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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)



Instagram will monetize your photos forever unless you opt-out by Jan 16

Bye-bye Instagram

Update Wednesday December 19 from Montreal: Friend Mario at GIZMODO shares some news on Instagram’s retort to  user outrage at user agreement.

by Russ Imrie, Dec 18 2012

The end is near for my Instagram app and photos. I am opting out today. After Jan 16, the Facebook-flogged photo sharing tool will reserve the right to use your photos wherever they please in ads. That is unless you opt-out by January 16, 2013, reports say. BBC News – Instagram seeks right to sell access to photos to advertisers.

As they say on their home page,

It’s photo sharing, reinvented.

Well how about “invasion of privacy – retwisted?”

Dropping the app now. Splat.

Screen shot Instagram's big grab (terms of use on iPhone)

Screen shot Instagram’s big grab (terms of use on my iPhone) – Russ Imrie

Cheers, Russ

Update: from the San Francisco Chronicle site … 

Slate dubbed Richard Koci Hernandez an “Instagram Superstar.” The New York Times called him a “distinctive voice” on the popular photo sharing service.

But following the announced changes to the app’s terms of services on Monday, he soon may not be on Instagram at all he’s  ready to give up his 163,000 followers.

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