02 October 2010

In the playfield of the popular imagination

The largest part of the Afghan wheat industry is in the north, more moisture than the south, and bread is a dietary staple, in the form of nan, the flatbread of many shapes and designs. This billboard near the ruins of Darulaman Palace in Kabul poses the choice: wheat or opium? The opium trade represented in death’s heads was hit by a virus this year that helped to decrease the yield, which is expected to boost the price. Opium poppies are more profitable for small farmers than wheat, but the industry sustains warlords, insurgents, security firms, government operatives, thugs, and addicts.

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