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How I Conned the Taliban

The Taliban can be fooled too -- as I learned during my own top secret mission deep in the deepest valleys between the highest mountains of the Hindu Kush.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  11-30-2010  |  War

How the Nuclear Double Standard Endangers Us Allnew

As long as the U.S. and other nuclear powers hypocritically uphold a double standard in which we claim nuclear weapons are essential for our national security, but other nations such as Iran are not allowed to make this claim, we are probably in a losing struggle for the cause of disarmament
Pasadena Weekly  |  John Grula  |  10-19-2009  |  Commentary

Pakistani Cartoonist Nigar Nazar Spreads a Female-Focused Messagenew

Nazar's cartoons focus on women's and children's rights, but are heavy on humor, which makes them approachable. Much like her protagonist, Gogi, a perky 20-something.
Colorado Springs Independent  |  Kirsten Akens  |  10-08-2009  |  Cartoons

Animated Cartoon: Mercenary Madnessnew

Recent news reveals that the US government has been using Blackwater USA (now called Xe) to do everything from assassinate Al Qaeda members to load Hellfire missiles onto Predator drone planes in Pakistan. What next for the firm that does everything? New animated editorial cartoon by Ted Rall and David Essman goes there.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  09-04-2009  |  Cartoons

What If They Gave a War and Nobody Knew Why?

Eight years after invading Afghanistan, the U.S. government is still struggling to explain why. If you can't figure out if you're winning or losing, you're losing.
Maui Time  |  Ted Rall  |  08-13-2009  |  War

Ali Sethi's Debut Novel is a Hitnew

For anyone wishing to write about Pakistan, a well-developed perspective is essential. Auspiciously, the perspective in The Wish Maker is its great victory.
Willamette Week  |  John Minervini  |  06-17-2009  |  Fiction

Are Pakistan's Nukes Safe from Terrorists?new

Outside observers are afraid Pakistan's super-violent, fundamentalist Taliban fighters might be able to get their hands on one of Pakistan's nuclear weapons. Is it possible?
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  05-13-2009  |  Commentary

Has Pakistan Collapsed into Civil War?new

Someone page Pakistan's Ken Burns equivalent, because we're witnessing a civil war. It's too early to tell if Pakistan's central government, and its nuclear arsenal, will fall into the hands of Taliban militants. But it's a reasonable possibility.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  04-29-2009  |  Commentary

What Is the Swat Valley?new

The Swat Valley is a magical place in northern Pakistan where every child is born with the innate ability to batter down doors, rescue hostages and safely apprehend suspected drug kingpins. Additionally, the area's notoriously boy-crazy, clique-y teenage girls inspired the hugely popular Swat Valley High teen fiction series.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  02-25-2009  |  Commentary

Is Pakistan Getting Serious About Fighting Terrorists?new

Next time you get irritated at an U.S. politician for using responsibility-shirking language, be thankful Pakistan's Interior Ministry Chief Rehman Malik isn't a member of our government.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  02-18-2009  |  Commentary

No Clear Path to Peace for Obama Administrationnew

We are anxious because now it appears Obama, like LBJ, wants it both ways and isn't really as much about getting us out of any of our recent military quagmires as he is about negotiating settlements in which we stay.
Pasadena Weekly  |  Kevin Uhrich  |  01-05-2009  |  Commentary

My Column-Writing Resolutions for 2009new

In 2009, I plan to write frequently and in-depth about the following three issues. I suspect they'll be consuming more of the United States' foreign news oxygen than they did in 2008.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  01-02-2009  |  Commentary

Terror Unlike the Usual Terrors: A Report from Mumbainew

Mumbai, India has endured terrorist attacks for decades, but the November assault on the Taj Mahal Hotel stopped the city in its tracks.
Boston Phoenix  |  Kathryn Gearhart  |  12-03-2008  |  International

Bush's Last Hurrah Will Be to Attack Pakistannew

The good news is that George W. Bush is not going to invade Iran before he leaves office. The bad news is that he is attacking Pakistan instead.
The Georgia Straight  |  Gwynne Dyer  |  09-16-2008  |  Commentary

What's Next for the US and Pakistan Now That Musharraf is Gone?new

Seven years of backing Musharraf's military dictatorship turned Pakistan into the biggest threat to world peace today. No exaggeration. What's our plan now that the Perv is hitting the links? I'm not sure yet.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Andisheh Nouraee  |  09-10-2008  |  Commentary

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