The Kathmandu Post, 10 Mar 2015 - Opium farming and trafficking have flourished in remote villages of Makawanpur district in recent times following the inability of concerned authorities to come up with effective measures to prevent local farmers from indulging in cultivation of such illegal crops. The local authorities have been unable to check illegal cultivation of opium and marijuana in the remote villages despite frequent police campaigns to destroy these illegal crops. The failure is largely attributed to the inability of security personnel to reach the remote parts of the district to destroy marijuana and opium plantation and arrest those involved in its production and trafficking.
Jakarta Post, 07 Mar 2015 - MAKASSAR - Over the last few weeks we have witnessed, or perhaps been involved in, a fierce debate about drugs and how to deal with drug abuse, drug dealing and the accompanying issues in Indonesia. The polemic in particular turned emotional, since drug use is a sensitive issue. The controversy was triggered by the execution of nine convicted drug traffickers, including foreign nationals, and the handing down of death sentences to 10 others shortly thereafter.
Jakarta Post, 07 Mar 2015 - Life sentences for drug convicts have proven to be ineffective in Indonesia. After many years of delaying the execution of drug convicts - the execution of Australians Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan has been postponed for almost a decade - drug trafficking still lingers. Life sentences never prevent drug traffickers from continuing their businesses. The case of the Nusakambangan prisoners Sartoni and Sutrisno was an obvious example that drug trafficking gets worse day after day. It is strange that they could manage such prohibited businesses from the prison.
Straits Times, 01 Mar 2015 - Jakarta (AFP) - An Indonesian funeral home has reportedly prepared at least 10 caskets for police ahead of the planned execution of death-row convicts, including two Australian drug smugglers whose sentences have strained the country's relations with Canberra. The report came as Indonesia announced yesterday that it had on Friday night deported Ms Candace Sutton, a reporter for Australia's Daily Mail, as she had interviewed without a proper visa a relative of one of the Australian convicts in the coastal town of Cilacap.
Jerusalem Post, 15 Feb 2015 - "You know, it's a funny thing, every one of the bastards that are out for legalizing marijuana is Jewish. What the Christ is the matter with the Jews, Bob, what is the matter with them?" That was President Richard Nixon speaking to his top aide, H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, during a recorded White House meeting back in 1971.
Manila Standard Today, 09 Feb 2015 - NEW Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived on his first state visit to the Philippines on Sunday, even as the fate of a Filipina facing execution for drug smuggling in his country hovers over planned talks. Widodo arrived at the Villamor Air Base at 5 pm at the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.
Cebu Daily News, 09 Feb 2015 - THE Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Commission (CPADAC) called on municipal and city governments in the province last week to strictly monitor the hiring of employees. Joey Herrera, CPADAC executive director, said their random drug tests conducted from March 31, 2014 to January 20 this year showed that 3.5 percent of local government employees tested positive for drug use.
The National, 08 Feb 2015 - DUBAI - A four-year jail sentence given to a 25-year-old British woman for consuming hashish was overturned on Sunday. The woman's lawyer, Saeed Al Ghilani, told the Dubai Court of Appeal that his client was prescribed medicinal marijuana because she has bipolar disorder.
Sydney Morning Herald, 08 Feb 2015 - Prisoners in Bali's Kerobokan jail are petrified they will be abandoned by the world after their mentors and advocates Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are killed this month. While the art, computer, bible and cooking classes co-ordinated by Sukumaran and Chan are well documented, few on the outside are aware of the advocacy role the men have played in the prison over many years.
Mindanao Times, 06 Feb 2015 - THE MANDATORY drug and neuro-psychiatric tests required on 8,000 public school teachers was the result of the Department of Education's rationalization plan that transferred health care to the City Health Office. In an interview Thursday at the DepEd divisions schools office, administrator Gerard Pil said it was the CHO that mandated the mandatory tests for the teachers since the agency no longer has a medical office to take care of their well-being.