Pakistan – Potential Articles/Brief Summaries

Articles Discussing Civilian Deaths Due to American Drone Attacks In Northern Pakistan:

These are just a variety of news articles released over a series of years reporting the death toll due to drone attacks. These articles will not be considered individually, but used to show a general comparison of how Pakistani news outlets discuss this subject in comparison to western news outlets (is there any sort of bias, defense, variation in tone of voice etc on either side?) 

Only 12% of People Killed in US Drone Strikes in Pakistan Identified as Militants, Says Report (Newsweek: American)  

A provocative investigation on military drones (Gulf News: Middle Eastern)

US drone strikes kill 13 alleged militants in Pakistan and Afghanistan (The Guardian: American)

Successive drone strikes leave at least 16 dead in N Waziristan (Dawn June 2014: Pakistani)

Drones killed 67 civilians in five years: Pakistan (Dawn Oct 2013: Pakistani)

Obama Administration’s Drone Death Figures Don’t Add Up (Propublica)

Obama Adminstration and the Drone Attacks

“Miltants”: Media Propaganda

Article discussing the loose definition of ‘Militant’ in the drone war when used by media outlets and the administration.

U.S. counter-terrorism strategy to rely on surgical strikes, unmanned drones (LA Times: June 2011)  

Article from early in the drone war, which references claims from John Brennan (Obama’s counter terrorism advisor) that “there hasn’t been a single collateral death because of the exceptional proficiency, precision of the capabilities that we’ve been able to develop,” of the drone wars.

New study proves falsity of John Brennan’s drone claims (Salon: July 2011)

Article revealing the “falsity” of previous article. 

U.S. drone kills 5 al-Qaeda militants in Yemen Example for the argument in Salon’s “Militants” article. 

General Opinion/Discussion Pieces on the Drone Attacks

THE UNBLINKING STARE: The drone war in Pakistan. (New Yorker Nov. 2014)

Drones, Pakistan & International Law (Express Tribune w/ International NYTimes)

Can Pakistan survive without US aid? (Dawn: Pakistani)

Malala Yousafzai and the western imperialist narrative

Why I Can’t Celebrate Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize (Opinion Piece on

This article discusses how while Malala’s personal ambitions are extremely noble, her reception in western democracies is fundamentally problematic. Malala adheres to the western imperialist narrative and provides sufficient ammo to the “benevolent supremacy” conversation discussed by McAlister. There are also elements of Said’s Orientalism that appear in the western obsession with Malala as a figure for female rights. 

Why I Will Celebrate Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize (Duke Political Review)

This piece challenges the arguments brought up in the previous article. The author states, “Such anti-imperialist narratives are self-defeating. They not only make the same kind of generalizations about the West that they accuse the West of making about the “natives,” but they also deprive the “East” of her own heroes, who could greatly empower her, by downplaying them as nothing but pawns in some game being played by the West.” Can, again, refer to Said in the construction of West versus East and address it in reverse (how East constructs the West).

Malala Yousafzai and the White Savior Complex (Huffington Post)

Similar to the first article. Malala and Nabila: worlds apart (Al Jazeera)

This article compares the reception of Malala, victim of Taliban’s attempted assassination, to Nabila, who lost her grandmother to an American drone that fell in their backyard, in western media. 


Potential texts I can work with (in general): Said, McAlister, James Curran and Myung Jin Park, “Rethinking Media Globalization and State Power” N.Morris and S. Waisbord (involvement of government in news media production)


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