War on Terror in Pakistan: Interview with Saadia Toor

by Ashley Smith, MRzine, October 27, 2009

Saadia Toor is an assistant professor at Staten Island College, author of a forthcoming book on Pakistan from Pluto Press, and part of the group Action for a Progressive Pakistan.

The Pakistani Army has launched a major offensive against Taliban forces in the province of Waziristan.  What is behind this assault, and what impact will it have on the people there?

The Army had been warning ever since it attacked in Swat earlier this year that its next move would be inSouth Waziristan.  This area is incredibly undeveloped and has become a stronghold of the Tehrik-e-TalibanPakistan(or TTP), which had been led by Baitullah Mehsud until he was killed in drone attack conducted by theU.S.earlier this year

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1981/2011 Racism, Injustice and Hypocrisy

Amrit Wilson

While the British media and spokespersons for the state preach ‘morality’, they seem to have forgotten that a man was killed on 4th August. Mark Duggan, a Black man, was shot dead in Tottenham, North London not by rioters but by the police.  His family have still not been told why he was murdered.  And when on 6th August they and their grieving friends organized a peaceful protest outside the police station, demanding to know the truth, they were treated not with compassion but to further violence – with a 16 year old girl allegedly being assaulted by the police. Meanwhile a false story was circulated in the media that Mark Duggan had fired at the police. Is this perhaps what the state calls ‘morality’?

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No Divide and Rule in Birmingham!

Naeem Malik

The riots sparked by the death of Mark Duggan started in Tottenham and spread to Birmingham on Monday the 8th of August. By early morning the next day three young Asians were dead. The link was direct, if Mark Duggan had not been killed, if the protests outside the police station in Tottenham had not been mishandled, then perhaps all of what happened in the inner city areas of Britain last week would have not happened and in Birmingham three young Asian men would not have lost their lives.

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