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CONSEQUENCES of the ZERO TOLERANCE APPROACHES

In Cuerbitch on February 14, 2013 at 11:35 am

It’s been four decades since the president of United States, Richard Nixon, declared war on drugs in response to the high rates of heroin and marihuana consumption, always following the position of “zero tolerance” encouraged by the conservative vision of the period. Seven more presidents have taken the position since then, but the approach to face this problem hasn’t changed, the consumption is still being criminalized, spreading the message through moralist propaganda, which is far from being effective, puts in evidence the lack of knowledge from the authorities in the matter.

Undoubtedly, the drug topic is multifaceted and extremely complex, but there are facts that we cannot overlooked. Nowadays exists a 230 millions market of drug consumers, the demand is clear; therefore the “drug free world” idea is simply utopian. But, which are the implications or collateral damages of this consumption being illegal?

Let’s start with the production, it’s not unknown that the so-called “developing countries” like Peru, Bolivia or Afghanistan (to name a few) are the producers, countries with a agricultural  heritage, countires who has been poor for centuries, countries where people grow “anything” that earns them a profit that sustains their families needs, in consequence, the eradication of  these income sources increases the economic and development gaps and increases social inconformity, turning these groups vulnerable and susceptible to become part of criminal circles, and of course enhancing the cycle of drug trafficking.

The next step is trafficking, which in 2005 already generated 320 million usd, representing 50% of the revenues linked to criminal acts, and that in countries as Colombia, generated social phenomenon such as Pablo Escobar, or Mexico, who’s actually living an unprecedented panorama since Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs declaration in 2006, who has “achieved” 47 000 deaths related to this “war”, an expense of 1 billion usd per year, and levels of insecurity, corruption and fear among the population never seen before, and it goes without saying that drug trafficking continues smoothly.

Finally, the retail distribution symbiosis in which drugs dealers and “junkies” (90% of the consumers are considered NON problematic, namely they use drugs for recreational purposes) fight to sustain a profitable interaction without compromising their freedom and public image, as of the other 10% (the problematic ones), is well known that keeping up with a drug addiction is, in average, 10 times more expensive than and alcohol or tobacco addiction, which causes economic pressure among addicts, bringing more problems such as HIV, prostitution and gun trafficking and a community decay.

Evidently the judgmental /conservative/moralist approach that has been taken for this problem is not working, it is time to rebuild our general vision of the problem, in first instance the consumers who are addicted to any kind of drugs are, before criminals, are in fact patients with a curable disease, the government must offer aid through support groups before criminalizing them. On the other hand, drug trafficking is a consequence of prohibition, a legalization scheme offers not only monetary benefits (capital infusions through taxes, new occupations, monumental savings due to anti-drug campaigns desist) but it would eliminate criminal and corruption circles, lowering the human capital casualties, regaining social stability and opening new possibilities of improvement by re-orienting these resources.

A regulated production and consumption, hand in hand with smart campaigns that, more than judge, educate consumers, it’s my opinion, a feasible way to the face a changing society that demands a paradigm shift, a more responsible and creative one.

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IS IT REALLY A DREAM EVEN TO DREAM “UNITED STATES OF AFRICA”?

In Fanny Lulu's diary on February 9, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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I am quite confused to write or not to write about permanent crises in many African countries. You may say that i don’t have to but i feel that i have to emphasise at least some remarkable titles…

The never ending problems in Africa are mostly about political dilemmas of military based regimes as can be seen on television, in the newspapers and through other news sources such as online journalism.

Kindly think that the idea of ‘United States of Africa’… It sounds unrealistic when you visualize all that chaos, doesn’t it? In most of African countries those who have power first visualize what they want and then materialize it .  Actually i must say that “those” who hold the armed forces have also direction to change the socio-politic route to instability, conflict and lost generation without future.

Civil wars seem as a fated destiny for ‘Dark and Beautiful Continent’  by the hands of  Western civilizations and their armed puppets who has nothing to trust but their weapons against civils.

Like or don’t…It’s not the point but Former Libyan leader Muammer Gaddafi who was executed without any judgement by Nato troops was the most well known leader to mention this expression in African Union Summit.in 2009. His dream was to discuss the remained issues of colonialism which divide Africans into hundreds of etnic groups which have been in controversy with each other from the times of  “geographical discoveries.” He knew that the conflicts were the obstructed veins of the undeveloped countries and there wasn’t any possibility to talk about circulation, wealth, peace and stability… I hope that the new chairperson of the African Union Hailemariam Desalegn can make a progress to spread this dream to the members of the Union.

As Turkish poet Onat Kutlar says:

“I asked myself what is made of mud? The Statue.

And made of pains? The love.

Even you can make a revolution with poverties.

But nothing can be made from disunities.”

Instead of struggling with hunger and drought they have been fighting for their seperations.

Instead of keeping their natural sources from the modern colonial interests,

Instead of keeping their children from their own men who work for colonial interests to earn a living from bloody and illegal ways.

Instead of preventing  them to be “child soldiers who are a part of  any kind of regular or irregular armed force or armed group in any capacity.” (for more:

http://www.amnestyusa.org/our-work/issues/children-s-rights/child-soldiers)

Besides general issues relating to many African countries, Mali is a biggest question mark for me to comperehend for a very long time… It is reported that there is radical islamic groups in the north of Mali and people are living under the pressure of these armed groups. On the other side there is a military construction which seized power with the Western support in 2012.

Last year European Union decided to stop financial aids  to the military based government in Mali. However this year when Malian government asked for support from EU to eliminate the armed groups in the north and United Nations have never hesitated to give permission for the military intervention of France. Thus, France started to bomb the villages and towns in the northern Mali. It is very simple to write this in words but quite saddening to think how many innocent civilians were killed and will be killed in bombardments.

Who will be responsible for the civilians from systematic killings? Who will be judged for the children whose lives were taken in the air strikes?

Who will help to the people fled from the northern Mali?

What was the real reason of UN to allow France for the operations in Mali?

(What if it is all about rich underground resources of the country or to protect the interests of French companies in Mali or to deport Muslim population from Mali?)

Why didn’t they show any interest to constant civilian casualities over 2 years in Syria as being very interested in Libya?

Why they still don’t…

Why no action for the conflicts in Middle East and the other places where Muslim population mostly live.

What a grave contradiction!

Unfortunately, UN and NATO are the question itself  in this story that i can not solve easily…

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