Aafia Siddiqui Case Closed; Pending Appeal Dismissed

Last week Aafia Siddiqui’s lawyers were informed that Judge Berman of the Manhattan South District was closing her case and dismissing her appeal at her request.   Siddiqui, who received an 86 year sentence after being convicted in a trial based on conflicted testimony, innuendo and secret evidence, has been in solitary confinement in Carswell Medical Center since 2008,   The jury […]

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To Commemorate The 2014 Election in Afghanistan

Introduction followed by reprint of post by Sherif Samir on Our Journey to Smile.  After months of wrangling, and a runoff between feuding candidates, Abdullah Abdullah, and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, who  represent different regions and ethnic groups of the country, Ashraf Ghani was declared the new president of Afghanistan.    The numeric results were apparently too sensitive to release, and were […]

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A Brief Report on Syria’s Presence at the UNGA

Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid al-Moallem, spoke before the United Nations General Assembly.   Like President Rouhani of Iran, he spoke to a sparse audience in the hall.   However,  those present showed a deep interest in his words.    I will post a transcript below.   He spoke at some length about the Syrian effort to restore order within the country, and to provide […]

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