Before the 1930s, Christmas trees in the United States typically were cut down on an individual’s property or out in the wild. Now, tree farms in all 50 states (yes, Hawaii too) are where most Christmas trees come from, accounting for 98 percent of live Christmas trees brought into homes.
In dozens of interviews, key players in the anti-narcotics campaign in Afghanistan — in which the United States has spent about $9 billion — acknowledged that none of the efforts to stop the flow of opium have worked and that, in many cases, they have made things worse.
He has been steadily pumping money into the Democratic effort to defeat President Trump, part of a move to improve his standing in the party. It is a distinct advantage that no other candidate has ever had — large sums to achieve his aims of making himself the Democratic nominee.
Mihrigul Tursun’s imprisonment and torture by the Chinese government, the death of one of her children while in custody and the jailing of her husband for years have been recounted in manga form by artist Tomomi Shimizu.