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Rethinking global drug policies

A new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy, released by Commission members including former presidents and other heavyweights in New York last week, attempts to visualize a post “War on Drugs” landscape in an era where the 50-year-old policy is widely regarded as a failure and where experimentation is gathering momentum. ...

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Finance, Ferguson and Orr

Week 76 of the Occupation of Detroit By Shea Howell Special to The Michigan Citizen  Governor Rick Snyder, his Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and the corporate interests who back them all breathed a sigh of relief last week as Syncora blinked. The bond insurer agreed to support the bankruptcy plan. David Heiman, a Jones Day attorney, told Judge Steven Rhodes these “passionate adversaries” have “laid down the s ...

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What would Coleman Young say?

In his 1994 autobiography written with Lonnie Wheeler, “The Hard Stuff,” Young warned Detroit about what the loss of the water department and other assets would mean for the city. The transfer of DWSD to a suburban authority signifies — as the transfer, outsourcing and outright sale of other city assets — a shifting, or transfer of power from Detroit, resulting in a redistribution of wealth. ...

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