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Book: Base Nation

December 5, 2014
| In the Persian Gulf alone, the U.S. military has major bases in every country except Iran. There are bases in Pakistan on one end of the region and in the Balkans on the other.
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Extremists target Pakistani journalists and demand 'balanced reporting'

Photo: flickr/Binuri Ranasinghe
When attacks from the Pakistani Taliban moved from 'possibility' to 'real life' journalists and editors scrambled to define what this mean for reporting on extremists and the safety of their writers.

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We work despite Taliban threats, say Pakistani journalists

Photo: flickr/Binuri Ranasinghe

"War. Unending internal war," said Dawn.com editor Jahanzaib Haque when I asked him where he saw Pakistani media heading in the foreseeable future. "No one likes to work in an environment where their colleagues are gunned down and there is a state of constant threat."

This unending war became uncomfortably real for Haque in January when, in the third of a series of attacks, three of his Express News colleagues (where Haque was then web editor) were killed in their office van.

Shortly after, the Pakistani Taliban, the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) called into an Express live show to claim responsibility.

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Qadeer Baloch appeals UN to break silence on the issue of missing persons in Balochistan

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A long march of around 20 families for the safe recovery of their loved ones started on October 27 from Balochistan, Pakistan and finally culminated in Karachi, Pakistan after distancing 750 km on foot without inspiring any change in the status quo. 

The families, comprising children, women and men, travelled on mountainous and plain areas of Southwestern Balochistan on foot and ended their journey after 27 days on Friday November 22 at Karachi Press Club, the provincial capital of Sindh. 

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Video: Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

United Nations, New York, 12 July 2013 - Education activist Malala Yousafzai marks her 16th birthday, on Friday, 12 July 2013 at the United Nations by giving her first high-level public appearance and statement on the importance of education.

Malala became a public figure when she was shot by the Taliban while travelling to school last year in Pakistan -- targeted because of her committed campaigning for the right of all girls to an education. Flown to the United Kingdom to recover, she is now back at school and continues to advocate for every child's right to education.

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Gary Doer
| May 4, 2013

The missing persons of Baluchistan

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I've seen their silent faces
They scream so loud
If they were to speak these words
They’d go missing too
Another woman on the torture table
What else can they do ?
One day we’ll dance on their graves
One day we’ll sing our freedom
One day we’ll laugh in our joy
And we’ll dance (twice)
Hey Mr. Pinochet, you’ve sown a bitter crop
It’s foreign money that supports you
One day the money is going to stop
No wages for your torturers
No budget for your guns
Can you think of your own mother
Dancin’ with her invisible son?

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The new 'green scare': Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire

by Deepa Kumar
(Haymarket Books ,
2012;
$17.00)

In 2009, several U.S. citizens or legal residents were arrested for alleged connections to "terrorist" activity. In the latter part of the year these became high-profile cases that drew sustained media attention. Following hard upon this media frenzy, in December 2009 the Obama administration announced plans to escalate the war in Afghanistan by sending in more troops and by stepping up drone attacks on Pakistan, in what came to be known as the "Af-Pak strategy." Almost a full year into his presidency, the "peace" president had failed to fulfill his campaign promises to shut down Guantanamo Bay and undo the violations of civil liberties unleashed by Bush. The "homegrown terrorist" threat being whipped up by the media served well to continue the status quo.

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Asia Pacific Currents

Left parties re-organizing in Pakistan

February 5, 2013
| An interview with Mr. Hashim Bin Rashid, Lahore Secretary of the Awami Workers Party in Pakistan and labour updates from the region.
Length: 31:23 minutes (14.37 MB)
Photo: star5112/Flickr
| December 24, 2012
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