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19 March 2015, Basle: OPIUM – an exhibition

Thomas Ruttig

OPIUM – that’s the title of an exhibition that opens on 15 March 2015 in the Museum der Kulturen Basel (MKB; Basle Museum of Cultures) in Switzerland. It is curated by Doris Buddenberg, former country director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Kabul and member of the Advisory Board of the Afghanistan […]

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Das große Drogengeschäft in Afghanistan


ARD Tagesschau24, 13 February 2013 (not online) The round-the-clock news programme of Germany's main TV network, had a live interview with AAN's Thomas Ruttig today about the repercussions of the Afghan drug industry. Main points were: it is not only the Taleban who profit from the drug economy; there are protection rackets with links to […]

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“Opium anzubauen bringt den afghanischen Bauern am meisten”

Thomas Ruttig

SRF4 (Swiss radio), 14 Noveember 2013 Listen to the audio of an interview AAN’s Thomas Ruttig gave to Swiss radio about the latest UNODC report regarding poppy cultivation.

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Blühende Landschaften: Vor dem Abzug der internationalen Truppen floriert in Afghanistan der Mohn-Anbau

Thomas Ruttig

Die Welt, 14 Novemeber 2014 The German daily reports about the latest UNODC poppy report on Afghanistan and extensively quotes AAN’s Doris Buddenberg and Thomas Ruttig: “As a result of the upcoming troop withdrawal, the pressure to act against poppy cultivation has dropped significantly”, says Thomas Ruttig, Co-Direktor of the Thinktank Afghan [sic] Analysts Network. The government’s […]

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Rekord bei Opiumanbau in Afghanistan

Thomas Ruttig

Deutsche Welle, 13 November 2013 The German international radio reports that the latest UNODC report found that the acreage used for poppy growing has never been as large as this year. AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted extensively about the histroy of poopy cultivation and the contradictions in the West’s anti-narcotics policy: “The opium boom is a […]

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“As Easy As Growing Potatoes”: How formerly ‘poppy-free’ Ghor is at risk of becoming an important player in Afghanistan’s opium business

Obaid Ali

Ghor province has been considered poppy-free for a long time, but in the past two years opium production and drug trafficking have picked up sharply. With insecurity in the province on the rise, obstructing income sources and basic services, many of Ghor’s farmers migrated to neighbouring provinces like Helmand, helping in the local drug production […]

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