Month: June 2009

Pakistan’s “Invisible Refugees”

The NYT has an interesting piece on “invisible refugees” in Pakistan, Pashtun families who’ve fled south to escape the fighting between Pakistani forces and militants. They’re “invisible” because instead of taking refuge in camps, they’re turning to their fellow Pashtun for support. The result is families of 10, 20, 40 and more cramped into unbelievably tight quarters, sometimes displacing their own hosts, and stretching the limits of both Pashtun hospitality and local infrastructure: 

Guard Of Key Terror Witness Killed In Greece

ATHENS — Masked gunmen on Wednesday ambushed and killed an undercover police officer who was guarding a key witness in a terror trial in what the authorities said was an escalation in attacks by domestic terrorists. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the police said that some of the bullets used in the killing matched those used in a shooting carried out by a far-left militant group called the Sect of Revolutionaries.

Racist Attacks on Romanians In Northern Ireland

More than 100 Romanians forced from their homes by racist attacks are likely to abandon Northern Ireland.

They were forced to take shelter in a church overnight, are currently taking refuge in a leisure centre and will offered temporary homes in student accommodation.

A mother of two, who said she only wanted to be known by her first name Maria, said everyone was now adamant that they wanted to return to Romania.

Robert Baer On Iran

Iran is not a theocracy. It is a military dictatorship headed by Khamenei and advised by a coterie of generals from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and the Army, as well as hard-liners in the secret police. Ahmadinejad is little more than the spokesman for this group. He may have a say in the day-to-day management of the economy and other parts of Iranian administration–but all important decisions, particularly those related to Iran’s national security, including rigging presidential elections, are made by Khamenei.