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Issue No. 2167

“The only way to reduce violence in Mexico, Brazil or anywhere else is to legalise the production, supply and consumption of all drugs.”
Maria Lúcia Karam, a former judge who has joined the advocacy group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition on the turn against the US backed war on drugs in Latin America

“There has perhaps never been a better opportunity to harness the full potential of our world-class defence and security industrial base and use it as one of the paths out of recession.”
Mike Turner, chairman of the Defence Industries Council

“Tough enforcement against offenders is critical if we are to change the culture around problem drinking.”
Jeremy Beadles, chief executive of the Wine and Spirit Trade Association

“How many times can you spin a new crackdown without tackling the causes of offending behaviour? It will be jellybean ASBOs for sugared-up kids next.”
Isabella Sankey, director of policy for Liberty, the civil liberties campaign group

“Firebombing is not a British method – a brick through the window is a British method.”
BNP councillor Pat Richardson reponds to a hate campaign against a Muslim man in Loughton, Essex

“There’s broad agreement that for many years, our effort in Afghanistan has been under-resourced.”
Robert Gibbs, the White House press secretary

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Tue 1 Sep 2009, 19:16 BST
Issue No. 2167
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