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Archive | April, 2012
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The Man who Knew Too Much

Rich Barlow idles outside his silver trailer on a remote campsite in Montana – itinerant and unemployed, with only his hunting dogs and a borrowed computer for company. He dips into a pouch of American Spirit tobacco to roll another cigarette. It is hard to imagine that he was once a covert operative at the […]

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Country for Sale

Sang Run, his hair stiff with sea salt, chugs out into the Gulf of Kompong Som in his weather-beaten turquoise boat, looking for blackling. He scours the shallow, blue water, waiting for a shoal to appear, before skimming his net across the water. He does the same every day, taking his catch to auction on […]

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First Photo: Bin Laden’s children held in Pakistan

IT LOOKS like an ordinary family snapshot but this is the first photograph to be published of the children who were in Osama Bin Laden’s compound on May 2 last year when he was shot dead by US Navy Seals. The three children on the right, Hussain, 3, Zainab, 5, and Ibraheem, 8, are the youngest […]

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Bin Laden told his children: ‘Go to the US and live in peace’

OSAMA BIN LADEN urged his younger children to go to university in the West and live peacefully rather than embrace terrorism, his brother-in-law said this weekend. “He told his own children and grandchildren, ‘Go to Europe and America and get a good education’,” said Zakaria al-Sadah, whose sister Amal was the fifth wife of the […]

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War Games – Iran

Since his surprise election in 2005, Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has widely been seen in the west as a dangerous demagogue with an alarming anti-Semitic streak, a man determined to take his country into a bruising showdown with the US. His jarring style of anti-diplomacy has alienated virtually every country bar his declared allies in […]

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On the trail of Pakistan’s Taliban

The authorities in Pakistan have often seemed in cahoots with home-grown terrorists. Not any more. Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark report from Islamabad and the border badlands as a new intelligence unit gets serious about tackling the bombers. As the first reports of explosions at the Taj and Oberoi hotels in Mumbai reached Islamabad just […]

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Poor Kids

‘Some people  bully you because your house is not all fancy’ Sam, 11, is living with relatives after his single parent dad had a heart attack.  Paige, 10, recently moved off a condemned Gorbals estate.  Courtney, eight, and friend Holly, nine, in Bradford: ‘I think my future is going to have loads of bad things in it’ In the UK, 3.8 million children live in poverty. True Vision filmed five […]

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How to defuse a human bomb

In Pakistan, young boys are being recruited as suicide bombers by the Taliban.  Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy visit a new school that offers these brainwashed  children a different future. Photographs by Charla Jones The boy comes into view on the CCTV footage for just a few seconds, long enough to see that he is very young and wearing something bulky under his shalwar kameez. He walks purposefully through a crowd of worshippers gathering at Data […]

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City of Fear. Pakistan Living with Terror

A Pakistani student recalls the day her closest friendship was blown apart Every week is like 7/7 Dispatches: City of Fear Amber Ilyas was a grim statistic waiting to happen. Last year as an introverted but smart 18-year-old she was adjusting to her new life as a first-year student at the Islamic University in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Her best friend was […]

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