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Democracyinkind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-08-09 05:40 AM
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UN Report Misleading on Afghanistan's Drug Problem


A really good article for anyone interested in the Afghan opium problem. The author clearly has his own idea who the main culprits are - that may be a bit of a put-down, but it does seems that he knows what he's talking about. DO read the whole article. It provides many relevant links to official reports on the problem - best thing about this article are the links. A must read for anyone who sees the Opium angle as the central one to the whole Afghanistan story.


one tidbit (but read the whole thing, really)

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The total revenue generated by opiates within Afghanistan is about $3.4 billion per year. Of this figure, according to UNODC, the Taliban get only 4% of the sum. Farmers, meanwhile, get 21%.

And the remaining 75%? Al-Qaeda? No: The report specifies that it "does not appear to have a direct role in the Afghan opiates trade," although it may participate in "low-level drugs and/or arms smuggling" along the Pakistani border.

Instead, the remaining 75% is captured by government officials, the police, local and regional power brokers and traffickers in short, many of the groups now supported (or tolerated) by the United States and NATO are important actors in the drug trade.

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link:

http://www.fpif.org/fpiftxt/6553

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Echo In Light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-08-09 06:42 AM
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