#209 - What Afghanistan has that the rest of the world wants | Curio

#209 - What Afghanistan has that the rest of the world wants

23 mins | May 13, 2022

Today's episode from 13th May 2022. First this Friday: Afghanistan is almost entirely cut off from the global financial system but they've got something the rest of the world seems to want — meth. We explore how farmers in the country are cooking up drugs to support themselves and the west's worries they'll fuel a global drug crisis. Then we end with a piece about anonymous, anti-capitalist and awe-inspiring artwork. We ask whether it's time to reappraise the value of crop circles. For decades, Afghanistan has been a global hub for the production of opium, supplying 80% of heroin used worldwide. But after the discovery of the native plant ephedra in 2016, which is a natural source of meth's key ingredient, meth labs are springing up across the country at breakneck speeds. For The Washington Post, Susannah George and Joby Warrick examine the country's flourishing drug trade and the US and NATO's efforts to eradicate opium production. When crop circles first appeared in the summer of 1989, the quality of the art was the last thing on anyone's mind, as media condemnation of the perpetrators and speculation about possible alien visitation followed. Three decades on, and it's time to change the narrative. In The Guardian, Benjamin Myers explains how crop circles are art for the people, entirely at odds with the capitalist messages relayed from society: profit before all else. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.

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