War on Drugs

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Forty Years of Failure – a Timeline of the War on Drugs

February 4, 2013 Beckley in the Media

From the Observer, this timeline highlights key events in the history of the War on Drugs. Included on this timeline is the November 2011 publication of the Beckley Foundation Public Letter.

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Davos 2013: President Pérez Molina announces drug policy initiatives

January 26, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

The President used his platform at the World Economic Forum to announce the proposals for drug policy reform presented to him by Beckley Foundation director Amanda Feilding last week – including drug regulation and the creation of a legal poppy crop. He also announced the plans we have been working on together to hold a drug policy summit later this year.

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Photograph courtesy of The Observer/Johan Ordonez/AFP/Getty Images

Guatemala’s president: ‘My country bears the scars from the war on drugs’

January 21, 2013 Beckley Foundation in Guatemala

President Perez Molina discusses the failed war on drugs, and the Beckley Foundation’s drug policy work in Guatemala, in an interview with the Observer newspaper.

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To Look Tough on Drugs, and Please the US, the UK is Willing to Trample on Indigenous Rights

January 8, 2013 Global Policy News

Damon Barrett, Director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, has written an article severely criticising the UK over its objection to Bolivias re-accession with reservations to the 1961 UN single convention on Narcotic Drugs.

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Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

Have We Lost the War on Drugs?

January 7, 2013 Drug abuse

Professors of Economics Gary S. Becker and Kevin M. Murphy put forward the argument for ending modern prohibition from an economic point of view.

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Connecting the Dots: 10 Disastrous Consequences of the Drug War

January 4, 2013 Global Policy News

This article by Tony Newman of the Drug Policy Alliance on the Huffington Post will take you through the ten major arguments against the war on drugs

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In Colombia, Cameron’s stance on drugs looks cynical

December 18, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Fidel Cano Correa, editor of the Colombian daily ‘el Espectador’, mentioned the Beckley Foundation as one organisation pushing for global change in an Observer piece this weekend, and criticises David Cameron for neglecting the international consequences of domestic drug policy in the UK.

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HSBC avoids prosecution for drug money laundering with $1.9 billion fine

December 18, 2012 Global Policy News

Federal prosecutors in the US last week decided to settle with a $1.9 billion fine for HSBC. The bank thereby avoids criminal prosecution for its brazen violation of banking laws, despite admitting to laundering millions of dollars for cartels in Colombia and Mexico.

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Breaking the Taboo

Breaking the Taboo available to watch free online

December 7, 2012 BF Drug Policy Initiatives

A new documentary about the failed war on drugs and its devastating effects worldwide was released today. The film is available to watch online, for free, until 7 January. Featuring interviews with several current and former Presidents and other policy and criminology officials, including Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the film offers a candid assessment of current policies and possible alternatives.

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Breaking the Taboo

Breaking the Taboo UK premiere features on Guardian, Mirror and Daily Mail websites

December 6, 2012 Beckley in the Media

Last night saw the launch of the new campaign, Breaking the Taboo, that the Beckley Foundation is supporting alongside Virgin Unite, Sundog Pictures and Avaaz.org. The launch event included a screening of Sundog Pictures film “Breaking the Taboo” followed by a panel discussion, chaired by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, between Beckley Foundation’s Amanda Feilding, Virgin boss Richard Branson, Green Party MP Caroline Lucas, Tom Lloyd and Danny Kushlick (all signatories of the Public Letter).

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