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CA textbooks lawsuit: Update and Appeal

CAPEEM's lawsuit against the officials of the State Board of Education has now moved into the Discovery phase. Prior to this, the Counsel for the officials of the State Board of Education (SBE) and the California Department of Education (CDE) responded to CAPEEM's complaint and denied CAPEEM's claims. The attorney for the officials of the SBE and CDE has been replaced. The defendants are now represented by the Office of the Attorney General of California. The change of attorney and the response to the complaint followed the court's denial of the Defendant's motion to dismiss CAPEEM's lawsuit. During Discovery, CAPEEM will request documents from the SBE and CDE, and subpoena various interested parties so that CAPEEM can obtain documents and information necessary to strengthen its case. Discovery is a process that consumes time and resources. The SBE and CDE, and third parties such as Michael Witzel and James Heitzman, have already objected to CAPEEM's subpo

The Vanishing Iranian General: Did He Leave or Was He Taken?

DEBKAfile Exclusive Report with DEBKA-Net-Weekly Background March 2, 2007, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00) Istanbul Ceyland Hotel. He never arrived Iran’s dep. defense minister for eight years up until 2005 - and before that a prominent Revolutionary Guards General, Alireza Asquari, 63, has not been seen since his disappearance in mysterious circumstances in Istanbul on Feb. 7. The missing general has been identified as the officer in charge of Iranian undercover operations in central Iraq, according to DEBKAfile’s intelligence and Iranian sources. He is believed to have been linked to – or participated in - the armed group which stormed the US-Iraqi command center in Karbala south of Baghdad Jan. 20 and snatched five American officers. They were shot outside the Shiite city. An Middle East intelligence source told DEBKAfile that the Americans could not let this premeditated outrage go unanswered and had been hunting the Iranian general ever since. The BAZTAB Web site reported th

Martial Law in Gilgit Baltistan

Follow letter was sent to IntelliBriefs by Abdul Hamid Khan Chairman Balawaristan National Front (BNF) Head Off: Majini Mahla, Gilgit, Balawaristan (Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan) WEBSITE (Urdu & English) www.balawaristan. net EMAIL: balawaristan@ usa.com NO CC-2/2005-04- 25 Government of Pakistan Deputy Commissioner Skardu Date the 25th April 2005 To 1. The Chief Engineer NAPWD Skardu 2. The Superintendent of Police Skardu 3. The Medical Superintendent Skardu 4. The Divisional Forest Officer Skardu 5. The District health officer Skardu 6. The Deputy Director Education Skardu 7. The Deputy Director Agriculture Skardu 8. The Deputy Director LB & RD Skardu 9. The Assistant Director Animal Husbandry Skardu 10. The Assistant Commissioner Skardu/Kharmang/ Shigar 11. The Assistant Director Fisheries Skardu 12. The Assistant District Registrar NADRA Skardu 13. The Civil Supply Officer Skardu 14. The Social Welfare officer Skardu Sub: INVOLVEMENT OF GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS I

2nd edition of the Vigil book on NGOs

The response to "NGOs, Activists & Foreign Funds: Anti-Nation Industry", published by Vigil Public Opinion Forum, Chennai, ( www.vigilonline.com), was so encouraging that Vigil has brought out a second - and enlarged - edition! The 40 new pages include a chapter on the US-based AID, one by Shri Narendra Modi on NGOs as non-accountable businesses, and a Manderweb update that not only to the covert anti-nation NGOs (such as ActionAid and ASHA) adds Oxfam, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and the National Foundation for India, but also uncovers an undeniable mosque-based fund-raising link between Harsh Mander and jihad-supporting NGOs. The book is packed with data about some very well-known USA, UK and India-based NGOs and "social activists" who receive extensive foreign support - and convincingly documents their anti-India agenda and their total lack of accountability. It includes a photograph that graphically depicts this agenda - "social activ

Q revelations may raise a storm in India: Ex-envoy

Indo-Asian News Service New Delhi, March 2, 2007 A former Indian ambassador to Sweden says that if Ottavio Quattrocchi is extradited to India to face trial, his revelations may "create a storm" as he was brought into the multi billion dollar Bofors gun deal at the behest of then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. "Quattrocchi was brought into the picture by Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi discussed the Bofors gun deal with the then Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly October 24, 1985," BM Oza, India's ambassador to Sweden between 1984 and 1988 when the Bofors controversy erupted, told IANS in a telephone interview. "When Rajiv Gandhi met Palme, he said India would give the gun deal to Bofors provided they agreed to four conditions," Oza said. These were: first, it should match the French offer in terms of price. Second, it should offer export credit, and third it should sign a memorandum of understanding with Indi

The ineluctable Quattrocchi

http://www.asianage .com/ Kuldip Nayar Remember the Jain hawala scam? You knew it was about corruption in high places. But you could not get hold of the details at that time. The details have now been given by a top retired official of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a book which says as much as Rs 1,000 crores passed hands and the persons involved were the then Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao, the then chairman of Steel Authority of India, V. Krishnamurthi and the ineluctable Quattrocchi, an Italian national who was known for his contacts. His detention in Argentina is accidental, a fallout of the worldwide alert issued at CBI’s insistence some years ago. The Jain hawala scandal which rocked the country in the Nineties was before the Supreme Court for more than two years. The then Chief Justice of India, J.C. Verma said that he was under pressure from an individual on the issue. He threatened to speak out, but never did. (Sic: He was later rewarded with a high post

Andhra Pradesh : Not Reddy Raj but Christian Conspiracy

Dr T Hanuman Chowdary March 2, 2007 At the launch of Akhilandra Kamma Samakhya in Hyderabad on 25 December 2006 a number of speakers especially the politically- minded, characterized the present government of Andhra Pradesh as Reddy –Raj. This is unfortunate and apparently untrue. The truth is otherwise. Sri B.Gopala Reddy, N.Sanjeeva Reddy, K.Brahmananda Reddy, Dr N. Chenna Reddy, Sri N Janardhan Reddy, T.Anjaiah Reddy and Vijaya Bhaskar Reddy - seven of these Chief Ministers belonged to Reddy caste. During their tenure as Chief Ministers, Kammas had received due representation in the Cabinets as well as in all important government & semi-government offices. The present Chief Minister is only a nominal Reddy. His father converted to Christianity and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy is a practising Christian who very demonstratively celebrated his birthday by a pilgrimage to Bethlehem in Palestine/ Rome, the seat of the Pope. No Congress Chief Minister has lasted so long as Dr. Y.S.

The Iraq War Crash- by Justin Raimondo

The Iraq War Crash Stock market takes a dive – along with the prospects for peace in the Middle East It's the Chinese Year of the Boar, not very propitious if you're looking to have an easy time of it. Chinese astrologer Raymond Lo predicts: "The Year of the Boar will not be very peaceful. Boar years can be turbulent because they are dominated by fire and water, conflicting elements that tend to cause havoc." China's booming stock market – a monument to the victory of China's "capitalist-roaders" over the last remnants of Maoism – doubled last year, and the speculators were drawn to it like … well, like this, or this. The Shanghai Exchange was about due for a big correction when it dropped by 9 percent the other day, an event which many blame for the 500 point drop in the Dow Jones – and the advent of what seems like a new era of economic turmoil, as the slide continues into Thursday. Which raises the whole question of – why now? Read More Th

Hindu-Jewish Leadership Summit opposes proselytization

Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger showers lavish praise on Advani By Organiser Bureau The Opposition Leader’s residence became a meeting place for the religious heads of three major faiths in the world, Hinduism, Judaism and Islam. It was a pleasant surprise for everybody, Indian Muslim scholars and theologians met Israeli Jewish Rabbis on the night of February 6 to call for peace in West Asia at this dinner. Chief Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger made a touching reference to the lasting contribution made by the BJP leader L.K. Advani in furthering the friendship and co-operation between India and Israel. The Chief Rabbi, the highly regarded Jewish pontiff, was lavish in his praise for India’s Leader of Opposition, as he was speaking at a dinner hosted at the Prithviraj Road residence of the BJP leader. The Chief Rabbi said, “It is seldom that I go to somebody’s residence to participate in a reception. Our custom does not allow this. But, here, I came to Shri L.K. Advani’s res

Tuesday's Market Meltdown; Greenspan's "invisible hand"

SOURCE: Atlantic Free Press Tuesday's big drop in stock market averages and questionable financial market conditions bear an uncomfortable resemblance to the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression of the 1930s. A great many economic conditions, as well as the structure of the financial markets, are different from those of the 1920s. Not all of the differences, however, are reassuring. Recent news reports tell us that banks' reserves against risky loans such as sub-prime mortgages are at low points. Money is pouring into hedge funds and private equity groups. The massive prevalence of derivative securities in portfolios of pension funds, insurance companies, and commercial banks is worrisome. In 1998, the cratering of Greenwich's Long Term Capital Management, because of unanticipated consequences of its derivatives investments, threatened to sink the international financial markets. The first broad parallel to the 1920s is the excessive creation of bank cr

BJP's poster boy

Sunday New Indian Express 25-02-2007 Swapan Dasgupta --------------- Actually, the emergence of Modi as the BJP leader-in-waiting was becoming increasingly apparent. For the past four years the Gujarat Chief Minister has been working assiduously to transcend the image of a sectarian leader. He has focussed on firm leadership, efficient administration and a no-nonsense economic policy. Helped in no small measure by the entrepreneurial culture of the state, he has built Gujarat as a show-case for high-voltage development. Apart from those who regard him as a Hindu icon, he has steadily won the admiration of Indian business -- as was evident from the resounding success of the Vibrant Gujarat summit last month. Politically too he has emerged as the BJP's main poster boy, even outside Gujarat. His rallies, whether in Maharashtra or Kerala, have elicited huge responses. For the moment, Modi has to focus on winning the Gujarat Assembly election for the BJP. If he succeeds, the press

Interview : Global Space Protector - General James E. Cartwright

Interview with General James E. Cartwright Commander, United States Strategic Command Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. General James E. Cartwright is Commander, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He is responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives. USSTRATCOM provides a broad range of strategic capabilities and options for the president and secretary of defense. Command mission areas include full-spectrum global strike, space operations, computer network operations, Department of Defense information operations, strategic warning, integrated missile defense, and global C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), combating weapons of mass destruction, and specialized expertise to the joint warfighter. General Cartwright was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Crops in November 1971. He attended Naval Flight Officer training

Mutual network-centric capabilities : Research Across the Atlantic

Spurred in part by the experience of their coalition operations in Iraq, the U.S. and British militaries have launched a joint research and development effort, known as the International Technology Alliance, aimed at improving mutual network-centric capabilities and information interoperability. Read more Research Across the Atlantic - By Karen E. Thuermer - Military Information Technology

Business Intelligence Gets Collaborative

Over the next several years, expect to see the business-intelligence, collaboration and knowledge-management segments converge. Likewise, expect to see such interactive Web 2.0 technologies as AJAX, blogs and wikis revolutionize the business intelligence experience. Collective intelligence is an organization's most precious asset. It's what makes the difference between a successful enterprise, one that can pool its expertise to address common opportunities and threats, and a competitive also-ran. Traditionally, the business-intelligence industry has offered little to directly address the collaboration environment. Most business-intelligence applications focus on delivering targeted reports, analytics, dashboards and other key data to users, who are expected to rely on their own social intelligence, and on third-party collaboration tools, to decide when and how to share this information with colleagues. Enterprise I.T. - Business Intelligence Gets Collaborative

A MOMENT OF TRUTH HAS ARRIVED

A MOMENT OF TRUTH HAS ARRIVED Two major events, both taking place this week, underscore the fact that the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy, centered in the City of London, is arrived at a moment of truth that could determine, in the immediate hours and days ahead, whether the planet is plunged into a civilizational dark age. Very few people and institutions around the world have the faintest idea that this is happening, and among those who would pose an alternative to this potential true global tragedy, only Lyndon LaRouche has a clear idea of what can and must be done to politically defeat this horror show. The events themselves, that signal this moment of truth, are the following: First, we have the arrival in the Sea of Oman this week of the USS Stennis-led second US Navy carrier group. This means that the naval assets are in place in the Persian Gulf region to orchestrate a premeditated "accidental" confrontation between the US and Iran, which could trigger a full-scale Am

Baloch Desperation to get Persian Attention is Fruitless

The recent escalation of violence against Baloch by the Persian chauvinistic Islamic regime of Iran in which hundreds of Baloch youth have been murdered by the way of either hanging or shooting have set Baloch leadership on the move again. They are desperate to draw world attention towards the misery through which Baloch under Iranian occupation are going now. The media is the most powerful way with the help of which they can pass their message to all human loving people and authorities around the world. Gedrosia گدروشیا: Baloch Desperation to get Persian Attention is Fruitless

Decagonal and Quasi-Crystalline Tilings in Medieval Islamic Architecture

Peter J. Lu1* and Paul J. Steinhardt The conventional view holds that girih (geometric star-and-polygon, or strapwork) patterns inmedieval Islamic architecture were conceived by their designers as a network of gzagging lines,where the lines were drafted directly with a straightedge and a compass. We show that by 1200C.E. a conceptual breakthrough occurred in which girih patterns were reconceived as tessellationsof a special set of equilateral polygons (“girih tiles”) decorated with lines. These tiles enabled the creation of increasingly complex periodic girih patterns, and by the 15th century, thetessellation approach was combined with self-similar transformations to construct nearly perfect quasi-crystalline Penrose patterns, five centuries before their discovery in the West. Read more

Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present

South Asia Seminar Violent Gods: Hindu Nationalism in India's Present Angana Chatterjee (California Institute of Integral Studies) [venue] University of Texas at Austin, WCH 4.132 :: Austin, TX 78712 March 1, 2007 3:30 PM Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118 Angana P. Chatterji, Ph.D., is associate professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Professor Chatterji has integrated scholarship, research, and activism in linking the roles of citizen and intellectual. A rigorous and passionate advocate for social justice, she has been working with postcolonial social movements, local communities, institutions and citizens groups, government and donor agencies in India and internationally, since 1984, toward enabling participatory democracy for social and ecological justice. 2006/2007 Christopher Ondaatje Lecture on South Asian Art Hindu Violence in Gandhi's Country Register online at: http://webapp.mcis.utoronto.ca/EventDet

THE MAN WHO KNOWS MORE ABOUT NATANZ THAN CIA

by B. Raman In the present debate on the need for a deniable air strike on Isfahan, where Iran produces the uranium hexafluoride gas, and Natanz, where it converts the gas into enriched uranium, the relevant question is not whether Iran has secret plans for acquiring a military nuclear capability. 2. The relevant question is when the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz will go into full steam with at least 3,000 centrifuges functioning smoothly. The present indications are that unless the Iranian nuclear scientists and engineers face unexpected technical problems or Iran suffers the loss of more key scientists and/or engineers due to "mysterious deaths", the plant in Natanz should go into full steam by October 31, 2007. If that happens, the danger of serious environmental damage in the Gulf region as a result of a successful air strike on Natanz---either by Israel or by the US or by both acting in tandem-- could increase immeasurably. The damage could even affect Israel

India-China-Russia: alliance in the making?

Guest Column: By Rajiv Sikri (This article was published by Rediff.com and the author has authorised its republication in SAAG. The views expressed are author's own) The long-awaited meeting of the Foreign Ministers of India, China and Russia in New Delhi on 14th February was, at one level, merely the latest in a series of trilateral meetings at this level held annually since 2002, generally on the margins of multilateral gatherings. It was, however, only the second stand-alone meeting, the first one having taken place in Vladivostok in June 2005. It was also the first meeting of the three Foreign Ministers after their leaders met in St. Petersburg in July 2006 on the margins of the G-8 summit. The fact that the latest meeting took place in one of the capitals, again a first, gave it comparatively much higher profile and visibility. Russia has been the keenest proponent, and the driving force, of the concept of closer consultation and cooperation among India , China and Ru