Olympic update

As the entire universe knows, London will host the Olympics next year. And there have been any number of surprises here, and the biggest surprise that that by and large they have all been positive. The only negative one that comes to mind, in fact, is the grotesque logo that the organizers picked, which is so grotesque that I’m not going to bother to reproduce it—you can fine it here if you’re so inclined. And if you go here, you can find out how much fun some people have been having with it. And it hasn’t been without other kinds of controversy, either. And then there’s this. And then there are the mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, about whom the less said the better.
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The Death of Shahzad: leave it to the ISI to make al Qaeda look tame in comparison

Shahzad with Taliban(Pictured: Syed Saleem Shahzad with Taliban fighters.)

Some initial impressions on the murder by beating — torture — and gunshot of Asia Times Online reporter Syed Saleem Shahzad: Something of a legend in his own time, his access to al Qaeda and Taliban was light years beyond that of any other journalist.

The central irony of his death is that he was even once detained by the Taliban for a week, but in the end it looks like it was Pakistan’s largest intelligence apparatus, the ISI (Inter-Services Intelligence Service) that did him in. Or as Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema, who, as Ron Moreau of the Daily Beast reports, was abducted last September and beaten by individuals he believes were the ISI, said:

But if it’s not the ISI then they [the ISI] need to locate the people who did this, because they certainly can. Continue reading