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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The top ten most wanted Jehadis, When worlds collide, Cheney's 'Fodder': Cheney's torture claims debunked; will the media say so?

According to well-placed Interior Ministry sources in Islamabad, Pakistanís top ten most wanted terrorists belong to six militant and sectarian organisations linked to al-Qaeda and the Taliban. Four of the ten wanted militants are affiliated with the TTP; two belong to the LeJ while one each is associated with the TNSM, the JeM, the HUJI and the LeI. They include Maulana Fazlullah, the fugitive Ameer of the Swat chapter of the Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat-e-Mohammadi (TNSM), Hakimullah Mehsud, Qari Hussain Mehsud, Maulvi Faqeer Mohammad and Waliur Rehman of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Matiur Rehman and Qari Zafar of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), Maulana Ilyas Kashmiri of the Harkatul Jehadul Islami (HUJI), Rashid Rauf of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Mangal Bagh of the Lashkar-e-Islami (LeI). The top ten most wanted Jehadis - Amir Mir [and where is the grand daddy of them all Hafiz Saeed, Amir? ~~t]

Kamila Shamsie's epic new novel will challenge and enlighten its readers, writes Maya Jaggi
The huge ambition of Kamila Shamsie's fifth novel is announced in the prologue. As an unnamed captive is unshackled and stripped naked in readiness for the anonymity of an orange jumpsuit, he wonders: "How did it come to this?" The vastness of the question as applied to a prisoner in Guantánamo is a challenge to which this epic yet skilfully controlled novel rises in oblique and unexpected ways. When worlds collide By Maya Jaggi on Books

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel is gravely concerned that the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 has decided to spotlight Tel Aviv for its inaugural City-to-City program. We encourage filmmakers and audiences to boycott the Spotlight as it extends a gesture of "goodwill" to a colonial and apartheid regime which is violating Palestinian human rights with utter impunity. Toronto film festival protested for Tel Aviv spotlight

The release of a 2004 CIA inspector general's report on the agency's "enhanced interrogation" techniques, along with two other previously classified memos, has thrown a harsh spotlight on former Vice President Dick Cheney's oft-repeated pro-torture arguments. But corporate media seem intent on deflecting much of that glare. Cheney's 'Fodder': Cheney's torture claims debunked; will the media say so?

The US has decided to be 'flexible' regarding its once touted call for a total Israeli freeze on the expansion of its occupied territories' settlements, all illegal under international law.
A senior official spoke to reporters on condition of anonymity on August 27. “It was more important that the scope of a settlement freeze was acceptable to the Israelis and the Palestinians than to the United States,” Reuters reported, citing the senior official. This means that peace negotiations can resume while Israeli bulldozers are carving up Palestinian land, demolishing homes and cutting down trees. US Audacity of Hope Falters By Ramzy Baroud

John Helgerson, 65, was responsible for drawing up the 2004 report into CIA interrogations of terror suspects which has now been released by the Obama administration. The former CIA inspector general talks to SPIEGEL about allegations of abuse and the "disorganization" of the interrogations program after 9/11. Ex-CIA Inspector General on Interrogation Report: 'The Agency Went over Bounds and Outside the Rules'


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