One of the first announcements the Taliban made after seizing power in Afghanistan in August was that they were going to “ban the production and sale of drugs.” But as with other promises of change made by the Taliban, from women’s rights to press freedoms, there are plenty of reasons to be skeptical about their claim to […]
Author Archives: Phillip Smith
Phillip Smith is a writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Drug Reporter, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He has been a drug-policy journalist for the past two decades. He is the longtime author of the Drug War Chronicle, the online publication of the non-profit StopTheDrugWar.org, and has been the editor of AlterNet’s Drug Reporter since 2015. He received the Drug Policy Alliance’s Edwin M Brecher Award for Excellence in Media in 2013.