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  • What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs?

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    Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kicks off our new “Global Compass” series, examining novel approaches to policy problems.

    Economist Films is a new venture that expresses The Economist’s globally curious outlook in the form of short, mind-stretching documentaries.

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    Economist Films is a new venture that expresses The Economist’s globally curious outlook in the form of short, mind-stretching documentaries.

    “Future Works” is a series that examines the jobs of the future that are being done today. Our first film, “Drone Rangers”, chronicles the day-to-day work of civilian drone operators in the fields of conservation, disaster recovery and construction.

    The second series, “Global Compass”, looks at the countries and people pioneering new approaches to persistent social problems. The first film is “Drugs: War or Store?”, a hard look at new kinds of drugs policy from Portugal to Colorado.

    To find out more visit Economist.com/films #EconomistFilms
    • The drone pilots making the world a better place - Duration: 12 minutes.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 19,765 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs? - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 185,471 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • Meet the drone pilots making the world a better place - Duration: 2 minutes, 15 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 1,431 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs (Short Clip) - Duration: 2 minutes, 8 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 3,262 views
      For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. View a clip from our new film looking at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado.

      Economist Films is ...
    • The new drugs business - Duration: 33 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 389 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • How to roll a joint - Duration: 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 3,155 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • What happened when Portugal decriminalised drugs (short clip) - Duration: 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 47 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • The real cost of the war on drugs - Duration: 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 57 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • Marijuana in the mall - Duration: 33 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 50 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • The drone pilots who are saving lives - Duration: 28 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 394 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • Secrets of a drone pilot - Duration: 30 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 389 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • Drone pilots – a new kind of mission - Duration: 31 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 37 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
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    • What countries want from their diasporas - Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 3,709 views
      Not so long ago, countries mostly ignored their diasporas. But, rather like alumni relations offices, diaspora ministries and departments are now popping up around the world. When Ireland was strug...
    • How El niño affects commodity prices - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 6,192 views
      Cocoa, coffee and minerals are especially vulnerable to the weather pattern first named by Peruvian fishermen
    • Why America's military is losing its edge - Duration: 3 minutes, 32 seconds.

      • 3 weeks ago
      • 24,438 views
      Why America's military is losing its edge

      America’s ability to project power on behalf of its own interests and in defence of its allies has been the bedrock of the rules-based international order...
    • Why David Cameron wants to repeal the Human Rights Act - Duration: 2 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 4 weeks ago
      • 6,235 views
      Britain's prime minister wants to get rid of legislation tying the country's courts to the European Court of Human Rights. Doing so could prompt a constitutional crisis
    • How to stop invasive underwater species - Duration: 2 minutes, 1 second.

      • 1 month ago
      • 4,137 views
      When creatures from the Red Sea stray into Mediterranean waters, the results can be lethal. Red-Sea pufferfish colonising the eastern Mediterranean are so poisonous they kill about one in ten peopl...
    • Why China's agricultural system is inefficient - Duration: 2 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 11,393 views
      Since a largely man-made famine that started in the late 1950s, in which tens of millions died, China has defied the odds by feeding its people almost entirely on its own. It has provided for one-f...
    • The benefits of paternity leave - Duration: 2 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 5,161 views
      Despite decades of social progress in the workplace, women still have to contend with the lion’s share of child-care. While most countries allow up to three months of maternity leave, only around h...
    • How Russians see the West - Duration: 2 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 33,212 views
      On May 9th Russia will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the second world war, known to Russians as the Great Patriotic War. It ought to be a moment for joint commemoration between Russia and...
    • How to make a building quake-proof - Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 11,792 views
      More than a million people have died in earthquakes in the last two decades. Seismic rumbling between the Earth’s tectonic plates puts some of the world’s most densely-populated countries at partic...
    • Why China and India face a marriage crisis - Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 45,813 views
      China and India - home to a third of humanity – both face a marriage crisis that will last for generations. A mere five years ago marriage patterns were normal in the two countries.

      Now in China ...
    • How space flight affects the human body - Duration: 2 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 5,776 views
      Mice, dogs and monkeys all became astronauts before humans did. On April 12th 1961, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, when little was known about the effects spaceflight...
    • How volcanoes change the climate - Duration: 113 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 22,235 views
      Two hundred years ago, Tambora, a volcano in Indonesia, blew its top in the most violent eruption in recent history. Damage from the volcano and an associated tsunami was immense; perhaps 100,000 p...
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    • Why Britain doesn't frack - Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

      • 14 hours ago
      • 1,575 views
      Shale gas has revolutionised America’s energy industry. Produced via a process called hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, in which water is forced into rock, cracking it to release the valuable ga...
    • How to roll a joint - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 2 days ago
      • 2,409 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • The drone pilots making the world a better place - Duration: 2 minutes, 6 seconds.

      • 3 days ago
      • 1,389 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • What countries want from their diasporas - Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 3,709 views
      Not so long ago, countries mostly ignored their diasporas. But, rather like alumni relations offices, diaspora ministries and departments are now popping up around the world. When Ireland was strug...
    • Why I support assisted dying - Duration: 6 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 1,954 views
      Margaret has terminal ovarian cancer. After five types of chemotherapy she wants to be able to decide the time and manner of her death
    • The real cost of the war on drugs - Duration: 2 minutes.

      • 1 week ago
      • 2,994 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • The drone pilots who are saving lives - Duration: 2 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
      • 1,494 views
      Economist Films: Meet the people pioneering new careers as drone pilots, from the South African savannah to the building sites of California. “Drone Rangers” is the first film in our new “Future Wo...
    • How El niño affects commodity prices - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 6,192 views
      Cocoa, coffee and minerals are especially vulnerable to the weather pattern first named by Peruvian fishermen
    • America's elderly prisoner boom - Duration: 8 minutes, 14 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 63,141 views
      Thanks to ultra-long sentences, America's 2.3m prisoners are getting older. Under the 'Gold coats' programme in California, younger inmates look after elderly ones
    • How poverty breeds insecurity in northern Nigeria - Duration: 4 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 1,267 views
      Sokoto epitomises the miserable destitution across Nigeria's northern states. Without serious reform, the region could become a breeding ground for further insecurity
    • How to roll a joint - Duration: 36 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 3,155 views
      Economist Films: For 20 years The Economist has led calls for a rethink on drug prohibition. This film looks at new approaches to drugs policy, from Portugal to Colorado. “Drugs: War or Store?” kic...
    • Quantum leaps and bee-conomics - Duration: 9 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 1,927 views
      Audio: Computer companies are harnessing the power of quantum mechanics and why the majority of bees have no economic value http://econ.st/1FneZF5
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    Our Videographics and Live Charts offer food for thought on topics from military spending to millennials to football
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    • Bill Gates debunks three myths - Duration: 7 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 6,115 views
      Bill Gates on why aid works, the poor are getting richer and growing wealth inequality doesn't matter. For more video content from The Economist visit our website: http://econ.st/LduNq3
    • Francis Fukuyama on "Political Order and Political Decay" - Duration: 6 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 4,930 views
      The political scientist explains how the West has developed strong states while the Middle East and Africa continue to struggle. For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: ht...
    • Steven Pinker on bad and good writing - Duration: 5 minutes, 55 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 12,044 views
      The psychologist and word-usage expert has produced a new style guide with cognitive sensibilities called "The Sense of Style". For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: htt...
    • Barack Obama talks to The Economist - Duration: 41 minutes.

      • 11 months ago
      • 32,101 views
      An interview with the president. The Economist's editor-in-chief and foreign editor talked to Barack Obama aboard Air Force One on August 1st, 2014 as he returned to Washington from Kansas City. Th...
    • Thomas Piketty on the history of money - Duration: 9 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 11 months ago
      • 13,823 views
      The economist explains how wealth and income inequality have evolved over the past century, and why making access to education more meritocratic could help tackle both problems.
      For more video con...
    • René Burri on photography - Duration: 6 minutes, 31 seconds.

      • 8 months ago
      • 1,111 views
      In an interview from 2012, the internationally acclaimed photographer discusses his career and some of his most iconic work. For more multimedia content from The Economist visit our website: http:/...
    • Nigel Farage on UKIP's rise: A state of mind - Duration: 9 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      • 20,555 views
      Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, reflects on recent successes and outlines his strategy for upcoming European and general elections
    • Gutenberg's apprentice: More than one Great Man - Duration: 6 minutes, 11 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 1,720 views
      Alix Christie's debut novel puts a human face on the invention of the printing press and brings to the fore a little known third actor in the creation of Johannes Gutenberg's world-changing Bible
    • Atul Gawande on end-of-life care - Duration: 7 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 7 months ago
      • 2,901 views
      Facing mortality

      The leading surgeon and author discusses how doctors in rich countries handle end-of-life care, and why we must not shy away from the question of our own mortality. For more multi...
    • Northern Ireland's role in Britain's election - Duration: 7 minutes, 46 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 1,718 views
      Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party could be a kingmaker. In an interview, Peter Robinson, its leader, says his party would support either big party- provided the SNP is not calling the shots
    • In the pub with Nigel Farage - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 2,024 views
      The leader of the UK Independence Party discusses patriotism, immigration and mischief-making over a pint with our political editor
    • In the pub with Nigel Farage - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 2 months ago
      • 9,486 views
      The leader of the UK Independence Party discusses patriotism, immigration and mischief-making over a pint with our political editor
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