Daily Archives: October 8, 2009

‘I questioned things at Guantánamo from day one

Six months into his stint as a guard at Guantánamo, Terry Holdbrooks converted to Islam. What made him do it, asks Sarfraz Manzoor

Sarfraz Manzoor

Terry Holdbrooks, now named Mustafa Abdullah.

Terry Holdbrooks arrived at Guantánamo detention camp in the summer of 2003 as a godless 19-year-old with a love of drinking, hard rock music and tattoos. By the time he left Cuba the following year, he had alienated his army colleagues, won the respect of the detainees and, most astonishingly, converted to Islam in a midnight ceremony in the presence of one of the detainees, who had become his mentor. Continue reading


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Kerry Lugar Bill and the Conspiracy Theorists

By Yasser Latif Hamdani

The conspiracy-monger brigade of Pakistan is up in arms against the Kerry Lugar Bill.   Hysterical shrieks are being heard from all corners against it.   Those who had struggled for rule of law and democracy only a few months prior ago are now hailing the top brass of the Pakistan Army for taking a stand against this “anti-national faustian bargain”.   All and sundry have denounced it as the worst compromise in Pakistan’s history.  Continue reading


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