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Review: Old Silk Road

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Brandon Caro's debut novel, Old Silk Road, is an important, tough read, both for the dirt-under-its-nails portrayal of soldiers, and for a complex plot that rewards a reader with insights into America's longest war, in Afghanistan.

The Same Deadly Fix, Just Cheaper

John Temple | Posted 10.05.2015 | Politics
John Temple

The power of painkillers is that they come in amber pill bottles, not little plastic bags. Their precise, factory-shaped contours make it easy for people -- even doctors -- to believe they aren't addictive. But the painkiller epidemic and the heroin epidemic are one and the same. And their addictions are equally horrific.

'The Real History of Drugs' Educates Millions

Tony Newman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Politics
Tony Newman

Why are some drugs legal and some prohibited? Why do we arrest approximately 600,000 Americans each year for marijuana possession, but sell tobacco and alcohol on most corners? Why do we lock up people who use meth for years, and dole out the similar drug Ritalin to our children?

The Narco-Republic of Afghanistan

Abdullah Sharif | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Abdullah Sharif

While Afghanistan can stand out with its beautiful landscapes and certain historical events such as defeating the invading USSR, for some time now it has had the dubious distinction of being by far the world's largest producer of opium, the raw material of heroin.

Afghanistan's Poppy Farmers Are Expecting A Windfall

AP | MIRWAIS KHAN and LYNNE O'DONNELL | Posted 05.05.2015 | World

ZHARI, Afghanistan (AP) — It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This yea...

Ben Affleck - When TMZ Meets TMI

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 06.21.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Actor Ben Affleck, recently the subject of the PBS series Searching For Your Roots, a direct copy, by the way of the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are, found out that his ancestors were once slave-holders.

'Inspector of the Dead': A Conversation With David Morrell

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 05.22.2015 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

David Morrell's latest novel, Inspector of the Dead, is a sequel, featuring De Quincy and his iconoclastic daughter, Emily. When a killer begins targeting London's elite, Scotland Yard again seeks De Quincy's help.

End the International Drug War to Control the Afghan Narco-State

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Doug Bandow

The U.S. government has failed to stop the drug trade at home. Washington also has not created a competent, effective, and honest central government in Afghanistan. How effective will Kabul be in limiting opium production when American troops go home?

Penang Continues to Make the Most of Its Heritage

Carolyn O'Donnell | Posted 01.12.2015 | Travel
Carolyn O'Donnell

Heritage and huge meals have been an inseparable duo in Penang since 2008 when George Town (with Melaka) received its UNESCO listing, and more visitors started to appreciate the state capital's multicultural mix of cuisines and architecture. New attractions on the Malaysian island are giving tourists even more reasons to visit.

Ali Watkins

Why The U.S. Can't Be Done With Afghanistan Yet | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the United States accelerating its withdrawal from Afghanistan after helping to establish a new unity government there, a congressi...

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...

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet: Heartaches by the Number

Sean Martinfield | Posted 04.30.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Program 3 at San Francisco Ballet is a rare trio of works that explores themes of longing, unfulfilled love and connecting with the hereafter or the totally other.

Nowhere To Turn But Opium

AP | Posted 02.16.2014 | World

BANGKOK (AP) — Official efforts to stamp out opium production in Myanmar are falling flat because poor farmers don't have alternative ways to make a...

Between Elephant in the Room and Political Hot Potato: The Afghan Opium Problem

Jorrit Kamminga | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jorrit Kamminga

As we move from security transition towards the transformational decade (2015-2024), we are faced with even less military and civilian support to assist current counter-narcotics efforts in Afghanistan in a meaningful way.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

The Afghan-China Connection

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 07.22.2013 | World
SidneyAnne Stone

So, why we still have troops in Afghanistan? The list of reasons are endless, depending on whom you ask. One might even say the United States is keeping troops in Afghanistan as a way of maintaining leverage over China due to our recently acquired debt.

U.S. Kicks Drug-War Habit, Makes Peace With Afghan Poppies

Wired | DAVID AXE | Posted 05.09.2013 | World

ZARI, Afghanistan — Because of the poppies, the raw material for most of the world’s heroin, the list of things 1st Lt. Christopher Gackstatter an...

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...

Why Washington's War on Drugs in Afghanistan Isn't Working

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 10.28.2012 | World
Jonathan Marshall

2012-08-27-scblog.png It's time to turn conventional wisdom upside down. Fighting drugs is not a precondition for security. On the contrary, security is a necessary condition for curbing drugs.

BAD MEDICINE: Old Opium Bottle Sheds New Light On Its Use As A Cold Remedy

Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 07.07.2012 | Weird News

Times have certainly changed and so has medicine. For instance, in the 19th century, opium was a common method for treating coughs and it wasn't un...

U.S. Struggles To Curb Afghanistan's Opium Industry

The New York Times | Posted 05.27.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — For years, American officials have struggled to curb Afghanistan’s opium industry, rewriting strategy every few seasons and p...

Burma's Opium Addiction

Posted 01.02.2012 | World

By Mong Palatino, The Diplomat Opium cultivation is on the increase in the Palaung communities in the northern Shan State of Burma. This fact...

U.N. Reports Sharp Rise In Opium Production In Afghanistan

The New York Times | JACK HEALY | Posted 12.11.2011 | World

Despite increased efforts to destroy fields of opium poppies and wean Afghan farmers off the country’s biggest cash crop, poppy cultivation in Afgha...

Review: Rimbaud in Java, The Lost Voyage

Jan McGirk | Posted 11.29.2011 | Books
Jan McGirk

Equal parts lit crit, biography, linguistic anthropology and social history, Rimbaud in Java: The Lost Voyage examines the remaining mysteries about Arthur Rimbaud as a fugitive from justice.

Walking on a Dream -- Alone Across Iran (Part III)

Mark Kalch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mark Kalch

Soon the plateau began to change. No longer rolling hills and rocky terrain, I now walked towards daunting peaks. I had begun to enter the Zagros Mountains.