TRT World debate on the drug war and legalising all drugs

My “debate” on global broadcaster TRT World’s The Newsmakers on the drug war and why all drugs should be legalised and regulated. These ideas are inspired by my recent book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs. The other panelists are former DEA head, Mike Vigil, and Portuguese expert on harm minimisation,…

Honduras deserves a much better future

During the research for my latest book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, I reported from Honduras, a key narco transit country. The country recently elected a new President, Xiomara Castro Sarmiento Zelaya, who pledges to reform the nation. In a new piece for US outlet Truthout, I’m interviewed by journalists…

The war on drugs from a Slovakian view

My book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, was recently released in a Slovakian edition. It’s been reviewed in Slovakia’s biggest newspaper, SME, by Lubomir Jasko, and it’s very positive. Here’s the Google Translate version: Anti-drug campaign or war against people? Antony Loewenstein, The War on Drugs, translated by Samuel Marec,…

Pakistan wants to end the drug war

One of Pakistan’s biggest newspaper, The Express Tribune, positively reviews my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs: Released last year, Antony Loewenstein’s book titled, Pills, Powder, and Smoke: Inside The Never-Ending, Bloody War On Drugs is a detailed investigation into the individuals, officials, activists and traffickers caught up in the long-spanning…

The countless ways to punish drug users

A key theme in my latest book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, is the absurdity of governments continuing to push futile drug war policies. This week I was interviewed by the UK Telegraph about a new British policy that aims to punish drug users with the threat of losing their…

End the drug war and improve the climate

NGOs Health Poverty Action and LEAP UK are working with students at Queen Mary University in London to highlight the absurdity of the drug war and why it should end. I was interviewed last week, the project is called SEEDS for Change, and I talk about the links between the war on drugs and climate…

Investigating the War on Drugs: recommendations for the future

Here’s my keynote lecture at the 2021 Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia. I spoke around my 2019 book, “Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs“. The Australian & New Zealand Addiction Conference was hosted by the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, a non-government,…

Ubud Writer’s Festival event on Pills, Powder and Smoke

I was invited to this year’s Ubud Writer’s Festival in Bali, Indonesia, one of the best literary festivals in the world. I attended twice more than a decade ago (and had extraordinary experiences in the Muslim-majority province, Aceh). This year, now run online, is a session about my drug war book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, in conversation with…