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A Decent NYT Piece on the Afghan Opium Trade

The New York Times has an actually decent piece on the opium trade in Afghanistan that pretty much foregoes the usual effort to exaggerate the role of the Taliban while ignoring the role of corrupt government officials and U.S.-backed warlords.

Turning “a Blind Eye” to the Afghan Opium Problem

The New York Times has an illuminating article regarding the opium trade in Afghanistan. The title is "U.S. Turns a Blind Eye to Opium in Afghan Town", and it begins (emphasis added): The effort to win over Afghans on former Taliban turf in Marja has put American and...

Examining Obama’s Rationale for Escalating the War in Afghanistan

Outlining his rationale for the decision to send yet more troops to Afghanistan, President Barack Obama on Tuesday began with a familiar refrain: “We did not ask for this fight. On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked four airplanes and used them to murder nearly 3,000...

On U.S. Drug Policy in Afghanistan

The New York Times reports: The Obama administration’s special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan told allies on Saturday that the United States was shifting its drug policy in Afghanistan away from eradicating opium poppy fields and toward interdicting drug...

New York Times Misleads on Taliban Role in Opium Trade

The New York Times reported this week that the Taliban have cut back on poppy cultivation and is stockpiling opium, grossly overstating the group’s role in the Afghanistan drug trade. “Afghanistan has produced so much opium in recent years,” the Times reported...

The Afghan Drug Trade and the Elephant in the Room

The Afghan Drug Trade and the Elephant in the Room

Foreign Policy magazine this month features an article entitled "Think Again: The Afghan Drug Trade", which is a decent overview of the opium problem – as far as it goes. Unsurprisingly, however, in doing so, it proverbially ignores the elephant in the room, and in...

Turkey’s Role in the Afghan Drug Trade

In November 2008, I wrote: The question still remains of who is really responsible for the lion’s share of the highly profitable Afghan opium trade. Mr. Pietschmann [of the UNODC -- see link above for full article] suggested a role of Kurdish groups in trafficking the...

Elements of an Inside Job in Mumbai Attacks

Indian police last week arrested Hassan Ali Khan, who was wanted for investigations into money laundering and other illicit activities, and who is also said to have ties to Dawood Ibrahim, the underworld kingpin who evidence indicates was the mastermind behind the...

Pakistan in the US ‘war on terrorism’

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous states in the world today, many observers have postulated, with the spread of militant Islamic radicalism threatening total destabilization in a nation armed with nuclear weapons. The US government has taken the position that it...

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