“We seeded the population with opiates,” says an addiction doctor who served as drug czar under Nixon and Ford.
The ethnic cleansing in Burma's northwest has followed a jerky rhythm, coming in fits and starts since the first Buddhist-on-Muslim attacks in the middle of 2012. I visited the area for an article in the current issue of the magazine, and found it in a dangerous lull, with many Burmese Buddhists thrilled by the prospect of driving out the remaining Muslims and killing those who resisted.
Burma could be the site of the world's next genocide
A haunting report from a countryside of concentration camps
An interview with a Salafi preacher and minor Egyptian celebrity
Today, just after evening prayers in Cairo, I phoned Hesham El Ashry, a Salafi television host and minor celebrity among extreme hardline Islamists. (I profiled El Ashry for The New Republic last fall.) He is a supporter of the Gama'a Islamiyya, the Al Qaeda precursor in Egypt that renounced violence a few years ago, but once made sport of machine-gunning tourists by the dozens in Luxor.
How a nation of junkies went cold turkey
What Georgia can teach us about the war on drugs.