Dec 14, 2014

Jumblatt in joint statement: legalize hash in Lebanon

Lebanon’s controversial and outspoken Druze leader, Walid Jumblatt, called in a “joint statement” Saturday for the cultivation of marijuana to be legalized. “It’s time to allow hash to be grown and to overturn arrest warrants against people sought for doing so,” the veteran politician ...

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Dec 9, 2014

Methamphetamine use soars in Iran as lifestyles speed up

Women in headscarves and men in tatty clothes puff on a glass pipe as smoke swirls around their faces. The pictures published by Iranian media and blogs in recent months are a sign of a new drug epidemic: shishe, or methamphetamine. Shishe means “glass” ...

Family demands justice after Mexican student's body identified

Dec 8, 2014

Family demands justice after Mexican student's body identified

The family of the first victim identified among 43 missing Mexican students lamented the dashed dreams of the aspiring teacher, calling for justice in the case that has shocked the country. Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam confirmed that Alexander Mora, 19, was identified among ...

Dec 8, 2014

In Colorado, pot dining on shaky legal ground

Acclaimed chef Chris Lanter is talking through a demonstration on cooking with marijuana. As he prepares steak au poivre, he describes how to deglaze the pan with pot-infused brandy, and how to pair marijuana with fine foods. One catch though — there’s no actual ...

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

Dec 5, 2014

Medellin now known for holiday glitz, glow, not drugs

by Beth J. Harpazap

Medellin for Christmas vacation? Si, si! The city once wracked by drug violence has undergone massive social and economic transformation, and it’s now known in tourist circles for spectacular Christmas light displays that veil churches, buildings, parks and even the Medellin River with glittering ...

Dec 2, 2014

HIV may evolve to cause AIDS less frequently

HIV may be evolving to become less aggressive, suggesting that one day it may infect humans without causing AIDS. Women with HIV in South Africa are more likely to have AIDS than a similar group in Botswana, where the disease arrived a decade earlier. ...

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

Nov 30, 2014

In Peru, whip-cracking vigilantes serve up justice

by Frank Bajak

The standard “peacemaker” in the highland Peruvian provincial capital of Cajamarca is a whip fashioned from the twisted sinew of a bull penis. It gets a lot of respect. So do the well-organized bands of citizen vigilantes who wield it. Their rise over the ...

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Nov 20, 2014

Utah reconsiders firing squads amid shortages in lethal drugs

Ten years after banning the use of firing squads in state executions, Utah state lawmakers on Wednesday endorsed a proposal to allow the practice again to avoid problems with lethal-injection drugs. The proposal from would call for a firing squad if the state cannot ...