Just in time for the Nov. 4 election, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi is again being highlighted for his remarks in April dismissing the cities of Baoji, China, and Karachi, Pakistan, as potential "Friendship Cities."
The revelation from her party leader, President Barack Obama, that ending the war in Afghanistan will involve leaving about 10,000 U.S. troops there through 2016 does not sit well with Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove). "Our troops have been in Afghanistan for over 10 years," says the senior me ... More >>
Your assignment this week: sixteen essays, ten short chapters, one elegant and righteous rant. Almost ready for classes starting next week at the UC, and well into the quarter or semester everywhere else. Everybody asks the annoying question about how the kids are doin' these days, education is simu ... More >>
Earlier this month, Moxley told us the fabulous tale of one Oytun Ayse Mihalik of La Palma, a former CVS pharmacist whom the feds accused of raising money for Al Qaeda. Using the name "Cindy Palmer," Mihalik sent a couple of thousand to folks in Pakistan who wanted to harm American soldiers--she ple ... More >>
Judge to punish Cypress resident and former CVS pharmacist tied to terrorism plot against U.S. soldiers
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India and Pakistan might be right next to each other on a map, but it's not often you see them listed together on a sign for a Long Beach restaurant, much less a small, Himilayan-salt obsessed one tucked away in a storefront just off Pine Avenue and Third Street. Originally lured into the Kabob Curr ... More >>
In one word, it was disgusting. That's how Shakeel Syed, executive director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California, described the amateurish film that was blamed for instigating violent protests in Libya and Egypt, as well as others in Sudan, Indonesia, and Pakistan, last week. American ... More >>
The medical doctor who helped the CIA track down Osama bin Laden--only to be left hung out to dry in Pakistan--is getting an assist from an unlikely source: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. The Costa Mesa Republican--who blames most societal ills on illegal immigration and vomits a little in his own m ... More >>
Ah, Pakistan, that U.S. . . . ahem . . . ally with the homegrown terrorists trying to blow up American soldiers and citizens abroad. Let's us keep those special friends in mind while checking out this: Oytun Ayse Mihalik of La Palma has been indicted on federal charges of providing material suppo ... More >>
Talk about a timely lunchtime topic: "Transgender Rights in Unlikely Places: The Case of Pakistan" will be discussed at Chapman University hot on the high heels of the Pakistani Supreme Court ordering the government to register transgender citizens as voters.The country's 80,000-strong transgende ... More >>
In a Pakistan television interview over the weekend, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said, "If fighting starts between Pakistan and the U.S., we are beside Pakistan. . . . If Pakistan is attacked and the people of Pakistan need Afghanistan's help, Afghanistan will be there with you."The comments ... More >>
Ten years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Osama bin Laden is dead and American drone attacks along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have supposedly decimated Al Qeada's leadership. But despite repeated rumors of his demise (and in one case, capture) neither American nor Pakistani anti-terrorist ... More >>
[Hole In the Wall] The Pakistani store Irvine Halal Meat sells a great lunch buffet—and a Paki-Mexi burrito from heaven
Grand, overarching summations derived from research papers must always be viewed skeptically, but the global organization Oxfam is well-regarded for its research, and its only real agenda is feeding folks, something they've been working on since the 1940s. They know a bit about global food trends ... More >>
The Department of Homeland Security announced today that among the materials Navy SEALS found in Osama Bin Laden's Pakistan hideout were al-Qaida plans to hijack and detonate oil tankers last summer to provoke an "extreme economic crisis" in the West.Officials disclosed no specific U.S. targets. ... More >>
[UPDATED: MAY 3, 12:21 PM] The Orange County Register is speculating that Adam "Goat Boy" Gadahn may replace Osama bin Laden as America's top fugitive, noting that the FBI has marked former most wanted man bin Laden as "deceased," and that Gadahn is currently ranked as Number 2 on that list. The ... More >>
On May 1, 2011, President Barack Obama announced that Osama bin Laden was killed by United States Special Forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Click here to see a collection of headlines from around the globe as the world reacts to bin Laden's death.
Have you ever seen the YouTube videos of the annual Big Wheel races down Lombard Street in San Francisco? Adults in costumes get behind the handlebars of the kiddie scoot-scoots before putting their lives at risk on one of the world's most-windy streets. No wonder the sacrificial ritual is held a ... More >>
The last time we heard from Adam Yahihe Gadahn, the American voice of Al Qaeda, was four months ago, when he was reported to have been arrested in Karachi, Pakistan. Within a day, those reports had been retracted in keeping with previously discredited reports that Gadahn, better known in the Nave ... More >>
'Restrepo' captures military life in Afghanistan
Orly! I know you're reading this. After all, during your speech to the Costa Mesa Republican Assembly last night, while talking about your appearance on the Joy Behar show, you said something like "Joy Behar, who was, as this reporter here Mr. Kornbacher said... well, I won't use those words."Who ... More >>
Goat Boy: I'm Ba-a-a-a-a-a-ack! Apparently, your teabagging grandma isn't the only person who thinks the election of Barack Obama spells doom for America. In celebration of the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Al Qaeda has just released a video called "The West and the Dark Tunnel." In the video, ... More >>
UC Irvine: A battlefield?In today's issue of the JewishJournal.com, Judea Pearl--an acclaimed UCLA professor and the father of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who was decapitated by nuts in Pakistan in 2002--has written "The Crucible of UC Irvine," which slams the Orange County univer ... More >>
For the second time in a year, a terrified American public has received the reassuring news that Adam Gadahn, a.k.a. "Goat Boy," is dead. Probably. As far as we know. Seeing as how we haven't heard much from him lately and he likes to harangue his former countrymen with annoying lectures about U.S. ... More >>
NB_C News is reporting that Goat Boy, Orange County's favorite terrorist nutball, seems to have disappeared. Goat Boy would bed Adam Yahiye Gadahn, the former death-metal fan turned Muslim convert who grew up on a goat farm in Riverside County be fore moving to Garden Grove, where he became a radic ... More >>
Michael Winterbottom gives Mariane and Daniels story A Mighty Heart
Saraah Olsons strange trip through the U.S. war on terror
Ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate Moazzam Begg recalls his three-year journey through Americas war on terror
'You would have enjoyed the stream of mucus-laden iced tea which spewed forth from my nose when I got to the end of that quip'
How brave is our boy Hugh Hewitt, the talk radio blatherer/lawyer/pundit/Nixon fetishist/blogger/moralizer/George W. Bush worshiper/professional Vermont boycotter? Brave enough to take the GWOT (Global War on Terrorism-- though the Bush administration may have changed the brand name by now) to the t ... More >>
Salman Ahmad really does rock the Casbah
Mark Taggatz, who identifies himself as the president of a company called Aquentium, Inc., has invited the Weekly to Palm Springs at the end of this month for Media Day-Housing Invention for Disaster Relief. "We will be unveiling our newly developed housing solution for disasters," Taggatz writes. " ... More >>
Why does the U.S. keep blowing chances to question a top deputy of al-Qaeda?
Did activists stop a world war?
Otherwise theyd go to Orange Bar.B.Q.
Does the Times have the courage to call the president a hypocrite?
For Tawfiq Deek, it runs in the family
The U.S. says a former Anaheim resident is trying to kill us all
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