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All is well in Kabul markets

Posted in Afghanistan, Not in the news by homeyra on October 11, 2008

Bitter-sweet and brillante! Afghan blogger Ali Ramezani writes:

“Today I am breathing effortlessly and I am filled with legitimate pride for my country.
While the whole world is shaking in the fever of the fall of stocks, the 10% decrease of the Dow-Jones indictor sets a record and the inflation is rampant in most well off countries, my ancient country and its valiant people have no reason to worry.
The Dow-Jones indicator of the local market in Kabul remains stable in the face of this worldwide financial crisis.

Even though we are the most globalized country in the world, and have no resemblance to Iran or China – who have stayed out of the harm’s way due to lack of international trade or because of a nationalized economy – no, our international trade starts in Kabul itself and extends throughout the world. Yes, we have investments everywhere.

Our loyal costumers are waiting for us all over the world: one has passed out on a street corner, dozing off while waiting, another in a bar; one in Hollywood, one in Bollywood, all waiting impatiently for our healing white powder.

From this corner of the world I congratulate the economic sense of my country’s leaders. Do you realize that if Kabul’s market had crashed what calamities would befall the world? A financial crisis in Kabul’s Market is tantamount to the collapse of welfare for humanity.”


This image is from a while ago, this is the source. I have photoshopped and included the latest estimates: Production in 2005: 4,519, in 2006: 6,724

Why a low point? “In July 2000 the Taliban’s leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar banned poppy cultivation in Afghanistan. An international delegation led by the United Nations Drug Control Program visited Afghanistan to study the impact of Omar’s ban. […] That in less than a year Afghanistan has gone from being the biggest opium producer in the world to providing a trickle of the global supply may be the single-most successful drug moratorium in modern history…” read more


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  1. eatbees said, on October 12, 2008 at 3:40 am

    Wow, interesting point. Now I’ve found a safe place to invest my money!

  2. Ali Ramazani said, on October 12, 2008 at 4:04 am

    thank you homeyra jan. It sounds better than the oreginal.

  3. homeyra said, on October 12, 2008 at 6:29 am

    Thanks to you in the first place Ali:)
    Eatbees, good point! Could have titled this post: Safe investment.
    Even Nato, the greatest army in the world can’t hinder it’s progress.

  4. 99 said, on October 12, 2008 at 9:30 am

    I hate to mention it, but, if Sibel Edmunds is to be believed, U.S. politicians are making a fortune off the opium coming from Afghanistan into Turkey. Investing in that Afghan market will only fatten the plutocrats ruining this world… unless maybe you can cut them off directly at the source.

  5. homeyra said, on October 12, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    I read Vanity Fair’s article on her. I was been sarcastic in my comment above. Since the opium wars the “drug weapon”-and huge income- is used by who could afford to do so.

  6. boogiwoogi said, on October 12, 2008 at 11:51 pm

    In reading from Mr. Ramezani’s blog I redirected to this blog. It’s a very cool and nice blog. Congrat.

  7. 99 said, on October 13, 2008 at 2:47 am

    Well, I know that! I’m sure you both were being sarcastic… so was I… only… I think we can believe Sibel….

  8. homeyra said, on October 13, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Hi boogiwoogi, Tks 🙂
    99, I … really need to wake up when I post a comment:) Sure you knew!

  9. 99 said, on October 13, 2008 at 7:20 am

    “boobivoogi”… !!! 😛

    Whadda word!

  10. homeyra said, on October 13, 2008 at 7:34 am

    lolol, edited!
    Told you, gotta wake up!

  11. boogiwoogi said, on October 13, 2008 at 8:11 am

    dear 99, 🙂 yea it is

  12. نق نقو said, on October 14, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Dear Homera,
    Thanks for your comment on my recent post. I do not have your email to send a copy of the article. Although since it is copied from microfilm it is not much readable (as you see in the photo at my post) however, I will be glad to email you a copy or even send a paper copy to your address if you let me have them.

  13. homeyra said, on October 14, 2008 at 5:00 am

    I have yours Parviz:)
    I have emailed you. Thank you.

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  15. Forever Under Construction said, on February 24, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    […] Perhaps Huxley’s answer explains some of the logistic behind the recently acquired Opiumestan! […]

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