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Pakistan/India conflict

Blog, News, Pakistan, Politics

December 31, 2008

According to Pak Alert Press agents from India’s foreign intelligence agency have been working in the Federally Administered Tribal Area’s (FATA) of Pakistan under the guise of diplomats and embassy officials in an attempt to destabilise the region....

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“Israel no victim”

Blog, Middle East, News, Politics

December 31, 2008

Yesterday, Vic Alhadeff, posted an article on ABC Unleashed excusing Israel’s flagrant disregard for human life, and justifying their latest actions by portraying Israel as the victims of a terrible onslaught by Hamas: “Backed by Iran, Hamas’ widespread and systematic attacks against Israel...

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2008: Not a good year for journalists in Pakistan

Blog, Censorship, News, Pakistan

December 30, 2008

12 dead, 201 cases of reported abuse, 41 cases of assault, 74 journalists sustained injuries, 118 cases of intimidation and threats. Intermedia, an independent NGO operating in Pakistan, has released a report on the state of the Pakistani media in 2008. The report highlights the dangers journalists face on a...

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Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death

Blog, Middle East, News, USA

December 26, 2008

Upon the Surrender of thousands of Taliban prisoners to US allied troops in Afghanistan in 2001, Jamie Doran, former BBC producer, reports in his film Afghan Massacre – The Convoy of Death, on the humanitarian atrocities that took place under the watchful eyes of The US military. Some three thousand...

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Pakistan on High Alert

Blog, News, Pakistan, Politics

December 24, 2008

Pakistan’s military is now in a state of high alert, as a possible attack by India becomes more probable. Blogger, writer and close friend, Danielle Ali Shah, who now lives in Pakistan, informed me today that it is “Looking like a war will erupt here at any minute – We have had war planes...

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More incursions, more troops, more money?

Blog, Middle East, News, Pakistan, Politics, USA

December 22, 2008

As the US continue to bomb parts of Pakistan and wage asymmetric warfare in the border regions, an additional 30,000 US troops are to be deployed to Afghanistan by mid 2009. The increase in military might, according to the US commander in Afghanistan, General David McKiernan, is to combat the swell of...

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The Democracy of Hypocrisy

Articles, Middle East, News, Politics, USA

December 17, 2008

The following article was published in Open Forum on November 04, 2008 then again in Online Opinion on December 15, 2008 Two rigged elections, 9/11, the hunt for Osama, Saddam’s WMDs, a pre-emptive strike and the war on terror. A b-grade Hollywood movie? Or the past eight years of Bush in the White...

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Pakistan, Taliban, Politics and the US

Articles, Blog, Middle East, News, Pakistan, Politics, USA

December 16, 2008

The following article was published in Open Forum on September 12, 2008: A very fragile political scenario emerged this week as the 13th President of Pakistan was sworn into office. A flailing congressional system now hangs in the balance amid tight speculation from opposition parties. Writes Reuben Brand....

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Freedom of Speech: Australia Remains Silent

Articles, Australia, Blog, Censorship, General, News

December 16, 2008

The following article was originally published in the Sydney City Hub Newspaper on October 13, 2008. It was then re-published in the FONAS Fine Arts Magazine – Summer Edition, 2008 By Reuben Brand In the wake of the Bill Henson fiasco that divided the nation, robust discussion on Australia’s...

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Armed Robbery in Newtown

Articles, Australia, Blog, General, News

August 31, 2008

The following article was published in the Sydney City Hub Newspaper on August 31, 2008: I was the first journalist on the scene and covered the story as the robbery took place. By Reuben Brand The manhunt continues for three armed men who fled empty handed after an attempted bank robbery in Newtown last...

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