Monthly Archives: October 2012

An Interview with Fariba Nawa

Fariba Nawa is an award-winning Afghan-American journalist and the author of the book ‘Opium Nation: Child Brides, Drug Lords and One Woman’s Journey Through Afghanistan’, a mix of memoir and reportage about the drug trade in Afghanistan. In this interview, … Continue reading

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A discussion with Eka Iakobishvili from Harm Reduction International

Eka Iakobishvili is a Human Rights Analyst at Harm Reduction International. Her work focuses  on harm reduction and human rights in prisons and places of detention, and related criminal justice issues in European and Central Asian countries. It was a … Continue reading

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The real link between drug use and sex work

In popular consciousness, sex work is often blamed on drug use. One common view is that the drug dealer who approaches a young and innocent girl, makes her addicted to drugs and pushes her into sex work. Another stereotype is … Continue reading

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Pregnant Women Shackled in US Prisons

In the US, some states still shackle incarcerated pregnant women before, during and after giving birth. It is unbelievable that in the so-called civilised world practices such as chackling pregnant women during labour still exist.  And yet, the United States … Continue reading

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Moments of Infinity

Have you ever felt like you are reaching a point, a subtle, sudden, short point hard to describe where you feel free? Where the time ceases to exist and there is just you, your presence in the world and the … Continue reading

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The criminalization of peaceful protest: on both sides of the atlantic

In April of last year, 12 AIDS activists were arrested in Washington DC and charged with unlawful conduct. The protesters had decided to gather outside House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s office in order to protest against republican cuts to HIV/AIDS … Continue reading

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An interview with Monica Barratt

I interviewed Monica Barratt in March of 2012 for TalkingDrugs. Here is the whole piece: Monica Barratt is a Melbourne-based research fellow at the National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University, Australia. Her PhD thesis, which has just been passed, was … Continue reading

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Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault: Who is it to blame?

DFSA: What is it? DFSA (Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault) is one common form of sexual assault, commonly known as drug rape, that has seen growing patterns in the last years. DFSA is a phenomenon that has not received the adequate … Continue reading

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Women in US prison cells: more studies confirm the absurdity

The United States of America puts thousands of women in prison, more women than any other country globally. Incarcerated women constitute more than one tenth of the whole prison population. More than one million women are behind bars or in … Continue reading

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Female imprisonment in the US: more and more women behind bars

The United States of America is the country with the highest rates of incarceration in the world. Despite the fact that it comprises only 5 per cent of the world’s population, it accounts for nearly 25 per cent of the … Continue reading

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