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The United Nations has announced that opium poppy production is on the rise in Afghanistan for the third year in a row.
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghanistan-opium-20130416,0,7207959.story?track=rssThe United Nations has announced that opium poppy production is on the rise in... more
Celebrities make a plea to disarm big government going around bombing and killing Arab Muslims and Christians and other people that stand in the way of private central banking drug cartelsCelebrities make a plea to disarm big government going around bombing and killing Arab... more
This video is my proposal to the 2012 Presidential Candidates, Congressional Lawmakers, and members of the Media to save the United States $2.02 Billion per year, and over 16,000 drug related deaths annually. The solution is simple, but you have to watch the video to see what it is.This video is my proposal to the 2012 Presidential Candidates, Congressional... more
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In a new survey, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says income received by opium farmers in Afghanistan rose by 133% and that poppy cultivation has also increased.
I like how she says the profits fund the insurgency. No, the profits fund the UN, CIA, military and pharmaceutical industrial complex. The local poppy farmer does not ship product internationally or have the refining facilities linked with the mob in Turkey or Corsica. They don't put the morphine in with the soldiers survival kit.
Many top American families got their riches via the British East India Company, running opium as far back as the 1600s, such as the Delanos, Kerrys and Bushes. Wars were fought from then til now and a major underlying factor is heroin, which makes a lot more money off the books than oil does on. By making it illegal, its easier for these monopoly men to gain more power and wealth.
The drug laws are a joke and the wars are a disgrace. Ron Paul is the only hope we got!12 January 2012 Last updated at 19:49 ET Help In a new survey, the UN Office on... more
A new twist on addiction. Make the addicts unable to get high from the natural stuff: opium based substances. But make sure they can still get high from the man made opiates -- oxycodone and friends.
Make sure the factory gets it's cut. It's good business.A new twist on addiction. Make the addicts unable to get high from the natural stuff:... more
Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In a far flung corner of northern Afghanistan, Aziza reaches into the dark wooden cupboard, rummages around, and pulls out a small lump of something wrapped in plastic.
She unwraps it, breaking off a small chunk as if it were chocolate, and feeds it to four-year-old son, Omaidullah. It's his breakfast -- a lump of pure opium.
"If I don't give him opium he doesn't sleep," she says. "And he doesn't let me work."
Aziza comes from a poor family of carpet weavers in Balkh province. She has no education, no idea of the health risks involved or that opium is addictive.
"We give the children opium whenever they get sick as well," she says, crouching over her loom.
With no real medical care in these parts and the high cost of medicine, all the families out here know is opium.
It's a cycle of addiction passed on through generations.
The adults take opium to work longer hours and ease their pain.
Aziza's elderly mother-in-law, Rozigul, rolls a small ball in her fingers and pops it into her mouth with a small smile before passing a piece over to her sister.
"I had to work and raise the children, so I started using drugs," she says. "We are very poor people, so I used opium. We don't have anything to eat. That is why we have to work and use drugs to keep our kids quiet."
The entire extended family is addicted.
This part of Afghanistan is famous for its carpets. It's so remote there are no real roads. The dirt ones that exist are often blocked by landslides.
The closest government-run drug rehabilitation center is a four-hour drive away. But it has just 20 beds and a handful of staff to deal with the epidemic.
The health dangers from opium
"Opium is nothing new to our villages or districts. It's an old tradition, something of a religion in some areas," said Dr. Mohamed Daoud Rated, coordinator of the center.
"People use opium as drugs or medicine. If a child cries, they give him opium, if they can't sleep, they use opium, if an infant coughs, they give them opium."
The center is running an outreach program to the areas that are most afflicted.
Most Afghans aren't aware of the health risks of opium and only a few are beginning to understand the hazards of addiction.
"I was a child when I started using drugs" 35-year-old Nagibe says.
She says her sister-in-law first gave her some when she was a young teenage bride, just 14 years old. Her children grew up addicts as well.
When her husband died, she remarried.
She said: "My new husband doesn't use drugs, nor does his family. Because of that I was able to come here and get treatment. Now as an adult I understand and I want to leave this all behind."
She has been clean for four months, but every day is a struggle.
Carpet weaver Rozigul, 30, is in the detox program with her three-year-old son Babagildi, his pudgy face covered in blemishes. She started using six years ago.
"When I was pregnant with this baby I was using drugs. So he was born addicted and was always crying. I would try to keep him quiet and make him sleep, so I just kept feeding him opium," she says.
Her addicted mother-in-law shares the bed next to her, curled up in a ball and mumbling to herself.
Three generations from one family, all struggling with a curse that afflicts well over one million Afghans.
http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/01/20/afghan.opium.kids/index.html?hpt=C1Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan (CNN) -- In a far flung corner of northern Afghanistan,... more
The increase of drugs in the U.S. and the EU, and the global drug trade, go hand in hand with imperial military expansion around the world. The "fight against drugs is a farce ... "
The Mercury News of San Jose, California, revealed that CIA agents sold hundreds of tons of cocaine in the U.S. during the years of the conflict in Nicaragua, in order to obtain funds for the Contras (US-created paramilitaries to prevent the Sandinista revolution). The report explains that Contra leaders met with a CIA agent to plan the operation. The drugs were transported in military aircraft to airports in Texas.
The drugs were first distributed in the black ghettos of Los Angeles, California, from there it spread throughout the country. In the early 80's, crack and cocaine ravaged neighborhoods in the U.S., destroying the brains and the will to fight and protest. The CIA then was called the cocaine import agency. The chemical precursors are indispensable ingredients for the manufacture of cocaine, and not produced in Colombia, but without an embrago there is no plan "Germany" or "Swiss plan" by bombing the multinationals that manufacture the chemicals ... Why is that?
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Don't forget Opium and Heroin!
The San Jose Mercury News journalist was Gary Webb.
He "committed suicide" and was found with 2 bullets in his head.
First time for everything.
Watch 'American Drug War' for more info. I pasted the full-length version above.
http://current.com/entertainment/movies/92324863_american-drug-war.htmThe increase of drugs in the U.S. and the EU, and the global drug trade, go hand in... more
Daryl Bradford Smith interviews Dr. Nancy Banks, MD on her book AIDS, Opium, Diamonds & EmpireDaryl Bradford Smith interviews Dr. Nancy Banks, MD on her book AIDS, Opium, Diamonds... more
A dark side to Victorian society existed, in part as a reaction to the emphasis on restraint of pleasure and social propriety. Victorian society saw a rampant, though covert, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Developments in medicine and science made drugs such as heroin, chloral, and laudanum available and widely prescribed. Often the result was addiction http://www.makeahistory.com/index.php/recent-news/6055-victorian-england-drugsA dark side to Victorian society existed, in part as a reaction to the emphasis on... more
Staff-Sgt. Dave Goddard, from the RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement Branch, explains the legal consequences of growing and trafficking opium and its derivatives.Staff-Sgt. Dave Goddard, from the RCMP Federal Drug Enforcement Branch, explains the... more
Afghanistan War Logs: WikiLeaks Releasing Over 90,000 Documents In ‘Afghan War Diary’
WikiLeaks has obtained a massive set of records about the Afghanistan war, dubbed “The War Logs,” that paints a grim picture of the nation’s longest military engagement.
The Guardian, one of three news organizations with an advanced look at the documents, summarizes:
A huge cache of secret US military files today provides a devastating portrait of the failing war in Afghanistan, revealing how coalition forces have killed hundreds of civilians in unreported incidents, Taliban attacks have soared and Nato commanders fear neighbouring Pakistan and Iran are fuelling the insurgency.
WAR COVER-UP: Wikileaks Releases Hidden Afghanistan “War Logs”…See Complete Version (VIDEOS)...http://ctpatriot1970.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/war-cover-up-wikileaks-releases-hidden-afghanistan-war-logs-complete-version-videos/Afghanistan War Logs: WikiLeaks Releasing Over 90,000 Documents In ‘Afghan War... more
July 21, 2010
Russia Today interview with Daoud Sultanzoy regarding the West’s involvement in production of opium in Afghanistan.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/afghan-mp-says-heroin-sponsored-by-west.htmlRussia Today July 21, 2010 Russia Today interview with Daoud Sultanzoy regarding... more
KABUL (AFP) - More than three billion dollars in cash has been flown out of Kabul in recent years amid fears that ill-gotten gains from corruption and narcotics are being stashed overseas, a report said Monday.
The Wall Street Journal said the cash -- more than the Afghan government collects in tax and customs revenue annually -- is legally declared and packed into suitcases or cargo pallets on flights out of Kabul International Airport.
"A lot of this looks like our tax dollars being stolen. And opium, of course," a US official who is investigating corruption and Taliban financing told the newspaper.
Investigators believe some of the cash comes from Western-funded aid projects and US, European and NATO contracts to provide security and reconstruction work for coalition forces in Afghanistan.
Most of the funds passing through the airport are moved by hawalas, often-secretive private money transfer businesses popular in the Islamic world, the WSJ said citing its own review of Afghan customs records.
US dollars, Saudi riyals, Pakistani rupees, Norwegian kroner and even outdated Deutschmarks redeemable for euros are reportedly being flown out of Kabul.
"You get boxes loaded on the back of airplanes. You get guys, literally, bringing boxes of cash onto the plane," said a senior US official quoted by the WSJ.
Investigators believe the hawala customers include top officials and associates in President Hamid Karzai's administration, including a brother of Karzai and Vice President Mohammed Fahim, the report said.
The newspaper carried a denial from the vice president's businessman brother, A.H. Fahim.
"My brother? He doesn't know anything about money," he said.
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War truly is a racket. That's why I recommend the short book, War is A Racket, by General Smedley Butler, 2-time Medal of Honor recipient, who was bribed by Prescott Bush and his NWO-Nazi cronies to lead a military coup to overthrow FDR. He blew the whistle and saved this country and you never heard of him. Shame
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The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly paying tens of millions of dollars to warlords, corrupt public officials and the Taliban to ensure safe passage of its supply convoys throughout the country, according to congressional investigators.
The security arrangements, part of a $2.16 billion transport contract, violate laws on the use of private contractors, as well as Defense Department regulations, and "dramatically undermine" larger U.S. objectives of curtailing corruption and strengthening effective governance in Afghanistan, a report released late Monday said.
The report describes a Defense Department that is well aware that some of the money paid to contractors winds up in the hands of warlords and insurgents. Military logisticians on the ground are focused on getting supplies where they are needed and have "virtually no understanding of how security is actually provided" for the local truck convoys that transport more than 70 percent of all goods and materials used by U.S. troops. Alarms raised by prime trucking contractors were met by the military "with indifference and inaction," the report said.
"The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking," Rep. John Tierney (D-Mass.) wrote in an introduction to the 79-page report, titled "Warlord, Inc., Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan."
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I wonder how much of a cut the CIA gives the Afghan warlords for the heroin?The U.S. military is funding a massive protection racket in Afghanistan, indirectly... more
AMERICA’S NEW “LOST GENERATION”
By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor
The calendar says 2010 but it feels like 1955, not the real 1955, not by a long shot, but a fictional, “Hollywood version” with Americans cowering under their beds from the Red Menace, “Duck and Cover,” and a bland, colorless ignorance is seeping into our souls. Instead of cowboy movies, where evil scalping redskins menace our forefathers, wagons circled and arrows flying, the cry is “creeping socialism” and imaginary terrorists. But it isn’t 1955, too much has happened, so much that we have blocked out the realities of 55 years of our history, a history meant to be a lesson, good and bad. We have replaced everything we believe with a continuing fantasy, and not a very nice one at that. Our fantasy is written by storytellers, the public relations agents for the massive organized crime syndicate that dwarfs any political leader or government.
8 years of Eisenhower produced one thing only, a warning about the “military industrial complex.” It was 8 years of poverty and starvation for many, decline in education, impoverishment of our middle class, decline in national defense and a massive growth in class hatred in America. The only uniting force for most “voting Americans” was race hatred. You see, African Americans, then called “Negroes” but actually seldom that, couldn’t vote, not in most parts of the country. Every American was raised to ignore that, that and a thousand other unAmerican abuses of our imaginary Constitution. Freedom meant freedom to do what you were told, when you were told or a cop would bash in your skull with a club.
Then one day, a man came and stopped the train. His name was John Kennedy. No, his dad was never a gangster, that is nothing but conspiracy theory, no, Nixon wasn’t beaten in a rigged election, Nixon stole more votes than Kennedy or he would have lost by millions. Americans have always hated Richard Nixon, a vicious paranoid now proven to have been right too often, one of the little surprises time gives us when we aren’t looking. Never have two influential Americans, Nixon and Kissinger hated and distrusted each other so much, but that is for another day.
America wasn’t ruled by politicians or labor unions. Our real government was the massive organized crime syndicate that controlled our political parties with the aid of mob enforcer J. Edgar Hoover. Mobs controlled labor unions, courts, police departments, entire cities, most of them in fact, and industry after industry from oil to agriculture to trucking. There was no federal law enforcement, Hoover had decreed that the Mafia didn’t exist. He was right in some ways, the Italian Mafia was never anything more than a boys club for criminals. My father explained that to me early on. We would sit up and watch The Untouchables. He always said, “Don’t let them fool you, Jews run everything, the Mafia is just a fable.” As my dad was a bootlegger and rum runner in the 20’s, nephew of Josef “Legs” Lehman of the Purple Gang and half the aging mobsters Detroit was famous for were in and out of our home, I had to believe him.
America has become a class society, workers and management, black and white, urban working poor and rural very poor. Few Americans had been on a plane, other than bombing Germany, Europe was still largely in ruins from the war, the “third world” was still ruled by Britain, France and, if you can believe it, Portugal and Belgium. If America got sick of a government somewhere, we simply “dealt with it,” usually an assassination or rigged election or both.
It was John Kennedy that told us we didn’t have to be what we were. When he talked, he didn’t sound like a cartoon. “Ike” had been one of the worst public speakers in history. There was a reason for that, he wasn’t very bright, had no vision and really didn’t give a damn about very much. He was the Ronald Reagan of his day, an empty hat “blowhard” and time waster. Leaders were supposed to be “place holders” who did what they were told while the inexorable went on, money flowed up, “crap” flowed down, low pay, dirt and filth, adulterated food, poor medical care, 4th rate education and a thinly veiled police state under the control of a massive crime cartel older than any of us would ever learn.
What changed with Kennedy was America’s expectations. Everything we know about America, everything hated by some, started then, college education as a reality for millions, safe medicines and safe food, clean water and air and a decent lifestyle for working people. American workers began to move out of poverty, “wage slavery” and into a social class where children could move beyond their station without selling their souls.
Everything good that happened is now described by our media, yes, the media controlled by the same mob J. Edgar Hoover protected his entire life, as “Marxism” or “elitism.” Not wanting your job shipped to China or blaming all the wrong people for oil spills, false flag terrorism, market crashes, rigged elections, massive “white collar” crimewaves that have “disappeared” most of our country’s wealth while we jail millions of drug users and poor….
We can’t even go back to being slaves. The factories are gone. Even if they were there, nobody could afford to buy anything they built. Try to find a newspaper that will tell the story of the collapse of American industry. What is the single biggest reason our jobs went overseas? Our workers have long been the most productive in the world but, with $9000 worth of health care costs tacked on to a car, building in the US became impossible. Organized crime running insurance companies, the “outfit’s” drug scams and the medical monopoly, the “non-profit” hospitals that funneled a generation’s livelihood into numbered accounts in foreign banks are why we are on this rollercoaster ride.
Are we paying for things we did wrong? Did too many buy in on Reaganesque “greed is good” baloney or the phony “war on terror?” I think a better focus is “deregulation.” Every industry that has been deregulated has collapsed under massive criminal wrongdoing. Does this mean organized crime runs every financial operation in the US, from the Federal Reserve to every “house” on Wall Street? What do you think?
We couldn’t have done anything about it anyway, even if we weren’t being manipulated to blame each other. I love it when I hear about conspiracies. Our entire financial system is a conspiracy, always has been. Conspirators wrote our Constitution. Federalists were nothing but agents of the British banks, working phony currency games to make sure America would remain a colony of Britain forever. Britain, of course, is a colony of the Rothschild’s and has been since the 1700s. Is any of it a conspiracy or is the fact that the actual world financial system is a criminal conspiracy, the World Bank, the IMF, the EU, the Federal Reserve.
How can Americans explain the Federal Reserve system when none of us understand Afghanistan, our current war, where we are now supporting opium growers and spending billions arming people to fight us who are fighting us only because we are, curiously enough, paying them to. Why would Americans arm the Taliban, protect poppy fields and prevent Afghanistan from establishing a democratic government? Is America, just maybe, run by organized crime?
Check your bank account, check your mail, check the job section in your newspaper. It ain’t no conspiracy, it is simply a pack of criminals like it has always been. They just got too greedy and have finally killed the golden goose, us.
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KABUL, Afghanistan —
Watching a drug addict going cold turkey in a rehabilitation center is hard. When that drug addict is 3 years old, it is heartbreaking.
But this is the shocking reality for some children in Afghanistan — an addiction that is passed on through birth and breastfeeding, or becoming dependent from second-hand smoke, often from their parents.
The Sanga Amaj Center in Kabul is one of just 40 drug treatment centers in the whole of Afghanistan. Just 40 centers for a population of more than 28 million, one million of which are believed to be addicted, according to the United Nations.
Children at the clinic receive toys
At the center, the U.S. representatives of the State Department’s anti-narcotics program — which funds 30 of these centers — give out gifts donated from U.S. schoolchildren. The children start to smile, smiles that hide the suffering for a while. Just long enough to trade presents with each other until everyone’s happy with the toy or teddy bear they’ve received.
Mothers and children are treated together at the center in a 45-day course to break the habit before they return to their family – and unfortunately, sometimes back to easy access to opium and often back to an addicted husband. Doctors say they wish they could keep them for longer but there are others waiting to get in.
A 35-year-old mother at the center says she unwittingly passed her addiction on to her 3-year-old daughter.
She is now eight months pregnant and says she came to the center because she was worried her next child could be addicted from birth. Like most women in the center, she says she started smoking or eating opium because her husband did.
“I was breast-feeding her so she got used to it,” she says with her daughter on her lap. “When I stopped giving her milk she was not well, her eyes became red and she was crying.”
She then gave her opium tea to soothe her. She says she had no idea it was addictive. Her daughter stares vacantly, barely moving.
Doctors say some of the mothers use opium as a painkiller for themselves and their children because they have no medicine and no other choice.
Dr. Homa Mansory has worked at the clinic for a year and a half and says it still upsets her to see children addicted. “These kind of treatment centers are vital, but we need more, especially for women and children,” she says.
Only two of Afghanistan's 40 centers are currently equipped to treat children. There are no proven clinical treatments developed for addicts this young as the problem was only recently discovered.
Meanwhile, the mother at the clinic proudly shows off her daughter who has some color back in her cheeks. One child has had a second chance. What is less certain is how many more may not.KABUL, Afghanistan — Watching a drug addict going cold turkey in a... more
There are more US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003, officials say.
New Pentagon figures show there are currently around 94,000 troops in Afghanistan compared to 92,000 in Iraq.
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Damn that's a lot of troops. Hamid Karzai's brother, the CIA and Haliburton must be shipping tons of heroin by now.There are more US troops in Afghanistan than Iraq for the first time since Saddam... more
Iranian border guard units have seized several tons of illicit drugs at the country’s eastern borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan during the last one month, a senior Iranian police commander announced on Sunday.
“In line with decisive confrontation with any kind of border trespassing, goods smuggling and drug trafficking along the borders of (Iran’s southeastern) Sistan and Balouchestan province, border guards of this command center’s combat brigades and units succeeded in discovering and seizing large amount of narcotics and smuggled goods in border patrol operations during the last one month,” Commander of Sistan and Balouchestan’s Border Guard Unit General Gholamnabi Kohkan said.
The commander said that his units conducted a series of intelligence operations after receiving tips from the local people and identified the targets.
Following these operations, the police seized 3,093 kg of different types of narcotics, including opium, heroin, Crystal, etc, he added.Iranian border guard units have seized several tons of illicit drugs at the... more