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The shady players in Myanmar's drugs trade
September 26, 2012 4:19 PM   Subscribe


 
I think anyone who'd suggest that Burma -- and, let's be honest, the area with the lion's share of opium production in the country is as much a part of something called "Burma" as it is part of something called "Timbuktu" -- has ever had in the past thirty years a clear distinction between the licit and illicit economy doesn't really know what they're talking about.
posted by docgonzo at 6:05 PM on September 26, 2012


> let's be honest, the area with the lion's share of opium production in the country is as much a part of something called "Burma" as it is part of something called "Timbuktu"

Yeah except that the profits are shared with the government of Burma, not Timbuktu.

Snark aside, that's an interesting piece, and I'm glad the complicity of the government is being publicized—it's all too easy to take pious claims of eradication attempts at face value. Thanks for the post.
posted by languagehat at 8:24 AM on September 27, 2012




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