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The Netherlands drug research think tank Centre for Drug Research, or Het Centrum voor Drugsonderzoek in Dutch (CEDRO), has added three new documents to its online library:

Justus Uitermark and Peter Cohen detail how a March meeting on "law enforcement and terrorism," which included Dutch and American law enforcement officials, produced little to do with terrorism but much to do with drugs, particularly ecstasy, in:
"The Netherlands as a Branch of American Law Enforcement?"

CEDRO director Peter Cohen criticizes the dogmatic basis of the United Nations drug treates, in:
"The Drug Prohibition Church and the Adventure of Reformation"

John Davies, Douglas Cameron and Ernest Drucker criticize the "Farmington Consensus," which has been used to stifle unpopular ideas and debate about fundamental questions on addiction, in:
"Damned and be Unpublished?"

Ethan Nadelmann urges Latin American leaders to break with US-led drug policy, in:
"Addicted to Failure"

Jacob Sullum describes the threat to freedom of speech and assembly posed by the RAVE Act, for Reason magazine, in:
The Chill Is On: Fighting Raves, Squelching Speech

Jason Vest profiles incoming DEA administrator Karen Tandy in:
"A New Hard-Liner at the DEA"

Bill Berkowitz profiles Tandy for Working for Change, in:
"Tandy Won't be Dandy for Medical Marijuana"

Former Baltimore police officer and doctoral candidate Peter Moskos writes that "eighty years of failed drug prohibition have destroyed swaths of urban America," a Washington Post, op-ed:
"Victims of the War on Drugs"

Columnist Molly Ivins decries the drug war's draconian response to crack cocaine use:
(follow menu to July 10 or July 15 if it doesn't immediately show)

New Freedom of Information Act research finds that Venezuela's government under then-president Carlos Andrés Perez successfully resisted US pressure to aerially fumigate drug crops using glyphosate in 1988-89:

The UN's 2003 Global Illicit Drug Trends report is now online at:

A Bureau of Justice Statistics report, "Money Laundering Offenders, 1994-2001" (NCJ-199574), is available at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/mlo01.htm or in print by calling the BJS Clearinghouse at (800)-851-3420.

The Sentencing Project has launched its new web site, featuring news, events, and downloadable publications on sentencing, incarceration, felony disenfranchisement, juvenile justice, drug policy and other issues. Visit http://www.sentencingproject.org to check it out.

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