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JOHANN HARI
Journalist

Johann Hari is a British journalist and author of “Chasing the Scream: The First and Last days of the War on Drugs”.  He has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, the New Republic, the Nation, Slate, El Mundo, and the Sydney Morning Herald.  He was a lead op-ed columnist for the Independent, one of Britain’s leading newspapers, for nine years.

ABSTRACT


Johann will talk about the effects of the current War On Drugs, taken from his book Chasing the Scream.  It is now 100 years since drugs were first banned in the United States.  On the eve of this centenary, journalist Johann Hari set off on an epic three-year, thirty-thousand-mile journey into the war on drugs.  What he found is that more and more people all over the world are beginning to recognize three startling truths: Drugs are not what we think they are.  Addiction is not what we think it is.  And the drug war has very different motives to the ones we have seen on our TV screens for so long.