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  • Suspect in Daniel Pearl murder released in Pakistan

    October 27, 2014 | 10:35 am

    A suspect in the execution-style murder of Jewish-American journalist Daniel Pearl in Pakistan was released by a Pakistani court due to lack of evidence.

    Qari Hashim was arrested in 2005, three years after Pearl’s murder. He was accused of introducing Pearl to British-born...

  • Obama says Nobel Peace Prize choice a victory for human dignity

    October 10, 2014 | 11:40 am

    President Barack Obama congratulated Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian campaigner against child trafficking, for winning the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, calling it a victory for those who uphold human dignity.

    "Today's announcement is a victory...

  • New rule: Fanatics can’t use Twitter

    By Rob Eshman

    September 18, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    Each week, we are forced to bear witness to hideous acts of terrorism committed on a piece of barren sand thousands of miles away, then transmitted to our eyeballs via miracles of modern technology, like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, the Internet.

    Evidently, fanatics...

  • Pearl Foundation: The pragmatic fight against evil

    By Susan Freudenheim

    August 27, 2014 | 11:50 am

    As the online video of an ISIS militant’s murder of American freelance journalist James Foley went viral on the Internet last week, the gruesome scene recalled another journalist’s murder more than 12 years ago. In 2002, al-Qaida member Khalid Sheikh Mohammed killed Daniel Pearl,...

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  • Will Pakistan’s govt fall today?

    By Mahim Maher

    August 14, 2014 | 1:01 am

    Today, Aug 14, is Pakistan’s 68th birthday but instead of celebrating we’re wondering if we’ll have a government by the end of the day.

    Two anti-government forces are trying to march on the capital of Islamabad to get the prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, to resign. Pakistanis are...

  • A bullet waiting for us all in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    August 4, 2014 | 2:46 am

    I was robbed at gunpoint this week in Karachi. I don’t really want to write about this because the repetitive telling of the story or externalization of the experience feels as if it will give it another life—numb its essence or fetishize it.

    I’ve worked as a journalist in...

  • Big business destroys Karachi landmark space

    By Mahim Maher

    March 20, 2014 | 7:04 am

    Just like any other city, Karachi too suffers from the disease of big business interests. I am writing this here because it is not possible to criticise this particular big business in most newspapers.

    Bahria Town is a real estate business run by tycoon Malik Riaz. Most of the...

  • Moving and Shaking: 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, Rabbi David Baron honored

    By Ryan Torok

    February 26, 2014 | 6:43 pm

    The 12th annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Lecture, honoring the life and legacy of the Wall Street Journal reporter murdered by Islamic extremists in Pakistan in 2002, was held on Feb. 23 at UCLA. Samantha Power, United States ambassador to the United Nations, delivered the lecture and...

  • Polio virus strain in Syria confirmed as being from Pakistan, WHO says

    November 11, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Polio that has crippled at least 13 children in Syria has been confirmed as being caused by a strain of the virus that originated in Pakistan and is spreading across the Middle East, the World Health Organisation said.

    Genetic sequencing shows the strain found in Syrian children...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • The two Muslim narratives

    October 21, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The Muslim world finds itself amidst a battle of two narratives — one of oppression and one of justice.

    The oppressive narrative enforces death for blasphemy and/or apostasy and wants government that rejects the democratic ideal of separation of mosque and state. It relegates...

  • Raheel Raza’s Jihad

    By David Suissa

    October 3, 2013 | 11:00 am

    If the religion of Islam ever succeeds in eradicating its extremist and violent elements, it will be because of devout Muslim women like Raheel Raza, a long-time human rights activist from Pakistan.

    I came across Raza’s name on a piece she wrote last week on the Gatestone...

  • Daniel Pearl Fellows: Reshaping hate

    By Rob Eshman

    August 28, 2013 | 1:35 pm

    On the evening of Aug. 22, I had a public conversation with three Muslim journalists, two from Pakistan and one from Bangladesh, at the Los Angeles Press Club. All three were in the United States as Daniel Pearl Journalism Fellows, a program to introduce Muslim journalists to...

  • Malala Yousafzai: ‘Our books and our pens are the most powerful weapons’

    July 12, 2013 | 12:57 pm

    This is a transcription of the speech that Malala Yousafzai gave to the United Nations on 12 July 2013, the date of her 16th birthday and "Malala Day" at the UN.

    In the name of God, the most beneficent, the most merciful.

    Honorable UN Secretary General Mr Ban Ki-moon, respected...

  • Pakistan’s Malala, shot by Taliban, takes education plea to U.N. [VIDEO]

    July 12, 2013 | 12:04 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year for demanding education for girls, marked her 16th birthday with a passionate speech at the United Nations on Friday in which she said education could change the world.

    "Let us pick up our...

  • His Holiness

    By Rob Eshman

    May 15, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Before His Holiness Mirza Masroor Ahmad, leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, entered the gilded ballroom of the Montage Beverly Hills last Saturday afternoon, a spokesman took the microphone and explained the rules to the 500 or so acolytes, dignitaries and invited guests. 

    ...
  • 86m Pakistanis vote today

    By Mahim Maher

    May 10, 2013 | 12:52 pm

    Updates: Saturday 8:44am - Army chief votes

    It has never been seen on TV before: the chief of Pakistan's army, General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, has just come to an ordinary polling station NA 54 and cast his vote. He could have done it by postal ballot, but as Geo TV reported, he...

  • April 17, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 17, 2013 | 3:35 am

    The US

    Headline: US Senate: Will back Israeli attack on Iran

    To Read: Aaron David Miller writes about the effects that the US’ convenient geographical location has always had on its attitude toward foreign policy:

    The luxury of America's circumstances -- particularly its...

  • Elections in Pakistan May 11

    By Mahim Maher

    March 25, 2013 | 12:49 am

    Elections are scheduled to take place in Pakistan - one of the world's most troubled democracies - on May 11.

    A little over 85 million people are registered to vote. The largest chunk, 20%, is the 31-40 year group.
    The world is watching.

    On Sunday, the caretaker prime...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban starts at English school

    March 19, 2013 | 2:59 pm

    Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani girl who drew global attention after being shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education, returned to school on Tuesday in Britain where she has been treated for her injuries.

    Yousufzai, 15, has become an international figure as a...

  • Pakistan arrests suspect in murder of U.S. journalist Daniel Pearl

    March 19, 2013 | 5:11 am

    Pakistan has arrested a former militant leader in connection with the 2002 murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, security officials said on Monday.

    Qari Abdul Hai, once a leader of the outlawed Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), was arrested on Sunday...

  • March 19, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 19, 2013 | 3:07 am

    The US

    Headline:  Syrian Rebels Pick U.S. Citizen to Lead Interim Government

    To Read: According to David Rothkopf, Obama's advisors are far too confident about- and therefore far too focused on- their empty symbolism and photo ops:

    The president is seen too often by those...

  • Report: British lawmaker blames legal troubles on Jewish conspiracy

    March 14, 2013 | 8:22 am

    A British lawmaker has blamed a Jewish conspiracy for his conviction in connection with a fatal car crash.

    Lord Nazir Ahmed of the Labor party claimed that his legal problems following the 2007 crash resulted from pressure placed on the courts by Jews “who own newspapers and TV...

  • Terrorists running free in Pakistan

    By Mahim Maher

    February 22, 2013 | 11:36 pm

    I try not to write about these things because I'm not on the ground reporting. But the news is important for Pakistan and well, for reasons I cannot explain, it was played down in my newspaper and others.

    The big news is that the chief of the most violent Sunni outfit,...

  • ‘Zero Dark’ writer faces the controversy

    By Pat Sierchio

    February 19, 2013 | 11:32 am

    The time: 2003. The place: Black Site — Undisclosed Location. A battered man strung up by his wrists is being questioned by an interrogator. When he refuses to answer, he is forced to the ground and held down by three men wearing ski masks. A black towel is wrapped around his face,...

  • American gets 35 years for aiding Mumbai terrorists

    January 25, 2013 | 10:33 am

    A federal judge in Chicago sentenced an American citizen to 35 years in prison for helping Islamist terrorists kill 160 people in India in 2008.

    David Coleman Headley, a 52-year-old U.S. citizen of Pakistani heritage, was sentenced Thursday after an attack victim appealed on...

  • Pakistani girl shot by Taliban leaves British hospital

    January 4, 2013 | 10:45 am

    A Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education has been discharged from a British hospital after doctors said she was well enough to spend time recovering with her family.

    Fifteen-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot by the Taliban in October...

  • How much collateral damage is too much?

    November 19, 2012 | 9:57 am

    That is a question that should be asked regarding America’ drone operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, but it cannot be answered except episodically because nothing about those operations is available for public scrutiny.  It is also a question which must be asked of Israel in...

  • From Jihad to hasbara

    By Roberto Loiederman

    November 15, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    “Who here is Jewish?” Kasim Hafeez asked the audience. Nearly all of the several hundred raised their hands. “Seven years ago,” he added, “I would have wanted to see all of you dead.”

    The audience knew where this was heading, which didn’t make his words any less startling....

  • Malala Yousafzai and Pakistan’s dilemmas

    By Mahim Maher

    October 17, 2012 | 2:17 pm

    Malala Yousafzai, the girl at the center of a loud nationwide debate in Pakistan, is silent.

    At least for now she is recovering from gunshot injuries at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in Britain.

    She was attacked on Oct. 9, when masked gunmen hunted her down and shot...

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