War on Drugs

Lauren McCauley, staff writer
President Obama told the Huffington Post in a recent interview, pictured here, that he plans to use his pardon and clemency powers "more aggressively," with particular focus on cases that represent "the broader issues that we face, particularly around nonviolent drug offenses." (Image via Huffington Post_
U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday granted clemency to 22 individuals serving "outdated" drug sentences. "Had they been sentenced under current laws and policies, many of these individuals would have already served their time and paid their debt to society," White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in a statement . "Because many were convicted...
Thalif Deen, IPS News
As the call for the decriminalization of drugs steadily picks up steam...
Democracy Now!
As President Obama seeks $27.6 billion for federal drug control programs in his...


After five years of Mexico's bloody, ineffective war on drugs, over half the population feel unsafe in their neighborhoods and activist residents are turning to grassroots art projects to fight the violence. Those with "credentials of blood" are publishing Portraits for Peace , making videos to share stories, and, inspired by street artist JR , putting up huge photographic portraits of victims to put people "in the shoes of the other."