Foster, Charles
May 1992
Contemporary Review;May92, Vol. 260 Issue 1516, p244
Literary Criticism
The article sheds light on the politics of opium and the new regime in Thailand. The north of Thailand is a strange place. The cloud forest of the highlands pushes up between Laos and Burma. Neither neighbour is very friendly to Thailand. The hill tribes wander more or less where they want, slashing and burning and leaving sterile black holes in the deep green of the hills. This is the Golden Triangle, where most of the world's opium comes from. The forests are dotted with heroin refineries and crossed by mule tracks along which the cargoes go out to the ethnic Chinese syndicates in Thailand, and, increasingly, Myanmar and Laos, which feed the world's markets.


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