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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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Open Source Projects out there – an index: Radio, Press, Crowd-Sourcing, Maps

This is the index to open source crowd mapping sites and projects all over Planet Earth. Many use Twitter filtering, some not. Nothing here about the [doubtless] harvesting of this data by intelligence and security sources other than maybe, a pithy comment or two. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.Please send suggestions at the comment pane bottom of this post.

Russ Imrie November 22 2012

Washington DC

Media, Film, Radio, Press:

  1. Sourcefabricposts on media/open source projects around this planet. http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=6b1ad01fc31dc6604968e6439&id=3736aa77f0&e=88da1198a5
  2. Newscoop and Sourcefabric – Open source CMS tool for journalism, media  and newspapers anywhere – used in Africa, Asia, Guatemala among many more http://www.sourcefabric.org/en/newscoop/features/

Crowd Sourcing that big and small data, maps:

  1. Ushahidi – mapping and link to Crowdmap http://www.ushahidi.com/ check out “Women Under Siege” in Crowdmap – crowd-sourced data from Syria‘s civil war
  2. iRevolution“all power to the data!” Patrick Meier’s news on all things crowd-mapped http://irevolution.net/
  3. Umbraphile2006B (Classic Mac) and 2009A (OSX) Eclipse viewing software for Macintosh Computers http://nicmosis.as.arizona.edu:8000/ECLIPSE_WEB/UMBRAPHILE/UMBRAPHILE.html  Solar Eclipse

Dazzling social/crowdsourced stuff:

    1. SGI live “pulse” – Tweets curated and output as Hurricane Sandy marched across the East Coast of the US SGI_Pulse_Twitter_Sandy http://www.sgi.com/ And from HPC Wire http://www.hpcwire.com/hpcwire/2012-11-22/sgi_supercomputer_takestwitter_s_pulse.html on SGI’s pulse Twitter visualizations
distant US Capitol dome

U.S. Capitol SOTU eve, 2011 – photo Russ Imrie

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