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Iranian President Khatami Attacked Idea

Iranian President Khatami attacked the idea of a US war against Iraq forcefully while in Spain this week. Officially, Iran has all along loudly denounced the idea of a US invasion of…

Jordanian Officials Are Conducting

The Jordanian officials are conducting interrogations of Muslim fundamentalists in Jordan concering the assassination of Laurence Foley, the head of US AID in Amman. An al-Qaeda link is suspected, but it is…

Feuding In Northern Afghanistan Us

Feuding in Northern Afghanistan US special envoy Zalmay Khalilzad and US Ambassador to Afghanistan Robert Finn met with warlords in Mazar-i Sharif Monday. The factional fighting between soldiers loyal to Uzbek leader…

Iraq War Would Bring Increase In

Iraq War would bring increase in Terrorism: Oxford Report Jane Merrick of the Press Association reported that the Oxford Research Group believes and Iraq war will increase terrorism by al-Qaeda against the…

Fate Of Iraqi Political Prisoners

Fate of Iraqi Political Prisoners Unknown Iraqi organizations and notables in London have called on the Iraqi government to account for what they claim are tens of thousands of political prisoners. These…

Abu Qatadah Arrested Key Figure In Al

Abu Qatadah Arrested– Key Figure in al-Qaeda The Palestinian cleric Umar Muhammad Abu Umar (“Abu Qatada”), 40, was arrested in a Wednesday raid on a council house in Bermondsey, south London. Suspected…

More On Pakistans Elections I Just

More on Pakistan’s Elections I just wanted to emphasize that I was not at all critizing the moves for restoration of democracy in Pakistan in my op-ed. What I was criticizing was…

Petition For Palestinian Children

Petition for Palestinian Children A wonderful Israeli organization called Taayush or “living together” has launched a petition drive concerning the dire state of education for Palestinian children under Israeli occupation. The petition…

Parliamentary Maneuvering In Pakistan

Parliamentary Maneuvering in Pakistan It is being speculated in the Pakistani press that the Muslim League (QA) may be able to form a government if it allies with absolutely all of the…

History News Network Httphnn

History News Network [http://hnn.us/articles/1053.html] 10-21-02: News Abroad Why Those Election Results in Pakistan Are Frightening by Juan Cole The results of the elections held in Pakistan on October 10 have cast a…

Afghan Pakistani Tensions Rise Elected

Afghan-Pakistani Tensions Rise The elected leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province traded jibes on Sunday and Monday. A spokesman for Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Pakistanis to learn from past…

Iraqi Kurds Eye Kirkuk Mosul Oil Fields

Iraqi Kurds eye Kirkuk, Mosul Oil Fields Commander Hamid Efendi, the top-ranking Kurdish militia commander in Northern Iraq, said Saturday that he was committed to taking Kirkuk and Mosul for Kurdistan if…

Egypt Releases 120 Islamists Egyptian

Egypt releases 120 Islamists The Egyptian government released 120 members of the Gamaa Islamiyya or Islamic Grouping from prison this past week, and is said to plan further releases. Fully 100 of…

More On Bali Bombing And Al Qaeda I Can

More on Bali bombing and al-Qaeda I can confirm that Abu Bakar Bashir is “of Arab descent but born in Jombang, in Indonesia.” Kim Sengupta reported it in the Independent. I was…

Things Are Going From Bad To Worse For

Things are going from bad to worse for the US in Pakistan. Now the Muttahida Majlis-i Amal or United Action Council, which groups six religious parties, is making a bid to actually…

Blowback From Reagans Afghanistan

Blowback from Reagan’s Afghanistan Policy The relevant information on the role of the US in encouraging the Chinese and the Pakistanis to arm the Mujahidin with ever more sophisticated weaponry is in…

Saudis Refuse Participation In Iraq War

Saudis Refuse Participation in an Iraq War The Saudis are again saying as loudly as they can that Saudi Arabia will not take part in any attack on Iraq. Prince Sultan, the…

Bali Nightclub Bombing Death Toll Keeps

Bali Nightclub Bombing The death toll keeps rising in the bombing on Saturday of two nightclubs on the Indonesian island of Bali. Today I saw 187 given as the number of dead,…

Pakistan Election Results Pakistan

Pakistan Election Results The Pakistan People’s Party, led by Makhdoom Amin Fahim, seems set to attempt to form a government in coalition with the Muslim League (QA) and the Muttahida Qaumi Movement.…

Failure Of Reagans Afghanistan Policy

The Failure of Reagan’s Afghanistan Policy The Reagan administration policy in Afghanistan was not a “most successful departure” but, in my opinion, an absolute disaster that led in many ways directly to…

Opposition To Musharraf Wins Big In

Opposition to Musharraf wins Big in Pakistan Early returns available in the Pakistani elections held October 10 reveal a strong anti-Musharraf tendency among those few who could be bothered to go to…

Bin Laden And Pakistans Elections

Bin Laden and Pakistan’s Elections A letter is being distributed in Peshawar allegedly from Usama Bin Laden, urging Pakistanis to vote for the enemies of Gen. Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan’s elections, which…

History News Network 10 07 02 Fact

History News Network 10-07-02: Fact & Fiction Jerry Falwell on Muhammad By Juan Cole Mr. Cole is professor of Middle East and South Asian history at the University of Michigan and author…

Saddam Hussein Says He Refuses To

Saddam Hussein says he refuses to resign and will remain in power, attempting to dampen down the rumors flying in Europe that he might step down in order to avoid a war…

Falwell On Muhammad Jerry Falwells

Falwell on Muhammad Jerry Falwell’s absurd charge on CBS’s Sixty Minutes on Oct. 6 that the Prophet Muhammad was a terrorist was leaked late last week and has attracted some reaction in…

Real Reasons For Iraq War Jay Bookman

The Real Reasons for the Iraq War Jay Bookman of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (9/29/02) argued that the Iraq war is actually aimed at securing an empire for the United States, and that…

Iraqi Shiites Question In Op Ed In Nyt

Iraqi Shiites [Question:] >In an op-ed in NYT today Frank Smyth says the great majority of Iraqi >Shi’is are Akhbaris, and hence do not follow the clerical leadership >characteristic of the rival…

More On Pakistani Elections There Is

More on Pakistani Elections There is increasing speculation in the Pakistani press that of the 272 seats in the Pakistani parliament, nearly half (around 120) will go to the Muslim League (QA),…

History News Network 9 30 02 Culture

History News Network 9-30-02: Culture Watch The Misuses of Anti-Semitism By Juan Cole Mr. Cole is professor of Middle Eastern and South Asian History at the University of Michigan and author of…

1 Yemen Has Arrested Four French

1) Yemen has arrested four French nationals of Arab origin in a town 400 kilometers south of the capital of Sanaa on suspicion of having links to al-Qaeda. French officials say the…