After a decade of denial, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime has finally shown Afghan narcotics trafficking into the United States on their yearly report, the World Drug Report. As discussed previously on this site, preceding iterations of this report were used by the media to draw the conclusion that all illicit opioids consumed in the US were of Latin American origin. This was patently false. The UN’s own reports have clearly shown that Afghanistan was supplying 90-98% of the world’s opium since 2001 while countries like Colombia, Peru, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico combine to produce very little opium. Continue reading
February 16, 2016
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In what may be the reason behind El Chapo Guzman’s easy prison escapes, a newly released DEA report shows there are few areas in the United States that are not influenced by the Sinaloa cartels trafficking operations. After years of Mexican TCO consolidation via US and Mexican crime-shaping initiatives, El Chapo has finally emerged as king of the hill.
Source: Business Insider
Shading indicates areas of cartel control, with darker-colored areas indicating population density, which is a sign of a potentially deep market for narcotics.
The DEA’s report cautions that “Mexican transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) pose the greatest criminal drug threat to the United States; no other group is currently positioned to challenge them.”
Source: WSWS – Part 1 / Part 2
The history of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)—its coups, assassinations, detention, extraordinary rendition, torture, “black sites,” drone executions, dirty wars and the sponsorship of dictatorial regimes —not only underscores the ruthless, bloody and reactionary role of American imperialism, but most especially the ruling elites’ mortal fear of the working class internationally.
From its founding in 1947, the Agency recognized that global hegemony could not be achieved and sustained by brute repression alone. Accelerating anticolonial struggles, revolutionary struggles in Greece and across Europe, mass struggles and strikes across the world (not the least of which was the Great Strike Wave of 1945-46 in the US ) were all deeply influenced by socialist views. Despite the collaboration of the Stalinist regime in the USSR in disarming these movements and assisting in reestablishing the authority of the capitalist governments, the American bourgeoisie was well aware that the fate of their system hung in the balance. Continue reading
Source: New Eastern Outlook / Voltairenet
This is the clear reaction of Washington to the decision by the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office on July 28 to declare the activities of the US National Endowment for Democracy as “undesirable in the territory of Russia.” The official statement stated that, “the National Endowment for Democracy used Russian commercial and non-commercial organizations under its control to take part in campaigns aimed at denying the legitimacy of results of Russian elections; organize political actions designed to influence the authorities’ decisions and discredit the service in the Russian Armed Forces.” It further elaborated, “In pursuit of these goals, the fund allocated about 2.5 million US dollars to Russian commercial and non-commercial organizations in 2013-2015.”
Under Russia’s law on Undesirable NGOs, adopted by the Duma or parliament and signed into law by President Putin this May, any foreign or international non-governmental organization could become “undesirable” if it threatened the foundations of Russia’s constitutional order, the country’s defense capability and the security of the Russian state.
Significantly, in a statement regarding the decision, Russia’s Foreign Ministry named Carl Gershman, the neo-conservative who has been president since NED was founded in 1983. They noted that Gershman said – absolutely openly – that the NED organization was intended to be a beautiful facade for distributing funds among opposition circles in foreign countries. That suggests they have done their homework very well before banning the NED. Continue reading
Source: Hamilton Spectator
In October 2013, US authorities shut down Silk Road, the world’s largest cryptomarket. At the time, prosecutors claimed that the closure of the so-called “eBay of illicit drugs” represented the beginning of the end for online drug distribution.
This assertion has since proved incorrect. Over the next 10 months, drug trading on the “dark net” recovered rapidly. It is now estimated to be at least twice the level it was at the height of Silk Road’s popularity.
A new generation of cryptomarkets is supplying the expanding online drug trade. They are populated by thousands of dealers who use digital encryption to communicate with clients, spruik their wares and conduct illicit transactions.
Reinforcing a common Monolithik theme, a DEA Agent giving a presentation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana indicates that “black market” opiate pills are leading to Heroin use and death. As previously indicated, the increase in worldwide opium production has fueled the illegal manufacture of counterfeit opioid pills and the large-scale theft and distribution of legally made prescription opiates. As if by design, the utter failure that is the war on drugs has perpetuated a drug that was almost dead. But now, in the immortal words of 1993’s Pulp Fiction anti-hero, Lance “Heroin is coming back in a big fuckin’ way.”