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MMM. Psychoactive Substances in Brazilian Anthropology (REVISED VERSION)

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From: Sergio Vidal <sergiociso-/E1597aS9LRfJ/NunPodnw@public.gmane.org>
Date: Wed, Jul 2, 2008 at 2:53 PM
Subject: Psychoactive Substances in Brazilian Anthropology (REVISED VERSION)



Psychoactive Substances in Brazilian Anthropology

By Bia Labate and Sergio Vidal
Translated by Luana Malheiro; Revised by Brian Anderson

From the 1st to 4th of June in Porto Seguro, Bahia, Brazil, the largest Latin American event in anthropology took place – the 26th Meeting of the Brazilian Anthropology Association (ABA). This year the organizers of the ABA brought two proposals to life: one a Round Table discussion and the other a Working Group to discuss the "War on Drugs".

On June 2nd, Dr. Edward MacRae, one of the founders-researchers of NEIP (the Interdisciplinary Group for the Study of Psychoactives) led the Round Table discussion entitled "Formal and informal controls of psychoactive substance use". The room of the Round Table was packed and the discussion featured commentaries by the researchers Thiago Rodrigues (PUC/SP; NEIP), Paulo César Pontes Fraga (UESC), and Eduardo Viana Vargas (UFMG;NEIP), one of the most recent addition to NEIP.

Eduardo Vargas suggested that we should go beyond the categories as "substance itself", "set" and "setting" to think about the question of drugs and, from a reading of the theory of Bruno Latour, to think about the notion of the "event" in drug use, about the ecstasy in agent-making and not just in agency. Paulo Fraga discussed the symbolic logic and material of marijuana's polygon, and Thiago Rodrigues drew a wide network of historical and political relations and policies that make possible the establishment of the prohibition of drugs, considering also "the success of the policy failures of the war on drugs" (e.g. in whose interest it is and why to continue Prohibition and complete its goal of banning the consumption of psychoactive substances the world over).

June 3rd was the launching of the book "Religiões Ayahuasqueiras: um balanco bibliografico" by Bia Labate, Isabel de Rose and Rafael Guimarães dos Santos. On the same day was also the beginning of the Working Group on Psychoactive Substances: Culture and Politics, which included presentations of different works on the topic, with emphasis on the religious use of psychoactive plants, especially in modalities related to ayahuasca and jurema.

June 4th saw the last two sessions of the Working Group take place with presentations on various topics, such as drug use among academics, at rave parties in the Northeast of Brazil, public service measures for treating the drug-dependent, the new Brazilian law on narcotics and the discourses of physicians about drugs, among others.

Sergio Vidal discussed the need for more institutionalization of the discussion on drugs within the Brazilian Association of Anthropology and the need for a more effective dialogue between anthropology and other disciplines in order to help guide the development of public policies ands laws on the subject. The researcher noted that the issue of drugs has not been part of the discussion of the themes of the standing committees of the ABA.

Moreover, it was emphasized that in 2004 the ABA had refused an invitation to attend the Cannabis Sativa and Cannabinoid Substances in Medicine Symposium in order to take part in the debate "Should Cannabis Sativa remain in Tier IV of the Convention of 1961?". It was suggested that the ABA's absence may have influenced the decision contained in Decree 5.912/06 that allows the anthropologist representative of the National Anti-drug Council (CONAD) to not be appointed by the ABA, but rather by the President of CONAD, General Jorge Armando Felix, Chief Minister of Institutional Security in the Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic.

Some of the topics that have preoccupied researchers in this area relate to legal and ethical issues. In relation to the former, was the concern that several prominent researchers in the field are being prosecuted or threatened with legal action on the grounds or their research activities. Regarding the latter, are the challenges that researchers in this area must face in their day-to-day efforts, such as the difficulty to obtain "informed consent" from their informants (normally a signed document stating that the research subject is aware of what the research entails and that they agree to participate), the frequent demands of the councils of medical ethics, which limit the activities of anthropologists, especially those related to the study of illicit activities.

This meeting of the ABA was a particularly fruitful time – we'd venture to say, even historic - because the ABA accepted to host a Round Table and a Working Group on psychoactive substances. Before that, at least as far as our colleagues can remember, only one such event had occurred previously – that of the Working Group on Psychoactive Substances at the 20th meeting of the ABA in Salvador in 1996 (also organized by Edward MacRae).

Remember that even if social scientists address the excessive medicalization of the debate about the use of psychoactive substances in society, the theme of "drugs" is still quite marginalized within their own social sciences. Apparently, this is beginning to turn around.

Sources: Alto das Estrelas e ANANDA

Sergio Vidal (71) 81771488
Secretário do GIESP; Pesquisador do NEIP;

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http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mmmworld
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http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March_2008
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Charts:
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Casualties, charts:
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Eco Mann | 5 Jul 22:31 2008
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MMM. Video. Dana Beal on ibogaine clinics and arrest.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ibogaine
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March


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Cannabis Action:
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http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mmmworld
Global Marijuana March:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March_2008
WeedWiki - a Wikia wiki:
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Charts:
http://gallery.marihemp.com/charts
Iraqi casualty photos (graphic):
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War


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Eco Mann | 15 Jul 14:27 2008
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MMM. Akha Journal: Bus Balance, Second Horse for "Ride for Freedom"


Please forward.
http://www.akha.org
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Akhaweeklyjournal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_McDaniel#Drug_War
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thaksin_Shinawatra#Anti-drug_policies
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Policies_of_the_Thaksin_government#Anti-drug_policies


"We are seeing some progress at the congressional level in getting an investigation into US involvement in Thailand during the drug war of 2003, the supplying of military weapons and police training, the vetting of individuals who commit human rights violations, functions of the DEA in Chiangmai during that time, monitoring of end use on weapons and equipment, and funding for the Chai Pattana Foundation, which has been responsible for seizing Akha lands. More updates on this as this investigation develops."


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From: Matthew McDaniel <akhalife-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
Date: Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 7:53 PM
Subject: [AkhaWeeklyJournal] Akha Journal: Bus Balance, Second Horse for "Ride for Freedom"
To: akhaweeklyjournal-hHKSG33TihhbjbujkaE4pw@public.gmane.org


Dear Friends:

 

Despite the fact that I was injured in an auto accident damaging five discs in my back, the horse trip is still on. We have paid the bus down to $4650 plus many other costs we have been able to cover so far to line everything up for this trip.

 

We have also found the second horse that will be trained for Michu and the kids to ride.

Now we have the two horses we wanted for this trip.

I picked the new horse up on monday night north of Aurora, Oregon and walked her close to thirty miles of back roads down to Salem, a great way to get going with a horse. A quarterhorse Percheron cross, she was pretty hard to find, not so common of a breed.

 

As soon as the bus is paid off we will be leaving on this trip. Route will be according to the weather and timing.

 

The main themes of the trip continue to be "Nets for Laos", "Human Rights Network" in Thailand, stopping the seizure of Akha lands, and stopping the removal of Akha children.

 

We are seeing some progress at the congressional level in getting an investigation into US involvement in Thailand during the drug war of 2003, the supplying of military weapons and police training, the vetting of individuals who commit human rights violations, functions of the DEA in Chiangmai during that time, monitoring of end use on weapons and equipment, and funding for the Chai Pattana Foundation, which has been responsible for seizing Akha lands. More updates on this as this investigation develops.

 

Just to let you know, the US Embassy in Bangkok stated that they had no record of any seizures of Akha lands of late in Thailand. Apparently they are not very well informed.

 

Thank you for your interest and support.

 

www.akha.org has been down for a couple of days, should have that fixed in a couple of hours.

 

Matthew McDaniel




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from Matthew McDaniel <akhalife-Re5JQEeQqe8AvxtiuMwx3w@public.gmane.org>
reply-to akha-hHKSG33TihhbjbujkaE4pw@public.gmane.org
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date Fri, Jul 11, 2008 at 8:36 PM
subject [akha] Akha Journal: Ride For Freedom Need List - What you can do.


Dear Friends:

 

Here is a list of items we need for our trip in addition to the $4600 on the bus still owing.

 

You may also make a monthly pledge or a pledge per mile we travel.

 

Western Saddle or any saddle that can be traded. Looking for a MacClellan also.

Children's western saddle

Horse halter heavy duty, horse is 15.2

Two breast collars

Heavy leather bridle

Size 10 regular leather cowboy boots used

Furazone antibiotic ointment

Betadine spray for horses

A shoeing Clincher

Borium Rod or Bullets for adding tungsten to horse shoes

Horse blankets

Grain

Salt block

 

An iPhone for our uplink and ATT time

A mac notebook that can process videos

Someone who can donate the cost of signs on the bus

A Mini DVD Video Camera

35mm color film

Monthly Cost of our website

Diesel Fuel

Bus Tires

Rice

Potatos

Onions

Beans

Canned vegetables, fruit and meats

Any dry goods, powder milk, noodles, macaroni, spaghetti, etc.

Dried fruit

Cooking oil

Flour

Pancake mix

 

These are many of the items we are in need of for this trip.

 

If you can call or send an item, you can also mail it:

 

The Akha Heritage Foundation

PO BOX 6073

Salem, OR 97304

USA

 

Thank you so much for helping make this trip a success.

 

Matthew McDaniel



 

The Akha Heritage Foundation.
http://www.akha.org Akha Heritage Site.
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Eco Mann | 15 Jul 14:40 2008
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MMM. Ecuador Pardons Hundreds of Drug Mules. Drug War Chronicle



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http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/542/ecuador_pardons_drug_mules

Drug War Chronicle - world's leading drug policy newsletter

Latin America: Ecuador Assembly Pardons Hundreds of Drug Mules

Ecuador's constitutional assembly last Friday pardoned hundreds of small-time drug couriers currently sitting in Ecuadorian prisons. Last year, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa proposed the pardons and other drug sentencing reforms, saying it was absurd to sentence low-level couriers to more than a decade in prison for as little as 3.5 ounces of cocaine.


Rafael Correa
The constitutional assembly took over legislative power in the country after suspending the nation's Congress last year. Under the assembly's action, prisoners who had been convicted of carrying 4.4 pounds (2 kilograms) of drugs or less, had served at least 10% of their sentences or one year in prison, and were not repeat offenders were pardoned.

Ernesto Pazmino, director of Ecuador's public defender's office, told the Associated Press the application process was to begin this week, and the government has 30 days to release eligible prisoners.

"The president has come through with his promise, and we appreciate him and the assembly members," Carlo Aragundi, head of a prisoners' organization at a jail in Quito, told the AP. Aragundi estimated that as many as 1,200 prisoners may be eligible.

Although Ecuador produces almost no coca, it is sandwiched between Colombia and Peru, the world's number one and two coca and cocaine producers, and is frequently used as a transit country for cocaine headed to North America. President Correa acknowledged last year that his own father had spent three years in a US prison on drug charges.

Drug War Issues Cocaine - Coca - Andean Drug War
Politics & Advocacy Politics Outside US

Sanity in Ecuador

Maybe with a shining example government sponsored insanity will begin to end in other "pais"s as well.

the sky is falling

I can hear Walters crying from here.The insanity of drug prohibition is finally beginning to crumble.I can tell by the reaction from the right wing fanatics that write in the local paper.They have been circling the wagons for months.Not that that's any reason to let the guard down.These people are vicious and mean as hell.

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eco mann,
Cannabis Action:
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/cannabisaction
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/mmmworld
Global Marijuana March:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March_2008
WeedWiki - a Wikia wiki:
http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Charts:
http://gallery.marihemp.com/charts
Iraqi casualty photos (graphic):
http://images.google.com/images?q=iraqi+casualties
Casualties, charts:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casualties_of_the_Iraq_War


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