Time to make drugs legit?
6-9 Stories making the news this month, including:
Pursuing justice for rape crimes in DRC; the gloves are off in Russia; fighting impunity in Colombia; and an exercise in elbow-licking in Sudan.
PLUS: Scratchy Lines by Simon Kneebone and Reasons to be cheerful.
28 Election special
Ry Cooder gets ready for action with the 'Mutt Romney Blues'. PLUS: A five-star musical intifada from Ramzi Aburedwan; the Revolt in Syria deeply understood by author Stephen Starr; and the deadly power of three words - It's a Girl - in a shocking new doc on gendercide.
The Big Story - illegal drugs
10 Legalize drugs - all of them!
An exploration of just what would be at stake if we did, by Vanessa Baird.
16 What's your poison?
Science and law at odds over drugs.
17 My body, shot, left lying
A dispatch from the drug-war frontline by Mexican journalist Sandra Rodriguez Nieto.
19 Africa's first narco state
How Guinea-Bissau got hooked.
20 What would legalization look like?
Your questions answered by medic Max Rendall.
22 Illegal drugs - The FACTS
24 Fair trade drugs
Not such a crazy idea. Tom Feiling thinks ahead.
34 Why do some conflicts get more media coverage than others?
Nick Harvey considers the role - and the agenda - of the global media in
making the news.
5 Letter from Botswana
Wame Molefhe delights in the old civility.
26 Country Profile: Yemen
32 Making Waves: Kushal Chakrabarti, the self-confessed geek supporting students through microfinance in the Majority World.
33 Mark Engler
Obama: a better adversary.
38 And finally...
From earliest memories to the joy of old age, author Alice Walker reveals who and what inspires her.