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Treaty guardians in distress: The inquisitorial nature of the INCB response to Bolivia

Just when you start to see glimmers of hope that the troubled UN drug control system is opening up for a change process, its principal guardian the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) does it again… In a press release on July 5, the INCB secretariat condemned Bolivia’s decision to denounce the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs and re-accede with a reservation on the coca leaf.
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Bolivia Withdraws from the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs

The Bolivian government formally notified the UN Secretary General of its withdrawal from the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs (as amended by the 1972 Protocol) yesterday. The withdrawal will enter into effect on 1 January 2012. At that time, Bolivia will re-accede to the Convention with a reservation on the coca leaf and its traditional uses.

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Venezuela: Mission Negra Hipolita Transforms Drug Trafficking Farm into Attention Centre

Mission Negra Hipolita transformed a farm used for drug trafficking in the mountains of Lara state into an integral diagnostic centre for homeless people, the majority of whom have problems with drugs.

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Venezuela & Revolutionary Vignettes. Part 1: Workers' Control vs Bureaucrats, Mafia and Multinationals in Bolivar

At the end of June I had the opportunity of visiting Venezuela where I attended the national conference of “Class Struggle” (Lucha de Clases), the Venezuelan section of the International Marxist Tendency. Continue reading

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Venezuela’s Chavez Announces Wage Increase for Doctors, Maintains Executive Cabinet

In his first Council of Ministers meeting since returning from Cuba, yesterday Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced a 30% wage increase for doctors working in the country’s public health sector, the formal appointment of the country’s first Minister of Youth and Students, and the ratification of all acting ministers in their positions.

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Cuba can cope without Chávez

Venezuela is its biggest ally and trading partner, but Cuba is far stronger than it was in 1989. It will survive regardless of Chávez
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Venezuela Celebrates 200 Years of Independence

Today Venezuelans have been celebrating 200 years of independence with formal ceremonies and cultural events around the country, as well as a giant civic-military parade in Caracas.
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[Part II] One Interview, Two Voices: A Look at Venezuela Today

A year and a half before Venezuela’s December 2012 presidential elections, the debate has already begun. As is often the case, both pro-Chavez and opposition forces are discussing their views amongst themselves, and not with each other. Continue reading

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A Brilliant and Corageous Statement

Attending to other matters that are now top priority, I momentarily strayed from the frequency with which I had been writing reflections in the year 2010; however, Hugo Chávez Frías’ proclamation last Thursday the 30th, obliges me to write these lines.
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Chomsky Says UK Guardian Article "Quite Deceptive" about his Chavez Criticism

There was no missing the glee with which Rory Carroll reported in the UK Guardian that “speaking to the Observer last week, Chomsky has accused the socialist leader [Hugo Chavez] of amassing too much power and of making an ‘assault’ on Venezuela’s democracy.”
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