End 'war on drugs' now

Far more harm and social destruction has been caused by the West's anti-drug laws than by the actual misuse of narcotics, says Eddie Ford

By any measure, the 24-page report published on June 2 by the 19-member Global Commission on Drug Policy is a scathing indictment of the madness that is the current ‘war on drugs’, and especially the role played in it by the United States.[1] Far from reducing the supply and use of drugs, or curbing the power of organised crime, it has had the opposite effect - with total predictability, of course. Yet those who insist on conducting this ‘war’, as the report notes, know full well that it is a doomed venture, but pretend to the world that victory is within sight.

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No opt-out; Organic link; Hairy monster; Can't consent; Political status; Facts

The philosophy of history

Chris Cutrone responds to Mike Macnair

Generous

Robbie Rix welcomes a good start to the June fund

Communist University 2011

A week of discussion and debate for a thinking left

Global crisis and Arab awakening

Tina Becker reports on the new discussion format tried out by Hands Off the People of Iran

Extra needed

Robbie Rix calls for better and more regular financial support for the Weekly Worker

Making Marxist education a priority

Paul B Smith replies to James Turley

The tragedy of Sylvia Pankhurst

Sectarianism led to putting individual projects before party

Real democracy needs organisation

Collective discipline is absolutely fundamental to majoritarian politics, writes James Turley

Osanloo free, but repression continues

Chris Strafford calls for solidarity with working class activists in the prisons of the Islamic Republic

Propaganda of the deed

Harley Filben reviews Sean Birchall's 'Beating the fascists: The untold story of Anti-Fascist Action' Freedom Press, London 2010, pp413, £15

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