Amidst ongoing controversy surrounding the results of last Sunday’s presidential election in Mexico, the declared winner of the contest, Enrique Peña Nieto, is unambiguously organizing to take over the government come December. The election was marked by claims of fraud, irregularities, and manipulation by the major media in favor of the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled the country for much of the twentieth century, and sponsored Peña Nieto’s run for the presidency. While all of these allegations are likely true to an extent, they ultimately fail to convince. And while the opposition continues to protest Peña Nieto’s victory, the president-elect has moved on.
|By: marymccurnin Saturday June 16, 2012 8:00 pm|
Last night after an hour of vegging out in front of my computer, I moved on to the television. As I surfed the channels, I landed on a reality show about female police officers.
|By: Lisa Derrick Saturday May 5, 2012 1:59 pm|
Going away to college is one the defining moments in anyone’s life, and for Scags Morgenstern, the heroine of Deborah Emin’s Scags at 18, her first semester at an elite Vermont college, where she’s a scholarship student, shifts her world.
Told in the first person as diary entries, Scags’ first semester expresses the questioning and discovery that comes with growing into adulthood.
|By: Sam Quinones Saturday January 21, 2012 1:59 pm|
Sylvia Longmire is a retired Air Force Captain and former Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
She has worked as an intelligence analyst for the state’s Emergency Management Agency, focusing on drug trafficking and border violence.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday April 12, 2011 4:25 pm|
Three out of every four California voters support reducing the criminal penalty for possession of a small amount of illegal drugs for personal use, according to a new poll from Lake Research Partners.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday December 21, 2010 6:00 am|
A new story at Truthout, which I co-authored with Jason Leopold, takes up the investigation of the story into the mass drugging of Guantanamo detainees with the controversial drug mefloquine, aka Lariam, which we originally reported earlier this month. In an interview with the former commander of the Guantanamo Naval Hospital, who signed off on the mefloquine use, Captain Albert Shimkus said “There were certain issues we were advised not to talk about.”
|By: Scott Morgan Thursday September 30, 2010 12:30 pm|
There’s as much to like about this book as there is to despise about the drug war, which makes This is Your Country on Drugs a fascinating read for anyone endeavoring to better understand the origins of the drug policy predicament that continues to captivate and confound American culture. Ryan Grim takes the reader on a fast-paced journey through the history of our nation’s love-hate relationship with drugs, exploring the economic, political, and cultural dimensions of both drug use and the enormous war that seeks to shield us from its consequences.
|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday September 15, 2010 6:30 pm|
A story at Truthout reports that a Department of Defense Office of Inspector General investigation into allegations of drugging of detainees, completed almost exactly a year ago, was nevertheless hidden from public knowledge for months. Its results remain hidden, labeled classified. This is especially strange as this document was publicly requested by no less than now-Vice President (then Senator) Joe Biden, along with Senators Carl Levin and Chuck Hagel, after a couple of articles — one by Jeff Stein and one by Joby Warrick at the Washington Post — blew the whistle on dozens of reports of alleged drugging of detainees.
|By: SumofChange Monday May 17, 2010 7:10 pm|
On Friday, May 14th, we sat down with Neill Franklin, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition and a 32-year law enforcement veteran, to discuss President Obama’s drug policy, the CA ballot initiative, and the general state of the war on drugs.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday April 2, 2010 11:50 am|
I was pretty surprised when the GOP threatened to pull Ron Paul’s committee appointments. They’re basically calling the Tea Parties a bunch of f&%king r#&!rds who can go Cheney themselves. The tea parties were formed around Paul’s anti-tax mantra and he is their spiritual godfather, though many who tout themselves as “leaders” don’t seem to know it. And he’s extraordinarily popular with their base right now — Paul won 31% of the presidential straw poll at CPAC, to Sarah Palin’s 9% and Mitt Romney’s 22%.