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North Korea Denies Sharing Nukes

The North Korean government has denied allegations that it shared nuclear technology with Syria. A senior U.S. nuclear official earlier insisted that North Koreans were in Syria, possibly to supply the latter with illicit equipment.

Posted on Sep 18, 2007 READ MORE


Fighting Someone Else’s War

Valuable sources of news and analysis about key nations and players on the current world stage (including our own) can often be found by looking beyond the western “MSM.” Here, prominent Pakistani columnist Ayaz Amir offers his forceful take on the U.S.‘s divisive impact on his country’s politics and future.

Posted on Sep 5, 2007 READ MORE


Pakistan Sends Up a New Cruise Missile

Pakistan has put on another act in the ongoing show of military prowess between the South Asian nation and its neighbor India by successfully testing a new cruise missile, the Hatf VIII (aka Raad, or thunder in Arabic), which is designed to carry an array of different nuclear warheads. 

Posted on Aug 25, 2007 READ MORE


Nawaz Sharif
AP Photo / Lefteris Pitarakis

The Return of Nawaz Sharif

Here’s a bit of news that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf no doubt finds unwelcome:  Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (pictured), whom Musharraf overthrew in a 1999 coup, is coming out of exile and plans to return to Pakistan to challenge Musharraf’s position.                                                                             

Posted on Aug 23, 2007 READ MORE


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Pakistani Drag Diva Tells It Like It Is

Here are some words to the wise for the U.S. government from a unique Pakistani media figure:  introducing (for some of us, at least) Begum Nawazish Ali, nee Ali Saleem, a drag queen who interviews politicians and celebrities in character—and colorful finery—as “Begum Sahiba” on Pakistan’s AAJ Television.

Posted on Aug 17, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photos / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Jeff Roberson

Kucinich Calls Out Clinton’s Nuclear Blunder

In what may have been one of the most controversial (and contradictory) missteps made yet in this pre-election season, Hillary Clinton refused, however ambiguously, to rule out using nuclear weapons to combat terrorists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Though the media at large barely registered her comment, it wasn’t lost on Rep. Dennis Kucinich, who takes Clinton to task in an exclusive interview with Truthdig.

Posted on Aug 11, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Pakistan May Crack Down on Freedoms

The Pakistani government may declare a state of emergency, which would grant it extraordinary powers, limit civil liberties and extend the political lifespan of embattled President Gen. Pervez Musharraf.

Posted on Aug 8, 2007 READ MORE


Pervez
abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


Expecting the Worst in Lebanon

The seasoned Mideast reporter for the British paper The Independent returns home to his flat in Beirut to find his landlord reinforcing his building with an iron door.  After considering the state of affairs in Lebanon—not to mention in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Gaza—Fisk gets behind his landlord’s security plan.

Posted on Aug 3, 2007 READ MORE


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britannica.com

Obama Talks Tough About Pakistan

Perhaps hoping to counteract any perceived weakness (or naivete) regarding his stance on foreign policy, presidential hopeful Barack Obama let fly with some words of warning for Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in a Washington speech Wednesday.

Posted on Aug 1, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Officer Reported Dead in Pakistan

Pakistani police have reported the apparent suicide of Abdullah Mehsud, a key Taliban commander who did 25 months at Guantanamo Bay.  Mehsud was in hiding in the southwestern Balochistan region of the country and blew himself up during a raid by Pakistani soldiers, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Arjun Naveed

More Trouble for Musharraf

Pakistan’s Supreme Court delivered a ruling Friday that smacks of a smackdown between the country’s other top legal players and President Pervez Musharraf, and in this round, Musharraf didn’t win:  The court flouted Musharraf’s decision, made earlier this year, to suspend Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry (pictured) and voted that he be reinstated to his post.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Bomb Attacks Kill Dozens in Pakistan

At least 33 people were killed and dozens injured in two separate bombings in Pakistan—one in the south and the other in the northwest region of the country.  The blast in Hub, near Karachi, apparently targeted Chinese workers, according to the BBC, and officials were uncertain on Thursday whether the two incidents were related.
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Posted on Jul 19, 2007 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Daniel Pearl’s Widow Sues Al-Qaida

Of all the ways to do battle with al-Qaida, pursuing justice through the legal system against a fundamentally outlaw organization may not seem to be the most successful route.  But Mariane Pearl, widow of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, is doing just that by suing the militant group for her husband’s 2002 death.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Ron Edmonds

Report:  Al-Qaida Looming Large

A new report about terrorism issued by U.S. intelligence agencies brought the sobering news that, while groups like al-Qaida may be somewhat constrained in terms of their ability to attack American targets at home, the threat they pose will continue to be significant in coming years.

Posted on Jul 17, 2007 READ MORE


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AP photo / Musa Khan

Civil War in Pakistan?

The Taliban, which sponsored al-Qaida, is alive and well on both sides of the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and, following last week’s Red Mosque showdown in Pakistan, pro-Taliban militants are retaliating by breaking a 10-month truce and unleashing violence in the country’s northern region.

Posted on Jul 15, 2007 READ MORE


Red Mosque Siege Triggers Turbulence

Last week’s deadly battles at Islamabad’s Red Mosque have sparked outbreaks of violence in Pakistan this weekend, which could spell trouble for President Pervez Musharraf’s political future.

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Commander: More Attacks Imminent

According to an ABC News report, Taliban military officer Mansour Dadullah claims that plans are in the works for large-scale terror attacks.  Dadullah delivered his ominous message to a reporter in Pakistan, where al-Qaida and Taliban operatives are said to be gaining in strength and numbers.

Posted on Jul 13, 2007 READ MORE


Still Queasy After All These Years

Let’s hope that Michael Chertoff’s “gut feeling” that something bad will happen this summer is just the result of something he ate.  But what has the homeland security czar been doing, besides monitoring his belly?

Posted on Jul 12, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / George Herbert

Bush’s Pakistan Paradox

The marker of what will go down in history as “Bush’s folly” is that this idiot of a president invaded a country that had absolutely nothing to do with terrorist attacks on the United States or WMD threats to America while coddling the military junta in Pakistan, which was guilty on both counts.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo / Anjum Naveed

Showdown at Pakistan’s Red Mosque

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has intervened to defuse the explosive standoff at Islamabad’s Red Mosque, which has resulted in at least 19 deaths over the last three days.  The BBC reports that the mosque’s religious leader, Maulana Abdul Aziz, was captured Wednesday after he tried to leave the scene shrouded in a burka.

Posted on Jul 5, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Shootout at Islamabad’s ‘Red Mosque’

A clash between Pakistani police and students associated with the Lal Masjid (“Red Mosque”) in Islamabad resulted in nine deaths Tuesday, and 140 were reported wounded, according to the BBC.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Storms Kill More Than 200 in Pakistan

More than 200 people have died in Karachi, Pakistan, as a result of storms that ravaged the city. Heavy rain, gale-force winds and flooding obliterated many homes, while falling trees, billboards and power lines wreaked further havoc. At least 45 people have also died in southern India.

Posted on Jun 24, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Fritz Reiss

Sir Salman’s Knighthood Triggers Backlash

Author Salman Rushdie is once again the subject of controversy—a position the “Satanic Verses” scribe is familiar with, to say the least.  The decision by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II to knight Rushdie last weekend drew criticism from Muslims who disagreed with the message of his most notorious novel, including members of Pakistan’s parliament.

Posted on Jun 18, 2007 READ MORE


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AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

Jolie Praises Daniel Pearl’s Widow

Angelina Jolie and paramour Brad Pitt hit the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of their latest joint effort, “A Mighty Heart,” which focuses on Mariane Pearl, played by Jolie, as she weathers the abduction and murder of her husband, American journalist Daniel Pearl, in 2002.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

When Hugging Is a Crime

Nilofar Bakhtiar, Pakistan’s federal minister for tourism, is in hot water with clerics in her home country for hugging a skydiving instructor who guided her through a tandem parachute jump for charity last month.  Now, after striking such an “obscene” pose, she’s had to resign from Pakistan’s Cabinet.

Posted on May 21, 2007 READ MORE


Karachi Shootout Kills 34

Two politically opposed groups in Karachi, Pakistan, opened fire on each other Saturday as a suspended member of President Pervez Musharraf’s administration, Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, was arriving in Karachi for a rally.  The BBC reported that 34 were killed in the gunfire and 120 injured, and that Chaudhry was forced to return to Islamabad.

Posted on May 12, 2007 READ MORE


Al-Qaida Making Mergers

Despite U.S. efforts to quash al-Qaida, the terrorist organization is rebuilding its base in rural Pakistan—and doing some serious networking to connect with other militant groups in Africa and the Middle East, steering them to focus on Western targets on a local and international scale.

Posted on Apr 21, 2007 READ MORE


UK Forces Climate Talks at U.N.

Over the objections of other members, the UK has brought the climate change debate to the U.N. Security Council. Russia, China and Pakistan said it was the wrong venue for the issue, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett pointed out that rising sea levels, mass migration and economic catastrophe would almost certainly impact global security.

Posted on Apr 17, 2007 READ MORE


Deadly Conflict in Pakistan

An outbreak of violence in Pakistan has killed more than 50 people since Monday, according to the BCC.  Militants connected to the Afghan Taliban in the country’s northwest region have been battling tribesmen.

Posted on Mar 20, 2007 READ MORE


Taliban Official Nabbed in Pakistan?

A raid in the Pakistani city of Quetta early this week reportedly resulted in the capture of Taliban Defense Minister Mullah Obaidullah Akhund and other suspects.  Officials said the arrest occurred as Vice President Dick Cheney was passing through the country’s southwestern region.

Posted on Mar 2, 2007 READ MORE


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dw-world.de

Kidnapped by the CIA

The Washington Post has an inside look at “black sites,” the secret detention centers operated by the CIA that hold abducted terror suspects, one of whom describes a world of interrogation, torture and misery.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Kye Gwan
AP Photo / Greg Baker

Going Back to North Korea, Hat in Hand

There is nothing wrong with negotiating with our enemies rather than weakly blustering at cartoon images of them—I wish we would do the same in our dealings with Iran—but it would be nice if we would stop shooting ourselves in the foot first.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: The Price of Distraction

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Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


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wikipedia.org

Pact Seeks to Ease Risk of Accidental Nuclear War in S. Asia

India and Pakistan have agreed to a deal meant to limit the possibility of inadvertent nuclear war. The two nuclear states have gone to war several times and frequently rattle sabers at each other.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Bloody Sunday

A series of explosions around the world has killed more than 120 people. A train bombing in northern India left at least 64 people dead, while three car bombs in Baghdad—the bloodiest violence since a security crackdown began—killed more than 60 and injured at least 131. A bomb also exploded at a McDonald’s in St. Petersburg, Russia, in an act of “hooliganism,” according to police. There was no indication that each nation’s violence was related to the explosions in the other countries.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Reforming Pakistan’s ‘Dens of Terror’

Pakistan’s “madrassas” have been described as “jihad universities” because of their ties to the Taliban and Islamic extremists, but a small-scale indigenous effort to reform the religious schools could be making more progress than the combined forces of the American, British and Pakistani governments.

Posted on Jan 22, 2007 READ MORE


The Man Who Helped Bin Laden Escape

Former Afghan Prime Minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said in a recent interview with Pakistani television that his forces led Osama Bin Laden from the mountains of Tora Bora to a “safe place” in late 2001, after U.S. troops had surrounded the area.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


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abc.net.au

Judge Throws Out Terror Case

A judge in Pakistan has dropped the terrorism charges against one of the alleged leaders of the London airline bomb plot. Britain, undeterred by the ruling in favor of Rashid Rauf, says it will move ahead with its case against co-conspiracy suspects in its custody.

Posted on Dec 13, 2006 READ MORE


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thestandard.com.hk

India Blames Pakistan for Train Bombings

Indian police have accused Pakistan’s intelligence agency of planning the July train bombings in Mumbai, which killed 186 people.  According to Mumbai’s police commissioner: “We have solved the 11 July bombings case. The whole attack was planned by Pakistan’s ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba and their operatives in India….”

Posted on Sep 30, 2006 READ MORE


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Tea and Twinkies With Musharraf

Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf stopped by “The Daily Show” on Tuesday for some American delicacies and a candid discussion of the war on terror, including the Bush administration’s strong-arm diplomacy and his contemplation of war with America.

When Jon Stewart asked Musharraf who would win a Pakistani election, George Bush or Osama Bin Laden, the general shot back: “They’ll both lose miserably.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
  • Read the full text of the pope’s speech.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Gaping Holes in the 9/11 Narrative

    Truthdig Editor Robert Scheer puts the 9/11 conspiracy theories in perspective.

    Posted on Sep 10, 2006 READ MORE


    Pakistan Called ?Hub? of Airline Terror Plot

    U.S. and European officials have traced major support for the recently foiled aircraft terror plot to Pakistan, though they praised the Pakistani government for its ?vital? role in unraveling the scheme.  Investigators said the operation drew financial and logistical support from Karachi and Lahore, and at least 17 of those in British custody are said to have ties to Pakistan.

    Posted on Aug 12, 2006 READ MORE


    Robert Scheer: Labor Pains of a Stillborn Foreign Policy

    By saying that the Israel-Lebanon crisis simply represents the “birth pangs of a new Middle East,” Condoleezza Rice underscored the Bush administration’s blindness to the disastrous effects its foreign policy has wrought.

    Posted on Jul 25, 2006 READ MORE


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    Robert Scheer: Bush’s Nutty Nuclear Braggadocio

    “A once swaggering president, who so convincingly wielded a bullhorn and modeled a flight suit, now has assumed the pretzel pose of a supplicant attempting to cajole our old enemy in Tehran into dropping its nuclear ambitions while simultaneously initiating talks with Iran aimed at bailing us out in Iraq.”

    Posted on Apr 18, 2006 READ MORE


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    AP

    Afghan Could Get Death for Becoming a Christian

    He converted to Christianity 16 years ago as an aid worker in Pakistan, an offense punishable by death under Sharia law. (Above: A judge holds the accused’s Bible.)
    If you’re shaking your head over this resurgence of religious fundamentalism, check out this earlier story on the Taliban’s return to Afghanistan.

    Posted on Mar 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush the Internationalist

    “It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

    Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Burning Bridges in Asia

    The N.Y. Times says that Bush, on his Asia trip, not only squandered a fine opportunity to shore up alliances and generate goodwill, but probably made things much worse by embarrassing Pakistan’s leader.

    Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


    Thousands Riot in Pakistan Over Cartoons

    At least two people died in the rampage. Also, the Iraqi city of Basra demands the withdrawal of Denmark’s military contingent from southern Iraq until an apology for the cartoons is proffered.
    Will this madness ever end?

    Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


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