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7 slain in Mexico police stations. The two Acapulco attacks are carried out by gunmen dressed as soldiers. Authorities see a link to drug cartels.

Location: 
Acapulco, GRO
Mexico
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexshooting7feb07,1,241860.story?coll=la-headlines-world

Venezuela Shirks Money From U.S. 'Devil' to Fight Drugs

Location: 
Caracas
Venezuela
Publication/Source: 
Fox News
URL: 
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250682,00.html

GOP lawmakers press Bush on Afghanistan

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Publication/Source: 
Los Angeles Times
URL: 
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-drugwar7feb07,1,6836767.story?coll=la-headlines-world

A Cohesive Strategy for the Future of Afghanistan: Reconciling Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction Efforts"

The Senlis Council, in collaboration with The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), will be holding a symposium on “A Cohesive Strategy for the Future of Afghanistan: Reconciling Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction Efforts.” The symposium will seek to make recommendations on how to reconcile the Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction strands of the effort in Afghanistan. A post-symposium report with main findings and policy recommendations will be published by The Senlis Council and IISS in spring 2007. Keynote speakers: Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander, NATO-International Security Assistance Force General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of Defence, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ms. Norine MacDonald QC, President and Lead Field Researcher for Afghanistan, The Senlis Council Speakers: Mr. Peter Bergen, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation Dr. Patrick Cronin, Director of Studies, IISS Ambassador James Dobbins, Director of the International Security and Defence Policy Centre, RAND Dr. David Kilcullen, Chief Strategist, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US State Department Ms. Elizabeth Kvitashvili, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID Mullah Taj Mohammad Mujahid, Chairman, Counter-Narcotics Committee, Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ms. Hawa Alam Nuristani, Member, International Affairs Committee, Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Larry Sampler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Analyses For further information and to consult the programme, please visit http://www.senliscouncil.net/modules/events/IISS_conference or http://www.iiss.org/events-calendar/this-month/symposium-richards-wardak...
Date: 
Wed, 02/14/2007 - 11:00pm
Location: 
London
United Kingdom

Press Release: A Senlis Council Symposium -- "A Cohesive Strategy for the Future of Afghanistan"

A Cohesive Strategy for the Future of Afghanistan: Reconciling Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction Efforts Wednesday, 14 February 2007 Arundel House, London The Senlis Council, in collaboration with The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), will be holding a symposium on “A Cohesive Strategy for the Future of Afghanistan: Reconciling Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction Efforts”, on 14 February 2007 at 11:00am at Arundel House in London. The symposium will seek to make recommendations on how to reconcile the Counter-Insurgency, Counter-Narcotics and Reconstruction strands of the effort in Afghanistan. A post-symposium report with main findings and policy recommendations will be published by The Senlis Council and IISS in spring 2007. Keynote speakers: Lieutenant General David Richards, Commander, NATO-International Security Assistance Force General Abdul Rahim Wardak, Minister of Defence, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ms Norine MacDonald QC, President and Lead Field Researcher for Afghanistan, The Senlis Council Speakers: Mr Peter Bergen, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation Dr Patrick Cronin, Director of Studies, IISS Ambassador James Dobbins, Director of the International Security and Defence Policy Centre, RAND Dr David Kilcullen, Chief Strategist, Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism, US State Department Ms Elizabeth Kvitashvili, Director, Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, USAID Mullah Taj Mohammad Mujahid, Chairman, Counter-Narcotics Committee, Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Ms Hawa Alam Nuristani, Member, International Affairs Committee, Parliament of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr Larry Sampler, Senior Fellow, Institute for Defence Analyses For further information and to consult the programme, please visit http://www.senliscouncil.net/modules/events/IISS_conference or http://www.iiss.org/events-calendar/this-month/symposium-richards-wardak...
Location: 
London
United Kingdom

Op-Ed: Limits on drugs a boon to cartels

Location: 
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Daily Breeze (CA)
URL: 
http://www.dailybreeze.com/opinion/articles/5574261.html

Southwest Asia: British Conservatives Call for Afghan Opium to Be Licensed, Converted to Pharmaceuticals, Not Destroyed

As they prepare for pending elections, British Conservatives have joined the call for licensing of the Afghan opium crop. The move comes just days after the British Medical Association called for Afghan opium to be processed into heroin and prescribed to addicts.

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the opium trader's wares (photo by Chronicle editor Phil Smith during September 2005 visit to Afghanistan)
The US and its NATO allies in Afghanistan have an official policy of eradicating the country's poppy crop, but given the potential dangers of pushing opium farmers into the waiting arms of the Taliban, politicians and officials across Europe are increasingly seeking other options. A 2005 proposal by the European defense and drug policy think tank the Senlis Council to license the crop and divert into the legitimate medicinal market has proved to be a convenient starting off point for those seeking alternatives to eradication.

Conservative leader Lord Howell told parliament last week that the "very dangerous" policy of eradication was "just not working." He said alternatives like licensing the crop needed to be looked at. "The more we try to eradicate, the more poppies seem to get grown," he said. "Trying to stop poor farmers growing poppies to survive and live and feed their families is going to be almost impossible," he said.

Lord Howell's comments came just days after the British Medical Association argued that Afghan opium could be used to help deal with a shortage of prescription heroin, or diamorphine, Dr Vivienne Nathanson, the BMA's head of science and ethics, told the BBC. "If we actually were harvesting this drug from Afghanistan rather than destroying it, we'd be benefiting the population of Afghanistan as well as helping patients and not putting people at risk," said Nathanson. "There must be ways of harvesting it and making sure that the harvest safely reaches the drug industry which would then refine it into diamorphine," she suggested. "It should be possible, and really Government and the international groups that are in Afghanistan should be looking at this and saying how can we convert it from being an illicit crop to a legal crop that is medicinally useful."

Afghanistan losing war on drugs, general says

Location: 
London
United Kingdom
Publication/Source: 
Baltimore Sun
URL: 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nationworld/bal-te.afghandrugs04feb04,0,1453666.story?coll=bal-nationworld-headlines

Op-Ed: Destroying poppies isn't path to Afghan stability

Location: 
Philadelphia, PA
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Philadelphia Inquirer
URL: 
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/editorial/16602379.htm

Peruvian Chef Looks Beyond Cocaine to Create Coca-Leaf Cuisine

Location: 
United States
Publication/Source: 
Bloomberg
URL: 
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aKlq5opQhVFY&refer=muse

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