In this 6th IFLRY Online seminar, Celito Arlegue, Executive Director of the Council of Asian Liberals Democrats (CALD) discuss the political situation in the Philippines. Celito discusses the liberal conundrum that is posed by populist president Rodrigo Duterte. Who is fighting an ongoing “war” on drugs, claiming that this shows that he is an “action man”…

Addiction has become one of America’s most costly, and most neglected diseases. In a recent Columbia University study, researchers found that over “40 million Americans age 12 and over meet the clinical criteria for addiction involving nicotine, alcohol, or other drugs.” Additionally, it is estimated that nearly 80 million people in the U.S. are what…

In spring last year, social liberal youth party Jonge Democraten (JD) opened up a pop up shop selling Ecstacy pills, in order to campaign for the legalisation of MDMA. Libel editor Krijn van Eeden interviewed JD president Wouter van Erkel about the Campaign. Just to give us a sense of the situation in the Netherlands:…

America has a substantial problem with opioid addictions. Prescription drug overdose rates have more than doubled over the past fifteen years, and deaths from opioid use have tripled in that time. In states across the country, heroin and prescription medication abuse has risen to epidemic levels. In 2014 alone, an estimated 4.3 million Americans were…