War on Drugs

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer
Protesters in close to 50 American cities on Wednesday rallied in solidarity with Mexicans who are demanding an end to state-sanctioned violence and relief from the failed international drug war that has left more than 100,000 dead and 25,000 people missing. The demonstrations were spurred by the disappearance and presumed execution of 43 student-...
Sarah Lazare, staff writer
Study finds that, following decriminalization policies in Portugal, users have faced better "health outcomes," including a reduction in HIV and AIDS cases. (Photo: M.A. Cabrera Luengo/flickr/cc)
There is no "clear correlation" between tough-on-drugs laws and lower drug use...
Andrea Germanos, staff writer
Opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan are at a record high, though the...


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."