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Pakistan

In a little reported attack in June, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi claimed responsibility for murdering 14 school girls and 11 others in two bombings that sent a clear message on where these particular extremists stand on the matter of girls' right to education.More >>

The highs and lows for women around the world in June 2013. On the nice list: NASA, Saudi Arabia, and the brave dissident women of Iran. On the naughty list: Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan.More >>

Please join the UBC International Students' Association (IRSA) and the Maria Helena Foundation (MHF) for a dynamic discussion on the issues surrounding the practice of Child Brides in the developing world, with a focus on Pakistan.More >>

A failed suicide bomber who had attempted to explode himself at Hazrat Sakhi Sarwar Shrine in Pakistan, presumably in this attack in 2011, reportedly woke up in hospital, gazed upon a nurse, and thought he had been awarded as anticipated, with his posse of virgins in Paradise, according to a report in the Urdu language Pakistan newspaper Nawa-e-Waqt relayed here in English. Tough luck.More >>

Nigeria

Militant Islamists abhor anything associated with modernity, with health and welfare, and with social progress.More >>

Pakistan, which incidentally generates the highest number of porn and sex-related Internet searches of any country in the world (including an astounding array of bestiality searches- see below), frequently bans websites like youtube for being "blasphemous". Most recently, the Government of Pakistan has banned access online to the website of the Canadian newspaper, The Toronto Sun. In response, the newspaper stated the following,

we are disappointed that someone unknown in the Pakistan government has taken the decision to place us behind a censorship firewall. Maybe they think no news is good news, especially when it comes to a newspaper that consistently exposes a raft of questionable policies and decisions.

After all, this is a military administration that in the past has shown scant regard for basic values of democracy, rule of law, accountability and a host of other principles we here in Canada take for granted.

The Pakistani High Commission in Ottawa has not formally confirmed or denied the ban, but is expected to make a statement on Monday. And when they do, we can likely expect something as nonsensical and contradictory as what they said when they blocked Youtube: "We believe in access to free information." ......More >>

It's always curious to me what stories hit a nerve in the media. What does it take exactly? The exact recipe of horror, devastation, drama, intrigue and injustice eludes me, I confess.

Once in a while, circumstances collide to garner good coverage for a good story, like that of the brave Malala Yousufzai of Pakistan. Long avoided conversations get started, like, hey, those Taliban are actually really kind of mean and they kill little girls and stuff. But then, another story that seems to exhibit just as much injustice, and with an even grizzlier ending, like that of the slain secondary student, Anisa of Kapisa, Afghanistan, get barely a token mention in passing, with the Government of Afghanistan doing its level best to see the story die promptly, and mostly succeeding.

Like assassination attempts against schoolgirls, stonings are another fussy theme. Mostly we don't meddle, but sometimes we let ourselves get real worked up. Back in 2002, when 30-year-old Amina Lawal was sentenced to be stoned to death by a sharia court in Nigeria for having a child out of wedlock, she made frontpage news the world over. Miss World contestants boycotted Nigeria, Oprah got more than...More >>

Like the Iranian Government's Press TV, RT (Russia Today) wears the veil of a mainstream corporate English language news service, often being mistaken by the casual listener for a tabloid style independent news company. It is in fact a Kremlin-created and funded propaganda-disseminating organization. Thus as with Press TV, take reporting like this with an atomic grain of salt: 

The majority of people killed by U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan are not militants, according to the country's Interior Minister. Rehman Malik said 80 per cent of more than two thousand people who have died as a result of strikes were civilians.

This is according to an RT broadcast which you can watch here on youby tuby. RT's one and only source for the "80%" figure is the obviously unbiased and trustworthy Pakistani Interior Minister (incidentally, the Pakistan Government has been known to secretly call for more drones, while publicly denouncing them, in accordance with their standard two-facedness policy long in effect). Pakistan is, afterall, the most transparent collaborator any ally could ever hope to rely on, so there is no reason to question any statement (especially ones with clean round numbers) their government ministers make (including...More >>

The Propagandist Magazine news world politics political commentaryThe Propagandist's Allies continue to sabotage the enemy's plans by getting critical dispatches out to mobilize the masses. And it's Friday.

Here are the latest dispatches from the front lines:

New data from Pakistan published in the American Journal of Political Science suggests that the middle class there is more likely to support violent extremism than those who are less well off. The factor proposed for this difference is interesting:

the contextual factor that matters appears to be exposure to the externalities of militant violence. Leveraging a new dataset of violent incidents, we find first that violence is heavily concentrated in urban areas and second that dislike of militant groups is nearly three times stronger among the urban poor living in districts that have experienced violence than among the poor living in nonviolent districts. It is not that people are vulnerable to militants' appeals because they are poor and dissatisfied. Instead, it appears that the urban poor suffer most from militants' violent activities and so most intensely dislike them.

In other words, the people who have to deal with the consequences are those who don't like the violent extremism. It's not a surprising causal relationship, but it is emblematic of the habit among the better-off classes the world over to casually form hardened opinions over matters that have nothing whatsoever to do with them.

You can find parallels...More >>

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