Vice News has produced a fascinating infographic detailing the global heroin trade, spanning poppy cultivation hubs in Southeast Asia, Afghanistan and Mexico, and nations without poppy cultivation but with a significant heroin demand.
Here’s part of it:
Heroin entering the US is shipped largely through South America. Meanwhile, heroin that originates in Afghanistan is trafficked to Central Asia, Western Europe and Russia via well established routes.
The “Balkan Route” takes traffickers through Iran, Turkey, Greece and Serbia. Afghan heroin makes its way into Russia through Central Asia, as well as across the ocean into parts of Africa. Interestingly, despite the proximity of the US and Canada, the vast majority of heroin in Canada is from Afghanistan while the vast majority of US heroin is smuggled through Mexico.
China’s heroin predominantly comes from southeast Asia, making up the traditional Golden Triangle of heroin traffic. Vice has published equally informative infographics depicting global cocaine and methamphetamine traffic. Check them out here.
Swiss holding ‘funeral march’ to mark disappearance of an Alpine glacier
Dozens of people will undertake a "funeral march" up a steep Swiss mountainside on Sunday to mark the disappearance of an Alpine glacier amid growing global alarm over climate change.
The Pizol "has lost so much substance that from a scientific perspective it is no longer a glacier," Alessandra Degiacomi, of the Swiss Association for Climate Protection, told AFP.
The organisation which helped organise Sunday's march said around 100 people were due to take part in the event, set to take place as the UN gathers youth activists and world leaders in New York to mull the action needed to curb global warming.
UAW strike ‘threatens to upend the economy in Michigan’ — and could destroy Trump’s re-election: report
At the end of the first week of a major strike by the United Auto Workers, the employment standoff threatens to upend President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election map, the Chicago Times reported Saturday.
Approximately 46,000 workers have been striking against General Motors.
There are two major threats to Trump's campaign from the strike.
The first is that the strike could cause regional recessions -- threatening Trump's political standing in key Rust Belt states.
Security forces fired live rounds at protesters calling for the ouster of Egyptian president: report
Egyptian security forces clashed with hundreds of anti-government protesters in the port city of Suez on Saturday, firing tear gas and live rounds, said several residents who participated in the demonstrations.
A heavy security presence was also maintained in Cairo's Tahrir Square, the epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution, after protests in several cities called for the removal of general-turned-president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ouster of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.