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Pakistan's Ambassador to the US Resigns

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Former journalist and human rights activist Sherry Rehman has been named as Pakistan's new ambassador to the United States. Rehman will replace Husain Haqqani, who resigned amid accusations he was involved in an effort to engage the U.S. to curb the Army's powers in Pakistan. Haqqani allegedly sent an anonymous memo sent to Admiral Mike Mullen after the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistani in May. The memo requested Washington’s help in diminishing the power of the Pakistani army. In recent days, a Pakistani-American businessman has said he was instructed to write the memo by Haqqani. 

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The Takeaway

Anti-Extremist Pop Song Goes Viral in Pakistan

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

A satirical music video by the pop rock band Beygairat Brigade which openly mocks the military, nationalist politicians, and religious conservatism in Pakistan has become an internet sensation with more than 400,000 views in a few short weeks. “Aalu Anday,” which means “Potatoes and Eggs,” encourages open thought and a repeal of the country's anti-blasphemy laws. 

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The Takeaway

CIA Makes Concessions to Drones Program

Friday, November 04, 2011

After numerous complaints from military and State Department officials, the Central Intelligence Agency has agreed to concessions in the way it runs its covert drones program. Military and diplomatic officials complained large drone strikes were undermining the already fraught relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. A White House review came out in favor of the drones program, but found that the CIA must coordinate its attacks with the State Department. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, reported on the story in today's paper.

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The Washington Report

Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the GOP Race for President

Monday, October 31, 2011

In this week's Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, speaks to Kerry Nolan about Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the GOP race for president.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Attacks in Afghanistan, Morning Headlines

Monday, October 31, 2011

Over the weekend two attacks in Afghanistan proved some of the deadliest in that country in over two months. In Kabul, a bombing left 17 people dead, and some officials pointing beyond the Taliban and towards a growing threat: the Haqqani network, which is based in neighboring Pakistan. That and this morning's other top headlines. 

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The Takeaway

US-Pakistan Relations Further Complicated After Afghanistan Attacks

Monday, October 31, 2011

Two attacks over the weekend in Afghanistan drew into even sharper relief the challenges of relations between Pakistan and the U.S. One reason: officials pointed to the first attack, in which a suicide bombing of an armored convoy killed 17 people, as a likely calling card not of the Taliban but the Haqqani terrorist network. The Haqqani network is based largely in Pakistan, and the U.S. has accused that country of supporting them. Now, American officials are in the difficult position of asking Pakistan for help in peace negotiations with the Haqqanis.   

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Steve Inskeep on Life and Death in Karachi

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Steve Inskeep, co-host of NPR’s Morning Edition, discusses how migration of the past few decades has transformed Karachi, Pakistan, the largest city whose stability is a vital security concern of the United States. Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi looks at the perils and possibilities of rapidly growing metropolises all around the world.

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The Takeaway

Pakistan Accused of Secretly Supporting Taliban

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The increasingly fraught relationship between the United States and Pakistan is under even greater scrutiny after new revelations showing Pakistan has continually supported and trained the Taliban in Afghanistan for the last decade. A BBC investigation alleges that Pakistan has secretly armed and trained the enemy in Afghanistan while professing to be a U.S. ally. David Loyn, correspondent for the BBC, filed this report.

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The Takeaway

The Haqqani Network's Influence in Pakistan and Afghanistan

Monday, September 26, 2011

Jalaluddin Haqqani has called his militant outfit the most deadly insurgent group in Afghanistan, and a recent New York Times article called the Haqqani network a "ruthless crime family." Many top American officials are convinced that Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence has been working with the militant outfit. Their latest attacks include a strike on the U.S. embassy in Kabul.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

U.S. vs. Pakistan

Friday, September 23, 2011

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, talks about Admiral Mullen's accusation against Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence.

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The Takeaway

Al Qaeda's Number Two Reportedly Killed in Drone Strike

Monday, August 29, 2011

American and Pakistani officials are reporting that a CIA drone strike killed Al Qaeda’s number two man, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, on Saturday. If the news is true, this could be yet another blow to the organization's high command, following the death of Osama bin Laden in May. But a senior Pakistani security official in the region told Agence France yesterday that he doubts the reports are true, and others have been unable to confirm whether Rahman has in fact been killed.

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The Takeaway

China May Have Examined Stealth US Helicopter

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

U.S. officials believe Pakistan may have allowed China to study and take samples of the stealth helicopter that crashed during the Osama bin Laden raid in May, before they returned it to the U.S. If the allegations are true, it continues a long history of China trying to obtain U.S. military secrets. How will this latest story affect relations not only between China and the U.S., but between the U.S. and Pakistan?

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CIA Drone Strikes Come Under Scrutiny

Friday, August 12, 2011

Speaking about the CIA's classified drone program, President Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser John O. Brennan has said, “There hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities we’ve been able to develop.” But a new report by British and Pakistani journalists claims otherwise.

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After The Takeaway: John Hockenberry Contemplates the Significance of the Bin Laden Raid

Thursday, August 04, 2011

In this video, The Takeaway’s co-host John Hockenberry reflects on the controversial essay by Nicholas Schmidle that appeared in this week’s New Yorker, entitled “Getting Bin Laden: What Happened that Night in Abbottabad.” We had Schmidle on The Takeaway earlier this week, and he discussed the symbolic as well as practical significance of the success of the bin Laden raid for the U.S. Military. Here, Hockenberry reacts to these sentiments, assessing the implications of our national preoccupation with security in a post-9/11 world.

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The Takeaway

New Details on Bin Laden Raid

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

On May 1, a group of U.S. Navy SEALs entered Pakistan in Blackhawk helicopters and raided a compound in Abottobad, where they found and killed the world's most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. An extraordinary story has now emerged of what is perhaps the most successful covert operation in U.S. history. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pakistan: Playing with Fire

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pamela Constable, foreign correspondent and former deputy editor at The Washington Post, discusses Pakistan, a volatile nation at the heart of major cultural, political, and religious conflicts in the world today, and one that continues to struggle over its identity, alliances, and direction. Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself is based on Constable’s many years of reporting in the region. It explores Pakistan's contradictions, confusion, struggles with inequality and corruption, and how competing versions of Islam divide the country. She also discusses U.S.-Pakistan relations, the ISI, and why the country is so strategically and politically important.

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The Takeaway

FBI: Pakistan Military Paid to Influence US Policy

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

According to newly unsealed FBI documents, the Pakistani military and its spy agency, the ISI, has spent $4 million over two decades to influence U.S. policy against India. The FBI has also indicted two U.S. citizens in connection with illegally lobbying members of Congress and presidential candidates. Syed Fai, who lives in Virginia, was arrested on Tuesday for failing to register with the Justice Department as an agent of Pakistan. The other man, Zaheer Ahmad, is at large in Pakistan.

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Features

New One-Woman Play Uses Humor to Tackle Issues Facing Muslim Americans

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Aizzah Fatima’s "Dirty Paki Lingerie" is now running at the Midtown International Theater Festival.

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The Takeaway

Did CIA's Fake Vaccine Drive Undermine Global Health Efforts?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Reports are emerging that the C.I.A. used a fake vaccination drive in Pakistan to gather intelligence on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, prior to the May 1 raid where the Al Qaida leader was killed. The fake vaccine drive has received criticism from members of the public health community, who say this type of strategy could undermine future efforts to combat diseases across the globe.

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The Takeaway

US Defers $800 Million of Military Aid to Pakistan

Monday, July 11, 2011

The United States is suspending as much as $800 million of military aid to Pakistan, in a bid to change the behavior of one of America’s most crucial — and controversial — partners. The move is an effort to admonish the country for expelling U.S. military trainers, and show disapproval for terrorist activities, such as the slaying in May of Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, whose death has recently been linked to Pakistan's powerful spy agency. 

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