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Major Rally in Washington, D.C to call attention to the Pakistan's atrocities in Balochistan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 /U.S. Newswire/ -- A major rally is planned for Monday, February 6th in front of the Pakistan Embassy in Washington, DC. The World Sindhi Institute, with support from many other organizations (see below), has organized the demonstration to call the world's attention to an ongoing military operation in Balochistan province and to protest undemocratic moves by Pakistan's government. Since December 18, the Pakistan security forces have been carrying out attacks in the Kohlu and Dera Bugti districts of Balochistan using helicopter gun ships and fighter jets. These attacks have caused many civilian deaths, innocent women and children among them. The Pakistan government first denied the attacks, then called it "a law and order operation." But the army's brutal tactics will not resolve conflict between the Baloch people and the central government. At the same time, the government of Gen. Parvez Musharraf is aggressively pushing to construct mega

The Baloch Options in Pakistan

By Dr Naseer Dashti Ideal of liberation of one’s people and land is cherish able and worth fighting for. The time comes in the life of any nation when there remain only two choices - submit or fight. For a majority of conscious Baloch that time has now come to Baloch people. A growing fear of cultural, economic and political domination has prompted an extensive discussion among Baloch nationalists in Pakistan for formulating a viable and feasible strategy for countering the ever-dominating maneuvers of the state. Baloch political elite and workers are also conscious of far-reaching repercussions of recent political and strategic changes in the world polity in general and the region in particular. The nationalist leadership and groups in Balochistan are increasingly under pressure from different quarters to forge a united front of patriotic forces on a common minimum program of national salvation. Majority of the Baloch intellectuals and writers believe in carrying out a resistance

HARVARD and SANSKRIT : Michael Witzel reduced to an ordinary teacher

The Harvard summer catalog for 2006 "SANS S-101 Beginning Sanskrit" with a tution fee Tuition $4,400 , the course to be taught by Michael Witzel. It is amazing that a person of Witzel's supposed stature is reduced to teaching a course like this normally taught by teaching assistants, especially during summer when most faculty are supposed to be engaged in research. When questioned about this , multidisciplinary scholar Dr.Rajaram told IntelliBriefs that "This means he has no summer support of any kind. The Emperor-- or rather, Der Kleinfuhrer, has no clothes. " He further riduculed Witzel by pointing to latest california school books issue , "No wonder he is spending so much time hob nobbing with California school bureaucrats, looking for fresh pastures. " Regarding the quality of the program Dr.Rajaram said "As far as the course is concerned, after completing it, his students would have trouble passing an exam given by a village P

Clamour for Rahul exposes the waning Sonia spell

Author: Sandhya Jain Publication: Organiser Date: February 5, 2006 URL: Rahul Gandhi's de facto anointment at the Hyderabad plenary session of the Congress, under the watchful eyes of his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, sent political and media acolytes into the throes of a self-induced hysteria and hyperbole. Even though the truth is that the scandal involving the surreptitious de-freezing of Ottavio Quattrocchi's London bank accounts, which contained Rs. 21 crore of Bofors payoff money, forced Sonia Gandhi to postpone bringing Rahul Gandhi into the Congress Working Committee, senior party leaders and media mandarins behaved as if his "reluctance" to assume a formal position in the party was the last word in self-abnegation. One has only to recall his informal interview with Tehelka last year, where he bragged that he could have become prime minister at the age of 25, to realise that his humility is borne out of necessity. The paral

Rajasthan opens doors to first RSS university

On the curriculum: ‘Indian thoughts, Indian value system, alternative to modern lifestyle’ SANDIPAN SHARMA Posted online: Thursday, February 02, 2006 at 0203 hours IST JAIPUR, FEBRUARY 1: Taking advantage of the Rajasthan Government’s decision to allow private universities in the state, the RSS has decided to set up its first varsity in the country on the outskirts of Jaipur. The self-financing varsity, to be named Keshav Vidyapeeth Vishwavidhyalaya (KVV), would become functional from the next academic session. RSS Sarsanghchalak K S Sudarshan would dedicate the new educational institution to the nation at a function here on February 18. The RSS university is among the first to be issued a letter of intent by the Vasundhara Raje Government after the state Cabinet cleared such institutions in the private sector. The new varsity would be a result of the upgradation of the Sangh Keshav Vidyapeeth, an autonomous college in Jamdoli in Jaipur. The u

Condoleezza Rice Completes Washington's Geostrategic Shift

In quick succession on January 18 and 19, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced major changes in the operational dimension of Washington's global diplomatic strategy. Wrapped in the language of the Bush administration's campaign to encourage democracy around the world and explained under the rubric of "transformational diplomacy," Rice laid out plans to reposition diplomatic resources from Europe and Washington to emerging power centers in Asia, Africa, South America and the Middle East, and to reorganize the administration of foreign aid by creating the post of director of foreign assistance, whose occupant would coordinate aid programs that are currently dispersed among several agencies and bring them into line with Washington's broad foreign policy goals. Rice's announcements culminate a major revision of Washington's overall geostrategy that has been in the making since 2004 when the failures of the Iraq intervention exposed the limitati

Intelligence Brief: 42nd Munich Conference on Security Policy

On February 3, the 42nd Munich Conference on Security Policy will start at the Presseclub München. High level delegations from Germany, the U.S., and E.U. countries, as well as Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, will attend the conference. The main topics of the meeting will be the relationship between Europe and the United States, with special attention to how the future role of N.A.T.O. will affect E.U.-U.S. security cooperation, and the new direction of German foreign policy. After the 2003 transatlantic rift, caused by the U.S. decision to invade Iraq, many decision-makers in Europe want to mend fences with the United States. The more explicitly pro-American stance of newly elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel provided a good opportunity to improve relations. As PINR forecasted on July 13, 2005, Merkel immediately tried to re-establish excellent political and strategic relations with Washington. [See: "Angela Merkel's Forecasted Win and Germany's Foreign Poli

'Let Iran be like India'

Anupam Varma ( New Delhi, February 1, 2006 To vote or not to vote - while India is yet to decide its stance over Iran at the impending International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meet in Vienna, young Iranians in Delhi hope that New Delhi "will support us this time". Iran's relationship with India is not new. Strong cultural and political ties date back many centuries and include periods of both tension and friendship. However, India seems to forget this when it comes to supporting Iran in front of the world. New Delhi had surprised the world last September by supporting Washington at an IAEA vote, which declared that Iran had failed to comply with its international obligations. The Iranian community in the national capital, as expected, is a firm supporter of their country. Whether India votes or not is not their concern. All they want is that the US should not interfere in their country's internal matters. As Dr Qamar Ghaffar, Professo

PAKISTAN: Focus on the conflict in Balochistan

© Kamila Hyat/IRIN Children near Quetta protesting against ongoing violence that is keeping their school closed QUETTA, 2 Feb 2006 (IRIN) - An apparent air of calm hangs over the sleepy city of Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's largest province, Balochistan, lying to the southwest and bordering Iran and Afghanistan. Along the dusty, wind-swept streets, where temperatures plummet each night to below 10 degrees centigrade throughout much of the winter, vendors in woven woollen caps and heavy shawls sell dried fruit, blankets, mittens and other items on the pavements. The 700,000 people of the city go about business as usual – noisy trucks blare their horns almost constantly, pedestrians keeping hands tucked firmly in jacket pockets as a defence against the biting cold. Only the occasional damaged building, or a shallow crater by a roadside, gives away the fact that Quetta has experienced at least 100 bomb blasts and rocket attacks in 2005 alone, according to figures provide

‘My men need to be protected’ -- Director General CRPF

NEW DELHI: Jyoti Kumar Sinha, the director general of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), is a worried man.“When my soldier goes into an area, for operation he knows it is definitely mined and he knows he is certainly going to be fired up on. What does he want in such a situation to feel confident?” asks the chief of the paramilitary force that has most of its men deployed in Kashmir, northeast and in naxal-infested areas. The question keeps returning as I accompany Sinha and his senior officials for almost an hour checking out armoured vehicles, personal protection suits, and systems to detect explosives on display from around the world in Pragti Maidan at the Defexpo 2006. READ MORE Naxal Terror Watch: ‘My men need to be protected’ -- Director General CRPF

Scions of the Nehru-Gandhi family eternal rulers of Bharat

Ashok Kumar New Delhi, January 28: It is the last day of the plenary session of the Congress. The President of the party Antonia Gandhi, while speaking over the occasion, was trying her level best to dwell on the priorities of the party in light of the challenges lurking in its path. But those present on the occasion, it seems, did not give much heed to what their party president was trying to highlight. For the majority of them, somebody occupying the helm of affairs from the Gandhi family is enough; her priorities can take a back seat so far as that ‘Magic Presence’ is maintained in the party. Meanwhile the Congress people do not want to let go the opportunity to milk this ‘status’ of the party whenever and wherever the elections happen. The basic requirement of the party is of course to win elections and when someone from the Gandhi family is at the helm of affairs, the victories are taken for granted. This huge gap (between Congress chief and members), which w

KANCHI CASE : HC quashes proceedings against S Gurumoorthy

It is refreshing to note that the HC has intervened decisively in a false case foisted against Guruumurthy. I hope the proceedings in the Kanchi Acharya case will also be so quashed. These cases should make us all rethink on the Macaulay-inspired criminal justice system which continues in force in Bharatam. The time has come to revamp the systm, lock, stock and barrel. S'ubha kaamanaayen, Gurumurthy ji and wishing you every success in your quest for satyam. HC quashes proceedings against S Gurumoorthy Chennai | January 31, 2006 8:40:26 PM IST Madras High Court today quashed the entire case proceedings pending against S Gurumoorthy, a columnist, before the Kancheepuram Court following his articles in connection with the arrest of the Kanchi Acharya in the Sankararaman murder case. Mr Justice M Jeyapaul quashed the proceedings while allowing a petition from Mr Gurumoorthy seeking to quash the chargesheet filed in the Kancheepuram Court. Mr Gurumoorthy was charged for o

Indo-US nuclear deal in doubt A breakthrough nuclear cooperation pact between the US and India remains doubtful as negotiations falter. US officials have increased pressure over the differentiation of civilian and military installations, and are seeking support for efforts to send the Iranian nuclear dossier to the UN Security Council. By Animesh Roul in New Delhi for ISN Security Watch (30/01/06) Hopes for credible Indo-US nuclear cooperation are fading despite three rounds of negotiations on the formulation of an elusive nuclear agreement, rooted in a joint statement issued by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and US President George W. Bush in Washington on 18 July 2005. Hopes for an agreement have received two reverses in the lead-up to Bush's planned South Asian trip in early March, through the remarks of two senior US officials. US Under Secretary of State Nicholas Burns spoke about "difficulties ahead" in the negotiations, saying that se

Behind the cult of Chavez

ISN Security Watch’s Sam Logan searches for the cult of personality that keeps President Hugo Chavez in popular power in Caracas, Venezuela. Venezuela Information and Justice Ministry By Sam Logan in Caracas for ISN Security Watch (19/01/06) I boarded a plane in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a long flight to Caracas, Venezuela. The plane was packed with Venezuelans. Some of them, judging from their dress, manner of speech, and number of electronic gadgets, had traveled to Argentina as part of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s security detail for the Mar del Plata Summit. The rest, farmers in shabby clothes with worn, wrinkled hands, had been sent to fill the stands with Venezuelan blood, hot enough to shout in favor of their leader. The elderly lady sitting next to me said Venezuelan state agents had recruited her from her small family farm just hours before takeoff. She was to attend the summit as a Chavez fan, watching her leader stand side by side with Argentine President Nestor

Pakistan's offer tied to strife in Balochistan

Analysis: Pakistan's offer tied to strife By KUSHAL JEENA NEW DELHI, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's highly publicized proposal to reduce troops in Kashmir is linked with tribal uprising in southwestern Balochistan province, Indian analysts said Tuesday. "The recent proposal of Gen. Musharraf asking India to withdraw troops from four southern Kashmir districts is linked with Pakistan's intention to crush the nationalist movement in Balochistan and restore peace in the troubled region," said senior political analyst A.B. Mahapatra. Mahapatra said that with troop reduction, Pakistan could reduce by 40 percent troops on its border with India. This would free up some 80,000 troops, who, with local paramilitary forces, could launch an effective offensive against the tribal rebels. Out of nine corps commanders, six top Pakistani generals favor a planned advance in restive Balochistan to deal with the fresh violence. Pakistani authorit