Two fascinating articles on drugs in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil

The Detroit News has published a fascinating article on the decline of crack sales in Rio de Janeiro. The story told is that the drug lords in Rio are realizing that the profits from selling crack do not make up for the social problems and governance issues that they consequently have to deal with. The killer quote: “This wasn’t a drug for the rich; it was hitting their own communities.” Worth a read if you want a quick intro to the complex socio-political economy of narcotics and favelas in Rio de Janeiro.

The problems that crack causes in Brazil are taken up in a Wall Street Journal article that explains the logic to a new law that has just made it through the lower house of congress to impose harsher prison sentences for the sale of crack than other drugs.

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