No One Really Knows What’s in Israel’s Most Popular New Liquor
Tel Aviv is hooked on Tubi 60: a cloudy liquor originating from the northern city of Haifa. Despite being widely sold in bars and spawning its own appreciation group, nobody really knows what ingredients it contains.
A Drug-by-Drug Guide to a Rational UK Drug Policy
This is how the United Kingdom would be taking drugs if the law had anything to do with how harmful they actually are.
Chasing Coffee in Ethiopia: Part Four
We headed into the mountains outside of Jimma to check out some coffee washing stations, but when we got to the place where the dirt bikes were supposed to be, there were no dirt bikes—just a muddy road that ran down into a valley.
The UK Khat Ban Is Impacting African Farmers
Last year, I had the chance to visit a khat farm in Kenya—a peaceful place most of the time—where the khat was bundled into high-speed pickup trucks and driven into Nairobi for international distribution. But at midnight last Tuesday, the edible herb...
It's Raining Khat in California
According to DEA documents obtained by Motherboard, seizures of the leafy African stimulant skyrocketed on the West Coast in 2013, after a decade without a single bust. What gives?
Yemeni Plaster Workers are High on Khat
The Yemeni plaster workers tasked with preserving Sanaa's architectural history are high on khat.
Khat is a chewable herbal stimulant, popular among the UK's Somali and Yemeni communities. Despite there being little or no evidence that the drug causes harm to its users, the British government is working to outlaw khat.
My Time with One of Somaliland’s Khat Kingpins
Khat is a longstanding part of Somali culture, and people familiar with the plant in Yemen and Ethiopia jump to defend it as a recreational social lubricant. But it’s not so benign in Somaliland anymore. Ethiopian growers flood the market, realizing...
This Is What Happens When You Try to Smuggle Two Wheelie Bins Full of Khat into America
One man who knows all about transporting khat internationally behind the authorities' backs is Manchester native Colin "Renno" Rennicks. He was locked up in the super maximum-security wing of an American prison after being caught attempting to sneak 4...
Yemeni Tribal Kidnapping Negotiations Are Surprisingly Civil
While the media tends to focus on the rare occurrences involving foreigners or those somehow linked to al Qaeda, the vast majority of kidnappings in Yemen are domestic tribal affairs that end peacefully without any government involvement. In the...