David Smith


David Smith

About the author:

An English journalist who, when he's not exploring the social consequences of political actions, likes to write about cricket for some light relief.

Stories by the author

World Corruption Special Report


9 May 2011.

Iraq and Afghanistan sit near the top of a list of the world’s most corrupt nations despite years of occupation by Anglo-American forces and more than $1 trillion of US taxpayers’ money having been spent on the two nations since 2001.

Not withstanding the killing of Osama, we are entitled to ask the question: was this money well spent?

Drug Capitals of the World


6 May 2011.

Afghanistan, which produces 90% of the world’s heroin, as well as the largest share of cannabis resin, could stake a claim to being the “drug capital of the world”. But, in reality, there are many “drug capitals”, depending on whether we are speaking about drug consumption, or drug production.