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    The Deadly War on Drugs Extends Far Beyond Duterte

    He’s a trendsetter. President Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on drugs in the Philippines — in which thousands have been killed on the streets — has drawn condemnation in the West, where drug laws are getting more liberal. But some of The Punisher’s neighbors like what they see. While countries like Indonesia and Cambodia are avoiding some of Duterte’s more appalling tactics, they have praised his aggressiveness, as capital punishment for drug offenses is on the rise — with Asia and the Middle East leading the way.

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