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Compulsory Drug Treatment in Southeast Asia – Neither Ethical Nor Effective.

ASEAN foreign ministers signed the Joint Declaration for a Drug-Free ASEAN on the 25th of July 1998, committing association members to eradicate illicit drug production, trafficking and abuse by 2015. The strategy, founded on the specious belief that taking a sufficiently ‘tough’ stance on the drug trade would result in its demise, has been shown to be as […]

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Posted in Asia, Drugs, UN, World

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Corruption and Violence Haunt Guatemala Ahead of Election

One might say Guatemala is best known for its coffee, bananas and rampant violence. In September, Guatemala will face not only local and legislative, but also presidential elections offering, yet again, a glimmer of hope. Scheduled for September 13th, they will determine the new President and Vice President, members of Congress, the Central American Parliament, […]

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Posted in Drugs, Food Security, Latin America, Security Issues, World

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Khat Chewing – Benign Practice or Social Peril?

A stimulant native to the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, Khat is a narcotic leaf that induces mild euphoria upon chewing – an extremely popular custom in Somalia, Yemen, Kenya, Djibouti and Ethiopia. Lucrative business More than 25,000kg of khat is sold each day in Ethiopia’s Adaway Market and is a vital source of […]

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Posted in Africa, Drugs, Economic Security, Food Security, Security Issues, World, Yemen

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Colombia’s Rebel Reintegration Quagmire

Colombia has endured more than five decades of civil discord. Peace negotiations between FARC representatives and the Colombian State have, though, been ongoing since 2012 as the country attempts to realise a future of security and peace. Yet it is the massive human toll that is perhaps the most potent issue to arise from this […]

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Posted in Conflict, Drugs, Security Issues, World


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