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Columbia professor dispels myth of insatiable drug addicts

A new article in the New York Times by science reporter John Tierney suggests that the deprivations and delinquency associated with crack and methamphetamine abuse are due more to socioeconomic factors than the drugs themselves. Columbia University professor Carl Hart designed an experiment in which he offered pharmaceutical-grade crack-cocaine to…

U.S. money ended up in Taliban hands: report

US government funds earmarked ostensibly to promote business in Afghanistan have landed in Taliban hands under a $2.16 billion transportation contract, The Washington Post has reported. Citing the results of a year-long military-led investigation, the newspaper said US and Afghan efforts to address the problem have been slow, and all…