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Author: Jere Van Dyk
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2010-06-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781429949972
Rating: 4.4/5 (299 downloads)

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An American reporter's chilling account of being kidnapped and imprisoned by the Taliban, in the no-man's-land between Afghanistan and Pakistan Jere Van Dyk was on the wrong side of the border. He and three Afghan guides had crossed into the tribal areas of Pakistan, where no Westerner had ventured for years, hoping to reach the home of a local chieftain by nightfall. But then a dozen armed men in black turbans appeared over the crest of a hill. Captive is Van Dyk's searing account of his forty-five days in a Taliban prison, and it is gripping and terrifying in the tradition of the best prison literature. The main action takes place in a single room, cut off from the outside world, where Van Dyk feels he can trust nobody—not his jailers, not his guides (who he fears may have betrayed him), and certainly not the charismatic Taliban leader whose fleeting appearances carry the hope of redemption as well as the prospect of immediate, violent death. Van Dyk went to the tribal areas to investigate the challenges facing America there. His story is of a deeper, more personal challenge, an unforgettable tale of human endurance.

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Lost Copy

Author: John Martinkus
Publsiher: Australian Scholarly Publishing
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2017-10-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1925588394
Rating: 4.5/5 (883 downloads)

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“We, his friends, never knew if it was suicide or not but the reality was Tor [Norwegian journalist Torgeir Norling], who had shared so many dangers, hardships and fear, with us was gone. Tor was a journalist’s journalist. I had covered East Timor with him in the late nineties. Like me he had gone on to cover Iraq, Afghanistan, Aceh, Sri Lanka and Burma. The conflicts that dominated our generation of journalists. There were not many of us doing that over and over again ...” The working title of this memoir by celebrated Australian war correspondent John Martinkus was Endless Jihad; the future of these recent wars stretches far beyond sight. We know they will bear hard on us and on generations to come, but attention wanders and fresh copy from the battlefront is too often “lost” ...

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An Enemy We Created

Author: Alex Strick van Linschoten
Publsiher: Hurst Publishers
Total Pages: 549
Release: 2012
Genre: Afghanistan
ISBN: 1849041547
Rating: 4.0/5 (415 downloads)

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There is a widespread belief that the Taliban and al-Qaeda are in many respects synonymous, that their ideology and objectives are closely intertwined and that they have made common cause against the West for decades. Such opinions have been stridently supported by politicians, media pundits and senior military figures, yet they have hardly ever been scrutinised. This is all the more surprising given that the West's present entanglement in Afghanistan is commonly predicated on the need to defeat the Taliban in order to forestall further terrorist attacks worldwide. The relationship between the two groups and the individuals who established them is undeniably complex, and has remained so for many years. Links between the Taliban and al-Qaeda were retained in the face of a shared enemy following the invasion of Afghanistan after the September 11 attacks, an adversary that was selected by al-Qaeda rather than by the Taliban, and which led the latter to become entangled in a war that was not of its choosing. This book is the first to examine in detail the relationship from the Taliban's perspective based on Arabic, Dari and Pashtu sources, drawing on the authors' many years experience in southern Afghanistan, the Taliban's heartland. They also interviewed Taliban decision-makers, field commanders and ordinary fighters while immersing themselves in Kandahar's society. Van Linschoten and Kuehn's forensic examination of the evolution of the two groups allows the background and historical context that informed their respective ideologies to come to the fore. The story of those individuals who were to become their key decision-makers, and the relationships among all those involved, from the mid-1990s onwards, reveal how complex the interactions were between the Taliban and al-Qaeda and how they frequently diverged rather than converged. An Enemy We Created concludes that there is room to engage the Taliban on the issues of renouncing al-Qaeda and guaranteeing that Afghanistan will deny sanctuary to international terrorists. Yet the insurgency is changing, and it could soon be too late to find a political solution. The authors contend that certain aspects of the campaign, especially night raids and attempts to fragment and decapitate the Taliban, are transforming the resistance, creating more opportunities for al-Qaeda and helping it to attain its goals.

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Tropic of Chaos

Author: Christian Parenti
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2011-06-28
Genre: Nature
ISBN: 1568586620
Rating: 4.5/5 (866 downloads)

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From Africa to Asia and Latin America, the era of climate wars has begun. Extreme weather is breeding banditry, humanitarian crisis, and state failure. In Tropic of Chaos, investigative journalist Christian Parenti travels along the front lines of this gathering catastrophe--the belt of economically and politically battered postcolonial nations and war zones girding the planet's midlatitudes. Here he finds failed states amid climatic disasters. But he also reveals the unsettling presence of Western military forces and explains how they see an opportunity in the crisis to prepare for open-ended global counterinsurgency. Parenti argues that this incipient "climate fascism" -- a political hardening of wealthy states-- is bound to fail. The struggling states of the developing world cannot be allowed to collapse, as they will take other nations down as well. Instead, we must work to meet the challenge of climate-driven violence with a very different set of sustainable economic and development policies.

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A Rope and a Prayer

Author: David Rohde
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2010-11-30
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1101445394
Rating: 4.4/5 (453 downloads)

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The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction by the Taliban, and his wife's struggle to free him. Invited to an interview by a Taliban commander, New York Times reporter David Rohde and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped in November 2008 and spirited to the tribal areas of Pakistan. For the next seven months, they lived in an alternate reality, ruled by jihadists, in which paranoia, conspiracy theories, and shifting alliances abounded. Held in bustling towns, they found that Pakistan's powerful military turned a blind eye to a sprawling Taliban ministate that trained suicide bombers, plotted terrorist attacks, and helped shelter Osama bin Laden. In New York, David's wife of two months, Kristen Mulvihill, his family, and The New York Times struggled to navigate the labyrinth of issues that confront the relatives of hostages. Their methodical, Western approach made little impact on the complex mix of cruelty, irrationality, and criminality that characterizes the militant Islam espoused by David's captors. In the end, a stolen piece of rope and a prayer ended the captivity. The experience tested and strengthened Mulvihill and Rohde's relationship and exposed the failures of American effort in the region. The tale of those seven months is at once a love story and a reflection of the great cultural divide-and challenge-of our time.

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Caged Heroes

Author: Jon Couch
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 468
Release: 2011
Genre: Prisoners of war
ISBN: 1467060429
Rating: 4.0/5 (64 downloads)

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In the Trenches

Author: John Adams
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 220
Release: 2012-01-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9781462067855
Rating: 4.4/5 (62 downloads)

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It is the summer of 1939 in England when soldiers start digging trenches in a local park. Suddenly, seven-year-old John Adams is forced to face a new reality. He and his school are abruptly evacuated to an unknown destination. Two days later, war is declared. As the sky lights up with searchlights and German bombing raids increase, Adams natural instincts to dig for the real story kick inbeginning what would eventually become a remarkable journey as a journalist. By fourteen, Adams had published his ?rst article in a major national paper, Britains Daily Mirror. At nineteen, he was ?ghting in the Korean War. He became a military reporter for Londons Daily Telegraph and battled against communist propaganda during the Cold War as a correspondent and news director of Radio Free Europe. He offers an unforgettable glimpse into the fascinating world of news , including insights into what it was like to interact with such disparate public ?gures as the Duke of Wellington, Otto von Habsburg, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite. In the Trenches explores one mans experiences, perspectives, and memories as he witnesses extraordinary times in history through the ever-curious eyes of a reporter. Adams saw it all with his own eyes, heard it with his own ears. He lived it. Andrew Alexander, former Ombudsman, the Washington Post, and Washington bureau chief, Cox Newspapers

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Mediating Emergencies and Conflicts

Author: Federico M. Federici
Publsiher: Springer
Total Pages: 215
Release: 2016-07-20
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 1137553510
Rating: 4.5/5 (535 downloads)

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Contributors to this volume discuss different types of emergencies and conflicts and how challenging these multilingual operational environments are for linguists. The growth in reach and number of international relief operations has exposed the limits of current research into these challenges. Evidence in disaster management studies suggests communication remains a major operational issue. This book calls for enhanced focus on the role of translators and interpreters in emergencies by discussing existing research and questions which have emerged from experience in the field. Contributions in this volume undeniably demonstrate the need for multidisciplinary studies in mediating multilingual emergencies. They consider emergencies in hospitals (Cox and Lázaro Gutiérrez), in disaster response (Dogan), in bespoke training to translators in fast-developing crises (O’Brien), and in planning responses in predictably dangerous habitats (Razumovskaya & Bartashova). The volume also illustrates scenarios in which discourse on language mediation shows bias by limiting political dialogues (Al Shehari), by conditioning news reporting (Skorokhod), and by enforcing stereotypical notions of linguists in wars (Gaunt).

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Terrorism, 2008-2012

Author: Edward Mickolus
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 343
Release: 2014-03-03
Genre: History
ISBN: 0786477636
Rating: 4.4/5 (776 downloads)

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This comprehensive chronology provides coverage of every international terrorist attack covered in public literature--including newspapers, news magazines, radio, television, websites, and other media--from 2008 through 2012, plus updates on events that occurred before that period. It notes trends in suicide bombings, violence against Western and local hostages, letter bombs, food tampering, major assassinations, and other attacks by terrorists of all stripes. Changes in security measures around the world are also included, as are the key players in each event, ranging from terrorists to victims to individuals trying to prevent the next attack.

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American Cipher

Author: Matt Farwell
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2019-03-12
Genre: History
ISBN: 1472238788
Rating: 4.2/5 (387 downloads)

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The explosive narrative of the life, captivity, and trial of Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who was abducted by the Taliban and whose story has served as a symbol for America's foundering war in Afghanistan In the early hours of June 30, 2009, Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl walked off his platoon's base. Since that day, easy answers to the many questions surrounding his case have proved elusive. Why did he leave his post? What kinds of efforts were made to recover him from the Taliban? And why, facing court martial, did he plead guilty to the serious charges against him? In American Cipher, journalists Matt Farwell and Michael Ames persuasively argue that the Bergdahl story is as illuminating an episode as we have as we seek the larger truths of how the United States lost its way in Afghanistan. Telling the parallel stories of an idealistic, misguided young soldier and a nation stalled in an unwinnable war, the book reveals the fallout that ensued when the two collided, and in the process, provides a definitive corrective to the composite of narratives - many simplistic or flawed, unfair or untrue - that have contributed to the Bergdahl myth. Based on years of exclusive reporting drawing on dozens of sources throughout the military, government, and Bergdahl's family, friends, and fellow soldiers, American Cipher is at once a meticulous investigation of government dysfunction and political posturing, a blistering commentary on America's presence in Afghanistan, and a heart-breaking chronicle of a naive young man who thought he could fix the world and wound up as the tool of forces far beyond his understanding.

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My Life with the Taliban

Author: Abdul Salam Zaeef
Publsiher: Hurst
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2010-01-01
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1849044457
Rating: 4.0/5 (444 downloads)

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This is the autobiography of Abdul Salam Zaeef, a senior former member of the Taliban. His memoirs, translated from Pashto, are more than just a personal account of his extraordinary life. My Life with the Taliban offers a counter-narrative to the standard accounts of Afghanistan since 1979. Zaeef describes growing up in rural poverty in Kandahar province. Both of his parents died at an early age, and the Russian invasion of 1979 forced him to flee to Pakistan. He started fighting the jihad in 1983, during which time he was associated with many major figures in the anti-Soviet resistance, including the current Taliban head Mullah Mohammad Omar. After the war Zaeef returned to a quiet life in a small village in Kandahar, but chaos soon overwhelmed Afghanistan as factional fighting erupted after the Russians pulled out. Disgusted by the lawlessness that ensued, Zaeef was one among the former mujahidin who were closely involved in the discussions that led to the emergence of the Taliban, in 1994. Zaeef then details his Taliban career as civil servant and minister who negotiated with foreign oil companies as well as with Afghanistan's own resistance leader, Ahmed Shah Massoud. Zaeef was ambassador to Pakistan at the time of the 9/11 attacks, and his account discusses the strange "phoney war" period before the US-led intervention toppled the Taliban. In early 2002 Zaeef was handed over to American forces in Pakistan, notwithstanding his diplomatic status, and spent four and a half years in prison (including several years in Guantanamo) before being released without having been tried or charged with any offence. My Life with the Taliban offers a personal and privileged insight into the rural Pashtun village communities that are the Taliban's bedrock. It helps to explain what drives men like Zaeef to take up arms against the foreigners who are foolish enough to invade his homeland.

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Moon-o-theism, Volume I of II

Author: Yoel Natan
Publsiher: Yoel Natan
Total Pages: 608
Release: 2006
Genre: Cults
ISBN: 9781438299648
Rating: 4.4/5 (382 downloads)

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This is volume one of a two-volume study of a war and moon god religion that was based on the Mideast moon god religion of Sin.

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The May 31, 2014 Transfer of Five Senior Taliban Detainees

Author: United States. Congress. House. Committee on Armed Services
Total Pages: 111
Release: 2015
Genre: National security
Rating: 4./5 ( downloads)

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Al Qaeda's Global Crisis

Author: V. G. Julie Rajan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 366
Release: 2015-01-30
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 1317645375
Rating: 4.6/5 (453 downloads)

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This book focuses on the crises facing Al Qaeda and how the mass killing of Muslims is challenging its credibility as a leader among Islamist jihadist organizations. The book argues that these crises are directly related to Al Qaeda’s affiliation with the extreme violence employed against Muslims in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan in the decade since 9/11. Al Qaeda’s public and private responses to this violence differ greatly. While in public Al Qaeda has justified those attacks declaring that, for the establishment of a state of ‘true believers’, they are a necessary evil, in private Al Qaeda has been advising its local affiliates to refrain from killing Muslims. To better understand the crises facing Al Qaeda, the book explores the development of Central Al Qaeda’s complex relationship with radical (mis)appropriations and manifestations of takfir, which allows one Muslim to declare another an unbeliever, and its unique relationship with each of its affiliates in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The author then goes on to consider how the prominence of takfir is contributing to the deteriorating security in those countries and how this is affecting Al Qaeda’s credibility as an Islamist terror organization. The book concludes by considering the long-term viability of Al Qaeda and how its demise could allow the rise of the even more radical, violent Islamic State and the implications this has for the future security of the Middle East, North Africa and Central/South Asia. This book will be of much interest to students of political violence and terrorism, Islamism, global security and IR.

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Lost to the World

Author: Shahbaz Taseer
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 235
Release: 2022-11-17
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 1473557089
Rating: 4.5/5 (57 downloads)

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In late August of 2011, Shahbaz Taseer was driving to his office in Lahore, Pakistan when he was dragged from his car at gunpoint and kidnapped by a group of Taliban-affiliated terrorists. Just seven months earlier, his father, Salman Taseer, the governor of Punjab Province, had been shot dead by his guard for speaking out against Pakistan's blasphemy laws. For almost five years Shahbaz was held captive, moved ever-deeper into the lawless Hindu Kush, frequently tortured and forced to endure extreme cruelty, his fate resting on his kidnappers' impossible demands and the uneasy alliances between his captors and the Taliban and ISIS. Lost to the World is the remarkable true story of Taseer's time in captivity, and of his astonishing escape. It is a story of extraordinary faith, bravery and sorrow, with moments of kindness and humour offering a hopeful light in the dark years of his imprisonment. By turns immensely personal and surprisingly universal, Shahbaz Taseer's story is a testament to the enduring power of the human spirit.

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Celestra’s Plan

Author: Michael Barr Mossman
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 66
Release: 2020-09-09
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 1728372887
Rating: 4.3/5 (728 downloads)

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Celestra’s Plan tells the story of how Wil Mossman grew up in a small Midwestern town around the time of the War in Afghanistan. Wil thinks he has met the girl of his dreams at a college dance. However, Wil does not know about her true identity. A trip to California and an unexpected trip to Texas sets his life in a new direction. Wil’s love for a woman leads him on a rescue mission to Afghanistan, and then to a large cattle ranch in Texas. Soon, Wil finds himself fighting drug dealers in his attempt to save the woman he loves. However, Wil’s life has been greatly influenced by the love of two other beautiful women. A mystical muse, named Celestra, enters into Wil’s life and directs him to his one true love.

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When I Say Yes

Author: Carolin Emcke
Publsiher: John Wiley & Sons
Total Pages: 120
Release: 2020-04-17
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 150954089X
Rating: 4.5/5 (48 downloads)

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How should we talk about desire, power and equality in the wake of the #Me Too debate? For Carolin Emcke, bestselling author and winner of the German Peace Prize, the debate demonstrates one thing above all: a conversation about abuse and sexuality has emerged that can no longer be stifled. Too many questions remain unanswered: which images and concepts shape our imaginings of desire and revulsion? How is violence exposed and obstructed? How do the norms and structures into which men, women and those in between must fit get constructed? What gets hushed up, and who remains powerless? How can the plurality of desire and sexuality be expressed, without sacrificing their intricacies? By interrogating her own experiences as well as social practices, music and literature, Emcke demonstrates the enduring complexity of the relationship between sexuality and truth.