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March 30, 2014
When Zain Abidin Mohammed Husain Abu Zubaydah and Muhammad Shams al-Sawalha were teenagers, they scoured record shops in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, desperately trying to track down the video for “Billie Jean,” the latest single from Michael Jackson’s global smash album “Thriller.” Sawalha and everyone else knew his friend as Hani, who was a huge fan of Jackson and would sometimes “dance foolishly” when Sawalha put a cassette of the King of Pop’s music into a tape deck. Eventually, they scored a grainy copy of the video and watched it over and over again as they tried to mimic Jackson’s signature dance moves. Those were the innocent days of the mid-1980s, Sawalha said, before Hani became an alleged terrorist mastermind.
Al Jazeera obtained diaries of a Guantanamo Bay prisoner from Pakistan, sharing some great insight on the life of Hani before he was taken to Gitmo.
14:52 // 6 months ago
March 22, 2014
The Pakistani version of The New York Times’ international edition was missing something. Wondering what it was? Click here. (ht Gawker)

The Pakistani version of The New York Times’ international edition was missing something. Wondering what it was? Click here. (ht Gawker)

11:59 // 6 months ago
March 20, 2014
14:42 // 6 months ago
November 23, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 23, 2013

Three members of Willie Nelson’s band were injured when their tour bus crashed. Nelson himself is OK; he has a separate bus, but he’s delayed his tour for understandable reasons.

Guy in NYC thought it was funny to play the “knockout game.” (It’s not.) Guy followed through with game. Guy got arrested. Expect the New York media to ruin the guy’s life.

China and Japan are fighting over a bunch of islands, and that fight just heated up a little more.

In Pakistan, they spent Saturday protesting drone strikes by the U.S. government.

The evidence isn’t looking good in chemist Annie Dookhan’s hands.

23:43 // 10 months ago
November 17, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 17, 2013

In Pakistan, the government is considering filing charges against former leader Gen. Pervez Musharraf. It could cause a big heaping of strife, however.

At the box office, a sequel film that stars a mostly black cast did impressive business, and analysts can’t wrap their heads around it.

Did Apple just buy the company that created the technology that drives Microsoft’s Kinect? And did they pay $345 million dollars?

What if “Breaking Bad had ended like “Newhart”?

Rob Ford, football fan.

20:26 // 10 months ago
November 7, 2013
The Pakistan Taliban have called off peace talks with the Pakistani government, in the wake of a U.S. drone strike which claimed the life of former Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. The decision to call off negotiations was made by the group’s hardline new leader, Mullah Fazlullah (pictured above), who was also responsible for organizing last year’s shooting of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai.  Fazlullah has also been known as “Mullah Radio” in the past, for frequent radio broadcasts during the Pakistan Taliban’s occupation of Swat valley back in 2009.(Photo via The Long War Journal) source

The Pakistan Taliban have called off peace talks with the Pakistani government, in the wake of a U.S. drone strike which claimed the life of former Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. The decision to call off negotiations was made by the group’s hardline new leader, Mullah Fazlullah (pictured above), who was also responsible for organizing last year’s shooting of teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai.  Fazlullah has also been known as “Mullah Radio” in the past, for frequent radio broadcasts during the Pakistan Taliban’s occupation of Swat valley back in 2009.(Photo via The Long War Journal) source

15:13 // 10 months ago
October 13, 2013
The truth is that there are hundreds and thousands of other Malalas. They come from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places in the world. Many are victims of the West, but we conveniently forget about those as Western journalists and politicians fall over themselves to appease their white-middle class guilt also known as the white man’s burden.
Interesting angle from writer Assed Baig on the widespread disappointment felt when Malala wasn’t chosen for the Nobel Peace Prize this past week. 
11:59 // 11 months ago
October 12, 2013

newshour:

"I have seen death already. So now I’m more powerful. Now I’m more courageous."

-Malala Yousafzai on the Taliban.

Watch her full interview here.

Yousafzai has been highly visible throughout her United States trip, also appearing on The Daily Show last Thursday, and being met with standing ovations at a pair of events in Washington, DC today.

20:37 // 11 months ago
October 9, 2013
theatlantic:

Interview: Malala Yousafzai Defends Herself Against Oddball Conspiracy Theories

Child-rights icon Malala Yousafzai has called on conspiracy theorists and critics in Pakistan to think about her message before condemning her. In an interview, Malala says her intentions in promoting the rights of girls and women are pure.
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It’s an unpleasant phenomenon, these wildly anti-Malala Yousafzai theories (anywhere from claiming the attempt on her life by the Pakistani Taliban was faked, to casting her as a pawn of a westernized political agenda). Her response, in part: “I want people to remember that Pakistan is my country. It is like my mother and I love it dearly. Even if its people hate me, I will still love it.”

theatlantic:

Interview: Malala Yousafzai Defends Herself Against Oddball Conspiracy Theories

Child-rights icon Malala Yousafzai has called on conspiracy theorists and critics in Pakistan to think about her message before condemning her. In an interview, Malala says her intentions in promoting the rights of girls and women are pure.

Read more.

It’s an unpleasant phenomenon, these wildly anti-Malala Yousafzai theories (anywhere from claiming the attempt on her life by the Pakistani Taliban was faked, to casting her as a pawn of a westernized political agenda). Her response, in part: “I want people to remember that Pakistan is my country. It is like my mother and I love it dearly. Even if its people hate me, I will still love it.”

19:33 // 11 months ago
September 10, 2013
14:43 // 1 year ago