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Speaking out against the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai

Vigil in Pakistan. (Photo: http://news.linktv.org/)
With protests sweeping across Pakistan and around the world, Malalai Joya adds her voice to protest attack on Malala Yousafzai.

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Pakistan floods: Why should we care?

Yesterday, a non-Pakistani friend emailed me: "I wanted to ask you which you think would be the best organization to make a donation to for the current crisis in Pakistan. We usually give to MSF, but their website doesn't seem to offer the opportunity to give specifically for Pakistan. Can you offer advice?"

This friend is British and greatly prefers British media outlets, but I need to believe that there are many Americans who also want to help flood victims in Pakistan -- or who would want to, if they knew the scale and severity of the disaster.

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Climate change, capitalism and war produce disaster in Pakistan

Aug. 9, 2010: People wade through flooded streets in Charsadda, Pakistan. Photo: U.K. Department of International  Development/Flickr
The massive floods in Pakistan that affect 20 million people are far from a random 'natural disaster.' Rather, they are a predictable result of human negligence and strife.

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Climate change, capitalism and war produce disaster in Pakistan

Aug. 9, 2010: People wade through flooded streets in Charsadda, Pakistan. Photo: U.K. Department of International  Development/Flickr

The massive floods in Pakistan that affect 20 million people are far from a random "natural disaster." Rather, they are a predictable result of global warming, capitalist development, and US-backed war.

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The Afghan War diary data -- an initial look

The Wikileaks dossier allows us to map where thousands of deaths have occurred in the war, and the evidence points to many failures by the NATO forces and the horrible price Afghanis have paid.

An initial look at the first 76,000 records in the "Afghan War Diary" leaked by Wikileaks yields some important information, much of which has been known or suspected by analysts for years. Given the sheer size of the database, there is a great deal more to be learned, but here are some initial findings.

Casualty data

The first impression is one of an extremely lopsided war, like all wars of occupation, where occupied casualties are vastly higher than those by the occupier.

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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

Photo: flickr/Sharnoff's Global Views

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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Sectarian Violence in Pakistan

Saturday, August 24, 2013 - 6:00pm

Location

CN Room, Living Arts Centre
414 Living Arts Dr.
Mississauga , ON
Canada
43° 35' 20.9508" N, 79° 38' 48.2568" W

What are the origins and history of discrimination and violence against religious minorities - Ahmedis, Shias, Christians and Shia? What do fundamentalist organizations such as the Ahle Sunnat wal Jamaat, Sipah-e-Sahaba, Lashkar-e-Janghvi and Tehreek-e-Taliban stand for? Who supports them and why? What cna decent minded people do to help Pakistan become a tolerant society where all citizens are equal and safe?

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