Tag Archives: Pakistan

Which Balochistan?

Previously: Which Iberia? – Which Alexandria? – Which Albania? – Which African Nation? – Which Guinea? – Which Thebes? – Which Georgia? – Which Galicia? – Which Victoria? I was wrong in thinking that this series was finished–truth be told, … Continue reading

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Education will not save us, Part 2

In December 2009, less than half a year ago, I wrote that education will not save us from terrorism. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the “Christmas Bomber” thwarted as he tried to detonate a bomb as he flew from Nigeria to Detroit, … Continue reading

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Google Map of US drone strikes in Pakistan

View U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan in a larger map The New America Foundation has mapped drone strikes in Pakistan over the past 6 years using Peter Bergen and Katherine Tiedemann’s drones database. Their policy paper is here, describing their … Continue reading

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Hakeemullah Mehsud is… Hard to Kill!

Pardon my amateurish photoshopping. It seems like every week brings a new report claiming the demise of Pakistan’s Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud only to have him pop up in a video days later, celebrating his continued existence in a mocking … Continue reading

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In Defense of Drones

Farhat Taj has a very interesting article in the Daily Times (Pakistan) that vigorously justifies drone attacks. Taj’s credentials are curious — she is a research fellow at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Research at the University of Oslo, and … Continue reading

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Two Great Pakistan Articles

While doing research for my trip to Iraq in 2007, I came across an article written by independent Basque journalist Karlos Zurutuza. He was one of the very few sources I could find who’d been there recently and did so … Continue reading

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Damned if you do, damned if you don’t

With all the talk of Pakistan and the Taliban being 60 miles from Islamabad (as if they have tank divisions or conventional forces), I’d like to consider just a few things. 1) The Taleban are an insurgent group, not conventional … Continue reading

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The Arabification of the Pakistan Problem

As focus settles on Pakistan as the single biggest danger to international peace and prosperity there has been a move to differentiate Pakistan with India, Friend of the West. Pakistan and its problems are no longer being associated with South … Continue reading

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Kaplan Article: Talking to the Taliban

Robert Kaplan has a new article out in The Atlantic called Talking to the Taliban (via Arab Media Shack). Kaplan points out that Obama’s new strategy, which consists of convincing Pakistan to sever ties with its long time ally the … Continue reading

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As Mr. Bush would say, “All options are on the table…”

More and more people in the U.S. are becoming less and less shy regarding the possibilities of how the U.S. will act in Afghanistan: U.S. mulling expanded covert war in Pakistan: report WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama and his … Continue reading

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