The World Geopolitics of Drugs, 1998/1999

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Springer Science & Business Media, Apr 30, 2002 - Medical - 284 pages
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The other report is published by the U. S. State Department and is more "committed," but only as far as the national interest of the world's only su perpower is concerned. Therefore, the State Department report must be read while keeping in mind the state of U. S. relations with the countries concerned. This report is accompanied by the so-called "certification" process, whose ar bitrary character has often been stressed. For instance, Iran, a country whose determination to fight the drug transit on its territory is well-known - more than 100 Iranian law enforcement agents die every year as a restult - was removed from the "blacklist" of "decertified countries" in the spring of 1999, precisely as it was inaugurating a policy of opening itself to external influ ence, including that of the United States. In retrospect, this demonstrates that the U. S. government had decertified Iran in past years because it was viewed as an Islamic and terrorist country, not because of its supposed involvement in drug trafficking. Neither does the last State Department report explain why Haji Ayub Afridi, a major Pakistani drug baron, who had voluntarily surrendered to U. S. authorities, returned to Pakistan in 1999 after spending a mere three and a half years in a U. S. prison.
 

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Contents

Global problems
33
Center of the economic worlds attention
41
Estimation of illegal crops and diversion of legal crops
44
Asia
53
Country reports
61
Pakistan
65
Nepal
69
India
73
Map 5
165
The Americas
167
Laundering the political system
176
War on drugs or on rebellion?
185
The legacy often years of Peronist government
193
Success story of the war on drugs
201
Country reports
208
Chile
213

Burma
78
China
84
Vietnam
89
Cambodia
93
Map 14
99
Europe
103
News from the Italian mafias
111
Drug gateway to Europe
117
Ambiguity in the fight against terrorism
124
The cannabis market in Paris
129
From the Amazon to the urban jungles
133
Country reports
140
Russia
144
Lithuania
149
Poland
153
Czech Republic
157
Rumania
161
Venezuela
217
Trinidad and Tobago
222
Dominican Republic Haiti
226
Canada
230
Map 611
235
Africa
241
The cannabis industry in Lesotho
246
Rainbow Mafia becomes entrenched
256
The Rainbow Mafia
259
Country reports
264
Nigeria
268
Benin
271
Congo
275
Mauritius
279
MAPS 1213
283
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Journaliste et sociologue, Alain Labrousse est l'auteur d'une dizaine d'ouvrages dont la moitie est consacree aux drogues. Ces livres sont le fruit d'enquetes de terrain, particulierement en Amerique du Sud, en Afrique de l'Ouest et en Afghanistan. Au debut des annees 1990, il fonde avecMichel Koutouzis l'Observatoire geopolitique des drogues (OGD), dont les travaux et expertises sont reconnus a travers le monde. Sous sa direction, l'OGDpublie un "Atlas mondial des drogues" (PUF, 1997), et realise des expertises pour le compte du gouvernement francais, de l'Union europeenne et du Programme des Nations unies pour le controle international des drogues (PNUCID). Alain Labrousse est l'auteur d'"Afghanistan, opium de guerre, opium de paix" (Mille et Une Nuits, 2005), de "Geopolitique des drogues" (PUF, Que sais-je ?, 2004), d'un "Dictionnaire geopolitique des drogues: La drogue dans 134 pays: productions, trafics, conflits, usages" (De Boeck, 2002), et de "La Drogue, l'argent et les armes" (Fayard, 1991).

Alan A. Block is emeritus professor of crime, law and justice, and Jewish studies at Pennsylvania State University. In addition, from 1998-2001, he served as director of the Jewish studies program at Pennsylvania State University. He has written numerous books and articles on organized crime, including" All is Clouded by Desire: Global Banking, Money Laundering, and International Organized Crime, "and "Space, Time, and Organized Crime.

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