Sean Penn aspired to literary journalism, but failed to capture the world outside his own head.
Reuniones Anuales GBM / FMI Lima 2015
Sean Penn's interview with El Chapo hinges on a moral exploration of a man who lives in the public imagination as a super-villain. The story unravels because its voice does not enable moral insight.
Dale una oportunidad a la paz.
Colombia has set up a new peace process to secure justice for hundreds of thousands of victims of the FARC. But it's tried and failed at this approach before.
This has been one of the worst starts to the music festival season ever, in terms of harm from overdoses.
Testing drugs at music festivals not only means we can assess whether they contain anything unexpected, but it's an opportunity to try to change the behaviour of users.
Iran burns drugs in an annual ritual – but levels of use remain high.
Penalties for drug traffickers in Iran are harsh but it also has progressive policies for addicts. Is it time to go further?
A classic villainous smirk.
Both Netflix's Narcos and the documentary Cartel Land fall into the trap of sensationalising violence and in doing so horribly simplify the story.
The Prime Minister said ice was more dangerous than any other illegal drug.
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Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said ice is far more potent, far more dangerous, and far more addictive than any other illegal drug. Is that supported by the data?
Sucking all the fun out of life.
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Here's how the Psychoactive Substances Bill will stand in the way of human flourishing.
Three tons of cocaine seized by Peru’s national police from an international gang of Peruvian and Mexican drug traffickers.
Peru's economy is booming, but it has a terrible cocaine habit that could cause it problems.
The extensive preparations for Joaquín Guzmán Loera’s escape from the maximum-security Altiplano prison took place within sight of its watchtowers.
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'El Chapo's' jailbreak seemingly confirms American narratives that represent Mexico as a corrupt, sluggish and failing state. Overlooked is America's own role in the rise of powerful drug cartels.
Indonesia is forcing people with drug dependence problems to go into rehab.
Indonesia's war on drugs aims to protect the country's young generation from an alleged "national drug emergency." But the government's coercive approach is harming the people it wishes to protect.
Could random testing put a dent in the drug market?
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It is unlikely that drug testing in workplaces and at nightclubs will have any discernible impact of rates of use.
The occupation of Chilapa, underway.
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As Mexico limbers up for a national poll, its neglected and corrupt institutions are unable to curb a terrible wave of violence.
Australia’s politicians were unable to save Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan from a firing squad in Indonesia.
Australia's politicians were unable to make the most persuasive argument for clemency for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran because Australia is also a combatant in the misguided war on drugs.
Indonesia’s anti-drug policy that enforces the death penalty for drug traffickers is in line with international law.
International pressure has mounted on Indonesia in recent months to stop its enforcement of the death penalty. But Indonesia should maintain its tough anti-drug stance.
Chris Christie has vowed to ‘crack down’ on marijuana if elected president.
The myth has been debunked time and time again.
Only a small proportion of Australians who use methamphetamines fall into a category of dependent users.
There is no doubt methamphetamine can cause harm. But when politicians hijack drug issues and overplay them for political purposes, that too can cause harm.
Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan inside a holding cell as they wait for their final appeal against the death sentence at Denpasar District Court in Bali, Indonesia in 2010.
Ideas about drug use that are used to justify the death penalty for smuggling don't hold up under scrutiny.
The Indonesian government is using statistics based on questionable methodology to justify capital punishment.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s claim of a national drug “emergency” that necessitates the death penalty for drug crimes is based on questionable statistics. Jokowi, as he is popularly known in Indonesia…
Up from the depths… a narcosub captured in Equador.
It will come as no surprise to anyone that drugs are big business, so when a drone crashed in a car park of a US border town weighed down with several kilos of narcotics, it was just another example of…
Will the feds raid this Christmas tree?
Abraham Lincoln said that those who shape public opinion exert an even greater influence than judges and lawmakers. In recent years popular sentiment – on issues like marriage equality and legalization…