It may, in fact, not be the Assad government using chemical weapons. It may actually be the rebels:
Carla del Ponte told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof”.
However, she said her panel had not yet seen evidence of government forces using chemical weapons.
This all sounds suspiciously, or [...]
(UPI) – In Afghanistan it is later than one thinks; in Pakistan, even later.
National Security Archives: Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – China was exporting nuclear materials to Third World countries without safeguards beginning in the early 1980s, and may have given Pakistan weapons design information in the early years of its clandestine program, according to recently declassified CIA records. The formerly Top Secret reports, published today by [...]
(BBC)- Pakistan’s former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been barred from standing in general elections in May. An election tribunal disqualified him from running in Chitral in the north-west. Earlier, he failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats.
Mr Musharraf’s lawyer says he plans to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.
(NYT) – Nek Muhammad knew he was being followed.
Mr. Muhammad and his followers had been killed by the C.I.A., the first time it had deployed a Predator drone in Pakistan to carry out a “targeted killing.” The target was not a top operative of Al Qaeda, but a Pakistani ally of the [...]
(Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic) – It would be easy to replace our current killing program with a slightly altered one with sufficient protections for innocent civilians, American citizens, and rule of law.
Plenty of pundits on the left and right still support targeted killing, as do voters, military brass, think-tank fellows, and Congressional majorities. [...]
(TIME) – Two Cheers for Pakistani Democracy: A Sobering Milestone
Other recent articles on Pakistan:
** Pakistan reportedly captures terrorist leader implicated in Daniel Pearl’s death ~ NBC Blogs(not confirmed) ** Pakistan’s education crisis: What ever happened to Malala’s friends? ~ CSM ** Pakistan MPs demand Musharraf arrest on arrival ~ AFP ** Suicide bomber [...]
(CSM) – Wooden water wheels have long captured energy from mountain streams. New versions work even better, helping provide a local, sustainable source of energy to Indian villages high in the Himalayas.
Living in an isolated Himalayan hamlet, 2,500 meters (5,600 feet) above sea level, Govind Singh Rana seems an unlikely candidate for wealth. But [...]
UN official says drone attacks violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and Obama administration has repeatedly been told to stop
(The Guardian) – US drone attacks on Pakistan’s tribal districts are carried out without the consent of the government in Islamabad and are a violation of its sovereignty, a UN official has warned.
Returning from a three-day visit [...]
More than 100 homes were torched in a Christian enclave of the Pakistani city of Lahore at the weekend by a mob furious at reports of alleged blasphemy, the latest in a series of hate attacks.
The Telegraph, By Rob Crilly, March 10
Islamabad – Human rights groups and Christian leaders condemned the violence, demanding [...]
BBC, March 3
At least 45 people have been killed by a bomb explosion in the Pakistani city of Karachi, police say.
The blast in the mainly Shia Muslim area of Abbas Town destroyed several buildings and set others on fire. Some reports spoke of a second explosion.
No group has yet said it planted [...]
Prosecution’s star witness tells how he tried to protect woman, but was beaten with metal rod while she was repeatedly raped
The Guardian, By Jason Burke, February 5
The trial of five men charged with the rape and murder of a woman on a bus in Delhi opened on Tuesday, with testimony from the male [...]
Democracy Now (h/t):
Today we look at the capture of Osama bin Laden — the focus of the controversial new movie, “Zero Dark Thirty” — which was released this week. Billed as “the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man,” the film has come under harsh criticism from Republican Sen. [...]
Omar Wairich has an interesting take on news that Pakistan’s Supreme Court has ordered the arrest of the country’s prime minister. He writes that we should see the hands of the generals who head Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies behind the Court’s move.
The ruling came as a large crowd massed in Islamabad, led [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, January 10
The CIA has opened the year with a flurry of drone strikes in Pakistan, pounding Taliban targets along the country’s tribal belt at a time when the Obama administration is preparing to disclose its plans for pulling most U.S. forces out of neighboring Afghanistan.
A strike Thursday in [...]