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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

A recuperação econômica de esquerda de Portugal

Portugal está fazendo notícia pelos melhores motivos. Español English

Recuperación económica de la izquierda de Portugal

Portugal está haciendo noticia por todas las razones correctas. English Português


oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of September 3rd 2011

We lead this week with a look at a new Open Society report assessing the Portuguese government's rejection of the 'war on drugs' in 2000, and decriminalization of drug possession and use. What lessons can be learnt from this experience? ~ MW

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 18th 2011

This week we lead with the Committee for the Prevention of Torture's new Report on Poland - highlighting a serious lack of progress towards the 'care of inmates with drug related problems.' In other news we take a look at the trailer for new film, 'Breaking the Taboo'; explore the ongoing tragedy of the Mexico's war on drugs; and look at the new Rome Declaration ~ MW & CS

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of July 9th 2011

Portugal decriminalized all drugs 10 years ago and the results are in: decreased youth drug use, falling overdose and HIV/AIDS rates, less crime, reduced criminal justice expenditures, greater access to drug treatment, and safer and healthier communities ~ MW & CS

oD Drug Policy Forum: Front Line Report - Week of March 14th 2011

We lead this week with exciting news of a special preview of "The Exile Nation Project: An Oral History of the War on Drugs & the American Criminal Justice System.” Written, produced and directed by our very own Charles Shaw, the film puts a human face on the millions of American's subjugated by the US Government's 40 year, one trillion dollar social catastrophe ~ MW & CS
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