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U.S. and Israel evacuate staff from Uzbekistan

http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/06/04/news/uzbek.php By C.J. Chivers The New York Times SATURDAY, JUNE 4, 2005 MOSCOW Signs of instability deepened Friday in Uzbekistan after Israel swiftly evacuated most of its diplomats from the country amid fresh warnings of terror attacks, and the U.S. Embassy authorized much of its staff to leave as well. Only the Israeli ambassador and a senior official remained in Tashkent, the Uzbek capital, according to Mark Legev, a spokesman for Israel's Foreign Ministry, who said that 13 other embassy employees and their families flew out of Uzbekistan on Thursday night. The evacuation came as the United States issued a warning saying that it had received new information that Islamic terror groups were planning attacks, perhaps against Americans. The warning mentioned four terror organizations - Al Qaeda, the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, the Islamic Jihad Union and the Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement - that it said are active in the region.

Will US nuke North Korea to send a message to China

According to Executive Intelligence Review , Bush Administration is determined to nuke North Korea to send a message to china . "One well-placed Washington source recounted a discussion several years back, with a leading neoconservative insider. The neocon boasted that, following the invasion of Iraq, the Bush-Cheney Administration would move against Syria and Iran. But before leaving office, the neocon insider boasted, Team Bush would take direct action against North Korea. "We will use nuclear weapons against Pyongyang," he promised. "And this will be intended first and foremost as a message to China." -- EIR As EIR reported in a cover story two weeks ago, the Pentagon has finalized a new "global strike" doctrine, CONPLAN-8022, which, for the first, time, integrates mini-nuclear weapons into the conventional arsenal. Despite a decade-old Congressional ban on the development and deployment of mini-nukes, the Bush Administration has produced an unsp

On official persecution of academicians

- Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi The present Union Human Resource Development Ministry has broken all norms of decency and flouted rules in its campaign to denigrate and persecute academicians like Prof. J.S. Rajput, the former Director of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Dr. Pradeep Joshi, director of National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration, and Vice Chancellors of some universities. It is obvious that the Hon'ble Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Arjun Singh, is acting as a tool of Communist vendetta. As an able administrator and visionary educationist, Prof. Rajput had brought wide international repute to NCERT during his term (1999-2004) and for his stellar role in lifting the Indian school education system from mediocrity and despondency, he had been named for the prestigious Jan Comenious Medal by the World body, UNESCO. But the HRD Minister Shri Arjun Singh, showing shocking disregard for ethics, recomm

India has 2.5 cr bogus voters

timesofindia.indiatimes. SHANKAR RAGHURAMAN NEW DELHI: India, we are proud of boasting, is the world's largest democracy. It turns out it is so large that the total number of voters exceeds the number of those aged over 18 by some 25 million. That's what a comparison of the age break-up of census data and size of the electorate reveals. According to 2001 census, there were just under 665 million people over the age of 15 in February 2001. Three years later, it could only be these people who were entitled to vote. In fact, given the fact that about 8 in every thousand Indians dies each year and three-fourths of these deaths are of people of 15 years or above, roughly 19 million of the relevant age group should have died between the census and finalisation of electoral rolls in February 2004. This means there could not have been more than 646 million people eligible to vote that year. Yet, the size of the electorate for the 2004 Lok Sabha elections... ... was 671 million. S

US intercepted Nuclear materials destined for North Korea and Iran

June 1 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. and its allies intercepted 11 shipments of nuclear materials destined for North Korea and Iran in the past nine months, under a program aimed at stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction, U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said. ``I have cited two cases involving North Korea. I have cited several cases involving countries of proliferation concern, including Iran,'' Boucher said in a press briefing in Washington yesterday. ``We worked to impede the progress of North Korean weapons of mass destruction and missile programs.'' North Korea claims it possesses nuclear weapons and the U.S. has said the Stalinist nation is preparing to test its arsenal, as the regime of Kim Jong Il defies efforts by President George W. Bush to halt proliferation. The interceptions were made under a two-year program started by Bush that has the support of 60 nations, according to the State Department. ``Bilateral cooperation with several

U.S., Russian, Chinese interests may clash in Kyrgyzstan

MOSCOW, June 1 (RIA Novosti) - China's Huaxia Shibao newspaper published a sensational report yesterday, saying China intended to send troops to Kyrgyzstan, prompting experts to say U.S., Russian, and Chinese interests may clash in the Central Asian region, Nezavisimaya Gazeta, a daily, reported. Chinese authorities are looking into the possibility of meeting the request from Kyrgyzstan's acting President Kurmanbek Bakiyev to send Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) (Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, and Armenia) troops to be led by Russia and contingents of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) that comprises Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, to the republic, the Chinese newspaper quoted Liu Jiancha, an official foreign ministry spokesman, as saying. Jiancha said China had no experience in deploying military bases abroad and therefore had to look into the request. Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry refu

Russia, India, China: trilateral meeting achieves unexpected success

VLADIVOSTOK (RIA Novosti political commentator Dmitry Kosyrev). The June 2 meeting of the Russian, Chinese, and Indian foreign ministers that took place in the Russian Far East, was seen as an international-level event by analysts following the intricate relationships within the triangle. However, the meeting appeared to be more than that, it was a tremendous success. Foreign ministers Sergei Lavrov, Natwar Singh, and Li Zhaoxing, whose meeting took place at the assembly hall on the Pacific coast 19 kilometers away from Vladivostok, agreed to draft an agenda for cooperation in the energy, transport, high-tech, and agricultural spheres. The ministers said businessmen from the three countries would convene in India early next year. The chambers of commerce will most likely organize the meeting. They also discussed the reform of the United Nations and developments in the Middle East and Central Asia, the places where issues related to oil and natural gas production, terrorism, and

THE WORLD'S FIRST TERRORIST AIR FORCE

by B.Raman Speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka at Colombo on May 26,2005, Hagrup Haukland, the chief of the Norwegian-led military mission, which monitors the three-year-old ceasefire between the Government of Sri Lanka and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), confirmed the allegation of the Sri Lankan Government that the LTTE had constructed an airstrip near Iranamadu in the Wanni area under its control in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, 2. He said: "We have seen the airstrip while flying in a Sri Lankan military helicopter." However, he did not comment on the other allegation of the Government that the LTTE has acquired at least two aircraft which looked like the Czech-built Zlin Z-143.He said that his mission had been denied access by the LTTE to verify the Government charges that the LTTE possessed at least two light aircraft. From his statement, it would appear that while his mission was able to see the

The Caspian Pipeline Consortium intends to enlarge

It has by now coordinated a majority of related issues with Russian authorities, said Ian McDonald, consortium Director General. The CPC has made spectacular progress on the project to build up its assets. It has coped with six out of the seven provisos Russia's government advanced in that connection-some have been implemented, and versions of implementation have been offered on others, said the CEO. He was addressing an international conference on capital investment in the oil-and-gas complex, underway in Paris. Organizing the conference was the UK-based Energy Exchange Co. Among the issues by now coordinated, the Director General highlighted an understanding on petroleum pumping tariffs to rise by $2.5 a ton, the use of the pump-or-pay principle, and a resolution on consortium asset enlargement to be funded from without. As for the corporate management structure, the sides agreed on the involved countries' governments to hold a half of managerial posts, with the other h

US Intelligence Sees Terrorists in Iran

AP: By KATHERINE SHRADER and JOHN SOLOMON, Associated Press Writers 38 minutes ago U.S. intelligence and foreign allies have growing evidence that wanted terrorists have been residing in Iran despite repeated American warnings to Tehran not to harbor them. The evidence, which stretches over several years, includes communications by a fugitive mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing and the capture of a Saudi militant who appeared in a video in which Osama bin Laden confirmed he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks, according to U.S. and foreign officials. They spoke on condition of anonymity because much of the evidence remains classified. Saudi intelligence officers tracked and apprehended Khaled bin Ouda bin Mohammed al-Harbi last year in eastern Iran, officials said. The arrest came nearly three years after the cleric appeared with bin Laden and discussed details of the Sept. 11 planning during a dinner that was videotaped and aired across the world. The capture was a coup for S

IIPF Chief: Settlement of disputes with US possible

Netiran, Jun. 2nd, 2005, Word Count : 491 The head of Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) said here on Wednesday, June 1, that there are many problems with Iran-US relations but they are solvable. "One of the major challenges facing Iran's foreign policy is relations between Iran and the US; the relations are presently critical with a record of complicated problems; the possibility exists for their settlement, though the problems are enormous," said Mohammad-Reza Khatami, the head of Islamic Iran Participation Front (IIPF) and the representative of Iranian 9th presidential election candidate Mostafa Moin, in a press conference here on Wednesday. The first point in this direction is cessation of hostilities and the next step is making use of the opportunities and transition from the current critical stage, said Khatami. He said they were thinking on peaceful settlement of differences while maintaining the basic principles. He added that grow

Former Head of MI6 ,Richard Dearlove appointed as Senior advisor of Monitor Group

From sending James Bond against SMERSH to the corporate boardroom; Richard Dearlove, former head of Britain's MI6 foreign intelligence agency, has been appointed as a "senior adviser" to the Monitor Group, an international consultancy and finance firm. Not that the company is admitting the man once known only as "C" is actually employed by them; callers to its London office are haughtily informed it is a "no name" company. The Committee on Business Appointments, the government watchdog that vets private-sector jobs taken by former civil servants, lists Dearlove's appointment. While the Monitor Group declined to discuss the services that Dearlove provides, it was recently chosen by Libya to help to oversee economic reform, a follow-on from 2003, when Colonel Moammar Gadhafi chose British intelligence as the go-between when he decided to abandon Libya's nuclear program. Dearlove is not the first former British spymaster to accept a well-paid busi

DNI has made several substantive mistakes , former spy Robert David Steele Vivas

OSS CEO Robert David Steele Vivas, former spy and author-speaker on intelligence reform, has posted a web commentary on DNI John Negroponte's six major mistakes to date. This release contains highlights only. Details, and a full-page Op-Ed, are available at http://www.oss.net. Here is the complete information available from OSS The DNI has made several substantive mistakes in the early days. While some recovery is possible, the general trend line is not positive. We support the DNI, we want to see the DNI succeed, but he is surrounded by people who are unwilling to change their ways or confront the harsh realities. If one accepts DIME (Diplomatic, Information, Military, Economic) as the foundation for strategic success, then the DNI can be said to be the dot of the I, completely berefit of the foundational pillar that is the I itself. This is an emperor wearing no clothes--all he has on is his crown. Mistake #1: Obsessing on doing the daily briefing to the President. The DNI

Is there a God - Country link?

Pioneer 31 May 2005 Sandhya Jain As conservative Christian groups in America protest against the Air Force Academy's decision to investigate complaints of institutionalized proselytisation at its Colorado Springs campus, questions arise about the status of religious freedom in that country. Samuel Huntington, in his expansive Who Are We, admits America has employed highly coercive techniques in the past to ensure cultural conformity by immigrants of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and fears the nation may be undone by multi-culturalism. Despite a formal commitment to multi-culturalism, powerful sections of the American Government and people feel uncomfortable with non-Christians. Hence the deep political commitment to evangelization oversees, of which domestic proselytisation is a corollary. Logically, America will hardly pump millions of dollars for conversion activities abroad and allow its own citizenry to languish in or convert to non-Christian faiths.

The Darfur Question at a Time of Increasing U.S.-China Competition

Soure : Power and Interest News Report (PINR) In the last two months, Sudan has once again graced the pages of international news due to intense political and academic debate over the Darfur question. Darfur is the south-western Sudanese region where Khartoum's troops are still in conflict with "rebels," causing a "humanitarian crisis" frequently described as genocide. On April 27, the African Union (A.U.) officially asked N.A.T.O. for logistic help in Darfur, although on December 31, 2004, Sudan's central government and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/ Army (S.P.L.M./A.) signed a permanent cease-fire agreement. [See: "Sudan's Changing Map"] Two days later, on April 29, Los Angeles Times reporter Ken Silverstein published a controversial article in which he reported that the Bush administration and the C.I.A. are forging closer ties with Lieutenant General Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir, the head of Sudan's government, who is accuse

Communal truth, secular lies

June 02, 2005 A few days before Parliament's budget session came to an end, PTI circulated a story based on Minister of State for Home Affairs Sriprakash Jaiswal's reply to a Rajya Sabha MP's question on the 2002 riots in Gujarat. The details provided by Mr Jaiswal in his reply were in total variance to the outrageous claims of the Congress and its leftist allies, especially the CPI-M) to which we have been subjected for the last three years. Perhaps that is the reason why India's 'secular' media, given to aggressively arguing in favour of citizens' right to information, did not pick up the PTI story. Since the minister's reply provides some interesting facts that deserve to be placed in the public domain, it would be in order to reproduce the salient portions of the PTI report: # The Central government informed the Rajya Sabha that 254 Hindus and 790 Muslims were killed in the post-Godhra riots in Gujarat. # Minister of State for Home Affairs Sripr