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State-approved vigilante ‘death squads’ in Philippines kill 1900 — and counting

State-approved vigilante ‘death squads’ in Philippines kill 1900 — and counting

Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte came to office explicitly promising to ramp up the body count, writes Michael Bradley.

Baillieu legislation no free kick to offenders … it will mean more crime

Baillieu legislation no free kick to offenders … it will mean more crime

The Baillieu government’s plans also throw a gauntlet down to the judiciary in Victoria.

Crikey Clarifier: the Mexican drug trade

Crikey Clarifier: the Mexican drug trade

We know them as faraway characters on trashy TV shows: cavorting by luxurious pools, getting shot at by their enemies and, if it’s a bad day, floating face down in murky rivers. But according to a Sydney Morning Herald report today, Mexican drug lords have infiltrated Australia. That’s right, the cocaine your local junkie is […]

Absurd anti-bikie laws do not stop bikies, but legalising drugs will

Absurd anti-bikie laws do not stop bikies, but legalising drugs will

If politicians were seriously interested about eroding the power of bikie gangs they would remove the source of much of their wealth and industry, writes Greg Barns.

Remembering Pasquale (Pat) Sergi

Remembering Pasquale (Pat) Sergi

Crikey subscribers remember earlier events in the colourful Sergi family history.

Democracy, the opiate of the (Afghan) people?

Democracy, the opiate of the (Afghan) people?

Back in 2000, Afghanistan’s production of opium poppies fell dramatically to around 100 metric tons. This week, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime reported in its World Drug Report that, five years after the invasion by the West to restore democracy, opium production has reached a record high.