How Much Does a Gram of Cocaine Cost Around the World

From The Economist:

THE street price of cocaine varies hugely across the world. No surprise that it is cheapest in Colombia, the world’s biggest producer of coca: at $2, a gram costs less than a Big Mac. Geography is an obvious price factor. The farther away a country from the main producers in South and Central America, and the more isolated it is, the higher the cost to traffick there. In far-flung New Zealand, a gram costs a wallet-busting $714.30.

The Fugu Plan

From Wikipedia:

The Fugu Plan or Fugu Plot (河豚計画, Fugu keikaku?) was a scheme created in the 1930s in Imperial Japan, centered around the idea of settling Jewish refugees escaping Nazi-occupied Europe, in Japan’s territories on the Asian mainland, to Japan’s benefit. The Plan was first discussed in 1934, and solidified in 1938 at the Five Ministers’ Conference, but the signing of the Tripartite Pact in 1941 , along with a number of other events, prevented its full implementation.

The plotters believed that the Jews could be quite beneficial to Japan, but also quite dangerous. Therefore, the plan was named after the Japanese delicacy “fugu”, a puffer-fish whose poison can kill if the dish is not prepared exactly correctly.

At its core, the Fugu Plan was a scheme to convince thousands, if not tens of thousands, of Jews to settle in the puppet state of Manchukuo (Manchuria) –or possibly Japan-occupied Shanghai[2]–, thus gaining not only the benefit of the supposed economic prowess of the Jews but also convincing the United States, specifically American Jewry, to grant their favor and investment to Japan. The plan was based on a naive acceptance of European anti-Semitic mythology, as found for example in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

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