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2021/01/13 | Taiwan Insight

The Problem of Taiwan’s Lost-Contact Migrant Workers’ ‘Illicit Enjoyment’

Financially strained, migrant workers in Taiwan can turn to cheap drugs and alcohol after a day of backbreaking work.

2017/02/07 | Anthea McCarthy-Jones

Shining Light on the Pacific’s Dark Networks

Pacific Island nations have increasingly become transit hubs for large shipments of illicit drugs. Intelligence-gathering activities targeting entire network functions are required.

2016/07/20 | Edward White

FEATURE: ‘Are We Still Living in a Democracy’? Philippine Opposition Fights Back

President Duterte’s alleged extrajudicial killing spree looks set to be investigated by the Senate, but public sentiment in the Philippines is still overwhelmingly with the new president.

2016/08/03 | Hsu Chia-yu

Efforts Underway to Clean-Up Animal Testing in Taiwan

Experts hope that labs with international accreditation will improve the quality of animal testing in Taiwan.

2016/11/29 | Jim Plamondon

Cambodia Exports Can Get High on Cannabis

Early this month, the world moved past a tipping point in the global legalisation of cannabis. Exporting legal cannabis could drive Cambodia’s export revenues up and keep rural unrest down, but only if Cambodia acts quickly.

2016/11/29 | Edward White

FEATURE: Clean and Serene - The Missing Stage of Drug Rehab in Taiwan

As Taiwan’s government tries to tackle a growing drug problem, former addicts are trying to build a bridge back to society.

2017/02/04 | Roderic Broadhurst

Getting Organized on Asia's Rising Drug Trade

Cross-border movement of illicit products into and out of Southeast Asia, often via India and China, has intensified in recent years.

2016/06/21 | Hélène Belaunde

Taiwan’s War on Drugs: Harsh Approach or Tolerance?

At a time where Taiwanese prisons are overpacked with people serving drug-related sentences, a newer, more tolerant approach is gaining popularity.

2016/06/28 | Edward White

FEATURE: Clock Ticks as Indonesian Execution Spree Looms

Hope and Hypocrisy: Despite fighting for the freedom of hundreds of its own citizens facing the death penalty abroad, Indonesia looks set to carry out a spate of executions of foreign nationals. Can international and local activists force the populist Jokowi administration to change its course?

2017/02/10 | Zi Yang

Rural China and the Asian Methamphetamine Trade: A Case Study of Lufeng

Despite the growth of China’s security budget in recent years, the state’s seemingly inability to stamp out the drug business shows us the corrupting effects of the trade on local administrators who protected traffickers for financial gains.

2016/07/06 | Hsu Chia-yu

Duterte’s Murderous Campaign Against Suspected Philippine Drug Dealers Intensifies

More than 30 alleged drug dealers were reportedly killed by police in the four days following the inauguration of new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

2017/05/22 | James Baron

Hidden in Plain Sight: Taipei has a Glue Sniffing Problem

'Most people are completely unaware that this is even an issue. I know this because I have seen flagrant sniffers in the middle of busy thoroughfares, their heads buried in larger carrier bags as oblivious hordes jostled around them.'

2016/07/12 | Hsu Chia-yu

525 Drug Dealers Arrested in Taiwan Nationwide Sweep

Authorities say the July 4-6 nationwide campaign led to the largest number of arrests in the nation's history.

2017/08/30 | Phelim Kine

Is Duterte's War on Drugs Migrating to Indonesia?

Indonesia is already wrestling with the toxic legacy of impunity for the mass killings of least 500,000 people in 1965–66, when the government gave free rein to soldiers and local militias to kill anyone they considered a “communist.” Unless Jokowi speaks out forcefully against a Duterte drug war model of crime control, he risks being responsible for a mass killing campaign that could demolish Indonesia’s fragile and hard fought-for rights and freedoms.