Good day, oh great and wise readers.
Two short clips from Afghanistan today.
Featured is “The Eye-Watering Truth About the Taliban’s War on Women” in Afghanistan (16 mins. approx.)
From the execution of an Afghani woman with cheering following every one of the five or six shots, to the eighteen-year-old girl whose prospective husband threw acid in her face because she was refusing to marry him, this video highlights the horrible plight of women in a country where the only formal education allowed them is that garnered as inmates in prisons.
An awful state of affairs with no way out in the foreseeable future, to put it mildly.
Our second clip today is “The Opium Trail” (Trailer, 10 mins.)
Poppie Production in Afghanistan
Interesting to note that prior to the Americans engaging in Afghanistan, countering the Taliban, Al-Quaeda, and other militant religious-based groups of fundamentalists, the farming of opium, the raw material used in the production of heroin and other opiates, morphine for instance, was significantly reduced and even completely wiped out in parts of the sandy country.
Now, it’s back up, poppie production that is, even surpassing production totals in the pre-US intervention days. Afghani farmers engage in growing poppies because this can be an extremely profitable enterprise compared to producing cereal crops, for example, which does not pay nearly as much as the “relatively low” $35 per kilo garnered by the farmer in the video. The reason for this farmer obtaining only thirty-five bucks per kilo, is because his crop of poppies was wet and therefore of lower quality than what the farmer had hoped.
Also shown in this short trailer, is an Afghani drug lord, who survives quite nicely thanks very much with his own private para-military force due to the addiction to the needle by the tens of millions of junkies globally. His men have sworn loyalty to this guy and would be prepared to put their very lives on the line to protect their “war lord” boss.
Dead Flowers by the Stones seems like an appropriate musical choice to accompany the Opium Trail.
I really get a kick out of this 1972 cut showing a youthful Mick Jagger really enjoying himself with the likes of an unbelievable young-looking Keith Richard and Mick Taylor, an exceptional guitarist – “Play that guitar, boy.” A truly excellent Taylor lead break. Too bad Mick decided to leave the band after only two years to be replaced by the more than competent but by no means brilliant, present Stone, Ronnie Woods. So there.
Just came across this:
Remembering Robin Williams
By Lori Macatee, Washington, last updated on August 11, 2014
Remembering Robin Williams
Robin Williams died in Tiburon on August 11, 2014 at the age of 63. As a number of online tributes attest, he was one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation.
Fans of Robin Williams (Mrs. Doubtfire, Dead Poets Society, Good Morning, Vietnam, …) along with the rest of the film industry have been remembering the iconic man he was.
Williams, a cultural icon
Born in Chicago on July 21, 1951, Robin Williams’ career spanned an arc over many different eras and tastes in American history. Williams was not just a great actor, he was an icon, an all-around inspiration to everyone.
Although Robin Williams is no longer physically here, his presence is more powerful than ever. He left a void that has yet to be filled.
In memory of the Late Great Robin Williams.
Robin Williams career in pictures
THE FISHER KING (1991)
DEAD POETS SOCIETY (1989)
GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM (1987)
AUGUST RUSH (2007)
GOOD WILL HUNTING (1997)
MRS. DOUBTFIRE (1993)
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