Rob Ford and his sordid affairs have dominated the mainstream media as of late so rather than tread that territory, I’ll highlight a few stories that haven’t received as much attention but still affect many people.
Saudi Arabia on the verge of obtaining nukes from Pakistan? An interesting BBC piece that highlights the links between the two countries and shows that Israeli fears of Iran are the key to all the posturing and arrangements being made behind the scenes
Pakistani Province Backs Deadline for End to U.S. Drone Strikes
Local officials in a northwestern province of Pakistan have voted to block NATO supply routes unless the United States puts an end to drone attacks. A measure approved Monday gives the United States a deadline of November 20 or face a blockade of its supply lines. The vote came in response to the drone attack that killed Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, jeopardizing renewed talks between the Taliban and the Pakistani government. In his first public comments since the attack that killed Mehsud, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif renewed his call for an end to the drone strikes and vowed to press ahead with the Taliban peace talks. ( Democracy Now Nov. 5th, 2013)
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: “Our government, ladies and gentlemen, is firmly resolved to bringing the cycle of bloodshed and violence to an end. But it cannot be done overnight, nor can it be done by unleashing senseless force against our citizens without making — without first making every effort to bring the misguided and confused elements of society back to the mainstream. The government of Pakistan has made its position clear, that drone strikes constituted a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty, violative of international humanitarian laws, besides being counterproductive to our efforts for bringing peace and stability in Pakistan and the region.”