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Colonial Drug Trafficking and the British Empire

Prof Michel Chossudovsky

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"This global observance is to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society" United Nationa


By resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987, the UN General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.

Raise awareness?

Rarely acknowledged, (“legal”) drug trafficking was initiated by the British Empire. There is continuity. The colonial label has been scrapped. Today the (“illicit”) drug trade is a multibillion dollar operation.

The two main hubs of production today are:

Afghanistan which produces approximately 90% of the......