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Is Myanmar Irrevocably Dependent on Drugs? (2001)

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Published on Nov 14, 2018

New US Drugs War (2001) - US and Thai troops have joined forces in tackling the huge drugs problem in the Golden Triangle in Myanmar - but it is a political minefield.

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The Myanmar (Burmese) economy depends highly on money from drugs. You’ve got Burmese troops actually guarding the plants, military intelligence providing escorts for the trafficking caravans.” The US State Dept says drugs account for nearly 50% of Burma’s foreign exchange. The Shan State Army is a Burmese rebel group fighting for independence. Deep inside Burma smartly dressed in crisp new uniforms the Shan proudly parade their revitalized troops Though the Shan used to be drug producers they have now joined the war against drugs in return for international assistance.

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