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The History Channel Is Finally Telling the Stunning Secret Story of the War on Drugs

Chuck Grassley, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on Twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some history. Here are two of his many tweets on this subject: Just love history. So occasionally I turn to history channel. "mud cats" when wi they put history back on the channel — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) February 26, 2012 Ocassionally I turn to History channel hope to c history. Whenevr will the history channel hv a real old fashion histry program — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) January 7, 2012 The good news for Grassley, and for everyone else, is that [...]

“Legalize all drugs,” says this Harvard professor. His reasoning is as simple as it is profound.

Prohibition causes drug trafficking to go underground.  It increases crime and corruption involved in the market.  Pushing it underground has compromised quality control.; it's unregulated and you don't know what you're actually getting. Drug use is not going away, in fact, it's a huge part of society.  From caffeine to nicotine to alcohol, the human race is partly driven by the concoction of chemicals available to us.  Often, in mediative doses, they greatly enhance our learning capability and sense of well being. This is why economist, Jeffrey Miron, predicts that legalizing and treating all drugs with the same respect we [...]

Trump just might be giving us the opportunity to make NAFTA even stronger

Donald Trump's campaign, when it turned to issues, focused on migration, borders and trade. Characteristic of populist crusades, it zeroed in on foreigners to explain this country's purported loss of greatness. Mexico and Mexicans were targeted with particular venom: NAFTA was the worst trade deal ever, Mexican migrants were rapists and thugs, and only a big wall could ensure our border security. In office, the administration's initial policy pronouncements tracked the rhetoric: NAFTA will be scrapped, undocumented migrants will be deported and the wall will be built. Two months into governing, the new administration's messages remain mixed, but talk has [...]

Ten years of militarised drug policies in Mexico: more violence and human rights violations

51 people die on an average day in Mexico's war on drugs. But neither drugs nor drug trafficking are decreasing, while human rights violations have soared. Mexico decided over ten years ago to militarize their drug policies and rely on the armed forces to conduct counter-narcotic operations and other public safety tasks. The so-called “war on drugs” has taken since then a very real dimension in the country. Shortly after taking power in December 2006, President Felipe Calderon ordered a military offensive against the country’s drug cartels that eventually involved tens of thousands of troops undertaking tasks that should normally be performed [...]

Marlboro M

Por vía del WhatsApp me llegó el primer anuncio comercial de cigarrillos de mariguana para su venta en Estados Unidos. La propaganda resultó ser falsa pero su realismo podría confundir el ojo del publicista más avezado. En el falsomercial, la marca de cigarros más famosa del mundo lanza su línea de productos M. La cajetilla es idéntica al empaque de tabaco tradicional, sólo que el color rojo de la cajetilla es sustituido por un verde vegetal. Arriba del nombre de la marca aparece la hoja de mariguana con sus cinco puntas. El infomercial anuncia que los mayores de 21 años [...]

A paso de hormiga

Los avances han sido tan lentos, y la cerrazón o la voluntaria ceguera tan grandes, que celebramos como un hito lo que debió ser una decisión natural, casi obvia, desde hace décadas. Que la Cámara de Diputados por fin haya aprobado el uso medicinal de la mariguana no es sino una tímida rectificación de nuestra absurda política de drogas. La prohibición previa resultaba tan absurda, tan inhumana, que asumir que estamos ante un cambio drástico por parte de las autoridades se antoja un exceso de optimismo. Tratemos de arrancarnos los infinitos prejuicios que nos han inculcado durante años, en especial [...]

Descartan legalizar mariguana recreativa

Cd. de México (29 abril 2017).- El Secretario de Salud federal, José Narro Robles, se congratuló de que los diputados aprobaran el uso medicinal del cannabis, pero descartó que esta decisión abra la puerta a la despenalización del uso recreativo de la mariguana. "Este acuerdo ampliamente mayoritario le va a permitir a este país tener la posibilidad de contar con medicamentosy, sobre todo, con la posibilidad de investigar, de estudiar, de desarrollar, de innovar en este campo", dijo en entrevista con medios. "Está muy clara cuál es, en este momento, la dimensión y el alcance de las reformas aprobadas por [...]

Weakening Mexico Harms the United States

On a recent visit to Chicago, a city that looks to the future and not the past, I spoke to some friends about the contradictions and the "alternative reality" that is being spread by the new administration in Washington concerning Mexico. In the city that is home to the University of Chicago, in which economist Milton Friedman wrote his book "Free to Choose," I thought about the ideas that are especially relevant today. Friedman's work clearly explains why the freedom to choose is indispensable for progress and how government intervention in the economy inevitably leads to lower standards of living [...]

Ven insuficiente legalizar mariguana

Cd. de México (25 abril 2017).- La legalización de la mariguana quitaría aproximadamente el 30 por ciento del negocio al narcotráfico en México, insuficiente para atacar el problema de la violencia, estimó Guillermo Valdés, ex director del Centro de Investigación y Seguridad Nacional (Cisen). En la ponencia "En búsqueda de una política frente al crimen organizado", Valdés ponderó la viabilidad de una hipotética legalización de la mariguana con el fin de erradicar el narcotráfico en el País. "Los hechos dicen que es probable que la mariguana se llegue a legalizar en un plazo relativamente corto; Estados Unidos está dando pasos [...]

Uno de los causantes de la obesidad es consumir alimentos preparados en la calle

Nutriologos alertaron que consumir alimentos preparados en la calle llega a provocar hasta un 30 por ciento de aumento de peso corporal. Ciudad de México .- Virginia Tijerina Walls, del Colegio Mexicano de Nutriólogos, señaló a Notimex que las personas que comen frecuentemente alimentos en la calle, tiene una mayor probabilidad de aumentar hasta un 30 de peso. “Estudios han encontrado que cuando comemos fuera, hasta un 30 por ciento más de lo habitual es lo que podemos incrementar, hay un cierto grado de indulgencia”, explicó la especialista. De acuerdo con Tijerina Walls este aumento en la masa corporal del cuerpo se deba a [...]