I have been following the low-level insurgency in China’s western Xinjiang Province for years, from the chaos that coincided with the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2009 riots to the recent disturbances earlier this year…but this was surprising. It appears to be some semblance of a suicide car bombing, but the details are still murky … More Western China violence comes to Beijing
This was a horrific headline to wake up to: The death toll from a wave of terror attacks by homegrown Sunni groups and a Baloch separatist outfit in Pakistan’s restive northwest rose to 140 on Friday, reports Indian newspaper Times of India. Refusing to bury the dead, Shia Muslim leader Maulana Amin Shaheedi challenged army … More Things are not boding well for Pakistan
When I was in South Asia back in 2009, Pakistan was being hit by mass casualty bombings several times a week. While Hakimullah Mehsud, the charismatic leader of the Pakistani Taliban, has faded away with his whereabouts unknown, the spectacular explosions have been replaced by sectarian target killings that are increasingly resembling acts of genocide. … More Ethnic cleansing in Pakistan
A few days back the Associated Press published this story. It was picked up by DAWN, Pakistan’s largest English-language news agency and for good reason. The article gives a much-needed position that counters the rhetoric spewed out by so many western news agencies and American politicians that accuse Pakistan of working with the Taliban. While … More Pakistani soldiers speak out
Growing religious chaos, the rise of Boko Haram, and how we can help This is an article I had published at my church earlier this week: On Christmas morning 2011, Bay Area residents woke up to a beautiful day eclipsed by the excitement of their children, many of whom were probably up at dawn, counting … More What is happening in Nigeria?
Prior to 2001, the Taliban government of Afghanistan regularly persecuted Shiite Muslims and treated them as lesser human beings. Those in the western hemisphere who have nominally paid attention to the region and the Shia of Afghanistan might remember their suffering in the book The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, as well as the movie … More Back to the old days
I spent Friday night arguing with a friend of mine at a hotel restaurant here in Tijuana about Islamic fundamentalists, the attacks they commit, and whether or not they exist. He denies what I believe to be obvious fact: that the above-mentioned fanatics slaughter innocent Muslims, religious minorities, and anyone who doesn’t fit into their … More Denying reality will not strengthen your case