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Drugs And Oil Don’t Mix

Ostensibly the war on drugs and the war to deal with oil spills have no relationship with one another. Oil continues gushing from the Gulf of Mexico with latest counts indicating only 24,000 of the 60,000 gallons being captured. A robotic controlled submarine banged into the containment cover adding still another problem to the ongoing disaster of a disaster. Meanwhile, the noted drug lord, Christopher “Dudus” Coke was captured in Jamaica at a checkpoint which checked the woman and discovered it was none only by the man they sought. Two isolated incidents. But,in both, government refuses to take action against crime because it will upset those in power. Instead of demanding effective controls over oil drilling, the US government actually believed one could trust business to supervise itself. Instead of allowing drugs to be legal, the American government enforced laws that led to creation of huge drug cartels. The issue is: how can governments be effective in dealing with crime?

We need a government that is intelligent enough to sanction drugs, legalize them and collect needed revenue in the form of taxes. We need a government that will not allow business to operate under its own rules.

Denmark-Making A Hash Out Of Hash!

It has been common for years that anyone seeking to pick up some hash wandered down to Pusher street in the city’s Christiana area in order to chat and get what they desired in drugs. About six years ago, the police made a series of raids in hope this would dampen the drug trade. As in similar attempts to wipe out drugs with violence and laws, the effort failed. Police continue their raids, some pushers decide the hassle is too much and depart either for warmer drug climes or seek another occupation. Peter Ibsen, president of the police association, argues, “if the goal was to stop trafficking of hashish in Christiana, then it has absolutely not succeeded.”

Some political leaders would prefer going back to the old days when police ignored the issue because today drugs are increasingly under the control of tough gangs who have the resources to withstand the police. The police one unintended outcome of the raids was to spread the drug traffic to other areas.

When will they ever learn?

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

Romania, Nine O’Clock: “A Sick Health System”
In America we not only have a sick health system we have sickos opposing health reform.

South Africa, Argus: “Kidnap Accused May Enter Plea”
I was not at the scene of the crime when the police arrived.

Australia, Brisbane Times: “Gay Penguins Hit”
They will be replaced by unhappy Penguins.

Sweden, The Local: “Who Would You Contact If Got Swine Flu?”
The pigs?

UK, The Independent: “Babies Searched For Drugs”
I think you had better search their bottles, those kids are clever.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Woman Gives Testimony Wearing Niqab”
OK, but what evidence did the niqab give?

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Why Not Make Problems Bigger”
Listen to Tea Party ranters and you have the answer to your question?

UK, Guardian: “Cannibal Appearance Normal”
Sure, most people have dripping blood from their mouths.

South Africa, Mail & Guardian: “She’s A Lady, Man”
Check the voice you idiot!

“Shovels, Tractors, Teaching Degrees In Afghanistan”

General Petraeus summed up the real issues confronting American and NATO forces in Afghanistan by saying what is most important for success is “shovels, tractors and teaching degrees.” He emphasized in fighting the Taliban it entailed “more than just killing or capturing terrorists and extremists.” A major problem in Afghanistan is focusing on the Taliban and not focusing enough on economic development, and providing jobs for Afghans. Of course, jobs in themselves are also not the “solution” because what is lacking in Afghanistan is any semblance of either a short or long term plan.

Unfortunately, General Petraeus can not discuss the major problem confronting the war in Afghanistan. From President Karzai down, the government is led by corrupt, incompetent individuals who line their pockets with money rather than ensure money flows into economic development. Unfortunately, General Petraeus as a military leader is unable to confront the major issue of –drugs. We focus energy on destroying drugs. How about purchasing the entire drug crop of farmers and depriving the Taliban of that source of revenue?

HEADLINES FROM THE WORLD PRESS

Each day we offer a sample of headlines that appeared in the world press along with our comments.

UK, The Independent: “Shower-Shy Britons”
Whew, so that’s where the smell comes from across the Atlantic Ocean!

Malta, Malta Times: “Police Halt Illegal Horse Races”
From now on no donkeys pretending they are horses.

Kuwait, Kuwait Times: “Kuwaitis Prefer Marrying Thai Women”
Does this mean Kuwaiti women marry Thai men?

Australia, Canberra Times: “Noordin Not Dead”
But, is he alive is the question?

New Zealand, New Zealand Herald: “Doctors Preparing To Quit In Droves”
They heard an American version of health care was being introduced.

China, China Daily: “China Lifts Blockade On Plague-Hit Town”
OK, from now on the plague can go wherever it wishes.

Denmark, Copenhagen Post: “Stoned Driver Pays Of Mega-Fine”
I assume his payment made life happier for everyone at court.

Turkey, Hurriyet: “Illusion of Democracy”
America if Republicans gain power.

Iran Makes Move To Cooperate On Afghanistan

During the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the Iranian government cooperated and provided intelligence information. At that point, there was a real opportunity to end old disputes and reach a common accord since Iran disliked the Taliban government in Afghanistan. George Bush rebuffed Iranian efforts at reconciliation, but the Obama administration is making concerted effort to establish relations with Iran. Richard Holbrooke, special envoy to Afghanistan chatted with Iranian delegate, Mohammad Mehdi Akhundzadeh at an international conference in The Hague. Akhundzadeh announced: “Welcoming the proposal for joint co-operation offered by countries contributing to Afghanistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran is fully prepared to participate in the projects aimed at combating drug trafficking and p lans in line with developing and reconstructing Afghanistan.”

Iran is being hit with drugs entering their nation and impacting youth. They also have scant love for the Taliban and would prefer a stable government to its north. The window is open to join together and deal with the drug issue. After that, it will be possible to explore other ventures for cooperation. A first step might be small, but it is a step away from Bush policies which alienated Iran.

Czech Youth Lead Europe In Drug Use

A study reveals that Czech Republic youth lead the continent in the use of drugs. Almost one half of Czech 16 year-olds have tried an illegal drug and many of them have tried marijuana or hashish. According to the European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) the use of marijuana as well las hard drugs has doubled in the Czech republic since 1995. Its figures indicate an average of 23 percent of boys and 17 percent of girls have tried an illegal drug. Most European youth admit it is relatively easy to obtain illegal drugs. The Czech Republic also has the highest percentage of students who use marijuana on a daily basis.

The figures are quite clear — despite billions spent on trying to halt illegal drugs they are readily available and used by a high percent of young people. Does this suggest the current approach of “prohibition” is not working? If it isn’t working, isn’t it time for a new approach?

Is Gambling A Problem More Than Doping?

It is difficult these days to pick up a newspaper or watch a sports program on television without encountering some issue related to the use of steroids by athletes. However, the British Gambling Commission has uncovered a greater concern than whether or not athletes use drugs– gambling! It has uncovered at least 47 cases of alleged match-fixing and illegal betting on British sporting events. One official commented “football, rugby and cricket don’t have a doping problem, but they know they have serious gambling problems. A spokesperson for the Gambling Commission says that horse racing, football and snooker accounted for most of the illegal fixing.

In the era of gambling occurring across the world on the same match, it becomes increasingly difficult to uncover fixing schemes that originate outside the jurisdictional lines of a particular police force. Athletes come and go from one nation to another and lack the old intense loyalty to a team or community. The money has risen to astronomical heights and it is difficult to ensure that every athlete is honest.

It’s Not Us, It’s You, Says US To Canada!

The American people consume a considerable amount of drugs which usually enters the nation form Mexico or Canada or elsewhere. The United States State Department once again gave a warning to another country to get their act together on the drug issue rather than looking inward and assuming responsibility for what its own citizens do about drugs. The new report charges, “Canada’s continued role as a source for ecstasy to US markets highlights the need for greater co-operation in tracking precursor chemical activity.” In other words, it is your fault that Americans use drugs. The Americans point out that Canada has been experimenting with programs to work with drug addicts which entail supervised injections.

Americans apparently want to use drugs. How about the United States trying an experiment in which drugs are legalized and supervised by the government? Is the problem we Americans and our desires or is the problem that other nations supply us with what we want to do?

Has America’s Drug Policy Failed?

If an alien anthropologist ever visited planet Earth the among the most baffling issues it would encounter is our policy toward use of drugs. Alcohol or smoking are legal even though they both give “highs” to people as are many drugs such as Prozac, but drugs like marijuana are illegal because they give “highs” to people. The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy issued a blistering report on drug policies now functioning in this hemisphere. It cites the prohibitionist policy of forbidding drugs has wrecked havoc throughout the region generating crime, violence and corruption on a massive scale. The only comparable event was the American experiment with Prohibition which made liquor illegal.

The prohibitionist approach simply has not worked. Mexico is a nation nation caught up in a a virtual civil war in which the criminals can out-gun the police. It is time to approach the problem in a realistic manner and allow people to access drugs legally and with possibilities of receiving medical assistance for their drug use.