Monday, August 27, 2007

The Opium Crop

Big. And getting bigger.  I thought we were working to turn this ship around...

Record Afghan Opium Crops

From our first front in the war on terror. How's that working out for us, again? ... Afghanistan marred what would have otherwise been an encouraging story on the fight to reduce illegal global drug production, the [UN report (pdf)] said. The country accounted for 92% of the world's illegal opium production, up from 52% a decade earlier and 70% in 2000. Exacerbating the problem, higher yields in Afghanistan, as compared to other opium producing regions, had lifted global opium production to a record high of [...]

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