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Attempts to curtail demand by resorting to extrajudicial killings may have popular appeal, but may ultimately serve to consolidate crime groups, raise protection costs and temporarily displace activities to less hostile locations. Damir Sagolj/Reuters

Asia is in the grip of a transnational crime crisis – but governments look away

Organised crime groups are profiting from the fruits of globalisation such as free-trade agreements as well as the massive upgrade of the region’s infrastructure and connectivity now underway.
Family members protest against the Mexican government’s inaction on the 43 students who disappeared in Ayotzinapa in 2014. Edgard Garrido/Reuters

In Mexico, the banality of so much violence

How to psychologically cope with living in a country with more fatalities than a war zone? For Mexicans, the response is increasingly detachment, depersonalisation, and adherence to daily routines.
‘Judges smoke it, even lawyers too.’ – Peter Tosh. www.shutterstock.com

Should the UK legalise cannabis?

The UK may have signed the UN drugs convention – with its emphasis on prohibition – but that doesn't mean it can't legalise the drug.

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