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Archives by Tag 'Pakistan'
Reversing the Lens on Pakistan
CONN HALLINAN
“Terrorism is not a statistic for us.” —Asif Ali Zardari, president of Pakistan This is a Pakistani truism that few Americans understand. Since the U.S. invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, Pakistan has lost more than 35,000 pe...
Is the CIA Still an Intelligence Agency?
SHAUKAT QADIR
Early September 2011, a former intelligence official commented to the Washington Post that, “The CIA has become one hell of a killing machine”. He then attempted to retract, but his words were on record. But is that really what it should be: a hell of a killing machin...
Love Fest in the Hindu Kush
PAUL FITZGERALD and ELIZABETH GOULD
In the wild gyrations surrounding the Obama administration’s AfPak scenario, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s recent swing from ...
America’s Secret Empire of Drone Bases
NICK TURSE
They increasingly dot the planet.  There’s a facility outside Las Vegas where “pilots” work in ...
The Haqqani Debate
GARETH PORTER
Dissension over Adm. Mike Mullen’s accusation that the Haqqani network of Afghan insurgents is a “veritable arm” of Pakistan’s intelligence agency and the revelation that a U.S. official met with a Haqqani official have provided new evidence of a l...
Who Benefits From American Declarations?
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
Over two thousand years ago the Roman judge Lucius Cassius coined the phrase ‘cui bono?’, meaning loosely ‘who benefits?’, and was quoted approvingly by Cicero because the thrust of the question was intended to improve justice.  As a principled man of law (then, ...
Gandhi’s Lesson for Today
KATHY KELLY
In a soon-to-be published book entitled Gandhi and the Unspe...
The History of the Haqqanis
SHAUKAT QADIR
Islamabad. When the US suffers a defeat in Afghanistan, it will need another scapegoat. I stated this nine years ago; I give you one guess which country is a made-to-order scapegoat here? Neither history, nor truth, nor realities are of any significance. A...
Admiral Mullen’s Haqqani Act
GARETH PORTER
The U.S. threat last week that “all  options” are on the table if the Pakistani military doesn’t cut its  ties with the Haqqani network of anti-U.S. insurgents created the  appearance of a crisis involving potential U.S. military escalation in  Pakis...
As the Drone Flies
RALPH NADER
The fast developing predator drone technology, officially called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, is becoming so dominant and so beyond any restraining framework of law or ethics, that its use by the U.S. government around the world may invite a horrific blowback. ...
America’s Shambles in Afghanistan
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In the course of research for a paper on US-Pakistan relations I came across a speech given by President Obama in March this year, titled  ‘A New Strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan’.  It was interesting and quite informative, if misguided and engagingly ingenuou...
The Costs of the Great War on Terror
VIJAY PRASHAD
When Bush declared the Global War on Terror (GWOT), it felt odd. The U.S. had already involved itself in combat with the social forces that attacked it on 9/11. To make such a formal declaration of war allowed the administration to do two things: first, on the surface, to...
The Constant Mind Rape
LINH DINH
The physical violence of a crime is often accompanied by another kind of violation, an assault against the mind, for the criminal must disguise his evil deed. A murderer, rapist or merely adulterer will lie and spin, to conceal and/or rationalize what he has done. ...
The Killing Machines
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
In an interview for an article about the machinations of the Central Intelligence Agency one of the Washington Post’s sources described it as “one helluva killing machine.”  Then, according to the reporter, he ‘blanched’ at his words and altered them to “one...
The CIA and the Drones
GARETH PORTER
When David Petraeus walks into the Central Intelligence Agency today, he will be taking over an organisation whose mission has changed in recent years from gathering and analysing intelligence to waging military campaigns through drone strikes in Pakistan, as well as in Y...
Veto Over the Drones
GARETH PORTER
Islamabad. Pakistani civilian and military leaders are insisting on an effective veto over which targets U.S. drone strikes hit, according to well-informed Pakistani military sources here. The sources, who met with IPS on condition that they not be ...
Pakistan at 64
TARIQ ALI
The queasy condition of Pakistan, incapable of either a complete collapse or of throwing up a regime that could move the country even a few steps forward, has been a cause for depression for many a decade. The privileged elite — military and civilian — live happily in...
Targeting Pakistan and Its Army
BRIAN CLOUGHLEY
The New York Times, relying on the usual anonymous sources who leak and brief its reporters selectively on official policies, reported in June that Pakistan’s army chief, General Kayani, was “fighting to save his position in the face of seething ange...
Democratic Chutzpah
SAUL LANDAU
“There have been charges that it is morally wrong for the U.S. to aid undemocratic regimes to strengthen their security systems, thereby serving to entrench them in power.” But “the U.S. cannot afford the moral luxury of helping only those re...
The Sorrows of Afghanistan and Pakistan
VIJAY PRASHAD
Cleverly, the Washington establishment seeks to reorder events so that it can take credit for things it did not do and pass on the blame for things it did do. President Barack Obama not only wants to share the Arab Spring’s glory but, with the Group o...
Rising Anti-Americanism in Pakistan
LIAQUAT ALI KHAN
On May 14, after deliberations of over 10 hours, the democratically-elected Pakistan Parliament in a joint session of both houses passed a unanimous resolution to reclaim Pakistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and national security against U.S. mi...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...
Pakistan: a New Cambodia?
M. REZA PIRBHAI
Twenty-two people – 8 to 10 alleged Al-Qaeda and Taliban members, the rest civilians, including children – were killed on January 23, 2009, when Predator drones operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency fired missiles at houses in Pakistan’s ‘Federally Ad...