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In this interview, The Kashmir Walla, speaks to the Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Kabul Times Daily, Hamidullah Arefi, who is based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Arefi speaks about the recent elections, effect of Pakistan’s internal conflicts on the country’s political scenario and also the rising threats of foreign invasions, in past or in future. Hamidullah Arefi Can you tell us about this year’s elections, its current standing and about the acceptance of political Taliban members being in the parliament? We have passed two rounds of elections successfully with the high turnout of voters. It was a move toward institutionalization of

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Nine-years-old Nabila Rehman, who was injured in a U.S. drone strike, arriving to speak during a press conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on 29 October 2013. Earlier this week, a young girl from Pakistan addressed a Western audience on a life-threatening situation she faced in her homeland. Dressed in a loose headscarf, the nine-year-old traveled more than seven thousand miles to the United States’ capitol in hopes of communicating a first-hand insight into a U.S. program that has terrorized her village community. When she arrived in Washington D.C. and addressed Congress on October 29, only five Congressmen attended her

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This piece is adapted from “Uprisings,” a chapter in Power Systems: Conversations on Global Democratic Uprisings and the New Challenges to U.S. Empire, Noam Chomsky’s new interview book with David Barsamian (with thanks to the publisher, Metropolitan Books).  The questions are Barsamian’s, the answers Chomsky’s. David Barsamian (L) and Noam Chomsky at MIT in January 2012. Q: Does the United States still have the same level of control over the energy resources of the Middle East as it once had? A: The major energy-producing countries are still firmly under the control of the Western-backed dictatorships. So, actually, the progress made

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The history of ideas usually credits the discourse that it analyses with coherence. If it happens to notice an irregularity in the use of words, several incompatible propositions, a set of meanings that do not adjust to one another, concepts that cannot be systematized together, then it regards it as its duty to find, at a deeper level, a principle of cohesion that organizes the discourse and restores to it its hidden unity. This law of coherence is a heuristic rule, a procedural obligation, almost a moral constraint of research: not to multiply contradictions uselessly; not to be taken in

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Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. By Ali Zayaan [T]he great irony of the 2012 United States presidential elections is that the two candidates competing can both be best described as somewhat unwanted. This probably speaks volumes about the state of current American politics and the mood of the American populace- cynical, negative, despairing- as much as it sheds light on the respective weaknesses of the two candidates and their party platforms. Mitt Romney, the eventual presidential nominee from America’s major right-wing party, the Republicans, faced a tough series of primaries against other candidates for the nomination- Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann, businessman

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Imagine for a moment that somewhere in the middle of Texas there was a large foreign military base, say Chinese or Russian. Imagine that thousands of armed foreign troops were constantly patrolling American streets in military vehicles. Imagine they were here under the auspices of “keeping us safe” or “promoting democracy” or “protecting their strategic interests.” Imagine that they operated outside of US law, and that the Constitution did not apply to them. Imagine that every now and then they made mistakes or acted on bad information and accidentally killed or terrorized innocent Americans, including women and children, most of

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By John Pilger On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way. Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising”, even “weird”. It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The

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This four part documentary was uploaded on video bank YouTube by killuminatiAFF and has been widely shared after the killing of Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi. He was captured alive as Sirte fell to the rebel forces on Thursday the 20 October 2011, later he had been beaten and killed soon after. The caption of the YouTube for this video series says, “This four part documentary will show the truth about Libya, Gaddafi, and the illuminati’s plans. This is why they are attacking Gaddafi with all the lies, propaganda, and why the NWO has to shut Gaddafi down for good! He

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    By Irfan Hassan The Final Collections: Call Me Ishmael Tonight: A Book of Ghazals and Rooms Are Never Finished: Poems On a hot summer evening of 1988, I spotted Aga Shahid Ali on the Residency Road buying Paans at Mir Paan House (his favourite Paan shop). At the first glance he did not recognise me, but welcomed me with a big smile, as he would welcome any friend or stranger. I had last seen Shahid in my childhood. When I introduced myself he gave me a warm hug and introduced me to his companion Rouf Rathore telling him about

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