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BBC News BBC News - US spends $7bn but fails to stop Afghan opium poppy growth

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US spends $7bn but fails to stop Afghan opium poppy growth

Afghanistan saw record levels of opium poppy growth in 2013, despite US efforts

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Opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan hit record levels in 2013 despite counter-narcotics efforts by Washington, a US report says.

The special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction said the US had spent $7.6bn ( UKP#4.72bn) over 13 years trying to eradicate the plant.

A number of agencies gave to the funds aimed at supporting narcotics officers and helping farmers change livelihoods.

Despite this, Afghanistan grew 209,000 hectares of the plant in 2013.

A UN body says the value of this crop was nearly $3bn ( UKP#1.86bn), up 50% from 2012.

"With deteriorating security in many parts of rural Afghanistan and low levels of eradication of poppy fields, further increases in cultivation are likely in 2014," said the US inspector general, John Sopko.Deep-well technology

The report also found that areas such as Nangarhar in the east of the country, which was previously declared "poppy-free", are cultivating the plant again.

It is believed that affordable deep-well technology might be responsible for the surge.

Over the past decade, the wells have turned 200,000 hectares of desert into farming land. Much of this is being used to grow opium poppies.

Afghanistan is responsible for producing about 80% of the world's opium.

Profits from the trade help fund corruption within the country, maintain criminal networks and support terrorist groups such as the Taliban.

The report comes as President Ashraf Ghani, appointed at the end of September, tries to usher in a new era for Afghanistan.

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prohibitionist hits:0 government drug warrior (prohibition_agency) hits:1 propaganda (drugwar_propaganda) hits:12 legalization hits:0 drug_reformer hits:0 reform_referenda hits:0 cannabis hits:0 stimulant hits:0 narcotic hits:17 hallucinogen hits:0
    prohibitionist     prohibition_agency     drugwar_propaganda     legalization     drug_reformer
    reform_referenda     cannabis     stimulant     narcotic     hallucinogen

incarceration/prison mentioned? yes .

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explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) hits:0 hated group (propaganda_theme1) hits:4 madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2) hits:5 survival of society (propaganda_theme3) hits:2 gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) hits:0 children (propaganda_theme5) hits:1 demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) hits:0 total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) hits:0 dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8) hits:0
EXP - explicit prohibition propaganda (explicit_propaganda) GRP - hated group (propaganda_theme1) MAD - madness, violence, illness (propaganda_theme2)
SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
WAR - demonize, war, epidemic (propaganda_theme6) TOT - total prohibition (propaganda_theme7) DIS - dissent opposed (propaganda_theme8)

 drug of abuse implied / mentioned

drug related
[news] [concept]

prohibition prohibition agency illegal drugs drug ngo  
drugwar_propaganda : a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or themepropaganda

drugwar propaganda 75%
[news] [concept]

propaganda theme1 propaganda theme2 propaganda theme3 propaganda theme5 Why Are Americans So Easy to Manipulate? (Bruce E Levine, 2012)
Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
propaganda_theme1 : drug war propaganda theme: hated groupshated group

propaganda theme1 55%
[news] [concept]

"terrorist" "anarchic"4Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
America's Racist Drug laws
Labeling theory
Transfer (propaganda)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 50%
[news] [concept]

"criminals" "criminal" "Profits"5Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
propaganda_theme3 : drug war propaganda theme: survival of societysurvival of society

propaganda theme3 65%
[news] [concept]

"the country"2Survival of Society (propaganda theme 3)
The "Nation" as a Device To Create a Psychological Crowd
propaganda_theme5 : drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugschildren

propaganda theme5 75%
[news] [concept]

"infant"1Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5)
Think of the children
 drug of abuse

illegal drugs
[news] [concept]

 drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
various drugs  
 drug ngo 75%
[news] [concept]
prohibitionist ngo  
prohibition_agency : various drug prohibition and propaganda agencies and police; tax-supported entities dependent on continuing prohibitiongovernment drug warrior

prohibition agency
[news] [concept]

"narcotics officers"1Drug Enforcement Administration
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
 prohibitionist ngo 75%
[news] [concept]
"narcotics officers"1The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Vested Interests of Prohibition: The Police
Police Are the Prohibitionist Lobby
this is what a police state looks like
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
A Center for Statistics Abuse?
Califano's CASA - Pharmaceutical Corporation Lobby
Guess Who's Profiting From Pot Prohibition? (2014)
[news] [concept]
An Address By Senator Pierre Claude Nolin
ACLU Brief: Against Drug Prohibition
The Secret Of World-wide Drug Prohibition (PDF)
History of Alcohol Prohibition
Milton Friedman: Prohibition and Drugs
 psychoactive chemical

chemicals 60%
[news] [concept]

opium opiate
 psychoactive plant

[news] [concept]

 euphoric depressant 60%
[news] [concept]
opium opiate  
[news] [concept]
 analgesic 60%
[news] [concept]
opium opiate  
[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
"narcotics" opiate2Managing Pain
opiate : a substance derived from the opium poppyopiate 60%
[news] [concept]
opium Managing Pain

opium 60%
[news] [concept]

 Papaver somniferum

[news] [concept]

"opium poppy" "poppy" "poppies"14
 various drugs 90%
[news] [concept]
[news] [concept]
"jail"1Prison Hell in America (Stephen Lendman, Oct. 2011)
Understanding the U.S. Torture State
this is what a police state looks like
Torture and the United States and... drugs.htm
US Official Prison Policy: Encourage Men's Rape (2014)
Profit Driven Prison Industrial Complex (2012)
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Sing a Little Louder
Prison Rape Widely Ignored by Authorities
Push Back Against Drug War Profiteering with Jury Nullification
 youth 75%
[news] [concept]
propaganda theme5
[news] [concept]
 aggrandizing government

[news] [concept]

"officials"1What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
America's True Religion (2014)
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
Statism, Stalinism, and Satanism - What are the Limits?
 mainstream (controlled) media

msm 50%
[news] [concept]

dailymail Mainstream Media
Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom
 dailymail 50%
[news] [concept]
"Mail Online"
Tavistock Tabloid Daily Mail
Yellow journalism
Zinoviev letter
Tide turns on drug reform: Even Daily Mail readers warm to legalisation (2013)

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    dailymail concept - While the influence of the tabloid, Daily Mail, is primarily limited to the lower classes within the United Kingdom, nonetheless, in the UK tabloid press, almost single-handedly in first decade of the twenty-first century, the Daily Mail has managed to whip up fear over deadly skunk -- i.e., cannabis -- into a great body of plausible received wisdom on the certainties of the psychosis-causing harms of this new drug menace.
    msm concept - mainstream media - corporate, government controlled press: newspaper, tv, radio, websites; press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", Tavistock Institute, etc.
    aggrandizement concept - terms of aggrandizement (of government)
    school concept
    youth concept
    incarceration concept - Prisons, Jails and Probation
    various_drugs concept - general terms for drugs
    poppy concept - Papaver somniferum is a annual that with brilliant white or red flowers growing on a central bulbous pod. When scratched, the pod produces a milkly latex called opium. This latex contains a variety of opiates including codeine and morphine. It has a long history of use in Asia and Europe. (Papaveraceae, Papaver, somniferum)
    opium concept - Opium is a naturally occurring analgesic harvested as a latex from ripe Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) pods. It has a long history of use by humans as an oral and smoked psychoactive. (Mixture)
    opiate concept - a substance derived from the opium poppy
    narcotic concept - a drug that dulls senses, relieves pain, induces sleep
    euphoriant concept
    analgesic concept
    sedative concept
    euphoric_depressant concept
    plants concept - Plants listed in this section are those which have been used by humans for their mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    chemicals concept - Psychoactive Chemicals are chemicals which have mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    prohibition concept - drug prohibition terms
    prohibitionist_ngo concept - prohibition non-governmental organization which engages in deceitful practices
    prohibition_agency concept - various drug prohibition and propaganda agencies and police; tax-supported entities dependent on continuing prohibition
    drug_ngo concept
    drugs concept
    illegal_drugs concept - drugs of abuse, so-called
    propaganda_theme5 concept - drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugs
    propaganda_theme3 concept - drug war propaganda theme: survival of society
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    propaganda_theme1 concept - drug war propaganda theme: hated groups
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition