People across Pakistan, and even in the northwest, support the offensive against the local Taliban militants. But among refugees, and areas bearing the brunt of the influx, patience is wearing thin.
By Alex Rodriguez
Reporting from Mardan, Pakistan — Cradled in his father’s arms, 8-month-old Maaz Ayaz appeared listless and underweight.
A smudge of dirt marked the boy’s face. His father, Mohammed Ayaz, anxiously talked of how he and his wife could feed Maaz only tea and biscuits Continue reading
By Wajahat Ali
President Obama invites Muslim communities worldwide to join him as a “partner” dedicated to ending a “cycle of suspicion and discord.” He strives “to seek a new beginning between the US and Muslims all around the world.” Although Obama confessed, “no single speech can eradicate years of mistrust,” he hopes Muslim communities will invest faith in his iconic presence as the world’s first multicultural Superman and new ambassador of a tolerant, introspective and cooperative America. Continue reading
By James Cogan
The arrival of Obama administration special envoy Richard Holbrooke in Pakistan on Wednesday serves to underscore that the massive military operation taking place in the country’s north-west is a proxy war on behalf on US imperialism. As part of completing the transformation of Afghanistan into a client-state in Central Asia, Obama is demanding that the Pakistani government suppress the local Islamist movements that lend support to the Afghan resistance over the border. Continue reading