Tarek Mehanna and the myth of US free speech

by Tahir Mahmoud Posted May 2012 by Crescent International Dr. Tarek Mehanna, an American-born Muslim citizen, was handed a 17-year-prison sentence by a Boston court on April 12 for no greater “crime” than exercising his First Amendment right to free speech. He did not attack or kill anyone; all he did was express his opinion…

Cheap smart weapons: Rockets galore

by The Economist Posted September 29, 2012 by The Economist   MONEY, as Cicero observed more than two millennia ago, is the sinews of war. That is still true today. But lately, from the American point of view, things have got ridiculous. Guided missiles, in particular, are ludicrously expensive. A Tomahawk cruise missile costs about…

“British gesture at odds with Rights Declaration”

posted October 23, 2012 by The Hindu   Some human rights activists and voluntary organisations in Gujarat have taken strong exception to the British government’s decision to improve ties with Gujarat and encourage industrial investments in the State. In a memorandum submitted to James Bevan, British High Commissioner in Delhi, who paid a courtesy call…

Exiled Uyghurs call for China reforms

posted November 9, 2012 by Aljazeera As Communist Party Congress begins, members of the Muslim minority hope for better treatment from China’s government. Just hours before her death sentence and execution, Rebiya Kadeer found herself shackled inside Liudaowan Prison in China’s far-western Xinjiang region. If only to calm her nerves, she assured herself that her…

America’s Drone Terrorism

by Sheldon Richman Posted October 21, 2012 by reason In the United States, the dominant narrative about the use of drones in Pakistan is of a surgically precise and effective tool that makes the U.S. safer by enabling “targeted killing” of terrorists, with minimal downsides or collateral impacts.     This narrative is false. Those…

Ready for your close-up, Mr Xi?

by Pepe Escobar posted November 9, 2012 by Aljazeera Hope and change, Chinese-style, erupts at the highly-choreographed Communist Party Congress Just like his predecessor Jiang Zemin, Chinese President Hu Jintao is bound to remain at least for another two years as head of the Party’s all-powerful Central Military Commission [AP] Forget about ground game, demographics,…

Syria rebels to reorganise, lead from front: Genera

posted November 9, 2012 by Ahram Online Syria’s largest armed opposition group is undergoing a drastic reorganisation and relocating its leadership to rebel-held territory in a bid to win vital international support, a general told AFP. Mustafa Sheikh heads the military council that presides over the Free Syrian Army (FSA) but which has been criticised…