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Race & the Drug War (Video)

(7. International Drug Policy Reform Conference - Drug Policy Alliance October 11-14, 2017, USA, Video, Drugreporter, 16.01.2018, 10:13)


The Failed War on Drugs


(New York Times, OPED, 31.12.2017)


Peru. Perú – Monitoreo de Cotivos de Coca 2016

(UNODC, November 2017)


On The Hunt For Poppies In Mexico — America's Biggest Heroin Supplier

The mountains looming ahead are legendary in Mexico.

"Whether it was Morelos or Zapata, any figure in Mexican history who needed to escape authorities came here to the mountains of Guerrero," says Lt. Col. Juan Jose Orzua Padilla, the Mexican army spokesman in this region.

Today, it's not revolutionaries skulking through this formidable southern section of the Sierra Madre mountains — it's heroin traffickers. (NPR – National Public Radio, 14.01.2018)


Peru. UNODC Survey: Peru coca crop increases but still at lowest rate in the Andean region

The surface used to grow coca leaf crops in Peru in 2016 increased by 9 per cent, which is the lowest increase in the region, according to the latest Peru Coca Survey, launched in Lima today. The area under cultivation grew by more than 3,500 hectares (ha) in 2016, compared to 2015. The report, jointly produced by UNODC and the country's Government, indicates that the area used for cultivating the raw material for cocaine production increased from 40,300 hectares to 43,900 hectares. (UNODC, 05.12.2017)


Türkei. Turkey minister Soylu tells police to break drug dealers' legs

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has been criticised for saying police should break the legs of drug dealers who are seen outside schools. (BBC, 04.01.2018)


Myanmar opium cultivation declines sharply, except in some conflict areas: UN report

The total area of opium poppy cultivation in Myanmar has decreased significantly in 2017 to 41,000 hectares, down 25% from the 55,500 recorded in 2015, according to the Myanmar Opium Survey 2017 released today by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). (UNODC, 06.12.2017)


Cannabis: Der neue Krieg gegen das Gras

US-Justizminister Sessions hat der Marihuana-Industrie den Kampf angesagt. Doch mit seinem Versuch, das Geschäft einzudämmen, hat er auch die Befürworter mobilisiert. (Zeit online, 11.01.2018)


UNODC Chief: Afghanistan faces opium crisis, response must be urgent, swift, decisive

In recent years attention has shifted away from the threat posed by illicit drugs, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov, told the UN Security Council today. (UNODC, 21.12.2017)


Kolumbien. Colombia sends 2000 soldiers to port town to curb post-conflict violence

Colombia on Monday sent 2,000 soldiers to Tumaco, the port town that has seen violence skyrocket following a peace deal with the FARC, until last year the country’s largest guerrilla group. (...)

According to the UNODC, the town produces more than 23,000 hectares of the native plant that is the base ingredient for cocaine. This is more than 15% of all the coca grown in Colombia.

Local gangs, regional drug traffickers and at least four illegal armed groups are vying for control over the drug trade after the demobilization of the FARC.

Local coca farmers who want to take part in a crop substitution program have been attacked by the groups that benefit from the drug trade. (colombiareports.com, 08.01.2018)


Mexiko. Drogenkrieg: Zahl der Morde in Mexiko so hoch wie noch nie

Die Gewalt der Drogenkartelle hat die Zahl der Morde in Mexiko auf einen neuen Höchststand getrieben: 23.101 Menschen wurden alleine in den ersten elf Monaten 2017 getötet, wie die mexikanischen Behörden am Freitag mitteilten.

Dies ist der höchste Wert seit Beginn der Aufzeichnungen vor 20 Jahren. (faz.net, 24,12,2017)


Iran. Iran's easing of drug laws could halt execution of 5,000 prisoners

Lifting of capital punishment for some drug-trafficking offences set to be applied retrospectively to convicts on death row. (The Guardian, UK, 10.01.2018)


Drogen in Deutschland: So viel Kokain beschlagnahmt wie nie zuvor

Ermittler haben 2017 in Deutschland so viel Kokain sichergestellt wie nie zuvor - laut NDR waren es knapp sieben Tonnen. Der überwiegende Teil der Menge wurde im Hamburger Hafen beschlagnahmt. (Spiegel online, 27.12.2017)


Gewalt in Mexiko: Vertrieben im eigenen Land
Mexikos Regierung ist schwach, und das nutzen Drogenbanden und Paramilitärs. Immer wieder werden Menschen regelrecht aus ihren Dörfern vertrieben. Im Süden des Landes sind derzeit Tausende bei bitterer Kälte auf der Flucht. (tagesschau.de, 04.01.2018) 

Iran: Änderung des Drogengesetzes könnte 4000 zum Tode Verurteilten das Leben retten

Nach jahrelangem Druck durch die Vereinten Nationen und andere Menschenrechtsvereinigungen hat das iranische Parlament nun eine Änderung des Drogenhandelgesetzes verabschiedet, welches Tausenden von Gefangenen das Leben retten könnte. (Initiative gegen die Todesstrafe, 23.10.2017)


Bangladesh. Bangladesh minister says drug addicts should be ‘shot at sight’

Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman said if he were the home minister, he would set an example by rooting out the problem of drug addiction by “shooting the addicts at sight (sic) “.

“Some people say that drug abuse may be far worse a problem than militancy. They are right – drug abuse is more menacing than militancy, because militancy can be eradicated one day. If I were the home minister, I would have eliminated drug addiction, and the only way to do it is to adopt the ‘shoot at sight’ policy against drug addicts,” he said while addressing the 28th founding anniversary program of the Department of Narcotics Control at Tejgaon area in Dhaka on Tuesday. (Dhaka Tribune, 03.01.2018)