Topic archives: war on drugs

Philippines drug war kills countless poor people, while the rich escape unscathed

February 23, 2018 1

Duterte’s war on drugs has become, like in every other nation where a drugs war is waged, an onslaught against the poor.

The incredible bargain of ice (and why it is so dangerous)

The incredible bargain of ice (and why it is so dangerous)

May 19, 2015 3

Australia isn’t in the grip of an ice epidemic -- rather, we’re seeing a disastrous misunderstanding by users of exactly what they are taking, argues Adelaide addiction specialist Dr Philip Crowley.

AFP: we did everything right with Bali nine case

AFP: we did everything right with Bali nine case

May 4, 2015 32

The Australian Federal Police has rejected criticism of its role in the executions of Bali nine members Chan and Sukumaran, insisting everything it did was correct.

Crikey Clarifier: how’s the war on drugs going?

Crikey Clarifier: how’s the war on drugs going?

February 25, 2015 12

Indonesia's hardline stance on Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran is part of its larger "war on drugs" strategy. Freelance journalist Mat Drogemuller takes a look at the origin of that approach -- and if any battles have so far been won.

Potholes on The Silk Road: online drug dealers unplugged

Potholes on The Silk Road: online drug dealers unplugged

May 2, 2013 2

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.

All roads out west lead back to 2010

March 4, 2013 18

The political focus on western Sydney and the low-rent politics on offer from Abbott and Gillard suggest a replay of the 2010 election.

Memo to the GOP: it’s time to care about the war on drugs

June 28, 2012

After the Obama administration's botched 'Fast and Furious' operation, the GOP suddenly started to care about dead foreigners. So why, asks Conor Friedersdorf, don't they care about the war on drugs?

Crime, drugs and prisons: a little bit of history repeating

Crime, drugs and prisons: a little bit of history repeating

May 17, 2012

The Victorian government have announced plans to build a new $670 million prison, where many of the inmates will be there for drug related offences. When will politicians learn, asks Dr Alex Wodak, that incarceration will not resolve the War on Drugs?

Mexico drug wars: massacre claims 49 people

May 14, 2012

The latest in a spate of drug-related massacres in northern Mexico has seen 49 decapitated bodies dumped by a roadside, making identification difficult, reports BBC News.

The many shades of Australia21’s drug reform report

The many shades of Australia21’s drug reform report

May 3, 2012

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.