Winning Portugal’s war on drugs with a policy gamble
28 November 2021 | 8:37 am
Twenty years ago, Portugal was plagued with heroin addiction and HIV infections. The country decided to take a new approach to the problem, becoming the first in the world to decriminalise drug taking. Since then, drug users are no longer treated as criminals to be locked up in jail, but as people who need medical care and supervision. The gamble has paid off, as our team found out.
Tucked away in the north-eastern corner of Argentina is Ibera park, the world's second-largest wetland. Much of its wildlife vanished during the 20th century due to hunting and aggressive agricultural practices. But over the past 15 years, scientists and conservationists have taken a gamble to "rewild" the area by reintroducing endangered or previously extinct native species, including anteaters, scarlet macaws and even jaguars. The initiative is proving beneficial for both the environment and local communities. Our correspondents report.
Wearing military fatigues and makeup to appear paler, a group of Libyan students performed the roles of 'dead soldiers', figures from a play exploring the tragedies and deceptions of war, in Libya's coastal city of Misrata. Published in 2017 by Saudi author Yasser al-Madkhali, the play 'Victory or death or Both' was revisited by Libyan director Rabih al-Ubaidi.
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The court fined the foundation that owns Wikpedia for refusing to remove articles about Russia's invasion of Ukraine, war crimes in Bucha and related topics.
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