- cocaine Uruguay, like many countries in Latin America, is struggling to fight against black-market drug dealers that are selling drugs like cocaine and the crack-like pasta basica, and in recent years has seen an uptick in crime as a result.
- marijuana In an effort to push drug users away from the harder stuff, the country is currently debating whether to start selling marijuana to adults, tax it, and use the taxes to pay for drug rehabilitation. Think this would work, guys? source
I don’t think you could “sell” legalization anywhere in the United States without diverting massive portions of the tax revenue to fund schools, infrastructure improvements, etc but there’s no reason that a portion of those taxes couldn’t also fund a program like this too. Personally, I think it’s a brilliant idea, and feel like a bit of a moron for having never thought of something like this before.
"Invisible Children are known in Northern Uganda as an organization supporting the education of former abductees, which is much needed in the region. But they are not known as a peace building organization and I do not think they have experience with peace building and conflict resolution methods."
— Anywar Ricky Richard, former child soldier in the Lord’s Resistance army and the current director of the northern Ugandan ‘Friends of Orphans’ organization, responding to the KONY 2012 movement.
(Source: National Geographic)
A cab driver in Addis Ababa sums up the attitude when he describes the intervention as “something based on Americans.” Seeking to counteract that view, Ethiopian military and diplomatic sources emphasize the regional consensus on Somalia. But they have stopped short of joining the African Union’s mission. Asked why, the Ethiopian diplomat offers a concise answer: “Efficiency.” Better for Ethiopian soldiers to operate under Ethiopian commanders, the diplomat says.
In any case, the region’s combined efforts in Somalia are at last managing to roll back Al-Shabab. Local and international observers are starting to wonder if the pragmatic Al-Shabab leader Sheik Muktar Robow might soon break away from his fellow militants in order to position himself for a post-Shabab Somalia. After the atrocities he and his men have committed, would Somalis welcome them? “We like the Al-Shabab fighters who are Somalis. Let them come back,” says Maalim Ali Barre, an elderly Baidoa resident, eliciting nods of agreement from the bearded and bespectacled elders around him. “But the foreign [jihadist] fighters—we don’t want them to come back.”
It just goes to show that Somalia is a far more complicated place than most outsiders understand. “The West sees these people just as terrorists,” says Mohamed Haji Mukhtar, a professor at Georgia’s Savannah State University. (His elderly parents still live in Baidoa, his hometown.) The country’s conflict is driven by something more than jihadist ideology, Mukhtar says: “In Somalia, religion is not really the No. 1 thing. It’s clan that counts.”
— Somalia: On Scene in Baidoa After Ethiopia’s Rout of Al-Shabab
"Why does it matter, if Invisible Children was funded by controversial donors? Two reasons - one, we can assume those donors thought IC aligned with their agenda - which is antagonistic to LGBT rights. Two, it fits an emerging pattern in which Invisible Children appears selectively concerned about crimes committed by Joseph Kony but indifferent to crimes, perhaps on a bigger scale, committed by their provisional partner, the government of Uganda"
— Tax Forms Show Invisible Children Funded By Antigay, Creationist Christian Right
"As long as you label them terrorists, people aren’t that concerned what happens to them. But there’s a principle at stake: that the United States shouldn’t be going around killing people simply because we suspect they might be doing something wrong."
— Daphne Eviatar
"The only way historically that a country has ultimately decided not to get nuclear weapons without constant military intervention has been when they themselves take (nuclear weapons) off the table. That’s what happened in Libya, that’s what happened in South Africa."
— President Obama, discussing his belief that Iran should not gain access to nuclear weapons, during an interview with the Atlantic.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran wants to prove to the world that possessing nuclear weapons does not bring power and that might doesn’t come from atomic weapons. Might based on nuclear weapons can be defeated and the Iranian nation will do this."
— Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, during a speech broadcast on state TV, rebuking continued claims — by the United States and other Western countries — that Iran is attempting to build a nuclear weapon(s).