Manila Standard Today, 27 Oct 2014 - SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union--Composite teams of police and drug enforcement agents uprooted and destroyed marijuana plants and seedlings worth P6.6 million in a two-day marijuana-eradication drive in Ilocos Sur, a senior official said on Sunday. Chief Supt. Roman Felix, police regional director, said various teams backed by armed forces intelligence agents fanned out to locate and destroy the plants in Barangay Licungan, Sugpon, Ilocos Sur and destroyed 24,770 fully grown plants and 34,100 seedlings in several plantation sites.
Jerusalem Post, 30 Sep 2014 - ABU DHABI (Reuters) - An escalation of political turmoil in Yemen, one of the poorest countries in the world, risks aggravating an already dire food security situation, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said on Monday. Shi'ite rebels seized the Yemeni capital Sanaa this month, prompting President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi to warn of a drift toward civil war in a country long riven by deep political, religious and tribal divisions.
The Nation, 13 Sep 2014 - The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in which they participated. Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary- general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz, former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious, powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.
Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Sep 2014 - BEIJING: A number of Australians are facing the death penalty in China after being charged with serious drug offences. The Department of Foreign Affairs said an unspecified number of Australians had been detained, but it would not reveal any further detail on specific cases.