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Reflections…

April 21, 2011   by Andrew Purcell "Reflections on the April 9 Mobilization for Aafia"   "Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill." Some of you will recognize this as a quote from the The Sermon on the Mount. It seemed an appropriate start to a reflection about an event  that took place in the shadow of a prison. To be honest, ...

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Open Letter to Carswell Prison

April 9, 2011   An Open Letter to the staff - on day of protest at Carswell - April 9, 2011: For years I've been following the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui.  Today I was wondering if a few of you may also be concerned that there may well have been some injustices in her regard. Let each remember the kind of legacy we each want to leave our children, our nation, and our world. May we pray - each ...

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“Making Contact”

April 9, 2011.   The Mobilization for Dr. Aafia.   by Andrew Purcell   Outside the Carswell Prison entrance, Westworth, Texas. Not too far from Ft. Worth. The calendar said it was still spring. The thermometer said otherwise. Still, over a hundred people gathered for two hours in a field under the Texas sun to speak up for a woman who is not allowed to speak for herself. The purpose of the de ...

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Aafia Supporters Subjected to Threats, Attempted Assasination and Petrol Bombs

March 26,2011   First it was intimidation, then indirect warnings, then direct threats and now physical attacks... In recent days, a series of increasingly deadly threats and terror activities have been focused on Dr. Aafia's family and some prominent supporters: Dr. Aafia's sister, Dr. Fauzia, was directly threatened with harm to her children if she persisted in campaigning for Aafia. The thre ...

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Aafia Held in Secret Prisons: Lawyer

  Countercurrents.org; VOC Radio "Dr. Aafia Siddiqui was no more a terrorist than Nelson Mandela. " Those were the words of conviction spoken by Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyer, Elaine Whitfield Sharp, on VOC’s "Drivetime" on Monday. According to Whitfield Sharp, this is a case that many will never understand completely. "From the defense’s point of view, I can relate ...

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What Do Pakistanis See When They Look In The Mirror These Days?

March 17, 2011   by: Mauri Saalakhan       I begin with a question: How can Pakistanis look at themselves in the mirror and not feel absolute contempt for the tribal image they see glaring back at them?   As soon as I heard about the deal struck for the release of the CIA connected murderer, Raymond Davis, I made an inquiry into the terms of the agreement. W ...

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Aafia Siddiqui: nothing more to al-Qaeda than a recruiting tool

So Ayman al-Zawahiri has decided that it was time for al-Qaeda to take up the cause of Aafia Siddiqui. Thanks a lot for this timely endorsement. Aafia was dragged from the streets of Karachi with her three small children in 2003. Not a sound from these defenders of Islam. Persistant rumors about the "Grey Lady of Bagram" began in 2006 and still the silence was deafening. Dr. Aafia reappeared in 20 ...

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