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''Angela Merkel's Policy Toward China''

he first visit of Angela Merkel as the German chancellor to China in May 2006 revealed some significant issues in Sino-German relations. The German media was almost unanimous in its observation that the visit of Chancellor Merkel was aimed at "balancing" among some pertinent issues: garnering Chinese support in dealing with Iran; presenting herself differently than her Social Democratic predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, a known friend of China; maintaining and intensifying the level of the impressive bilateral trade (US$63.2 billion in 2005); and discussing human rights issues with the Chinese leadership. What was distinctly missing in the deliberations before and during the visit was discussions on the European Union arms embargo on China, a long-standing Chinese grievance against the European body. Schroeder had been a great supporter of lifting the arms embargo that was sanctioned in the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square incidents in 1989. It even appeared in the beginning


Shri Om Prakash Agarwal, representing a private TV Channel from Bangalore and Shri Damodar, Sewa Bharati and a resident of Tadepalligudem, were illegally detained by TTD's (A)Dharma Reddy and the Vigilance Officer, Nagur Reddy for 36 Hrs and badly manhandled. On Saturday, 30/07/2006, Shri Om Prakash Agarwal, from Bangalore along with a guide from Tadepalli Gudem, Shri Damodar reached Tirumala to take video of the pictures of "cross" painted on certain homes and places in Balaji Nagar, Tirumala. The 'locals' prevented them from taking the videos, detained them and handed them over to Nagur Reddy, Vigilance Officer of the TTD with the complaint that they were the ones who drew the pictures in the first place. The TTD Vigilance officer, Nagur Reddy and the Special Officer, (A)Dharma Reddy detained the two of them "illegally" for over 36 hours and it is said that the two were kicked about in abdomen with booted legs, threatening them with a loaded r

Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy on the Justice Pathak Report

Subject: Press Release Statement of Dr. Subramanian Swamy on the Justice Pathak Report The Justice Pathak Report under submission to the PM has, according to the deliberate leaks from officialdom, indicted Mr. Natwar Singh and exonerated the Congress Party of any prima facie guilt. India has seen such staged dramas of whitewashing and finding scapegoats many times before, e.g., the Commissions of Inquiry on Bofors. I had closely worked with Natwar Singh in 1998-99 and can say that he is incapable of taking any decision on any matters without the prior and clear direction from Ms. Sonia Gandhi. Hence, it is wholly farcical for the Pathak Inquiry body to find him solely responsible for the stinking and shameful Oil-for Food scandal that happened in collusion with the world's most greedy dictator Saddam Hussein . The UN's official Volcker Committee had indeed in print reported that Congress Party as a separate entity had been a non contractual [fa

RSS is secular - Jamaat-e-Islami leader 8/1/2006 2:10:37 AM Pioneer News Service | Kochi The recent remarks of a Jamaat-e-Islami leader hailing the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh as a 'secular outfit having a national outlook' and describing the CPI(M) as an intolerant political party have spearheaded fresh controversy. Observers see this move as a retreat of Jamaat-e-Islami from the left forces. The Jamaat had joined hands with the Left Democratic Front in the recently concluded Assembly elections, to 'save the minorities from the Hindu fanatic organisations like the RSS'. In an article, C Dawood, a State committee member of the Students Islamic Organisation (SIO), the student wing of Jamaat, has also criticised the CPI(M) as the 'most intolerant' political party in the country. The article appeared in the latest issue of Madhyamam, a weekly published by the Noble Charitable Trust, a charitable organisation, mooted by the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. The article has been written

India's Hidden Civil War: Consequences for Energy Security Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an Oxford and Cambridge-trained economist not giv

India's Hidden Civil War: Consequences for Energy Security Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an Oxford and Cambridge-trained economist not given to careless exaggeration, recently referred to a domestic political crisis as "the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country". Yet despite the longtime prominence of this problem within India and its potentially catastrophic effects on India's energy sector, many energy analysts outside of India are unaware of its existence. The security challenge in question is posted by the Naxalites, a loosely organized group of "Maoists" who now have an estimated 20,000 soldiers under arms and are waging a war against the Indian state, terrorizing and destabilizing much of the Indian countryside. The success or failure of their campaign against the government will have profound consequences for India's stability, and, most particularly, its energy security. For the Naxalite insurgency is stro

State-sponsorship of terrorism :How to make Pakistan pay a price

How to make Pakistan pay a price for its State-sponsorship of terrorism against India? Through covert action, which is deniable para-political and para-military action meant to make Pakistan's sponsorship prohibitively costly to it. Such a covert action would be directed against the Pakistan State and society and not against the terrorists. Covert actions do not produce quick results. They are gradual in their impact. They have to be well-prepared, well-executed and kept sustained. The liberation of Bangladesh in 1971 was preceded by nearly a decade of covert action in the then East Pakistan at the political, para-political, cultural and other levels in order to create large pockets of alienation against the Central Government and generate feelings of separateness between the people of West and East Pakistan. If we had not prepared the ground carefully for 10 years, the success would not have come so decisively in 1971. LIBERATION OF BALOCHISTAN THE ONLY ANSWER FOR PAKISTAN'S

How Rich Country NGOs use "ethics" to target Indian jobs

When PETA US launched its original boycott of Indian leather in 2000, more than 40 major retailers around the world agreed to boycott Indian leather. The Indian leather industry lost an estimated $68 million as a result of these companies’ decisions. A $68 million loss translates to approximately 65,000 jobs lost, most from the poorest segments of Indian society.