Historic Step by Leaders of the Americas toward Alternatives to the War on Drugs

first_img The previous day, he had declared himself ready to debate drug use in his country and the southward flow of money and weapons. In Obama’s view, “it is wholly appropriate for us to discuss this issue.” “I’m not somebody who believes that legalization is a path to solving this problem, but I do think that we can constantly ask ourselves, ‘Are there additional steps we can take to be more creative?’” he said. The 6th Summit of the Americas “agreed on the need to analyze the results of the current (anti-drug) policy and explore new approaches, in order to strengthen this fight and in order to be more effective,” the event’s host, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, said at the summit’s conclusion. In the Caribbean port of Cartagena on April 14 and 15, the leaders of the Americas took a historic step in deciding to conduct studies on alternatives to the war on drugs promoted by the United States, which has led to tens of thousands of deaths in the region over the last 40 years. U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to engage in dialogue, although he made clear that he is opposed to decriminalizing drugs. By Dialogo April 17, 2012 Santos praised the “honesty” of debate at the summit and said that “no one dared to put the issue of drugs on the table.” He highlighted that the 31 leaders of the Americas in attendance gave a mandate to the Organization of American States (OAS) to begin that process. Nevertheless, he assessed “that the road will be a long one, because it’s necessary to denounce international conventions.” Ignacio Cano, a researcher at the Violence Analysis Laboratory of Rio de Janeiro State University, stated for his part that this is a very significant decision, because “20 years ago, this topic was practically prohibited. Just five years ago, former presidents began to talk about the issue, and today, it’s presidents in office who are bringing it up.” Santos, for his part, said that “all options are open. The OAS is going to have a series of scenarios that need to be studied, that need to be analyzed with experts.” Central America is suffering the onslaughts of the drug cartels, which in response to the war unleashed in Colombia, with U.S. assistance, in 2000 and the one launched in Mexico by President Felipe Calderón five years ago, have found new territory there for routing Colombian and Peruvian cocaine to the United States. In 2011 alone, 20,000 people died as a consequence of violence linked to drug trafficking in the isthmus, which has 40 million inhabitants.last_img read more

Ibrahimovic on the largest Swedish Banknote!

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic almost has legendary status in his homeland. Besides having a statute of him built in front of a stadium in Stockholm, the best offensive soccer player in Swedish history got another artistic installation dedicated to him.Namely, his portrait is on the 1,000 Swedish krone banknote, the largest Swedish banknote, according to Goal.comIbra revealed that information by posting a photograph on Instagram with the caption “You have Benjamin Franklin and you have me,” alluding to the most popular banknote in the world, the 100 US dollar one.Unfortunately, Ibrahimovic won’t be able to spend it in a store in Sweden since the banknote with his portrait isn’t a legal tender but rather the work of Swedish artist Binge Rimer; however, perhaps they’ll print a “real” Ibrahimovic in Sweden soon.(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more

McNeese Wins Its First Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship

first_imgThe Lady Demons had gotten back in the match after trailing 1-0 following the doubles point. NSU’s Polina Ivanova handled the Cowgirls’ Sarah Jurakova at the No. 2 line 6-2, 6-1 to even the score at one apiece early, but it was the play at the No. 5 and No. 6 lines that pushed the Cowgirls to the tournament victory. BOX SCORE | HIGHLIGHTSBEAUMONT, TEXAS – For the first time in program history, McNeese’s women’s tennis is the Southland Conference Tournament Champion. It looked as if Hannah Brett was going to clinch the victory for the Cowgirls at the No. 3 line, contesting Emilija Dancetovic in a tight battle in the third set. The two had split the first two sets 6-1 each way and Brett was leading 5-4 when Fioretti registered the fourth and final team point for McNeese. McNeese went ahead 2-1 when Phonexay Chitdara defeated Kateryna Avram 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 6 flight. She turned to court five to see teammate Charoline Erlandsson put away Judit Castillo 6-4, 6-2 just three minutes later. Junior Giovanna Fioretti slammed the final point past Northwestern State’s Polina Mutel to close the top-line match 6-4, 6-1 and punch the Cowgirls’ ticket to the NCAA Tournament. Fioretti earned the point after the Cowgirls had clinched points at the bottom two lines. The top-seeded Cowgirls defeated No. 3 Northwestern State 4-1 on Sunday to lift the 2018 Southland Women’s Tennis Tournament Championship at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas. The 2018 NCAA Selection Show is set for Tuesday at 4 p.m. CT on NCAA.com. The Cowgirls are making its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament.last_img read more