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author of the book

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this is Moshin Hamid. he is the author of the book, but more importantly the reason this story was told and put in the minds of people through out the country. gave people a point of view that everyone needed.

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streets of Lahore.

streets of Lahore. | reluctant fundamentalist | Scoop.it
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this shows Lahore, Pakistan. and the hustle and bustle that goes on in real life. just as it did in the book. it was a very eventful background during the story.

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Secret Pakistan : Documentary by BBC Part 2 (Backlash) - YouTube

Documentary showing involvement of Pakistani Military and Intelligence services(ISI) in supporting the Taliban Check this out - http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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this documentary takes a deeper look into the allegations from the CIA and other western officials against Pakistan not being straight forward on its fight against terror. Also even some Pakistani officials being directly involved with not living up to its alliances in its war on terror. this is filmed mainly in Pakistan and Afghanistan. the documentary focuses mainly on an alleged ally of the CIA and others being accused of being the cause of thousands of deaths of soldiers in Afghanistan. obviously the charge is being denied by Pakistan's military establishment. but in interviews with Taliban commanders they start to explain there relationship with Pakistan officials and mainly sum it up as them being involved with weapon support, the training of their soldiers, and giving insight on where to hide from there enemies. through out the film america and Britain compile more evidence proving that Pakistan had been in cahoots with the Taliban and realizing they had been stabbed in the back by who they thought was there ally. it goes on to explain that under president Obama The US declared a war against Pakistan, which was a secret to the public. the documentary keeps going down hill when the Taliban commander tells interviewers that Pakistan still shelters them, and still has a hand in the killing of western forces.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

The Reluctant Fundamentalist | reluctant fundamentalist | Scoop.it
At a café table in Lahore, a bearded Pakistani man converses with an uneasy American stranger. As dusk deepens to night, he begins the ta...
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The book starts off in the late to mid 2000's at a cafe in Lahore, Pakistan. Changez (the main character) approaches a man who seems as he put it "alarmed" to be in the place that he is. He starts to talk to this man, and starts to explain where he came from what he did, what hes doing and he starts from the beginning. from when he was a boy growing up in Pakistan to a well off family for the region. He starts to talk about his time at princten university.  he came on a scholarship through his academic success in Pakistan, He talks of his years at school basically relaying the fact that he worked very hard not just in school but held down three jobs during his 4 years there. Then in his post grad section of the book starts with his time in Greece where he met the love of his life, Erica. he talks about how she seems independent but truly clings to others, and he wanted to be that person for her. she tells him about Chris and her earlier life. He gets an interview with a prestigious firm in Underwood Sampson. his interviewer, Jim, see's his drive and his work ethic through one interview through a series of questions. knows where he came from and appreciates the sacrifices he had to make to get in that hotel room where he was conducting the interview. as his first assignment for the firm he goes to the Philippines to be a financial consultant on a movie production. through his work there he bust his ass and comes in first through the point system that everyone who got hired is getting graded on, through performance. this is past since the towers have fallen. during which time Changez smiles as soon the towers fall. after his performance ion the Philippines, he gets a bonus through his victory and performance. but his excitement was short lived as soon as he was detained at the airport on the way back home. when he is back for work in the states in Georgia he gets spit on by some hick and he calls changez, Osama. soon after he goes to chile and continues work, he is hardened by his experiences in the states and by the USA's treatment towards him. He leaves chile through grief because of everything that was happening in Pakistan, and when he gets back he gets fired from the firm. he goes back to his apartment still thinking about america and its foreign policy's, his family, Erica. all of these things are plaguing him. he tries to reunite with eica at a clinic one last time but his efforts are futile. he goes back to Pakistan and starts working as a university lecturer. he loves his students because they are eager to learn and are very excited to learn about the world and opportunity, or lack there of. He gets involved in demonstrations and rallies, he gets interviewed by international media because of his views and and the stands he takes during such meetings.                             

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Knowledge, Understanding Key to Building World Peace.

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in this article, Acclaimed scholar Prof. Akbar S Ahmed talks about relationships between the west and Muslim culture. he says "I believed it was not possible to understand what was happening in our world without exploring the different societies and points of view that were involved without solid ethnographic field research". in order to accomplish his goal he has a long road ahead of him, he has worked with brooking press to research the and observe the relationship between the two. he found that the understanding between the two, or lack there of is so very prevalent. he mentions "I found much to sadden me as well as much to inspire me. I was proud to see that so many of my fellow Pakistanis, despite the turmoil surrounding them, had not lost their characteristic hospitality, humor, and thirst for understanding". stating that his fellow Pakistani's thirst for world knowledge is in full swing! it says a lot for them as a people, Americans cling on to this false ideology of what patriotism is supposed to be.

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Redirect Notice

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this is a map of Pakistan, Changez's home land. this is important because it gives you an idea of the location of all this turmoil that is going on. 

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towers going down.

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this shows when the towers are first impacted. in the book it isn't talked about much when it happens. but during the events preceding it is the reason for all of it. mainly just all of the prejudice, from one group being ostracized because of the actions of people not in that group.   

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Pakistan Victim of Post 9/11 Scenario

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in this article they are stressing on Pakistan's involvement in 9/11 or lack there of. minister Nisar states that they had nothing to do with the incident and the US isn't realizing its prevention on terrorism in its own country as well. the tragedy took place in new york but in Pakistan who had no involvement became the most unsafe place on the planet. "Pakistan has been suffering more than any country in the world in post 9/11 scenario, thousands of Pakistanis security forces personnel, innocent men, women and children have lost their lives in this war against terror but even after no one in the world acknowledged our sacrifices ".

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Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East - St George's Church, Baghdad, Iraq | Canon Andrew White | The Vicar of Baghdad

Canon Andrew White, the Vicar of Baghdad and President of the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East
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ST george's church was first founded in 1864, it was and is the only Anglican church in Iraq.  this place has been through a lot, it actually stopped its function after the first golf war. Conan Andrews took it upon himself to take on the duties of the church and began working in iraq from 1998 on.  once he got in at that point the church had not been used for 14 years, in which time the church had been looted. not a creature was stirring not even a mouse. in the early 2000's they held soldiers during the war and helped in relief efforts as they do now as well. from the perspective of the charity, they provide humanitarian relief in not just Iraq but they go all through out the middle east. they work in the most dangerous's places in the world, most known is Baghdad's red zone. they give people hope, they tell people that god has not forgotten them and that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. i respect what they are doing, Conan Andrews knows that people need help and he goes out from behind his alter and is taking a stand and giving hope to people all through out the middle east. 

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Agenda behind Terrorism

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in this article it focuses on post 9/11 army efforts in Pakistan and how they aren't up to snub for  the army controlled world that the US thrives off of. the more violence happening ensues more counter attacks by the terrorist groups in the area, the groups are not dwindling. after these vicious attacks are finished there are more civilian casualties then there is actual progress in the war against terror. the thing that is causing the most damage is the drone attacks on these areas, they are ineffective and rarely hit the desired target. they keep doing this and are not any closer, as this source preserves the situation. the position that these people are in is beyond repair. there are no other options for peace, The US influence in the country are to stubborn for compromise. war is the only option, its the sad but very real truth. as you can see since this article has been written only up until this passed year has there been any type of pull out by the US in the middle east.

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