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Judge asks al Qaeda, Iran, Taliban to pay $6B for 9/11

Blog, Middle East, USA

August 2, 2012

An American Federal Magistrate Judge has said that al Qaeda, the Taliban and Iran are all liable to pay up to $6 billion in damages for the 9/11 attacks in New York. So lets get this straight. *Osama bin Laden, leader of al Qaeda and Saudi national, claims responsibility for 9/11 *15 of the 19 …...

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Are we bribing the Taliban?

Australia, Blog, Middle East

January 29, 2010

Australia has offered 25 million dollars to a Taliban peace fund – the fund is part of a global initiative set up by 70 countries and plans to raise $US500 million for Taliban fighters to be reintegrated into society and encourage them to lay down their arms. So are we simply buying them off with...

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Obama’s Afghan Speech

Blog, Middle East, Pakistan, USA

December 3, 2009

A Nobel Peace Prize winner escallating a war in an already war ravaged country and sending an additional 30,000 troops to the region – Oh the sad, sad irony Obama’s rhetoric, although far more eloquent, is much the same as his predecessor:...

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Pakistan’s Lashkar-e-Taiba

Blog, Pakistan, Politics

June 22, 2009

LONDON (Reuters): ” If Pakistan’s battle against the Taliban seems difficult, a much tougher challenge lies ahead: deciding what to do about the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group it once nurtured to fight India in Kashmir. Security experts from the United States and India believe the Pakistan Army...

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Pakistan: The black gold silk road

Articles, Blog, Politics, USA

May 13, 2009

My following article was published today in Online Opinion, Australia’s leading journal for social and political debate:   Whilst the US led war on terror persists with frantic fervour; the Iranian and Trans-Afghan pipelines become the new target in a proxy war for power. Writes Reuben Brand  ...

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Obama wants talks with Taliban

Blog, Middle East, Politics, USA

March 8, 2009

“Mr Obama told the New York Times that US forces in Iraq had persuaded some Islamic radicals alienated by the tactics of al-Qaeda to co-operate. He said there might be similar opportunities in Afghanistan, although the situation there was more complex.”...

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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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