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Khat In 1985: The North Yemen Artisan Chews Khat Surrounded By His Daggers And Swords

FLASHBACK to January 11, 1985: The Khat Man:

His cheek stuffed with khat, an artisan specializing in daggers and swords sits in his tiny booth at the old souk, or marketplace in ancient Sanaa, a city in North Yemen on Jan. 11, 1985 which hasn’’t changed materially since the seventh century. Camel caravans and donkey carts are still in use and swords and daggers are worn by most men. (AP Photo/Aly Mahmoud)

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Posted: 21st, April 2014 | In: Flashback | Comment (1)


Banning Khat Turns Black Immigrants Into Criminals

FILE - In this photo taken Wednesday July 12, 2012 Isaq Abdi sits beside bundles of khat which he sells for his employer in Mogadishu, Somalia. The British government says Wednesday July 3 2013 that it is banning khat, an herbal stimulant, despite advice against such a move by an official advisory body. Khat, also known as cathonine, is popular in parts of the Middle East and Africa, where users chew the leaf to release stimulants that produce a mild high. (AP Photo/Farah Abdi Warsameh, file)

In this photo taken Wednesday July 12, 2012 Isaq Abdi sits beside bundles of khat which he sells for his employer in Mogadishu, Somalia.

 

WE need to talk abut Khat. We’ll begin with Khat the cat, the three and a year-and-a-half-old pet who attacked his human hosts. He clawed the face of its owner’s sister, tore into the arms and legs of its owner’s mother and gashed the legs of its owner’s young brother.

The owner says: “He’s never been an aggressive cat, he’s never been mean, he just flipped.”

The British State would argue that Khat is a product of nominative determinism, the process by which your name explains your actions. It would argue that Khat has been driven mad by the drug that last month UK home secretary Theresa May said would be banned.

Why ban it? What is khat?

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Posted: 20th, April 2014 | In: Key Posts, Reviews | Comments (21)