Asia-Pacific, Afghanistan, Editor's Choice
Asia-Pacific, Philippines, Human Rights
Since the US invasion of Afghanistan, drug production has exploded to a staggering 35 times of what it used to be in 2001. According to UNODC report, the country provides for around 90% of the world’s heroin, not to mention other drugs, such as morphine, of the poppy.
Science & Tech, World
The Philippines has been known as the only Christian country in Asia. This means that for the longest time, it has committed to living up to the characteristics of “Christian” it tags itself with.
World, Editor's Choice
Ayahuasca, which is also called “yage” or “iowaska” is a plant-based mixture that is usually brewed to give users a hallucinatory ‘journey’. Ayahuasca is an entheogenic brew that is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of Amazonia. Some of them say that they get instructions of preparing ayahuasca right from the plants and the spirits of the plants.
Asia-Pacific, Philippines, Human Rights, Politics
Though drugs have been recorded to have been used for as long as time has existed by both humans and animals, they are misunderstood by everyone from law enforcement to the general public.
Americas, USA, Human Rights
“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support” – Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said during his speech in Davao in early July pertaining to the eradication of drug trade in the country.
Americas, USA, Science & Tech, World
Black Lives Matter has been one of the huge hot-button topics to many Americans of all different races in the past several years. BLM gained massive media attention after the death of Michael Brown at the hands of officer Darren Wilson.
In 1937, a popular substance known as Cannabis became illegal in all 50 of the United States. Nearly 100 years later, this previously popular substance still faces widespread prohibition and hundreds of thousands of people charged with possession and sale of the substance face jail time every year.
While the governments of many western countries and indeed the UN seem to be slowly coming to the conclusion that the war on drugs is a lost cause, East Asian nations are persisting with draconian policies including harsh jail terms for simple possession and routine use of the death penalty for trafficking illegal substances. But is it all bad news?