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Opium Production

As U.S. Draws Down, Afghan Opium Production Thrives

AP | ABDUL KHALIQ and KAY JOHNSON | Posted 05.01.2014 | World

MARJAH, Afghanistan (AP) — Pink-and-white poppy blooms stretch toward the horizon in this field in southern Afghanistan as laborers slice open the g...

Opium Production On The Rise In Myanmar

AP | TODD PITMAN | Posted 10.31.2012 | World

BANGKOK -- The cultivation of illegal opium has increased in Myanmar for a sixth successive year, fueled in part by rising demand for heroin across As...

Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alfred W. McCoy

Our only realistic choice in Afghanistan is serious rural development -- that is, reconstructing the Afghan countryside through countless small-scale projects until food crops become a viable alternative to opium.

Afghanistan Elections Could Hinge On Provincial Poppy Production

The Washington Post | Pamela Constable | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

FAIZABAD, Afghanistan -- The economic fortunes of Badakhshan province, a remote and wildly beautiful corner of far northeastern Afghanistan, have rise...

Sam Stein

Opium Production Now More Than Half Afghanistan's GDP | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As America's focus in the Middle East shifts towards emerging crises in Iran and Pakistan, the economy of Afghanistan — the U.S.'s initial forei...