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Schapelle slips the system, but faces a world of attention

Schapelle Corby is likely to be free within the next few days,but although her surrounds will be more comfortable, she will be under more scrutiny than ever.

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Alcohol and violence: Fairfax’s shameless campaign of misrepresentation

Desperate newspapers and a rejection of basic facts has proved a toxic combination in NSW over the issue of alcohol-related violence.

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British freedoms v European controls — or is it vice versa?

The “free movement of people” is the latest sticking point between Britain and the EU — but who is the more restrictive?

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A defence of radical architecture

Crikey readers talk brutalist architecture, Judi Moylan and why Bernard Keane has gone too far.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits

Tony Abbott continues his worldwide quest to get pictures with women to prove they don’t hate him.

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Potholes on The Silk Road: online drug dealers unplugged

Drug dealing thrives in secret corners of cyberspace, but hackers have interrupted business on The Silk Road — known as the eBay of drugs — with only theories on who’s behind it.

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I take ecstasy — talk to me about the drug debate

Ecstasy-related deaths are still occurring, yet the “debate” about drugs remains the same. Music journalist and casual drug user Sanjay Fernandes argues drug users should be part of the conversation.

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Preventative health debate: in defence of liberty and diversity

The problem with the preventive health movement is the refusal to accept a basic trade-off of Western society — that liberty is at times more important than maximising community welfare.

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Dear preventative health wowsers: stop taking the piss

Some persistent themes run through campaigns by the preventive health lobby to ban and tax things. But should these taxpayer-funded elites be allowed to crack down on what they disapprove of?

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Essential: Gillard gets a boost from voters

New polling from Essential Research has yielded no further rise in Labor’s primary vote but a surprisingly strong lift in voter sentiment towards Julia Gillard.

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The war on drug resistance: entering a ‘post-antibiotic era’

The age of effective antibiotics is threatened by everyday farming and medical practices sending us into what experts are calling a “death spiral”. Priscilla Pho reports.

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Drugs are a societal, not a judicial, problem

Crikey readers have their say.

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Tough on drugs? Tough too as cost of new laws goes to pot

Drug policy is often described as hard or soft. Really these terms are misnomers. Being tough on drugs is something which is done by weak politicians, writes Lisa Pryor.

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The many shades of Australia21′s drug reform report

The Conversation recently ran a series of articles discussing Australia21’s report calling for drug legislation reform, including challenges posed by the internet and how corrupt police work with dealers, reports Melissa Sweet.

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Keep up the blog, Bob

Based on everything they’ve seen and learnt, an ex-politician has a real shot at putting together some pretty decent policy, especially since they’re no longer required to sell it to the public.

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Electioneering, Russian style

As the Russian election campaign reaches its dying days Vladimir Putin has claimed that his opponents plan to kill one of their own so they can blame it on him

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Sydney: Australia’s coked up capital

Cocaine use in on the rise in Australia, particularly in Sydney and particularly amongst high-earning individuals who would never call themselves drug addicts. Joel Meares investigates the social, health and political issues of the white powder.

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The women soldiers in Mexico’s drug wars

The number of women in Mexican jails have jumped by 400% since 2007. But why? Most of the women are very young, used as tempting bait by gangs looking to kidnap male victims. Damien Cave examines the femnisation of the drug cartels.

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Beyond a lobby-driven debate

The fanfare around Health Minister Nicola Roxon’s announcement that 13 new medicines would go on the PBS is a reminder of the power and influence involved in the selection and reimbursement of prescribed medicines, writes Glenn Salkeld.

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Not ready to let Roxon off the hook yet

Shakira Hussein was relieved to see her MS drug make the PBS approved list, but she’s not going to break open the metaphorical non-alcoholic champagne until the government reverses its decision to subject drugs recommended for subsidy to cabinet decision-making.

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Boston Globe | LINKS|

Brazil’s deadly favela drug war

Last week a war broke out in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Watch as the Brazilian police force arrive with tanks and guns and battle drug traffickers armed with automatic weapons, while journalists and citizens hide behind houses and try to escape.

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Kate Holden: lots of people like drugs, try asking them about it

Drug use, particularly that of marijuana, is endemic in all our communities, and yet we persist in throwing up our hands, sputtering outrage and condemning users whenever the four-letter-word is mentioned, writes author Kate Holden.

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The Greens take their medicine on the drug debate

The Greens intend to maintain their moderate drugs policy rather than back-pedal — as they repeatedly have in the past — under threat of a scare campaign. It’s the right play.

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Global Post | LINKS|

Murder, shootings and drugs: another lazy day in the Caribbean

The Caribbean has become the new corridor for drug smugglers attempting to get into the US, since the tightening of the US-Mexico border. But drugs bring organised crime, murders and corruption into the islands.

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Penberthy: Be a pal, look after your drugged out friends

Just say no” is a completely unrealistic drug campaign and harm minimisation doesn’t work for casual drug use amongst young people. People should be encouraged to look out for their drug taking friends, writes David Penberthy.

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