In the name of the “Drug War”

Building on the continuing broad support for the drug war, Duterte announced last year with his Philippine Anti-Illegal Drugs Strategy (PADS) “drug-free communities by 2022” .
In this article, I present some of the effects of this anti-drug campaign based on perspectives on the affected communities, on justifications and impacts of the killings and on functions of the most prominent drug allegedly to be extinguished.

The Prohibitionist Psychosis and its Constitutional Implications

Book Presentation: Author: Roar Mikalsen, Norway  AROD – Alliance for Right-Oriented Drug policies. [aux_button label=”Click Here To Download The Book” size=”medium” icon_align=”center” color_name=”dark-gray” border=”” style=”” icon=”download” link=”https://knowmadinstitut.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/HUMAN-RISING-2018-PDF.pdf” target=”_blank”] “Tracing the Spirit of Freedom as it moves through the centuries, this book ties the prohibitionist experiment to other totalitarian endeavors. Arguing from a perspective of First…

Sacred Plants and Mental Health in Latin America

Sacred plants have a number of phenomena that revolve around their ritual and medicinal use, as
well as being seen as carrying a bond with the sphere of the sacred. México is the country that has
the greatest diversity of sacred plants in the Americas because its indigenous groups have a
magical-religious relationship with them.
In the beginning of the study of sacred plants, psilocybin, mescaline and ergotamine began to be
classified as classical psychedelics, this categorization was of great help to psychiatry and
neuroscience in the 1950s and 1960s.

Meet our Research Manager

Gloria is social scientist, currently working with research, research management and consulting. A passionate defender of human rights and individual freedoms, she has participated and helped in the construction of different social movements in Brazil. Her research interests are varied and include processes of stigmatization and medicalization, urban lifestyles, feminism, gender performativity, motherhood and mothering…

UN Global Compact – a good start but more policies are needed

by Marco Perduca, Science for Democracy & Guido Long, Associazione Luca Coscioni The Global Compact on Migration is an international agreement negotiated under United Nations guidance, with the aim of addressing “all dimensions of international migration in a holistic and comprehensive manner”. It was approved by the UN General Assembly in December 2018 with 152…

Review: Opioids and Cannabis at the United Nations

Summary and Impressions of the Intergovernmental Meeting of the Expert Group on Opiates and the Reconvened 61st Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations Intergovernmental Meeting of the Expert Group on Opiates Over the past 150 years, humanity has experienced several opioid crises, but none as devastating as the current one,…

Government that produces death, death that produces government

With the extreme right rising in Brazil, the right to life may lose its current status as a relative guarantee to become the main asset of social inequality By Evandro Cruz Silva.* Social Scientist at Universidade Estadual de Campinas. The sociologist Mitchell Duneier tells in his book “Ghetto: the invention of place, the history a idea” the story…