Redefining Success

There were a series of notable arrests this past weekend in Pakistan. On Sunday, media outlets reported that Shah Abdul Aziz, a former MP with the MMA, was detained in connection with the murder of Piotr Stanczak, a Polish engineer decapitated by Taliban militants in February. The AFP reported, “On July 16, Pakistani police arrested another man, Atta Ullah Khan, in connection with the killing and on Sunday arrested three other people suspected of links ... Full Story »

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Paul Peete
3.6
by Paul Peete - Jul. 29, 2009

The writer tied recent events that I am aware of to this piece indicating that he has validated his material by adding context. Placing this struggle in historical context, the writer explains how difficult it is to clear, build, and most significantly, HOLD the territory involved.

America's presence in Afghanistan and occasional drone bombardments in Pakistan portend a protracted presence ridding the remote regions of the Taliban, al qaeda, and radical terrorist groups. Hopefully the Pakistani Government will provide sufficient control over its larger cities while stretched thin in the counterinsurgency. Having the world's sixth largest population means it is by no means insignificant to American interests.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Jul. 29, 2009

Thoughtful analysis of conflicting reports from Pakistan, comparing the views of miltants, government officials and journalists. This article is written by Kalsoom, an independent blogger of Pakistani origin, now living in Washington DC. It points to ample factual evidence, and presents fairly a variety of linked perspectives, with helpful context on this complex issue.

Today on NewsTrust, we're looking for good journalism about the nearly 2 million Pakistani refugees, displaced by militant violence in Swat Valley. Can you help us pick the best stories? http://newstrust.net/topics/pakistan

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Kaizar Campwala
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by Kaizar Campwala - Jul. 29, 2009

A fantastic roundup of the Pakistani government's struggle with fighting the Taliban. The author examines the combination of tools the government is using, including arrests, beefing up the police, and military operations. Excellent sourcing from both international and Pakistani news organizations.

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Kristin Gorski
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by Kristin Gorski - Jul. 30, 2009

An informative blend of well-sourced facts and thoughtful context. Its analysis provides insights helpful to understanding the complexity of the Taliban in Pakistan, particularly Swat. One of the more original pieces I've read lately on this topic.

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Matthew Palevsky
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by Matthew Palevsky - Jul. 29, 2009

This gives a comprehensive look at the various complexities of Pakistan's internal conflict. While the writers is not completely unbiased, he does appear fully transparent. He also includes details about individual players who are not widely cited in the media.

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Derek Hawkins
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by Derek Hawkins - Dec. 23, 2009
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Emma Asomba
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by Emma Asomba - Jul. 30, 2009

The writing is a bit dense, however, moving beyond this, it's a remarkable work. The author puts a focus on the role of reforms and capacity development to bring results. Well

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John Louden
3.9
by John Louden - Jul. 29, 2009

the US strategy mentioned -- Clear, Hold and Build -- probably needs soem fine-tuning, based on the limited success the US has had with it in Iraq.

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Sara Schonhardt
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by Sara Schonhardt - Jul. 29, 2009

It is a good assemblage of what others are reporting, but lacks original reporting that would add to its credibility. I did, however, appreciate the links.

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Muhammad Ilyas
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by Muhammad Ilyas - Jul. 30, 2009

It is because it was written keeping in view both of the sides and with citation of sources.

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