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Pashtuns on Both Sides of Pak-Afghan Border Show Opposition to Fencing Plan

Pajhwok Afghan News Report JALALABAD, KHOST, QUETTA, Jan 03 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Tribal elders and influential people on two sides of the Pak-Afghan border have warned they will take away any barriers installed on the joint border. Pakistan has recently announced it will fence the joint border and plant mines along the 2,500 kilometers long border to put an end to accusations by the Afghan government of letting Taliban militants to cross the border and conduct attacks in Afghanistan. The elders have warned they would destroy the fence and take out the mines if Pakistan goes ahead with the fencing and mining plan. Residents on both sides of the border believe that Pakistan want to stamp the Durand Line as an official border line between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This, they say, will further separate the one community of Pashtuns who have already been divided. Maulvi Abdul Rahim, an elder and religious scholar in Koot frontier district of Nangrahar considers Pakistans actio


By B. Raman It is important to pay greater attention than is being done at present to Iran's role in Iraq and the Lebanon. The main foreign policy and national security priority of Iran at present is to protect its military nuclear programme and to prevent any external intervention to destroy or damage that programme. It correctly fears that the danger to its programme comes mainly from the US and Israel, acting independently of each other or in tandem. In the calculation of Iran's national security managers, the only way of preventing any threat materialising from the US or Israel or both is to keep their security forces preoccupied and bleeding--- the US security forces in Iraq and the Israeli security forces in the Lebanon. Continuing instability and acts of violence in Iraq and the Lebanon would act as a disincentive to any temptation to intervene against Iran. So Teheran thinks. 2. In the opinion of Iran's national security managers, its policy in Iraq should hav

America's interests in Somalia

America's interests in Somalia: Four major U.S. oil companies are sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions. This article was first published in December 2001 on the forum. THE OIL FACTOR IN SOMALIA; FOUR AMERICAN PETROLEUM GIANTS HAD AGREEMENTS WITH THE AFRICAN NATION BEFORE ITS CIVIL WAR BEGAN. THEY COULD REAP BIG REWARDS IF PEACE IS RESTORED. Far beneath the surface of the tragic drama of Somalia, four major U.S. oil companies are quietly sitting on a prospective fortune in exclusive concessions to explore and exploit tens of millions of acres of the Somali countryside. That land, in the opinion of geologists and industry sources, could yield significant amounts of oil and natural gas if the U.S.-led military mission can restore peace to the impoverished East African nation. According to documents obtained by The Times, nearly two-thirds of Somalia was allocated to the American oil giants Conoco, Amoco, Chevron and Phillips in the fi

Innovation - An Indian Perspective

WHAT ROLE CAN INDIA PLAY IN THIS ERA OF INNOVATION? Source Interview with Arindam Banerjee India can play a role in using innovation to build large, successful multinational companies. To do so companies in India will have to dominate in one or two segments with products that are clearly identified as theirs. Interview by - Pradip Sinha, Associate Consultant, ICFAI Center for Management Research. Arindam Banerji Arindam Banerji is a scientist and entrepreneur in the Silicon Valley. He took the usual route of going from the IITs, through a PhD in the US, to finally working in Sundry Research Labs. Some day, he plans to return to India, but for now, as time permits, he writes on various geopolitical issues. What is innovation? How will you define it? Innovation can be defined in many ways, but I have a very different view on innovation as a whole. To me... Innovation is more than just a great idea, it is the entire process that makes an idea

India Israel's largest arms buyer

REAL DEAL: Missiles and anti-missile defense systems, however, remain the priority. New Delhi: Buoyed by Indian defense procurement worth $1.5 billion, the Israeli defense industries have recorded all-time high sales figures in 2006. "India was Israel's biggest customer with purchases reaching $1.5 billion," Head of SIBAT, the Foreign Defense Assistance and Defense Export Department at the Defense Ministry, Major General Yossi Ben-Hanan told The Jerusalem Post. It included Israel's single largest sale to a foreign country made by the Israel Aircraft Industries in the sale of the Barak Naval anti-missile defense system, valued at around $450 million, Ben-Hanan told the daily. Unperturbed by the US entry into the Indian market, the defense official said it would not make a dent in Israeli defense sales to New Delhi. "America sells fighter jets, tanks and helicopters and we do not compete with them," Ben-Hanan said. On the contrary, he said, that it may

US Agenda & Foreign Policy

-- Author wish to be anonymous In order to understand the present US foreign policy we need to understand the various global political agendas of various groups in US. Depending on the administration one group or the other or a combination these groups will be in power. Agenda-1: Neo-Con Agenda This agenda's main philosophy is making US super powerful even at the cost of other nations or other people. People who follow this agenda are generally Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfield etc. The present US administration is mainly controlled by the people who believe in this ideology. This group believes that 1. US should be the only leader/king nation in this World. US should be able to subjugate any nation which does not follow US order (famous words "you are with us or against us"). This implies only US needs to have most sophisticated weapons. As there are some nations which already have nukes, hence this group wishes that US develop more sophisticated weapons like "