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Afghan Poppy Fields Continue to Grow

In the new issue of The Nation, Christian Parenti investigates the explosion of poppy farming and trafficking in Afghanistan and asks why it took the US so long to crack down on the illicit drug trade which fuels everything from Islamic terrorism to the spread of HIV.

Also in The Nation, Bruce Shapiro explains why the nomination of Alberto Gonzales is a turning point not only for Democrats, but for restraining unchecked presidential power.

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  • Re: Afghan Poppy Fields Continue to Grow (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Jan 07, 2005 at 08:22:45 AM EST
    It seems like opium is a vital part of Bushworld.

    Re: Afghan Poppy Fields Continue to Grow (none / 0) (#2)
    by pigwiggle on Fri Jan 07, 2005 at 03:57:25 PM EST
    Coming soon, ‘fair trade’ smack.

    Re: Afghan Poppy Fields Continue to Grow (none / 0) (#3)
    by john horse on Sat Jan 08, 2005 at 03:10:35 AM EST
    piggle, Explain something to me. Afghanistan is the only drug producing country that we have direct military control over. Why has opium production exploded over there? Isn't the opium that is grown there like a dagger aimed at the heart and soul of American youth?

    Re: Afghan Poppy Fields Continue to Grow (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Jan 08, 2005 at 08:52:55 PM EST
    Under the Taliban, the growing of poppies and the production of opium were forbidden. Once we got rid of the Taliban, poppies once again flourished. My guess is that the Bush crime family had a hand in this.