The episode (2023/8/25) of the program "Above the Authority" dealt with a report published by the American agency "Bloomberg", which highlighted the concern of officials in Europe, about the tendency of producers of the drug in Syria and Lebanon to search for new markets for it in Europe.
The drug is popular in parts of the Middle East and is known as "poor cocaine" for the cheap price of some types, but it is likely to become a threat to Europe and other countries.
Syrian dissidents commented on the Bloomberg report that "after the great success achieved by Syria in the Arab countries, soon a new market for Captagon will be opened in Europe."
In a previous report, the New York Times asserted that the illicit drug trade has become Syria's most valuable export supplier, far exceeding the value of legal Syrian products, according to a database compiled by the newspaper.
A study published by the New Lines Institute for Strategic and Policy Studies in Washington showed that the manufacture and trade of Captagon pills are "deeply rooted" in Syria's postwar economy, and that the main destinations for this trade are the Gulf, North Africa and southern Europe.
In March, Britain and the United States imposed sanctions on 11 individuals it said were linked to the Syrian drug trade that helps make profits for the Syrian regime's government, while Britain said that the Captagon trade is worth up to $57 billion for the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
In addition, the episode of "Above the Authority" dealt with the following topics:
- Al-Azhar condemns the burning of churches and homes of Christians after the burning of a copy of the Koran in Pakistan.
- The killing of a Moroccan in Istanbul and the rise in the level of Turkish racism against Arabs.
- Has Joe Biden become an arms sales representative to Israel?
- One million displaced people from Sudan so far and the displacement train is on tracks.
- The anniversary of the Ghouta chemical massacre coincides with a Druze uprising and an Alawite movement against the regime.
- In Sweden. Burning the Qur'an is allowed and extinguishing the fire of burning it is forbidden.
- Why was Lebanon's economy minister considered to be begging from President Sisi?