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Mexiko/USA. Mexico president says no to US security plan

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday he wants the United States to end a security assistance program called the Merida Initiative and instead invest in economic development in Mexico and Central America. (afp, 08.05.2019)

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/mexico-president-says-no-to-us-security-plan/ar-AAB2yAk

The war on drugs is incompatible with the fight against HIV

The Lancet HIV , Volume 6 , Issue 5 , e269  (Editorial)

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanhiv/article/PIIS2352-3018(19)30112-2/fulltext

Niederlande. Booby trap scuppers police raid on Dutch floating crystal meth lab 

Forensic experts were forced off cargo ship when it suddenly began taking on water. (The Guardian, UK, 13.05.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/13/netherlands-police-raid-cargo-ship-crystal-meth-lab-moerdijk

Brasilien. The Brazilian Harm Reduction Community Is Calling for Help

The renewed commitment to the war on drugs approach of president Bolsonaro is threatening the achievements of the Brazilian harm reduction movement. Watch our videos! (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 07.05.2019)

https://drogriporter.hu/en/brazil19/

Mexiko. Drogenkrieg in Mexiko: So setzen Kartelle Drohnen als Waffen ein

In Ländern wie Mexiko nutzen Gangs und Syndikate zunehmend Drohnen für ihre Geschäfte. Sogar Sprengsätze werden inzwischen damit transportiert. Der US-Grenzschutz ist überfordert mit dem Phänomen. (Spiegel online, 23.04.2019)

https://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/drogenkrieg-in-mexiko-so-setzen-kartelle-drohnen-als-waffen-ein-a-1257400.html

Philippinen. Rage Against the Dying of the Light: In Search of Justice in the Philippines

Principles of justice and human rights in the Philippines have been deeply eroded by President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called drug war, but a group of human rights defenders are intent on changing that. (TalkingDrugs, UK, 29.04.2019)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/in-search-of-justice-in-the-philippines

Afghanistan. Denying Revenue or Wasting Money? Assessing the Impact of the Air Campaign Against ‘Drugs Labs’ in Afghanistan

(London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), LSE International Drug Policy Unit, David Mansfield, April 2019)

http://www.lse.ac.uk/united-states/Assets/Documents/mansfield-april-update.pdf

Mexico murder rate soars to unprecedented levels in 2019, data shows

Despite official pledges to curb the ever-growing murder rate in Mexico, it seems to only be on the uptick. (Fox News, USA, 22.04.2019)

https://www.foxnews.com/world/murder-rate-in-mexico-climbs-to-unprecedented-levels

Kolumbien. Situation of human rights in Colombia - Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Annual report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and reports of the Office of the High Commissioner and the Secretary-General, Human Rights Council, Fortieth session, 25 February–22 March 2019

https://undocs.org/A/HRC/40/3/ADD.3

Kolumbien. Uptick in Colombia Massacres Highlights Shifting Criminal Dynamics

A new United Nations report has revealed a scandalous increase in the number of massacres carried out in Colombia, revealing new criminal dynamics in strategic areas of the country. (InSight Crime, USA, 22.04.2019)

https://www.insightcrime.org/news/analysis/uptick-colombia-massacres-shifting-criminal-dynamics/

Afghanistan. How the US military's opium war in Afghanistan was lost

The US has spent $1.5m (£1.15m) a day since 2001 fighting the opium war in Afghanistan. So why is business still booming? (BBC, UK, 25.04.2019)

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-47861444

Mexiko. Guerrero farmers detain soldiers to protest against destroying poppies

40 were detained for 24 hours, a citizens said, but the state denied they were held against their will 

(...) Prices for Mexican opium gum plummeted by as much as 80% last year due to the rise in demand for the synthetic opioid fentanyl among United States drug users, according to an independent study. (Mexico News, 12.04.2019)

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/guerrero-farmers-detain-soldiers/

Mexiko. Opium prices plummeted as much as 80% in 2018, hurting farmers - Fentanyl is replacing heroin among US drug users

(Mexico News Daily, 18.03.2019)

https://mexiconewsdaily.com/news/opium-prices-plummeted/

Mexiko/China/USA/Kanada. No More Opium for the Masses

This report analyzes the socio-political effects of U.S. fentanyl use on the opium and heroin economy in Mexico. (NORIA – Network of Researchers in International Affairs, 10.02.2019)

https://www.noria-research.com/no-more-opium-for-the-masses/

How the War on Drugs Attacks Indigenous Culture

In an ongoing and under-publicised tragedy, indigenous peoples around the world routinely have their rights violated under the name of the global drug war. (TALKING DRUGS, UK, 10.04.2019)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/how-the-war-on-drugs-attacks-indigenous-culture

Afghanistan. Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan

The annual United States Government estimate of “Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production” found poppy cultivation decreased in 2018 compared to 2017, but remained at a near record high.  Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan declined 33 percent, from 329,000 hectares in 2017 to 221,000 hectares in 2018.  Similarly, potential pure opium production dropped by 42 percent, from 9,140 metric tons in 2017 to 5,330 metric tons in 2018.  The decline in cultivation and potential pure production are attributed to large areas of drought in Afghanistan and low opium prices driven by a record 2017 crop. (The White House – Office of National Drug Control Policy, 11.04.2019)

https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/poppy-cultivation-potential-opium-production-afghanistan/

Weißrussland. Narcotisation and authoritarianism: A film about the drug war in Belarus (Video)

The film tells a story about the anti-drug law enforcement practice, prison conditions in the penitentiary institutions of Belarus, and everyday life challenges that former prisoners and people who use drugs face. To convey to the viewer the origins of stereotypes, numerous clips from the anti-drug videos of the USSR, Russia, and Belarus are used in the film. (Drug Reporter, Ungarn, 01.04.2019, Video, 43:13)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvT5f0g7F34

USA/Mexiko. Trump delays closing US-Mexico border for at least a year

President Donald Trump says he will give Mexico a year to stem the flow of illegal drugs and migrants over the southern border, or he will impose auto tariffs, and if they don't work, he will shut the border. (CNBC, USA, 04.04.2019)

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/04/trump-gives-mexico-a-year-to-stem-the-flow-of-drugs-and-migrants-or-he-will-impose-auto-tariffs-or-close-the-border.html

Modeling cocaine traffickers and counterdrug interdiction forces as a complex adaptive system

Nicholas R. Magliocca, Kendra McSweeney, Steven E. Sesnie, Elizabeth Tellman, Jennifer A. Devine, Erik A. Nielsen, Zoe Pearson, David J. Wrathall

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Apr 2019, 201812459; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1812459116 

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2019/03/26/1812459116

USA. ‘NarcoLogic’ computer model shows unintended consequences of cocaine interdiction 

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Efforts to curtail the flow of cocaine into the United States from South America have made drug trafficking operations more widespread and harder to eradicate, according to new research published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (Oregon State University, USA, 02.04.2019)

https://today.oregonstate.edu/news/%E2%80%98narcologic%E2%80%99-computer-model-shows-unintended-consequences-cocaine-interdiction

Kolumbien. Needs mount in Colombia as peace commitments lag 

“You can’t just silence guns, you also have to silence inequality” (The New Humanitarian, Schweiz, 25.03.2019)

https://www.thenewhumanitarian.org/analysis/2019/03/25/briefing-needs-mount-colombia-peace-commitments-lag

Philippinen. “You Haven’t Died Yet?”: President Duterte Lists Politicians Allegedly Involved in Drugs, Ahead of Elections 

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte has named 45 politicians who he claims to be involved with the illegal drug trade, ahead of the country’s general election. (Talking Drugs, UK, 14.03.2019)

https://www.talkingdrugs.org/president-duterte-lists-politicians-allegedly-involved-in-drugs-ahead-of

Indien. The hidden opioid crisis - How the so-called 'war on drugs' leaves patients to die in pain

Across the world – and predominantly the Global South – people are dying in pain because they are denied access to pain relief. In 2015 the Lancet Commission on Global Access to Palliative Care and Pain Relief estimated that more than 61 million people experienced serious health-related suffering. (Health Poverty Action, UK, Briefing, Februar 2019)

https://www.healthpovertyaction.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/India-opioid-crisis-briefing-WEB.pdf

Philippinen. ‘Harsher’ anti-narcotics crackdown insults drug war victims — CHR 

MANILA, Philippines — Vowing to ramp up the controversial anti-narcotics campaign is an insult to the victims of the bloody crackdown and their families, the Commission on Human Rights said Friday. (philstar.com, Philippinen, 22.02.2019)

https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2019/02/22/1895867/harsher-anti-narcotics-crackdown-insults-drug-war-victims-chr

USA/Afghanistan. Trump’s Bombing Campaign Against Taliban Heroin Labs Quietly Fizzles

A year-long bombing campaign that pitted some of America’s most high-tech Air Force fighter jets against primitive Taliban “heroin labs” has quietly ended after failing to achieve much of anything, according to the latest report on continuing U.S. operations in Afghanistan from the Defense Department’s inspector general. (alternet.org, USA, 01.03.2019)

https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/trumps-bombing-campaign-against-taliban-heroin-labs-quietly-fizzles/

Has the decade-old war on drugs in Asia succeeded?

Data shows that brutal anti-drug policies have failed to curb drug trade and use across Asia. (Al Jazeera, 23.02.2019)

https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/war-drugs-asia-succeeded-190218160811303.html

Philippinen. Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines president suggests deadly war on drug dealers will get even ‘bloodier’

Controversial leader pledges harsher crackdown to eradicate drugs. (The Independent, UK, 20.02.2019)

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rodrigo-duterte-drugs-war-philippines-crackdown-crime-a8788496.html

Myanmar/Burma. Ruthless meth networks get ill-prepared Myanmar hooked 

KUTKAI, Myanmar: Mobs of stick-wielding church-goers in Myanmar's northeast would previously attack dealers and addicts in a desperate effort to save their communities from a meth-induced health crisis sweeping the country.

But anonymous death threats brought the vigilante operations to a halt. (Bangkok Post, Thailand, 20.02.2019)

https://www.bangkokpost.com/news/world/1632034/ruthless-meth-networks-get-ill-prepared-myanmar-hooked

Brasilien. 'It was execution': 13 dead in Brazil as state pushes new gang policy 

Recent raid suggests police are implementing ‘shoot-to-kill’ tactics that Rio’s new governor campaigned on. (The Guardian, UK, 14.02.2019)

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/feb/14/brazil-13-dead-gang-policy-shoot-to-kill-rio

Mexiko. Mexico to try new tactics in search for those missing in drug war

MEXICO CITY. Mexican officials on Monday presented a new plan to search for the tens of thousands of people who have disappeared during the country’s drug war, creating a new forensic institute and working more closely with international groups and families. (Reuters, 05.02.2019)

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-politics/mexico-to-try-new-tactics-in-search-for-those-missing-in-drug-war-idUSKCN1PT2DY