Semne bune macul are

  Mai saptamana trecuta ne aflam in vizita la rabbi ( Sheilla, nevasta-sa face o kishka ce n-ati vazut). Din vorba-n vorba… ne-am trezit vorbind de ghesefturi, narav vechi. Si uite asa, discutand, am ajuns noi la concluzia ca economia mondiala e in galeata. Vestile despre recesiune vin de pretudindeni. Oy-oy!

Si cel mai tare ne ingrijora soarta tarilor lumii a treia. Primele care vor suferi, oy-oy,  de pe urma recesiunii.

Nu stiu cum mi-a venit in minte Afganistanul. Tara amarat, dupa razboi … sub ocupatie. Si iar oy-oy!

Dar astazi mi-a cazut pe maini o stire. Si mi-am dat seama ca nu e dracu’ asa de negru, mai.  Si ca ocupatia aia straina le prinde tari bini la smecherii aia de afgani.  Bravo , mai!

Afghanistan’s Drug Economy Blooms

 

Afghanistan has become the world’s top producer of opium. According to the United Nations, the Southern Asian nation supplies more than 90 percent of the world market in opiates. And while the drug trade is not new to Afghanistan, it’s beginning to leave its mark on society.

Afghan poppy growers in the Zadi Dusht district of Kandahar
Afghan poppy growers in the Zadi Dusht district of Kandahar

Despite Kabul’s extensive eradication efforts, Afghanistan still produced 8,000 more tons of opium poppies this year than it did in 2006. The United Nations says that is 34 percent more than last year’s harvest.

The country’s opium trade accounts for more than half its Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, says Amy Frumin of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. That’s about four-billion dollars or 29 percent more than last year’s earnings.

“Afghanistan had historically been a cultivator of drugs and only recently has begun producing and refining the drugs as well. So that has a different impact than just the growing of drugs. And the narco trade represents about 52 percent of the GDP of Afghanistan. So it’s a very lucrative and illicit industry,” says Frumin.

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