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Taliban Release Video of Captured US Soldier

Disturbing breaking news has been reported by the Associated Press about the release of a video of a captured soldier in Afghanistan. While the US government has confirmed that the video is of the captured soldier, they have not released his name, “pending notification of members of Congress and the soldier’s family”.
I am sure the authorities have to do things the way are supposed to do, and the soldier’s family deserve to be told first, but I wonder if not releasing his identity pending such notification works at all. The family is sure to know from news reports, and once they see his face shown in the video, they are going to know for sure. There should be a fast track way to get such information to the family, so that withholding of information from the public has more meaning than that of a formality.

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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy on Taliban

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's latest documentary on Pakistan - click to watch on PBSJust watched the PBS documentary “Pakistan: Children of the Taliban“. The situation in the region is really really scary. While I follow a lot of the news from the region these days, this perspective from Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy was somewhat of an eye-opener. While the players were no less important, the star of the show was definitely the presenter — Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, the 30-year old Pakistan born journalist who seems to have risked a lot to cover stories from world’s major trouble spots. It is a shame that today is the first day I heard about this amazing journalist. The following from an article on Stanford University’s Alumni website gives an idea of who Sharmeen is: