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Earl Gregg Swem Library

Brazil: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Categories: Brazil,Drug Trafficking,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment

Describes current political and economic situation of Brazil and recent strains in Brazil-U.S. relations due to alleged National Security Agency activities inside Brazil.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Venezuela: Background and U.S. Relations

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Drug Trafficking,Energy,Latin America,Venezuela

Analyzes the economic and political situation in Venezuela since the death of Chavez, and the country’s foreign policy orientation.  Also examines key issues between the U.S. and Venezuela.

From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Afghanistan: Opium Survey 2013 Summary Findings

Categories: Afghanistan,Asia,Drug Trafficking,United Nations

Reports a 49% increase in opium production in Afghanistan in 2013 compared to 2012, but also that the country’s counter narcotic institutions have improved in effectiveness.  From the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime


Federal Mandatory Minimum Sentencing: The 18 U.S.C. 924© Tack-on in Cases Involving Drugs or Violence

Categories: Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

Describes the types of crimes or offenses which involve required mandatory minimum terms of imprisonment upon conviction, such as misconduct involving firearms or a federal drug trafficking offense, U.S. Sentencing Commission recommendations involving such tack-on sentences, and constitutional considerations.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Drug Testing and Crime-Related Restrictions in TANF, SNAP, and Housing Assistance

Examines three federal assistance programs administered at the state or local level and the drug testing and other crime-related restrictions which are used to disqualify recipients deemed unworthy of assistance.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Center


The Real “Long War”: The Illicit Drug Trade and the Role of the Military

Categories: Crime/Justice,Defense/Military,Drug Trafficking

Examines the threat posed by the international drug trade to the U.S., how the U.S. military can contribute to countering this threat, and the adjustments needed to accomplish this goal.  From the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College


Afghanistan: Survey of Commercial Cannabis Cultivation and Production 2012

Categories: Afghanistan,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Statistics,United Nations

Reports the area under cultivation decreased by 17% but the output increased by 8%.  From the UN Office on Drugs and Crime


Quick Facts: Marijuana Trafficking Offenses

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,Crime/Justice,Drug Trafficking,Statistics

A brief list of offender and offense characteristics related to marijuana plus sentences received compared to sentencing guidelines.  From the United States Sentencing Commission


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