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MEXICO CITY. The sight of vehicles set ablaze by cartels has mostly been confined to lawless stretches of Mexico's provinces, so the appearance of burning buses in Mexico City this week has stoked fears that the drug gangs' violence is spreading to the capital. (Reuters, 22.07.2017)


The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime has expressed concern about a 14-percent increase in areas devoted to coca leaf cultivation in Bolivia. (PanAm Post, 20.07.2017)


Following Duterte's violent approach to drug trafficking will not solve Indonesia's drug problem. (Al Jazeera, 26.07.2017)


Drugs and Development: The Great Disconnect

Julia Buxton, Global Drug Monitor Observatory, Swansea University

Policy Report 2, Januar 2015


With the purchase of a pomegranate snack bar at the local grocery store, a fruit tree is planted in Afghanistan and a little less illegal opium exists in the world - or so the story goes. (TalkingDrugs, 03.07.2017)


President Rodrigo Duterte has called for the introduction of the death penalty in the Philippines for a range of offences – including drug possession - as his country’s brutal slaughter of people who use drugs continues. (TalkingDrugs, UK, 24.07.2017)


Die Regierung Uruguays startet eine gewagte Initiative: Ab Mittwoch können Bürger Cannabis zum Dumpingpreis kaufen - in der Apotheke. Mit dem Preiskampf wollen die Behörden die Macht der Drogenkartelle brechen. (spiegel.de, 15.07.2017)


Menschenrechtler verurteilen einen Aufruf des indonesischen Präsidenten: Joko Widodo plädiert für ein kompromissloses Vorgehen gegen ausländische Drogenhändler, die sich einer Festnahme widersetzen. (spiegel.de, 23.07.2017)


In einer großen Operation haben FBI, DEA und Europol zwei populäre Drogenumschlagplätze im Darknet zerschlagen. Die Daten Tausender Nutzer von AlphaBay und Hansa werden nun ausgewertet. (spiegel.de, 20.07.2017)


Donald Trump hat erklärt, wie er sich die Mauer zwischen den USA und Mexiko vorstellt. Sie soll durchsichtig sein - damit sich Beamte vor schweren Säcken mit Drogen schützen können. (spiegel.de, 14.07.2017)


MUSE, Myanmar — She was born to royalty in British colonial Burma, but rejected that life to become a cross-dressing warlord whose C.I.A.-supplied army established opium trade routes across the Golden Triangle. By the time of her death, last week at 90, she had led hundreds of men, endured prison and torture, generated gossip for her relationship with a film actress and, finally, helped forge a truce between ethnic rebels and the government. (New York Times, 21.07.2017)


'They hit you on the head with 60 pounds of stuff? It's over.'

(...) Speaking on a flight from Washington to Paris, Mr Trump told reporters on board Air Force One that it was vital border agents could see through the wall to be aware of oncoming dangers. (The Independent, UK, 14.07.2017)


Authorities said at least 26 people were killed Wednesday in northern Mexico during a predawn gun battle between warring crime gangs, part of an escalation of deadly violence across the country. (LA Times, 05.07.2017)


Colombia's government has declared an ambitious plan to eradicate 100,000 hectares of coca crops by the end of the year, but an analysis of the program so far casts doubts on the ability of the government to prevent illegal armed groups from regenerating the vicious criminal circle. (InSight Crime, USA, 13.07.2017)


The latest Colombia Cultivation Survey, produced by the Integrated System for Monitoring Illicit Crops (SIMCI) Project of UNODC, was released today, showing an increase of 52 per cent in coca cultivation area - from 96,000 hectares (ha) in 2015 to 146,000 ha in 2016. UNODC, 14.07.2017)


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)


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)


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)


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


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)


#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)


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)


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)


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)


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


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