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Afghanistan's Presidential Election

Congrats to the winner of Afghanistan's second presidential poll: You're leader of the world's No. 1 narco state. Opium production has grown 4,000% since the Taliban's ouster in 2001, and the country now supplies 93% of the global opiates market. But there is good news. A government crackdown led to half of Afghanistan's provinces being declared "poppy free" last year. Unfortunately, that campaign also pushed many farmers toward a lucrative alternative — marijuana — prompting the UN to predict that Afghanistan will soon overtake Morocco as the world's top cannabis-resin producer. — TB

Thu, August 20
Afghanistan's Presidential Election

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