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    At least 80 dead in Philippines war on drugs

    Reuters, Published on 18/08/2017

    » MANILA -- Police killed at least 13 people in Manila on the third night of an escalation in President Rodrigo Duterte's ruthless war on drugs and crime, taking the toll for one of the bloodiest weeks so far to 80, Reuters witnesses and media reported on Friday.

  • OPINION

    Updating the war on drugs

    News, Editorial, Published on 22/11/2016

    » Governments and security agencies worldwide are always trying to catch up with society. Nothing illustrates this like the global rethink on the four-decade war on drugs. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya continues to look for a policy that somehow acknowledges both a common disgust with the "war", and the fact that the public is becoming better educated and more tolerant of its actual dangers.

  • LIFESTYLE

    The War on drugs

    Life, Bernard Trink, Published on 09/05/2016

    » Drugs are a trillion-dollar business and the so-called War on Drugs is under-financed. So much is paid to the powers that be to turn a blind eye that those who fight the good fight deserve the credit they get when busting a drug ring.

  • NEWS

    Cooperate to capture big fish, agency says

    News, Kornchanok Raksaseri, Published on 11/05/2017

    » Thailand should work with its neighbours to bag drug kingpins instead of chasing dealers, users or mid-management players to truly solve narcotics problems in the region, according to senior officials at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

  • LEARNING

    Dangerous malaria drugs

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 07/12/2011

    » Malaria resistance to drug treatment is on the rise in Southeast Asia. Drugs from China, India & Vietnam that don't follow WHO standards is the reason.

  • NEWS

    Government 'won't legalise' meth

    News, King-oua Laohong, Published on 23/06/2016

    » Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has confirmed the government will not legalise methamphetamine, but will remove it from the dangerous narcotic drugs list that includes hard drugs such as heroin.

  • LEARNING

    War on drugs, without extrajudicial killing

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 09/06/2011

    » This time all parties are renouncing the mass-killing of Thaksin's war on drugs in their anti-drug policies.

  • LEARNING

    War on Drugs, again?

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 25/05/2011

    » Yingluck's brother Thaksin "had a war on drugs that left, 2,700 people dead. That's the equivalent of 30 Ratchaprasongs."

  • LEARNING

    Thai-US Free Trade Agreements and lifesaving drugs

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 08/12/2010

    » Trade opportunities that Thailand might gain from a Free Trade Agreement with the US have to be weighed against increased cost of life-saving drugs which might well become less accessible.

  • OPINION

    Seize the drugs nettle

    News, Editorial, Published on 05/04/2016

    » A recent series of arrests and seizures by anti-drug forces is a rare ray of optimism in the fight for a rational drug-control policy. But they also revived serious questions and brought more confusion to the problem. It is clear that some countries in the region are keen to take more responsibility while suffering more losses than others. And it seems while authorities have a somewhat tenuous handle on who is controlling drug trafficking, efforts to deal with the kingpins are ineffective at best.

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