Educating the Taliban – Lessons in Counterterrorism From Professor Khan

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RizwanZulfigar
“Pakistan’s Tribal region is the assumed headquarters of one of most dangerous militant organizations, Tehreek Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which began an insurgency against the state in 2007. During the ongoing security forces operation “Zarb-E-Azb” against TTP, Pakistan’s army celebrated on Friday, August 29, when Professor Ajmal Khan, vice-chancellor of Islamia College University, was freed after four years in Taliban captivity. But the keys to his freedom involve not only governmental actions or the protestations of Pakistan citizens, but also Khan’s own secret, powerful weapon: Education.”

Author: Rizwan Zulfiqar Bhutta
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Media Coverage May Fuel the Flames in Ferguson

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Steven Yougblood
“Seldom have the stakes been higher for the media as they moved in to cover the Michael Brown shooting and aftermath in Ferguson, Mo. Responsible coverage could help inform and empower the community to react nonviolently, while irresponsible coverage could fuel the flames while demonizing Brown.”

Author: Steven L. Youngblood
Published in: Huntington News http://www.huntingtonnews.net/93976, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/30/media-coverage-may-fuel-flames-ferguson/
Date: August 28,2014

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The Lone Ranger Rides Again – America’s Return to Iraq

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MelGurtov
“In an interview with Thomas Friedman of the New York Times on August 8, President Obama stressed that the US was only fighting the Islamic State (IS, or ISIS) in Iraq as a partner, not as Iraq’s or the Kurds’ air force. Obama claims his officials are reminding everyone, “We will be your partners, but we are not going to do it for you. We’re not sending a bunch of US troops back on the ground to keep a lid on things.” Now, less than three weeks later, the strategic picture has changed, and emphases on “partnerships” have faded while the US military complex advances largely on its own.”

Author: Mel Gurtov
Published in: Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/29/lone-ranger-rides-again-americas-return-iraq, In the Human Interest http://mgurtov.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/post-42-the-lone-ranger-rides-again-americas-return-to-iraq/, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/30/lone-ranger-rides-americas-return-iraq/
Date: August 26,29,30,2014

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Justifying the Kill

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Winslow Myers
“Is it too much of a stretch to link the alleged police execution of Michael Brown in Missouri with the terrorist execution of journalist James Foley somewhere in Iraq? Setting aside obvious differences, do these tragedies have anything in common?”

Author: Winslow Myers
Published in: Sierra County Prospect http://www.sierracountyprospect.org/2014/08/27/our-inner-dinosaur-82714/, Winslow Myers Blog http://winslowmyersopeds.blogspot.com/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/29/justifying-the-kill/, Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/08/28/justifying-kill, Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/30/justifying-kill/
Date: August 27,28,29,30,2014

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Progress in Pakistan Depends on Women’s Participation

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RizwanZulfigar
“Women have a vital role in the progress of human society. Yet, women’s contributions to progress aren’t always acknowledged by or even included in history books. In her 1998 book, “You Can’t Kill the Spirit: Women and Nonviolent Action,” writer Pam McAllister spotlights stories, struggles and contributions of women all over the world – stories that are often hidden in plain sight. The latest story comes from Pakistan, where local women are actively working toward social and political change at this very moment.”

Author: Rizwan Zulfiqar Bhutta
Published in: Las Vegas Informer http://lasvegas.informermg.com/2014/08/29/progress-pakistan-depends-women-participation/, Counter Punch http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/08/28/progress-in-pakistan-depends-on-womens-participation/
Date: August 28,29,2014

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