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Afghanistan is the hidden superpower, the Taleban are the shadow rulers of the world: According to this article, their leader, the Mullah Mohammad Omar, claims that the cause of the US' (and the rest of the world's) economic slowdown is their ban on poppy cultivation, starting a crisis on the world's drug trade. And obviously, the 'economic miracle' of the late 90s was tightly related to very high production of opium (and thus heroin) in Afghanistan. I once read that one third of the world's economy is illegal economy, so I find the Mullah's claims quite believeable. (article via Rebecca's Pocket)