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Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #475 (short version)
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2007 17:04:50 GMT
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Drug War Chronicle, Issue #475 -- 3/1/07
Phillip S. Smith, Editor, psmith@...
A Publication of Stop the Drug War (DRCNet)
David Borden, Executive Director, borden@...
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Due to Phil's travel schedule the Chronicle is released a day
early this week...
Table of Contents:
1. CHRONICLE ON THE SCENE FEATURE: IN THE BOLIVIAN CHAPARE, EVO
MORALES' "COCA, SI; COCAINE NO" POLICY BRINGS PEACE, IF NOT
The "coca, si; cocaine, no" policy of Bolivian President Evo
Morales has brought peace to a region long riven by conflict and
repression. But while coca farmers need no longer worry about
violent conflict with the state, they are still having a hard
time making enough money to survive. Plans are underway to do
something about that.
2. COLLISION COURSE: BOLIVIA'S "COCA, SI; COCAINE, NO" POLICY
RUNS AFOUL OF THE INTERNATIONAL DRUG CONTROL BOARD AND,
PROBABLY, THE UNITED STATES
With the release of its annual report this week, the
International Narcotics Control Board has set its sights on
Bolivia and that country's pro-coca policies. The US is also
preparing to make a decision on whether to decertify Bolivia as
not cooperating in American drug war goals. The Bolivians don't
seem to care.
3. FREE SPEECH: "BONG HITS 4 JESUS" CASE HEADING TO SUPREME
COURT NEXT MONTH, WITH KEN STARR SUPPORTING ONE SIDE AND SSDP
The court that not so long ago heard a case brought by Anna
Nicole Smith will soon rule on whether students using the phrase
"Bong Hits 4 Jesus" are entitled to 1st Amendment protection.
The stakes are a lot more serious than the bizarre title may
4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: FLINT BECOMES FIFTH MICHIGAN CITY TO OKAY
In a Tuesday election, voters in Flint, Michigan, approved the
medical use of marijuana by a very comfortable margin.
5. LATIN AMERICA: KILLING OF SALVADORAN POLITICIANS BY POLICE IN
GUATEMALA OPENS WINDOW ON DRUG CORRUPTION IN CENTRAL AMERICA,
KILLING OF KILLERS CLOSES IT
Three Salvadoran politicians were brutally murdered by
Guatemalan anti-drug police outside Guatemala City 10 days ago.
Now, the police killers have themselves been killed in a brazen
assassination while being held inside a nasty Guatemalan prison.
Many questions are being raised, but dead men tell no tales.
6. EUROPE: LEGENDARY IRISH BROADCASTER SAYS COUNTRY SHOULD
DEBATE LEGALIZING DRUGS
Long-time Irish talk show Gay Byrne is famous for tackling taboo
subjects in Ireland. Now he's retired, but that hasn't stopped
him from speaking out in favor of one of the remaining taboo
subjects: drug legalization.
7. EXTREME POLITICS: VERMONT MAYOR CALLS FOR DEATH PENALTY FOR
HARD DRUG DEALERS, LEGALIZING MARIJUANA
The mayor of Barre, Vermont, is fed up with drugs and drug
policy, and his frustration is showing as he calls for both the
legalization of marijuana and the death penalty for heroin and
crack cocaine dealers.
8. EUROPE: BRITAIN TO PROVIDE HEROIN TO ADDICTS, "RESTRICTED"
HOME OFFICE BRIEF SAYS
A hush-hush Home Office briefing paper says Britain should begin
prescribing heroin to hard-core users, a major London newspaper
reports. It could happen as soon as next fall.
9. WEB SCAN
Ken Gorman, Amnesty and Mark Fiore on Colombia paramilitaries,
cops against the drug war, California prison cigarette black
market, Tony Papa art opening, Transform on James Bond and
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