Afghanistan’s drug czar – world’s toughest job

With the sun shining brightly, a host of Afghan officials, foreign diplomats, and members of the press take their seats beneath a newly erected red tent. After a prayer and some introductory remarks, a general steps to the podium and gives the customary Islamic invocation in the name of almighty Allah, most gracious and merciful.

A free lunch

I’d always dreamed of exploring Africa, ever since I read my first Tarzan comic as a child. Finally, in 2004, to celebrate my 60th birthday, I went to Tanzania to experience a safari and climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Seated next to me on the flight from California was Tanzania’s minister of water and wildlife development. We talked for thousands of miles, and he made arrangements for me to visit a school in the Monduli district, east of Kilimanjaro.