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Syria Kurds Announce Transitional Autonomous Government
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EDITORIAL: Another Haqqani rubbed out
[Pak Daily Times] The liquidation of the eldest son, Nasiruddin Haqqani, of the Haqqani Network (HN) leader Jalaluddin Haqqani in Bhara Kahu on the outskirts of Islamabad on Sunday night comes barely a week after Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP) leader Hakeemullah Mehsud's death in a drone strike in North Wazoo. He is reported to be the fourth Haqqani brother to have been rubbed out by one means or the other. Two gunnies opened fire on Nasiruddin, the chief financier and front man of the HN, as he was buying bread in the bazaar, stopped to make sure he was dead and then fled. Nasiruddin's driver picked up the body and transported it to the Haqqani home near Miranshah
... headquarters of al-Qaeda in Pakistain and likely location of Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Haqqani network has established a ministate in centered on the town with courts, tax offices and lots of madrassas...
, North Waziristan, where he is reported to have been buried. No claim of responsibility has surfaced so far, feeding the rumour mills fulltime. The TTP was quick to react, blaming the ISI for the liquidation because they said, of Nasiruddin's close support to Hakeemullah Mehsud. They also vowed to avenge his death. Other speculation centres on the usual cast of suspects, headed first and foremost by the US, which had declared the HN a terrorist group in 2012, in an ironic twist on the HN's once blue-eyed boys status in the eyes of Washington during the anti-Soviet struggle in Afghanistan. Former US Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen had categorised the HN in 2011 in testimony before Congress as a "veritable arm" of the Pak ISI. HN is considered one of the most deadly groups fighting the US, NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It's headquartered in Belgium. That sez it all....
and the Karzai Afghan government, with links to al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, and a string of bad turban groups in Pakistain, including the TTP. The Pakistain army's ISPR refused to comment on the liquidation. The local police appeared clueless about whether the murder had actually occurred, and if it had, who was the victim, since the body was whisked away long before the police lumbered onto the scene. The local SHO has been suspended, but what good does that do when the incident is clearly a 'black ops' targeting by whoever was responsible.
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Posted by: Fred || 11/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [306 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan


Pakistan and the new TTP commander --Dr Qaisar Rashid
[Pak Daily Times] Pakistain must know who is about to challenge the writ of the state and why. The challenger will be a former chairlift operator who also used to sell firewood to make both ends meet. A manual worker, Mullah Fazlullah
...son-in-law of holy man Sufi Mohammad. Known as Mullah FM, Fazlullah had the habit of grabbing his FM mike when the mood struck him and bellowing forth sermons. Sufi suckered the Pak govt into imposing Shariah on the Swat Valley and then stepped aside whilst Fazlullah and his Talibs imposed a reign of terror on the populace like they hadn't seen before, at least not for a thousand years or so. For some reason the Pak intel services were never able to locate his transmitter, much less bomb it. After ruling the place like a conquered province for a year or so, Fazlullah's Talibs began gobbling up more territory as they pushed toward Islamabad, at which point as a matter of self-preservation the Mighty Pak Army threw them out and chased them into Afghanistan...
, has now become powerful enough to threaten the lives of Paks by becoming the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistain (TTP). There are many lessons hidden in this episode. For instance, people who are made irrelevant to the mainstream of society Dire Revenge™ themselves on society that does not listen to a chairlift operator and give any respect to a firewood seller.

Fazlullah obtained religious education (it is not known to what extent), which might have enabled him secure just the job of a chairlift operator. This means that the kind of education he obtained was not enough to offer him social recognition outside the ambit of religion. As a firewood seller, he was also unrelated to societal mainstream. Through his actions, he is now trying to prove himself relevant. When it is told that Fazlullah is a ruthless commander, the strength of his being reactionary is understood. He must be resorting to bringing about a change in society through his reactions. Similarly, if it is told that he is prepared to do anything to enforce his uncompromising interpretation of Islamic law, as he did by launching the FM radio in Swat
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Posted by: Fred || 11/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [270 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan


Home Front: Culture Wars
David Horowitz deals with Diana West controversy
From Diana West's Facebook page. David Horowitz fields questions about Diana West's book, American Betrayal.

Some background on the controversy here.

Posted by: badanov || 11/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [435 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Unlike the reference in West's book, I doubt we'll see the Champ arriving at the train station from a fishing trip and hearing the Marine Band play FDR's favorite tune, "Happy Days Are Here Again" ......anytime soon. :-(
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/13/2013 10:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Link to the Ron Radosh review of the West book.

After reviewing both sides of the controversy, I'm inclined to go with Radosh and write West's book off as overheated and unreliable.
Posted by: KBK || 11/13/2013 11:15 Comments || Top||


Stop thanking the troops for me: No, they don't "protect our freedoms!"
A liberal doing what liberals do: Sh*t on everything decent. This fella, Justin Dolittle, is anti war, sorta like Joan Baez without the tits and or talent.
Justin Doolittle is a freelance writer based on Long Island, New York. You can follow him on Twitter @JD1871.

The millions of Americans who regularly watch nationally televised NBA games are, by now, familiar with the "NBA Cares" commercials that run quite frequently during the season. The series of promos is meant to illustrate the league's commitment to serving the community in a variety of ways. One particularly touching example involves a collaboration between the NBA, the V Foundation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; in the spot, several prominent players are shown visiting children stricken with cancer, many of whom look genuinely thrilled to be meeting their heroes. The league deserves credit for encouraging its players to put their fame to good use by bringing some badly needed joy to these children's lives.
Wait for it... Here it comes...
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Posted by: badanov || 11/13/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [777 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The author is intentionally obtuse.

The military is not a gracious and beneficial ruler who is receiving praise for granting privileges to its subjects. It is an instrument of defense against other powers who might aspire to become not so gracious rulers.

In an ideal world there would be no need for a military. But this is the real world and there IS a bear in the woods.

That said, let's not forget that Western military institutions have officially condemned the exercise of fundamental rights and freedoms in the West, like freedom of religion and freedom of political speech.
See e.g. this and this.

These words really do not inspire confidence in the institutions' willingness to protect our freedoms.
Posted by: Elmerert Hupens2660 || 11/13/2013 4:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Just place him in the wild cold word and film it. This guy can s.t on the military because just by living in the territory of the United Staes he gets the protection afforded by its military.

Kick him out so he can, mlake the difference.
Posted by: JFM || 11/13/2013 4:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Something missing with this young man, possibly the ability to stand erect while urinating. Just a guess.
Posted by: Besoeker || 11/13/2013 6:18 Comments || Top||

#4  Brilliant in-lines, gentlemen.
Posted by: trailing wife || 11/13/2013 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  What is truly scary is that his ilk is in charge and in control of what he despises.

What Fred said about feelings surrounding the thanks given today. At times I want to cry at other times I want to scream.
Posted by: illeagle || 11/13/2013 9:05 Comments || Top||

#6  THis guy is called Do Little. He could alado be galled Donogood.
Posted by: JFM || 11/13/2013 10:34 Comments || Top||

#7  Justin Doolittle is a freelance writer based on Long Island, New York.

Translated: I'm a nobody. And you never heard of me until today. And you will not remember me tomorrow.
Posted by: tu3031 || 11/13/2013 12:22 Comments || Top||

#8  He should try being more critical of his own profession (lots more to be critcal of) but then again I do not see any commercials on TV or in print thanking freelance writers.
Posted by: airandee || 11/13/2013 12:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Aren't you just dying to go read all his other thought-provoking articles?

Justin Doolittle's Publications

America's Most Beloved War Criminals
Truthout |October 27, 2013

The American Public's Shocking Lack of Policy Knowledge is a Threat to Progress and Democracy
Truthout |October 12, 2013

Thanks, Warmongers! “Idealism” is Now a Meaningless Concept
Salon |August 21, 2013

After al, this guy has been out of college for a whole year; I'm sure he has many valuable lessons to share. I especially want to go find out about this "Truthout" thingy!

Yes, I am being sarcastic. Does it show?
Posted by: Bobby || 11/13/2013 13:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Ummm, what comes "After al"?

Another "l".
Posted by: Bobby || 11/13/2013 13:14 Comments || Top||

#11  Why do I get the feeling that without the troops protecting his ungrateful little ass he would be one of the ones to be hoisted up by a crane under sharia law?
Posted by: CrazyFool || 11/13/2013 13:30 Comments || Top||

#12  No way CF. Him and his ilk would be the first to be groveling in the $#!t to their Islamic (or Nazi, or Mandarin, or.....) over-lords.

He would lick anything in his cowardice.
Posted by: AlanC || 11/13/2013 13:42 Comments || Top||

#13  You were warned
Posted by: Jerk || 11/13/2013 18:56 Comments || Top||

#14  Ah, found the sinktrap. Good thing I know how to write code.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 11/13/2013 20:55 Comments || Top||



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Two weeks of WOT
Wed 2013-11-13
  Syria Kurds Announce Transitional Autonomous Government
Tue 2013-11-12
  Gunmen gun down 'chief financier' of Haqqani network in Islamabad
Mon 2013-11-11
  Syria army retakes key base near Aleppo: State TV
Sun 2013-11-10
  Imambargah attacks leave three dead, spark outrage
Sat 2013-11-09
  Zawahiri Disbands Main Qaida Faction in Syria
Fri 2013-11-08
  'Mullah Radio' takes overTTP, terms talks 'waste of time'
Thu 2013-11-07
  Nigeria president seeks state of emergency extension
Wed 2013-11-06
  Mortar round hits Vatican embassy in Damascus
Tue 2013-11-05
  152 soldiers sentenced to die for mutiny in Bangladesh
Mon 2013-11-04
  Blast inside Quetta seminary leaves two injured
Sun 2013-11-03
  Gunmen kill 30 in suspected Islamist attack on Nigerian wedding convoy
Sat 2013-11-02
  Egypt army arrests head of Sinai radical militant group, dozens others
Fri 2013-11-01
  Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike: sources
Thu 2013-10-31
  Israeli warplanes strike shipment of Russian missiles at Syrian port: officials
Wed 2013-10-30
  Suicide blast in Tunisian resort of Sousse

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