• America Latina, il carcere scoppia per le leggi sulla droga

    Giorgio Bignami presenta il rapporto TNI/WOLA sulla legislazione sulle sostanze e le prigioni in America Latina
    Fuoriluogo (Italia)
    Lunedi, 13 dicembre, 2010

    Sembra proprio che non debbano esserci limiti ai disastri della guerra alle droghe, sulla quale ingrassa il narcotraffico con tutte le sue conseguenze: i mille morti al mese nel solo Messico; le carcerazioni massicce in molti paesi per reati minori o per trasgressioni che neanche dovrebbe essere previste dalle norme penali; il crescente traffico di armi sempre più potenti vendute dagli USA ai narcotrafficanti, soprattutto quelli dell'America latina (al confronto la micidiale artiglieria esibita nel film dei fratelli Coen, "Non è un paese per vecchi", è già diventata un gingillo come il nostro vecchio modello '91); il dilagare in tutte le città del mondo della acquisizione da parte delle organizzazioni criminali di ogni tipo di imprese e di esercizi a scopi di riciclaggio (in molti bar e ristoranti a Roma ormai non si contano più gli scontrini emessi a vuoto per "lavare" denaro sporco); e chi più ne ha più ne metta.

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  • Latin America drug laws 'worsen prison overcrowding'

    BBC News (UK)
    Thursday, December 9, 2010

    Drug laws in eight Latin American countries have exacerbated their prison overcrowding problems and failed to curb trafficking, a study says.

    The Transnational Institute and the Washington Office on Latin America say most of those convicted are not high or medium-level drug traffickers.

    Imprisoning minor offenders is "useless", as they are easily replaced by the bosses at the top, they warn.

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  • Drug Policy Disconnect

    Coletta Youngers
    Foreign Policy in Focus
    May 6, 2010

    The rhetoric has changed. According to new U.S. "drug czar" Gil Kerlikowske, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), the Obama administration doesn't use the term "drug war" because the government shouldn't be waging war against its own citizens.

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  • In drug war, failed old ideas never die

    Bernd Debusmann
    Reuters
    February 26, 2010

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Here's a stern warning to the U.S. states of Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. A United Nations body is displeased with your liberal medical marijuana laws. Very displeased.

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  • Latin America distances itself from U.S. on drug war

    Jose Luis Varela
    Agence France-Presse
    February 9, 2010

    Latin America is shifting focus in counter-drug strategies, moving away from a U.S. strategy of a "war on drugs" that is widely seen as having failed, experts here said.

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  • Latin America Rejects Old U.S. Approach In Drugs War

    Luis Andres Henao
    Reuters
    January 29, 2010

    As an increasingly violent and costly drugs war clogs up prisons with small-time users, some Latin American countries are abandoning hardline U.S. policies on consumption to intensify the fight against major traffickers.

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  • Latin America breaks ranks in US war on drugs

    Sara Miller Llana
    Christian Science Monitor
    September 24, 2009

    Many countries in the region – most recently Mexico – have decriminalized small amounts of drugs for personal use. The moves have followed decisions by left-leaning governments to limit cooperation with the US in recent years.

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  • Drug Decriminalization: A Trend Takes Shape

    Coletta Youngers John Walsh
    Americas Quarterly
    Fall 2009

    The trend of "drug decriminalization" is quickly taking shape in Latin America. Increasingly, many countries are leaning toward decriminalization as an alternative approach, hoping that it will be effective both in reducing consumption and dealing with associated health problems.

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  • Argentina’s supreme court “Arriola” ruling on the possession of drugs for personal consumption

    Intercambios
    Intercambios
    September 1, 2009

    Intercambios Asociación Civil applauds the attempt of the Supreme Court Judges to distance the criminal law from drug users, but warns that attention will have to be paid to how judges in the lower courts and police apply these criteria.

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  • Stepping away from the darkness

    Martin Jelsma
    Newsweek Argentina
    September 2009

    The experiences of countries that have decriminalised drugs show that fears of explosions in drugs use are unfounded.

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