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UN report: Afghan heroin killed 90,000 in 2009

By enquirewithin, Jan 19, 2010 | Updated: Jan 19, 2010 | | |
  1. enquirewithin
    According to a report by the UN's anti-drug department, in 2009, Afghan heroin killed more than 90,000 people, Russia's Federal Drug Control Service head Viktor Ivanov told a press conference Monday.

    He said he is not happy with the results of the anti-drug measures taken by NATO in the country, calling the situation in Afghanistan catastrophic. Ivanov reiterated that since the US sent troops to Afghanistan in 2001, the country has become the world leader in opium production and has outrun Morocco in terms of hashish production.

    Global Research, January 18, 2010, Voice of Russia


  1. chillinwill
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  2. enquirewithin
    Ooops! That should do it! :)
  3. Phentasies
    Damn you Al Qaeda!!

    I need another hit of that Al Qaedan White No. 4
  4. pinksox
    It's not Al Qaeda. In fact, Hamid's(the Afghani President) brother is known to be a major player in the game.

    SWIM doesn't believe its a coincidence that neighboring Iran(whom the US has a loooooong history of messing with) is now in the midst of an heroin-based drug problem of EPIC proportions. And the stuff finding it's way into that country is not the opium powder/pure heroin that's been there for centuries; it's a heroin-based IV or powder based formulation that not only contains cocaine but chemicals designed(much like cigarette companies add nicotine to make their product addictive--and, in fact have been caught on more than one occasion also adding ammonia to their concoctions as well as it makes nicotine even more addictive) to make the substances extremely addictive.

    Given the US history of interference and active subterfuge against Iran, it would not surprise SWIM in the least that the UK, who've until recently been holding the Helmuld(major growing province) exclusively and the US, which now has control isn't behind the growing Iranian epidemic as a means of unconventional warfare... if one wanted to weaken a country's defenses then making a major percentage of it's fighting-age male citizens serious addicts is a pretty good(or evil) strategy.

    Nor would it surprise SWIM to see new variants of IV tranmissible diseases to rise greatly within their population in the next five years or so along with the traditional HIV and Hep one would expect. SWIM isn't typically a conspiracy theorist, but the history of the US mucking about in Iran is just too great to dismiss what's going on there now as mere coincidence.
  5. Spucky
    AW: UN report: Afghan heroin killed 90,000 in 2009

    @ pinksox, do swiny have more sources about the chemicals added to the H.?
  6. enquirewithin
    The US is certainly doing nothing to stop the heroin trade. Al Qaedfa is a means little in Afghanistan. That's just a bug bear to scare the mindless US public into shelling out record amounts of cash to the military industrial complex.

    Karzai and the 'government' is actively involved in the heroin trade-- thats' their reward for being the puppet government....

    Please tel more the about addictive chemicals!
  7. pinksox
    ^Give SWIY a bit to re-find what's she's found on the topic. SWIM has a weird ability to retain a great percentage of what she reads...but that means she seldom recalls exactly where she came across it. There is plenty out there if one delves into it.

    Some of SWIM's knowledge comes from a personal relation who's both been deployed to Afghanistan several times and who's unit has assumed personal guard detail on none other that Hamid himself on a few occasions; regardless of that however, it's no great secret that his brother is a major player in the opium production game.

    SWIY will re-scour the interwebz later this evening, or during lunch if she has the time, to see if she can refind where she originally came across some it this material. She recalls seeing a quantitative analysis out there somewhere. And her opinion, skeptical at first, is the result of a cumulation of much reading and thought that made her go, "hmmm."
  8. enquirewithin
    UN: Afghans forced to pay billions in bribes

    Agreed. Karzai's government's involvement is not a secret at all (there are many several threads about that). We are curious about those chemical additives!:)

    This is what Karzai's government is like (as are so many US-backed governments):

    UN: Afghans forced to pay billions in bribes

    LONDON - Corruption in Afghanistan is so entrenched that Afghans had to pay bribes worth nearly a quarter of the country’s GDP last year, according to a United Nations report.

    Afghans paid $2.5 billion to bribe public officials over the past 12 months, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report on corruption in the country to be released today.

    “Drugs and bribes are the two largest income-generators in Afghanistan,’’ the program’s executive director, Antonio Maria Costa, said in London. The country’s opium trade last year was worth an estimated $2.8 billion.

    “I urge the new Afghan government to make fighting corruption its highest priority,’’ Costa said.

    The United States and other countries contributing aid and troops to Afghanistan are waiting for President Hamid Karzai to form a new administration capable of combating corruption and instituting the reforms needed to garner public support and defeat the Taliban.

    Afghan lawmakers have twice rejected the majority of Karzai’s nominees to run ministries, and Karzai’s spokesman said it was unlikely a new Cabinet would be in office this month.

    The UN report said one person in two had to pay at least one kickback to a public official - whether a policeman, politician, judge, or government official - between 2008 and 2009. Many paid to cut through red tape or to get help with poor service.

    More than half the time, the request was an explicit demand for cash. The average bribe cost $160 - in a country where the GDP per capita was just $425 per year, the report said.

    Costa said the lack of trust in public officials was prompting Afghans to look for alternative providers of security and welfare.

    Associated Press / January 19, 2010

  9. enquirewithin
    It was less corrupt under the Taliban, say Afghans
    By Kim Sengupta, Diplomatic Correspondent
    Wednesday, 20 January 2010
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