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Pakistan launches offensive against encroaching Taliban

Interview (video)

Pakistan launches offensive against encroaching Taliban

This week, Pakistan's military went on the offensive against the Taliban and recaptured a key town in the strategic Buner district, just 60 miles from Islamabad. Walter Russell Mead of the Council on Foreign Relations discusses the situation in Pakistan and what the administration's next steps should be.

Posted: April 29, 2009 12:52   Comments: 0
Whispered or shouted, Pakistan is cause for concern

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Whispered or shouted, Pakistan is cause for concern

After the Taliban briefly gained control of Pakistan's Buner district last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responded bluntly, saying "I think that the Pakistani government is basically abdicating to the Taliban and to the extremists." Worldfocus editorial consultant Peter Eisner weighs the pros and cons of this loud and public warning to a U.S. ally.

Posted: April 27, 2009 10:33   Comments: 0
Taliban seizes control of Pakistan’s Buner district

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Taliban seizes control of Pakistan’s Buner district

On Thursday, the government of Pakistan sent paramilitary troops to a northwest district that was recently taken over by the Taliban. Michael Krepon of the Henry L. Stimson Center discusses the Taliban's growing influence and increasing concerns about the Pakistani government's ability to control the militants.

Posted: April 23, 2009 16:06   Comments: 4
With no future in sight, young Pakistanis pick up arms

Perspectives

With no future in sight, young Pakistanis pick up arms

A Pakistani-American writes that a lack of economic opportunities has led many Pakistani youths, including herself, to leave the country. Those too poor or who lack the connections to flee often turn to violence.

Posted: April 23, 2009 10:50   Comments: 2
Tune in: Online radio show on Sri Lanka’s civil war

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Tune in: Online radio show on Sri Lanka’s civil war

As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Rohan Gunaratna, Ambassador Jeffrey Lunstead and Ahilan Kadirgamar join the conversation. Listen now.

Posted: April 21, 2009 19:27   Comments: 10
Sri Lanka launches “final” assault against Tamil Tigers

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Sri Lanka launches “final” assault against Tamil Tigers

For more than two decades, the government of Sri Lanka has been fighting a civil war with a rebel group known as the Tamil Tigers. Now, the war may be reaching a climax as the government launches a final assault in the last rebel-held area, after the Tamil Tigers ignored an ultimatum to surrender.

Posted: April 21, 2009 19:16   Comments: 7
Q&A: Ask your questions about Sri Lanka’s civil war

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Q&A: Ask your questions about Sri Lanka’s civil war

As the Sri Lankan military wages a bloody battle against the rebel Tamil Tigers, civilians are getting caught in the crossfire. Worldfocus.org's weekly radio explores the background to the conflict and what the future holds for Sri Lanka. Listen now.

Posted: April 17, 2009 17:16   Comments: 12
Tamil diaspora rises in protest of Sri Lanka conflict

Perspectives

Tamil diaspora rises in protest of Sri Lanka conflict

As the Sri Lankan military encroaches on the rebel Tamil Tigers, protests are rising up around the world — from London to Oslo to Ottawa — as Tamils living abroad demonstrate against the Sri Lankan offensive. Nirmala Rajasingam, a Sri Lankan Tamil activist who lives in exile in London, argues that Tamil protesters abroad need to face difficult truths about the Tamil Tigers and their tactics.

Posted: April 17, 2009 17:14   Comments: 10
U.S., Japan pledge aid as conditions deteriorate in Pakistan

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U.S., Japan pledge aid as conditions deteriorate in Pakistan

At an international donors conference in Tokyo, the United States and Japan each pledged $1 billion in aid to Pakistan over the next two years. Ahmed Rashid, a leading Pakistani journalist, discusses the deteriorating economic and political situations in Pakistan.

Posted: April 17, 2009 09:00   Comments: 4
India, world’s largest democracy, heads to the polls

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India, world’s largest democracy, heads to the polls

On Thursday, India -- the world's largest democracy -- wrapped up the first stage of its month-long general elections. The elections will choose a new parliament to be seated later this spring. Read what some of India's more than 700 million eligible voters had to say.

Posted: April 16, 2009 13:49   Comments: 3
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