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Issue #436 -- 5/19/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Nine years later is it all starting again?
  1. EDITORIAL: BORDER FEARS
    The president says that sending 6,000 National Guardsmen to the border won't militarize it. But militarization can work in subtle ways, and the pull to use that many troops once they're there may be irresistible.
  2. FEATURE: DRAMATIC DEATH TOLL IN SAO PAULO AS DRUG GANGS, POLICE CLASH
    More than 160 people, including at least 75 police and prison guards, have been killed in a series of prison uprisings and urban attacks led by drug trafficking organizations in South America's largest city.
  3. FEATURE: NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL TO GET HEARING
    Efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the Garden State are moving at a glacial pace, but they are moving.
  4. FEATURE: MARIJUANA REFORM EMERGES IN IRELAND
    Ireland is a country that is famous for drinking, but like everywhere else in the world, Cannabis Nation has a toehold in the Emerald Isle.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BETWEEN TWO PAGES: CHILDREN OF SUBSTANCE," BY SUSAN HUBENTHAL AND GRIEFNET PARENTS (2003, 1ST BOOKS, $22.95, pb.)
    For a parent, losing a child is one of the greatest and most bitter sorrows imaginable. Losing a child to a drug overdose or some other form of drug-related death is even worse. "Between Two Pages" tells the stories of some of those lost offspring and the suffering parents they left behind.
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    Get your copy of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition video that Walter Cronkite called a "must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with [the drug] issue."
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  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A missing evidence investigation in Delaware and a missing evidence sentence in California; more sticky-fingered cops in Tennessee; a would-be porn king with a bad temper in Denver, and some perverse traffic cops in Baltimore.
  9. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: BUSH NOMINEES COULD PROVIDE SWING VOTES IN SUPREME COURT SEARCH WARRANT CASE
    In an unusual second oral argument before the US Supreme Court Thursday, justices sparred over a Michigan case that tests previous rulings generally requiring police to knock and announce themselves before entering a residence with a search warrant.
  10. EUROPE: BRITISH POLICE DEMAND BAR PATRONS SUBMIT TO DRUG TESTS
    Police in Sussex are broadening a program that requires people wishing to enter pubs to submit to random, on-the-spot drug tests -- and warning they'll detain people who refuse to take them.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: US COUNTER-DRUG CONTRACTOR KILLED AS AFGHAN FIGHTING INTENSIFIES
    An American civilian anti-drug contractor was killed and two other Americans wounded in a suicide bombing in western Afghanistan Thursday.
  12. AUSTRALIA: LONE SOUTH AUSTRALIA DEMOCRAT MP EVEN LONELIER -- BUT UNBOWED -- AFTER COMING TO ECSTASY'S DEFENSE
    Member of Parliament Sandra Kanck is her party leader and only MP in the state legislature, but the party is moving to dump her after she stood up in parliament to say that Ecstasy "is not a dangerous drug" and could have been used to ease the trauma of victims of last year's killer bushfires.
  13. AUSTRALIA: HEALTH MINISTER SAYS MARIJUANA AS DANGEROUS AS HEROIN -- CALLS FOR NATIONAL TOUGHENING OF LAWS
    Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health Christopher Pyne announced Monday that all state and territorial governments had signed on to a federal plan to create a tough, uniform set of marijuana laws as part of a crackdown on cannabis. In making the announcement, Pyne also made the bizarre claim that marijuana is "as dangerous" as hard drugs like heroin or cocaine.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Shipping Off Hawaiian Women Prisoners, Two Very Different District Attorneys, Drug Truth Network
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator and Specialist, Harm Reduction Coalition, Oakland, California
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Coordinator, Sensible Colorado, Denver/Boulder
  19. 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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