Clinton’s visit to Pakistan – what the heck happened here?

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No-hold’s barred diplomacy that failed to achieve any significant results By Fareeha Qayoom

No-hold’s barred diplomacy that failed to achieve any significant results

By Fareeha Qayoom

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ot that I was expecting much from Secretary of State, Hilary Rodham Clinton’s visit to Pakistan. But even I wasn’t expecting her to fail as spectacularly as she did. Not only was she not able to change the perception of the US Government in Pakistan for the better, she actually went one step further and totally alienated anyone and everyone who has no axe to grind in Pakistan – the common folk, the ordinary citizens, the hidden and silent majority of Pakistanis. She may have impressed the ‘wanna-be’ A-listers that make up the pro-American lobby in Pakistan with her blunt statements, or intimidated the Pakistani press into submission, or totally cowed the local politicians with her no holds barred blunt statements, like “If you want to see your territory shrink, that’s your choice,” (but even that is open to debate despite the fact that the US press is calling it a draw – a total face-saving exercise in my opinion).Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State with Canadian Foreign Minister Cannon

All she proved to me by her visit to Pakistan is that her government is self-centered, inhuman and only cares about her own bottom line. A case in point came Friday at an interview for the program “Our Voice” when a young woman asked Clinton whether she viewed the Predator drone attacks used by the United States in Pakistan’s frontier areas as terrorism. “No, I do not,” she replied.

If restoring peace in the region is her government’s objective, it’s obviously not working. If her objective was to charm Pakistanis into sympathizing with her government’s goals, it didn’t work. If her objective was to improve people-to-people relations with Pakistan, it didn’t work, however, if her objective was to set the record straight for all times, it worked. She managed to reinforce her message on countless occasions, during her ‘meet the press’ TV anchor convention or her Q&A at the Government College Lahore, or when she seems to have made the statement to a group of Pakistani journalists on her second day here, to the effect that Pakistani officials bore responsibility for allowing terrorists from Al Qaeda to operate from safe havens in Pakistan. “I find it hard to believe that nobody in your government knows where they are, and couldn’t get to them if they really wanted to.” The implication being that the Pakistani government knows where they are hiding and are not catching them for some nefarious reason of their own! The same refrain that we keep hearing since her husband was in charge – change of three presidents has not changed the tune –“DO MORE!”

Remarks at the 100th Anniversary of the Boundary Waters Treaty - Hillary Rodham Clinton Secretary of State
Photo by US Mission Canada

If the US and NATO forces in their collective wisdom in spite of drone attacks and sitting pretty in Afghanistan have not been able to apprehend the Al-Qaida leaders who supposedly originate from Afghanistan, why are they asking Pakistan to sacrifice her military, her citizens and her territory to catch them? The so-called ‘Al-Qaida’ do not seem to operate in Pakistan…what we have here is a recent phenomenon called “Tehrik-e-Taliban” funded by some hostile ‘enemies’ of Pakistan who are intent on flattening our nationalism into ground.  These are allegedly the same guys the US are supposedly fighting with in Afghanistan, (the Talibans that governed Afghanistan before the fall of Kabul until very recently, the Pashtoon faction of the Afghanistan divide that is in majority in Afghanistan, the US are supposedly backing the northern alliance there, in minority ) – Why should we be catching these guys for USA when she can’t do much about them in spite of her hi-tech satellite surveillance equipment, spy planes, Military, NATO forces and CIA?

Such statements simply imply that they the Americans actually don’t care about the loss of innocent human life as long as they get the mythical Al-Qaida. In the immortal words of Michael Jackson, “all I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us!”¨

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

311 Comments

  1. faheem Aamer says:

    Hi Fareeha,
    The press statement on the subject “CPP criticizes visit of Hillary Clinton to Pakistan.” as issued by the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) for the information of public and press is as under:-

    Communist Party of Pakistan (CPP) has planned for a warm welcome to the former first lady and US Foreign Minister Hillary on her first visit to Pakistan by hoisting black flags as a token of protest but could not do so, as all the roads and cities where she is visiting are being closed.

    Hillary visit here could not achieve anything in positive direction. Neither she can pacify and decrease the hatred feelings of Pakistani nation about America nor can her visit save the defeat of America and NATO forces in Afghanistan in the coming times.

    All the problems which our nation is facing today are due to American policies in Pakistan. America is enemy of Muslims and Communists, whereas, we communists, wherever, they are, are not the enemies of Muslims. The Communists believes in class struggle and are fighting for Socialist system only.

    These views are expressed in a policy statement by Engineer Jameel Ahmad Malik, the Chairman of CPP, here today.

    In the opinion of CPP, all the terrorism in our motherland is the outcome of the policies of America and our Government since the existence of Pakistan till date; is supporting and party to the aggression of America.

    Engineer Jameel stressed that our Government and Pak Army has not learnt any lesson from history and both are committing severe mistakes again and again.

    The first blunder, which they committed under the direction of America, was, when our Government, Pak Army, ISI and MI promoted the philosophy of Jihad and supported Al-Queda and Taliban with all moderns and sophisticated weapons for fighting against the pro-communist regime of Afghanistan and the Communists of Russia.

    But surprisingly, when these Al-Queda and Taliban are fighting against the aggression of America and NATO forces, they are now termed as a terrorist, which while fighting with the Communists were given the name of Mujahideen, which means freedom fighter.

    If they were Mujahideen while fighting with the Communists of Afghanistan than how suddenly they now become terrorists while fighting against the American, who itself is the biggest known terrorist in the known history of world.

    If the philosophy of Jihad against Communists were right in Afghanistan than how that philosophy of Jihad now converted into terrorism, when the same Al-Queda and Taliban are fighting for the liberation of their mother land from the clutches of American Imperialism and its NATO troops in Afghanistan.

    The CPP Chairman stressed and said that in the hidden agenda, America is enemy of Muslims and Communists whereas the Communists and Communist countries are not the enemies of the Muslim Umahh.

    The Communist Russia given us Steel Mill free of cost and Communist China has installed and aided a numerous projects on free aid without imposing any restrictions as was done by US in Kerry-Lugar Bill.

    America is killing two birds with one stone. On one hand, she is using our Government and Pak Army and pushing them into war with their own citizens and on the other hand using them to influence its impact on the ongoing liberation war of Afghani people in Afghanistan and surprisingly this our Government and Pak Army are both doing on a very pretty price under the Kerry-Lugar Bill, which, of course is a regrettable and sad affairs on the part of our ruling elite and army.

    Our Parliament unanimously passed the resolution against Drone attacks in Tribal belt but the American Imperialism and Hillary don’t cares the sanctity of our Parliament and by Drone attacks; they have killed a numerous innocent citizens of Pakistan. If this is not aggression what else is the aggression then?

    The notorious Blackwater and the American bases are operating openly in Pakistan with the permission of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Government but surprisingly the Marxist Group led by Dr. Lal and Manzoor Chaudhry, who are working under the official name of Mazdoor Jeddojahd Tabqati on its Interism policy in ruling PPP are silent till date on these sensitive issues, which, otherwise are against the integrity and sovereignty of our motherland.

    All the evils and problems which we are facing as a nation are the direct outcome of the policies of American Imperialism and as our all rulers till dates were and are the watch dog of American policies and so our Party don’t expect from the present Government that they will give a cold shoulder and shift its policies from the America.

    The only way left for us is that we as a nation has to come out openly on streets and roads and has to protest against the aggression of American Imperialism for leaving Pakistan, otherwise, the America will not leave our motherland

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  2. Sadia says:

    I totally agree Fareeha that in essence, it was a flop show – her visit that is – and if someone has watched the news shows it was clear that it had rankled her that we have not been easily duped as she might have expected. I will certainly give a salute to those interviewers who have asked tough questions to her and have not for a moment let us down.

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  3. fareeha says:

    Jan 17, 2010 – One year later…Obama’s popularity is down to 37 percent…

    ONE YEAR LATER ASSESSING OBAMA
    TESTING THE PROMISE OF PRAGMATISM

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/16/AR2010011602950.html?hpid=topnews

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  4. Jan 20th 2010 – Wednesday – Great self-delusion – Obama is winning the hearts and minds of Muslims while his policies make it easier to kill innocent people around the world – Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan!

    President Obama Praised for Sticking to American Values on Counter-Terrorism
    Security experts want US to better anticipate terrorist attacks
    Ravi Khanna | Washington
    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/usa/-President-Obama-Praised-for-Sticking-to-American-Values-on-Counter-Terrorism-82089957.html

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  5. US unveils civilian aid strategy for Pakistan
    By our correspondent
    Saturday, 23 Jan, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Helping Pakistan address immediate energy, water, and related economic crises was top on a list of priorities US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlined on Thursday while unveiling a new strategy for enhancing America’s engagement with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/16-us-unveils-civilian-aid-strategy-for-pakistan-hs-07

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    Obama’s State of the Union address takes a harder tone
    By Eli Saslow
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    One year had taken him from a self-professed unifier to a historically divisive president; from the man selected to solve the country’s problems to the person often disparaged as their cause. He squinted against the lights and stared hard at the audience for his first State of the Union address, looking a little grayer, a little older than when he assessed the country in the same venue last February. A circus of cameras and power brokers stirred around him, yet he stood alone at a single microphone, quieting the crowd with a series of somber nods.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/27/AR2010012705500.html?hpid=topnews

    From Times Online
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  7. After Obama speech, Democrats confused about path ahead
    By Paul Kane and Shailagh Murray
    Washington Post Staff Writer
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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/28/AR2010012803750.html?hpid=topnews

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  8. Jan 29th 2010 – Friday –

    A growing gulf
    By Tariq Fatemi
    Thursday, 28 Jan, 2010

    It is not only in domestic politics that President Obama has wavered between keeping faith with his followers and placating the opposition. In the field of foreign policy the disappointment has been greater, especially in the Muslim world.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-a-growing-gulf-810-zj-07

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    Published: February 7, 2010

    WASHINGTON — The White House pushed back Sunday against Republican criticism of its approach to terrorism, calling it “not anchored in reality” as a national security debate that was largely muted in recent years roared back to center stage with an angry intensity.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/08/us/politics/08terror.html

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  10. Feb 11, 2010
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    Friday, 12 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Despite deepening political disaffection and intensified distress about the economy, President Obama enjoys an edge over Republicans in the battle for public support, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-obama+finds+edge+over+republicans+poll–bi-06

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  12. Obama names U.S. envoy to Islamic Conference
    By Scott Wilson
    Washington Post staff writer
    Sunday, February 14, 2010

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    Obama made the announcement in a video conference to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum in Doha, Qatar. In his message, Obama called Hussain “an accomplished lawyer and a close and trusted member of my White House staff,” who would strengthen his policy of outreach to the world’s Muslims.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/02/13/AR2010021303511.html

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  13. ‘US should do more given Pakistan’s anti-terror efforts’
    Tuesday, 16 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said that the support and assistance pledged to Pakistan by the United States and other allies does not commensurate with the sacrifices, commitment and contribution made by Pakistan in the war against terror.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-gilani-meets-kerry-qs-06

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  14. US agrees to fund ‘visible’ projects in Pakistan
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Wednesday, 17 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: In what is seen here as a major shift in its aid strategy for Pakistan, the United States has decided to fund large development projects to stem the tide of rising anti-Americanism and improve its image.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-gilani-meets-kerry-qs-06

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  15. Balanced US approach needed in Pakistan: PM
    Thursday, 18 Feb, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani said that a balanced and indiscriminate US approach in this region could help improve the United States image amongst Pakistanis.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-balanced-us-approach-needed-in-pakistan-pm-ss-01

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  16. Hillary urges rich Pakistanis to pay more tax
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 26 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged wealthy Pakistanis to pay a larger share of taxes to reduce their country’s dependence on foreign aid.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-hillary-urges-rich-pakistanis-to-pay-more-tax-for-selfreliance-620-hh-03

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  17. US govt forwards $1.45bn aid for Pakistan
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration sent lawmakers a plan for $1.45 billion in aid for Pakistan this year, funding water, energy and other projects as well as a media campaign to counter extremist views.

    The 2010 spending plan, obtained by Reuters, was sent to lawmakers late on Thursday as part of the US administration’s obligation to consult Congress over the civilian aid package.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/07-obama-administration-forwards-1.45bn-aid-for-pakistan-ha-06

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  18. US wants hassle-free visa for its nationals
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Washington wants Islamabad to put in place a restriction free and uniform visa regime for its diplomats and embassy staff posted here allowing them to carry out ‘full range of activities’.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-us-wants-hasslefree-visa-for-its-nationals-720-rs-04

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  19. Over 30,000 US nationals given visa in two years
    By Iftikhar A. Khan
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Friday that over 81,000 visas were issued to US nationals over the past five years, with over 30,000 issued during the last two years.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-30%2C000-us-nationals-given-visa-in-2-years-720-hh-05

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  20. Do more!
    By S.M. Shahid
    Saturday, 27 Feb, 2010

    “What was the thing that annoyed you the most when you were in school, if you ever attended one that is?” Babboo was on the offensive from the word go.“The most annoying thing for me was the majboori of having to sit in the classroom with boys like you,” I retorted.

    “You mean brighter boys than yourself?”

    “Brats, not bright!” I said.

    “But brighter brats!”

    “Shut up, yar!”

    “For me, personally, the most annoying thing was when the teachers told me to ‘do more!’ This only made me do less!” Babboo said brazenly.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/s-m-shahid-do-more-720

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  21. No nuclear deal with Pakistan, says US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Monday, 01 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has told Pakistan it would not get an atomic power plant or a civilian nuclear deal from the United States.

    A senior US official, while briefing Indian journalists in Washington, said the United States was working closely with Pakistan to help meet its growing energy needs.

    “But nuclear power is not currently part of our discussions,” and the United States had conveyed its decision to Pakistan, the official said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-no-nuclear-deal-with-pakistan%2C-says-us-130-hh-05

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  22. Pakistan loses $400m to ‘enhanced oversight’
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Wednesday, 03 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Over $400 million in reimbursement claims by Pakistan under Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for 2008 have been rejected by the United States because of new guidelines requiring ‘enhanced oversight and accountability’.

    Total claims for 2008 were $1.4 billion, but Pakistan got $997 million in reimbursement, whereas the remaining claims were disallowed on grounds of “inadequate substantiation, over-billing” and other objections, sources told Dawn.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-pakistan-loses-%24400m-to-enhanced-oversight-330-rs-08

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  23. US plans audit office in Pakistan
    Tuesday, 02 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: United States plans to setup a separate office for auditors in Pakistan to monitor financial assistance programmes under Kerry-Lugar-Burman bill and Coalition Support Fund.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-us+plans+audit+office+in+pakistan-hs-05

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  24. One in three killed by US drones in Pakistan is a civilian, report claims
    One in three “militants” killed in US Predator Drone attacks in Pakistan’s remote tribal areas is in fact a civilian, according to a report by an American think tank.

    By Dean Nelson, South Asia Editor
    Published: 10:22AM GMT 04 Mar 2010

    The report, by the Washington-based New America Foundation, will fuel growing criticism of the use of unmanned drones in the fight against al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, who use Pakistan as a base for attacks on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

    Critics say their use not only takes innocent lives, but amounts to unlawful extra-judicial killing of militants.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/7361630/One-in-three-killed-by-US-drones-in-Pakistan-is-a-civilian-report-claims.html

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  25. CSF reimbursements
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 04 Mar, 2010

    Pakistan’s efforts to fight terrorism are running into financial troubles on account of a trust deficit between Islamabad and Washington. The US has refused to reimburse fully the claim made by Pakistan from the Coalition Support Fund for 2008.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/14-csf-reimbursements-430-zj-05

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  26. Military influences US foreign policy: Mullen
    Friday, 05 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US military still plays too dominant a role in American foreign policy and Washington needs to place a higher priority on diplomacy and “soft power”, the top American military officer said on Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-military-influences-us-foreign-policy-mullen-530-rs-08

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  27. US Congress urged to engage with Muslims
    Dawn Correspondent
    Friday, 12 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Muslim militants do not see modernisation as a threat as many of them are highly competent in using modern techniques, the US Senate was told.

    At a special hearing on violent extremism at the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday evening, experts told lawmakers that while the militants viewed westernisation as a threat, they were not averse to modernisation.

    “Westernisation is a threat? The answer is yes. Modernisation a threat? No. Many — many — many of these individuals are highly competent, in terms of modern techniques,” said Douglas Stone, a Marines general who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/14-war-against-militants-us-congress-urged-to-engage-with-muslims-230-zj-01

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  28. Pak-US strategic dialogue on 24th

    Sunday, March 14, 2010
    Islamabad to seek civil nuclear cooperation, greater market access
    By Asim Yasin & Khalid Mustafa

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said the objective of strategic dialogue with the US, scheduled for March 24 in Washington, is to enhance people-to-people strategic relationship which will bridge the trust deficit.

    The prime minister on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting at the PM House to develop a comprehensive, coherent and well-coordinated approach for the forthcoming Pakistan-US strategic dialogue. The meeting was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff General (COAS) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=27779

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  29. Pakistan-USA strategic dialogue need to establish confidence of people: PM
    ISLAMABAD, Mar 18 (APP): Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani Thursday said that the forthcoming Pakistan-USA Strategic Dialogue need to cover full spectrum of relationship to establish confidence of the people.He asked for mutually developing a periodic review mechanism/regime to monitor the decisions taken in the strategic dialogue so that there is visible impact in areas of relevance to ordinary people as well as efforts to fight terrorism.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=98784&Itemid=1

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  30. US should also do more: FM Qureshi
    Thursday, 18 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: As a precursor to the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday put forward three proposals to achieve the goal of a long term, sustainable and broad based US-Pakistan dialogue.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-us-do-more-smq-qs-11

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  31. Pakistan to ask for more understanding at US talks
    By KATHY GANNON
    The Associated Press
    Friday, March 19, 2010; 10:43 AM

    ISLAMABAD — Claiming that it has bowed far enough to U.S. interests, Pakistan will use next week’s high-level talks with the Obama administration to seek more recognition for its part in the fight against terrorism and get Washington to acknowledge its concerns about rival India.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/19/AR2010031901210.html

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  32. ‘Pak-US strategic dialogue should cover full spectrum of relationship’

    ISLAMABAD: The forthcoming Pak-US strategic dialogue should cover the full spectrum of the bilateral relations between the two countries, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Thursday. The prime minister made these remarks while chairing a meeting to develop a comprehensive, coherent and well-coordinated approach for the upcoming Pak-US dialogue scheduled on March 24. Gilani directed officials to mutually develop a review mechanism to monitor the decisions taken in the strategic dialogue. Separately, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani jointly called on President Asif Ali Zardari at the Presidency to discuss matters relating to the Pak-US strategic dialogue and the army operation against terrorists. staff report
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\03\19\story_19-3-2010_pg1_5

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  33. Ties with Pakistan go far beyond security, says US
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 19 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The partnership between the United States and Pakistan “goes far beyond security”, said the US State Department while announcing the first ministerial level strategic dialogue between the two countries.

    “High-level officials from both governments will come to the table to discuss issues of common concern and shared responsibility,” the State Department said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-ties-with-pakistan-go-far-beyond-security%2C-says-us-930-zj-01

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  34. US-Pakistan strategic dialogue not at India’s expense: Holbrooke
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Washington, March 20, 2010
    First Published: 08:58 IST(20/3/2010)
    Last Updated: 09:11 IST(20/3/2010)

    The first strategic dialogue between the United States and Pakistan in Washington next week would not be at the expense of India or any other country in the region, according to a top US diplomat.

    “We have an important strategic dialogue with India and with other countries, including China. It makes it all the more important we have one with Pakistan,” US Special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke told reporters on Friday.
    http://www.hindustantimes.com/US-Pak-strategic-dialogue-not-at-India-s-expense-Holbrooke/H1-Article1-521155.aspx

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  35. US “gratified” by Pakistani arrests of Taliban leaders
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States is “extremely gratified” that Pakistan has arrested key Taliban leaders, US special envoy Richard Holbrooke said on Friday when asked to comment on a former UN official’s statement that the arrests had squandered Afghan peace efforts.

    At a briefing at the State Department on the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, Mr Holbrooke also indicated greater US interests in helping Pakistan overcome the grave energy crisis that has paralysed the Pakistani economy.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/14-us-gratified-by-arrest-of-taliban-leaders-030-zj-01

    Holbrooke praises arrests of Taliban
    BROKEN COMMUNICATIONS: A diplomat said face-to-face talks had been held with top Taliban leaders in Dubai for up to a year, but the arrests would disrupt that channel

    AFP, WASHINGTON
    Sunday, Mar 21, 2010, Page 5

    US envoy Richard Holbrooke on Friday praised the arrests of Taliban leaders, despite a former UN envoy’s claim that they disrupt reconciliation efforts with the group.

    A slew of senior Taliban chiefs have reportedly been captured in Pakistan in recent weeks. Among them was Taliban commander Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, captured last month in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in what US media said was a joint operation with US spies.

    “We are extremely gratified that the Pakistani government has apprehended the No. 2 person in the Taliban, and he is where he belongs. And many other people have been picked up or eliminated, and this is putting much more pressure on the Taliban,” said Holbrooke, ­Washington’s envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan. “And this is a good thing for the simplest of reasons. It is good for the military efforts that are underway in Afghanistan.”
    http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/world/archives/2010/03/21/2003468517

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  36. Pak to US: Terror bill worth $35 billion, nuke deal
    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, Mar 20, 2010, 07.43pm IST

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan is coming up with a bill of $ 35 billion for its efforts in the war on terror and a wish-list that includes a nuclear deal similar to the US-India agreement as it prepares to engage Washington this coming week in what officials from both sides say is the most comprehensive dialogue in their bilateral history.

    Turning the US mantra that Pakistan should “do more” in the war on terror, Pakistani officials, in an aggressive turnaround, have said Pakistan has done enough and it is now the United States turn to do more, as they set off to Washington for talks on the heels of what they claim is unprecedented success against the Taliban.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Pak-to-US-Terror-bill-worth-35-billion-nuke-deal/articleshow/5706539.cms

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  37. Pakistan has proven its anti-terror resolve: FM Qureshi
    Saturday, 20 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said Pakistan has proved its resolve to fight terrorism with a series of sustained actions as he stressed that US commitment to the region is critical to long-term security and stability, reports DawnNews.

    He told a Washington newspaper that Pakistan has already demonstrated its anti-terror commitment with the capture of many top terrorist leaders and elimination of more than 600 Al-Qaeda fighters.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/14-pakistan-has-proven-its-anti-terror-resolve-fm-qureshi-zj-12

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  38. N-plants to figure in talks, says Patterson
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 21 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan’s request for nuclear power plants may come up for discussion during the US-Pakistan strategic dialogue, which begins in Washington on March 24.

    The indications came from two senior US officials, ambassadors Richard Holbrooke and Anne W. Patterson.

    Ambassador Patterson, the US envoy in Islamabad, told a Los Angeles-based Pakistani newspaper: “We are beginning to have a discussion with the Pakistan government” on the country’s desire to tap nuclear energy. “We are going to have working level talks” on the issue in Washington this month.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-nplants-to-figure-in-talks%2C-says-patterson-130-hh-04

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  39. Times of India takes an interest…

    Seeking nuclear parity with India, Pak re-opens Khan of worms
    Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN, Mar 22, 2010, 08.47pm IST

    WASHINGTON: Straining to achieve a semblance of parity with India centered on a civilian nuclear deal similar to the one New Delhi signed with the United States, Pakistan has declared its intention to re-open investigations into the proliferation activities of its nuclear mastermind A.Q.Khan.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Seeking-nuclear-parity-with-India-Pak-re-opens-Khan-of-worms/articleshow/5712945.cms

    Petition filed against Dr. Qadeer at Lahore High Court
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    The government was annoyed by two articles published in The Washington Post this month, claiming they had “national security implications for Pakistan” as they contained allegations related to its nuclear programme.

    Ahmar Bilal Sufi, the attorney representing the government, said the authorities wanted to question Khan about the contents of the articles.

    “The contents of the articles have national security implications for Pakistan as they contain allegations related to nuclear programme and nuclear cooperation,” the government said in the application.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-petition-filed-against-dr-qadeer-at-lahore-high-court-ss-02

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  40. Financing of dams, energy plans to be raised in talks
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Monday, 22 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan has urged the United States to help finance major dams like Bhasha or Dasu in response to Washington’s desire to assist major energy projects in the country, diplomatic sources told Dawn.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-financing-of-dams%2C-energy-plans-to-be-raised-in-talks-230-hh-03

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  41. Army dominates Pakistan agenda for U.S. talks
    Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD
    Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:34am EDT

    (Reuters) – Pakistan’s powerful army is likely to dominate key security issues for the country as senior government and military officials meet their American counterparts for important talks in Washington this week.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62M1WI20100323

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  42. Pak seeks N-deal, drone tech, military hardware from US
    PTI
    Tuesday, March 23, 2010 19:36 IST
    Washington, DC: Ahead of its strategic dialogue with the US, Pakistan has submitted a 56-page document to the Obama Administration seeking a civil nuclear deal, drone technology and military hardware to bring itself on par with India, according to a media report.
    http://www.dnaindia.com/world/report_pak-seeks-n-deal-drone-tech-military-hardware-from-us_1362479

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  43. India hopes US will keep Pakistan’s track record in mind
    Press Trust Of India
    New Delhi, March 22, 2010
    First Published: 16:44 IST(22/3/2010)
    Last Updated: 16:57 IST(22/3/2010)

    With the US indicating its readiness to discuss civil nuclear deal with Pakistan, India today hoped it would keep in mind Pakistan’s track record on proliferation before deciding on the issue.

    As it keeps a close watch on the developments, India says the “right balance” has to be struck between meeting Pakistan’s energy needs and its history of proliferation.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/newdelhi/US-Pak-N-deal-India-asks-US-to-keep-Pak-s-track-record-in-mind/522468/H1-Article1-521961.aspx

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  44. Qureshi & Kayani meet key US officials
    Dawn Correspondent
    Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States and Pakistan engaged in preparatory talks on Monday, ahead of a strategic dialogue which US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says will forge even closer ties between the two allies.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/qureshi-kayani-meet-key-us-officials-330

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  45. Pakistan comes with specific wish list for US
    Tuesday, 23 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Pakistan has submitted a wish list to Washington ahead of high-level talks this week, asking for pilotless drones and helicopters as well as economic and other aid, said US and Pakistani officials on Tuesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-pakistan+comes+with+specific+wishlist+for+us–bi-05

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  46. Pakistan seeks energy, economic help in US talks

    By MATTHEW LEE (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — Top diplomats from the United States and Pakistan said Wednesday they want much broader ties between the two countries after years of cooperation limited mostly to the joint effort to hunt and contain terrorists.

    Launching a two-day, high-level strategic dialogue here, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi vowed to improve ties by expanding the current security focus to include energy, development, education and agriculture. All must be addressed to combat extremists, they said.

    A healthy U.S.-Pakistan relationship is considered essential to winning the war on terrorism, but the United States won’t promise a deal for nuclear energy assistance to match one that it has signed with Pakistan’s archrival India.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jVPbub8VOAC4aCFDofQWcUJods0AD9EL2UO81

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  47. U.S., Pakistan take bumpy road to better ties
    By Sue Pleming, ReutersMarch 24, 2010 9:28 AM

    WASHINGTON – The United States and Pakistan sought on Wednesday to turn a page in a relationship soured by years of mistrust and tensions over nuclear co-operation, security and anti-American sentiment.

    “It is the start of something new,” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said at the beginning of two days of meetings with its nuclear-armed ally.

    http://www.vancouversun.com/Pakistan+take+bumpy+road+better+ties/2721115/story.html

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  48. Pakistan PM sees ‘major paradigm shift’ in US policy

    (AFP) – 38 minutes ago

    ISLAMABAD — Pakistani Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani hailed on Wednesday a “major paradigm shift” in US policy towards his country, as top Pakistani officials were in Washington for a “strategic dialogue”.

    Gilani said the countries were moving from suspicion to trust in fighting terrorism, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the talks with Pakistan’s army chief and its foreign minister marked a “new day” in ties.

    “There was a time when America did not trust you. You were their ally, but they did not trust you,” he told the upper house of the federal parliament.

    “There is a major paradigm shift in the policy of the United States, that they are trusting you and holding strategic dialogue.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5g9SBTzt4E1BMvRoWIsrUxgw__ctg

    Gilani sees ‘major paradigm shift’ in US policy
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani hailed on Wednesday a “major paradigm shift” in US policy towards his country, as top Pakistani officials were in Washington for a “strategic dialogue”.

    Gilani said the countries were moving from suspicion to trust in fighting terrorism, as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the talks with Pakistan’s army chief and its foreign minister marked a “new day” in ties.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-gilani+sees+major+paradigm+shift+in+us+policy–bi-04

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  49. Clinton says ‘new day’ in ties with Pakistan
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Wednesday the United States had started a “new day” with Pakistan in hearing its concerns, but some of Islamabad’s requests were set for a cool reception.

    Clinton opened a first-of-a-kind “strategic dialogue” with Pakistan, hoping to show the country’s widely anti-American public that the United States wants a relationship that goes beyond short-term battles against militants.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/03-clinton-says-new-day-in-ties-with-pakistan-ss-06

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  50. Nuclear plants issue to figure in dialogue: Hillary
    By Anwar Iqbal and Masood Haider
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said the United States will consider Pakistan’s request for civilian nuclear power plants and that the issue will also come up during the first ministerial-level strategic talks between the two countries on Wednesday.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/nuclear-plants-issue-to-figure-in-dialogue%2C-says-hillary-430

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  51. Court delays ruling on A.Q. Khan
    Wednesday, 24 Mar, 2010

    LAHORE: A judge on Wednesday delayed a ruling on a government petition aimed at questioning Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan over recent media reports that Islamabad arranged the transfer of nuclear technology to Iran, a lawyer said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/court+delays+ruling+on+a.q.+khan

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  52. US supports Pakistan economic zones

    By Shaun Tandon (AFP) – 2 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The United States on Thursday pledged to work to improve market access for Pakistani goods including through special economic zones, as the two nations sought to turn the page on years of distrust.

    Pakistan and the United States said they would seek a “wide-ranging, long-term and substantive strategic partnership,” after two days of talks led by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

    In the joint statement, the United States said it was “committed to work towards enhanced market access for Pakistani products as well as towards the early finalization of Reconstruction Opportunity Zones legislation.”

    The proposal would give duty-free access to products from designated parts of the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan, in a bid to create new industries in the longtime Taliban stronghold as they rebuild from fighting.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hLJcLB7Hg0vEt6IpSpttvFSzOUvg

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  53. US will expedite aid to Pakistan to fight Taliban and Al Qaeda

    The relationship has often been stormy. But the US likes the way Pakistan is fighting Taliban extremists and Al Qaeda and is willing to speed along military aid. Help with nuclear power is another matter.

    By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / March 25, 2010
    Washington

    Improving US-Pakistan relations have been on display in Washington this week in a high-level strategic dialogue culminating in two mutually beneficial commitments: more American money in exchange for increased Pakistani dedication to fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Foreign-Policy/2010/0325/US-will-expedite-aid-to-Pakistan-to-fight-Taliban-and-Al-Qaeda

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  54. US, Pakistan Sign Energy, Infrastructure Deals in Washington Talks

    The United States and Pakistan have pledged to deepen their cooperation on a wide range of security, economic, trade and other issues during talks in Washington.

    On the final day of the two-day meeting, officials released a joint statement Thursday that emphasized both sides are committed to improving their sometimes tense relationship.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/asia/US-Pakistan-Set-for-Second-Day-of-Talks-89100887.html

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  55. In Pakistan, money alone can’t buy U.S. love

    Sue Pleming – Analysis
    WASHINGTON
    Fri Mar 26, 2010 7:27am EDT

    (Reuters) – Pakistan’s foreign minister declared himself a “happy” man after high-level talks in Washington this week aimed at reversing tempestuous ties between the two allies.

    Despite his optimism, tensions persist from security cooperation to how aid is spent, but winning over a strongly skeptical Pakistani public may be the toughest task.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE62P0PZ20100326

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  56. Army Chief Driving Pakistan’s Agenda for Talks
    By JANE PERLEZ
    Published: March 21, 2010

    KARACHI, Pakistan — In a sign of the mounting power of the army over the civilian government in Pakistan, the head of the military, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, will be the dominant Pakistani participant in important meetings in Washington this week.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/22/world/asia/22kayani.html

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  57. U.S. aid for Pak. energy, road projects
    Narayan Lakshman

    According to a statement by the State Department, Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will sign three implementation letters committing $51 million to “rehabilitate, refurbish and upgrade three energy projects in Pakistan.”

    The announcement came towards the end of the U.S.’s Strategic Dialogue with Pakistan, including discussions between Pakistani Foreign Secretary Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article306495.ece

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  58. Opposition, govt not on same page over talks with US
    By Syed Irfan Raza
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: The government and the opposition appear to be at loggerheads over the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue as PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday his party had not been consulted about talks.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/opposition%2C-govt-not-on-same-page-over-talks-with-us-630

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  59. Groups of four discuss joint strategy
    By Our Correspondent
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Away from the media glare, eight senior US and Pakistani officials met at the residence of the American military chief on Wednesday night to discuss the fine points of a joint strategy for furthering their partnership.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-groups-of-four-discuss-joint-strategy-630-hh-04

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  60. US supports Pakistan economic zones
    Friday, 26 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday pledged to work to improve market access for Pakistani goods including through special economic zones as the two nations sought to turn the page on years of distrust.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-us+supports+pakistan+economic+zones–bi-05

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  61. Strategic dialogue opens up possibilities for further talks
    Dawn Correspondent
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The two-day strategic dialogue between the United States and Pakistan has opened up new possibilities for further talks on a range of issues — from a nuclear deal to Islamabad’s role in the Afghan reconciliation process.

    But there was silence on Pakistan’s “most heavily advertised” proposal: a civil nuclear agreement similar to the one the Bush administration signed with India. The silence also underlined the need for further talks on this issue.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/strategic-dialogue-opens-up-possibilities-for-further-talks-730

    Washington dialogue
    Dawn Editorial
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010
    Years of mutual mistrust cannot be overcome overnight. The ever-wavering relationship between Islamabad and Washington has been so riddled with inconsistency that official proclamations of being on the same page don’t always fly. But there are now signs that the trust deficit may be narrowing. It was becoming apparent even in the build-up to the recently concluded ‘strategic dialogue’ in the US capital that the ‘do more’ refrain had been shelved in favour of an effort to hear Pakistan’s side of the story. The dialogue itself, about as high-powered a meeting as it could get, also hinted at a growing consensus and steered clear of fresh charges about who may or may not be meeting their commitments. Much of this new conviction on the US side stems from the Pakistan Army’s efforts in the last 10 months or so to put boots on the ground and engage the local Taliban head-on. High-ranking Afghan Taliban have also been rounded up from various Pakistani cities. It seems that the message has been received: unlike the double-game played during the Musharraf era, the Pakistan government and its security forces are serious about fighting militancy, irrespective of the backlash. The public too is committed. No other nation has suffered more at the hands of Taliban-inspired terrorists but there has been no weakening of resolve. If anything, hatred for the Taliban has only increased with every new attack. They may still be feared but they are also generally despised.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/washington-dialogue-730

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  62. Pakistan now a strategic priority: Clinton
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 27 Mar, 2010
    WASHINGTON: The United States has made a “strategic priority” to strengthen its partnership with Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said.

    In a testimony before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee, she also noted that US efforts in Pakistan were vital for America’s success in Afghanistan.

    Thursday’s hearing helps set the stage for the upcoming debate this spring over the White House requests for $33 billion in new war funding coupled with $4.5 billion in foreign assistance, chiefly for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistan-now-a-strategic-priority-us-730

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  63. U.S., Pakistan talks focus on rebuilding trust
    By Peter Goodspeed, National PostMarch 24, 2010

    U.S. and Pakistani officials began to lay the groundwork for a possible exit strategy in the Afghanistan war today as the two countries held an unprecedented “strategic dialogue” in Washington.

    The ministerial-level talks bring together top diplomatic, military and intelligence officials for two days of formal meetings that aim to redefine the two countries’ relationship while setting the stage for an eventual solution to the Afghan war.

    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Pakistan+talks+focus+rebuilding+trust/2722382/story.html

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  64. Little Hope From Pak-US Strategic Dialogue

    Kashmir Watch, March 31

    By Arif Qoreshi

    The US and Pakistan ended their first ever strategic dialogue of a civilian nuclear deal with Islamabad without any assurance of help to overcome its crippling energy deficit. There are different opinions about these talks some believe that the dialogue was projected by Pentagon and Clinton. Some say that was nothing more than an exercise of give and take in the light of Americans withdrawal from Afghanistan. When two countries top officials were engaged in Washington. India was not kept uninformed by Americans as US national security adviser, Gen Jim Jones called up his Indian counterpart Shivshankar Menon, to bring him up to speed on the talks, while US undersecretary William Burns also briefed his counterpart, Nirupama Rao.

    http://www.kashmirwatch.com/showarticles.php?subaction=showfull&id=1270036308&archive=&start_from=&ucat=3&var0news=value0news

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  65. Jackson Lee presses Pakistan on aid
    Houston Democrat says U.S. funds should be used to build a new hospital
    By STEWART M. POWELL
    WASHINGTON BUREAU
    April 2, 2010, 11:14PM

    WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is urging Pakistan’s leadership to use U.S. foreign aid to help build a full service general hospital in a major city that could draw upon the expertise of hundreds of Pakistani-American doctors and medical personnel working at medical facilities across Houston.

    The Houston Democrat said she made the pitch to Pakistani officials during a six-day trip to Pakistan and three countries on the Arabian Peninsula that she plans to wrap up today.

    Jackson Lee told the Houston Chronicle in a telephone interview from the region on Friday that she had taken a number of steps designed to bolster ties between Houston-area businesses and the region to potentially create jobs in the greater Houston area.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/nation/6942166.html

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  66. US scraps screening, introduces profiling
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday discarded a list of 14 nations, including Pakistan, whose citizens required additional screening at American airports.

    The new criteria selects passengers for additional security based on possible matches to intelligence information, including physical descriptions, age or a particular travel pattern.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/us-scraps-screening%2C-introduces-profiling-340

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  67. Unrealistic advice
    Dawn Editorial
    Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010

    Coming in the wake of the strategic dialogue last month, America’s advice to Pakistan not to proceed with the Iran gas pipeline project sounds rather odd.

    Pakistan’s energy needs figured in the high-level dialogue in Washington, and America made it known that energy was one of the sectors where the US would cooperate with Pakistan to reduce the demand-supply gap. Yet on Tuesday, Assistant Secretary of State Robert Blake told newsmen that it was not “the right time” for Pakistan to go ahead with the pipeline project with Iran, and that Islamabad should seek “other alternatives”.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/unrealistic-advice-340

    India rebuffs US call to shun Iran gas talks
    Saturday, 03 Apr, 2010

    NEW DEHLI: India has rejected a call from the US to shun participation in gas talks with Iran, saying “energy security” is a priority for New Delhi.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-india+rebuffs+us+call+to+shun+iran+gas+talks-hs-03

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  68. Pipeline politics
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 04 Apr, 2010

    If one idiom has been overused in the context of US-Pakistan relations, it is that of the carrot and stick. Often deployed in a military context, the phrase refers to aid, weapons and other defence equipment — the carrots are meant to soften the blow of sticks demanding more army action against terror networks.

    Now that the US is rebranding its relationship with Pakistan by placing new emphasis on civilian energy investment, the idiom is once again the catchphrase of the day.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/huma-yusuf-pipeline-politics-440

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  69. Corps commanders reaffirm Pak-US strategic partnership

    ISLAMABAD: The 128th Corps Commanders Conference reaffirmed the strategic partnership between Pakistan and the US on Wednesday, Daily Times has learnt. Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani chaired the meeting, which discussed defence related issues and the recently concluded Pak-US strategic dialogue and comprehensively reviewed Army’s operational readiness. General Kayani briefed the corps commanders about his meetings with US military officials and they expressed satisfaction over the outcome of the Pak-US strategic dialogue. He informed the meeting that the next round of the Pak-US strategic dialogue would be held in
    Pakistan. staff report

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\04\08\story_8-4-2010_pg1_9

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  70. US says no to civil nuclear deal with Pakistan
    PTI, Apr 8, 2010, 05.30am IST
    WASHINGTON: Hours after Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said that his country “qualifies” for a civilian nuclear deal with the US, like that of India, the Obama administration in a blunt message told it that such a deal is not on platter of its talks with Islamabad.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-says-no-to-civil-nuclear-deal-with-Pakistan-/articleshow/5772397.cms

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  71. Indian Americans rally to block F-16s sale to Pakistan
    IANS, Apr 6, 2010, 01.40pm IST
    NEW DELHI: A group of prominent Indian Americans, led by noted physician Sudhir Parikh, are lobbying hard to block Washington’s sale of F-16 combat aircraft to Pakistan, drawing support from a large Congressional caucus.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/indians-abroad/Indian-Americans-rally-to-block-F-16s-sale-to-Pakistan/articleshow/5766357.cms

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  72. Pakistan-US ties ‘not yet a deep-rooted strategic affair’
    Thursday, April 08, 2010
    By Noor Aftab
    Islamabad

    Speakers at a seminar on Wednesday said there is still a long way to go before mutual relations between Pakistan and the United States could be characterised as a deep-rooted strategic affair.

    They expressed these views at a seminar on the ‘US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogues: Implications for Bilateral Relations’ organised by the Centre for Research & Security Studies (CRSS).

    They said the US always asks Pakistan to ‘do more’ but now it is the turn of the US to ‘do more’ to prove that it wants genuine and strong bilateral relations with Pakistan for the sake of sustained peace and growth in the region.

    Dr Tanvir Ahmad Khan, director general of the Institute of Strategic Studies (ISS), while speaking on the occasion, said the strategic dialogues between Pakistan and US are highly important when it comes to the fact that the situation in Afghanistan has entered into its ‘endgame’. He said a number of ideas have been floated to improve the situation in Afghanistan, some of which appear viable and sound on paper, but it is also a fact that no proposal could serve any purpose unless there is an increased trust between both the countries.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/print1.asp?id=233133

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  73. US seeks land for DynCorp
    By: Afzal Bajwa | Published: April 08, 2010

    ISLAMABAD – Officially seeking land for aircraft maintenance base for its private contractors DynCorp, the US on Wednesday has practically belied Interior Minister Rehman Malik’s repeatedly denying presence of any American private security agency in Pakistan.
    “We have requested the Government of Pakistan to provide land for carrying out maintenance and repair of the Ministry of Interior’s 50th Squadron Air Wing in Quetta,” said a senior visiting US functionary who met Interior Minister in this regard. The US sponsored Air Wing contains 14 HUEY-II helicopters and three Cessna Caravan aircrafts. The maintenance contract of the Air Wing’s fleet is with the DynCorp that requires land for a repair base.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/08-Apr-2010/US-seeks-land-for-DynCorp

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  74. ‘US needs to priorities disbursement of assistance’
    Saturday, 10 Apr, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Friday has said that US must priorities disbursement of its economic assistance by under taking high visibility projects in power generation, vocational training, higher institutions of learning, health, agriculture and water conservation sectors for creating an impact on the public image in Pakistan.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-us+needs+to+priorities+disbursement+of+economic+assistance+gilani-hs-04

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  75. Pak says no to US dictates on Iran pipeline issue
    Sunday, April 11, 2010,10:20 [IST]

    Islamabad, Apr.11 (ANI): Pakistan has said it would not note down dictates from the United States pertaining to its relationship and cooperation in energy sector with Iran.

    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/04/11/paksays-no-to-us-dictates-on-iran-pipeline-issue.html

    US diktat on Iran pipeline not to be entertained
    By Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010
    ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office said on Saturday Islamabad would not entertain pressure by Washington on its decision to have cooperation with Iran in the energy sector.

    “We would like to have cooperation with Iran in all areas. If there are opportunities, Pakistan will pursue those. We have concluded the IP gas pipeline project with Iran. … This is our sovereign decision and the government of Pakistan will take decisions only in consonance with its own national interests,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said at a media briefing.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-diktat-on-iran-pipeline-not-to-be-entertained-fo-140-hh-01

    US wants to see Pakistan as part of solution
    By Our Correspondent
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States has urged both India and Pakistan to limit the number of their nuclear weapons and secure their stockpiles, while emphasising that Pakistan needs to be ‘invested’ in the non-proliferation regime rather than being singled out as a violator.

    In a speech at the University of Louisville in Kentucky on Friday evening, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton broached this issue rather carefully, noting that the United States and Russia had “so many more weapons than any of the other countries by a very, very big margin”.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/nuclear-debate-us-wants-to-see-pakistan-as-part-of-solution-140

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  76. Gilani to meet Obama hours after arrival
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Sunday, 11 Apr, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who arrives in the US capital on Sunday to represent Pakistan at a nuclear summit, will hold his first bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama hours after his arrival.

    President Obama would have met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before meeting the Pakistani leader, enabling him to have a broader perspective on India-Pakistan relations.

    India’s continued refusal to have direct political contact with Pakistan – although their foreign secretaries have met – has given Mr Obama a unique mediatory role.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-gilani-to-meet-obama-hours-after-arrival-140-hh-04

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  77. US wants to establish better, deeper partnership with Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD, Apr 14 (APP): The United States will establish better, deeper and more respectable partnership with Pakistan in different fields for the improvement of capacity building of government and private institutions to ensure better basic needs of life for the common man.This was stated by Administrator of the Untied States Agency for International Development (USAID) Dr. Rajiv Shah while addressing a press conference during his maiden trip to Pakistan after assuming the charge of the organization.
    Elaborating the vision of present US administration being implemented through USAID, Dr. Shah said following the recently held strategic dialogue process in Washington between the two countries, it has been decided that there would be long term and multi-dimensional cooperation with Pakistan.
    He said his visit to Pakistan was also a follow-up of the strategic dialogue partnership and he was here to listen, review and implement the future strategy for enhancing long-term partnership in various fields.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=100708&Itemid=2

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  78. Poll: in gov’t we distrust
    By JENNIFER FERMINO
    Last Updated: 4:18 AM, April 20, 2010
    Posted: 3:33 AM, April 20, 2010

    A staggering number of Americans has lost all faith in government — with three-quarters reporting they don’t trust the country’s leadership, and nearly the same number saying they are steamed at Washington, according to a new poll.

    Only 22 percent of voters say they can trust the government “almost always” or “most of the time” — one of the lowest numbers in the survey’s 52-year history, according to the Pew poll.

    The public’s skepticism dipped close to that low only a few times before, hitting 25 percent in the same survey in 1980, and dropping to 17 percent in the summer of 1994.

    The disenchanted public is unhappy with nearly every facet of the government, from the White House, where President Obama got mostly negative job ratings, down to nearly every federal agency.

    Only 25 percent of those surveyed had a favorable view of Congress.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/poll_in_gov_we_distrust_Eki8VWdAV4fvVFapCIHfAI

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  79. US gives Pakistan $656 mn under security fund
    4 May 2010, 1404 hrs IST,REUTERS

    ISLAMABAD: The United States has released $656 million to Pakistan for some of the costs incurred last year in military operations against Taliban militants, a US embassy spokesman said on Tuesday. The funds are part of a programme called the coalition support fund (CSF), a US programme used to reimburse countries that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/US-gives-Pakistan-656-mn-under-security-fund/articleshow/5889512.cms

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  80. Why the shock? She’s been saying that for ages…noticing it now just smacks of selective hearing on our part….

    Pakistan is hiding bin Laden: Clinton
    The Telegraph May 12, 2010 2:07 AM

    Hillary Clinton, the U.S. secretary of state, has accused Pakistani government officials of knowing where Osama bin Laden is hiding, marking a further decline in relations between the countries since the Times Square bomb plot.

    Western officials have repeatedly questioned the determination of Pakistan to tackle militants, a problem that has taken on added significance after the arrest of Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistan-born, naturalized American accused of trying to detonate the New York car bomb.

    American officials believe his plot was backed by the Pakistani Taliban.

    http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Pakistan+hiding+Laden+Clinton/3016292/story.html

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  81. Pak says won’t give in to pressure on action against militants
    15 May 2010, 1516 hrs IST,PTI

    LAHORE: Amid increased US pressure on Pakistan to take more steps to tackle terrorism, Pakistan has said it will not give in to any foreign dictation while deciding on a military operation against militants in its North Waziristan tribal region.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made these remarks while talking to reporters at the airport in Lahore on Friday.

    His remarks came a day after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that Pakistan needed to do more against militants and warned it of “consequences” if any successful terror attack against America is traced back here.

    http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Pak-says-wont-give-in-to-pressure-on-action-against-militants/articleshow/5934609.cms

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  82. COMMENT: The Clinton statement —Shahzad Chaudhry

    The total deaths of Pakistanis in this war against terror amount to around 27,000. And yet some question the ownership of this war? Secretary Clinton may have many reasons for her frustrations but that can never include Pakistan’s lack of commitment, paid for in blood

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\17\story_17-5-2010_pg3_2

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  83. American arrogance
    By Javed Hussain
    Monday, 17 May, 2010

    On March 8, 1965, when the US Marines landed on the beaches of Da Nang in South Vietnam, history was poised to repeat itself as the Americans were poised to repeat the mistakes made by the French in 1946 when they returned to colonise Indo-China.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/american-arrogance-750

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  84. The perils of Pakistan
    By Dr S.m. Rahman | Published: May 17, 2010
    The Muslims of the subcontinent, before the creation of Pakistan, were in a state of quandary how to regain their dignity, which they had lost when the British came to India under cover of trade through East India Company, but with the covert design of annexing it. The vast territory with its enormous wealth and resources had to be grabbed as part of Great Game to control a vast chunk of humanity spread over different continents. In the case of the US, it was Washington who, with his rag tag army, pitted against the well-trained and well-armed British soldiers, adopted the similar tactics which the Taliban are adhering to in defeating the US Army, the greatest military power in the world. Adopting the surprise element of insurgency and a rare tenacity to preserve their freedom, they have compelled USA to think of an exit from Afghanistan by soliciting the help of Pakistan. Pakistan has thus gained some importance, which otherwise it had lost in the post-cold war era.
    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Columns/17-May-2010/The-perils-of-Pakistan

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  85. War on terror, Layman’s guide! — I
    Friendly Fire
    Khalid Saleem

    Foreword: Spare a thought for the wretched man-in-the-street for he knows not whether he is coming or going. He has been fed so many lies and half-truths that he finds himself at a complete loss as to what to latch on to for dear life. Having been force-fed with an unpalatable diet of statistics for a decade and more, he is now being asked to swallow so many different versions of the ‘progress’ of the War on Terror that he (or she) is in imminent danger of ending up with an addled mind. The ‘Layman’s Guide’ that follows is a feeble attempt to lay at rest the queasy feeling at the pit of his stomach that has constantly been bothering him ever since the infamous U-turn. Whether or not this concoction will have an ameliorating effect will depend on extraneous factors, several of them variables and, consequently, intractable.

    Having taken on this labour of love, the question that presents itself begging for an answer is: where does one begin? Wise men have averred that when in doubt it is always advisable to begin at the beginning. The only matter that remains to be decided is what – or where – is the beginning? Just to be on the safe side, how about taking up the myths first? So here goes! Myth 1: Bush is the author of the War on Terror. Though President George W. Bush had the dubious distinction of formally declaring the War on Terror, he was in no way its author. The ‘war’ in question was being contemplated and planned years ahead of its actual launching. The real authors were the shadowy figures in the ‘think tanks’ and members of what is euphemistically referred to as the ‘establishment – both in the rarefied atmosphere of Washington D.C.

    Here one would take the liberty of quoting from an article published in The News international, dated 23 July 1992(*). “The subject of ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ has become the favorite theme of treatise writers in the West. One has no dispute whatsoever with the principle of research. By all means, let the scholars delve into the intricacies of this or for that matter any other phenomenon and come up with their learned analysis. What strikes one as bizarre though is that there is a certain ring of orchestration about the whole thing. It is as if a specter was being conjured out of a hat to serve a certain definite purpose. This is what to a lay observer appears ominous”.

    A couple of further quotes from the same article may not be out of place: “Looking at the whole matter in a wider perspective, and putting the jigsaw puzzle together, one may be excused for arriving at a rather improbable but manifest conclusion that our American friends are in search of a fresh enemy, following the demise of communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and appear to be zeroing in on the so-called ‘Islamic Fundamentalism’.” Then again: “Come to think of it, the American nation does appear to have gone through its entire history valiantly fighting against some enemy or the other. The Americans have been constantly portrayed as waging a never ending struggle to protect what they conveniently summed up as the “American Way of Life’…”

    It is to be noted that this article was published much before the election of President George W. Bush and certainly prior to the events of nine/eleven. Myth 2: War on Terror was spawned by events of Nine/Eleven. It may be argued and with reason that the War on Terror was triggered off by the events of nine/eleven. Alternatively it can also be argued – and again with reason – that, though nine/eleven did provide the immediate (and convenient) pretext for the precipitate declaration of the War on Terror, the ground work for the campaign had been laid well ahead of the advent. Opinions may understandably differ in emphasis but facts cannot, and should not, be ignored. Myth 3: War on Terror was envisaged as a war against “Taliban”. This myth came into circulation not immediately but a considerable time after the “War” unfolded. The aim and objective of the WOT on declaration was the elimination of the terrorist network of what was called “Al-Qaeda”. The Taliban leadership in Afghanistan was declared guilty of having given shelter to “Al-Qaeda” leadership and was, consequently to be ‘punished’ for it. Sometime down the line it was unilaterally decided by the powers that be that a “northern alliance” regime was to be put in place in Kabul. This move proved to be highly unpopular in Afghanistan and was resisted among others by the ‘Taliban. It was then decided to lump the “Al-Qaeda” and the “Taliban” together. Thus, what began as a (limited) action to root out “Al-Qaeda” – and punish the Taliban leadership, degenerated in due course into a full scale war aimed at physical elimination of the Taliban (all of them?).

    Several thousand Afghan fighters sought sanctuary on Pakistan’s soil, thereby sucking this country into the vortex. The complexion of the War on Terror today bears little resemblance to that that at the time of its onset, Pakistan having been drawn into the quagmire willy nilly! The Taliban, meanwhile, have continued to defy being pinned down to a precise definition. Several genres have emerged each having its own godfathers and sponsors. The so-called Pakistani Taliban, for instance have a totally different agenda and objectives compared to their Afghan ‘counterparts’. —To be continued.

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=31016

    War on terror, Layman’s guide! — II
    Friendly Fire
    Khalid Saleem

    Myth 4: “Taliban” are responsible for the sorry state of Afghanistan today. With all their faults, the Afghan Taliban must not be held responsible for the situation in which Afghanistan finds itself. It would not be fair to deny the Afghan Taliban credit for having run a fairly viable and stable administration in Afghanistan when they were in power. Perhaps for the first time in the history of that land, Kabul’s writ was acknowledged all over, even by the warlords. The countryside had been almost entirely ‘de-weaponised’; that in a society where carrying a gun was virtually regarded as a sign of manhood.

    The cultivation of poppy had been successfully outlawed. Though women were discouraged from moving freely in public, there were very few reports of molestation – and that in a virtual combat situation. This said, it may be argued, with reason, that the collapse of order in Afghanistan can be timed precisely to the entry into the equation of the US-NATO factor. Hostilities appear to have intensified following the ham-handed efforts of the external forces to install an unpopular regime in Kabul. Rightly or wrongly, the Afghan people have never taken kindly to external ‘occupation’ of their land. Let it be recognized that those resisting the US-NATO juggernaut today are not only ‘Taliban’ but also a fair sprinkling of the Afghan populace that, incidentally, had also participated in the jihad against the erstwhile Soviet Union. The ‘external forces’ in Afghanistan appear to have achieved little success in winning the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan in general. Weapons are back on the streets; warlords have created , and are lording over, their own little fiefdoms and the cultivation of poppy is going on as if with a vengeance! Myth 5: The “War on Terror” is “our own war”.

    Nothing could be farther from the truth. The WOT is by no stretch of imagination ‘our war’, even though we may have been left holding the baby. It is necessary to delve a bit deeper into the issue. Who, for one thing, was responsible for disturbing the “hornets’ nest” in the first place? It was definitely not ‘us’. Serious consideration has to be given to the fact that deterioration of the situation in our border region was by no means a natural phenomenon, but one created as a result of post facto manipulation by interested elements both at home and from across our frontiers. Possibility cannot be entirely discounted that ‘elements’ in Afghanistan are being deliberately infiltrated across the frontier to foment a state of flux on Pakistan’s soil – with the aim of keeping the pot on the boil, as it were. Then again, who is to say that groups of militants are not being pushed into our territory in an effort to save lives of the coalition forces in Afghanistan? There are cynics who aver that our young soldiers may be dying in order that the coalition forces in Afghanistan can be spared the casualties. The battles that our valiant forces are fighting in the tribal areas should not be confused with the so-called “War on Terror”. It is a truism that those who volunteer to take others’ irons out of the fire run the dire risk of burning their own fingers. Recent developments are not very reassuring. We appear to have allowed ourselves to be pushed into – what our American friends are fond of calling – a catch 22 situation!

    To ‘shine’ as a “Frontline State” in the War on Terror – a situation that appears tempting to many – is a short-sighted and self defeating exercise. Fighting against ‘terrorists’ in our motherland is one thing and becoming a cog in the international juggernaut waging the “War on Terror’ is quite another. While the former may be an imperative; the latter can become a millstone around the nation’s collective neck. Myth 6: The tribal belt of Pakistan is the ‘epicenter of terrorism’. Nothing short of a calumny, this is the product of the sick minds of those that do not wish for peace to return to this disturbed region. These are the very same forces that that have resisted attempts to pin cogent definitions to the terms: “terrorism” and “state terrorism” in international forums. The tribal belt of Pakistan is by no means the only region in the world where terrorism has reared its ugly head. Terrorism has no religion, nor is it confined to one state or region. Europe has seen its share of terrorism in the not too distant past; so have several regions of other continents. Our friend Sri Lanka has recently emerged from a longish struggle against terrorism. Our big neighbour, India, harbors several terrorist outfits that it is constantly trying to subdue. It is a different matter that India takes care to highlight only such episodes in which it sees an opportunity to exploit the bugbear of Pakistan’s ‘involvement’. Other terrorist attacks, of which there have been many, are conveniently swept under the proverbial rug.

    In many ways, Pakistan is singularly unlucky, because circumstances have conspired to drive it against the wall. Not circumstances alone, though, because they have been given a leg-up by interested parties that need not be named here. Recent developments point to a concerted effort to first create ‘situations’ and then to peddle the idea abroad that Pakistan is to blame. This is not to state that this campaign has not received sustenance from within Pakistan itself. Suffice it to say that several influential persons have exhibited a regrettable penchant to turn cartwheels at the behest of powers-that-be in far off lands. It is evident that the order of priorities in this blessed land has gone awry that this ‘order’ has little or no conformity with the demands of national interest. — To be continued.
    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=31197

    War on terror, Layman’s guide! — III
    Friendly Fire
    Khalid Saleem

    Myth 7: Pakistan is a ‘failing State’. This could well qualify for the Guinness Book of Records as the joke of the century. Pakistan is neither a ‘failed state’, nor is it moving towards that denouement. There is nothing wrong with this blessed land that cannot be set right just by re-ordering our set of priorities to conform to the demands of national interest. The future of a country lies in the hands of its people, not in those of a few misguided individuals; and certainly not with members of murky think-tanks in the rarefied atmosphere of far-off lands. A country is what its people make of it. The people of Pakistan, therefore, carry a heavy responsibility.

    A country of some hundred and seventy million souls endowed with fertile lands, abundant water and natural resources, can never ‘fail’ unless its people give in to hostile forces beyond its borders. The common man – the backbone of this land – remains sound. All that is needed is good governance, good guidance and sound planning for the country to go places. Barring the few black-sheep, who have the propensity to gather their ill-gotten wealth and take off for greener pastures at the drop of a hat, the civil society has shown that it is capable of rising to the occasion. Myth 8: India is an “innocent victim of cross-border terrorism”.

    It is about time that both India and Pakistan got out of the blame-game syndrome. The two countries are destined to be neighbours for all times to come. India’s concerted campaign to point the finger at Pakistan for all its ills may sell well in the West, but will be self-defeating in the long run. One would have thought that after the infamous U-turn of the Commando/President, things would take a turn for the better; but they did not. The time for scoring debating points – or garnering brownie points – at each other’s expense – is now past. This no time or occasion to apportion blame; suffice it to say that fair and equitable settlement of contentious issues between India and Pakistan can lead to an era of peace and good neighborliness that the peoples of the two countries and, indeed, of the whole region crave. Wither the War on Terror? As things stand today, the War on Terror appears to be an open-ended campaign with nary a denouement in sight. Most wars are fought with definite objectives in mind; the hostilities coming to an end when either these objectives are achieved or when the perpetrators decide that these are no longer worth fighting for. The ‘War on Terror’ appears to be a war apart, in that its precise objectives have yet to be defined. For instance, would the allies declare victory and cease hostilities if the ‘Al-Qaeda” outfit were to be rooted out of the area? With the benefit of hindsight, this appears highly unlikely. As the recent NY Times Square episode indicates, search appears to be on for newer and newer adversaries. Will it ever end?

    We, of the so-called ‘front-line state’ would very much wish to know the extent and scope of our commitment, since future peace in the region depends on this So long as US and its allies continue to wage war in Afghanistan, its environs will continue to suffer from the fallout. Pakistan’s tribal belt will continue to serve as hinterland of the hostilities in Afghanistan whether we like it or not. What is needed is that the powers-that-be should not hasten to move the goal posts every time there is a silver-lining visible on the horizon. Each of the two World Wars lasted no more than six years. The War on Terror is well past this ‘limit’ and yet there is no denouement in sight.

    The aforesaid notwithstanding, it needs must be recognized that extremism and terrorism are threats to humankind and need to be tackled. This is easier said than done. One thing is clear though; terrorism cannot be defeated through what may be called a ‘terroristic response’. What the coalition forces are doing in Afghanistan is to fight the battle on the terrorists’ terms. After all what does a terrorist aim to do: to create panic and thereby destroy the established order? Isn’t this precisely what the War on Terror is all about, thus doing the terrorists’ work for them? The only way to tackle the twin menaces is to attack the problem at its roots, which lie in the sense of deprivation and poverty of the overwhelming mass of humanity in these areas. Last Word. We need to wake up to the realities of the situation facing us. Unless we re-order our priorities, the future looks bleak. The criminal neglect of the common man resident in our western tribal areas has made that region a fertile ground for recruitment of youth for anti-people and anti-state activities. Ham-handed actions like the drone attacks hardly help matters. Pakistan needs to tackle betimes the economic and social issues facing the common man of the region. Will the Friends of Democratic Pakistan step into the breach?

    Looking at the broader canvas, the role of the international community in tackling extremism and terrorism can hardly be over-emphasized. Firstly, international forums had better get down to devising internationally acceptable definitions of these two terms. For one thing, there has been a regrettable tendency among states to use these epithets to decry genuine freedom movements. International Humanitarian Law does lay down the ground rules; yet influential states indulge with impunity in the unsavory practice of moving the goal posts to suit their vested interests.

    Is there a way out? One possible course of action would be to set up an “International Council of Elders” to deliberate upon such matters and come up with viable options. There are several Nobel laureates of outstanding merit who could constitute the core of such a Council. The name of former US President and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter readily comes to mind as the convener. This Council, if set up, could act as an independent watchdog body to devise plans as well as to oversee their implementation.—Concluded

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=31403

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  86. On war front, Obama rediscovers personality politics

    By Shaun Tandon (AFP) – 1 day ago

    WASHINGTON — From gala receptions to long walks in the park, the Barack Obama administration is embracing a brand of personality politics with the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan that it once scorned.

    Taking office, Obama made the fight against extremism in Pakistan and Afghanistan a top priority but also tried to depersonalize what he saw as predecessor George W. Bush’s perilously chummy relationships.

    Obama administration officials openly mused on whether elements of the Pakistani establishment kept ties to extremists and pressed Afghan President Hamid Karzai hard on allegations of corruption.

    The conclusion, more than a year later, is that the approach backfired.

    The White House welcomed Karzai on Wednesday with a red carpet and public kind words, just weeks after it threatened to yank away the invitation after he made a series of strident remarks critical of the West.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gDJ3dtrVmZeHBR7-MSwhtLo9CHpA

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  87. Global Voices: Can a drone bomber be ethical?

    By Craig and Marc Kielburger Global Voices

    Last week, the U.S. military reportedly killed 10 suspected militants at a compound in North Waziristan, Pakistan. No American soldiers were hurt in attack.

    Actually, no American soldiers were there.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/globalvoices/article/810303–global-voices-can-a-drone-bomber-be-ethical

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  88. Keep pressure on Pakistan

    U.S. intelligence analysts are warning that Islamic terrorists in Pakistan may have decided to make attacks on the American homeland a priority, instead of emphasizing violence in their own country. The recent bombing attempt in New York City may be a signal of the shift.

    If so, the United States should respond militarily.

    Pakistan has been a sore subject with U.S. military officials for several years. Though that country’s government supports the U.S. war on terrorism, some in its army do not. Pakistan has become a refuge for Islamic terrorists forced out of Afghanistan.

    Attacks by unmanned U.S. drone aircraft have killed some of the terrorists in Pakistan. If it is learned that the militants intend to launch more attacks on U.S. soil, the tempo of drone attacks should increase. So should pressure on the Pakistani government to find and attack the terrorists.

    What needs to be remembered, however, is that if the terrorists are forced out of Pakistan, they will find some other safe haven. Once again it is being made clear that the only rational strategy in regard to al-Qaida and similar groups is to eradicate them.

    http://www.messengernews.net/page/content.detail/id/524803.html?nav=5087

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  89. Pakistan, US agree on steps to confront militants
    Pakistan and the United States on Wednesday agreed on “measures” to combat violent extremism and foil potential terrorist attack in the future.

    The new plan was announced after a meeting between US National Security Advisor James L. Jones and US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Leon Panetta with Pakistan’s top political and military leadership.

    “The talks covered measures that both countries are, and will be, taking to confront the common threat we face from extremists and prevent such potential attacks from occurring again,” said a joint statement issued after the meeting.

    http://beta.thehindu.com/news/international/article433717.ece

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  90. US wants Pak Army Chief Kayani to stay for another year
    Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 13:7 [IST]
    Washington, May 19 (ANI): Even though the Pakistan government has clarified its stand on the tenure of Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, sources in the US Central Command (CENTCOM) have revealed that he is likely to get an extension.
    http://news.oneindia.in/2010/05/19/uswants-pak-army-chief-kayani-to-stay-for-another-year.html

    Pakistan considers new role for army chief
    By Farhan Bokhari and Matthew Green in Karachi
    Published: May 19 2010 10:20 | Last updated: May 19 2010 10:20

    Pakistan is considering creating a powerful new military post to ensure the head of its army, who has played a crucial role in strengthening ties with the US, retains his influence after his term expires in November.

    The proposal would give General Ashfaq Kayani, who is waging Pakistan’s biggest campaign against Taliban militants, oversight of the air force and navy as well as preserve his control of land forces, according to a cabinet minister.
    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a515489e-630b-11df-99a5-00144feab49a.html

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  91. No decision yet on Pakistan army chief Kayani’s extension: PM Gilani
    IANS, May 20, 2010, 08.08pm IST

    Tags:Pakistan|Gilani|Kayani
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Thursday termed as “inappropriate and premature” the defence minister’s assertion that army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani’s tenure would not be extended, an indication that this could well be on the cards.

    Defence minister Ahmed Mukhtar’s statement earlier this week that Kayani, who is due to retire in October, would not be given an extension was “inappropriate and premature and he should not have given such a statement”, Gilani said during an interaction with senior journalists here.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-decision-yet-on-Pakistan-army-chief-Kayanis-extension-PM-Gilani/articleshow/5954760.cms

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  92. Pakistan ponders retaining general

    By Farhan Bokhari and Matthew Green

    Published: May 20 2010 03:00 | Last updated: May 20 2010 03:00

    Pakistan is considering creating a new military post so the head of its army can stay in office after his term ends in November.

    General Ashfaq Kayani could be given oversight of the air force and navy, as well as retain his control of land forces, according to a cabinet minister.

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/db03302a-63a5-11df-a32b-00144feab49a.html

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  93. A matter of an extension
    By Editorial

    May 22, 2010

    Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has acted swiftly to override recent comments made by his own defence minister on a possible extension in the tenure of General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who is to retire by the end of this year. The speed of action is unusual given how frequent contradictions are in the functioning of our government. It seems as if one wing is quite incapable of keeping in step with the other. Gilani rebuked Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar for suggesting an extension in tenure had neither been requested nor was under consideration. He implied the issue was an open one. The army chief has won a great deal of applause for action against militants in the northwest but that should not mean that an extension be given. From the military’s point of view, this is not a good idea either because this means that those waiting in line who will inevitably be passed over, in case there is an extension, will be superseded.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/15100/a-matter-of-an-extension/

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  94. US to foster ties with Pakistan on mutual interest and respect

    WASHINGTON, May 28 (APP): The United States will foster a long-term partnership with Pakistan on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect and support democracy and development in the country, which is a frontline player in the fight against al-Qaeda and its affiliates, says the new American National Security Strategy. Washington will also strengthen Islamabad’s capacity to effectively fight violent extremists operating within its borders, according to the strategy released by the White House.

    “We will foster a relationship with Pakistan founded upon mutual interests and mutual respect. To defeat violent extremists who threaten both of our countries, we will strengthen Pakistan’s capacity to target violent extremists within its borders, and continue to provide security assistance to support those efforts,” says the Obama Administration’s revamped American national security policy.

    “To strengthen Pakistan’s democracy and development, we will provide substantial assistance responsive to the needs of the Pakistani people, and sustain a long-term partnership committed to Pakistan’s future,” the document says.

    “The strategic partnership that we are developing with Pakistan includes deepening cooperation in a broad range of areas, addressing both security and civilian challenges, and we will continue to expand those ties through our engagement with Pakistan in the years to come,” the strategy adds.

    The United States, it underscores, is supporting the security and prosperity of its partners in Afghanistan and Pakistan as part of a broader campaign to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat al-Qa’ida and its violent extremist affiliates.

    Cooperative relations with Pakistan is one of the three key components of the US security strategy in the region, which working with NATO allies and Afghan government seeks to deny safe havens to al-Qaeda and defeat the militant organization.

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=104441&Itemid=2

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  95. Editorial:The Obama doctrine

    US President Barack Obama has unveiled a new
    national security strategy that has been described as an end of the Bush anti-terror doctrine. The 52-page document outlines the policy shift in these words: “Our long-term security will not come from our ability to instil fear in other peoples, but through our capacity to speak to their hopes.” The document also assures the Muslim world that the US is not at war with them but is “at war with a specific network, al Qaeda, and its terrorist affiliates who support efforts to attack the US, our allies, and partners”. Seemingly, the Obama doctrine is a break from the Bush doctrine but there is a need to analyse whether the US has actually made a departure from its imperialist designs or if it is following the same objectives in a more palatable form.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg3_1

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  96. US Senate passes $349 million aid for Pakistan

    * House passes economic and security aid for Pakistan as part of a $60 billion war supplemental bill to fund Afghan operations and some projects requested by Obama admin

    WASHINGTON: The US Senate has passed $349 million in economic and security aid for Pakistan, as part of a $60 billion war supplemental bill to fund Afghan operations and some other projects requested by the Obama administration.

    The summary of the measure, passed on Thursday, said that of the $349 million assistance for Pakistan, $259 million was for social and economic support programmes and activities, including $10 million for the Pakistan Civilian Assistance Programme.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\29\story_29-5-2010_pg7_1

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  97. Pakistan to figure in US-India strategic dialogue
    By Our Correspondent
    Tuesday, 01 Jun, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The first India-US strategic dialogue, which begins in Washington on Tuesday, is also expected to focus heavily on Pakistan, as the two sides have indicated.

    Two Indian ministers – Kapil Sibbal and Montek Singh Ahluwalia – arrived in Washington on Monday for the talks. External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna arrives on Tuesday morning.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/19-pakistan-to-figure-in-usindia-strategic-dialogue-160-hh-04

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  98. US hopes for progress on Kashmir issue in Indo-Pak talks

    WASHINGTON: Acknowledging the critical importance of the longstanding Kashmir dispute to Pakistan-India relations, the United States on Wednesday expressed hope for progress towards its resolution as the two South Asian countries advance and expand their peace dialogue. “I think all I will say is that we recognise that this is a very important issue between India and Pakistan,” Philip J Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State said at the daily briefing. Separately, in a conversation, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Robert Blake said there had been no change in Washington’s longstanding policy on the contentious Kashmir issue. “No, there’s no change right now,” he stated in answer to a question in the discussion “Conversation with America”. app

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\10\story_10-6-2010_pg7_5

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  99. Clinton heads to Pakistan to discuss its crucial Afghan role
    By Christophe Schmidt (AFP) – 1 day ago
    WASHINGTON — US Secretary of State Clinton heads to Pakistan in the coming days to bolster support in the fight against the Taliban and outline a political endgame to the war in neighboring Afghanistan.
    As she heads to a donors’ conference in Kabul set for Tuesday, Clinton was expected to press her counterparts to step up their efforts against the insurgents.
    She will also discuss reconciliation efforts between Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government and “reconcilable” elements of the Taliban.
    But Washington considers Islamabad’s role in the effort “ambiguous and opaque” at this point, according to the US envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5h1khzCnzjTlmqk53r43PVqSa5Qyg

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  100. Domestic Doubts Shadow Clinton Trip to Afghanistan, Pakistan
    July 15, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    July 16 (Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton travels to South Asia this weekend amid criticism at home that the war in Afghanistan is foundering and doubts that Pakistan shares U.S. goals in the conflict.
    “Our progress is decidedly mixed,” Senator John Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said July 14. It is “time to assess how our strategy fits the realities on the ground,” said the Massachusetts Democrat, who also expressed concerns that Pakistan isn’t doing all it could to weaken Taliban insurgents on its border.

    http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-07-15/domestic-doubts-shadow-clinton-trip-to-afghanistan-pakistan.html

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  101. US wants con tin u a tion of Indo-Pak talks: Hillary
    PTI, Jul 19, 2010, 02.23pm IST
    ISLAMABAD: Sec re tary of State Hillary Clin ton today told the Pak istani lead er ship that the US wants the con tin u a tion of dia logue between New Delhi and Islam abad so that the two sides can resolve their out stand ing prob lems ami ca bly, diplo matic sources said here today.
    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/US-wants-continuation-of-Indo-Pak-talks-Hillary/articleshow/6186806.cms

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  102. Solutions of problems in Pakistan our priority: Clinton
    Monday, 19 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: In a joint press conference with the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that US is alongside Pakistan in the war against terrorism. Clinton vowed to join hands for better relations between Pakistan and US.

    Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that both countries devised clear directions to acquire objectives.

    Clinton also said that solving the major problems of Pakistan are among the top US priorities and the dialogues have been extended to 13 different sectors.

    “I also talked to the President of Pakistan and the Prime Minister on various issues,” she added.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/19-solutions-of-problems-in-pakistan-our-priority-clinton-hh-05

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  103. Pak-US strategic dialogue to enhance bilateral ties: Gilani

    * PM says Pakistan envisages future plans for taking bilateral ties beyond war on terror

    Staff Report

    ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday expressed satisfaction over the successful track meetings of the Pakistan-US strategic dialogue, adding that it would strengthen bilateral ties.

    Talking to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called on him at the Prime Minister’s House, Gilani said Pakistan had prepared a set of documents envisaging future plans for taking the relationship beyond the war against terrorism and the Kerry-Lugar assistance programme.

    He expressed hope that the fifth round of the strategic dialogue scheduled for today (Monday) to be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and the US secretary of state will be productive. The prime minister underlined the importance of public diplomacy, which he said was vital in removing misperceptions on both , and build more trust between the two sides.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\19\story_19-7-2010_pg7_16

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  104. Pak needs to clear international concerns on China nuke deal: Clinton
    PTI, Jul 19, 2010, 03.26pm IST

    ISLAMABAD: US secretary of state Hillary Clinton on Monday said the world community has reservations about a Pakistan-China deal for the supply of nuclear reactors and wants Islamabad to respond to these concerns.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Pak-needs-to-clear-international-concerns-on-China-nuke-deal-Clinton/articleshow/6187121.cms

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  105. Clinton Reveals New Aid Projects in Pakistan Visit
    Clinton reveals new aid projects in Pakistan visit aimed at improving US image

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sought Monday to convince skeptical Pakistanis that American interest in their country extends beyond the fight against Islamist militants by announcing a raft of new aid projects worth $500 million.

    The projects, which include hospitals and new dams for badly needed electricity, are part of a $7.5 billion aid effort to win over Pakistanis suspicious about Washington’s goals here and in neighboring Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are being killed in ever greater numbers in an insurgency with roots in Pakistan.

    http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=11194557

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  106. Clinton believes ‘bin Laden is still in Pakistan’
    Monday, 19 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday she believed Osama bin Laden was still in Pakistan, in a television interview between high-level talks in Islamabad.

    “I believe bin Laden is here in Pakistan and it would be very helpful if we could take them Al-Qaeda leaders,” Clinton said.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/44-clinton-i-believe-bin-laden-still-in-pakistan-fa-05

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  107. Clinton Unveils Aid Plan for Pakistan

    By JAY SOLOMON

    ISLAMABAD—U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled $500 million in new development projects for Pakistan Monday, as the Obama administration seeks to utilize aid to build broader support in the South Asian nation for the war against al Qaeda and the Taliban.
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703720504575376460200382080.html

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  108. Pak-US affirms to enhance strategic partnership
    Submitted 53 mins ago

    Pakistan and the United States have affirmed to enhancing the strategic partnership and to further deepening and broadening mutually beneficial cooperation between the United States and Pakistan.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Politics/19-Jul-2010/PakUS-affirms-to-enhance-strategic-partnership

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  109. Obama: Republicans playing politics with jobless
    By Steve Holland
    WASHINGTON | Mon Jul 19, 2010 4:57pm EDT
    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama accused his Republican opponents on Monday of playing election-year politics by refusing to join with Democrats in approving an extension of U.S. jobless benefits.

    Obama, under pressure to reduce the 9.5 percent U.S. jobless rate, sought to direct some of Americans’ frustration over the sputtering economy toward the Republicans, who are hoping for big gains in November 2 congressional elections.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66D1DX20100719?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  110. Pak govt knows where Osama is: Hillary Clinton
    NDTV Correspondent, Updated: July 20, 2010 08:17 IST
    Kabul: Speaking from Kabul where she is convening an international donors’ conference on Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she believed that Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was still in Pakistan. She also said Washington believed that Taliban chief Mulla Omar was also in the country.

    Hillary Clinton also told a news channel that Pakistan government knows where Osama bin Laden is and that Pakistan should share that intelligence.

    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/pak-govt-knows-where-osama-is-hillary-clinton-38481

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  111. Most in south Afghanistan believe NATO operations are bad for locals

    By Andrew Duffy, Postmedia News July 17, 2010 3:02 AM
    http://www.montrealgazette.com/news/Most+south+Afghanistan+believe+NATO+operations+locals/3288945/story.html

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  112. Pak-US Strategic Dialogue

    US to extend bilateral relations, partnership in major sectors

    By Zeeshan Javaid

    ISLAMABAD: To strengthen bilateral relations and enhancement of mutual understanding between Pakistan and the United States, the US – at ‘Pak-US Bilateral Strategic Dialogue’ on Monday announced that communication and partnership with Pakistan in different major sectors including energy, agriculture and education as well as exploration of natural resources in the country would be extended.

    According to the facts sheet regarding PAK-US Bilateral Strategic Dialouge, the US would finance to Pakistan for construction of Gomal Zam Dam, Satpara Dam irrigation project and small dams in Balochistan province. While on completion of Gomal Zam Dam, it would store water to irrigate 190,000 acres in South Waziristan, Tank, and Dera Ismail Khan to control flooding, preventing an estimated $2.6 million annually in damages, and enhance agricultural opportunities for approximately 30,000 farming families.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\20\story_20-7-2010_pg5_8

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  113. Holbrooke to discuss AfPak with India
    New Delhi, July 21 (IANS) US Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke reached here Wednesday for discussions over the role of India and other regional powers in stabilizing Afghanistan, a day after an international conference in Kabul cleared the handing over of security of the violence-hit nation to domestic forces by 2014.

    http://www.sindhtoday.net/news/2/159071.htm

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  114. Pakistan denies presence of Bin Laden, Mulla Omar
    ISLAMABAD, July 21 (Xinhua) — Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani categorically denied the presence of al-Qaeda chief Bin Laden and Taliban leader Mulla Omar on Pakistani soil, despite the United States claim that they take refuge in the tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, local media reported on Wednesday.

    “If anyone has any credible and verifiable information, it should be shared with the government,” Gilani said during a Tuesday meeting with a journalists organization.

    http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/world/2010-07/21/c_13408474.htm

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  115. Obama signs sweeping Wall Street overhaul into law
    By Ross Colvin
    WASHINGTON | Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:43pm EDT
    (Reuters) – President Barack Obama signed into law on Wednesday the most comprehensive financial regulatory overhaul since the Great Depression, vowing to stop risky behavior on Wall Street that imperiled the U.S. economy.

    Influential business groups lined up to criticize the new law, underscoring Obama’s uneasy relationship with America’s business community. Some on Wall Street, however, welcomed the clarity offered by the law after months of wrangling in Congress over what should be in the legislation.
    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE66K1QR20100721?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  116. Hillary: US, Pak repairing huge trust deficit
    Washington—The Pakistani government has become “very serious” about fighting the violent extremist organizations within its borders, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, and while there is more work to be done she envisions greater cooperation between the United States and Pakistan against terrorist groups as more trust is built between the two governments.

    Clinton spoke with several reporters who traveled with her July 18 to Islamabad, where she led a U.S. delegation for a meeting with Pakistani officials as part of the U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue.

    She told CBS’s Maria Usman that Pakistani officials have reached their own conclusion that terror organizations, which have targeted innocent Pakistani civilians, are seeking to undermine the Pakistani state, and over the past 18 months they have made “the extraordinary commitment of military assets against different terrorist groups that we now see.”

    “The horrific attacks on religious shrines and mosques and markets and so many places where people are just going about their daily lives illustrate the approach that these terrorist groups are taking. It’s very much against Pakistan,” Clinton said. The Pakistani government “has become very serious about fighting terrorism within their own borders and working with Afghanistan and the United States to try to stabilize the region.”

    Despite recent terror operations undertaken by Al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, “the brain center [and] the operational planning” of the organization still exist in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    http://pakobserver.net/detailnews.asp?id=42929

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  117. High marks to Indo-Pak leadership for reviving talks: Hillary
    PTI, Jul 22, 2010, 11.37am IST

    WASHINGTON: US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has applauded the Indo-Pak leadership for reviving peace talks despite opposition to it in their countries, while ruling out mediation on the issue of Kashmir.

    At a round table with Pakistani journalists in Islamabad last week, Clinton said US mediation on the Kashmir was not a possibility as for that to happen both sides need to agree, which is not the case now.

    The US, she said, stands ready to encourage the dialogue between India and Pakistan that is absolutely in both countries’ interests.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/High-marks-to-Indo-Pak-leadership-for-reviving-talks-Hillary/articleshow/6199744.cms

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  118. US will work with Pakistan on civil nuclear energy: Clinton
    PTI, Jul 22, 2010, 11.46am IST

    WASHINGTON: The US has promised to work with Pakistan on the civil nuclear energy front and try to overcome the “obstacles” that come in the way, as it seeks clarifications from Beijing over its atomic agreement with Islamabad.

    “In our dialogue with the Pakistani Government, we have clearly said we will work with them on civil nuclear energy,” Clinton told a group of Pakistani journalists in Islamabad on July 19, according to the transcripts made available by the State Department.

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-will-work-with-Pakistan-on-civil-nuclear-energy-Clinton/articleshow/6199792.cms

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  119. Kayani to serve for 3 more years

    * Gilani praises COAS’ record in war against terror
    * Says continuation of army leadership vital for success in fight

    By Irfan Ghauri

    ISLAMABAD: In a dramatic development, Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani on Thursday announced an extension of three years in the service of Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Kayani, who was due to retire on November 29, this year.

    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\23\story_23-7-2010_pg1_1

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  120. The reason we hate America
    US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her visit to Pakistan last week, announced new aid projects worth $500 million. The US first established diplomatic relations with Pakistan in October 1947. In 1955 Pakistan joined the US-led organisation Cento, aimed at the containment of communism. In 1957, the US used the Badaber air base in Peshawar to operate U-2 spy planes to reconnoitre sites in the USSR. Since the US had armed Pakistani forces for the containment of USSR, in the 1965 war military assistance to both India and Pakistan was suspended. This was the first time that US action generated a widespread feeling in Pakistan that they were not a reliable ally.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/30063/the-reason-we-hate-america/

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  121. Mullen: Pakistan trip comes at ‘critical time’
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    July 24, 2010 — Updated 1003 GMT (1803 HKT)

    Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Saturday, according to officials.

    Mullen is on a 10-day trip meeting with military and government leaders around the world, according to a statement on the Joint Chiefs of Staff website.

    Speaking to reporters Friday in New Delhi, India, Mullen noted that the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was a growing threat.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/07/24/pakistan.mullen.arrival/#fbid=l0aoxZ4hovN

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  122. Lashkar-e-Tayyaba becoming more dangerous organization and threat to region: Mullen
    ISLAMABAD, Jul 24 (APP): Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Saturday said Lashkar-e-Tayyaba has become very dangerous organization and a significant threat not only in the region but it has also the potential for global threat. Talking to newsmen here at American embassy, with a select group of journalists, Mullen said there is need to take strict action to stop the activities of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba (LeT). He said, “It (LeT) is growing and has become a concern, most significant factor is that its growing threat and becoming more lethal.”

    He said the LeT was expanding in Afghanistan and other countries beyond the region.
    Replying to a question, Mullen supported the statement of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the presence of Osama bin Laden and other top Al-Qaida leadership in Pakistan.
    He, however, said they are hiding in a very secure place and it is very difficult to trace them adding “I believe Osama is here in Pakistan.” He said the tribal belt on Pakistan’s western border is the global headquarter for the Al-Qaida terror network.
    Mullen praised Pakistan for moving against militants but urged that there is still need to take action against Haqqani network, that has been disturbing peace inside Afghanistan.
    He called the Haqqani group as “the most lethal network” faced by the US-led international force in Afghanistan and said he had repeatedly urged Pakistan to tackle the threat.
    He said Pakistani forces are aware of the threat of Haqqani group.
    Mullen who is on his 19th visit to Pakistan said, “Haqqani network is strongly engaged and involved in insurgencies in Afghanistan and there is need to take much stronger position against it.”

    http://www.app.com.pk/en_/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110268&Itemid=1

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  123. McChrystal retires in military ceremony
    July 25, 2010

    General Stanley McChrystal ended his 34-year US Army career on Friday in a retirement ceremony at his military headquarters here, marking the last chapter of his swift and stunning fall from grace.

    The former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, who inspired intense loyalty among many of those who served under him, was fired in June after Rolling Stone magazine published an article titled The Runaway General that quoted scathing remarks he and his aides made about their civilian bosses.

    http://www.smh.com.au/world/mcchrystal-retires-in-military-ceremony-20100724-10pmm.html

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  124. Clinton adds to curious history of mango diplomacy
    Sunday, 25 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: When US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton offered Pakistan help last week in exporting mangoes to the US in a bid to dampen anti-American sentiment, it marked the latest chapter in the fruit’s curious history of diplomacy and intrigue.

    Clinton’s offer came three years after the Bush administration opened up the US market to Indian mangoes in exchange for allowing Harley-Davidson to sell its famed motorcycles in India – a deal that generated goodwill as the two countries finalized a civilian nuclear agreement.

    Washington’s mango-powered diplomacy this time around is part of a broader $7.5 billion aid effort that is meant to improve the image of the US in Pakistan, a move officials hope will provide the Pakistani government with greater room to cooperate on turning around the war in Afghanistan.

    ”I have personally vouched for Pakistani mangoes, which are delicious, and I’m looking forward to seeing Americans be able to enjoy those in the coming months,” Clinton said during her visit to Islamabad last week.

    The prominence of mangoes in South Asian diplomacy should come as no surprise since scientists believe the sweet and fleshy orange fruit originated in the region before Buddhist monks and Persian traders introduced the plant to other areas of the world.

    Pakistan and India recognize the mango as their national fruit, and summer in both countries is defined by the sights and sounds of vendors hawking piles of soft, sweet-smelling mangoes or pureeing them to create refreshing drinks that cut through the scorching heat.

    Officials from both countries have exchanged crates of mangoes over the years in an attempt to soften tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals that have fought three wars since the partition of British India created the two nations a little over 60 years ago.

    Former Pakistani President Zia ul-Haq may have begun the tradition when he swapped mangoes in the early 1980s with the Indian prime minister at the time, Indira Gandhi. The exchange took place several years before ul-Haq was killed in a plane crash that conspiracy theorists blame on a crate of mangoes placed on board moments before takeoff that was supposedly sprayed with a poisonous gas that killed the pilots and other passengers.

    But like almost everything else, mangoes have also been a source of tension between Pakistan and India since the two countries view each other as competitors in the export market.

    Indians and Pakistanis argue over who grows the best mangoes – a debate that resembles the tussle between Lebanon and Israel over who can claim the mashed chickpea dish hummus as their own.

    If all goes to plan, Americans will get a chance to conduct their own taste test once Pakistani mangoes break into the US market. The US plans trial shipments later this year and has pledged to support a three-year program to promote the export of Pakistani mangoes by sea to America, the world’s largest importer of the fruit. The initiative is part of a $21 million program to boost Pakistan’s agriculture. The US will help finance hot water treatment facilities, sorting and grading machines and cold storage facilities.

    India, meanwhile, is the world’s largest mango producer with about 13 million tons each year, far exceeding all other countries, including Pakistan, which comes in fifth place with about 1.6 million tons. But both countries have struggled to build the necessary infrastructure to really boost exports.

    ”Farmers are very grateful for the US help,” said Muzaffar Khan Khakwani, the owner of a mango farm near the central Pakistani city of Multan that is benefiting from American aid. ”It’s not just the financial help. It’s the capacity building and the exposure of farmers to well managed orchards.”

    But it remains to be seen how quickly Pakistan can benefit from Clinton’s recently announced initiative. India had trouble with logistics and pricing when it first tried to export its mangoes to the US.

    It is even more uncertain whether US aid will really dent anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and motivate the government to step up support for the Afghan war, a move the Pakistanis have resisted for years.

    As an Indian proverb says, ”You can’t hurry a mango tree to ripen its fruit.” – AP

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/03-clinton-adds-to-curious-history-of-mango-diplomacy-ss-02

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  125. US backs Kabul’s direct talks with Islamabad
    Monday, 26 Jul, 2010

    WASHINGTON: After setting terms for the Afghan reconciliation process, the United States said on Sunday it would encourage direct talks between Pakistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

    President Karzai’s meeting with Pakistan’s top security officials “is a good thing, not a bad thing”, Richard Holbrooke, the US Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said.

    In an interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, Mr Holbrooke said the US also supported Mr Karzai’s overtures to the Taliban.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-karzai-pakistani+holbrooke-hs-01

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  126. DIPLOMATIC BUBBLES: Strategic Depth: a Pakistani or US doctrine?

    By Saeed Minhas

    ISLAMABAD: Wow, what a week that was. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with a bag-full of demand-notes and directional charts, followed by an international Afghan Conference in Kabul where Russians, Chinese and Indians all but differed with the US strategy in a war-torn, mineral-rich country known as the ‘energy corridor’ of the world and last but not the least the extension saga in Pakistan.

    Grappling with all this, many a diplomat in the city were of the view that at the end of the week, Hillary successfully persuaded Pakistanis on many of her demand-drafts, including Gen Ashfaq Kayani, but minus North Waziristan. Though many say that just like the Japanese Guam Islanders, she just informed Islamabad about the decisions taken in Washington DC to help the Pakistani people from getting into another abyss over the issue of an extension of tenure to the army chief or policy with regards to India, but officially and in diplomatic language, she just held consultative dialogue with all stakeholders in Pakistan to assess the latest socio-economic demand-supply mechanism. Her usual staged PR exercises with carefully chosen members of the media just proved how caring she is while talking about the interests of the people of Pakistan.
    http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\07\26\story_26-7-2010_pg7_9

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  127. US officials’ visits on Senate agenda today
    By Ahmad Hassan
    Monday, 26 Jul, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The 63rd session of the Senate beginning at 4pm on Monday is likely to witness heated debates on US officials’ recent visits to Pakistan, a three-year extension given to Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as Chief of the Army Staff, the law and order situation in Karachi and Balochistan and the Afghan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement.

    According to the Parliament House sources, the pre-Ramazan session will be basically for 10 days as per provisional parliamentary calendar but it could be extended if needed.

    Monday will be a private members’ day. PML (Likeminded) president Senator Salim Saifullah Khan will introduce a bill seeking repeal of clause 2 of Article 248 of the Constitution which provides the president immunity from a court trial.

    The anti-government bill is most likely to be defeated, but the mover’s intention is to present his party’s view on a delay in reopening of a number of corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/us-officials-visits-on-senate-agenda-670

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  128. Punish 26/11 attackers to convince India: US to Pak
    Indo-Asian News Service
    Washington, July 27, 2010First Published: 09:36 IST(27/7/2010)
    Last Updated: 09:40 IST(27/7/2010)

    As leaks by a whistle-blower site laid bare past links between the Pakistani spy agency ISI and terror outfits, the United States asked Islamabad to punish those behind 26/11 Mumbai attacks to convince India it has changed.

    http://www.hindustantimes.com/Punish-26-11-attackers-to-convince-India-US-to-Pak/Article1-578261.aspx

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  129. Interesting article…

    America is the acceptable face of cultural imperialism
    Simon Heffer reports from New York on the differences between British and American culture

    By Simon Heffer
    Published: 7:00PM BST 24 Jul 2010

    I have been in America for the past few days, coincidental to the Prime Minister’s visit here, during which he stressed the closeness of our two nations. This is not the place to deal with the politics of such an idea; but I have been thinking about the cultural aspects of it. We know the old joke about two peoples separated by a common language; but are we sure, despite there being much evidence to the contrary, that we now even have a common culture to separate us?
    In Britain, we are exposed to American culture so extensively and in such depth that one might be led to imagine that we have absorbed it entirely. We might, indeed, be presented as the ultimate example of the American cultural imperialism that has aggrieved so many people around the world – even, in some cases, to the extreme point of persuading a few of the most insane to engage in terrorist acts against America and Americanism.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/simonheffer/7908380/America-is-the-acceptable-face-of-cultural-imperialism.html

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  130. Coverage of US issues
    By Huma Yusuf
    Sunday, 25 Jul, 2010

    Addressing a town hall meeting in Islamabad nearly a week ago, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described Pakistan’s media as “freewheeling…free, [and] quite influential”.

    This high praise for the fourth estate should be quite welcome in a country struggling to establish its democratic credentials. Unfortunately, the comment could spark a new crisis of media credibility within an industry that is already wracked by conspiracy-theorising. The image that comes to mind is of a dog chasing its own tail.

    The fact is, the Pakistani media seems to have backed itself into a corner with regard to coverage of US foreign and military policy, aid (both military and civilian) and development projects. The sustained high note of anti-Americanism, which reached a crescendo when the Kerry-Lugar bill was passed, has rendered the objective reporting and consumption of US-related issues nearly impossible. If media outlets keep the criticism up, they will be accused of harbouring a blatant and unprofessional bias. But if they offer any praise for the Great Satan and its non-military investments in the country, media outlets are bound to be subject to finger-pointing by the competition.

    http://news.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/19-huma-yusuf-coverage-of-us-issues-570-hh-06

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  131. Build Pakistan, Don’t buy Pakistan

    Shyam Sundaram
    Albar Sheikh
    Shyam Sundaram and Albar Sheikh
    Posted: July 27, 2010 12:58 PM

    On her recent trip to Pakistan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton unveiled over $500 million in civilian projects as part of the $7.5 billion aid package the U.S. has promised Pakistan over the next five years. The purpose, according to Secretary Clinton, is to leave behind an era of mistrust and launch a new period of cooperation. Is there evidence that this will this work?

    Let’s look at the figures. From 2001 to 2009, Pakistan received over $11 billion in aid. The result? A whopping 68% of Pakistanis have an “unfavorable” view of the United States. This is not to say that aid to Pakistan has no benefits, indeed aid projects should continue to play a part in a comprehensive solution. However, if the past 9 years has taught the U.S. anything, it is that throwing money alone at the problem won’t solve it.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shyam-sundaram/build-pakistan-dont-buy-p_b_660819.html

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  132. Obama’s Policies Seen as Better than Bush’s for Improving the Economy
    Both Parties Doing Poor Job Working Together, Offering Solutions
    July 26, 2010

    While most Americans disapprove of Barack Obama’s handling of the economy, far more think his administration’s policies — rather than those of the Bush administration — would do more to improve economic conditions over the next few years.

    http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1677/obama-economic-policies-better-than-bush-divide-over-tax-cut-expiration

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  133. If President Obama carries on like this, he will turn into a lame duck
    The president hasn’t grown into the job – all that’s needed to beat him is a serious Republican, says Simon Heffer in New York.

    By Simon Heffer
    Published: 8:26PM BST 27 Jul 2010

    The shock about coming to America after an absence of four months is how, in that time, respect for and confidence in President Obama has slumped. It wasn’t good in March; now the effect of what one blogger has called his apparent “impotence” has taken hold. It is not clear what Mr Obama actually does. He isn’t engaged with the economy; he certainly isn’t engaged with foreign policy; he has abandoned hope of a climate change bill this year (and probably for ever); he has seen his health care bill into law, but America awaits news of how it will be implemented; he is under attack for a casual approach to illegal immigration, notably from the Mexican narco-state. He has only just girded himself to go campaigning for his party in the mid-term elections. Last Sunday was the 100-days-to-go mark, and the talk in politics here is of little else. Joe Biden, the vice-president, has been nominated as “campaigner in chief”. Why? What is the President doing?
    He appears to be reading the newspapers and the blogs and watching television. Last week, a twisted opponent put out a selectively edited video of a black Department of Agriculture official, Shirley Sherrod, apparently admitting discriminating against a white farmer. Mrs Sherrod had done nothing of the sort – either the discrimination or, therefore, the admission of it – but was immediately sacked, for fear that Fox News was about to broadcast the video. This outrageous act was followed by an even more outrageous apology by the president the next day – outrageous in that Mrs Sherrod was not immediately given back her job. In the White House there were, we are told, great mutual congratulations (to start with) that swift action had stopped this becoming “a story”. Well, it’s a story now, not least because it exemplifies the incompetence and disconnection of the administration. Mrs Sherrod’s husband was a leading civil rights activist and her father was murdered by white racists in 1965, so there is a resonance to this story that is causing discomfort.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/columnists/simonheffer/7913468/If-President-Obama-carries-on-like-this-he-will-turn-into-a-lame-duck.html

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  134. US urged to give market access, not aid
    By Parvaiz Ishfaq Rana
    Tuesday, 27 Jul, 2010

    KARACHI: Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister Zubair Motiwala said on Monday that the United States should give market access instead of aid to enable Pakistan to expand its trade and absorb the unemployed youth in the socio-economic mainstream.

    The strategy could save the vulnerable segment from the influence of the extremist elements.

    He suggested to the US to deduct the loss in duty collection from the aid pledged to Pakistan if it allows duty free access to local products.

    Speaking at the ceremony jointly organized by the USAID and Pakistan Readymade Garments Manufacturers and Exporters Association (Prgmea) to give awards to 320 youths, who took training in apparel and home textile, he said that though Pakistan was confronted with many economic problems but the expansion of economy and creation of jobs is the most pressing of all issues.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/business/19-us-urged-to-give-market-access,-not-aid-770-hh-05

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  135. Strategic or sweet talk?
    By Afshan Subohi
    Monday, 26 Jul, 2010

    The private sector is disappointed over the outcome of the latest round of Pakistan-US strategic dialogue held in Islamabad last week. They are also disturbed over the Afghan-Pakistan transit trade agreement reached under American persuasion.

    Businessmen believe that the accord finalised on July 18 and the side letter issued a day later has benefited neighbours at the cost of Pakistan’s business interests– a country already bleeding dry in its efforts to contain terrorism.

    Corporate Pakistan did appreciate the US support but found it much less than what they expected and what was needed.

    The business community expected better market access for exports to the US market, early conclusion of bilateral investment treaty and extension of geographical limits of ROZs. It found the US position on nuclear option to meet Pakistan’s energy needs unjustified.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/business/19-strategic-or-sweet-talk-hh-05

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  136. Few in U.S. move for new jobs, fueling fear the economy might get stuck, too
    By Michael A. Fletcher
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Friday, July 30, 2010
    PALM COAST, FLA. — The recession is claiming yet another victim: Americans’ near-constitutional right to pick up and move to a better job.

    Labor mobility has nearly ground to a halt in the past two years, and policymakers are increasingly worried that the slowdown is not just a symptom of the nation’s economic struggles but also a barrier to overcoming them.

    With many people locked in homes by underwater mortgages, only 1.6 percent of Americans moved between states in a one-year period that ended in March 2009 — a labor stagnation not seen in half a century. Though household mobility has gradually declined for more than two decades, the recent sharp downturn has caused economists to worry that it could harm the already struggling recovery.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/29/AR2010072906367.html?wpisrc=nl_headline

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  137. In American politics, stupidity is the name of the game
    By E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Thursday, July 29, 2010
    Can a nation remain a superpower if its internal politics are incorrigibly stupid?

    Start with taxes. In every other serious democracy, conservative political parties feel at least some obligation to match their tax policies with their spending plans. David Cameron, the new Conservative prime minister in Britain, is a leading example.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/28/AR2010072804529.html?wpisrc=nl_most

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  138. The job machine grinds to a halt
    By Harold Meyerson
    Wednesday, July 28, 2010
    Ain’t no hiring. And ain’t likely to be any for a good long time.
    The problem isn’t merely the greatest downturn since the Great Depression. It’s also that big business has found a way to make big money without restoring the jobs it cut the past two years, or increasing its investments or even its sales, at least domestically.

    In the mildly halcyon days before the 2008 crash, the one economic outlier was wages. Profit, revenue and GDP all increased; only ordinary Americans’ incomes lagged behind. Today, wages are still down, employment remains low and sales revenue isn’t up much, either. But profits are the outlier. They’re positively soaring.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/27/AR2010072704791.html?wpisrc=nl_pmopinions

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  139. Obama Reviews Afghanistan-Pakistan Situation
    7/30/2010 3:48 AM ET

    (RTTNews) – U.S. President Barack Obama reviewed the current situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, along with the recently-held U.S.-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in Islamabad, at his monthly Situation Room meeting Thursday with his top national security aides, the White House said later in the day.

    This was the the seventh regular meeting that Obama convened on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    http://www.rttnews.com/Content/Policy.aspx?Id=1376668&SM=1

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  140. Poll: Majority of Pakistanis View US as Enemy
    A new opinion poll indicates that roughly six in 10 Pakistanis view the United States as an enemy, oppose the war in Afghanistan and are becoming less concerned about the threat of the Taliban and al-Qaida.

    The survey, released by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center this week, shows that despite intense U.S. outreach and billions of dollars in aid, Pakistanis remain extremely skeptical of Washington’s intentions.

    http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/Poll-Majority-of-Pakistanis-View-US-as-Enemy-99620719.html

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  141. Double-dip feared as US economic growth loses pace
    Fears that the world’s biggest economy could be heading into a double-dip recession took hold on Friday after US growth was shown to have contracted sharply in the second quarter

    By James Quinn, US Business Editor
    Published: 8:55PM BST 30 Jul 2010

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell by as much as 120 points after annualised growth in gross domestic product (GDP) was found to have slowed from 3.7pc in the first quarter to 2.4pc in the second. That came on the back of growth of 5pc in the final three months of 2009.

    The US was initially thought to have grown by 2.7pc in the first quarter but that was revised upwards on a day of surprises for economists.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/7919706/Double-dip-feared-as-US-economic-growth-loses-pace.html

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  142. Alan Greenspan warns that US could be heading for double-dip recession
    Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, has added his weight to warnings that the US economy may be heading for a double-dip recession.

    By Roland Gribben
    Published: 11:37PM BST 01 Aug 2010

    Amid worries about a slowdown in economic recovery, Mr Greenspan said: “We’re in a pause in a recovery, a modest recovery but a pause in the modest recovery feels like a quasi-recession.”
    Questioned on NBC’s Meet the Press programme about whether the US could slide into another recession he said: “It is possible if home prices go down. Home prices, as best we can judge, have really flattened out in the last year.”

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/7921353/Alan-Greenspan-warns-that-US-could-be-heading-for-double-dip-recession.html

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  143. Obama’s cool is leaving more people cold
    By Michael Gerson
    Wednesday, August 4, 2010

    “The trouble with you is,” she continued steadily, “you think people should stay in their own sealed packages. You don’t believe in opening up. You don’t believe in trading back and forth.”

    “I certainly don’t,” Macon said, buttoning his shirt front.

    — Anne Tyler,

    “The Accidental Tourist”

    If politics were literature, Bill Clinton would be Tom Buchanan in “The Great Gatsby,” casually smashing lives around him while remaining untouched by the chaos he creates. Barack Obama is more like Macon Leary in “The Accidental Tourist,” the author of tour guides who hates travel. “He was happiest with a regular scheme of things” — a cautious driver and committed flosser, systematic and steady, suspicious of unpredictable yearnings, displaying an “appalling calm” in times of crisis. “If you let yourself get angry you’ll be . . . consumed,” Macon says. “You’ll burn up. It’s not productive.” Only order and method are productive. He is attracted to the “virtuous delights of organizing a disorganized country.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/03/AR2010080304664.html?wpisrc=nl_pmheadline

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  144. US stresses aid to Pakistan, eyeing improved image

    By ROBERT BURNS (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is stepping up emergency relief for victims of Pakistan’s devastating floods, hoping a highly visible dose of goodwill will soften anti-American attitudes in a country seen as vital to defeating al-Qaida.

    This comes at the same time a congressman who played a key role in revising the war strategy in Iraq in 2006 on Wednesday proposed an independent review of U.S. strategy and goals in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    These separate efforts reflect growing concern about the lack of apparent progress in the nearly nine-year conflict in Afghanistan, which has cost more than $297 billion and the lives of more than 1,100 U.S. troops.

    Along with NATO, Pakistan is the key partner of the U.S. in the Afghan conflict. A Pew Foundation poll released last week that found nearly six in 10 Pakistanis view the United States as an enemy and only one in 10 call it a partner. Nearly two-thirds said they want American troops out of Afghanistan.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h-hrZnbYFs50kcKT8gjWlpJuNcuAD9HCSJB80

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  145. Weak private hiring shows recovery on the ropes

    By Lucia Mutikani

    WASHINGTON | Fri Aug 6, 2010 10:53am EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Private employers added fewer workers to their payrolls in July than expected and hiring in June was much weaker than had been thought, a blow to an economic recovery that is failing to gain traction.

    The dismal news on jobs poses a challenge to Democrats hoping to retain their congressional majorities in November elections, as well as to officials at the Federal Reserve who are debating whether more needs to be done to foster growth.

    Overall non-farm payrolls fell 131,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, as temporary government jobs to conduct the decennial census dropped by 143,000.

    Private employment, a better gauge of labor market health, rose a modest 71,000 after gaining just 31,000 in June.

    The government revised payrolls for May and June to show 97,000 fewer jobs than previously reported.

    Analysts polled by Reuters had forecast overall employment falling 65,000 in July and private-sector hiring increasing 90,000.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE65M2WK20100806?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  146. Pakistan, Afghanistan top US priorities
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Saturday, 07 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The US State Department has identified continuing to work with Pakistan and Afghanistan as one of the top priorities of America’s foreign policies.

    In a policy paper issued in Washington, the State Department identifies the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, conflict in the Middle East, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, economic recession, climate change, hunger, pandemic disease, and transnational criminal networks as the major challenges confronting the United States.

    “The United States foreign policy agenda is ambitious but our times demand nothing less,” says the State Department, noting that all issues listed in the document “threaten global stability and progress”.

    “Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only countries that are listed in the section that underlines America’s “strategic direction for the future”.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/19-pakistan,-afghanistan-top-us-priorities-780-hh-04

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  147. US to send 700 soldiers for relief work
    ISLAMABAD: US envoy to Pakistan Anne Patterson said on Tuesday that Pakistan is likely to face an economic crunch if IMF conditions are not met.
    Addressing the media in Islamabad, Patterson said the United States has given $35 million in aid for flood affectees in Pakistan.
    She added that $245 million have also been given to the Pakistani government to assist in resolving the power crisis.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/37983/us-to-send-700-soldiers-for-relief-work/

    US raises Pakistan aid to $55 million
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Wednesday, 11 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States on Tuesday announced an additional $20 million for flood victims in Pakistan, bringing its contribution to date to $55 million.

    “This disaster is so vast … and as we get better insight into the scope, our contribution may well grow as well,” said US Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman while announcing the new package.

    “We obviously are closely monitoring what is an unfolding and ongoing disaster in Pakistan,” said P.J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs.

    Mr Feldman said that since weather in Pakistan on Tuesday was good, US helicopters were able to fly and move about 100,000 pounds worth of humanitarian commodities and transported more than 700 Pakistanis stranded in the remote areas.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/19-us-raises-aid-to-$55-million-180-hh-05

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  148. US triples number of Pakistani aid helicopters
    TAMPA, Florida: The United States tripled Wednesday the number of helicopters helping Pakistan’s flood relief effort, as top US officials issued somber warnings about the massive scale of the disaster.

    US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the USS Peleliu, an amphibious assault ship, was moored off Karachi awaiting the green light to dispatch its 19 helicopters to the disaster zone.

    “The flooding in Pakistan has the potential to be significantly more disastrous for the country than the earthquake several years ago,” Gates said, referring to the 2005 Kashmir earthquake that killed more than 73,000 people.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/12-us+triples+helicopters+for+pakistan+flood+relief–bi-01

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  149. US raises aid, plans meeting on Pakistan
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Thursday, 12 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States, which on Wednesday raised its contributions to $72 million, plans to convert an international conference in Brussels into a meeting devoted to post-flood rehabilitation in Pakistan.

    “Pakistan faces an unbelievable combination of problems,” said US special envoy Richard Holbrooke. “I know no other country that faces more challenges.”

    The Friends of Democratic Pakistan group is scheduled to meet in Brussels in October and the US plans to turn it into a conference on the floods, he said. The group was formed in New York in 2008 for consolidating democracy in Pakistan and to support social and economic development in the country.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/19-us-raises-aid,-plans-meeting-on-pakistan-280-hh-04

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  150. Pakistan will overcome flood crisis: Clinton
    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton used her Pakistan Independence Day message on Thursday to highlight seriousness of the threat caused by the floods but hoped that the Pakistani nation would overcome this crisis.

    “The damage is serious, but I know Pakistan will rebuild. Together, you have overcome significant challenges,” she said while noting that in the past few weeks, Pakistanis and partners from many countries had worked to protect people and homes from the floods that swept through so many areas.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/19-pakistan-will-overcome-flood-crisis-clinton-hh-04

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  151. Senator Kerry to tour flood-hit Pakistan next week
    Friday, 13 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: Senator John Kerry will visit Pakistan next week to survey relief operations after major floods in a bid to show US commitment and raise public awareness to drum up donations, an official said Thursday.

    Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-authored last year’s 7.5 billion-dollar aid bill for Pakistan, will be the first senior US policymaker to visit since the disaster that affected up to 20 million people.

    “This will be a critical visit to help raise the profile among publics both in the US and internationally,” said Dan Feldman, the US deputy special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Details of the trip were to be announced later.

    Since the floods, the United States has offered 76 million dollars in aid and sent helicopters to assist relief.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/12-senator+kerry+to+tour+flood-hit+pakistan–bi-01

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  152. Obama attacks Bush policies in Bush’s home state

    By Ross Colvin

    AUSTIN | Mon Aug 9, 2010 6:20pm EDT

    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) – President Barack Obama attacked the economic policies of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush in Bush’s home state on Monday as evidence of the way Republicans would operate if given power in November 2 U.S. congressional elections.

    At a fund-raising event for Democrats in Dallas, where Bush now lives, Obama said the former president’s “disastrous” policies had driven the U.S. economy into the ground and turned budget surpluses into deficits.

    Obama defended his repeated references to Bush’s policies, saying they were necessary to remind Americans of the weak economy he inherited from Bush in January 2009.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6714GT20100809?feedType=nl&feedName=usmorningdigest

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  153. Pentagon to shut military command and cut jobs

    By Phil Stewart

    WASHINGTON | Tue Aug 10, 2010 3:50am EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon, trying to free up cash in the face of a yawning U.S. deficit, unveiled a series of cost-cutting measures on Wednesday that will shed thousands of jobs and shut down an entire military command.

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he hoped the shakeup would show Congress that the Pentagon would spend tax dollars wisely during tough economic times and address long-standing concerns about wasteful expenditure.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67855620100810?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  154. Can Obama move beyond ‘liberal uniter’ to pragmatic centrist?
    By Michael Gerson
    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    In 1980, Bill Clinton was defeated for reelection as Arkansas governor, making him the youngest ex-governor in America. According to one account, “Clinton sank into a deep funk. Wandering the streets of Little Rock, he’d stop to question strangers: ‘Why do you think I lost?’ ”

    Taking the advice of his campaign consultant Dick Morris, Clinton apologized for past mistakes and transitioned to the political center. He was reelected governor two years later.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/10/AR2010081004222.html?wpisrc=nl_pmopinions

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  155. Hope amid Pakistan’s tragedy
    By Shuja Nawaz
    Thursday, August 12, 2010

    The rains that have for the past two weeks caused the worst flooding in northwest Pakistan in eight decades have shifted attention from the country’s battle against insurgency and militancy and the fragility of its relationship with the United States. As the monsoon rains move south, numerous roads, bridges and dams have been damaged. Crops have been destroyed. It is likely that next year’s crops will not be planted. Yet amid all this destruction are reasons for optimism.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/11/AR2010081104748.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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  156. President Obama, the 50 percent mark and the battle for the House
    Gallup recently released a study examining the correlation between a President’s approval rating and the losses or gains his party incurs in midterm elections.

    The results have to be worrisome for Democrats with just 81 days before the 2010 vote.

    In the seven midterm elections since World War II in which the president’s approval rating was under 50 percent in the run-up to the vote, his party lost an average of 36 House seats. By contrast, presidents with approval ratings over 50 percent see their party shed an average of 14 seats.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/the-line/the-50-percent-mark-and-the-ba.html?wpisrc=nl_pmpolitics

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  157. U.S. Offers Aid to Rescue Pakistanis and Reclaim Image
    WASHINGTON — As the Obama administration continues to add to the aid package for flood-stricken Pakistan — already the largest humanitarian response from any single country — officials acknowledge that they are seeking to use the efforts to burnish the United States’ dismal image there.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/world/asia/15pstan.html?src=me

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  158. Fact checker: They’re different, but very much alike
    White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said this week anyone who compares Democratic President Barack Obama’s policies to those of Republican former President George W. Bush is crazy.

    The background

    In an interview with the Hill, a newspaper covering Congress, Gibbs lashed out against criticisms of Obama by “the professional left.”

    “I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.”

    So let’s go through some left criticisms related to Obama behaving like Bush, and see if they have merit. This task is made easier because Obama himself laid out many of the ways he said he would be different.

    In his campaign stump speech, Obama said that he wanted to restore the moral high ground he thought was lost under Bush: “We are going to lead by example, by maintaining the highest standards of civil liberties and human rights.”

    http://www.rgj.com/article/20100815/NEWS20/8150349/1321/news

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  159. Voter Anger No Surprise to Democrats This Time
    By JEFF ZELENY
    Published: August 14, 2010
    NEVADA, Mo. — A year ago, dozens of protesters gathered outside the district office of Representative Ike Skelton, a Democrat who has represented a wide stretch of western Missouri since 1976. The anger they directed at health care legislation — and by extension most Congressional Democrats — left the party in a state of near panic.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/15/us/politics/15town.html?th&emc=th

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  160. interesting comment…nothing to do with Pak-USA tho. Just found it interesting 🙂

    Bumper sticker politics
    By Robert J. Samuelson
    Monday, August 16, 2010

    We are our bumper stickers. They are one way we use to define ourselves and announce our various identities to the outside world: that we voted for Bush or Gore; that we’re a Buckeye or a Wolverine; that we’re “pro-life” or “pro-choice”; that we favor this candidate or that for school board or Congress; that our kids play soccer and won the county championship; and that we vacation in the Grand Tetons or at Disney World.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/15/AR2010081502152.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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  161. Obama’s mosque duty
    By Michael Gerson
    Monday, August 16, 2010

    President Obama has a peculiar talent for enraging his critics while deflating the enthusiasm of his friends, on full display in the Manhattan mosque controversy.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/15/AR2010081502151.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions

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  162. comment: Hearts, minds and floods
    By Rafia Zakaria
    Wednesday, 18 Aug, 2010

    It is the militants that the world is worried about. Weeks into the devastating floods that hit so many parts of Pakistan, the international media concentrated on one aspect of the issue: what this would do to Islamic militancy and the Taliban.

    Major newspapers and media outlets like the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the BBC and the New York Times all angled their news coverage on how militant organisations were beating the Government of Pakistan and foreign aid agencies in rescuing victims and providing for survivors. On Aug 10, the Los Angeles Times ran a story that focused on the humanitarian activities of Falah-i-Insaniat, the welfare wing of the banned group Jamaatud Dawa, highlighting how the group was front and centre in providing services, an act that could easily translate into a recruitment tool for further militancy.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/op-ed/19-rafia-zakaria-hearts-minds-and-floods-880-hh-06

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  163. Gov to meet on mosque ‘move’
    Sitdown as site owner says ‘it’s not near G. Zero’
    By GEOFF EARLE in DC and TOM TOPOUSIS in NY
    Gov. Paterson will meet personally with the developers of the Ground Zero mosque this week in a bid to find them a new location, even as one of the project’s backers insisted yesterday that the current site is “nowhere near the World Trade Center.”
    “The governor told me there’s a meeting,” said Rep. Peter King, (R-LI), who spoke with Paterson yesterday morning. “He told me that the builders and the leaders from the mosque” will be there.
    A spokesman for Paterson confirmed efforts to set up a powwow, but would not discuss the purpose. But King said it would be to discuss getting the state’s help to find a new location for their proposed mosque and community center.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/gov_to_meet_on_mosque_move_ZiSFdJrD5kqi7p4XFT4TBO

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  164. Republicans attack Obama over Muslim center comments
    (Reuters) – Republicans attacked President Barack Obama on Sunday for his comments on a controversial plan to build a Muslim cultural center in New York, saying he was “disconnected” from the nation in an election year.

    Obama waded into the debate on Friday when he appeared to offer his backing for the center called Cordoba House to be built two blocks from the “Ground Zero” site of the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York City.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67E0XC20100816?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  165. Clinton to pledge more US aid for Pakistan at UN
    Thursday, 19 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce extra aid for a flooded Pakistan Thursday at a UN meeting that will mobilize international support for the country, her spokesman said.

    The chief US diplomat will speak to the UN General Assembly in New York about “the humanitarian situation from the floods in Pakistan,” spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/44-clinton-to-pledge-more-us-aid-for-pakistan-at-un-fa-03

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  166. US Senator John Kerry visits flood-hit Pakistan
    ISLAMABAD: US Senator John Kerry was holding talks with Pakistani leaders on Thursday and scheduled to visit areas ravaged by the country’s worst floods in 80 years, the US embassy said.

    Kerry, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and co-authored a record 7.5 billion-dollar aid bill for Pakistan, is the first senior US policymaker to visit since the disaster struck, affecting 20 million people.

    “Senator Kerry will meet senior civilian officials today and may also be travelling to areas affected by floods,” US embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire told AFP.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/04-pakistan-floods-kerry-qs-04

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  167. Obama’s religion: does your president’s faith matter?

    By Elizabeth Tenety

    “No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

    -Article VI, Section 3, United States Constitution

    Does the religion of a president matter?

    http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/08/president_obamas_religion_does_your_presidents_faith_matter.html

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  168. 19 August 2010 Last updated at 17:42 GMT

    US pledges Pakistan full support in flood crisis

    Richard Holbrooke: “We are not turning away”

    The US has pledged its full support for flood-hit Pakistan, ahead of an emergency session of the UN intended to boost the international response.

    The US special envoy to the region, Richard Holbrooke, told the BBC that the US was doing more than any other nation to help Pakistan.

    More than four million people have no shelter, and millions more need immediate assistance, the UN says.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11027970

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  169. Jobless claims rise to highest level in 9 months

    By CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — Employers appear to be laying off workers again as the economic recovery weakens. The number of people applying for unemployment benefits reached the half-million mark last week for the first time since November.

    It was the third straight week that first-time jobless claims rose. The upward trend suggests the private sector may report a net loss of jobs in August for the first time this year.

    Initial claims rose by 12,000 last week to 500,000, the Labor Department said Thursday.

    Construction firms are letting go of more workers as the housing sector slumps and federal stimulus spending on public works projects winds down. State and local governments are also cutting jobs to close large budget gaps.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gNiyJ905Ho0Ur96V2TQhsBX19lGwD9HMLNBO0

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  170. Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, rips Ground Zero mosque imam for ‘selling sensitivity’

    BY Corky Siemaszko
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    Thursday, August 19th 2010, 11:46 AM

    Rudy Giuliani ripped the head of the proposed mosque near Ground Zero on Thursday for “selling sensitivity” but not showing any to still-grieving 9/11 families.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2010/08/19/2010-08-19_rudy_giuliani_former_new_york_city_mayor_speaks_out_against_ground_zero_mosque.html

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  171. Budget analysts see 2010 deficit at $1.3 trillion

    (AP) – 1 hour ago

    WASHINGTON — This year’s federal deficit will exceed $1.3 trillion, Congress’ official budget analysts projected Thursday in a report underscoring election year perils both parties face as they struggle to balance conflicting demands to trim budget shortfalls, spark the economy and cut taxes.

    The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this year’s budget gap would be $71 billion less than last year’s red ink, thanks to a reversal of recent trends that have seen years of steadily rising government spending and falling federal revenues.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g-YziTsAJw1ofv-BiXk2MoSXknwQD9HMLJ880

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  172. no wonder his approval ratings are dropping! 🙂

    Poll shows more Americans think Obama is a Muslim
    By Jon Cohen and Michael D. Shear
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    The number of Americans who believe — wrongly — that President Obama is a Muslim has increased significantly since his inauguration and now accounts for nearly 20 percent of the nation’s population.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/18/AR2010081806913.html?wpisrc=nl_pmheadline

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  173. To N.Y. Muslims, Islamic center near Ground Zero would be more than a mosque
    By Krissah Thompson and Felicia Sonmez
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    This is what the controversial Islamic community center and mosque being planned in Lower Manhattan means to Ehab Zahriyeh: not having to play basketball in church leagues.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/18/AR2010081806714.html?wpisrc=nl_pmheadline

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  174. US sets up new fund to help Pakistan
    By Anwar Iqbal
    Friday, 20 Aug, 2010
    WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Dawn on Thursday that the United States has set up a new fund for Pakistan’s flood victims, besides contributing $150 million more to relief efforts.

    In an exclusive interview in her office, the top US diplomat also said that she understood that the Pakistani military had to divert its resources from the war on terror to attend to the flood victims and while it might hurt the war, it was necessary to do so.

    “The Department of State has established the Pakistan Relief Fund for all Americans to join in this tremendous relief, recovery and reconstruction effort,” she said.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-us-must-help-pakistan-at-this-defining-moment-clinton-rs-07

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  175. Pakistan govt will be in charge of relief funds, says US
    Saturday, 21 Aug, 2010

    WASHINGTON: The United States has said the government of Pakistan will be in charge of more than $150 million it is donating for flood victims but Washington will closely monitor the process to prevent misappropriation.

    “Who’s in charge of the relief effort? It is the government of Pakistan. We are working closely with the national disaster authority in Pakistan. We are following Pakistan’s lead,” State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told a briefing in Washington.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/pakistan-govt-will-be-in-charge-of-relief-funds,-says-us-180

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  176. 32% Americans want Muslims to be barred from Presidency: Poll
    WASHINGTON: Around 32 per cent of Americans say Muslims should be barred from running for US president, while 28 per cent believe they should be prohibited from serving on the US Supreme Court, and 25 per cent hold the view that most US Muslims do not believe in US values.
    This was revealed in two polls carried out by Time magazine and Pew, amid a furor over a planned mosque near New York’s “Ground Zero.”

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/41180/32-americans-want-muslims-to-be-barred-from-running-for-president-poll/

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  177. Pakistan floods renew focus on stalled US trade bill
    WASHINGTON: Devastating floods in Pakistan have renewed attention to an unfulfilled US promise to create a trade program to help that country recover from an earthquake in 2005 that took close to 80,000 lives.
    A coalition of Pakistani American organisations on Thursday urged President Barack Obama to press Congress to approve the “Reconstruction Opportunity Zones” bill first promised by former President George W Bush.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/41123/pakistan-floods-renew-focus-on-stalled-us-trade-bill/

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  178. More on New York mosque controversy…

    Thursday August 19, 2010
    Extremist Makeover – Homeland Edition
    If Fox News wants to play a game of guilt by association with Imam Rauf, Jon can find Rupert Murdoch’s questionable ties to terrorism.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-august-19-2010/extremist-makeover—homeland-edition

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  179. Why doesn’t Obama wear his religion on his sleeve?

    What will it take for Obama to convince the world that he’s a Christian, or at least not a Muslim? Teaching Baptist Sunday School like Jimmy Carter? Putting a ‘My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter’ bumper sticker on Air Force One?

    By Brad Knickerbocker, Staff writer / August 21, 2010

    What will it take for President Obama to convince the world that he’s a Christian … or at least not a Muslim?

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/The-Vote/2010/0821/Why-doesn-t-Obama-wear-his-religion-on-his-sleeve

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  180. Muslim prayers welcome at Pentagon chapel
    By Tom Cohen, CNN
    August 19, 2010 — Updated 1646 GMT (0046 HKT)
    Washington (CNN) — Less than 100 feet from where a hijacked airplane slammed into the Pentagon, Muslim military personnel bring prayer rugs on weekday afternoons for group worship.

    On Fridays, a local imam conducts a service in the Pentagon Memorial Chapel, built after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks by al Qaeda that killed 184 people at the U.S. military headquarters.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/08/19/pentagon.chapel.islam/#fbid=l0aoxZ4hovN&wom=false

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  181. Keith Olbermann Special Comment: There Is No ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ – 08/16/10
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZpT2Muxoo0

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  182. US admits human rights shortcomings in UN report

    By MATTHEW LEE (AP) – 19 hours ago

    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has told the United Nations that America’s human rights record is less than perfect but stressed that the U.S. political system has built-in safeguards that promote improvements.

    In its first-ever report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on conditions in the United States, the State Department said Monday that some Americans, notably minorities, are still victims of discrimination. Despite success in reforming such inequities as slavery and the denial of women’s right to vote, the department said, considerable progress is still needed.

    “Although we have made great strides, work remains to meet our goal of ensuring equality before the law for all,” it said.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jgMs44Zx6Cdg1sZrqNY_gFQrc8OQD9HPF6E80

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  183. comment: The façade of US secularism
    Published: August 26, 2010
    GHULAM ASGHAR KHAN
    With the public discourse so predominantly dominated by hysterical sound bites of religious intolerance and xenophobia, the US façade of a secular state stands exposed as pretentious and ugly. Chauvinism has become the hallmark of the Republicans, who have not been able to reconcile with the election of Obama, as the first Black American to become the President of the United States of America.
    With the US mid-term elections less than three months away, the issue that has become the focal point of this campaign is a telling indicator of the intensely reactionary character of official politics in the US between the GOP and the Democrats; the issue of the construction of a Muslim mosque and an Islamic cultural centre two and a half blocks away from the place, where the World Trade Centre was located.

    http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/Opinions/Columns/26-Aug-2010/The-faade-of-US-secularism

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  184. comment: The limits of tolerance
    Irfan Husain
    Thursday, 26 Aug, 2010

    THE ongoing furore over the so-called Ground Zero Mosque shows no sign of abating after weeks of noisy controversy. In a sense, it has become a litmus test of America’s cherished freedom of worship, as well as its tolerance of other people and other faiths.

    But to put things in perspective, I would like to invite readers to imagine that a group of Christians asked for approval to build a church close to the site of an iconic building in Pakistan some of their fellow-believers had destroyed, killing thousands. How would we have responded?

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/columnists/irfan-husain-the-limits-of-tolerance-680

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  185. Rider Asks if Cabby Is Muslim, Then Stabs Him
    By N. R. KLEINFIELD
    Published: August 25, 2010

    It was the first fare of the cabdriver’s shift. A young man hailed him at the corner of Second Avenue and East 24th Street, wanting to go to 42nd and Second. It was 6 p.m. on Tuesday; the traffic was dense.

    Once the fare, Michael Enright, a 21-year-old film student who had been recently trailing Marines in Afghanistan, settled in the back, he started asking friendly enough questions: Where was the driver from? Was he Muslim?

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/nyregion/26cabby.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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  186. Obama discusses economy, markets in advisers call
    By Jeff Mason
    VINEYARD HAVEN | Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:46pm EDT
    Massachusetts (Reuters) – President Barack Obama held a conference call with top economic advisers on Wednesday to discuss newly released grim data that has raised fears the economy is at risk of a new downturn.

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and White House advisers Christy Romer and Larry Summers took part in the call with the president, who is vacationing on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67O4WF20100826

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  187. Looking at Islamic Center Debate, World Sees U.S.
    By THANASSIS CAMBANIS
    Published: August 25, 2010

    For more than two decades, Abdelhamid Shaari has been lobbying a succession of governments in Milan for permission to build a mosque for his congregants — any mosque at all, in any location.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/26/world/26islamic.html

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  188. Beck sets religious tone for ‘Restoring Honor’ rally
    By Elizabeth Tenety

    Glenn Beck kicked off his ‘Restoring Honor’ weekend Friday night with an event at the Kennedy Center that was more religious revival than political rally.

    “We are 12 hours away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America,” Beck said, adding, “It has nothing to do with this city or politics. It has everything to do with God almighty.”

    http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/undergod/2010/08/beck_sets_religious_tone_for_restoring_honor_rally.html

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  189. Attack Suspect Held at Hospital
    By SEAN GARDINER

    Michael Enright, the 21-year-old accused of slashing a taxi driver after questioning whether he was a Muslim, was transferred to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan Thursday night where he was admitted to a secured psychiatric ward, according to city correction’s officials.

    On Thursday afternoon, Mr. Enright was transferred from the Manhattan Detention Complex, more commonly known as “the Tombs,” to Rikers Island jail. On Wednesday, a judge ordered him held without bail when he was charged with attempted murder as a hate crime and other counts.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704147804575455973190870954.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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  190. Oklahoma Muslims share mixed views on ground zero mosque proposal
    A cultural center to be built near former site of World Trade Center has sparked debate across the nation and in Oklahoma.

    The local Muslim community is divided over the merits of a Muslim cultural center that some are calling the “ground zero mosque.”
    The center to be built near the former site of the World Trade Center in New York has become the flash point for a national debate.
    http://newsok.com/article/3489744

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  191. Five myths about mosques in America
    By Edward E. Curtis IV
    Sunday, August 29, 2010
    In addition to spawning passionate debates in the public, the news media and the political class, the proposal to build a Muslim community center near Ground Zero in New York has revealed widespread misconceptions about the practice of Islam in this country — and the role of mosques in particular.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/26/AR2010082605510.html?hpid=topnews

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  192. Democrats highlight Bush, ‘extremism’ in House battle
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    August 27, 2010 — Updated 2005 GMT (0405 HKT)

    Washington (CNN) — Bush-loving extremists.
    That, in simplified form, was the label hung on Republicans Friday by the Democrat charged with spearheading his party’s 2010 House election campaign.
    Saddled with a sagging economy and lower presidential approval ratings, Democratic Congressional Campaign Chairman Chris Van Hollen laid out his party’s apparent plan of attack for the looming midterm elections.
    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/08/27/democrats.midterm.plans/?hpt=T2#fbid=a0ZWr9P7Ueb&wom=false

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  193. Obama’s Foursomes At Martha’s Vinyard Include UBS’s Wolf, Lawyer Jordan
    By Kate Andersen Brower – Aug 28, 2010 9:01 AM GMT+0500

    The biggest names on the links this week aren’t all teeing off at the PGA tournament in Paramus, New Jersey.

    The power foursomes are on Martha’s Vineyard, where President Barack Obama is spending a chunk of his vacation playing golf with partners who have included Robert Wolf, chairman and chief executive officer of UBS Americas, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Vernon Jordan, Lazard Ltd. senior managing director and a longtime Democratic Party supporter.
    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-27/obama-s-vineyard-golf-foursomes-include-ubs-s-wolf-lawyer-jordan.html

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  194. Why so many Americans are hostile toward Islam

    By MARGARET TALEV
    McClatchy Newspapers

    Nearly a decade after Sept. 11, less than a third of the country feels favorably toward Islam. Most Americans reflexively oppose an Islamic cultural center near ground zero, and the lower the Christian president’s approval ratings, the higher the percentage of people who think he’s Muslim.

    Why?

    Beyond the simplistic debate – are we patriots or bigots? – pollsters, historians and other experts say that the nation’s collective instincts toward Islam have been shaped over decades by a patchwork of factors. These include demographic trends, psychology, terrorism events, U.S. foreign policy, domestic politics, media coverage and the Internet.

    http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/29/2184496/why-so-many-americans-are-hostile.html

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  195. NYC mosque debate will shape American Islam
    RACHEL ZOLL | August 29, 2010 12:15 PM EST | AP

    NEW YORK — Adnan Zulfiqar, a graduate student, former U.S. Senate aide and American-born son of Pakistani immigrants, will soon give the first khutbah, or sermon, of the fall semester at the University of Pennsylvania. His topic has presented itself in the daily headlines and blog posts over the disputed mosque near ground zero.

    What else could he choose, he says, after a summer remembered not for its reasoned debate, but for epithets, smears, even violence?

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/huff-wires/20100829/us-nyc-mosque-fallout/

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  196. Aug 30, 2010
    Glenn Beck: Jon Stewart ‘should write me a check’
    Glenn Beck dominated the weekend news (before the Emmys, of course) with his Washington rally that also featured Sarah Palin.
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/08/glenn-beck-jon-stewart-should-write-me-a-check-/1

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  197. Imam blames politics for mosque dispute
    Opposition to Muslim center near ground zero is led by ‘tiny, vociferous minority,’ he says

    DUBAI — Election-year politics are interfering with the plan to build an Islamic center near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks, the Muslim cleric leading the project said in comments published on Monday.

    “There is no doubt that the election season has had a major impact upon the nature of the discourse,” Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf told Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper. “The question becomes which discourse will dominate, not only in the short term but in the long term.”

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38916752/ns/us_news-life/

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  198. Obama not worried about Muslim rumors
    The fact that only 34% of people correctly identify him as Christian doesn’t bother the president, he tells NBC. ‘There is a mechanism, a network of misinformation… in a new-media era.’

    Michael Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau

    August 30, 2010

    Reporting from Washington —

    President Obama said in an interview Sunday that he can’t worry about dispelling every rumor about him — even though a recent poll showed nearly 20% of Americans erroneously believe he is Muslim.

    “The facts are the facts, right?” Obama told NBC’s Brian Williams in New Orleans, where he was marking the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. “There is a mechanism, a network of misinformation that in a new-media era can get churned out there constantly.

    http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-obama-religion-20100830,0,355388.story

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  199. Muslim leaders debate FBI presence at mosques
    By Jerry Markon
    Washington Post Staff Writer
    Wednesday, September 1, 2010
    Muslim leaders are debating the wisdom of inviting FBI agents to mosques to provide protection at a time of rising anti-Muslim rhetoric and debate about the proposed Islamic community center near Ground Zero.

    The issue surfaced Tuesday as word spread of a Nashville mosque’s decision to host two FBI agents at a prayer service last Saturday night. The agents discussed the investigation of a fire, suspected to be arson, at a planned mosque in nearby Murfreesboro, a project that has also triggered vehement opposition. The agents then silently observed prayers from the back row.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/31/AR2010083106071.html

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  200. Delegates’ humiliation
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010

    The treatment meted out to a Pakistani military delegation on Monday at the US Dulles Airport is nothing short of insulting. The eight-member delegation, led by a two-star naval officer and comprising senior military officials, was headed to Florida to attend a meeting at the US Central Command headquarters.
    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/delegates-humiliation-290

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  201. Anti-Islam hysteria
    By Pankaj Mishra
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010

    In the New York Times last week, writing about the eruption of hatred for Muslims in the US, Frank Rich asked what seems an increasingly pertinent question: “How do you win Muslim hearts and minds in Kandahar when you are calling Muslims every filthy name in the book in New York?”

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/op-ed-contributor/antiislam-hysteria-290

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  202. A serious blow to Pak-US military relationship
    EDITORIAL (September 03 2010): Quintessentially, the people of Pakistan have no heart in the so-called US-led war on terrorism, so much so that our government has to keep insisting ‘it’s our war’. Until 9/11, the Taliban were Pakistan’s strategic allies, mindful as they were that Pakistan played a key role in putting them into power by helping roll-back the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

    http://www.brecorder.com/index.php?id=1098946&currPageNo=1&query=&search=&term=&supDate=

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  203. Delegates’ humiliation
    Dawn Editorial
    Thursday, 02 Sep, 2010

    The treatment meted out to a Pakistani military delegation on Monday at the US Dulles Airport is nothing short of insulting. The eight-member delegation, led by a two-star naval officer and comprising senior military officials, was headed to Florida to attend a meeting at the US Central Command headquarters.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/editorial/delegates-humiliation-290

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  204. US sorry for ‘mistreatment’ of military delegation
    Friday, 03 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: The United States has apologised to Pakistan over “mistreatment” of a Pakistani military delegation at a US airport this week, the Pakistani defence ministry said Friday.

    US undersecretary of state for defence Michelle Flournoy apologised during a telephone call to Pakistan’s top defence ministry official, Syed Athar Ali, the ministry said in a statement.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/06-us-sorry-for-mistreatment-of-military-delegation-rs-01

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  205. Who benefits by higher interest rates?
    BY MURTAZA HAIDER ON 09 3RD, 2010 | COMMENT (1)

    n interesting public debate has started between two economists, Paul Krugman and Raghuram Rajan. The debate being that Krugman wants the interest rates to be kept low whereas Rajan wants them to be raised gradually.

    Both Krugman and Rajan are economists of international repute. Rajan was the former chief economist of the Internal Monetary Fund and is currently a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. A native of Bhopal, India, Rajan has a doctorate in economics Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has authored the book Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists.

    http://blog.dawn.com/2010/09/03/who-benefits-by-higher-interest-rates/

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  206. Obama to announce $50 billion infrastructure job plan

    By Steve Holland

    WASHINGTON | Mon Sep 6, 2010 12:16pm EDT

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama will announce on Monday a six-year plan to revamp the United States’ aging roads, railways and runways with a $50 billion up-front investment to jump-start job creation.

    The plan is one of several economic initiatives that Obama is due to unveil this week aimed at generating some desperately needed U.S. job growth and limiting predicted Democratic losses in November 2 congressional elections.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE67O4WF20100906?feedType=nl&feedName=ustopnewsearly

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  207. Planned Quran-burning could endanger troops, Petraeus warns
    By the CNN Wire Staff
    September 6, 2010 — Updated 2216 GMT (0616 HKT)

    (CNN) — The U.S. commander in Afghanistan on Monday criticized a Florida church’s plan to burn copies of the Quran on September 11, warning the demonstration “could cause significant problems” for American troops overseas.

    http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/09/06/florida.quran.burning/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_world#fbid=a0ZWr9P7Ueb&wom=false

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  208. Reaction to proposed Koran burning doesn’t faze Florida church
    By David Zucchino, Los Angeles Times
    Story posted 2010.09.07 at 06:39 PM PDT
    The pastor of a tiny, fringe evangelical church in Florida on Tuesday rebuffed a plea for restraint from Gen. David H. Petraeus, who warned that a plan to burn the Muslim holy book could provoke violence against American troops and citizens overseas.

    http://mobile.latimes.com/wap/news/text.jsp?sid=294&nid=21101515&cid=16677&scid=1854&ith=1&title=Top+Stories

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  209. Imam delivers remarks on NY mosque debate in op-ed
    (AP) – 3 hours ago
    NEW YORK — The imam behind plans for an Islamic community center near ground zero writes in a newspaper that the facility will include “separate prayer spaces for Muslims, Christians, Jews and men and women of other faiths.”
    The national debate over the center has focused on plans to include a mosque near the site of the Sept. 11 attacks.
    Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf (rah-OOF’) writes that the attention surrounding the project “reflects the degree to which people care about the very American values under debate.”

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iNLTahM5QJw8Ts0SpTgWLjXwN7gAD9I3G36G0

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  210. Cameron Munter ‘new US ambassador’
    Mr Baqir Sajjad Syed
    Wednesday, 08 Sep, 2010

    ISLAMABAD: Ambassador Cameron Munter is set to become the next US ambassador to Pakistan, replacing Anne Patterson who has completed her tenure.

    http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/munter-new-us-ambassador-890

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  211. Fla. minister: Quran burning still planned
    By MITCH STACY (AP) – 1 hour ago
    GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The leader of a small Florida church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy said he was still praying about whether go through with his plan to burn copies of the Quran on Sept. 11, which the White House, religious leaders and others are pressuring him to call off.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hKWWJdTrfALpbYfWB6fM58p6u-pwD9I3JN4O1

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  212. POLITICAL INSIDER: GOP voters outnumber Dems
    By PHILIP ELLIOTT (AP) – 2 hours ago
    WASHINGTON — Looking for yet another sign Democrats are in trouble? Take note of who is showing up to vote in the primaries.
    For the first time since 1930, Republican votes for statewide offices are outnumbering Democratic votes, according to an analysis from American University’s Center for the Study of the American Electorate. And Republicans, eager to campaign against Democrats who control the House, Senate and White House, are casting primary ballots at the highest rate since 1970.

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jrFPllkin8kzcFBD_CoiK1ztd7IgD9I3JDLO0

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  213. After Barack Obama, a dose of Hillary Clinton? Many mo