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Opium news and analysis from The Nation
February 8, 2018
The Pentagon Sent $500 Million Abroad for International Drug Wars. What Happened Next Is a Mystery.
A report by the Defense Department’s inspector general raises questions about a combatant command with a history of scandals.
November 13, 2017
America Is Losing Yet Another Drug War—in Afghanistan
Opium is the fundamental factor driving the Taliban’s success, but try telling that to Donald Trump.
April 25, 2016
‘Addiction Is an Adaptation to Your Environment’: An Interview With Johann Hari
Addiction, according to Johann Hari, is less about drugs and more about human connection.
February 22, 2016
The Drug That Makes the Taliban Possible
Until Washington deals with Afghanistan’s economic dependence on opium, the Taliban aren’t going anywhere.
November 19, 2015
5 Books That Shed Light on the Cultural Revolution
“The most intriguing books draw out the continuities between contemporary China and its Maoist past.”
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July 27, 2015
From Opium Wars to Darwin’s Finches: A Brief History of Great Britain
History has shown us time and time again that we are only human.
January 11, 2011
Addicted to Numbers
Misleading narratives about the Afghan opium trade have led to counterproductive eradication strategies.
September 13, 2010
Afghanistan on Life Support
The American war and Afghanistan’s civilians.
September 6, 2006
High on Opium, Not Democracy
In Bush-liberated Afghanistan, billions in drug profits are financing the Taliban, proving the President is better at starting wars than winning them.
November 23, 2004
Cultivating Opium, Not Democracy
Afghanistan’s crop “has spread like wildfire.”