How Bigoted Pennsylvania Drug Warriors Turned This New York Man’s Life into a Living Hell 

by psmith   DRUG WAR CHRONICLE:  In June, 2014, Wilfredo Ramos was driving back to his Brooklyn home after visiting his mother in Lancaster, Pennsylvania when two Pennsylvania State Police troopers detoured him into a Kafkaesque nightmare from which he emerged only five months later. The traffic stop from hell happened to Wilfredo Ramos — […]

Some seek to cast suspicion on Jews for “ritual killing” the last Russian Tsar

by Slava Tsukerman On November 27 a conference dedicated to “new expertise and evidence” on the last Russian tsar’s Nicholas II murder took place in the Sretensky Monastery in Moscow. Patriarch Kirill led a delegation from the Russian Orthodox Church at the conference. At the conference Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, widely seen as Putin’s personal confessor, […]

Drug-Induced Homicide Charges Draconian and Ineffective, Study Finds

by psmith, DRUG WAR CHRONICLE:  A new report from the Drug Policy Alliance shines a harsh spotlight on a strategy that some police, prosecutors, and elected officials are embracing in response to the opioid overdose crisis — charging sellers with drug-induced homicide — which the evidence suggests is intensifying, rather than helping, the problem. James […]

TSUKERMAN: Russia Accuses USA of “Harvesting Russian Tissue”

By Slava Tsukerman The opening of Wall of Sorrow memorial was the event that concluded the session of the Council for Civil Society and Human Rights.  During the session the idea was voiced that some people, with the help of surveillance systems, are collecting images of Russian people. Answering this assumption, Putin spoke of even more mysterious fact, saying: “Images, it’s okay. But […]

New Yorker: The Poligarchs, Oligarchs, and Stooges of the Paradise Papers

  THE NEW YORKER: More than three hundred and eighty journalists have been studying an untold number of pages contained in millions of leaked files now known as the Paradise Papers, which detail the offshore assets and tax-avoidance mechanisms of a number of large corporations and super-rich individuals. These journalists are now producing dozens of stories, […]

Medical Marijuana Update

by psmith  Congresspeople want the VA to research medical marijuana, New Jersey expands its list of qualifying conditions, and more. NationalLast Thursday,lawmakers called on the VA to research medical marijuana for veterans. A group of lawmakers who sit on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee wrote a letter to Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin urging him […]

REF Speaks: “Fairness” is a concept that has been lost

  By Robert Field One word particularly stood out from New York Times article “What Did Bernie Sanders Learn in His Weekend in Canada?” Yes there was the usual unimpeachable argument for a total reform to the United States extravagant and underperforming health service. To wit: “Many developed countries have achieved universal health coverage, but […]

Now that opioid crisis affects middle class, public health advocated over criminal justice

Hello press–   By Tony Newman   DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE:  Trump’s speech yesterday declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency has generated national news on the issue of overdose and opioid use in the country. With the overdose crisis becoming a mainstream conversation, there has been a shift in the narrative. Historically, when a […]

New Gallup Poll Finds Record Support for Marijuana Legalization

Drug Policy Alliance drugpolicy.org     64% of Americans, Including Majority of Republicans, Support Legalization   A new Gallup poll shows record-breaking support for marijuana legalization, with 64 percent of Americans now in favor of ending marijuana prohibition. The number is the highest level of support in nearly half a century of surveying adults on the issue, according […]

Did Americans really celebrate Putin’s birthday (or when is a Whopper but a whopper?)

  By Slava Tsukerman On October 7, Russia celebrated President Vladimir Putin’s 65th birthday. According to the Russian media, that event was joyfully noted throughout the entire world and especially in the USA. The Russian state News Agency TASS reported that on Vladimir Putin’s birthday Ledo Pizza restaurant in Washington, DC offered visitors “pizza in Russian […]

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