Monthly Archives: October 2013

Conversation with Taliban on polio, education, non-harbis and a “dominant narrative”

     “When your house is raided, you fight. Vaccinations and green tea afterwards” In my previous blog I looked at fears over a potential polio epidemic in Waziristan, the tribal areas of Pakistan. As previously mentioned the Islamic Emirate … Continue reading

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Black Day Kashmir: Dedicated to those who opened my eyes.

Half-widow waiting for return of husband missing in Kashmir Today is 27th October Black Day Kashmir which observes the date in 1947 when Indian troops entered Kashmir. In gross violation of the law and ‘Partition Plan of the Indian Subcontinent’, … Continue reading

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Islamic Emirate: Taliban support polio vaccine whilst US support killing children by drone

“Around 260,000 children in North and South Waziristan have not been vaccinated against polio since July 2012. Moreover, more than 90 per cent of the current polio cases in the country are linked to the outbreak in North Waziristan and … Continue reading

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Drones: We the children of Waziristan (the words of a Pashtun poet)

Nabeela ur-Rehman (age 9) from Ghundi Kala, North Waziristan who suffered burns and shrapnel wounds in a drone strike, grandmother killed, brother and sister wounded  Photograph by Eduardo Diaz, courtesy of the Foundation for Fundamental Rights. Waziristan We, The children of … Continue reading

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Gordon Brown’s spin on education and Edelman the PR company behind Malala the “celebrity schoolgirl”

    Brown with Malala, schoolchildren in Sunderland protest closing of their libraries As I sit watching a gloating former Prime Minister, Gordon Brown in Edinburgh at the reunion of Malala Yousafzai and schoolfriends, Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan (injured … Continue reading

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Drones: Latest reports to UN and US double standards on human rights

    Protesting drones (Pakistan) and Ben Emmerson (UN) Ben Emmerson QC has submitted his “Report of the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism” to the General Assembly of the … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Taliban answer “most commonly asked questions” via social media

“It is haram to kill someone without Sharia justification. We are not followers of whims & desires. Relax” Ehsanullah Ehsan with Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of Taliban Alongside Taliban calls for US drone strikes to stop so a ceasefire can start, … Continue reading

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Cricket for peace, Peshawar fills with smiles

“a game of hope” I haven’t the first clue about cricket but today that didn’t matter, I saw the people of Peshawar full of smiles as an estimated 24k filled the Arbab Niaz stadium in Peshawar, Pakistan. The cricket for peace … Continue reading

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Pakistan: Taliban, politicians and campaigners call for drones to stop to enable ceasefire and dialogue to start

“for every militant killed by drone another young person is radicalized so its a pointless operation that is counter productive and the US is only reinforcing violence”   Hakimullah Mehsud leader of Pakistan Taliban (TTP) In a rare interview with … Continue reading

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“Brand Malala”: Western exploitation of a schoolgirl

“Brand Malala”:  Western exploitation of a schoolgirl As Malala Yousafzai has told the media, that second when she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan changed her life, (it is also changing the lives of others too), Malala has become … Continue reading

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