Japan, the place with the strangest drug debate in the world
Despite its relatively low drug abuse figures, the Japanese system is failing to treat addicts.
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Interview with writer Johann Hari about his new book, Lost Connections
How the country that invented many of the world's drugs turned against them – until now
Cocaine in 1859; heroin in 1888 – and a ban introduced in 1929. Now, however, times are changing – and more compassionate policies are taking root.
Whose morality? Johann Hari on the future of the ‘war on drugs’
“If your morality doesn’t look at the actual practical effects of what you’re doing, it’s not a moral debate, it’s just posturing.”
‘A training in violence’: the connecting line between France’s ‘war on drugs’ and jihadism
In France, there are many ways in which the pool of violence caused by drug prohibition bleeds into home-grown jihadism. But there is an alternative. Listen to a recorded audio version of this article.
“The degree of the racism is insane”: Johann Hari on the ‘war on drugs’
“African Americans are no more likely to buy or sell drugs than any other group, but they make up the overwhelming majority of the people who go to prison for it.” (27:42 minutes)