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Herald on Sunday - - EDITORIAL -

1979

The body of “Mr Asia” Marty John­ston is found in a quarry in Eng­land. John­ston, who ran one of New Zealand’s largest drug smug­gling rings, was killed on the or­ders of his as­so­ciate Terry Clark, who took over the drug en­ter­prise.

1982

US Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan de­clares a War on Drugs. The term was first pop­u­larised by his pre­de­ces­sor Richard Nixon, but Rea­gan went fur­ther in terms of in­tro­duc­ing harsher sen­tenc­ing for drug pos­ses­sion. The pol­icy is con­sid­ered a po­lit­i­cal suc­cess but a costly fail­ure in prac­tice.

1991

Burmese op­po­si­tion leader Aung San Suu Kyi is awarded the No­bel Peace Prize. Un­der house ar­rest at the time, Suu Kyi did not de­liver her ac­cep­tance speech un­til 2012. Now Myan­mar’s state coun­sel­lor, some have called for her to be stripped of the prize be­cause of her fail­ure to in­ter­vene in atroc­i­ties against Ro­hingya Mus­lims.

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