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The Wrong Enemy – Carlotta Gaul on the wiles of Pakistan

 

English: Osama bin Laden Compound

English: Osama bin Laden Compound (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Review of Carlotta Gaul’s “The Wrong Enemy” Russell Imrie May 2014, Arlington, Virginia How did Osama bin Laden live safely for years within walking distance of Pakistan’s military academy in Abbottabad? That, and other questions, are what Gaul writes about drawing upon over 10 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan reporting for the New York Times. She spoke recently on her experience in South Asia and her new book, a must-read for anyone interested in Afghanistan, Pakistan, jihadists, and al Qaeda.

 

l. to r. Husain Haqqani (Hudson Institute), Carlotta Gaul (New Yotk Times), Mohammad Taqi (author and analyst) - photo Russ Imrie

l. to r. Husain Haqqani (Hudson Institute), Carlotta Gaul (New York Times), Mohammad Taqi (author and analyst) – photo Russ Imrie

 

Afghanistan has been the battleground for empires dating back to past Alexander the Great, then Britain, the USSR, battling warlords including one-time western ally Gen. Abdurrashid Dostum (who, in the fraught national scene now may be back in play as a vice-presidential candidate!), the Western Powers/NATO, the Taliban, al Qaeda and revealed so well in this volume, Pakistan and it’s labyrinth-like Inter-Sevices Intelligence arm have made Afghanistan the prey of agendas on top of agendas. Venturing into this nation is risking to be burned by the enemy and often, by  those believed to be your friend. (continue to read more of this article select page 2 below)

 

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#Twitter/Arab Spring: New Evidence from The #Monkey Cage and wherefore #bit.ly?

Twitter and the Arab Spring: New Evidence — The Monkey Cage.

Again, the irony that bit.ly, the ubiquitous URL shortener is TLD based in Libya. Anyway, as PR for uprisings, Monkey’s piece indicates Twitter is all good. For tactical networking among the anti-oppressed, not so much.

My take is the system of a mail-in blog post (like I often do here and at several others I run) and an auto-post to Twitter and Facebook is most mobile – just use those hashes (#) in the title.

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