COHA: Time to Debate a Change in Washington’s Failed Latin American Drug Policies

  • Unrelenting forces prove their strength in the war on drugs, but not their wisdom
  • American prohibition on drugs compounds the problem it was meant to cure
  • It is time to reexamine failed drug policies and learn new vocabulary words: decriminalization and legalization

It is time for policymakers to acknowledge that drug prohibition is inadequate and requires immediate attention, discussion and qualification. Despite 37 years of universal cooperation pursuant to the United Nations General Assembly resolution 39/141, which has been the basis of U.S. anti-drug policy ever since; it is a statute which regularly has proven to be ineffective. It also has adversely contributed to fanning grave civil disorder and broken societies in nations across the globe.

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COHA: Camilo Torres: Prayer Can’t Solve Poverty Alone

There is always someone who is trying to improve society and seek better living standards by challenging the status quo, promoting freedom, and believing that social conditions can really be changed. Camilo Torres Restrepo, dubbed the ‘revolutionary priest’ by his followers, struggled throughout his life to translate the canons of Liberation Theology into action. The second Vatican Council established the germs of Liberation Theology’s ideas in 1962. Through this framework, Camilo Torres proposed a political, social and economic paradigm shift, which in 1965 served to inspire the emergence of the National Liberation Army (ELN), a Colombian left-wing guerrilla group. Soon after the ELN was founded, Torres joined it and became its political face.

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Sudan/Darfur is Test Case for Obama’s “Humanitarian” Aggression By Glen Ford

“Obama has not broken the American mold, but rather, appears to be fine-tuning a ‘humanitarian’ interventionist doctrine.”

Any government in the world that believes it has been targeted for regime change by the United States and its allies would be foolish to allow western-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to operate freely in its territory. When Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir evicted 13 western NGOs from his country last month, he was responding quite rationally to the clear threat of so-called “humanitarian” military intervention by the U.S. under the pretext of “rescuing” Sudanese in the war-torn Darfur region.

Under the Obama administration, a military interventionist doctrine is rapidly crystallizing around the concept of “Responsibility to Protect,” or R2P, which holds that nations have a responsibility to forcibly intervene when a state is judged to be unwilling or unable to protect or otherwise fulfill its responsibilities to its people – responsibilities that can be broadly or narrowly defined. United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice and Samantha Power, a member of Obama’s National Security Council, are leading advocates of a broad and unilateralist interpretation of R2P. Both are very close to President Obama, and can be assumed to reflect his thinking on foreign policy. And both are implacably hostile to Omar Al-Bashir’s government in Sudan. Rice is eager to blockade Sudan’s ports and to launch “selective” bombing raids.

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