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Jul 21, 2015 The Myth of the Ethical Shopper We're still trying to eliminate sweatshops and child labor by buying right. But that's not how the world works in 2015.

QUOTE: ...for a while there, it worked. The major apparel companies adopted codes of conduct, first banning just the most egregious stuff—workers under 16, forced overtime—then expanding to health and safety, environmental protection and social investment....I spoke with more than 30 company reps, factory auditors and researchers and read dozens of studies describing what has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago. All these sources led me to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?

Huffington Post
Oct 11, 2013 Pakistani Girl, a Global Heroine After an Attack, Has Critics at Home

QUOTE: speculation grew that Ms. Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban a year ago, might win the Nobel Peace Prize....But after a week of intense news coverage, during which she released her memoir and won a prestigious European award for human rights, Ms. Yousafzai’s stature as a symbol of peace and bravery has been established across the world — everywhere, it seems, except at home.

New York Times
Oct 11, 2012 Girl's courage, Taliban's cowardice

QUOTE: It was all about [the Taliban--Ed.] imposing their will, their version of Islamic law, and subjugating the entire population, but women in particular. The Taliban reportedly had destroyed more than 200 schools and ordered all girls' schools shut down when Malala slowly emerged from obscurity. In 2009, she started writing a blog for the BBC under a pseudonym, talking about her dreams for the future and how the Taliban were pushing those aspirations further and further out of reach.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Feb 19, 2012 Taliban Gaining More Resources From Kidnapping

QUOTE: A campaign of high-profile kidnappings has provided the Pakistani Taliban and its allies with new resources, arming insurgents with millions of dollars, threatening foreign aid programs and galvanizing a sophisticated network of jihadi and criminal gangs whose reach spans the country. Wealthy industrialists, academics, Western aid workers and relatives of military officers have been targets in a spree that, since it started three years ago, has spread to every major city...

New York Times
Dec 22, 2011 U.S. Report Faults Two Sides in Deadly Pakistan Strike

QUOTE: mistakes by both American and Pakistani troops led to airstrikes against two Pakistani posts on the Afghan border that killed 26 Pakistani troops. But two crucial findings — that the Pakistanis fired first at a joint Afghan-American patrol and that they kept firing even after the Americans tried to warn them that they were shooting at allied troops — were likely to further anger Pakistan and plunge the already tattered relationship between the United States and Pakistan to new depths.

New York Times
Jul 23, 2011 Pakistan Spies on Its Diaspora, Spreading Fear

QUOTE: compared with countries like China and Russia...the ISI’s operations here are less extensive and less sophisticated... Even so, officials and scholars say the ISI campaign extends to issuing both tacit and overt threats against those who speak critically about the military.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2011 U.S.: Catching bin Laden justifies CIA vaccination ruse (The Chart)

QUOTE: A senior U.S. official on Thursday acknowledged CIA involvement in a vaccination campaign in Pakistan, but said it was a legitimate piece of the strategy for catching Osama bin Laden....the aid group Doctors Without Borders issued a statement calling the CIA’s involvement, “a dangerous abuse of medical care.”

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 04, 2011 Pakistan’s Spies Tied to Slaying of a Journalist

QUOTE: Obama administration officials believe that Pakistan’s powerful spy agency ordered the killing of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants in the country’s military, according to American officials.

New York Times
May 14, 2011 As Rift Deepens, Kerry Has a Warning for Pakistan

QUOTE: The United States and Pakistan are veering toward a deeper clash, with Pakistan’s Parliament demanding a permanent halt to all drone strikes just as the most senior American official since the killing of Osama bin Laden is to arrive with a stern message that the country has only months to show it is committed to rooting out Al Qaeda and associated groups.

New York Times
Apr 24, 2011 Are drones a technological tipping point in warfare?

QUOTE: The British study noted that drones are becoming increasingly automated. With minor technical advances, it said, a drone could soon be able to “fire a weapon based solely on its own sensors, or shared information, and without recourse to higher, human authority.”

Washington Post
Jan 05, 2011 Microlenders, Honored With Nobel, Are Struggling

QUOTE: microloans have prompted political hostility in Bangladesh, India, Nicaragua and other developing countries....But as with other trumpeted development initiatives that have promised to lift hundreds of millions from poverty, microcredit has struggled to turn rhetoric into tangible success.

New York Times
Dec 29, 2010 Rights Groups Tie Pakistan to Disappearances of Insurgents

QUOTE: ...Pakistan’s security services have rounded up thousands of people over the past decade, mainly in Baluchistan, a vast and restive province far from the fight with the Taliban, and are holding them incommunicado without charges. Some American officials think that the Pakistanis have used the pretext of war to imprison members of the Baluch nationalist opposition that has fought for generations to separate from Pakistan.

New York Times
Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy

QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

New York Times
May 26, 2010 Europe's burqa rage

QUOTE: The vast majority of Muslim women do not wear complete covering because the Koran mandates only modesty, not sartorial imprisonment. But at issue in Europe is not social disapproval; it is criminalization.

Washington Post
May 25, 2010 U.S. Heads a Cast of Villains in Pakistan’s Conspiracy Talk

QUOTE: Conspiracy theory is a national sport in Pakistan, where the main players — the United States, India and Israel — change positions depending on the ebb and flow of history. Since 2001, the United States has taken center stage, looming so large in Pakistan’s collective imagination that it sometimes seems to be responsible for everything that goes wrong here.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 Pakistan blocks YouTube a day after shutdown of Facebook over Muhammad issue

QUOTE: A simmering clash between free speech and religious sensibilities in Pakistan burst from the streets onto the Internet on Thursday, as the government blocked the video-sharing site YouTube and other pages it deemed "sacrilegious" to the nation's Muslim majority.

Washington Post
May 16, 2010 Afghan reconciliation strategy should reflect Pashtun culture

QUOTE: Conflicts start because of an insult to a tribe's honor, which requires a rite of revenge known as badal. The fighting continues until scores are settled and the combatants are exhausted. It's the mechanism of conflict resolution that's intriguing, in terms of U.S. strategy. Reconciliation begins with a process of repentance...

Washington Post
May 15, 2010 U.S. Is Still Using Private Spy Ring, Despite Doubts

QUOTE: Top military officials have continued to rely on a secret network of private spies who have produced hundreds of reports from deep inside Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to American officials and businessmen, despite concerns among some in the military about the legality of the operation.

New York Times
Oct 27, 2009 Pakistan's Forgotten Plight: Modern-Day Slavery

QUOTE: will Clinton be able to press Islamabad's rulers to address a controversy involving rural poverty and modern-day slavery?

Time Magazine
Aug 12, 2009 Use of drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan: deadly, but legal?

QUOTE: the US – and allies like Pakistan – will have to confront important questions about their [Predator drones] legality. Who, exactly, controls the [Predator] drones? And by what laws are they governed?

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 11, 2009 How America Is Funding Corruption in Pakistan: Graft is on the rise in Islamabad, courtesy of the U.S. taxpayer.

QUOTE: For the last eight years, U.S. taxpayers' money has funded hardly any bona fide counterterrorism successes, but quite a bit of corruption in the Pakistani Army and intelligence services.

Aug 03, 2009 'They Want to Destroy Christians' Spasm of Religious Violence Leaves a Pakistani Minority in Mourning, Frustration

QUOTE: Killing has become commonplace in Pakistan. But this attack [in Gojra] startled the country both for its ferocity and for its stark message to religious minorities.

Washington Post
Jul 09, 2009 Outsourcing torture: Extraction

QUOTE: Did the [British] government subcontract the removal of a man’s fingernails?

May 10, 2009 Taliban-Style Justice Stirs Growing Anger: Sharia Being Perverted, Pakistanis Say

QUOTE: distinction between the Taliban version of Islam -- often described as narrow-minded, intolerant and punitive -- and what might be called the mainstream Pakistani version of Islam, which is generally described as moderate and flexible.

Washington Post
Dec 31, 2008 Pakistani Militants Admit Role in Siege, Official Says

QUOTE: after weeks of stonewalling, it also seems clear that Pakistan may use its investigation to make the case that the Mumbai attackers were not part of a conspiracy carried out with the spy agency, known as the ISI, but that the militants were operating on their own and outside the control of government agents.

New York Times
Dec 11, 2008 India Vows No Retaliation

QUOTE: Calling Pakistan the epicenter of terrorist attacks against India, the Indian foreign minister on Thursday urged the government there to do more than detain leaders of extremist groups, even as he all but ruled out the prospect of a military confrontation.

New York Times
Dec 09, 2008 Indian Police Disclose More Suicide Attackers

QUOTE: the Pakistani government publicly confirmed for the first time on Tuesday that its forces had seized two militant leaders, including the operational commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba....It was unclear from the defense minister’s remarks whether Mr. Lakhvi was detained in the first raid on Sunday. Lashkar-e-Taiba was founded 20 years ago with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence agencies as a proxy force to challenge Indian control of part of Muslim-dominated Kashmir.

New York Times
Nov 24, 2008 In India, Controversy Over Hindus' Arrests: Terrorism Case Sets Off Politicking, Protests

QUOTE: the arrests of Hindus in a terrorism case and the use of the new tag "Hindu terror" have sparked enormous controversy. The acrimonious political debate and the street demonstrations in support of the accused threaten to paralyze India's concerted response to terrorism. The controversy also points to the growing complexities of combating tit-for-tat terrorism in this predominantly Hindu but officially secular nation.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2008 Call Off Your Drones: Negotiating with Pakistan over remote-controlled killing.

QUOTE: The tricky question is whether the drone attacks are directly alienating too many people or whether the Pakistani government is asking to Petraeus to call off the drones for more complicated reasons....If suicide bombs in hotels can force us to call off the drones, then terrorism is trumping remote-control technology.

Sep 11, 2008 Bush 'approved' Pakistan attacks

QUOTE: President George W Bush has authorised US military raids against militants inside Pakistan without prior approval from Islamabad, the BBC has learned.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
May 28, 2008 111 Nations, Minus the U.S., Agree to Cluster-Bomb Ban

QUOTE: More than 100 countries reached agreement Wednesday to ban cluster bombs, controversial weapons that human rights groups deplore but that the United States, which did not join the ban, calls an integral, legitimate part of its arsenal.

Washington Post
Mar 12, 2008 State Dept. Rights Report Calls Record of Sudan 'Horrific'

QUOTE: The State Department's annual survey of human rights practices around the world calls Sudan's record "horrific" and notes that countries where power is in the hands of unaccountable rulers are the most systematic violators of human rights standards.

Washington Post
Feb 18, 2008 Desiring a Fair Vote, Doubting It Will Be: Pakistanis Expect Rigging by Government

QUOTE: The [Pakistani word] is "dhandali" -- rigging -- a wide-ranging practice that includes blatant acts such as stuffing ballot boxes and hiring thugs to intimidate voters at polling stations, as well as more subtle techniques such as extorting loyalty from public employees and using official vehicles and funds to promote pro-government candidates.

Washington Post
Jan 12, 2008 Rights Group: U.S. Journalist Ordered to Leave Pakistan

QUOTE: The Committee to Protect Journalists "is unfortunately accustomed to reporting on the government's attacks on the local media, but now harassment seems to be spreading to foreign journalists as well," Joel Simon, the group's executive director, said in a statement.

Washington Post
Dec 19, 2007 Picture of Secret Detentions Emerges in Pakistan

QUOTE: Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies, apparently trying to avoid acknowledging an elaborate secret detention system, have quietly set free nearly 100 men suspected of links to terrorism, few of whom were charged, human rights groups and lawyers here say.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2007 With news banned from TV, Pakistanis find it on the Web: Musharraf's crackdown on news and dissent has managed to miss a vibrant Internet community.

QUOTE: "By shutting private media down, they thought they could control the political message," says Adnan Rehmat, who heads Internews Pakistan, a Washington-based media watchdog group. "But it's only encouraged people to come up with new and creative ways of constructing a message and passing it around."

Christian Science Monitor
Sep 24, 2007 Pakistani Electoral Process in Disarray, Observers Warn

QUOTE: With their country in turmoil, Pakistani voters are expected within months to go to the polls for the first parliamentary elections here in five years. But as time runs short, independent observers say that the nation is poorly prepared and that the elections will be highly vulnerable to fraud.

Washington Post
Sep 23, 2007 Police Arrest Musharraf Critics: Roundup of Pakistani Leader's Foes Comes 2 Weeks Before Vote

QUOTE: With President Pervez Musharraf facing an election in just two weeks, police on Saturday night arrested key opposition leaders who had vowed to try to block the general's plans for winning a new term.

Washington Post
Jul 23, 2007 Pakistani Forces in Congo Aided Gold Smugglers, the U.N. Finds: Rights Group Alleges Direct Involvement by the Peacekeepers

QUOTE: Pakistani peacekeepers serving under the U.N. flag "aided and abetted" a network of Kenyan businessmen smuggling gold from a mine in eastern Congo, providing them with food, housing, transportation and security...

Washington Post
Jul 14, 2007 Living a Half-Life While Waiting for Those Lost: Families in Divided Kashmir Left Wondering, Often for Years, About Loved Ones Taken by Indian Army

QUOTE: As many as 10,000 people are missing in the bloody 18-year conflict between Indian army troops and militant separatists .... The problem persists because, under law, the Indian army is given carte blanche to quell any suspected militancy and hunt down possible insurgents...

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2007 Did Siemens Cheat the World Bank?: Investigators are looking into whether the German engineering giant lined its own pockets on a Pakistan power plant project

QUOTE: Siemens is alleged to have artificially driven up the costs for the construction of a power plant completed in the Punjab region of Pakistan during the late 1990s. The result may have been several millions worth of inflated World Bank subsidies for the project.

May 18, 2007 Internet Increasingly Censored The first comprehensive global survey of Internet filtering shows that online repression is on the rise worldwide.

QUOTE: "Over the course of five years, we've gone from just a few places doing state-based technical filtering, like China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia, to more than two dozen," says John Palfrey, executive director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School.

Technology Review
Apr 27, 2007 World execution numbers fall: Number of people executed in Iran, Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan rises despite overall decline, Amnesty international says.

QUOTE: In its annual report on the death penalty, the human rights group Amnesty International said at least 1,591 people were executed last year, down from 2,148 the year before. "Last year saw a slight drop in execution numbers - but it was another grim death toll around the world and we are particularly concerned about a disturbing 'revival' of executions in countries like Iraq, Sudan and Pakistan," Kate Allen, the director of Amnesty International UK, said.

Guardian Unlimited
Dec 22, 2006 Nike's dilemma: Is doing the right thing wrong?: A child labor dispute could eliminate 4,000 Pakistani jobs.

QUOTE: A soul-searching debate is now coursing through [Pakistan]: Child labor is universally condemned, but is it fair for multinationals to cut and run when incidents arise of children working? Or do corporations have an obligation to work to fix these problems themselves?

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 08, 2006 After TV Debates, Pakistan May Ease Laws on Rape Reporting

QUOTE: The [Pakistani--Ed.] laws, introduced in 1979 and criticized internationally since, include a clause stating that to prove rape, a woman must have at least four male witnesses. If the woman fails to provide proof, she herself faces the charge of adultery.

New York Times
Jun 21, 2006 8 Months After Quake, Little Relief for Some Pakistanis

QUOTE: More than eight months after Pakistan's worst-ever earthquake killed 73,000 people and left three million homeless, families here still swelter in tents waiting for a government compensation plan to kick in so they can start to rebuild.

New York Times
Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed

QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...

Washington Post
Jan 16, 2006 Protests Spread Across Pakistan: Islamic Groups Condemn Fatal U.S. Missile Strike; American Senators Defend Attack

QUOTE: Thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets in cities across the country Sunday to protest a U.S. missile attack two days earlier that killed more than a dozen people but apparently missed its target, Ayman Zawahiri, the deputy leader of al Qaeda.

Washington Post
May 25, 2005 F.B.I. Is Accused of Ignoring Abuse of 2 Americans in Pakistan

QUOTE: American F.B.I. agents repeatedly interrogated two United States citizens who were illegally detained for eight months and did nothing to stop them from being tortured by Pakistani authorities...

New York Times
Sep 29, 2004 Sentenced to Be Raped

QUOTE: ...tribal council determined that the suitable punishment for the supposed affair was for high-status men to rape one of the boy's sisters, so the council sentenced Ms. Mukhtaran to be gang-raped.

New York Times

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