New Internationalist

Persecuting peasant drug growers in Latin America and addicts in Western inner cities is wrong in principle and a failure in practice. David Ransom tells the story behind the international war on cocaine and heroin, at a time when the US finds its own cities besieged by drug-related violence.

October 1991, Issue 224

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The needle and the damage done
David Ransom identifies the fatal flaws in the war on drugs.
I want it now
Why aren't more of us addicted to illicit drugs? asks Trevor Turner.
The harder they come
Susanna Rance takes us through the 'Red Zone' of illict coca growers in Bolivia.
Explosive mix
It's the same old drugs story in post-invasion Panama, according to Alexander Cockburn and Andrew Cohen.
Peddling delusions
A whistle-stop tour through the myths of prohibition in America with Edward Jay Epstein.
How to make dirty money squeaky clean
Melissa Benn spots the difference between straight and bent bank notes.
Shoot-out in downtown USA
The problems of US inner cities are hiding behind drugs. Andrew Cohen brings them out into the open.
An iceberg in Brazil
Drug running in high places is begining to show, reports Jan Rocha.
In the news this month.
Book, film and music reviews, plus a Jacklyn Cook classic.
By Petra Kelly.
Country profile: Botswana
By Gwenda Brophy.