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Taking On the New Jim Crow

BY NATHAN RILEY | Drug policy reform will play a bigger role in American politics during President Barack Obama’s second term, and it behooves our leaders in Washington, DC, and elsewhere to welcome this shift. Public attitudes are changing, and the drug reformers’ condemnations have taken on a new, more confident and aggressive tone. Voters in […]

Making Good HIV Outcomes Possible

BY  NATHAN RILEY | The United States trumpeted its leadership in the global campaign against the HIV epidemic when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the recent International AIDS Conference and pledged to create an AIDS-free generation. “Children and teenagers,” she said, as they “become adults, will be at significantly lower risk of ever becoming […]

The Two Faces of US Policy

The Two Faces of US Policy

BY NATHAN RILEY | Nothing illustrates the continued tensions between science and morality than the opening of the XIX International AIDS Conference and the US announcing it would embark on a “significant expansion of the war on drugs” in Africa. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed the Conference promising “a generation that is free of […]

Stop and Frisk and the Coalition for Reform

Stop and Frisk and the Coalition for Reform

BY NATHAN RILEY | The Father’s Day march against the stop and frisk practices of the NYPD demonstrated the public’s rising skepticism about the harsh police tactics associated with the war on drugs. The coalition against stop and frisk fuses opposition to racism, the war on drugs, and illegal police searches. Harsh police tactics face […]

Hijacking the President’s Idealism on Gay Marriage

Hijacking the President’s Idealism on Gay Marriage

BY NATHAN RILEY | A great hijacking has begun to rob President Barack Obama of a narrative that credits his idealism in his support for marriage equality. One reason the hijacking gained traction is a false notion of what idealism is. Simply put, many feel that if something is heartfelt, it shouldn’t be tarnished by […]

AIDS Memorial Planning Kicks Off April 25

AIDS Memorial Planning Kicks Off April 25

BY NATHAN RILEY | Plans for an AIDS memorial at a new park in Greenwich Village –– up in the air through the winter months –– are now on track and moving at a rapid clip that will likely be finalized in mid-July. The first formal step in that process takes place on Wednesday, April […]

Amsterdam’s Relaxed Social Contract

BY NATHAN RILEY | Sidewalks in Amsterdam are for parked bicycles and pedestrians. The pattern resembles a hodge-podge — and city planners in the US might look down on it for that reason — but it is purposeful, a product, in fact, of priorities and careful decisions. And the city — or as much of […]

Broadway Weathermen Know Which Way the Wind Blows

BY NATHAN RILEY | It is not just the Wisconsin schoolteachers sparking a revival of the Democratic left; Broadway is doing its bit. Rather then outrage, humor –– often ribald –– is the chosen method. Could it be that smart people want to influence the Democrats as they begin to mobilize for the presidential election […]

The Sharp Divide Over Prostitution

BY NATHAN RILEY | Another string of vicious attacks against women — this time on Long Island — has brought prostitution back into the news, but still leaves opinion divided between the prohibitionists and those who support a harm reduction approach to the persistence of paid sex work. It’s an environment in which the Village […]

Policing Expert Hails NYC’s Success, Warns Against Over-Zealousness

BY NATHAN RILEY  |  It sounds like a Chamber of Commerce press release. Or a talking point designed to keep alive presidential speculation about one very rich mayor. In the last 20 years, New York City has experienced “the largest and longest sustained drop in street crime ever experienced by a big city in the […]