Philippines: Doom and Gloom in the Age of Rodrigo Duterte

Now that 2016 is over, it is slowly dawning on the world that its horrors are far from finished. We all knew it, of course, but few were brave enough to admit it. The year that brought so much pain and suffering, eroded what we’ve taken to be sacred for so long, and killed our darlings by the boatload, was no self-contained aberration. It was just the beginning.

There are those who have tried to be optimistic about the future, and they should be applauded for that. Indeed, it is certainly true that within the drug policy realm at least, there is much to be optimistic about. Canada will legalise and regulate cannabis this year, as will California. Harm reduction measures are taking hold across the planet. There are even parts of the UK which are not quite as backward as the whole.

But beware, all of the...

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