Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

ENCORE!

High-tech acting king Andy Serkis on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Read more

REPORTERS

Hong Kong in rebellion against the 'motherland'

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lithuania

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza: children caught up in the conflict

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Was the UN chief’s speech in Tel Aviv really a 'shameful message'?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

France concerned about anti-Semitism

Read more

WEB NEWS

Online movement demands peace in Gaza

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Apple aims to satisfy China's hunger for smartphones

Read more

DEBATE

MH17: Punishing Putin? (part two)

Read more

  • UN human rights chief blasts Israel-Gaza ‘war crimes’

    Read more

  • Remains of Flight MH17 victims arrive in the Netherlands

    Read more

  • Bomb attacks kill ‘scores’ in north Nigeria

    Read more

  • Paris braced for new pro-Palestinian rally after clashes

    Read more

  • Two Ukrainian fighter jets shot down over rebel-held territory

    Read more

  • TransAsia Airways Taiwan crash leaves dozens dead

    Read more

  • Video: Fear, death and mourning in Gaza’s Khan Younis

    Read more

  • Young riders raise French hopes for Tour de France

    Read more

  • Defying UK, France to proceed with warships sale to Russia

    Read more

  • Kerry arrives in Israel to push for Gaza ceasefire

    Read more

  • US courts issue conflicting reports on Obamacare

    Read more

  • Video: Lebanon fears fallout from regional turmoil

    Read more

  • Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election

    Read more

  • Flight MH17 shot down ‘by mistake', US intelligence indicates

    Read more

Karzai critic gets new job

Latest update : 2008-08-01

After quitting the Bush administration and accusing the Afghan government of protecting the opium trade, Thomas Schweich has a new job with the UN.

 

Thomas Schweich, a former US coordinator on Counternarcotics and Justice reform in Afghanistan who denounced alleged corruption among senior Afghan officials and called the war on drugs a "failure", became special consultant on Latin and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean for the Vienna-based United Nations Organization against Drugs and crime (UNODC).

 

On July 27, in an article published by the New York Times Magazine, he accused Afghan President Hamid Karzai of protecting drug lords for political motives. Located mainly in the lawless province of Helmand (South), opium production skyrocketed in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, making the country the supplier of 93 % of the world’s heroin.

 

A fervent supporter of massive eradication, the former US senior official believes drug trafficking in Afghanistan was never related to poverty, but rather to insecurity. He further criticizes the Pentagon’s sequencing strategy, "defeat the taliban, then have someone else clean up the drug business", as being totally counterproductive, allowing talibans to finance their insurrection with narcodollars.

 

For two years, Schweich could not convince either president Karzai or the Pentagon to fully support aerial spraying - the most effective tactic for eliminating poppy cultivation. Why did Karzai so openly ignore this change of policy ? "While it is true that Karzai's Taliban enemies finance themselves from the drug trade, so do many of his supporters", Schweich concludes.

Date created : 2008-07-31

COMMENT(S)