Mydans, Seth 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2017
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1 Thailand: Thais Blame Police For Deadly War On DrugsTue, 08 Apr 2003
Source:International Herald-Tribune (France) Author:Mydans, Seth Area:Thailand Lines:120 Added:04/08/2003

BANGKOK An extraordinary campaign of government-approved killings is under way in Thailand - a crackdown on drug dealers that has taken as many as 2,000 lives over the past two months, an average of 30 a day.

The death toll - equal to that of the carnage in East Timor in 1999 - has drawn outrage from local and foreign human rights groups. It seems particularly shocking in a country where democracy has replaced the coups and strongman rule of past decades.

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2 Thailand: Deaths Mount In Thai Drug CrackdownMon, 17 Feb 2003
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth Area:Thailand Lines:128 Added:02/20/2003

BANGKOK, Feb. 16 - Two weeks: 350 dead. But this is only the beginning of a crackdown in which Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has vowed to eliminate Thailand's drug problems, once and for all, within three months.

The police assert that they are responsible for only a dozen of the deaths, and that all of those were in self-defense.

Human rights advocates say they find it difficult to accept the government's assertion that all the other killings were the work of drug dealers determined to eliminate informers.

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3 Thailand: Just Say OopsTue, 27 Aug 2002
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth Area:Thailand Lines:19 Added:08/29/2002

Seeking a deterrent to a national plague of drug addiction, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra suggested that the government might manufacture fake methamphetamine pills that make people vomit. "I want the public health ministry to talk to psychiatrists and chemists on whether the government should produce drugs that give people headaches and nausea," he said.

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4 Burma: Small Victories Are Recorded in Burmese War on DrugsSun, 07 Jul 2002
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth Area:Burma Lines:65 Added:07/07/2002

YANGON, Myanmar - Heave tons of sacks of opium, heroin, marijuana and other illegal drugs into an outdoor furnace and the result is a tower of black smoke that rises over this green and rain-washed city for hours.The bonfire in late June was proof, an official told assembled diplomats, that Myanmar was waging a heroic war on drugs, "considering that we receive almost zero assistance from the international community for our efforts."

"We have to believe that they will meet the deadline," said Col. Kyaw Thein, the top drug enforcement official here. A crackdown on drug producers and traffickers is one of a set of criteria imposed by the United States as a requirement for counternarcotics assistance, which would come mainly in the form of training.

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5 Myanmar: Cease-Fire RejectedSat, 20 Apr 2002
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth        Lines:23 Added:04/20/2002

The military government of the former Burma has rejected an offer of cease-fire talks with the Shan State Army, an ethnic rebel group, saying it would accept only surrender. Over the past decade, Myanmar has reached peace agreements with 17 rebel groups that had been fighting against the government and against each other for decades in remote jungles. Some sought separate states, some sought autonomy agreements and some were occupied primarily with banditry and drug running. The Shan State Army is one of three sizable groups -- involving the Shan, Karen and Karenni minorities -- that continue to fight.

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6 Myanmar: Drug Charge Flung Back At U.S.Sat, 02 Mar 2002
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth        Lines:18 Added:03/02/2002

The government rejected an American statement listing the country as one of the world's chief sources of illegal drugs. It said the real culprit is the United States, which is by far the largest consumer of drugs, creating a huge demand.

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7 Myanmar: No 1 In Opium ProductionFri, 21 Dec 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth        Lines:20 Added:12/21/2001

After a steep drop in production in Afghanistan, Myanmar has regained its position as the world's top producer of opium, according to a United States government survey. Myanmar, the former Burma, produced an estimated 865 metric tons of opium in 2001, down from 1,085 tons in 2000. But the drop in Afghanistan was far greater, to 185 tons in 2001, from 3,276 tons in 2000, before the Taliban government enforced an eradication program.

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8 Laos: Death For Drug CrimesSat, 14 Apr 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Mydans, Seth Area:Laos Lines:17 Added:04/14/2001

The government will introduce the death penalty for serious drug offenses similar to penalties in some other Southeast Asian nations, an official newspaper reported. Major drug trafficking routes pass through Laos. Seth Mydans (NYT)

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