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In the 1800s, the British actively pushed Opium on the Chinese population to balance a trade deficit. When China refused to accept opium, Britain used naval aggression to force them into accepting opium again.

By 1840, there were over 10 million opium addicts in China.
Great Britain was the biggest drug dealer of all time, Pablo Escobar was a small fish compared to the East India Company.

Imports of Opium into China stood at 200 chests annually in 1729, each chest weighing 63 kgs. By 1858, annual imports had risen to 70000 chests.

Foreign Mud by Maurice Collis is the best book on Opium Wars.

EIC was venomous to the core.
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Did you know the British Royals have about $35 billion in assets, and they colonized every continent except Antarctica to get it?
👑 👸 🤴 👑 👸
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The source of Britain's wealth was / is the slave trade.
Reparations are owed worldwide, and if they were paid, this family would be broke.

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#Britain hooked the Chinese on #opium, and took over #HongKong in 1842.

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A thread about drug smuggling, the British Empire, and the ways in which historical wrongdoing by the Establishment persists into the present day. 🧐🧵🌳🍃🍂⛓ #EstablishmentPsychopathy #history #ToriesOut #OpiumWar #ColonialViolence
It’s generally well known that the Opium Wars of the mid nineteenth century were launched by Britain against China in order to benefit British drug smugglers… 🤨🇬🇧🇨🇳 #OpiumWars #BritishEmpire #ColonialViolence #China
After all, even the National Army Museum – not typically regarded as a bastion of anti-Establishment lefties – states this frankly in its displays on the Opium Wars. #BritishEmpire #ColonialViolence #China
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Wow! Big news!!

With this operation, #Encrochat #Sky #MPC & other encrypted networks being infiltrated, does this mean the end of #Drugs #Corruption #OrganisedCrime ?🤔


It's a brilliant operation BUT may have unintended consequences

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I got sucked into doing some amateur study of the economy of drug trafficking because of brilliant TV shows.

When you study the numbers, understand the geo-politics, social, criminal & financial elements behind the global industry... you realise just how powerful it really is!🎬
If you trace the industry from;
- Areas of production
- Transit routes
- End Markets

Then look at the money flows;
-Peso exchange
-Hawala networks
-Trade based money laundering

Then the operational groups🧐

It's mind blowing in scale & influence @InSightCrime 🤯
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1. I hereby share some background knowledge in response to a tweet referring to the Yihetuan Movement (Boxer Rebellion ), the Reparations of 1901 (Gengzi Indemnity) which amounted to obscene historical revisionism.
2. After the #OpiumWars (1st 1840-42, 2nd 1860-62), foreign missionaries relied on the privileges granted by #unequaltreaties, forcibly grabbing a large number of lands and houses and going all out to extend the influence of the #church in #China.
3. Any time conflicts arose between believers and civilians in China, they unconditionally showed partiality to their believers, in defiance of the Chinese law. The rivalry between foreign churches and Chinese civilians became increasingly testy.
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Yesterday commemorated Jose Rizal’s vision for #PhilippineSovereignty. I am asking all our followers to RT these messages. Rizal was a Patriot executed by Spain for speaking out for Filipino freedom. He was a European educated writer, thinker & leader of the Revolution.
#Rizal identified with the people & sought for the identity of the original Philippine people. His vision helped forge a nation. But U.N., U.S. & NGOs still treat Philippines like a colony.
It is like the #OpiumWars in China. British & other Europeans forced China to grow Opium & allow its people to consume it. Addiction & corruption destroy national character. Chinese rose up; killed for resisting enslavement to opiates. Now Western agencies doing it again!
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