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Narcos Season Three and the Lies We Tell About the Drug War

o Narcos is back for a third season, which takes us beyond the death of its hitherto protagonist Pablo Escobar into the world of his rivals, the Cali Cartel. An interesting shift is afoot if a remark from showrunner Eric Newman is anything to go by: “Unlike Escobar, who had positioned himself as an outlaw, Cali was very much a part of the system.”

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The Claim That the Border Wall Will Stop Drug Smuggling Is Just More Trump Bullsh*t

President Trump sure loves his border wall. It was a staple of his campaign rhetoric, and despite Mexico's firm insistence that there is no way Mexico is ever going to pay for it, Trump's desire for the wall is unabated. Now, he's threatening to shut down the government unless he can persuade Congress to make American taxpayers pay for it.

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"Tsunami" of Cocaine May Be Headed For The U.S.

Last weekend U.S. authorities seized four tons of cocaine from the Pacific Ocean, a small part of a so-called tidal wave of cocaine headed for the country.

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VIDEO: CIA Director Mike Pompeo Hints U.S. Is Working with Mexico and Colombia to Push Regime Change in Venezuela

CIA Director Mike Pompeo has hinted that the U.S. is pushing for a new government in Venezuela, in collaboration with right-wing allies in the region.

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Meet America's Most Powerful Drug Reformer: A Conversation with New Drug Policy Alliance Head Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

Led by Ethan Nadelmann since its formation 17 years ago, the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) has been the most influential drug reform organization in the country, with a hand in advancing the causes not only of medical marijuana and marijuana legalization, but of drug law reform more broadly, in all its manifestations and intersectionality.

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Trump's Pick for 'Drug Czar': A Servant of Big Pharma and Brutal Punisher of Drug Addicts and Poor People in Developing Countries

President Trump will name Pennsylvania Congressman Tom Marino (R) to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP—the drug czar's office), CBS News reported Tuesday. Marino's legacy of legislative achievements around drug policy, however, raise serious questions about whether he is the right choice.

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Illicit Drug Sales on the Dark Web Don't Really Make the Industry Safer

The creativity and resilience of drug markets makes drug policy developments immensely challenging. One of the most interesting innovations in recent years are crypto markets, a kind of eBay for drugs, that provides participants with anonymity, uses crypto currencies for payment, and aggregates and displays customer feedback ratings and comments.” The question many are asking now is whether crypto markets permit drug transactions without violence, or at least with less violence. Drug trafficking, after all, is responsible for a wide variety of human rights violations, from farmers being driven from their land, or air sprayed with toxic agrochemicals that contaminate riverbeds and licit crops, to minors being exploited for labor to citizens being executed. Can a shift towards deep web trading mitigate any of these problems?

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Colombia's Dirty War Is America's War Too

Now that the plebiscite has narrowly rejected a peace deal between the government of Colombia and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), those on on the frontlines of the country’s 52-year-old war are grappling with an uncertain future.

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A 50-Year Civil War That Killed Over 250,000 and Devastated Colombia Has Finally Reached a Peace Agreement

On Monday, in Cartagena, Colombia, the government of Colombia and the rebel leadership of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) ended one of the longest running civil wars in modern history. Over fifty years of battle between the FARC, the government of Colombia, the right-wing paramilitary groups and an assortment of bandas criminales is now over. Or at least the battle is over until Sunday, when the Colombian people will vote on a referendum for or against the agreement. If they vote against it, then there will be pressure on the government to renege on its commitments. That would restart the bloody civil war, which has killed more than a quarter of a million people.

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Colombian City Combines Gardening and Hip-Hop to Revive Community

"If hip hop is the street, [and] below the street there's earth, we are these plants that grow through the cracks in the pavement. The cement is a way to pave over what's really happening—to say that nothing's wrong."

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How Big Pharma Is Arm-Twisting U.S. Foreign Policy to Keep Cancer Drugs Prohibitively Expensive

The administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to publicly respond to new revelations that U.S. officials, at the behest of Big Pharma, may have attempted to obstruct the Colombian government's efforts to lower the price of a life-saving cancer medication. Amid this silence, civil society organizations, along with some lawmakers from the House and Senate, are demanding answers.

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