Daily Archives: June 24, 2008

Taliban’s drug holy business

The Taliban made an estimated $100m in 2007 from Afghan farmers growing poppy for the opium trade, the United Nations says.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said the money was raised by a 10% tax on farmers in Taleban-controlled areas. The UN estimates last year’s poppy harvest was worth $1bn.

Mr. Costa said the Taleban made even more money from other activities related to the opium trade.

I presume they were blessing and pray to Allah before spreading death!

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Ovi today

Mugabe must go by Thanos Kalamidas
Zimbabwe’s opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai announced that his party is pulling out from the elections stating that this election will not be fair and free, yet he automatically hands victory to Mugabe!

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Don’t sit here or you could be beaten by Linda Lane
I stopped a fight between 15 men at 3am in Dhaka Airport, over one man wanting to sit in the seats pictured. These were the only comfortable seats left in the room where one could conceivably have a nap.

Bush Fait Ses Adieux a l’Europe by Europe & Us
Ce fut davantage une visite protocolaire qu’une tournée d’adieux chargée en émotions. A cinq mois des élections présidentielles américaines…

Lift Spirits #06 by Thanos K & Asa B
Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit./too

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Tsvangirai Seeks Refuge in Dutch Embassy

Zimbabwe’s opposition presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai was taking refuge at the Dutch Embassy in Harare this Monday. Tsvangirai had affirmed on Sunday that a “free and fair election was impossible”.

Dutch authorities in the Netherlands announced that Tsvangirai had been asked by members of his own party, the MDC, if the Dutch Embassy could provide him with protection and security by now. “We, of course, gave him the opportunity to hide” the Dutch spokesman said.

The MDC denounced a raid of the police on its offices during which 60 people were arrested, including women and children, and taken to be “questioned”. “The government will act on anyone, anywhere who is thought to be contravening the laws of the country,” a spokesman of Mugabe declared, in order to justify such action, adding that the people taken will be questioned by the police on their claims of being… victims of political violence!!

Goodness… any bigger contradiction? I don’t know why, but they don’t seem the right people to “question” them on THAT!!!

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