September 2012

Time to make drugs legit?



As drug-related violence soars and use steadily increases, even political leaders, ex-drug tsars and former champions of the 'war on drugs' are admitting that it's been an abject - and costly - failure.

So what's the alternative to prohibition? To follow Portugal's lead and decriminalize the use of drugs, including heroin and cocaine? Or to go the whole hog and legalize the lot?

This month's issue of New Internationalist tackles this thorny issue.

We report from the drug war frontline in Mexico, with the intrepid, award-winning journalist Sandra Rodriguez. With the help of a medical doctor we take a look at what legalization would look like. And we push the boat out and ask if there’s any mileage in the notion of 'fair trade' drugs.


では、麻薬を禁止する以外の方法はあるのだろうか? ポルトガルが行ったような、ヘロインとコカインも含む麻薬の使用を処罰の対象から外すということだろうか? あるいは、すべての麻薬を合法化するということだろうか?


麻薬戦争の最前線のメキシコからは、国際的なジャーナリスト賞も受賞しているサンドラ・ロドリゲスによる勇敢な報告を掲載する。また、合法化がもたらす影 響について、医師の見解も報告する。さらには、「フェアトレード」麻薬という概念に利点があるのかどうかについても検討する。







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.

Mixed Media
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.

Regular Features
4 Letters

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.

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