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

Doug Bandow | Posted 11.16.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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.

Afghanistan's Opium Wars: Amazing Photos From 'National Geographic'

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The February issue of National Geographic takes an in-depth look at Afghanistan's opium wars. As writer Robert Draper discovers, a key step to securin...

Karzai Blasts Opium Drug Raid As Violation Of Afghan Sovereignty

LA Times | Laura King, Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday denounced a large-scale drug raid in which U.S. forces and Russian drug agents took part, calling it a viola...

Afghan Anti-Drug Officers Burn Confiscated Opium (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

President Hamid Karzai may have slammed recent drug raids conducted by U.S. and Russian agents in Afghanistan as "a violation of sovereignty," yet tha...

PHOTOS: 7 Unexpected Uses For Flowers

Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In their brief but expensive life, flower arrangements are often seen as impractical and even a waste of money. But flowers have a long and rich histo...

Rethinking Afghanistan's Sticky Icky Quagmire

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

There is definitely a huge drug problem in Afghanistan, and our strategy seems to be the cause of it. Our allies that we desperately rely on are all high on drugs, selling drugs, or both. And not only are we paying for it, people are dying because of it.

Does the $1 Trillion Key to Winning the Afghan War Lie Under the Sand?

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

A small group of Pentagon and USAID officials and American geologists may have found the biggest single solution to permanently transforming Afghanistan's economy and winning the struggle against Taliban.

Want to Buy Some Opium?

David Reidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Reidy

Afghan government must protect farmers from Taliban violence, stop participating in the drug trade, and encourage the growth of a diversity of legal crops.