Saturday, November 16, 2013

Afghanistan: where the poppies blow --- Because of the impact of modern weedkillers, the poppy no longer blooms so readily in the Flanders fields that are in our minds at this time of remembrance. But its lethal cousin is prospering as never before in the fields of Helmand. -- It is a dismal irony that the little red flower that became a symbol of sacrifice in the first world war should now also be a symbol of the failure to control the opium trade in Afghanistan. - More, Guardian


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