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Summit of the Americas - what happened to the liberalisation agenda?

There's real hope that something is moving in the drug prohibition world. There's a great overview of the politics and figures pushing for change in this New York Review of Books blog piece here:
http://www.nybooks.com/blogs/nyrblog/2012/apr/12/latin-america-end-drug-war/
It includes the unlikely figure of a conservative Guatemalan general turned politician and now President who wants to end the war - like "Nixon in China", points out the blog post: if there's going to be change, it has to come from the least likely quarter, because only then is it clear that change is really necessary.

The Summit of the Americas was last week-end, and produced this slight damp-squib as a communique on the drugs question:
http://www.summit-americas.org/SIRG/2012/041412/ReunionDROGAS_EN.pdf

So ... all eyes on June 25/26 for the International Conference of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Specialized National Agencies on the World Drug Problem to be held in Lima, Peru.

(Couple of more video extracts in the pipeline ... uploading has been slow!)
AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd. Natalia Andres Lopez and another relative mourn on the coffin containing the body of her cousin Elmer Constantino Castro Andrés at an Air Force base in Guatemala City, March 21, ...
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as long as the Prison Industrial Complex exist in the U.S. the "War on Drugs" and all of it's hardships will never change or end
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