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Super Powers Addiction to Opium

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Such was the British love for Chinese goods – like porcelain, silk, and of course Tea, that some of their merchants(ie East India Tea Company) got into drug trafficking to buy them, and that led to two wars in the 19th century. The problem was that the Chinese wanted to be paid in silver, but the British did not want to exhaust their reserves. Instead, they started exporting opium from India into China and sold it illegally for heaps of silver, with which they could buy what they wanted.
When China attempted to crack down on this illegal opium trade, as millions of Chinese became addicts, the British Merchants sought help from the British Government in 1839. They got it in the form of a naval fleet. The far superior weaponry of the British forces meant that in 1842 the Chinese were forced to sue for peace with crushing economic, political, and military terms including vast reparations, more ports opened to Europeans, and Britain taking ownership of Hong Kong. The Chinese rebelled against these dishonorable terms and a second Opium War happened in 1856, leading to a joint British-French Force crushing the Chinese forces one more time.  The opium trade was legalized in China, and millions of Asians and Europeans suffered the horrific effects of addiction thereafter.  That is how it was done in the 18-19th Century.
Fast forward to present-day Afghanistan. Prior to NATO and USA invading Afghanistan, opium was banned by The Taliban, who saw it as un-Islamic. The trade continued however at very low production rates in 2001, the year the USA invaded Afghanistan. Since the invasion, however, Afghanistan started to produce 90% of the world’s opium, most of which ended up in Western Europe or Russia and reaching an all-time high in 2014. Why the increase? Is it in part attributed to the war-torn nation not being able to produce anything else, or more likely there is a correlation between the rise of Afghan Opium production and the presence of US Forces in Afghanistan?  The rise in US consumption of opium medications based, of which they also, interestingly enough, consume 90% of the world’s supply.
Is America’s Pharmaceutical Corporations Drug Cartels whose supply of drugs is protected by US Military and Military Private Contractor Agencies?
Afghan heroin has killed over a million people worldwide since Operation Enduring Freedom began, and over a trillion dollars have been invested into transnational organized crime from drug sales. Vicktor Ivanov, a present-day businessman, and former High ranking KGB Officer) said “any impartial observer must admit the sad fact that the international community has failed to curb heroin production in Afghanistan since the start of the NATO Operation”(P.E.Freedom). The United Nations have shown that Afghan production of opium has increased 35-fold since the US led invasion, from 185 tons in 2001 to 6,400 last year.
According to Mainstream Media prior to the US occupation of Afghanistan, the lucrative opium trade was being protected by President Obama, the Taliban, and local Afghan warlords, all in defiance of the international community. It was said the opium trade was filling the Taliban’s coffers, when in fact it was a huge source of revenue for the US Government, its intelligence and military contractor communities, and Big Pharma.
Under CIA and Pakistan Military protection, Pakistan and Afghan resistance opened many heroin labs along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Once the heroin left these labs, 60% of this heroin was captured by American, Pakistani, or Afghan troops. That is to say, sixty percent of US heroin came indirectly from a  CIA-Governmental/Private Contractor operation.
Questioning this logic? Well, we know the British Government was manipulated and pressured by British Corporations to not only attack the Chinese Homeland but invade China several times. This process resulted in the creation and spread of Opium/Heroin Addictions throughout Asia and the world. Think America is higher than mighty example greater than the British Empire? I think not.
Russia and China have their own designs for Afghanistan. Russia see’s the Afghan Market as clients for weapons and the greatest source of heroin and opium for the Russian Drug market. China needs Afghanistan as a stepping stone to Eurasia and The EU. America has realized that they do not need to have their troops in Afghanistan. They have learned how to use private armies such as military contractors to do their bidding.
The UK and America decry drug dealing, drug addiction, yet they are their own greatest enemies. They are the greatest source of their own addiction pain. All for money$$$. You have seen the historical facts showing what a consortium of Corporations, Governmental intelligence agencies have done throughout history, and what they can do in the name of peacekeeping, population protections, and national security.
Super Powers’ claims of protecting freedom and trying to end tyrannies is seemingly propaganda. There are those who only see profits, coercion, power within the very world on which America has built this Empire.
Steven Kaszab
Bradford, Ontario
skaszab@yahoo.ca

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‘Muslimness’ sacking claim should be investigated if complaint is made – UK’s Raab

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A British lawmaker’s claim that she was sacked from a ministerial job partly because of her Muslim faith should be properly investigated if she makes a formal complaint, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said on Sunday.

Nusrat Ghani, who lost her job as a junior transport minister in February 2020, told the Sunday Times that she was told by a “whip” – an enforcer of parliamentary discipline – that her “Muslimness” had been raised as an issue in her sacking.

“We have absolutely zero tolerance for any discrimination, and any Islamophobia, in the Conservative Party,” Raab told Sky News on Sunday. “A claim like this, as serious as it is, should be properly reported, and then a proper investigation (should take place).”

 

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Gareth Jones)

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Trucker convoy: Industry group condemns protest – CTV News

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OTTAWA —
A federation representing truckers across Canada has denounced a series of planned protests against the federal government’s cross-border travel vaccine mandate, arguing such demonstrations aren’t a safe or effective way of resisting the policy.

The Canadian Trucking Alliance spoke out against the pending protests in a statement issued 24 hours before a convoy of unvaccinated truckers was set to leave British Columbia en route to Ottawa. They will be joined by fleets of other drivers from across Canada in the Nation’s capital on Jan. 29, where they plan to hold a rally decrying policies that require drivers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to cross the Canada-U.S. border.

“The Canadian Trucking Alliance does not support and strongly disapproves of any protests on public roadways, highways, and bridges,” the statement read. “CTA believes such actions — especially those that interfere with public safety — are not how disagreements with government policies should be expressed.”

The “vast majority” of Canadian trucking industry members are vaccinated, the alliance said, noting the immunization rate among truck drivers is on par with that seen among the general public.

Alliance President Stephen Laskowski called for still greater compliance in light of the fact that both Canada and the United States have cross-border vaccination rules in place.

“This regulation is not changing so, as an industry, we must adapt and comply with this mandate,” Laskowski said in the statement. “The only way to cross the border, in a commercial truck or any other vehicle, is to get vaccinated.”

Those opposed to the measure, however, were unmoved.

“We’re not backing down and we are going to Ottawa,” Tamara Lich, a protest organizer from Medicine Hat, Alta., said in a Facebook Live video posted on Sunday.

Organizers describe the vaccine mandate as an example of political overreach resulting in economic harm, arguing the policy hurts small businesses and denies some workers the means to survive.

A GoFundMe page set up by organizers had garnered $2.6 million in donations, with more than half that total coming in the past 48 hours. The money will go toward the cost of fuel, food and accommodations for participating protesters, according to the fundraising campaign page.

Up to 26,000 of the 160,000 drivers who make regular trips across the Canada-U.S. border would likely be sidelined as a result of the vaccine mandate in both countries, according to the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the American Trucking Associations.

Some 30,000 trucks roll across the border each day hauling nearly $850 million in freight, according to 2020 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

The Liberal government announced in November that all Canadian truckers looking to cross the border from the United States would need to be vaccinated in order to avoid a 14-day quarantine, a policy that came into effect on Jan. 15.

The mandate came into effect despite a previous statement from the Canada Border Services Agency that said unvaccinated and partially immunized truck drivers crossing into Canada from the United States would remain exempt from the mandate announced about two months before it came into force.

The federal government reversed itself again the next afternoon with a statement that said the information shared the day before had been sent “in error.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 23, 2022.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

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First part of $200 million U.S. defence aid arrives in Ukraine

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The first shipment of the United States’ $200 million security support package for Ukraine arrived in Kyiv, the U.S. Embassy said on Saturday.

The delivery followed U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to Kyiv this week amid concerns from Kyiv and its Western allies over tens of thousands of Russian troops amassed at the border with Ukraine. Russia denies planning a new military offensive.

Washington approved the $200 million package in December.

“The United States will continue providing such assistance to support Ukraine’s Armed Forces in their ongoing effort to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity against Russian aggression,” it said on Facebook.

Ukraine’s defence minister thanked the United States for the aid.

 

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets, Editing by Louise Heavens)

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