Tuesday, December 29, 2009

China executes Akmal Shaikh

China executesAkmal Shaikh

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This is the song which Akmal Shaikh hoped would become a World Number 1 hit and would bring about world peace. Instead, his poor judgement stemming from poor mental health, led to his execution by the Chinese Government






Instead of going to China for a recording contract, Akmal Shaikh found himself convicted and sentenced to death for smuggling 9kg of heroin.

This bears up against history. In the 19th Century UK traders supplied heroin to China, even though Opium (heroin or morphine as it also known) was banned in China. The UK twice defeated China and trade continued unrestricted.
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The Opium Wars were an early Global Trade War. The UK exported Opium to China in sufficient quantities to reverse their trade deficit with China and cause social problems in China that lasted for a hundred years or more. Opium was as addictive then as it is now.

The modern equivalent of Opium is "Tramadol", available from your General Practitioner for moderate and severe pain. Free, well almost, on the NHS.




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2 comments:

Mark Speed said...

Quite sickening. The evidence was overwhelming that he was ill - he went to Poland to try to start an airline a few years ago. I've a feeling that this is the Chinese asserting themselves in the sort of way that they felt they could at Copenhagen. It's the attitude of an adolescent, and we're going to have to get used to it.

Dr. Liz Miller said...

Yes it is sickening - and it shows the Chinese have very little appreciation of mental health. This will work against them in the long term. As you say, it is likely to be as much a political statement as anything else, in the wake of Copenhagen etc.