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The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

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Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

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How Terrorists Justify Killing 132 Children

The Pakistan Taliban took credit for a hideous attack Tuesday on a school in Peshawar that killed at least 141 people, mostly children.

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Desperate Pakistani Taliban Attack Army School in Peshawar and Take Large Casualties

On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar.

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Creating a Safe Haven for Pakistan’s Youth

Huddled around a table, surrounded by a group of teenagers who volunteer every evening, Sohail Rahi and Nadeem Baig explain the birth, vision and achievement of the Lyari Youth Cafe in Karachi.

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Pakistan’s Youth: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

The so-called youth bulge in Pakistan has now become visible.

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How Young Pakistanis Help Themselves

Progress in the creative and performing arts in Pakistan is hindered by creeping religious fundamentalism. Nevertheless, there are artistic young people who chase their dreams.

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Malala Yousafzai and Children’s Advocate Win Nobel Peace Prize

Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi said they’ll use the award to try to bring their opposed countries together. And they’ll start by inviting their respective prime ministers to the award ceremony.

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There Are Scarily Few Answers About Drones

John Oliver’s been looking for information about the unmanned death robots, such as what exactly an “imminent threat means” or how many people are killed during any given drone strike. So far, “hard facts” have been hard to come by, and in the “Last Week Tonight” host’s words, it’s “completely fucking terrifying.”

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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

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30,000 Protesters Breach Pakistan’s ‘Red Zone’

A huge crowd of protesters organized by a cricket star and a cleric have pushed past barbed wire and barricades to make their way ever closer to Parliament in Islamabad.

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The Journalistic Thinking of a New Truthdig Contributor

Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting contributor Zubeida Mustafa, whose piece “How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice” inaugurated the project in June, speaks about an advantage female journalists have over males and the necessity of humility in reporting.

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Truthdig and IWMF Join Forces for ‘Global Voices’ Project

On Monday, Truthdig launched a new initiative, Global Voices: Truthdig Women Reporting, in conjunction with the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), to support and promote the work of women journalists from around the world.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



Nuclear Weapons Remain Embedded in Defense Strategies

The five nuclear-legal countries—China, France, Russia, Britain and the U.S.—are deploying new nuclear weapon delivery systems or have indicated the existence of programs that would, an authoritative study says.

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The Common Roots of Misogynist Culture in Pakistan and the U.S.

In the wake of sexual assaults in the Global South, American conservatives and liberals alike naively ask the question of what is it about the “cultures” of countries such as Pakistan, India and Afghanistan that generates such misogyny.

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Pakistani Woman Stoned to Death by Family, Malaysian Teen Said to Be Raped by 38 Men & Other Horrors

Tragically, 25-year-old Farzana Parveen’s slaying is one of many cases in which women have been brutalized recently in South Asia, the U.S. and beyond.

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Twitter: Censorship at Governments’ Requests

Last week, Twitter made a pro-Ukrainian Twitter feed inaccessible in Russia. In addition to blocking that account, Twitter has also worked with the Turkish government to monitor content that officials there find objectionable.

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Top 5 Wars on Religious Extremism in Today’s Muslim World

The Fox News commentators who say that the Muslim world is not doing enough to police its own extremist movements don’t actually seem to be reading the news.

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Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency?

The increase of polio in Pakistan is being linked to a secret CIA effort to hunt Osama bin Laden, in which the agency set up fake vaccination clinics in the city of Abbottabad in order to get DNA from the bin Laden family. The Taliban subsequently banned immunization efforts and carried out deadly attacks on medical workers.

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WHO Declares Polio ‘Public Health Emergency’

The World Health Organization warned Monday that polio has re-emerged as a public health emergency, after new cases of the crippling disease began surfacing and spreading across borders from countries such as Syria and Pakistan.

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



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Five Ways Nevada Rancher Militia Resembles Pakistan’s Taliban

That Sean Hannity and other far right-wing pundits are supporting the regional militiamen and their mooching hero rather than the U.S. government gives you an idea what side they’d be on if they were in Pakistan.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Artists Appeal to Hearts and Minds of Drone Operators With Giant Photo

Drones flying over a field in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region of Pakistan will see a tragic portrait staring back at them.

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Obama Plans for Complete U.S. Withdrawal From Afghanistan in December

America’s longest war may be over by the end of this year, and it is making Afghans and neighbors like Pakistan nervous.

Posted on Feb 26, 2014 READ MORE



Drone Killing the Fifth Amendment

If you were plotting to kill an American over coffee, you could end up in jail on a whole range of charges including—depending on the situation—terrorism. However, if the president’s doing the killing, it’s all nice and—let’s put those quote marks around it—“legal.”

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Why Is the CIA Paying Amazon.com $600 Million?

Norman Solomon argues on AlterNet that if the United States kills a U.S. citizen in Pakistan, retail giant Amazon “would be an accessory to the assassination.”

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More Than 2,400 Killed in Obama’s Drone Wars

Since the president’s inauguration in 2009 the CIA has launched 330 attacks on Pakistan and begun a new secret war in Yemen.

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Bill Gates Worries Pakistan Violence Blocks Polio Eradication, but Is CIA Partly to Blame?

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has done an amazing job in targeting diseases for eradication, and the world is very close to getting rid of polio altogether, in part because the Gateses in recent years have given their support to the effort, which began in 1988.

Posted on Jan 22, 2014 READ MORE



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The NSA’s Been Inserting Tiny Circuit Boards Into Thousands of Computers Abroad for Years

If you think it hasn’t used the same technology in the U.S., you’ve learned nothing in the last year.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


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Musharraf Facing Treason Trial in Pakistan (Video)

Pervez Musharraf’s political trajectory has taken a sharp plunge, as Pakistan’s former president now finds himself on the wrong side of the law in his home country.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Taliban’s New Boss Mullah Fazlullah Sticks to the Hard Line

The Pakistani Taliban have chosen a new permanent leader, Mullah Fazlullah, whose appointment suggests that the militant group isn’t interested in forging diplomatic ties with the Pakistani government anytime soon.

Posted on Nov 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Taliban Pick Provisional Leader

After Friday’s U.S. drone strike in North Waziristan killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, the militant network was left without a leader, but by Sunday, the position was filled for the time being.

Posted on Nov 3, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistan Says Drone Assassination Will Thwart Taliban Peace Talks

Members of the Pakistani Taliban vowed revenge by a wave of suicide bombings for the killing of their leader Friday by a U.S. drone.

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‘Too Scared to Go Outside’

One year ago, a 67-year-old Pakistani woman was killed allegedly in a U.S. drone attack while picking vegetables with her grandchildren. President Obama has never acknowledged her death or that of any other alleged drone victim in Pakistan. This week, her son and two of her grandchildren traveled to Washington, D.C., to testify before members of Congress.

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 READ MORE



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The Rising Resistance to Obama’s Drone Wars

“I wasn’t scared of drones before, but now when they fly overhead I wonder, ‘Will I be next?’” That is the question asked by 8-year-old Nabila Rehman, from northwest Pakistan.

Posted on Oct 30, 2013 READ MORE



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Victims of Suspected Drone Attack to Speak With Legislators

On Tuesday, a Pakistani family will tell members of Congress about the aerial attack they survived but their grandmother did not in the first meeting between legislators and the victims of an alleged U.S. drone strike.

Posted on Oct 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Two Human Rights Groups Target U.S. Drone Policy as Illegal

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, in separate reports, accused the U.S. of committing likely war crimes through the drone killings of civilians in Pakistan and Yemen. Both also called for full investigations and more transparency from the U.S. on whom it kills, where and why—and to open itself to criminal investigations when those attacks violated international law.

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Leave Malala Alone Already, Taliban

Remember Malala Yousafzai, the valiant girl who was attacked by terrorists in Pakistan last year for her education campaigns? Well, apparently, the Pakistani Taliban are quite relentless and have renewed their threats to kill her.

Posted on Oct 7, 2013 READ MORE



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A World Where No One Listens to the Planet’s Sole Superpower

Ever fewer countries, allies, or enemies, are paying attention, much less kowtowing, to the once-formidable power of the world’s last superpower. The list of defiant figures—from Egyptian generals to Saudi princes, Iraqi Shiite leaders to Israeli politicians—is lengthening.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE


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Security Threat Clears U.S. Diplomatic Staff From Lahore

The U.S. all but shut down its diplomatic office in Lahore, Pakistan, ordering nonessential staff to move to the capital Islamabad while citing a specific threat amid soaring terrorist violence in the country.

Posted on Aug 9, 2013 READ MORE


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CIA Drone Strikes Targeted Rescuers, Report Says

A Bureau of Investigative Journalism report published Thursday “appears to confirm” that the Central Intelligence Agency targeted rescuers at sites of previous drone strikes in the tribal areas of Pakistan last year.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Retired General Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

Retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former second-ranking officer in the U.S. military and influential adviser to President Obama on security matters, is the focus of an investigation into a leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


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Pakistan Says Senior Taliban Leaders Killed in Drone Strike

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan has reportedly killed senior Taliban militants, including the group’s second in command. Four people were said to be dead after the attack in the North Waziristan region.

Posted on May 29, 2013 READ MORE


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U.S. Admits Drones Killed 4 Americans

In a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder formally acknowledged that four American citizens had been killed by U.S. drone strikes abroad, including al-Qaida-affiliated cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Pakistani Court: U.S. Drone Strikes Are War Crimes

The Peshawar High Court declared U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan’s tribal belt illegal Thursday and ordered the government to initiate a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations.

Posted on May 10, 2013 READ MORE


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