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UPA Government : An alliance neither united nor progressive

Author: M.V.Kamath Publication: Free Press Journal Date: December 30, 2004 Whatever else may be said of the BJPled NDA that ruled the country for almost five years, it survived quite well with hardly any open show of internal dissension, and whether one assigns credit to the NDA's component units or to the excellent leadership of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, credit should be given where credit is due. The same, alas, cannot be said of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance which has been showing within six months of coming to power that it is neither united, nor progressive nor much of an alliance. Dissension is rife within the alliance and it is seen every day. Reports suggest that Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh had offered his resignation at least four times in the last six months and they are quite believable. Dr. Singh's Media Adviser, Dr. Sanjaya Baru has dismissed the reports as "utter nonsense". Nobod

Riyadh Attack Was First Al Qaeda Attempt on Life of Saudi Royal

Riyadh Attack Was First Al Qaeda Attempt on Life of Saudi Royal – Prince Mohammed bin Nayef DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 30, 2004, 5:18 PM (GMT+02:00) Three al Qaeda tries and three misses The night in Riyadh was torn Wednesday, December 29, by three huge explosions – not just the two officially confirmed. They were followed by long bursts of gunfire in northern and eastern Riyadh. DEBKAfile’s exclusive counter-terror sources reveal that the three car bomb blasts were part of an al Qaeda attempt on the life of Prince Mohammed bin Nayef bin Abdelaziz, son of the Saudi interior minister, deputy minister and director of the ministry’s security unit which runs the war on terror. This was the first attempt by Osama bin Laden’s organization to assassinate a member of the Saudi royal family. It is a pivotal event in that it sharply escalates the terrorist offensive besetting the kingdom and raises the stakes on both sides. By targeting interior minister Prin

A Terrorism Tax : Urban Takedowns

URBAN TAKEDOWNS John Robb (Global Guerellas) A rapid increase in urbanization and the proliferation of megacities are salient trends of global economic development since WW2. These trends will be exploited in this war. Cities are both the center of gravity of modern urban economies and extremely vulnerable to global guerrilla systems sabotage -- the leveraged infrastructure that cities rely upon is the perfect target. It is therefore important to understand what provides cities their cohesion and why they collapse. In a departure from 4th generation warfare (4GW) theory, this cohesion isn't provided by moral factors but rather economic. A good source of insight into the economic factors that hold cities together, is a post 9/11 report by James Harrigan and Philippe Martin of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (PDF). http://www.ny.frb.org/research/epr/02v08n2/0211harr.pdf Their analysis indicates the following: Cities form when aggregation is economically advantage

Russia's Spetsnaz and Islamic Terrorism

Russia's Spetsnaz and Islamic Terrorism By Ryan Mauro There is no doubt that the Soviet Union played a tremendous role in the expansion and evolution of Islamic terrorism. Many of the people responsible for the policy of promoting fundamentalist miliancy still hold key positions in Russia. People can accept the fact that there are "anti-Bush" cliques inside the CIA and State Department, and the fact that there are "pro-Bin Laden" cliques in the Pakistani military ISI. Yet, for some strange reason, they cannot accept the fact that there are still "pro-Marxist" cliques inside Russia. I believe that the Russian Mafia operates in unison with these "rogue" elements, almost as a separate intelligence directorate. To help our readers understand how this clique works, and what it means today, I am posting a series of important quotes from the book, "Spetsnaz" by the defector, Viktor Suvorov. I believe that readers will

ISI plotting to merge Northeast India with Bangladesh, indicates report

http://news.hinduworld.com/click_frameset.php?ref The Sentinel, quoting security sources, has stated that a large number of representatives of various fundamentalist and radical groups attended a conclave held at the Mohammadpur Jamaitul Madrassa (seminary) in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on December 15, reportedly as part of a conspiracy at the behest of the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) to merge India's north-eastern States with 'greater Bangladesh.' The strategy evolved at the meeting is to launch an infiltration drive in the Bengali Muslim-dominated areas of the region in order to foment secessionist forces and pave the way for a movement for the right of self-determination in the long run, the sources said. Separately, a crude bomb was reportedly recovered from a marketplace in the Kokrajhar town of Assam on December 29.

BALOCHISTAN CONTINUES TO HAUNT MUSHARRAF

By B Raman The anti-Islamabad unrest in Balochistan continues unabated. 2. As already pointed out in our earlier articles on this subject, the unrest is, inter alia, due to anger over the suppression of the nationalist aspirations of the Balochs by the Government in Islamabad, the lack of economic development in the province despite the fact that its gas fields, which sustain the economy of Punjab, are a major source of revenue, the continuing failure of the Pakistan Government to give to the provincial administration and the tribes in whose territory gas was found an adequate payment of royalty for the gas supplied to the other provinces of Pakistan, the non-association of the provincial authorities with the decision-making on the construction of the Gwadar port on the Mekran coast with Chinese assistance, the award of almost all contracts relating to the project to non-Balochs, mainly Punjabis, the import of Punjabis and other non-Balochs, many of them ex-servicemen, into the

Challenges to Baloch Resistance

By Dr. Ashok K Behuria Charles Napiere called Balochistan the place where Allah had dumped “all the rubbish of this earth“. British military intelligence called the Baloch “thieves by tradition and descent“after they found it difficult to tame them. With the discovery of oil and gas in north eastern Balochistan over the period since the 1960s, Napiere’s dictum does not quite hold any more. The spirit of Balochi resistance about which the British forces insinuated in their writings, however, continues till today. The strategic lure of Balochi terrain has invited steady incursion and invasion from outside-it was under British administration before 1947 it has been part of the Pakistani state ever since. The Balochis resisted the might of Pakistan during the accession, which every Baloch believes was done through force and fraud, and also during the 1970s, when prime Minster Bhutto sent in General Tikka Khan, the butcher of East Pakistan and Balochistan, who infamously declared

Who leads the Balochs?

Who leads the Balochs? MALIK SIRAJ AKBAR Balochistan National Party's totally unanticipated decision to withdraw from the Senate's Subcommittee has come as a bombshell in the political quarters. It is, political pundits believe, a major setback for the ongoing peace process in Balochistan. This decision was taken a day after the inauguration of Coastal Highway in Makran by President Musharraf. Makran Coastal Highway, a 529 kms long highway that was completed with a cost of 10 billion rupees, will link Lyari to Gwadar. The highway is divided in three sections: Lyari-Ormara (242 Km), Ormara- Pasni (152 Km) and Pasni-Gwadar (135 Km). During the inaugural ceremony, President Musharraf severely castigated the elements that are perpetrating acts of violence in the province. The President too maintained that those who were destabilising the situation in Balochistan were not the true friends of Balochistan. These remarks of General Musharraf infur

Hindu temples stand tall and save neighbours from Tsunami

-- N S Rajaram There seems to be a visible connection between the higher levels of devastation in areas where stand-alone churches stick out as sore thumbs with a cross on the coastline in comparison to the total control of the fury of the sea in areas where Hindu Temples not only protected the people living in the coastal areas but also offered benevolent protection to the church structures. Those familiar with the Chennai coastline will understand the topography I refer in this note, better and will notice that the devastation was more in Marina, Santhome, at Foreshore Estate, then strangely find that there is no water gushing in at Besant Nagar, then some devastation at Neelangarai, devastation at Kovalam and so on. Let us examine each of these areas keeping in mind the vast proselytizing activities along the coastline: A stand-alone church at Santhome – in the name of the "mysterious" sinner, St Thomas built after ravaging the Mylapore Kapali Temple

DIVINE RETRIBUTION: DIWALI NIGHT TO CHRISTMAS MORNING

N.S Rajaram (Multi Discliplinary Scholar) A Hindu saint was arrested on the holy night of Deepavali by 'their' (meaning Christian) leader Sonia Gandhi, and the gods expressed their anger by wreaking havoc on the morning after Chrismas day, at a time were churches were full. This is the creeping fear that is spreading through Christian communities in South India, many of which are concentrated along the coast. This surprising report came to me not from any Hindu group or activist but an NRI physician and social worker originally from Goa who was in India for the Christmas holidays. Dr Vincent Prabhu, a Konkani Christian, visited me a couple of days after the catostrophe. He was stunned by the scale of the tragedy but particularly distressed that the tidal waves struck at a time when Christians were attending church in large numbers on the morning of the Sunday after Christmas. So the victims included a disproportionately large number of Christians. Then he said so

Balouchistan : GeoPolitical Puzzle of South Asia

Combines report from Strategytalk.org This is prepared from Discussion forum http://www.strategytalk.org/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=2348&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0 The U.S. has a complicated relationship with Pakistan. On one hand, it needed Pakistani cooperation for the campaign in Afghanistan. In addition, Pakistani cooperation appears to be politically and geographically necessary in order for U.S. oil companies to have ready access to the Central Asian oilfields. On the other hand, many in the U.S. are upset that Pakistan clandestinely turned itself into a nuclear power, and are concerned that Pakistani nuclear technology could fall into the wrong hands. Israel and its supporters seem to be quite worried at the prospect of Pakistani nukes being deployed in Saudi Arabia. There is a general consensus that Osama bin Laden is hiding somewhere in Pakistan, and that the Pakistani religious schools or madrassas are the most fertile breeding ground for Islamic terroris

US Treasury Designated Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani as Leader of Terrorist Group

Philippine National Designated as Leader of Terrorist Group Janjalani assets in United States frozen by Treasury Department The U.S. Department of the Treasury has designated Philippine national Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani as a leading terrorist in the Abu Sayyaf Group and has frozen his assets in the United States, the department announced in a December 17 news release. "Janjalani is a despicable terrorist, responsible for the kidnappings and beheadings of American civilians and other innocents. We must do everything in our power to cut off individuals like him from their support lines," Treasury Under Secretary Stuart Levey said in the release. Designation of an individual or group as a terrorist, or a financier or facilitator of terrorism, freezes any assets of that individual or group existing in the United States' formal financial system at the time of the order, according to the release. Such designation also puts the public on notice that they are proh