Archive for November 4th, 2011

04/11/2011

Laos’ Poor Farmers:.. But Opium Is More Profitable Than Corn

Human Wrongs Watch

MOONMEUANG – Training in how to prune peach trees may not be at the top of most drug and crime interventions, but perhaps they should be when it comes to opium, experts say.

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Opium production was rising in Laos, formerly the third-largest producer in the world after Afghanistan and Myanmar, until the government slashed poppy plots from 26,800ha to 1,500ha between 1998 and 2006.

But since 2007 opium farming has doubled to 3,000ha and the upward trend is still continuing, according to the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

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04/11/2011

The “Occupy” Struggle Needs To Build a Multiracial Movement

Human Wrongs Watch

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor* – SocialistWorker 

The Occupy struggle needs to represent and involve all of the 99 percent–and that means putting issues affecting people of color at the center of our movement. 

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Occupy Wall Street has sent a bolt of electricity through American society and politics in a way that hasn't happened in decades. It has made the powerful and wealthy of this society the focal point for decades of class rage that has simmered beneath the surface.

The Occupy Movement has forced the mainstream media to report on and discuss poverty, economic inequality, and the corruption and money that pollute the political system in this country. Maybe most important is the way the movement has popularized the notion that there is a basic divide in this society and around the world: the 1 percent versus the 99 percent.

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