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BALI HINDUS PROTEST AGAINST TALIBANISATION

B.RAMAN Hundreds of Hindus in the predominantly Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia have demonstrated twice in one week to protest against the efforts of conservative Islamic elements to force through the Indonesian Parliament a Bill, which is ostensibly meant to ban the dissemination and possession of pornographic literature, films, CDs and other material. The Hindus, who have been living in Bali for over a thousand years and preserved the pristine traditions of Hinduism, apprehend that the Islamic conservative elements behind the Bill have the hidden objective of imposing on non-Muslims the Islamic dress code and prejudices against music and dancing. They fear that the Islamic conservatives want to ban the use of music and dancing based on Hindu religious themes on religious and social occasions in Bali on the ground that they encourage eroticism and remove from temples idols, which are perceived by the conservatives as erotic. They also suspect that the Islamic conservatives want

Christian-Missionary Raj in India thru Sonia (Miano) Gandhi

Are we heading towards a Christian India ? Francois Gautier I am a westerner and a born Christian. I was mainly brought up in catholic schools, my uncle, Father Guy Gautier, a gem of a man, was the parish head of the beautiful Saint Jean de Montmartre church in Paris ; my father, Jacques Gautier, a famous artist in France, and a truly good person if there ever was one, was a fervent catholic all his life, went to church nearly every day and lived by his Christian values. There are certain concepts in Christianity I am proud of : charity for others, the equality of system in many western countries, Christ’s message of love and compassion…. Yet, I am a little uneasy when I see how much Christianity is taking over India under the reign of Sonia Gandhi : according to a 2001 census, there are about 2.34 million Christians in India ; not even 2,5% of the nation, a negligible amount. Yet there are today five Christian chief ministers in Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Kerala and Andhra Prades

China, Space Weapons, and U.S. Security

Author: Bruce W. MacDonald Council on Foreign Relations Press September 2008 60 pages ISBN 978-0-87609-406-8 DOWNLOAD COMPLETE BOOK Overview China’s successful test of an anti-satellite weapon in 2007, followed by the U.S. destruction earlier this year of an out-of-control U.S. satellite, demonstrated that space may soon no longer remain a relative sanctuary from military conflict. As the United States, China, and others increasingly benefit from the information that military and intelligence satellites provide, the temptation to attack these satellites provides troubling potential for instability and conflict in space that could dramatically affect U.S. military capabilities on earth. In this Council Special Report, Bruce W. MacDonald illuminates the strategic landscape of this new military space competition and highlights the dangers and opportunities the United States confronts in the space arena. He recognizes that advancing technology has likely made some degree of of

Europe: Dying days of conscription

23 Sep 2008 The leather-booted feet of a soldier rest on a desk on his last day of duty. Only a few European governments still adhere to a system of compulsory military service. Daniel Hoegger examines why for ISN Security Watch. By Daniel Hoegger for ISN Security Watch The French government announced the suspension of military draft on 27 June 2001. The decision to do so in 1996 came roughly 200 years after the revolutionary regime introduced the levée-en-masse, the duty of all citizens to military service. The principle of a mass army based on conscription quickly spread all over the continent and became the standard military organization not just in Europe but also in the US. Since the end of the Cold War, however, the vast majority of European countries have begun discussing or have already decided to suspend conscription and rely purely on volunteer forces. Only a few governments still adhere to a system of compulsory military service. While every country has its own re

Casino Capitalism

Global Business Label Listen (23mins) Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 September 2008, 09:06 GMT No business like money for Peter Day Find a Programme Global Business steps away from the chaos and confusion in the global financial system to ask whether banks can learn anything from gambling and the way casinos manage their own, considerable, risks. Place your bets with Peter Day in Global Business. About this programme by Peter Day Maybe I’m naïve, but for 35 years I have been reporting business on the assumption there was some kind of social and even ethical purpose lying behind it: improving wellbeing, better goods and services, more employment, a (slightly) better world. This inherent optimism/naivety is currently taking a battering, and maybe the world has changed. The banks seem to be at the centre of this, as they are in this week’s Global Business examining the connections between risk, casinos and the financial markets. There have not been that many manifestations

Russia and the World in the 21st Century

09-08-2008 15:27 © "Russia in Global Affairs". № 3, July - September 2008 Sergei Lavrov is Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister. This article was written on the basis of his June 20, 2008 speech at the international symposium “Russia in the 21st Century,” organized in Moscow by the Russian Council on Foreign and Defense Policy in partnership with the British think tank Policy Network, and the Alfred Herrhausen Society, within the framework of the latter’s project “Foresight – Forging Common Futures in a Multi-Polar World.” In modern international relations it is difficult to find a more fundamental issue than the definition of the current stage in global development. This is important for any country in order to correlate a development strategy and a foreign policy with the vision of the world we live in. It seems that a consensus is already being formed on this score, albeit at the level of the expert community both in Russia and abroad. This is largely a consequen

What if the bailout plan doesn't work?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/politico/20080923/pl_politico/13769 Eamon Javers Tue Sep 23, 6:33 AM ET Lawmakers raised doubts Monday about what would be the largest government bailout in American history, but a bigger, more terrifying question lurked right under the surface: What if it doesn't work? Failure, says one insider, is not an option. "The alternative is complete financial Armageddon and a great depression," said a former Federal Reserve official. "Where do they go after this? Well, the U.S. government could nationalize the banking system outright." A few months ago, that idea would have been laughed out of the room. But no one's laughing anymore. While almost no one wants to dwell publicly on the possibility that a $700 billion package could simply be too small to forestall a financial meltdown, privately some aides were already thinking of what the government might do if the Treasury plan passes but fails. In a statement Monday, President Bu

Interview: Kurdistan Region's head of security talks to Asharq Alawsat

Asharqalawsat, 14:20:33 19 Sep. 2008 ` Could you speak to us about the nature of your work in this apparatus? Like other security and intelligence organs, we try to preserve the Region's and our people's security and be a factor in Iraq's stability. We fight terrorism, foreign espionage, and the drug trade. In general our task is to maintain security. This is not a party organ. It is like any other Regional apparatus. We have been building it for a long time. So far we have not succeeded in unifying all the security organs in the Region. Through parliament we succeeded in passing Law Number 46 to create a legal framework for the Region's security organs. Our work continues to place the security organs within a legal regional framework. Does the Kurdistan Region have other security organs? Does the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have a similar apparatus? When the Region had two separate administrations, the PUK had a security apparatus of its own. Now that the

BOOK RELASE : M.S. GOLWALKAR: HIS VISION AND MISSION

To The Editor Dear Sir/Madam: REMINDER - INVITATION FOR BOOK RELEASE -- ”M.S. GOLWALKAR: HIS VISION AND MISSION” It gives me pleasure to inform you that the book release of “M.S. Golwalkar: His Vision and Mission” will be held Friday, September 26, 2008, 06:00 to 07:30 P.M. at Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers Street, New York, NY 1007. Shri Mohan Bhagwat, General Secretary, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, India, has kindly consented to be the Keynote Speaker and grace the occasion with his presence. We will appreciate it very much if you could kindly send your representative to cover this event. It will be a big hlep if you let us know in advance that you will be sending your representative to cover this important event. If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me at (718) 478-5735 or my cell (646-831-2754. Further details of the event are given below. Very truly yours, Narain Kataria (718) 478-5735 __________________

Paulson's Bank Bailout The Biggest Swindle Ever Pulled!

This article appears in the September 26, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by John Hoefle Lyndon LaRouche has issued a clear warning to the pack of fools pushing the largest bank bailout in history: Don't do it, and if you do, don't expect to get away with it. There will be consequences for such treasonous stupidity, far beyond what you can imagine. The plan, presented by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, and supported by Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, President George W. Bush, and a gaggle of international bankers and other idiots, would transfer most of the enormous losses incurred in the death of the global financial system, from the books of the banks to the Federal government—and the U.S. taxpayer. This scheme is being marketed to a frightened public as a "bold" plan to "solve" the financial crisis once and for all. What it really is, is the biggest theft in history, a act of monumental stupidity which will destroy everything in its path

THE MIDDLE EAST: UNFOLDING STRATEGIC DYNAMICS

By Dr. Subhash Kapila Introductory Observations Political and economic analysts prefer to maintain that the global centre of gravity in these two dimensions has moved to East Asia. It may be so but in terms of global strategic centre of gravity, the same has shifted from Europe to the Middle East. This is more true following the developments of 9/11. The geo-strategic location of the Middle East coupled with possessing within its confines the world’s largest reserves of oil and gas reserves have ensured that the Middle East always figured high in the global strategic calculus. It has constantly remained in the cynosure of the major powers of the day. The resultant power play has made the Middle East into a highly conflict prone strategic region plagued with wars, conflicts and insurrections, and externally generated regime changes to suit their respective strategic interests. Historically, the extensive Middle East region was a major component of the erstwhile Turkish Otto