The Pakistan Taliban

by Graham Usher | published February 13, 2007

Killing Live 8, Noisily

The G-8, Liberal Dissent and the London Bombings

by Sheila Carapico | published July 14, 2005

My Hairdresser Is a Sniper

by Shira Robinson
published in MER223

Two months ago, my hairdresser confessed to me that he was a sniper. During his last trip to downtown Jerusalem, Jake told me, he had seen sharpshooters on top of all the buildings.

"I had never noticed them," I admitted. "How did you know they were there?"

"Well, if you really want to know," he said haltingly, "I was a sniper during the first intifada. They used to put me on top of a building and say, 'See that guy in the yellow shirt? Take him out.' Now the Palestinians are doing the same thing in our cities, only using live bullets instead of rubber-coated ones."

The Death and Life of Jarallah Omar

by Sheila Carapico , Lisa Wedeen , Anna Wuerth | published December 31, 2002

News of the shooting deaths of three American health professionals working for a Southern Baptist mission hospital in Yemen follows closely on the heels of the very public murder of a highly regarded figure in the Yemeni opposition.

Jarallah Omar, deputy secretary general of the Yemeni Socialist Party, was assassinated December 28, 2002, minutes after delivering a conciliatory speech to the Yemeni Congregation for Reform, known as al-Tajammu` al-Yemeni lil-Islah or simply Islah.

The Band Played On

Continued Military Rule in Pakistan

by Kamran Asdar Ali | published May 9, 2002

On May 8, a bomb blast rocked central Karachi, killing at least 14 people, including a number of French nationals. This suicide bombing comes on the heels of the brutal murder of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter, allegedly by Islamist extremist groups who had recently fallen out of the favor of the Pakistani military government. Similar explosions have hit churches and other places of worship around the country this spring. In Karachi, Shia professionals have been assassinated in escalating sectarian violence that has gripped the larger cities of Pakistan.

Pakistan's Dilemma

by Kamran Asdar Ali | published September 19, 2001