Los Angeles Times (US)Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Alternet (US web)Monday, February 9, 2015
The Reality-Based Community (US)Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Poppy cultivation in Myanmar has nearly tripled since 2006, reaching close to 150,000 acres, according to surveys carried out by the United Nations. Yet even that steep rise fails to capture the full extent of Myanmar’s resurgence as a major player in the global heroin business. Over the last few years, an increasing number of farmers here have produced two opium crops a year, experts say; the...
“For many people in this country opium is not a problem, it’s the solution — a way for small-scale farmers to increase incomes to buy salt, rice, medicines and other essentials,” said Tom Kramer, a researcher with the Transnational Institute, an organization based in the Netherlands that tracks illicit drugs. Read the full article.
Kramer, who works with the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute, said drug elimination policies in Burma and in the region had further contributed to the drug problems as these have been “deadline-oriented” and repressive, and failed to prioritize socio-economic development of poppy-growing areas....
Talking Drugs Friday, November 21, 2014
The Guardian (UK)Wednesday, June 25, 2014
On April 19, Jannat Mir, a boy from Afghanistan, reportedly only 15 years old, was hanged in Dastgerd prison in Isfahan, Iran. Along with five others killed that day, Jannat was a victim of Iran’s hardline war on drugs. According to activists, in the last four years, over 1,800 people have been executed for drug crimes in Iran, most without due process or access to proper legal representation....