Month: June 2021

What the Hell Happened at the ‘Redneck Rave’?

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A music festival that billed itself as a “Redneck Rave” included violent fights, a slit throat, drugs, and someone impaled with a log, according to law enforcement. Thousands of people, some wielding “Fuck Biden” flags and others just sunburned skin, descended on Blue

‘Asia’s El Chapo’ Doesn’t Want to be Tried in Australia

He was previously described as “Asia’s most-wanted man.” Now Tse Chi Lop, an alleged drug kingpin who authorities have described as “Asia’s El Chapo,” is fighting extradition to Australia. The Chinese-born Canadian national was arrested at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in January, while in transit from Taiwan to Canada, based on allegations that he was the

Not Even COVID Could Stop Southeast Asia’s Booming Drug Trade, Report Says

Like much of the world over the past year, COVID-19 forced the closure of borders and pummeled economies in Southeast Asia. But while many suffered and switched jobs, drug traffickers went about their business and even thrived, according to a new report. In findings released Thursday, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

‘People Don’t Eat Food So Much. They Chew Qat.’

“I don’t chew qat in the morning. I’ll eat breakfast, do some work, then I’ll chew,” explained Redwan, a roadside water vendor. He paused for a second and added, “Nighttime is the best time to chew qat because there’s girls, sheesha, tea—it’s crazy.” It was late 2019, when international travel was still a gloriously mundane