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What We Know About Pakistan’s War Against Terrorists Comes Mostly From Pakistan’s Government

October 18, 2008

One problem with Pakistan’s war against terrorists including al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the Tribal Areas is Pakistan’s set of self imposed restrictions on journalists and foreigners.  Like China, Vietnam and other “closed” societies, Pakistan has decided that what you know about the tribal areas will come only from the Government of Pakistan.  This is why we at Peace and Freedom have ventured into the region and why we so highly value the contributions of Muhammad Khurshid, now fired from his job as a newspaper journalist in Pakistan and “lost” somewhere in the tribal region….

Troops backed by helicopter gunships and artillery pounded militant positions in northwest Pakistan, killing 60 fighters and wounding many others, the military said Saturday.

From the Assoaciated Press

Pakistani soldiers patrol the Najia mountains in the Swat valley. ... 

The assault happened Friday evening in the Swat valley shortly before a senior U.S. official arrived in Pakistan for talks with leaders of a country vital to Western security concerns.

Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher held talks in Islamabad on Saturday morning with Pakistan’s Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik and was expected to meet other leaders later in the day. He made no public comment.

U.S. officials, concerned about rising militancy in both nuclear-armed Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan, have praised Pakistani efforts to clear Taliban and al-Qaida strongholds near its northwestern frontier.

But militants are mounting stiff resistance including a string of suicide attacks that could fan widespread Pakistani concern that they are paying too high a price for their front-line role in the U.S.-led war on terror.

An army statement said Friday’s offensive killed at least 60 militants and wounded many more near the town of Matta.

It was not immediately possible to independently confirm the casualties. Reporters cannot visit the area because of poor security and government restrictions….

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Supporters of Pakistani Islamist parties burn a U.S. flag, during ... 
Supporters of Pakistani Islamist parties burn a U.S. flag, during a protest rally against U.S. strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghanistan border, in Lahore October 17, 2008.REUTERS/Mohsin Raza (PAKISTAN)

Pakistan Charges American With Illegal Entry, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

(CNN) — Pakistani authorities have charged an American being held in Pakistan’s tribal region with illegal entry and illegal possession of a weapon, the State Department said Friday.

Juddi Kenan Mohamed was arrested Monday at a checkpoint in the northern district of Mohmand near Peshawar as he was trying to enter the area, said Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States.

Mohamed was carrying a U.S. passport and said he was traveling to see a friend in the tribal area near the Afghanistan border, Haqqani said. However, he was detained because all foreigners are required to have a permit to enter such areas.

There is no evidence Mohamed poses a security risk, Haqqani said.

Gordon Duguid, a State Department spokesman, said the U.S. consul general visited Mohamed in Islamabad on Tuesday and is seeking another visit.

The United States is providing “all possible assistance” to Mohamed, including helping him find a lawyer, Duguid said.

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Jailed Reporter Accused As Spy By China Is Released

February 5, 2008

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong journalist charged with spying for Taiwan has been released from a prison in mainland China where he was detained for almost two years, the government said Tuesday.

Officials in China notified Hong Kong authorities Tuesday that Ching Cheong had been released on parole, said a Hong Kong government spokesman who declined to be named, citing policy.

Ching, a Hong Kong-based correspondent for Singapore‘s The Straits Times newspaper, was sentenced to five years’ jail in August 2006 on charges of spying for Taiwan. He was detained during a visit to the southern city of Guangzhou in April 2005 and sentenced in a one-day trial 16 months later. A Chinese court rejected his appeal in November 2006.

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Ching Cheong’s release on parole coincided with the jailing of a dissident writer for four years on a charge of inciting subversion over essays he wrote critical of the government.

Dissident writer Lu Gengsong’s jailing also sparked criticism of China’s communist government.

“The pattern of sentencing against dissidents and human rights defenders under politically motivated subversion charges in recent months indicates a deterioration of the overall human rights situation rather than the improvement that the world is expecting from an Olympic host,” Nicholas Bequelin of Human Rights Watch said.

The International PEN, which champions writers’ freedoms, urged President Hu Jintao to free 40 jailed dissident writers, including Ching, ahead of the Summer Olympics.

In an open letter to Hu, the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association said Ching suffered from arrhythmia and recently learned that his health had deteriorated in jail.

A woman surfs the internet on a laptop computer at a wireless ...
A woman surfs the internet on a laptop computer at a wireless cafe in Beijing in January. China on Tuesday sentenced writer and cyber-dissident Lu Gengsong to four years in jail for “inciting subversion of state power,” his lawyer said.(AFP/File/Frederic J Brown)

Sarkozy and Putin Meet in Russia

October 9, 2007

Published: October 10, 2007

MOSCOW, Oct. 9 — President Nicolas Sarkozy of France came to Moscow today and met with President Vladimir V. Putin for the start of talks that are expected to focus on Iran and Kosovo.

The opening moments of their meeting at Mr. Putin’s country residence were cordial and correct, as shown on Russian state television. “France has been, is and, I hope, will continue to be one of our main partners in Europe and the world,” Mr. Putin said, the Interfax news agency reported. “Our relations are developing successfully.”

Mr. Sarkozy, who has been critical of Moscow and offered a frank exchange of views, replied: “I want to understand you and I hope you will try to understand our convictions.”

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Vietnamese-Americans Protest Actions of Hanoi Government

August 17, 2007

Protest Letter Regarding The Sentence of Dr. Le Nguyen Sang’s

Appeal Trial Viet Nam – August 17, 2007 – Ha Noi government ruled that the sentence of Dr. Le Nguyen Sang’ s appeal trial on August 17, 2007 was reduced to 4 years of imprisonment. In addition, lawyer Nguyen Bac Truyen reduced to 3 years, and journalist Huynh Nguyen Dao slightly decreased to 2 1/2 years of imprisonment.

The People’ s Democratic Party (PDP) strongly protests the recent sentence of Dr. Sang’s appeal trial. Once again, it shows that Ha Noi authorities have ignored international community’ s condemnation and continued to violate human rights in Viet Nam.

Dr. Le Nguyen Sang and Vietnamese dissidents including Father Nguyen ,Van Ly, lawyers Nguyen Van Dai, Le Thi Cong Nhan, Tran Quoc Hien, Nguyen Bac Truyen, journalist Huynh Nguyen Dao and many other detained individuals are all innocent. Ha Noi should immediately release them instead of continue to crack down on people who dare to exercise freedom of expression’s rights.


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Police Link Bakery to Editor’s Slaying

August 4, 2007

Michelle Locke


OAKLAND, Calif. (Aug. 4) – Police are testing guns and other evidence recovered from raids that resulted in the arrest of seven members of an Oakland Black Muslim splinter group that are believed to have been involved in the murder of a journalist and two others.

Oakland Police Lt. Ersie Joyner said one of the guns found during the raids is thought to be the weapon that was used to slay Chauncey Bailey , a journalist who was walking to work Thursday morning when a masked gunman shot him.

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