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UN Backs Drug Decriminalization In World Drug Report

In DRUGS, UNITED NATIONS on 24/06/2009 at 8:04 AM

In an about face, the United Nations on Wednesday lavishly praised drug decriminalization in its annual report on the state of global drug policy. In previous years, the UN drug czar had expressed skepticism about Portugal’s decriminalization, which removed criminal penalties in 2001 for personal drug possession and emphasized treatment over incarceration. The UN had suggested the policy was in violation of international drug treaties and would encourage “drug tourism”. But in its 2009 World Drug Report, the UN had little but kind words for Portugal’s radical (by U.S. standards) approach… Huffington Post

Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA

In NUCLEAR, UNITED NATIONS on 28/05/2009 at 2:56 PM

Fifty years ago, on 28 May 1959, the World Health Organisation’s assembly voted into force an obscure but important agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency – the United Nations “Atoms for Peace” organisation, founded just two years before in 1957. The effect of this agreement has been to give the IAEA an effective veto on any actions by the WHO that relate in any way to nuclear power – and so prevent the WHO from playing its proper role in investigating and warning of the dangers of nuclear radiation on human health. The WHO’s objective is to promote “the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health”, while the IAEA’s mission is to “accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world”… The Guardian

Blix to testify against Iraq war makers?

In AMERICA, IRAQ, UNITED NATIONS on 26/12/2008 at 10:49 AM

A former UN chief weapons inspector says he is ready to testify about the false US allegations which led to the Iraq war before a tribunal. Hans Blix, in a Sunday interview with Al Jazeera television said he and the Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Mohamed ElBaradei, were subjected to implicit threats from US Vice President Dick Cheney in the run-up to the Iraq war. The former top UN inspector said Cheney had also threatened to defame ElBaradei and him if they refused to provide the “required” information on Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction… Réseau Voltaire