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Pakistan truckers back NATO supply route blockade

CHAMAN, Pakistan (AP) — Sleeping in a freezing cab, running out of money and worried about militant attacks, Ghulab is one of thousands of truck drivers stranded as a result of Pakistan's blockade of the Afghan border to NATO and U.S. war supplies.

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A year of suffering for Pakistan's Shias

A year of suffering for Pakistan's Shias | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The BBC's Syed Shoaib Hasan in the Pakistani city of Karachi say that 2011 has been a particularly bad year for the country's beleaguered Shia community.
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The Generals Have No Clothes

The Generals Have No Clothes | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Islamabad's generals have been sponsoring the deaths of Americans for years, and yet Obama does nothing. Why?

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U.S., Pakistan tension rising

U.S., Pakistan tension rising | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Pakistan claims that NATO forces fired upon and killed Pakistani soldiers. In response, the country closed a key border for coalition troops. (Nov.
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Pakistan bans 'obscene' words on cell phone texts

Texters in Pakistan better start watching their language.
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In Pakistan, a Census Count Turns Into a Body Count

As an election year approaches, anxiety about what a census could reveal about Pakistan's shifting demographics is sparking a slew of politically motivated killings.
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Pakistani Sesame Street preaches tolerance

Pakistani Sesame Street preaches tolerance | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch are nowhere in sight. But there's Elmo. And new creatures too, like Baily, a kindly donkey who loves to sing, and Haseen O Jameel, a vain crocodile who lives at the bottom of a well.

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Welcome to Bazaaristan - An FP Slide Show

Welcome to Bazaaristan - An FP Slide Show | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Across the globe, 1.8 billion people -- a quarter of the world's population -- work off the books each day. They are paid in cash for the goods they sell and the services they provide, and due to their ubiquity, there's a word for these merchants in nearly every language. As Robert Neuwirth reports, in French colonies, they're known as débrouillards -- self-starters, entrepreneurs, all outside the bureaucratic system. They might be vendors selling revolutionary goods in Egypt's Tahrir Square, Nigerians selling mobile phones, or the guy down the street hawking flowers on the corner. Whoever they are, they work in the world's fastest-growing economy: System D.

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Pakistan accused of double game

Pakistan accused of double game | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The US believes that Pakistan has pretended to be an ally while secretly backing its enemy the Taliban in the war in Afghanistan.
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Satire with a bite in Pakistan

Satire with a bite in Pakistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
After a video ridiculing Pakistan's army and Islamic extremists goes viral on the internet, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan considers the risks of satire in Pakistan.
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City of the Future: Karachi is violent, unhealthy, and unequal. Is that so bad?

City of the Future: Karachi is violent, unhealthy, and unequal. Is that so bad? | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

KARACHI, Pakistan — Karachi may be a city in crisis, on the shore of a country in crisis, but people find ways to make money. If religious conservatism is spreading, that's no problem; new ads outside the airport promote "Pakistan's First Shariah Compliant Credit Card."

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Pakistan's Tiny Hazara Minority Struggles To Survive

Pakistan's Tiny Hazara Minority Struggles To Survive | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
QUETTA, Pakistan -- A deadly attack in southwest Pakistan has added to the heavy toll suffered by a small Shi'ite minority amid a broad sectarian conflict.
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The Sick Man of Pakistan

The Sick Man of Pakistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

The truth is out there -- but it doesn't really matter what it is. This seems to be the mantra for politics in Pakistan these days, and none of us are immune from it. The Pakistani press was quick to judge President Asif Ali Zardari's last-minute trip to Dubai for medical treatment as a form of political exile in disguise at the behest of the military.

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India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan

India, US pledge to stay for long-haul in Afghanistan | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
The goal is to leave behind an Afghan government strong enough to escape the fate of its Soviet-era predecessor, which collapsed in 1992 in a civil war.
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Pakistani Girls Hearing, But Not Heeding, Taliban Warnings

Children cried and shook uncontrollably at the sight of the rubble and shattered glass remnants of their classroom. The Taliban had bombed yet another girls' school in Pakistan.
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Exclusive: Taliban, Pakistan said to have started peace talks

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban movement, a major security threat to the country, is holding exploratory peace talks with the U.S.-backed government, a senior Taliban commander and mediators told...
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Pakistan court indicts seven in Bhutto murder case

Pakistan court indicts seven in Bhutto murder case | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court Saturday indicted five Islamist militants and two police officers in the high-profile assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, prosecutors said.Bhutto,...
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New Signs of Syria-Pakistan Nuke Tie

U.N. investigators have identified a previously unknown complex in Syria that bolsters suspicions that the Syrian government worked with A.Q. Khan, the father of Pakistan's atomic bomb, to acquire technology that could make nuclear arms.
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Al Saud: a despotic monarchy in decay

During the 1950s and the 1960s when there was the rise of anti-imperialist Arab nationalism and left-wing currents were growing, the Saudi regime played a counter-revolutionary role

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Suicidal despair of Pakistani father

Suicidal despair of Pakistani father | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Suicides stemming from poverty in Pakistan are on the increase and many are going unnoticed, say human rights workers. The BBC's Orla Guerin investigates one case.
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Pakistan US relations: the straw that broke the camel’s back? | openDemocracy

It behoves both the United States and Pakistan to reappraise the situation, take stock and course correct. World peace, or at the least regional peace, may depend on it.

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Why Pakistan's media needs a code of conduct

Why Pakistan's media needs a code of conduct | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
Nosheen Abbas investigates the chaotic and bloody world of Pakistani journalism.
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Pakistan's Alternate Universe - By John R. Schmidt

Pakistan's Alternate Universe - By John R. Schmidt | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed to Islamabad this week for what U.S. officials are billing as a last-ditch effort to patch up ties with Pakistan and urge the country's ruling generals to crack down on the Haqqani network, an Afghan insurgent group based in Pakistan's tribal areas that Washington is increasingly putting on par with al Qaeda and the Taliban as a threat to the United States.

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The Perils of Karachi

The Perils of Karachi | Coveting Freedom | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from 'Instant City,' NPR host Steve Inskeep travels to the massive, messy, violent city at the heart of understanding Pakistan today.
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