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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)


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)


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)


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 


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


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)


Brasilien/Indien. Punishing Poverty: How the failed 'war on drugs' harms vulnerable communities - Case studies of Brazil and India

The failed ‘war on drugs’ causes a vicious cycle of poverty around the world, which targets the most marginalised and vulnerable in society. The people most affected are not those in charge of the drugs trade – instead, it’s those caught up at the lowest levels of the trade – a trade that is destroying their lives and communities, particularly in the global south. (healthpovertyaction.org, UK, 2019)


Brasilien. The Massacre of Black Brazilians in the War on Drugs

Reflections on race, necropolitics and the control of psychoactive drugs based on the construction of a black experience

Nathália Oliveira and Eduardo Ribeiro, 

International Journal on Human Rights, Ausgabe 28, Dezember 2018


Philippinen. Rodrigo Duterte seeks to cut age of criminal responsibility to 12 as part of drug war 

Philippines president originally wanted children as young as nine to be culpable as part of brutal war on drugs. (The Guardian, UK, 24.01.2019)


Mexiko. Mexico's murder rate broke new record in 2018 as drug war drags on 

Figures show 28,816 homicides, a 15% increase over the previous year, attributed to drug war and other illegal markets. (The Guardian, UK, 22.01.2019)


Mexiko. Mexico to Get New Drug-Fighting Force 

Mexico is one step closer to getting a new ‘National Guard’ to help the fight against endemic organized crime after the lower house voted overwhelmingly in favor of the force on Wednesday. (OCCRP - Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, USA, 17.01.2019)


Bangla Desh. Bangladesh accused of using war on drugs to hide political assassinations

(...) shootouts with the police Rapid Action Battalion are daily occurrences after the government launched a deadly crackdown on the drugs trade which has drawn comparisons with President Roderigo Duterte’s similarly violent purge in the Philippines. (The Telegraph, UK, 01.06.2018)


Mexiko/USA. Aussage im "El Chapo"-Prozess Mexikos Ex-Präsident soll Schmiergeld angenommen haben 

Im Prozess gegen den ehemaligen Drogenboss Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán hat ein Zeuge Vorwürfe gegen Mexikos früheren Präsidenten erhoben: Enrique Peña Nieto soll mit 100 Millionen Dollar bestochen worden sein. (Spiegel online, 16.01.2019)


Sri Lanka/Philippinen. ‘Example to the world': Sri Lanka president plans to copy Duterte's war on drugs 

President Maithripala Sirisena praises Philippines over policy that has led to thousands of extrajudicial killings. (The Guardian, UK, 18.01.2019)


Mexiko/USA. Former Mexican State Attorney General Pleads Guilty to International Narcotics Distribution Conspiracy

Defendant Used His Position as a Law Enforcement Official to Facilitate International Drug Trafficking into the United States. (The United States Department of Justice, Eastern District of New York, 04.01.2019)


Mexiko. Crece el número de homicidios en Tijuana

En la ciudad se tiene el registro de 2 mil 502 homicidios. (EL MEXICANO, 31.12.2018)


Schweiz. Unsere Armee im Einsatz: Mit Super Pumas auf Cannabisjagd 

Mit Hubschraubern der Armee suchen Polizei und Grenzwache im Wallis nach Hanfpflanzen. Fragen dazu beantworten die Beteiligten höchst ungern. (WOZ – Wochenzeitung, Schweiz, 13.12.2018)


Interactive Map: Global Drug Policy Developments of 2018

2018 has seen support for cannabis reform surge around the world, but many countries - including Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Brazil - have been intensifying their prohibitionist drug policies, or seem intent to do so. Take a look at the map below to see some of the developments that have taken place over the past year. (Talking Drugs, UK, 24.12.2018)


Philippinen. Women Against Women in Duterte’s Drug War

The Philippines is the centre of the world's bloodiest drug war. Only two years after President Rodrigo Duterte launched 'Oplan Double Barrel', the death toll from the anti-drug campaign has reached nearly 4.500. Outside the government agencies, some human rights advocates claim that the civilian death toll is as high as 20,000.

But as with any war, the number of victims far exceeds any official statistics, with women in particular adversely affected. And with the politicisation of the drug wars, argues Bianca  Ysabelle Franco, the war on women also becomes a war among women. (BroadAgenda, Australien, 11.12.2018)


Seven Ways (Just for a Start) the War on Drugs Violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Global leaders celebrate Human Rights Day each December 10—often touting their own violent anti-drug policies as part of their state’s purported goal to observe the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On inspection, of course, punitive drug policies do not support human rights, but rather glaringly violate them. Although all 30 rights listed in the UN Declaration are surely assaulted in some way by prohibition, the first seven rights listed on the 70-year-old document are strikingly disregarded by governments that strive to engineer a “drug-free” world. (Filter, USA, 10.12.2018)


Südost-Asien/Indonesien. Can Indonesia and Southeast Asia afford to lose another decade to war on drugs?

Southeast Asia is characterised by some of the harshest and most repressive approaches to drugs in the world. Have these draconian measures resulted in the desired effect of a reduced drug market? Can ASEAN claim that progress is being made towards the goal of a ‘drug-free’ region? (Ann Fordham, Executive Director, IDCP - International Drug Policy Consortium, Jakarta Post, 23.10.2018)