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Nation Magazine: Kidnaping, Assassination Planning in Pakisatan Outsourced by U.S. Government to Private Firm Blackwater

WTF!!!!

I know it's one story and it's denied and I'm not supposed to be surprised by anything anymore even if it turns out true, but seriously, wtf!?  Doesn't this enrage you?  How did my government get to this point?!

Update - corrected head - apparently they don't kill people for the U.S. government - just for the Pakistani government.  They do planning of killing people for the U.S. government, according to the article. 

Britain, US, others pledge billions to Pakistan

According to British conservative newspaper The Telegraph, the United Kingdom and the United States are leading a group of countries that have pledged $5 billion to Pakistan:

More than $5 billion (£3 billion) has already been pledged, $2.5 billion of which has been earmarked to help rebuild homes, roads, bridges, schools and hospitals decimated in the Pakistan Army's operation to break the Taliban's control over the the Swat valley....

Thousands flee life made 'worse than hell' by violence in Pakistan

Article Date: 
25 May 2009

Young and old, poor and prosperous, sick and healthy -- residents of Pakistan's Swat Valley continue to flee the violence that has erupted there as the military clashes with the Taliban.

Those who have fled tell of the whole valley being turned into a battlefield as citizens run away, many of them with no shoes and some elderly. They fall ill from sun and heat exposure -- particularly infants and those already weak and sick -- as they flee.

Article Author: 
Ingrid Formanek and Zeeshan Ali
Article Source: 
CNN

Liberal Internationalism: Amnesty USA Issues Appeal To Get Letters To Obama on Sri Lanka

By: on 14 May 2009

Thinking through how to deal with violence in a less-powerful society that is at the whim of larger, more powerful societies is hard.  I know I should sign this but take into account the competing agendas of not supporting liberal imperialism ever again and ameliorating humanitarian disasters.  Take a look and see what you think and sign AFTER TAILORING the

Sri Lanka denies IMF loan delay

Article Date: 
30 Apr 2009

Sri Lanka has denied reports that a proposed loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is being delayed by the US, officials say.

American officials said the move was aimed at putting pressure on Colombo to do more to help civilians caught up in the fighting in the north.

But a senior Sri Lankan official says the talks are on schedule.

Sri Lanka has been holding talks with the IMF for a loan of nearly a $2bn to weather the global economic crisis.

International concern

Article Source: 
BBC World News

Ad Nauseum: Sonal Shah Appointed to Obama Administration Post

Our favorite Clintonian Desi, Sonal Shah, has been appointed to a subcabinet level post in the Obama Administration as I had suggested she might be to those who had argued it didn't matter that she was on Obama's transition team even though she has well documented ties to American arms of Hindu right groups in India that she hasn't fully explained beyond offering basic statements that she doesn't like violence or communalism.  Among unanswered questions:

Zadie Smith on Obama, Shakespeare, and Speaking Multiracial Identity

Admittedly biased as a huge fan of Zadie Smith's voice ever since the underrated Autograph Man, I'm continually impressed with her development as a writer and literary critic.  She brings a whimsy and a keenness to the combination of personal and social writing, especially on identity, that I rarely see elsewhere.  To wit:

US admits Afghan civilian deaths

Article Date: 
22 Feb 2009

An investigation into a missile strike carried out by US-led forces in Afghanistan earlier this week has found that 13 civilians were among 16 people killed, the US military has said.

The military made the admission on Saturday, after originally saying that 15 opposition fighters had been killed in the strike in the Gozara district of Herat province.

Afghan officials insisted all along that six women and two children were among those killed.

Following Afghan outrage over the attack, US generals undertook an investigation, travelling to Gozara and talking to locals there.

Article Source: 
Agencies
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