Thursday June 4, 2020

How the US launched yet another war without end

Chasing The Scream. The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs. By Johann Hari. Bloomsbury Circus, €17.

1st March, 2015
A worker harvests cannabis plants at a plantation near Nazareth: cannabis is permitted in Israel for medicinal purposes. Picture: Getty

Just over a century ago, a war erupted that destroyed lives around the world and still defines our perspective today. In 1914, the same year that the Great War broke out, the US fired the opening shots of the War on Drugs.

In Chasing The Scream, journalist Johann Hari attempts to untangle the knotted history of the ban on drugs in the US and explores its consequences through the stories of enforcers, reformers, and victims. Drawing...

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