New Study Highlights Devastating Global Effects of War on Drugs

An International group has called for a major rethink of global policy on narcotics and an end to the failed efforts that governments refuse to relinquish

MARJAH, Helmand province, Afghanistan - Corporal Mark Hickok, a 23-year-old combat engineer from North Olmstead, Ohio, patrols through a poppy field during a clearing mission April 9. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John M. McCall)

Another major study designed to assess how national governments wage their so-called "war on drugs" shows that the last ten years of such policies have not only failed to put a dent in the illegal drug trade, the tactics have had serious negative impacts for global health, human rights, public safety and economic progress. As a result, the

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North Korea Is A Major Opium Producer, Making It A Prime Target For The CIA

North Korea is starting to produce more opium in a bid to financially prop up its regime following Chinese sanctions on its coal exports. Will its increased opium production make it a target for the U.S. military? History suggests this may be the case.

MINNEAPOLIS-- (Analysis) When the U.S. overthrew the Taliban in the wake of 9/11 as part of its newly launched “war on terror,” it set the stage for the explosive growth of Afghanistan’s dying opium industry. A few short months before the invasion took place, the Taliban made headlines for having “dramatically ended the country’s massive opium

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A Fruitless, Pointless War: America’s Legacy in Afghanistan

End the war. Bring all the troops home. Now.

U.S. Army Soldiers in the Konar province of Afghanistan. (Photo/U.S. Army by Sgt. Johnny R. Aragon via Flickr)

Rudyard Kipling, the British poet laureate of Western imperialism, wrote in his great poem “White Man’s Burden” that the job of ruling foreign peoples – whom he characteristically referred to as childish, slothful heathens – was often one that was both costly and thankless. Blood, treasure and the best of entire generations, said Kipling, would be

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