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Under the Influence: The “Bali Nine” and the Effectiveness of the Death Penalty

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by Ashlee Pitts

Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.
Warning sign for drug trafficker violation in Jakarta. Photo credit: Serenity, Wikimedia Commons.

Bali, a beautiful island with stunning views of the ocean, breathtaking volcanic mountains and daily Balinese offerings made by the local women that lie peacefully on nearly every corner. Bali continues to be a popular vacation destination for visitors all over the world. The excitement of the tourists after stepping off the plane and witnessing the initial scenery through the windows of Denpasar airport quickly vanishes when the drug trafficking warning appears. The less than subtle cautionary sign enlightens drug smugglers of the consequences that would follow if they are caught with any illicit contraband. The Indonesian government assures the world that this is no idle threat.

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Bumeràn Chavez: the Truth about Venezuela?

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by Francesca Paschetta

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Cover image of “Bumeràn Chavez” by Emili Blasco.

Last February the agents of the Venezuelan security service arrested the mayor of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, who is now detained in a military jail on charges of attempting a coup to overthrow President Maduro. It is not the first time that a member of the opposition is arrested, but what happened a few months ago represents an escalation in the regime’s repression, because Ledezma is an elected mayor.

The President has ordered the repression of all his political opponents. Many have been barred from the parliament or even exiled. Ordinary citizens who oppose the left-wing regime are barred from jobs in the public sector and from government benefits. Demonstrations, so far, have ended with the death of many protesters, including a number of students.
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