Poverty in Pakistan, Terrorism, and the IMF

[Crossposted at dKos as a diary, please recommend it.] From the intelligence gathered thus far, the consensus opinion on the Mumbai terrorists is they are Islamist extremists who hail from Pakistan. File that revelation under “no surprise”. But information about the lone captured terrorist,...

Meanwhile, in Central Asia a bailout costs…

Compared to the $25 billion that GM wants, this sounds cheap: The Pakistani rupee [their currency, whose value has been falling leading to inflation in Pakistan] ended flat on Friday, steadied by expectations that the first tranche of a $7.6 billion loan will be released by the International Monetary Fund...

Musharraf Resigns

Was never a matter of ‘if’, but, rather, when: Speaking on television from his presidential office here at 1 p.m., Mr. Musharraf, dressed in a gray suit and tie, said that after consulting with his aides, “I have decided to resign today.” He said he was putting national interest above “personal...

Read’ems

If anyone missed the NY Times scoop on the Bush Administration’s failures concerning the hunt for bin Laden and our Pakistan policy, it’s a must read. To summarize, between Bush’s over-reliance on former Pakistani President Musharraf to remove al-Qa’ida from his country’s soil,...

How Not To Wage The War On Terror

Despite whatever arguments that you provide to explain that Bush’s policies on terror have been little short than a disaster, you are almost invariably met with the king of post hoc ergo propter hoc arguments from some rightwing blowhard; “We haven’t been hit since 9/11!” Well,...

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