Drones Are Now Appearing on Afghan Rugs. When it comes to what to depict on rugs, Afghan weavers traditionally turn to what’s most familiar.
So in the 1980s, when the Mujahedeen were fighting back the Soviet occupation, some local weavers abandoned flowers and water jugs to illustrate what their days consisted of back then: war. Tanks, helicopters, Kalashnikovs, hand grenades and bazookas started creeping into the centuries-old tradition, either as elements of a landscape or as icons in a pattern. “My favorite one is an old Beluch style one,” says 49-year-old US entrepreneur Kevin Sudeith, “The design dates back to the 19th century but it has two helicopters and two tanks at each end of the rug.” In 1996, Sudeith discovered one of the war rugs in the house of an Italian architect and decided to start collecting them. Shortly after, he was dealing them, both online and in flea markets around New York for prices ranging from a few hundreds to several thousand US dollars each.
This may be the dark side of war rugs. Twitter Institutes Country Withheld Content Tool In Pakistan for the First Time. Chilling Effects, May 18, 2014 Abstract: Twitter has deployed its Country Withheld Content Tool in Pakistan for the first time.Chilling Effects' database now contains five requests to Twitter from the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, each of which asks for the removal of "blasphemous" or "un-ethical" tweets.
The first request is dated May 5th, and the most recent on May 14th. The new notices can be found at these links. CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan 'unmasked' by Imran Khan's party. The political party led by the former cricket star Imran Khan claims to have blown the cover of the CIA's most senior officer in Pakistan as part of an increasingly high-stakes campaign against US drone strikes.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party named a man it claimed was head of the CIA station in Islamabad in a letter to police demanding he be nominated as one of the people responsible for a drone strike on 21 November, which killed five militants including senior commanders of the Haqqani Network. John Brennan, the CIA director, was also nominated as an "accused person" for murder and "waging war against Pakistan". The US embassy said it could not comment but was looking into the matter.
The CIA spokesman Dean Boyd would not confirm the station chief's name and declined to immediately comment, AP reported. If his identity is confirmed it will be the second time anti-drone campaigners have unmasked a top US spy in Pakistan. US "war on terror" - Afghanistan & Pakistan. Origins of C.I.A.’s Not-So-Secret Drone War in Pakistan. Pakistan Says U.S. Drone Strike Kills 4. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A visualization of drone strikes in Pakistan since 2004. Afghanistan wants ISI to be declared a terror outfit, renews demand for its ban : Asia.
Headlines Today Bureau | Headlines Today | New Delhi, March 7, 2013 | UPDATED 19:16 IST The Afghan National Security Council (NSC) has reportedly demanded that Pakistani spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) be declared a terror outfit.
In a recent interview, Afghanistan's Deputy National Security Adviser (DNSA) Rahmatullah Nabil accused the ISI of plotting terror attacks to destabilise the country. He reportedly said that Afghanistan would push the United States to put the ISI on its terror ban list and demand sanctions on it. The strongly-worded official Afghan reaction would certainly affect outside efforts to stitch an agreement between Afghanistan and Pakistan on bringing the Taliban into government. However, India refused to back Nabil's latest call for a ban on the ISI. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Thursday that the department had issued a statement in December 2012 in this connection. A young man was tortured to death in military custody in Azad Kashmir. Urgent Appeal Case: AHRC-UAC-026-2013 25 February 2013 --------------------------------------------------------------------- PAKISTAN: A young man was tortured to death in military custody in Azad Kashmir ISSUES: Torture; arbitrary arrest; intimidation; no rule of law --------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young man was tortured and killed in military custody within 24 hour of his arrest.
The only apparent reason for his arrest was the fact that he passed by a military zone along the Indian border in Pakistani held Kashmir. On February 17, Mr. Suspecting him of being an Indian agent he was quickly shifted to Jehlum city, the Pakistani side of Punjab, which has one of the largest garrisons in the country. When his family was not able to reach Murtaza by phone they started a desperate search for his whereabouts. To support this appeal, please click here: Dear ___________, 1. Malala's hope. 186,886 have signed.
Help us get to 1,000,000 Posted: 29 October 2012 So if you haven't heard, Malala is this amazing, insanely brave, 14 year old girl who's been campaigning for girls' education in Pakistan, and blogging for the BBC. The Taliban drove up to her school two weeks ago and shot her in the head, with two of her friends. She's still alive, thank god. We're probably all thinking the same thing -- how do we honour this incredible girl? There's actually a pretty good expert plan for how to do that. US officials 'question Imran Khan on drones' - Central & South Asia. Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer turned politician, has been stopped by US immigration officials and questioned about his views on US drone strikes in his country, party officials have said.
Khan, the leader of the Pakistan Movement for Justice party (PTI), has campaigned vociferously for an end to the controversial US campaign of missile strikes against suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters in Pakistan's tribal areas. The 59-year-old, who was headed to New York, said he was stopped by US officials in Toronto on Friday. "I was taken off from plane and interrogated by US Immigration in Canada on my views on drones.
My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop," he wrote on Twitter. Khan said the delay meant he missed his flight and a party fundraising lunch in New York, but insisted "nothing will change my stance". "My stand on drones is very clear. Protest march Khan says the drone strikes have killed many innocent civilians and are spreading hatred against the US in the troubled region. Pakistani authorities halt anti-drone protest - Central & South Asia. Pakistani authorities have stopped a protest over US drone strikes led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan from entering the troubled region of South Waziristan, prompting allegations the government is ambivalent about US actions.
Khan, who started the protest on Saturday, blames the government for allowing the US to operate in the country and had planned to lead the march from the capital Islamabad into South Waziristan, a tribal area frequently hit by the drone strikes. But authorities on Sunday blocked the protesters' path with shipping containers on the highway. After several delays the army told protesters it was unsafe to be on the road after dark and they turned back. Pakistan's military and the civilian government publicly complain that the strikes - aimed at remnants of al-Qaeda andthe Taliban - infringe the country's sovereignty and cause civilian casualties.
Yet the government has done little to stop them. "Are these people not humans? Pressure on the US. Pakistan: US women internationalists join tribal protest against US drone war. M.guardian.co.uk. In the long history of love songs the attention of a beautiful woman has been compared to many things – but perhaps only in Pakistan's tribal belt would it be likened to the deadly missile strike of a remotely controlled US drone.
In a sign of how the routine hunting down and killing of militants by unmanned CIA planes has leached into the popular imagination, drones have been given a starring role in a new romantic song. In most respects the track, which is proving popular in the largely Pashtun city of Peshawar, is faithful to standard themes of the genre. The lyrics mention rosebuds and wine. o blaring music it celebrates the allures of a temptress with "sweet lips" and a "smile fresh as early dew" which "ensnares lovers with amorous pangs". Then the repeated chorus: "My gaze is as fatal as a drone attack". "It's been a hit because people like the music and the movie that it was written for," he said.
President Zardari: Save my daughter. 328,575 have signed.
Now let's reach our new target of 1,500,000 Update: 2 October 2012 Rimsha has been released on bail! More than 1 million of us answered her father's call for help and helped grow huge international attention on her case. But she and her family are still in grave danger, and the charges against her have not yet been dropped -- let's keep up the pressure! Update: 3 September 2012 Incredible -- one million signatures already! Update: 2 September 2012 Our outcry has been delivered to the government. Posted: 27 August 2012This is a message from Misrek Masih, of Islamabad, Pakistan. Last week an enraged crowd threatened to burn my daughter alive, and in days, a judge will decide whether she goes free or stays in jail. Right now she is being held in a maximum-security jail, and in hours, she will face the court under Pakistan's anti-blasphemy laws, which carry the death sentence. Please help me keep up the global outcry on my daughter's case.
Shakil Afridi sentenced to 33 years in treason case. Osama bin Laden was killed in a raid by US Navy SEALS in Abbottabad, an operation Dr Shakil Afridi has been accused of assisting by providing information on Bin Laden's whereabouts through a fake anti-polio campaign in the city . —File Photo PESHAWAR: A Pakistani physician accused of assisting the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in obtaining DNA samples of Osama Bin Laden through a fake vaccination campaign was, on Wednesday, convicted for involvement in anti-state activities by a tribal court, a senior government official said. "Dr Shakil Afridi was produced before a four-member tribal court Wednesday morning and was sentenced to 33 years in prison and also given a 3,20,000-rupee fine," Political Agent, Khyber tribal region, Mutahir Zeb Khan told Dawn.
Soon after his conviction, Afridi was sent to the Central Prison in Peshawar. The court was headed by a deputy administrator responsible for Bara region. Pakistan: Unpacking an Anti-Censorship Campaign. When the ICT R&D fund in Pakistan announced a call for proposals earlier this year for a “National URL Filtering and Blocking System” inviting companies, academia and research institutions to bid; my reaction was of shock and disbelief. Not because censorship is a new phenomenon in Pakistan — in fact it has been legitimized and often protected under the constitution camouflaged as an initiative to counter blasphemy, immorality and national security threats — but because of the audacity of making the bid publicly, and also involving institutions that are likely to be censorship’s biggest victims. It is perhaps the first time that a government has announced its plans for censorship publicly.
In the past years, Pakistan’s government has been involved in covertly censoring the Internet, the acquiring of a National URL Filtering and Blocking System would be the last nail in the coffin. Call for proposals for national filtering and blocking system Coordinating local and global action For users:
This Isn't a Hoax: Pakistan Requests Proposals for a National Filtering and Blocking System. The Pakistani government is looking for new ways to censor the Internet. This week, the Pakistani Telecommunication Authority (PTA) released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the development, deployment and operation of a “National Level URL Filtering and Blocking System,” calling on institutions to submit by March 2nd a feasible proposal that would allow the government to institute a large-scale filtering system.
Shockingly, the RFP requires: “Each [filtering] box should be able to handle a block list of up to 50 million URLs (concurrent unidirectional filtering capacity) with processing delay of not more than 1 milliseconds.” While content filtering and blocking has existed in Pakistan for the past few years, it has been executed manually and has thus been inconsistent and intermittent. The state’s latest effort to subsidize a comprehensive, automated censorship regime is deeply troubling. It goes on to describe how the blocking and filtering would be carried out:
Pakistan to ban encryption software. Millions of internet users in Pakistan will be unable to send emails and messages without fear of government snooping after authorities banned the use of encryption software. A legal notice sent to all internet providers (ISPs) by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, seen by the Guardian, orders the ISPs to inform authorities if any of their customers are using virtual private networks (VPNs) to browse the web.
Virtual private networks allow internet users to connect to the web undetected, meaning that they can access banned websites and send emails without fear of government interception. Pakistan's 20 million internet users have previously been banned from popular social networks, such as Facebook, because of blasphemous material about the prophet Muhammad. All internet traffic in the country travels through the Pakistan Internet Exchange, which can be intercepted by the military and civil intelligence agencies. There is strict regulation of internet traffic in Pakistan. Pakistan Internet Filtering and URL Blocking System Request for Proposal. The National ICT R&D Fund invites proposals from academia/research institutions, companies, organizations for the development, deployment and operation of a national level URL Filtering and Blocking System.
Institutions/organizations/companies desirous of developing, deploying and managing the proposed system are requested to submit their proposals to the ICT R&D Fund Islamabad by 1500 hrs on 2nd March, 2012 as per the prescribed format. …Internet access in Pakistan is mostly unrestricted and unfiltered. The Internet traffic is coming from two IP backbone providers, i.e., PTCL and TWA. The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and backbone providers have currently deployed manual URL filtering and blocking mechanism in order to block the specific URLs containing undesirable content as notified by PTA from time to time.Many countries have deployed web filtering and blocking systems at the Internet backbones within their countries.
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