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New Online Book Lays Out al-Qaeda's Military Strategy

New Online Book Lays Out al-Qaeda's Military Strategy By Stephen Ulph An interesting new publication to hit the web gives insight into the thinking of an al-Qaeda strategist on the next stages of the struggle. Posted on the al-Ikhlas jihadi forum [] the work is entitled Idarat al-Tawahhush, "The Management of Barbarism," further defined as "the phase of transition to the Islamic state." Due to the strategic importance of the document, Terrorism Focus has undertaken an in-depth examination of the Arabic text. Published by the Center of Islamic Studies and Research (an al-Qaeda affiliate), the 113-page work ‘Management of Barbarism' aims to map out the progressive stages of establishing an Islamic state, from early beginnings in defined areas in the Arabian Peninsula, or Nigeria, Jordan, the Maghreb, Pakistan or Yemen, and its subsequent global expansion. The author is Abu Bakr Naji, a name familiar from his contributions to the Sawt

CHINA BRIEF: A Journal of News and Analysis

CHINA BRIEF: A Journal of News and Analysis IN THIS ISSUE: - Factional Politics and Beijing's Tightening Grip on Hong Kong By Willy Lam - The EU's Balancing Act: Selling Arms to Beijing By Frank Ching -The PRC's Defense Industry: Reform without Improvement By Richard A. Bitzinger - China's Long March into Space By Eugene Kogan -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Factional Politics and Beijing's Tightening Grip on Hong Kong By Willy Lam The saga of Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa's fall from grace has highlighted Beijing's tightening grip over the Special Administrative Region (SAR), as well as the dicey future of the "one country, two systems" model. While Tung indicated last Thursday that he had submitted his resignation to Beijing earlier that day because of failing health, news about his impending departure had already been splashed across the Hong Kong papers on Mar

Caspian Gas and European Energy Security

On March 10, 2005, The Jamestown Foundation, along with the America-Georgia Business Development Council and the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce, held a public discussion entitled "Caspian Gas and European Energy Security." Jamestown was pleased to host on its discussion panel the foremost U.S. official on Caspian basin energy affairs, Ambassador Steven Mann, as well as regional expert and Jamestown Senior Fellow, Vladimir Socor. Ambassador Steven Mann addressed U.S. policy on Caspian energy affairs and strategy in light of recent developments in the region, followed by commentary from Jamestown Senior Fellow Vladimir Socor. A briefing of the main points discussed as well as a transcript will be posted shortly. To listen to the event in its entirety Click

Washington’s Interest in Ukraine: Democracy or Energy Geopolitics?

by William Engdahl, author of the book, ‘A Century of War: Anglo-American Oil Politics and the New World Order,’ recently released by Pluto Press Ltd, London. The results of the third round of elections in Ukraine in which Viktor Yushchenko has just been proclaimed the final winner, far from being grounds for jubilation in Ukraine and beyond, ought to give concern for the future of Ukraine to many. The story has major implications for the dollar, oil and gold. The recent battle over the election for President to succeed the pro-Moscow Leonid Kuchma in Ukraine is more complex than the general Western media accounts suggest. Both Putin and Bush are engaged in highest stakes geopolitical power plays. Both sides in Ukraine have evidently engaged in widespread vote fraud. Western media chooses to report only one side, however. Case in point: the British human rights group, Helsinki Watch Group, reports it found more vote irregularities on the side of the opposition Yushchenko than from

Running into a ‘BRIC wall’ with Eurasia?

Running into a ‘BRIC wall’ with Eurasia? by F. William Engdahl In response to the bold moves by the Bush Administration to move its NATO and direct US military presence into the vital energy choke points of Eurasia, the major Eurasian powers are taking definite steps aimed at self-survival in energy, even military defense. We can see a South-South pattern of major trade and economic deals. At the heart of it are Beijing and Moscow, New Delhi, Brasilia, and Teheran most recently. In 2002 four countries signed a trade and cooperation agreement, calling it BRIC-- Brazil-Russia-India-China. Ironically, their self-defense measures are likely to put the countries of Eurasia (leaving France, Germany and the EU aside) on a collision course with Washington. Their efforts present the kind of geopolitical challenge which Bush declared Verboten in his September 2002 Bush National Security paper, the so-called Bush Doctrine. China-Rus

Iran’s Nuclear Dossier -- Interview with Yousef Molaie

iqbal, Daily Newspaper, No. 34, Mar. 10th, 2005, Page 6 By : Yousef Naseri Word Count : 1192 Nuclear technology is of dual use – peaceful and invasive. Iran launched a campaign to boost its nuclear technology and it has managed to gain achievements. But the United States suspects the Islamic Republic of seeking to develop a nuclear bomb. University professor Yousef Molaie speaks about the challenges Iran faces over its nuclear programs. Q: Can you enumerate turning points in Iran’s nuclear programs? A: We did not have any special problem up to 1993 about our nuclear programs. The world was caught napping by North Korean nuclear activities. That was when the International Atomic Energy Agency adopted regulations, upon a recommendation of the United Nations Security Council, in order to monitor nuclear programs in the countries. An Additional Protocol to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) was inserted in 1993 and took effect in 1997. Afterwards, Iran’s nucle


IRANIAN 'BOMB' & ISRAEL'S POINT OF NO RETURN Sunday Times: ’Israel has approved military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, if diplomatic efforts fail’ Analyst David Essing: ’Apparently report is part of carrot and stick policy being coordinated by US’ Broadcast March 13th, 2005 on The British newspaper the Sunday Times reports that Israel’s security cabinet has approved an airborne operation against Iran’s nuclear facilities if all else fails to block the ayatollahs from acquiring nuclear weapons. PM Ariel Sharon was said to have convened the secret session at his Negev farm last month. The newspaper also reported that the US approved the Israeli strike. David Essing says although there is no confirmation on the report, it may be part of a 'carrot and stick' policy now being coordinated by the Bush administration to prevent the Iranians from producing 'the bomb'. David Essing reports: Iranian Reactor An Israeli air s

The stillness at PM House

The Indian Express TVR Shenoy 10th March, 2005 An acquaintance of Dr Manmohan Singh once asked me: "Why do you think there are so many guards around Race Course Road?" I mumbled something about security, slightly annoyed over the flippancy of the question. "Wrong!" came the triumphant response, "They are there to keep the poor man from running away!" Is there any prime minister to whom the adjective 'poor' has been applied so frequently? Nobody pretended Manmohan Sing possessed any political authority when he was asked to move into Race Course Road, but there was a general consensus that he was an essentially decent man who could also keep the machinery of government oiled. The past five weeks have cast a question mark over even that claim. When King Gyanendra dismissed the Deuba ministry our prime minister and his external affairs minister were, by Manmohan Singh's own admission, taken unaware. Even as New Delhi was digesting the news reports