MORE


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nytimes.com / Adriana Zehbrauskas

Mexican Drug Wars Claim 5,000 Lives in 2008

It’s been a creeping tragedy that has escaped serious attention by many major media outlets, but the recurring waves of drug violence in Mexico have taken the lives of about 5,000 people in 2008. In response, the Mexican government has deployed more than 40,000 troops, though corruption within the state’s security forces remains a grave problem.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Juan Karita

Bolivia Puts DEA on Hold

Bolivian President Evo Morales on Saturday made another move to signal his administration’s displeasure with the United States, announcing that he is “indefinitely” halting all activities of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency within his country.

Posted on Nov 1, 2008 READ MORE


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soccerlens.com

War on Drugs a Bust

How will we know if the war on drugs is ever won?  When all the kingpins are locked up or dead?  That was once the prevailing idea among those on the front lines of the much-ballyhooed “war,” which Rolling Stone scribe Ben Wallace notes has now gone on for over three decades and, in his view, is an utter failure.

Posted on Jan 7, 2008 READ MORE



AP Photo / Leslie Mazoch

The Forgotten War on Drugs and Election ‘08

Renowned sociologist Dr. Troy Duster discusses the war on drugs, race, public policy and the 2008 election.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Leslie Mazoch

The Forgotten War on Drugs and Election ‘08

Renowned sociologist Dr. Troy Duster discusses the war on drugs, race, public policy and the 2008 election.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007 READ MORE


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