A vicious cocktail of addiction, extremism, state failure and unbearably hot summers has turned Basra into a powder keg.
Tonnes of meth, ketamine, ecstasy, and cannabis were ceremonially destroyed following Southeast Asia’s biggest-ever year of drug busts.
"It often appeared that setting up the photo-ops must take much longer than the actual drug bust itself".
Contraband destruction ceremonies are grand events celebrated with nationalistic pomp and publicity stunts in Pakistan.
The groundbreaking work of one woman is helping Russian children in intense pain, and humanising healthcare in a country where historical and cultural legacies loom large.
“They will want a very good deal to end the production,” a former special forces soldier turned anti-narcotics consultant told VICE World News. “But let’s face it, they’re great negotiators.”
Don Clark Sr. was 63 when he was killed by police.
A licensed gun owner being present increases the risk level of executing a search warrant and should have informed how the raid was carried out.
He sells the drug to students, saying it would increase their drive to study the Quran.
“If a fisherman brings five kgs of heroin along with 500 kgs of fish in his boat, it is very difficult to catch him.”
He was also carrying about 200 grams of it in his underwear.
Marijuana is still big business in Indonesia's Aceh province, despite a decades-long drug war.