The Chartist: Powder trip

Cocaine production has dropped, but the number of users is rising, reports the UN.


Published on 23 June, the UN World Drugs Report 2010 revealed that while the global supply of cocaine has fallen dramatically over the past decade, and the value of the market has halved since 1995, the number of users has increased by nearly two million since the end of the 20th century.

Europe, where the number of users has doubled over roughly the same period, has to shoulder a large portion of the blame.

Graphic by Jez Burrows.

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Word of the week: Michellania

Each week The Staggers will pick a new word to describe our uncharted political and socioeconomic territory. 

After brash Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump paraded his family at the national convention, the word of the week is:

Michellania (n)

A speech made of words and phrases gathered from different sources, such as Michelle Obama speeches and Rick Astley lyrics.


"I listened hard, but all I heard was michellania."

"Can you really tell the difference between all this michellania?"

"This michellania - you couldn't make it up."

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