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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?"
http://www.cedro-uva.org/lib/uitermark.filiaal.en.html

CEDRO director Peter Cohen criticizes the dogmatic basis of the United Nations drug treates, in:
"The Drug Prohibition Church and the Adventure of Reformation"
http://www.cedro-uva.org/lib/cohen.church.html

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"Damned and be Unpublished?"
http://www.cedro-uva.org/lib/davies.farmington.html

Ethan Nadelmann urges Latin American leaders to break with US-led drug policy, in:
"Addicted to Failure"
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/story/story.php?storyID=13794

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
http://www.reason.com/sullum/071803.shtml

Jason Vest profiles incoming DEA administrator Karen Tandy in:
"A New Hard-Liner at the DEA"
http://www.thenation.com/doc.mhtml?i=20030721&s=vest

Bill Berkowitz profiles Tandy for Working for Change, in:
"Tandy Won't be Dandy for Medical Marijuana"
http://www.workingforchange.com/article.cfm?itemid=15309

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"
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29981-2003Jul8.html

Columnist Molly Ivins decries the drug war's draconian response to crack cocaine use:
http://www.creators.com/opinion_show.cfm?columnsName=miv
(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:
http://www.usfumigation.org/Literature/FOIA/VZ_says_no/

The UN's 2003 Global Illicit Drug Trends report is now online at:
http://www.unodc.org/unodc/global_illicit_drug_trends.html

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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