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February 19, 2013
hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

hipsterlibertarian:

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism just announced a new project, “Naming the Dead,” which “will seek to identify as many as possible of those killed in US covert drone strikes in Pakistan, whether civilian or militant.”

‘In the face of official secrecy, having the full facts about who is killed is essential  for an informed debate about  the effectiveness and ethics of the drone campaign,’  said Christopher Hird, managing editor of the Bureau.

They’re going to start with Pakistan and then move on to Yemen and Somalia. This is an important project. 

The administration’s use of, and tact on drone strikes is undoubtedly  one of the most controversial parts President Obama’s record. But from a journalistic standpoint, so little basic information is known about the people who’ve been killed. This seems like a good start.

19:44 // 1 year ago
February 16, 2013

Sectarian bombing in Quetta, Pakistan has heavy death toll

  • 63people killed, at least, by a bomb blast in the Pakistani city of Quetta. The bomb went off at a marketplace in part of the city home to a large Hazara population, themselves predominantly members of Pakistan’s Shia minority. Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the blast, which also injured more than 180, the second such deadly attack they’ve mounted in Quetta this year. source
15:33 // 1 year ago
February 4, 2013
8:58 // 1 year ago
February 2, 2013

Taliban claims responsibility for bloody attack on Pakistani army camp

  • 23Pakistanis killed in an early morning raid on an army camp just east of North Waziristan, which is used as a base of operations for militant groups, al-Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban included. The Taliban that has claimed responsibility for the attack, waged in the dark hours of the early morning with rocket-propelled grenades and suicide bombs — a spokesman claimed the assault was in retaliation for Pakistan’s allowance of U.S. drone strikes, which killed two of their commanders near the Afghan border. source
14:43 // 1 year ago
January 15, 2013
breakingnews:

Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders arrest of country’s PM
BBC News: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 15 others over corruption allegations, raising fears of a political crisis just months ahead of an election.
Mr Ashraf denies accepting bribes when approving power generation projects as minister for water and power in 2010.
Photo: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (C) waves while surrounded by youths during a ceremony to mark the country’s Independence Day in Islamabad on August 14, 2012 (Aamir Qureshi / AFP – Getty Images, file)

PM Ashraf is accused of accepting kicbacks from private energy providers, which Pakistan is very dependent on due to their population outpacing the capacity of their power grid, and using them to finance land purchases abroad.

breakingnews:

Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders arrest of country’s PM

BBC News: Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf and 15 others over corruption allegations, raising fears of a political crisis just months ahead of an election.

Mr Ashraf denies accepting bribes when approving power generation projects as minister for water and power in 2010.

Photo: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf (C) waves while surrounded by youths during a ceremony to mark the country’s Independence Day in Islamabad on August 14, 2012 (Aamir Qureshi / AFP – Getty Images, file)

PM Ashraf is accused of accepting kicbacks from private energy providers, which Pakistan is very dependent on due to their population outpacing the capacity of their power grid, and using them to finance land purchases abroad.

19:43 // 1 year ago
January 5, 2013
inothernews:

DEFIANCE  Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, center, with members of hospital staff, left Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. The 15-year-old girl was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning for girls’ education. (Photo: AFP-Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)

A big day for Malala Yousafzai, as well as the countless people around the world who’ve been moved by her spirit, and harrowing plight.

inothernews:

DEFIANCE  Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, center, with members of hospital staff, left Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, England. The 15-year-old girl was shot by the Taliban in October for campaigning for girls’ education. (Photo: AFP-Getty Images via The Wall Street Journal)

A big day for Malala Yousafzai, as well as the countless people around the world who’ve been moved by her spirit, and harrowing plight.

15:04 // 1 year ago
November 25, 2012

Bombing strikes procession of Shia muslims in Pakistan

  • 6 people killed when a bomb blast struck a group of Shia muslims in Pakistan today, in a procession commemorating the holiday of Ashura.
  • 90 people injured in the blast; the Pakistani Taliban has committed a long line of sectarian attacks on the Shia community, this last week bringing the death toll to more than 30. source
16:23 // 1 year ago
November 10, 2012
We held a special prayer for Malala in our school assembly and also lit candles. We did not organise any open event because our school and its students still face a security threat.
Mariam Khalid, principal of Khushhal Public School in Pakistan • Discussing her school’s marking of “Malala Day.” After the attempted killing of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai by the Pakistani Taliban last month, the United Nations called for today to be “a global day of action” in her honor. Vigils are anticipated throughout the world, both recognizing Malala and the cause that nearly killed her, education for girls and women. For her school and classmates, an assembly was held and a prayer given, but they aren’t able to honor openly — fear of reprisal from the Taliban on the occasion prevented the holding of a public event. source
17:13 // 1 year ago
October 24, 2012
The Taliban have kidnapped me and tortured me in the past for promoting women’s development, but now they are threatening the entire family.
Reyatullah Khan, father of 17-year-old Pakistani activist Hinna Khan - Hinna recently received a phone call, allegedly from Taliban gunmen in Pakistan’s Swat valley, claiming that she and her family would be killed if they did not stop speaking out against the militant group. Her parents have long opposed the Taliban presence in Pakistan, and were thrown out of their home for such opposition during the Taliban takeover of the Swat valley in 2009. Many believe the Taliban are attempting to re-establish legitimacy in the region after gunmen, who opened fired at point blank range, failed to kill 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai earlier this month. source
14:53 // 1 year ago
October 18, 2012
An infamous Taliban cleric from Pakistan’s Swat valley is believed to be the man who ordered the assassination of Malala Yousufzai while she was on her way to school last week. The 14-year-old female activist survived multiple gunshots from point-blank range, and is currently in the UK under the watch of medical experts following a successful surgery to have a bullet near her spinal cord removed. Militant leader Mullah Fazlullah is currently on the run from both NATO and Pakistani forces, no longer thought to be in day-to-day command of his Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Sharia, and possibly hiding in the Konar province of Afghanistan. source

An infamous Taliban cleric from Pakistan’s Swat valley is believed to be the man who ordered the assassination of Malala Yousufzai while she was on her way to school last week. The 14-year-old female activist survived multiple gunshots from point-blank range, and is currently in the UK under the watch of medical experts following a successful surgery to have a bullet near her spinal cord removed. Militant leader Mullah Fazlullah is currently on the run from both NATO and Pakistani forces, no longer thought to be in day-to-day command of his Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Sharia, and possibly hiding in the Konar province of Afghanistan. source

15:40 // 2 years ago