[lit-ideas] Meanwhile, in Afghanistan

  • From: "Andy Amago" <aamago@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "lit-ideas" <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 09:46:58 -0500

Narcotics are funding the Taliban and the al Qaeda elements in Afghanistan.  
It's more than just a moral issue.  

Opium production in Afghanistan, which provides more than 90% of the world's 
heroin, broke all records in 2006, reaching a historic high despite ongoing 
U.S.-sponsored eradication efforts. 
-- 26% production increase over past year -- for a total of 5,644 metric tons

-- 61% increase in the amount of land for cultivation of opium poppies

-- 132% increase in cultivation in the two main production provinces, Helmand 
and Oruzgan

--  33% of the country's gross domestic product is narcotics production

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