Infidel Links, 10-29-12

29 Oct

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US detention of Imran Khan part of trend to harass anti-drone advocates (Glenn Greenwald)

On Saturday, Khan boarded a flight from Canada to New York in order to appear at a fundraising lunch and other events. But before the flight could take off, US immigration officials removed him from the plane and detained him for two hours, causing him to miss the flight. On Twitter, Khan reported that he was "interrogated on [his] views on drones" and then added: "My stance is known. Drone attacks must stop." He then defiantly noted: "Missed flight and sad to miss the Fundraising lunch in NY but nothing will change my stance."

Moon Jae-in says he would seek to restart six-party talks (Hankyoreh)

Moon Jae-in told former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian affairs Christopher Hill that he plans to resume the six-party talks on the North Korea nuclear issue if elected.

Castro’s Nuclear Epiphany—and What It Reveals About the Minds of Dictators (The Atlantic)

Maybe Castro become more conscious of the inescapable reality of his own death and found a new appreciation for life — and had second thoughts about mass killing of others? Confronting our own death, our own personal end of the world, our own personal Armageddon, can, Tolstoy says, help us be thankful for and embrace the beauty of life here and now. I like to imagine that the decisive moment came when Fidel was listening to Beethoven.

The Battle of the Khans (ArmsControlWonk)

Eating Grass is likely to figure prominently in a settling of nuclear accounts within Pakistan that is already under way. A.Q. Khan was awarded his nation’s highest civilian honor, the Nishan–e-Imtiaz, not once, but twice, in 1996 and 1999, prior to his 2004 public “confession” of misdeeds extracted by President Pervez Musharraf. AQ subsequently retracted that confession.

Munir suffered many indignities because AQ regularly proclaimed his competitor’s failings.  Munir went publicly unrecognized until he received the Nishan–e-Imtiaz posthumously in 2012, thirteen long years after his death. Now these tables have turned. As AQ futilely throws his hat into the ring of Pakistani politics, his standing as the father of Pakistan’s bomb is plummeting. Feroz’s account paints AQ as a vain, underperforming showman who caused “irreparable loss” to Pakistan’s international standing, while Munir, a quiet man with a thin smile, methodically laid the foundations of Pakistan’s future deterrent.

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