Seymour Hersh has an incredible story in the London Review of Books that purports to reveal the truth about Osama bin Laden’s life and death in Abbottabad. The crucial details are contained in a single paragraph: This spring I contacted Durrani and told him in detail what I had learned about the bin Laden assault … More I read Seymour Hersh’s OBL theory so you don’t have to
If you haven’t some across the Afghanistan Analysts Network then I thoroughly recommend checking out its website. Some of the best analysis around. This piece on the deal for Bowe Bergdahl’s release is well worth reading. I found the pars on the Taliban’s attitude to Pakistan the most interesting, giving an insight into Islamabad/Rawalpindi’s outlook … More Taliban: Pakistan seen as “increasingly predatory host”
Irony of ironies. Today, the day we find out the fate of the al-Jazeera journalists arrested in Egypt, The New York Times has apparently left a page blank to illustrate what happens when journalists are silenced. At the same time, in Pakistan, a chunk of the International New York Times’ front page is blank. So … More Another story blanked out – today
Difficult to know what’s happening in North Waziristan, when the military controls access so strictly. At the moment most of the coverage is dominated by military press releases and whatever residents are able to say over the phone. The big unanswered question so far is whether the “comprehensive operation” will clear all armed groups from … More Who is in the firing line in North Waziristan?
I posted a piece online yesterday about how we still don’t really know much about the woman at the centre of the Lahore murder case from last week. Did she even marry for love? Predictably it got hardly any attention. Much less than when I was pondering the role of Islam etc…. When Farzana Parveen … More
Marvellous. I’ve already stocked up on Gatorade and toilet paper.
So I’ve had my polio vaccination and am free to travel once Pakistan’s travel embargo comes into force next month. Well, once I’ve waited the requisite four weeks anyway. Fair to say it’s caused some consternation among expats with summer holiday plans. For me it was only a mild inconvenience, and given the way Pakistan … More I’ve had my polio vaccination