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Bush vows to sustain aid for Colombia drug war editorial comment
04-August-2005, Colombia, Reuters AlerNet

U.S. President George W. Bush pledged on Thursday to sustain funding for Colombia's fight against drugs and violence even as a senior State Department official said Washington would like to reduce its anti-narcotics aid. As a close partner in the ...

Afghan drug-fighting efforts failing- lawmakers editorial comment
12-July-2005, Afghanistan, Reuters

U.S. lawmakers told the Bush administration on Tuesday the program to fight Afghanistan's poppy trade appeared on the brink of failure, which they said would undermine work to stabilize the country and spread more drugs throughout the ...

Revealed: how drugs war failed editorial comment
04-July-2005, United Kingdom, Guardian Unlimited

The profit margins for major traffickers of heroin into Britain are so high they outstrip luxury goods companies such as Louis Vuitton and Gucci, according to a study that Downing Street is refusing to publish under freedom of information ...

UN drugs chief raises alarm on Bolivia crisis editorial comment
14-June-2005, Bolivia, Reuters AlerNet

By Mark John BRUSSELS, June 14 (Reuters) - Bolivia needs urgent international help to stop farmers turning to coca production as a political crisis distracts efforts to combat drugs, the head of the U.N. drugs office on Tuesday. The ...

America's drugs plan in tatters as cocaine and ... editorial comment
15-May-2005, United States, The Independent

Washington's "war on drugs" in Colombia is collapsing in chaos and corruption, and the drug producers are winning. The so-called Plan Colombia, which has cost the US more than $3bn (£1.6bn) in the past five years, is being abandoned, Secretary of ...

Anti-Drug Gains in Colombia Don't Reduce Flow to ... editorial comment
28-April-2005, United States, The New York Times

By JOEL BRINKLEY Published: April 28, 2005 OGOTĮ, Colombia, April 27 - Five years and $3 billion into the most aggressive counternarcotics operation ever here, American and Colombian officials say they have eradicated a record-breaking ...

War, drugs, and the war on drugs editorial comment
17-January-2005, Switzerland, International Relations and Security Network

With the belated realization that the war in Afghanistan has turned the country once again into a narco-state, Washington has announced an increase in aid to Afghanistan from US$130 to US$780 to combat the opium and heroin trade. But the US record ...

Afghan anti-drugs drive 'will turn tide' of opium editorial comment
07-December-2004, Afghanistan, Financial Times

International efforts to combat Afghanistan's booming opium industry should begin to reduce output next year, a British minister with responsibility for counternarcotics said yesterday. Bill Rammell, Foreign Office minister, said a "robust" ...

Drug barons grow new line in cocaine editorial comment
07-December-2004, Colombia, Financial Times

Colombian police have identified a genetically modified and super-hardy coca "tree" that yields up to eight times more cocaine than a traditional shrub. The discovery, detailed in a counter-narcotics police intelligence dossier obtained by the ...

Afghan opium farmers say crops spraying made them ... editorial comment
27-November-2004, Afghanistan, PakTribune

HAKIMABAD: Instead of the handful of people with skin diseases he usually deals with, Dr. Mohammed Rafi Safi says he has recently treated 30 Afghan farmers who allege their opium crops were sprayed with poison. The flood of patients in the past ...

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