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A Tale of Two Prisoners

Aafia and Raymond by Fowzia Siddiqui On February 3, 2010, a New York court convicted Aafia. The charge against her was an ATTEMPT to kill Americans. For that she was sentenced to 86 years in prison and is being kept in total isolation. The trial was framed by Judge Richard Berman in a way that there would be no mention of her kidnapping from Karachi in 2003 or any mention of Aafia and her three children bei ...

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Self-Defense or Spy Mission Went Awry

31 Jan 2011   From OpEdNews,    By Abdul Majid Jaffry   Soon after Pakistan appeared on the world map as a sovereign country, it was placed in the United States sphere of influence. From signing of the Mutual Defense Assistance Agreement with the United States in 1954 to Musharraf's blind subservience to USA, the incompetent Pakistani rulers have effectively turned Pakistan and US re ...

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Respect The Law

January 30,2011   By Khurram Shafique   Judge Richard Burman has sentenced Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to 86 years in prison. According to the report in Dawn, Dr. Siddiqui said to the audience after hearing the sentence, “Don’t get angry. Forgive Judge Berman.” Judge Berman repartee, apparently in scorn and sarcasm, was, “I wish more defendants would feel the way that you do.” ...

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Pakistanis Contrast Lahore Killer and Dr. Aafia

    Editorials, Columns and Analysis of the Lahore Killer - "Raymond Allen Davis" and Dr. Aafia January, 29 - February 03, 2011 Dr. Niazi Column   Tayeba Zia Column Dr. Niazi Column     Aasi Column   Awan Column   The American Citizen, Raymond Allen Davis Confessed to the fatal shooting of two Pakistani Youths   Nawa-e-Waqt Editorial Ansari Column   JAN ...

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MIT colleague speaks of Aafia

  By Usman Saleem   (First Published by CagePrisoners) Aafia was not one to brainwashed, and was certainly not an irate, blind extremist. I remember Aafia as a fellow MIT student – and then an alumna – who was intellectually diligent, conscientious in her conduct, and considerate of others. A single incident stands out as especially illustrating this. She was once in a car accident in ...

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Incorrect Report in Daily Times – Jan 8, 2011

On January 8, 2011, The Daily Times (Pakistan) incorrectly attributed a statement to Dr. Fauzia Siddiqui regarding the selection of January 7th for a "Black Day".  The statement stated that: "... the day was chosen symbolically as the first elections in the history of USA were conducted on 7 January 1769..." This was not stated by Dr. Fauzia as this date in that year has no signific ...

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The Case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui: A Profile in Persecution and Faith

January 1,2011   Washington Report On Middle East Affairs (December 2010, Vol. XXIX, No.9, page 36)   By Mauri' Saalakhan Dr. Aafia Siddiqi came to America from Pakistan as an 18 year old student. She attended the University of Houston (Texas) before matriculating to Boston’s MIT, where she earned her bachelors degree in biology. She later earned her PhD at Brandeis University, with an a ...

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Aafia Siddiqui – Memories of MIT to Carswell Prison

December 30 , 2010   from: MuslimMatters  .org   by Hena Zuberi   I prayed two rakah salah before writing this – I wrote it after her sentencing but honestly have not had the guts to publish it. I have been scared by friends and relatives – paranoid in these times of guilt by association – ‘Don’t write they will come after you too” For what? ...

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Western Double Standards

Dec. 30, 2010   Tehran Times By Yvonne Ridley I wonder if Hillary Clinton really believes in the pompous invective that shoots from her lips with the rapidity of machine gun fire. We had a classic example of it just the other day when she let rip in her grating, robotic monotones over a Moscow court's decision to jail an oil tycoon. To be fair to Clinton, she was not alone. There was a whole gaggl ...

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A Christmas Eve Remembered

The following message is a Christmas memory shared by our dear friend Andy...   2004 was not a good year. We had all come to terms with the fact that Aafia and her children were not coming back. In our own ways we mourned for them. We had begun to move on. Christmas Eve. It was snowing in Houston. Not heavily, hardly more than flurries, but it had been snowing like that since lunch time. By dinner time ...

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