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(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #406 -- 10/7/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Stopping extremism may require ending drug prohibition.
  1. FEATURE: PROHIBITION AND TERROR -- THE AFGHAN CONNECTION
    Among the forces working to sustain extremist organizations like Al Qaeda is one that policymakers don't like to talk about in direct terms -- drug prohibition.
  2. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM FARMERS CAUGHT IN THE SQUEEZE
    With opium the unquestioned mainstay of Afghanistan's economy but the government eradicating, rural Afghans are getting caught in the squeeze. Elders in a village north of Jalalabad told the story in an interview given to DRCNet this week.
  3. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM CONUNDRUM -- WHAT TO DO WITH WARLORDS, POLITICIANS INVOLVED IN THE DRUG TRADE?
    With the government of President Hamid Karzai attempting to solidify nascent national government institutions, Afghans inside the government and out ponder how to address the problem of members of the government and other powers who are involved in the illicit opium trade.
  4. FEATURE: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, GIVE AND TAKE -- AFGHANS TAKE ON THE SENLIS COUNCIL AND ITS LICENSING PROPOSAL
    Curiosity and intrigue mingled with worry, skepticism and even hostility last week as a European think tank's proposal to license Afghan opium growing for medical uses got discussed in Kabul.
  5. EDITORIAL: THE CONSEQUENCES OF PROHIBITION (WAS "WHAT IS IT ABOUT OPIUM?")
    With Phil's Afghanistan adventure soon to come to a close, we reprint this October 2001 editorial by David Borden that closely relates to some of the topics Phil discusses in the four special Afghanistan reports published in this issue.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Drug War Chronicle may have taken a week off in covering the corrupt cops beat, but that doesn't mean the corrupt cops did. This week we have yet another prison guard gone bad and another crack-slinging policeman.
  7. LATIN AMERICA: BOLIVIAN COCA LEADER AND PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER EVO MORALES VISITS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AS ELECTIONS THROWN INTO DOUBT
    With coca grower leader Evo Morales favored to win Bolivia's presidency, legislators in the European Parliament have stepped up to ensure that he is not robbed of victory by pre-election legal shenanigans.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: US FUMIGATION PLANE SHOT DOWN IN COLOMBIA
    Leftist rebels in northeast Colombia shot a drug fumigation plane owned by the US State Dept. out of the sky September 30, killing the pilot, according to wire service reports.
  9. WEB SCAN
    New CJPF Newsletter, Meth Conference Audio & Powerpoint Online, Meth Commentary from Cascade
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. PARTNERING: DRCNET SEEKING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION COLLABORATORS
    DRCNet is interested in dialoguing with individuals who have strong academic skills and relevant backgrounds about the possibility of seeking funding together for work that will advance the issue.
  12. CONTEST: NEW DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGNS
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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