HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Latest Breaking News (Forum) » George Soros backs Guatem...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:01 PM

George Soros backs Guatemalan president's call to end war on drugs

Source: Guardian

George Soros backs Guatemalan president's call to end war on drugs

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros said the war on drugs had endangered political stability and security in many countries

Graeme Wearden in Davos
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 January 2013 12.53 EST

George Soros has thrown his support behind the president of Guatemala's efforts to end the war on drugs.

Soros, who is best know for leading a run on the pound in 1992 that forced the UK out of the European exchange rate mechanism, said at the World Economic Forum in Davos that world leaders had their best chance in at least two decades to rethink their approach to drugs.

"Drug policy has endangered political stability and security in many countries, and not just in Latin America," he said, citing Mali as one of several African countries to suffer.

Soros told a press conference that austerity was encouraging politicians, even in the US, to rethink the war on drugs. "Incarceration is hugely expensive The cost of alternatives is smaller than the cost of incarceration," he said.


Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2013/jan/23/george-soros-guatemala-war-on-drugs

4 replies, 1029 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 4 replies Author Time Post
Reply George Soros backs Guatemalan president's call to end war on drugs (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jan 2013 OP
think Jan 2013 #1
Cirque du So-What Jan 2013 #2
SamKnause Jan 2013 #3
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 #4

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:04 PM

1. "Drug policy has endangered political stability and security in many countries"

A profoundly damning statement by Mr. Soros as to the merits of our war on drugs......

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jan 23, 2013, 02:08 PM

2. HOO-boy!

This is gonna raise more than a few freeper hackles.

40+ years in, and drugs have proliferated at an exponential rate, thanks in part to US government policies - both above-board and clandestine - that exacerbated the situation.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 02:33 AM

3. Drug policy

All informed and sane people are in favor of ending the 'Fake and Failed War on Drugs'.

A country that can not keep drugs out of it's own prison system should have no say in the matter.

A country that built it's prison system because of the drug wars should have no say in the matter.

A country that ignores study after study from around the globe should have no say in the matter.

A country who has infested over 80 countries with it's own corrupt and failed agency, the DEA, should have no say in the matter.

A country that fines banks for laundering drug money instead of incarcerating them should have no say in the matter.

A country that has incarcerated millions decade after decade for a drug that has never caused a single documented case of death should have no say in the matter.

No one should listen to anything the United States has to say about the war on drugs !!!!!!

Portugal should be the model all countries follow !!!!!!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 12:59 PM

4. Soros is a major funder of the US drug reform movement.

This is nothing new for him.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread