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A Lullaby of Lies

Posted on May 31, 2010

From Antiwar.com, San Francisco By Justin Raimondo While most Americans were sitting out on their decks barbecuing over the Memorial Day weekend, our leaders were planning to barbecue a few Pakistanis, as the Washington Post reported: “The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country’s tribal areas, according to senior military...

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The Truth About Drones

Posted on May 30, 2010

They are inspiring homegrown terror From the Newsweek How explosives have ignited insurgencies and superpowers Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad says he was driven by anger over dozens of unmanned drone attacks that he witnessed during his most recent five-month visit to his home in Pakistan. That seems a plausible enough motive, particularly since he joins a growing list of homegrown U.S. terror suspects who have cited the...

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The Massacre in Lahore

Posted on May 30, 2010

Reproduced by the Business Recorder on June 1, 2010 It is difficult to find words to express my sadness, anger, and horror over the mayhem in Lahore which resulted in the deaths of scores of innocent Pakistanis and human beings.  The bigoted barbarians – nurtured, fed, trained, and financed for years by the security establishment – are destroying the society and the response of the powers that be – in this case...

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Afghans believe US is funding Taliban: Guardian
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Afghans believe US is funding Taliban: Guardian

Posted on May 29, 2010

Intellectuals and respected Afghan professionals are convinced the west is prolonging conflict to maintain influence in the region   Daniella Peled  {Note: This article has special significance given that Daniella is a Jewish journalist and a former editor of the Jewish Chronicle} guardian.co.uk Tuesday 25 May 2010 It is the common belief among Afghans that the west has no intention of ending the conflict in Afghanistan.  It’s...

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US Army reviewing options for ‘unilateral’ strike on Pakistan‎: Washington Post

Posted on May 29, 2010

By Greg Miller Washington Post Staff Writer The U.S. military is reviewing options for a unilateral strike in Pakistan in the event that a successful attack on American soil is traced to the country’s tribal areas, according to senior military officials. Ties between the alleged Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, and elements of the Pakistani Taliban have sharpened the Obama administration’s need for retaliatory options,...

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Hamid Mir saga: the buck stops at General Parvez Kayani
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Hamid Mir saga: the buck stops at General Parvez Kayani

Posted on May 22, 2010

[Reproduced by the Business Recorder, Karachi on May 25, 2010] My take on the whole Hamid Mir’s saga is not [assuming of course the tape is authentic] just that he could have contributed to the killing of former Squadron Leader and ISI official Khalid Khawaja by telling that unknown person (who sounded like he was somewhere in the tribal areas and involved with a terrorist group) that Khalid worked for the CIA among other allegations...

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JFK Speech on Secret Societies, Conspiracies, and Freedom of the Press

Posted on May 21, 2010

JFK’s Address before the American Newspaper Publishers Association  President John F. Kennedy Waldorf-Astoria Hotel New York City, April 27, 1961     Mr. Chairman, ladies and gentlemen:      I appreciate very much your generous invitation to be here tonight.      You bear heavy responsibilities these days and an article I read some time ago reminded me of how particularly heavily the burdens of present day events bear upon your...

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The Hamid Mir tape needs independent technical experts examination

Posted on May 20, 2010

The following is DAWN’s editorial which has hit the nail on the head. “Mr Mir has every right to proclaim his innocence but that alone will not suffice. In this digital age it is child’s play for independent experts to confirm whether or not the voice on the tape is Mr Mir’s. It is just as simple to distinguish a doctored recording from an unedited conversation.” DAWN, May 20, 2010 THE controversy surrounding...

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‘Lehman II’ for European banks?

Posted on May 18, 2010

By Aaron Kirchfeld, Niklas Magnusson and Elena Logutenkova     May 18 (Bloomberg) — Europe’s banks are facing déjà vu. Less than two years after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., fresh tremors in the debt markets are threatening to shake the financial system.This time the concern isn’t about subprime mortgages or exotic derivatives, it’s about banks’ holdings of bonds sold by European Union governments including...

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Pakistani news presenter accused of link to Taliban hostage’s murder: Guardian

Posted on May 18, 2010

From guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 May 2010 by Declan Walsh in Lahore Pakistan‘s pugnacious media world was plunged into controversy today when a leaked audio tape apparently linked its most popular television presenter with the execution of a Taliban hostage. The tape purports to be a recording of a phone conversation between the journalist, Hamid Mir, and a Taliban spokesman about the fate of Khalid Khawaja, a former intelligence...

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Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture

Posted on May 15, 2010

By David Ignatius Sunday, May 16, 2010 Obama is not seeking a military victory over Taliban How do wars end in the tribal society of Afghanistan? That’s one of the interesting questions that was highlighted by President Hamid Karzai’s visit to Washington last week. During their well-scripted news conference at the White House, both Karzai and President Obama said they favored a process of outreach to the Taliban. And both...

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Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Who really is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?
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Who killed Benazir Bhutto? Who really is Qari Saifullah Akhtar?

Posted on May 14, 2010

UPDATE: JAN. 11, 2011 BBC NEWS: A freed al-Qaeda suspect who has been linked to attacks on the late Benazir Bhutto is not a terrorist, Punjab’s top judicial official has said. Qari Saifullah Akhtar was released in December after reportedly being placed under house arrest four months earlier. Punjab Home Minister Rana Sanaullah told reporters in Lahore that Mr Akhtar had been quizzed about two attacks on the former prime...

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There the Americans go again: White House says Pakistan Taliban behind NY bomb

Posted on May 9, 2010

This is so stupid. The alleged actions of a US citizen who probably could not even kill a mouse and has not been provided with a lawyer so far, are being used for what is obviously a weak and stretched case to make Pakistani Talibans look like al Qaeda. Talibans are a primitive, violent, and abominable lot but let’s keep things in perspective.  The fact is there is little of al Qaeda left. Osama bin Laden died in January 2002....

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A mosque in Munich
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A mosque in Munich

Posted on May 9, 2010

Book Review by Matthew Kaminski A Mosque in Munich (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 318 pages, $27)  By Ian Johnson As we know too well by now, sometime in the past century the religion of Muhammad was weaponized—that is, there was a coupling of terrorism and Islam among its militant believers. This development didn’t take place in isolation, however. Islamism, as we now call a radical version of the faith, emerged in close contact...

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