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In this episode of the Truth Serum: Are U.S. soldiers, contractors and Government employees above International law? Sgt. Robert Bales killed sixteen Afghan citizens while they slept in their homes, this included nine children. He was whisked out of Afghanistan, Raymond Davis was plucked out of Pakistan after he killed two individuals in cold blood in Lahore. Should soldiers accused of rape, torture, killings and heinous crimes in foreign lands be tried according to the law in those countries? or at the International Criminal Court? or are they above the law? Would the U.S. allow another country to extricate their accused citizens from its territory?
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In this episode of the Truth Serum: A congressional hearing followed by a bill on Baluchistan rankled sentiments in Pakistan, condemnations were issued from all walks of life but do people know the organizers of the hearings, the experts and their motives. Why does Rep. Rohrabacher want to stick it to the Pakistanis? What does Dr. Christine Fair have to say, Who is Ret. Lt. Col. Ralph Peters? How dearly have his redrawn Middle East maps cost the U.S? What about his outlandish past statements? The Truth Serum investigates.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: The notorious prison celebrates its tenth anniversary. Despite promises by Obama to shut the prison it remain open even as Obama is ending his first term in office. Horrific Gitmo stories of torture and unlawful detentions continue to surface. Murat Kurnaz who spent five years sat the prison recently penned his thoughts as did Lakhdar Boumediene. A lawsuit was recently filed to force the U.S. Government to release video footage of harsh interrogations. Meanwhile the curator of the Bush’s torture policies is serving as a law professor at U.C. Berkeley. President Obama has continued on with Bush’s sordid legacy and recently signed the controversial NDAA bill authorizing military trials of suspected U.S. citizens.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: Shahid Khan a Pakistani-American is about to become the proud owner of the NFL franchise Jacksonville Jaguars. This change is ownership is drawing more scrutiny and controversy than normal. Is it all because of the ethnic and religious background of the owner? We explore the negatives and positives of how this news has been received by the Jacksonville community and beyond.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has a double digit lead in polls in three of the four nominating States in a run up to the GOP primaries. In a matter of a few months he has reinvigorated a campaign that lay in tatters in June 2011. We take a look at his stance on foreign policy matters, on ethics on family and personal values. Does a hypocritical pattern emerge? You be the judge.
In Truth Serum this Week: President Zardari’s sudden departure from the country has the world abuzz about the potential of a silent coup in Pakistan. A Foreign Policy article posed several questions about the circumstances and timing of Zardari’s departure. Zardari’s spokesperson and PPP officials are dismissive of the rumors and claim that he is having a routine medical checkup done in Dubai and will be back in the country in a few days. The next few days will determine as to whether anything significant will change in Pakistan but the noose has been tightening around Zardari with the memo gate scandal and the reopening of the NRO cases. Complicating matters further are the deteriorating Pakistani relationship with the United States.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: The NATO bombing of the Pakistani border outpost widens the rift between Pakistan and the United States. As the end game in Afghanistan approaches an extremely damaging documentary on BBC shows Pakistan as a decade long double crosser. Pakistan reacts by shutting down the BBC channel in their country. Will the newly revealed and shocking allegations lead to war? The Pakistan and U.S. friendship is over but can they remain tolerating partners on the world stage?
In this episode of the Truth Serum: Fissures are appearing in the PPP ranks with the defection of former foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi from the party. A look at the party mystique, how Zardari has run the party and the Bhutto family legacy. Will Imran Khan‘s party end up looking like all other parties. Will there be a real change or a doctored facade? More importantly will the indoctrinated and enslaved Pakistani voter mindset change?
In this episode of the Truth Serum: After the popular rally of support in Lahore will Imran Khan defy the odds again and hold a similar rally in Karachi, the largest city of Pakistan?
There a buzz of change in the air with regards to Pakistani politics especially amongst the disenfranchised youth of Pakistan. This is especially true after the stellar showing of support for Imran Khan at the Lahore rally. A true acid test of his popularity would come in the form of holding a similar rally in the biggest and the most economically influential city of Karachi. MQM has an almost Mafioso type grip on the city. Past incidents point to the city erupting in violence if MQM demands are not met. Why is Karachi so important? For multiple reasons.
First if he succeeds here as he did in Lahore it will be a true indicator to the people of Pakistan and the outside world that he is a genuine contender with a broad base of support and that a sea change is coming to Pakistan in election of 2013.
Secondly his visit will be a true test for law enforcement authorities, the paramilitary forces and the army to show that this major metropolis is actually in their control as opposed to that of political organizations and their armed wings doing as they please.
Lastly it will also be a test for the people of this city to show without fear or intimidation that they can congregate, support and eventually vote according to their free will without being coerced.
In this episode of the Truth Serum: The misbalanced, wobbly and distrustful relationship between Pakistan and the United States continues to trudge along. The United States’ stick and carrot approach with simultaneous warnings and appeals for help continue to baffle the Pakistanis. The best response to the U.S. government’s strategy came not from the Pakistani Government or any official but from an ordinary citizen who labeled Clinton and the U.S. as the always demanding and never satisfied Mother in Law. Still the end game in Afghanistan is very much on the minds of U.S. officials and tri lateral talks are under way to formalize the U.S. troop exit from the region. Pakistan’s preference is to declare cease fire in Afghanistan and to draw all warring parties to the table while the U.S. position seems to be to talk and fight at the same time. For the Pakistanis the demanding mother-in-law’s trip is about to come to an end and they are excitedly helping her back the bags for now. In their estimation all problems will subside once they leave. But this past decade has left them with a huge militancy and extremism problem which is still unraveling. Can their weak government and their increasingly stretched army withstand these challenges?