A Flower vs. U.S.A.

Alfred W. McCoy’s article published today on TomDispatch is titled “How a Pink Flower Defeated the World’s Sole Superpower: America’s Opium War in Afghanistan”. McCoy is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Here’s the link.

Liquor and opium trade along the China-Russia border in the Russian Far East in the early twentieth century (article)

Sorokina, Tatyana. “Liquor and Opium.” Inner Asia 16, no. 1 (June 2014): 139–51. “Explores legal and illegal forms of trade along the China-Russia border in the Russian Far East in the early twentieth century as a case-study for understanding the relation between the state, regional economies and consumption desires.”