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  • The Radicals Were Always Right: Now Is the Time to Decriminalize All Drugs

    By Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report

    Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)Marijuana legalization advocates and members of community groups attend a rally in front of One Police Plaza on June 13, 2012, in New York City. (Photo: Spencer Platt / Getty Images)

    Treating drug users as whole people with human rights rather than as criminals used to be considered a radical act but that is changing. Mass incarceration and a far-reaching opioid crisis are forcing even former anti-drug crusaders to consider tackling addition as a health issue rather than a criminal one.

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  • International Labor Organization's Convention 169 Helps Legalize Land Grabs on Indigenous Territories

    International Labor Organization's Convention 169 Helps Legalize Land Grabs on Indigenous Territories

    By Renata Bessi and Santiago Navarro F., Truthout | Report

    The International Labor Organization's Convention 169 establishes that the rights of Indigenous peoples in relation to natural resources must be protected, but it does not grant them exclusive rights over those resources. Many in Costa Rica assert that consultations with the government are just tools used to legitimize resource extraction.

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  • Rallying Cry: Youth Must Stand Up to Defend Democracy

    Rallying Cry: Youth Must Stand Up to Defend Democracy

    By Henry Giroux, The Conversation | Op-Ed

    The social contract is shrinking: war has become normalized, environmental protections are being dismantled, fear has become the new national anthem, and more and more people, especially young people, are being written out of democracy's script. Yet around world, the spirit of resistance on the part of young people is coming alive once again as they reject growing racism, Islamaphobia, militarism and authoritarianism.

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