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The driver for the Kosovo Consulate in New York was among eight people arrested for trafficking arms and drugs and laundering money for Italian and Kosovo criminal groups as well as for Mexican drug cartels, BIRN reported Friday. (The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), 03.07.2017)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6672-u-s-authorities-claim-kosovo-consulate-driver-dealt-arms-to-mexican-cartel

Brazilian authorities said Saturday that they have arrested South America’s most wanted “drug baron” who evaded justice for three decades by changing his name and altering his face using plastic surgery. (The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), 03.07.2017)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6671-brazil-arrests-drug-lord-who-used-plastic-surgery-to-evade-justice-for-decades

A fight between rival gangs in a prison in south-western Mexico has left at least 28 inmates dead, officials say. (BBC, 06.07.2017)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40527512

Unter dem Einfluss von Captagon werden Geschäfte gemacht und Menschen getötet. Besuch beim Grossdealer. (Tagesanzeiger, Schweiz, 02.07.2017)

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sonntagszeitung/Die-Kriegsgewinnler-in-der-Drogenkueche/story/17452302

Since assuming the presidency of the Philippines a year ago, Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have presided over a wide range of human rights of violations, intimidated and imprisoned critics, and created a climate of lawlessness, Amnesty International said today. (Amnesty International, 29.06.2017)

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2017/06/philippines-dutertes-bloody-and-lawless-year-in-power/

#StopDuterteNow is a global campaign that aims to put an end to Duterte and his terror in the Philippines. The campaign will follow a series of short video messages that are directly addressed to Duterte, explaining him how we feel about his war on drugs.

The campaign will start on June 30, 2017, the same date last year when Duterte joined his office as President of the Philippines. The campaign will last until September 30, 2017. (INPUD – International Network of People Who Use Drugs, 29.06.2017, Video, 02:39)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ClVht2zbM4

(BBC World Service, 01.07.2017, Audio, 52:59)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p056srhx

At a ceremony earlier this week, UN inspectors confirmed that more than 7,000 FARC rebels had turned over their weapons, marking the formal conclusion of a months-long disarmament process and another important milestone for the government’s historic peace agreement with Colombia’s largest guerrilla group. But the peace deal with the FARC has not brought an end to the country’s 53 years of armed conflict. Other armed groups remain active and may even be ramping up their use of violence to secure a similar deal with the government. (IRIN, 28.06.2017)

http://www.irinnews.org/feature/2017/06/28/pistol-plan-shows-why-peace-celebrations-colombia-premature

Mexico witnessed a record-breaking number of homicides and murder investigations in May, according to government data published Wednesday. (The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), 22.06.2017)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6623-violence-in-mexico-hits-20-year-high

Donald Trump wants to drag us back into one of the most catastrophic social policies in this nation’s history: the war on drugs.(TIME, USA, 20.06.2017)

http://time.com/4825099/don-winslow-trump-drug-policy/

After countless reforms and billions of investment eradicating coca cultivation is still a great challenge for Colombia. (Al Jazeera, 28.04.2017)

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2017/04/coca-production-rise-colombia-170419130227958.html

Along the country’s heroin highway: signs of a booming drug business and horrific bloodshed. (The Independent, UK, 02.06.2017)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/long_reads/the-rise-of-heroin-brings-violence-and-fear-to-mexico-a7766676.html

The decision to stop the complaint, which also accused Duterte of corruption and unexplained wealth, was expected. (South China Morning Post, 15.05.2017)

http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/south-asia/article/2094367/accused-over-defeatist-approach-china-philippine-lawmakers-hear

A soldier, a local radio presenter and a coca leader give their view on life in Peru's main cocaine-producing region. (Al Jazeera, 2017)

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/03/life-vraem-peru-cocaine-valley-170302141426171.html

Interpol said Tuesday it discovered new routes and methods West Asian and African criminal networks use to smuggle narcotics - for example, swallowing condoms filled with liquid cocaine and safely passing through airport security. (OCCRP - The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, 31.05.2017)

https://www.occrp.org/en/daily/6521-interpol-detects-new-narcotic-smuggling-methods-and-routes

In a phone call from the White House late last month, U.S. President Donald Trump heaped praise on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, one of the world’s most murderous heads of state, for doing what Trump called an “unbelievable job” in his war on drugs. Trump offered an unqualified endorsement of Duterte’s bloody extermination campaign against suspected drug dealers and users, which has included open calls for extrajudicial murders and promises of pardons and immunity for the killers.

“You are a good man,” Trump told Duterte, according to an official transcript of the April 29 call produced by the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs and obtained by The Intercept. “Keep up the good work,” Trump told Duterte. “You are doing an amazing job.” (The Intercept, 24.05.2017)

https://theintercept.com/2017/05/23/trump-called-rodrigo-duterte-to-congratulate-him-on-his-murderous-drug-war-you-are-doing-an-amazing-job/

Afghanistan. Sustainable development in an opium production environment - Afghanistan Opium Survey Report 2016

UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Ministry of Counter Narcotics, Mai 2017

https://www.unodc.org/documents/crop-monitoring/Afghanistan/Afghanistan_sustainable_development_for_web.pdf

ISLAMABAD — A new United Nations survey says the total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan has increased by 10 percent, from 183,000 to 201,000 hectares, compared to the previous year, leading to a significant rise in the production of illicit opium. (Voice of America, 19.05.2017)

http://www.voanews.com/a/un-says-opium-poppy-cultivation-area-increases-by-10-percent/3861837.html

WASHINGTON —  The world's No. 1 opium-producing country, Afghanistan, is braced for an exploding poppy harvest this year, as farmers are cultivating the illicit crop in areas where it has never grown before. (Voice of America, 16.05.2017)

https://www.voanews.com/a/afghanistan-deadly-poppy-harvest-on-rise-again/3853575.html

Some 500 officers took part in the operation in an area where crack cocaine has been consumed freely. (BBC, 21.05.2017)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39994177

A British prison has become the world's first to use a new system designed to stop drones flying over perimeter walls to drop contraband into jails. (The Telegraph, UK, 16.05.2017)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/16/british-prison-first-use-disruptor-create-drone-proof-shield/

Ministers and officials from Mekong countries - Cambodia, China, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam - and UNODC have come together, in Phnom Penh, to endorse a new strategy to address regional drug challenges. 

The Mekong region has a persistent and evolving drug problem. Alarmingly, production and trafficking of methamphetamine and heroin within and from the region are now estimated to generate over US $40 billion annually, with the latest data showing that the flow of illicit drugs and precursor chemicals continues to rise across all six countries. (UNODC, 11.05.2017)

http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/frontpage/2017/May/mekong-ministers-and-unodc-announce-new-action-plan-to-address-regional-drug-challenges.html

Cocaine traffickers’ efforts to launder profits by creating agricultural land results in loss of millions of acres, researchers say. (The Guardian, UK, 16.05.2017)

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/16/drug-money-traffickers-destroying-swaths-forest-central-america

Javier Valdez war in Mexiko bekannt für seine Enthüllungen über Drogenbanden. Nun wurde der Journalist ermordet - er hatte damit gerechnet. (Spiegel online, 16.05.2017)

http://www.spiegel.de/panorama/justiz/mexiko-unbekannte-erschiessen-journalisten-auf-offener-strasse-a-1147853.html

A Mexican woman who led a search for the disappeared is killed after a gang member escapes from jail. (BBC, 12.05.2017)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-39892553

(...) The result is a cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields, according to Luis Carlos Villegas, Colombia’s defence minister. “We’ve never seen anything like it before,” said Villegas.(Washington Post, 08.05.2017)

http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/columbian-cocaine-production-more-than-triples-since-2013-related-deaths-in-u-s-soar-to-10-year-high

51 people die on an average day in Mexico's war on drugs. But neither drugs nor drug trafficking are decreasing, while human rights violations have soared. (opendemocracy.net, UK, 07.05.2017)

https://www.opendemocracy.net/daniel-joloy/ten-years-of-militarised-drug-policies-in-mexico-more-violence-and-human-rights-violati

A Mexican newspaper has closed down following the killing of several journalists, seemingly by drug cartels – highlighting the dangerous and volatile situation for the press in that country.

El Norte de Ciudad Juarez (“El Norte”) - a newspaper based in the state of Chihuahua, which borders the US - published their final printed edition on April 2. The last issue featured a letter titled “¡Adiós!” (Goodbye!), where the publication’s owner, Oscar Cantú, expressed his frustration towards the “punishments from individuals and governments” that journalists have received for highlighting “their wrongful practices and acts of corruption”. (Talking Drugs, UK, 03.05.2017)

http://www.talkingdrugs.org/mexico-newspaper-closes-amid-spate-of-cartel-related-journalist-murders