Category: Pakistan

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Medea Benjamin: The Dangerous Seduction of Drones

After 10 years of this remote-control killing, the Obama administration should seek effective solutions that adhere to international law.

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Medea Benjamin: Father of Pakistani Drone Victim Kidnapped by Pakistani State

Pakistanis we have talked to say this could only happen on orders from the United States, which did not want Khan speaking out in Europe against US policy

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Tariq Ali: Pakistan’s Future is Tied to the Taliban

With the impending withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the time has come to talk – despite the horrific wave of bombings

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David Barsamian: Mohamed Bouazizi & the Arab Revolts

An interview with Rami Khouri

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Medea Benjamin: Drone strikes in Pakistan: Reapers of their Own Destruction

Most Pakistanis reject the Taliban and other extremists. But they also reject the American drones that violate their sovereignty and operate with impunity. The Pakistani resistance, along with growing opposition within the United States, has had an impact: the number of Predator and Reaper drone strikes in Pakistan has been steadily declining, from a high Read more…

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David Swanson: Drones from the Other Side

Imagine you awake to the sound of a machine noisily buzzing over your house, and another machine nearby in the sky, and another. These machines and others like them have been around for months. They never leave. While you live in the United States, the machines belong to the government of Pakistan. The machines are Read more…

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Juan Cole: Pakistani Family Testifies To Empty Room On Hill About US Drone That Killed Granny

Congressman Alan Grayson held a hearing on the Hill on Tuesday on civilian deaths in US drone strikes. A Pakistani family, the Ur Rahmans, testified on the death by drone of their grandmother while she was tending her garden. Nine-year-old Nabila Ur Rahman was injured in the strike that killed he grandmother. It was a Read more…

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Gareth Porter: Pakistan Drone Story Ignored Military Opposition to Strikes

The Washington Post on Thursday reported what it presented as new evidence of a secret agreement under which Pakistani officials have long been privately supporting the U.S. drone war in the country even as they publicly criticised it. Most news outlets picked up the Post story, and the theme of public Pakistani opposition and private Read more…

Humna Bhojani: Dear President Obama, What Have You Fixed By Meeting Malala?

Dear President Obama, Thank you for your meeting with an impressive young lady from my country, and for showing concern over the citizens of Pakistan. In the picture from the White House, you are all smiling. This is almost heart-warming, and almost does not look like political point-scoring or a publicity ploy. Almost. While the Read more…

Michael L. Stone: President Obama’s Meeting With Malala Yousafzai Was Riddled With Irony

To one Nobel Peace Prize winner from one who isn’t:  “Drones are fueling terrorism.”  So spoke Malala Yousafzai to President Barack Obama. She’s the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for daring to urge the schooling of girls. She was nipped in the running for the prize by the Read more…

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