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Sudharshan has a valid point on women , slap on Brinda Karat's face

S Gurumurthy Brinda Karat, a Left feminist, has criticised RSS chief K.S. Sudharshan for his views on the role of women. In Sudharshan’s view, a woman who puts the family above her career is the role model for others. Brinda chided him for being anti-women. For her, a family woman is subordinated. Conversely, a career woman is liberated. Sudharshan’s view and Brinda’s are not just a conflict of the ‘traditional’ India with the ‘modern’. Today, it involves the ‘modern’ West as well and a debate is on out there. Look at the facts and the thoughts on the role of women in the West, which our intellectuals of the Left and also of the rest generally benchmark. Long before, the West had caught on to what the likes of Brinda now advocate for Indian women. The West, ideologically close to Brinda, moved even faster. In the Russian Federation, 65 percent of the marriages end in divorce. The divorce-to-marriage rate in the Ukraine is 63 percent, Czech 61 percent, the UK 51 percent, the US 49 per

The Truth Behind CNOOC

by William B. Gamble Published on July 15th, 2005 ARTICLES The press' reaction to the offer of CNOOC Ltd. for Unocal was predictable. The Wall Street Journal headline trumpets: "Meet China Inc.: Topping Japan Inc. Of the 1980s, Corporate China Shows Muscle." Really? The New York Times opines "China's Strength, U.S. Weakness." These headlines provoke images of a robust young economy in competition with an ancient spent force. The opposite is true. But the offer by CNOOC Ltd. is not an example of the triumph of Chinese capitalism. Far from it. China does not have a market economy. The allocation of capital, interest rates, commodity prices, technology and the structure of the legal system are subject to the requirements of state owned companies. Chinese private companies and foreign owned companies run a distant second. The Communist government of the People's Republic of China has made it clear that it has no desire to give up the economic control it

China’s New Strategic Cruise Missiles: From the Land, Sea and Air

by Richard Fisher, Jr. Published on June 3rd, 2005 ARTICLES On April 24 a Taiwan intelligence source disclosed [1] what has now been expected for several years: in 2005 the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) will begin to deploy the first versions of its new 1,000km+ range subsonic-speed strategic land attack cruise missile (LACM). For the PLA both the development of long-range LACMs and defense against U.S. LACMs have been a very high priority. In development since the 1970s, China’s new LACM is expected to approximate the performance and tactical flexibility of the U.S. RGM/UGM-109 TOMAHAWK and eventually will eventually be fielded in ground, submarine, ship and air launched versions. This means a new stage of power-projection for the PLA—global non-nuclear strike. LACM Development China has long employed cruise missiles for naval attack missions, building three families of anti-ship missiles. These include two series of anti-ship missiles which derive from the early pioneering Sovi

'Young Muslims And Extremism' : The Leaked Report: Censored By The Media

'Young Muslims And Extremism' The Leaked Report: Censored By The Media ----------------------------- On 10 July 2005, the Sunday Times carried an important front-page story on a leaked British Government study 'Young Muslims and Extremism' (see our Media Review for more details ). The key element of this story (buried in the middle of the article) was the finding that it is British foreign policy that has been responsible for the growth of 'extremism' - the willingness of young Muslims to participate in anti-Western terrorism. This joint Home Office/Foreign Office report can be downloaded from the Sunday Times website in full, in four parts. What follow

New Saudi envoy to US is former spy chief

21.07.2005 ISN SECURITY WATCH (21/07/05) - The Saudi government announced on Wednesday it would replace its ambassador to the US, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, with the country’s envoy to Britain, Prince Turki al-Faisal, who previously was his country’s intelligence chief and in that capacity met several times with al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The appointment comes at a crucial time for Saudi-US relations, which are once again on the upswing following tensions after the 11 September 2001 attacks. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who crashed planes into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon near Washington, and a field in western Pennsylvania were identified as Saudi nationals. Much of the membership of al-Qaida, the group blamed for the attacks, was also Saudi, as was bin Laden. The Saudi government was accused of not doing enough to crack down on Islamic militancy within the country. It also was accused of financing Islamic religious schools (madrassas), worldwide, which chu

Tirupathi on evangelist hit-list

24July2005 Sandhya Jain Evangelists are targetting the sacred site of Tirumala and in a direct affront to the Hindu community, which has for centuries regarded all seven hills as holy, have starting gathering on the slopes in groups for public prayers. Even though an officer of the State-controlled Tirumala Tirupati Devasathanam (TTD) which manages the world famous Venkateshwara temple has denied that a missionary society has submitted a proposal to build a church on the hills, there is widespread disbelief on account of the known biases of Chief Minister Samuel Reddy. The denials by TTD special officer A.V. Dharma Reddy follow reports in leading Telugu newspapers such as Eenadu and television channels like ETV, Teja TV, Gemini TV and Sun TV. Former Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu, who was reportedly tipped off by informed sources in the Secretariat, has strongly condemned the move, as has the state BJP. What lends credence to Hindu fears is the despica

What is happening with the Italian court in Delhi-- at 10 Janpath

Recently there was an informal chat among Intelligence community and experts in India about the chances of a joint US-Britain-India task force on Pakistan terror , say, after Blair and Bush recognize that without India's help this task force will be a flop. One has even suggested to join "Aliance Base" , top secret center in Paris, code-named Alliance Base . This intelligence centre was set up by the CIA and French intelligence services in 2002 . "Such joint intelligence work has been responsible for identifying, tracking and capturing or killing the vast majority of committed jihadists who have been targeted outside Iraq and Afghanistan since the Sept 11, 2001, attacks" The Alliance Base is headed by a French general working for the General Directorate for External Security (DGSE), the French equivalent of the CIA. The base has officers from Britain, France, Germany, Canada, Australia and the United States. "Could a similar set up be envisaged between US

Metal Storm awarded contract to study a weapon system , details confidential

Metal Storm Limited announced that it has been awarded a contract in the United States from The Boeing Company. The contract was let to Metal Storm for the purpose of conducting a study to determine capability specifications for a weapon system that will meet unique user requirements. The specific details of the contract remain confidential. Metal Storm CEO, Mr David Smith said "The Boeing Company's interest in Metal Storm has now been converted into an initial contract, with the potential to secure more significant opportunities. We are very pleased to be able to introduce our technology to one of the Defense Industry's leading players. "This contract is evidence that Metal Storm's technology has now been positioned to better target the specific requirements of prospective customers. "It further supports our position that Metal Storm has already moved some way towards our goal of taking the systems we own or are developing and integrate them wit

The Military Power of the People’s Republic of China 2005

COMPLETE REPORT ( 58 Pages) ( Pentagon Report) Summary The rapid rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) as a regional political and economic power with global aspirations is one of the principal elements in the emergence of East Asia, a region that has changed greatly over the past quarter of a century. China’s emergence has significant implications for the region and the world. The United States welcomes the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China, one that becomes integrated as a constructive member of the international community. But, we see a China facing a strategic crossroads. Questions remain about the basic choices China’s leaders will make as China’s power and influence grow, particularly its military power. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is modernizing its forces, emphasizing preparations to fight and win short-duration, high-intensity conflicts along China’s periphery. PLA modernization has accelerated since the mid-to-late 1990s in response to centra

Musharraf and his Taliban 'pals'

By Kaushik Kapisthalam The signs are unmistakable: America's "war on terror" is in jeopardy in Afghanistan, although the locus of the renewed Taliban-led efforts seems to be across the border in Pakistan. Playing favorites US and other Western government officials have always been lavish in their praise of Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf. Indeed, Musharraf's supposed about-turn on supporting the Taliban after the September 11 attacks is now accepted without question. Most Taliban emerged from madrassas (seminaries) in Pakistan. However, it has always been a reality that Musharraf has treated the Taliban differently than he did al-Qaeda. For instance, even though Pakistan has arrested and handed over to the US many senior al-Qaeda leaders, not a single senior Taliban commander has been handed over by Pakistan to either the US or the Afghan government. It is an open secret in Pakistan that vi

Moscow calls for "rollback" of "non-regional forces" from Central Asia

MOSCOW HARDENS TONE TO WASHINGTON ON CENTRAL ASIA Two new terms, loaded with adversarial connotations, made their appearance in Moscow's discourse on Central Asia, in the context of demands to set a deadline on the use of military bases in that region by U.S.-led forces (see EDM, July 6, 7). Elaborating on that demand, an official statement issued by Russia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on July 15 termed those forces "non-regional," and went on to say that "such a military presence in the region must be rolled back (dolzhno byt svernuto)" (Interfax, July 15). Most English-language translations did not capture these nuances in the Russian original. The stricture against "non-regional forces" looks like a Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs borrowing from Tehran. This term has long been a fixture in Iran's official rhetoric against the Western presence in the Caspian region and Central Asia. This usage has not been a characteristic of Russ

U.S. Defense Secretary to discuss basing issue on visit to Bishkek

On July 20, Kyrgyzstan's Ministry of Defense announced that U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is expected to arrive on July 25. Rumsfeld will discuss the future of the U.S.-led air base Manas with the new Kyrgyz leadership, in the wake of Moscow- and Beijing-inspired demands to set a deadline on the presence of U.S.-led coalition forces in Central Asia. Meanwhile, French Defense Minister Michèle Aliot-Marie is arriving in Tajikistan on July 22 hoping to firm up the arrangements for French use of the Dushanbe and possibly also Kulob airports. For its part, on July 20 Moscow again urged the Central Asian governments, through Collective Security Treaty Organization Secretary-General Nikolai Bordyuzha, to raise with the United States the issue of a deadline to the U.S.-led coalition's presence, in line with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization's (SCO) declaration at the July 5 summit in Kazakhstan (see EDM, July 6). "Bullied by two big countries" [Russia a