Worldview Archive: April, 2009

Getting to Afghanistan, cont'd

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Spent 8 hours in Islamabad's international airport (which has no restaurant and kiosks that sell no food other than mouldy candy bars and Pringles... Read more
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Where Daniel Pearl's body was dumped

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The building is nondescript, like a huge apartment block. in a field in east Karachi. But it contains a notorious religious school, or madrassa... Read more

Delayed in Pakistan

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I was supposed to leave today for Afghanistan, but my flight was cancelled. It was a United Nations flight, the U.N. Humanitarian Air Service... Read more
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Islamists in Karachi

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I'm driving around Pakistan's largest city and financial capital, Karachi, with the mayor, Syed Kamal, who tells me that Islamists have penetrated... Read more
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Three Cups of Tea

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My driver, helper and protector in Islamabad is Suleman Minhas, the Operation Manager of the Central Asia Institute, run by Greg Mortensen... Read more
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A Taliban at prayer

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A self-declared member of Taliban lines up to be searched before praying at the infamous Lal Masjid or Red Mosque, in islamabad, where the... Read more
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The Frontier Corps

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Today I visited Balahisar fort, the incredibly impressive fortress where the Frontier Corps are headquartered may be as much as 2000 years... Read more
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The refugees

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Here's how the Taliban grow. These are refugees from the Bajaur tribal agency who were forced to flee their villages when the army came in... Read more