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The 21st Century Mafia: Made in China

© "Russia in Global Affairs". № 1, January - March 2007 Vladimir Ovchinsky, Doctor of Science (Law), Major-General of the Police (Ret), is an advisor to the Chairman of Russia’s Constitutional Court, and a member of the Editorial Board of Russia in Global Affairs. China, which is rapidly becoming a leader in global development, is now the talk of the world. However, the positive manifestations of this diverse phenomenon are closely linked with negative ones. For example, as China continues to consolidate its leading positions in the global economy, Chinese organized crime is expected to broaden its presence in global criminal links. This is of tremendous concern for Russia and the world. THE “TRIADS” AND REFORMS Many observers believe that information concerning the negative processes in contemporary China is classified, but this view is largely exaggerated. Chinese criminologists (including Liao Ping, He Bisong, Xin Yan, and others) have conducted in-depth s

Iran's big bluff

Iran's claims this week to have reached an industrial level of uranium enrichment have largely been met with scorn. ISN Security Watch investigates the current status of the Iranian nuclear program. By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (13/4/07) Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced during a visit to the Natanz enrichment facility on Monday that the Islamic Republic was now capable of uranium enrichment on an "industrial scale," in direct contravention of UN resolutions. However, serious doubts have arisen concerning the enrichment claim, and Iran's ability to pay for atomic facilities currently under construction, shedding a new light on the capacity and future potential of the Iranian nuclear program. Referring to a recently extended UN sanctions package, Institute for National Security Studies disarmament expert Dr Emily Landau told ISN Security Watch: "What we need to take from this announcement is [that it is] just a further


By B.Raman The Falun Gong, Tibetan youth, Uighur separatists and disgruntled sections of the local population due to perceived issues of economic injustice would constitute the four internal sources of concern to the Chinese authorities responsible for the security arrangements before and during the Olympic Games of 2008, which are to be held in China. 2. These elements are unlikely to indulge in acts of violence directed against the foreign participants in the Olympics. Their likely targets would be more Chinese authorities and leadership. Their aim would be not to cause death, but disruption in the arrangements for the Games and political embarrassment for the hosts. The disruptions could be in the form of acts of sabotage directed at the Games infrastructure such as the Games villages, hotels, airports, railway stations etc undertaken much before the inauguration of the Games. Apart from causing disruption, successful acts of sabotage could create feelings of insecurity in the minds

How it will take US to understand the Mushraf game

M.Mumtaz Khan How long it will take US to understand the Mushraf, who portrays himself as front ally against terrorism but his close aids from arm and ISI continue to shelter and protect them in Pakistan . First he got his religious political parties elected in two strategically important Provinces which have been sanctuary for extremists and terrorists. By getting MMA elected Mushraf has killed two birds with one stone; first he exonerated himself from being blamed for supporting terrorism since where Taliban and Al-Qaeda are believed to be based or hiding, are under MMA governments. In the center Mushraf by giving MMA reasonable seats, sidelined the genuine political opposition and brought his indirect ally MMA into the opposition for smooth sailing. The victory of MMA in last elections is attributed to the surging anti-US sentiments in those two provinces as arguments are largely advanced by Pakistan officials and US officials but hardly anyone takes serious notice of those factors

“The Shock of the Powers” Conference by Economic School of War

To celebrate its 10 years, the Economic School of War (EGE) organized its first international conference on “the Shock of the Powers” on April 13 . “Shock of Civilizations” with “Shock of the Powers” Challenges and strategies of the nations The incipient century is marked by the assertion of the strategies of power. To date universalization generates more threats that concrete promises. This is why the States develop policies of power to maintain a dominant position or to remain competitive on the international scene. The fourth conference of the Economic School of War underlines contemporary antagonisms geostrategic. It has an objective, to define contours of the new paradigm of the international relations: the shock of the powers. For further information and to register you: “Stakes and evolution of the power” 08h15 - 08h45 Reception of the participants 09h00 - 09h15 Short speech of opening • Pierre Conesa 09h15 - 09h45 Power the Hist

India has China in its range

written by: Siddharth Srivastava, 13-Apr-07 NEW DELHI - Even as India celebrates the successful test-firing on Thursday of its home-grown Agni-III intermediate-range ballistic missile - capable of delivering a 1.5-tonne nuclear or conventional payload over much of Asia - officials admit that the test had the tacit approval of the United States. The US is striving to build India as a strategic counterweight to China, along with Japan and Australia. Last May, during a period of frenzied negotiations on a civilian nuclear deal with Washington, New Delhi postponed testing of the Agni-III so as not to invite the ire of nuclear hawks in the US Congress, which was deliberating the nuclear pact that now stands approved. According to reports last year, Washington put pressure on New Delhi to agree to a future moratorium on testing of dual-use missile technology that could be used to deliver a nuclear payload and testing another atomic bomb as a quid pro quo for the civilian nuclear deal.

Quote of the day : Brig (r) Saad Muhammad

“The only Central Asian nation that can be worked out for Pakistan’s benefit and still out of Indian influence is Kazakhstan, and Pakistan should launch serious and concerted efforts to establish its economic ties with that nation,”  Brig (r) Saad Muhammad (Lecture on Afghanistan at the Peshawar University’s Area Study Centre for Russia, China and Central Asia , Daily Times, April 14, 2007)

Analysis on Afghanistan by Brigadier (r) Saad Muhammad

‘Taliban pose no threat to US, NATO presence in Afghanistan’ Staff Report: Daily Times, April 14, 2007 PESHAWAR: Former Pakistani Defence Attaché to Kabul Brigadier (r) Saad Muhammad said on Friday that there was no immediate strategic threat to the US and NATO presence in Afghanistan because of taliban movement in the Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan. He was delivering a lecture on Afghanistan at the Peshawar University’s Area Study Centre for Russia, China and Central Asia. Former Peshawar University vice chancellor and ex-director of the ASC Professor Dr Muhammad Anwar Khan, Dr Sarfaraz Khan, Dr Zahid Anwar, Dr Shabbir Ahmad Khan and some students participated in the discussion. Saad Muhammad concentrated on the period from 2003-06, the time when he served as a defence attaché in Kabul, and on several issues with particular reference to Afghanistan, US, NATO, taliban and Pakistan. It was his personal and shared opinion of participants that a peaceful Afghanistan was beneficia

A Leadership 'Beyond Repair': Asma Jahangir

The Last Word: Asma Jahangir A Leadership 'Beyond Repair' By Asma Jahangir Newsweek International April 2, 2007 issue - These are tough times for Pervez Musharraf. Under increasing criticism for his inability to control Islamic militants in the country's tribal areas, the Pakistani president now faces a revolt within his own judicial establishment. For the past two weeks, hundreds of lawyers have staged protests and gone on strike over the president's decision to suspend Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for alleged misuse of his powers. (The charges include nepotism and an excessive fondness for luxury cars and aircraft.) In addition to the demonstrations, eight judges and the deputy attorney general have resigned, raising questions over the future of Pakistan's judiciary—and its leader's grip. NEWSWEEK's Ron Moreau spoke to Asma Jahangir, one of Pakistan's foremost Supreme Court lawyers and chairwoman of the Human Rights Com

Demographic snapshot of US Airforce Personnel

4/10/2007 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas ( AFNEWS ) -- The Air Force Personnel Center here recently published its demographics report offering a snapshot of the service's active-duty and civilian force, as of March 31. Statistics are rounded to the nearest tenth. Active-duty demographics -- 337,780 individuals are on active duty composed of 68,675 officers and 269,105 enlisted Airmen. -- The Air Force has 13,545 pilots, 4,371 navigators, 1,363 air battle managers and 33,188 non-rated line officers in the grades of lieutenant colonel and below. Age -- The average age of the officer force is 35; for enlisted Airmen it's 29. -- 38.7 percent are below the age of 26, which is 45.3 percent of enlisted Airmen and 12.9 percent of officers. Sex -- There are 66,410 women in the Air Force, which is 19.7 percent of the force; 18.2 percent of officers and 20 percent of enlisted Airmen. -- 59 percent of the female officers are line officers; 41 percent are non-line; 85.4 perc

New policy protects US Air Force computer networks

by Josh Aycock Air Combat Command Public Affairs 4/13/2007 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFNEWS) -- A new Air Force policy on encrypting and digitally signing e-mails is now in effect to ensure security and reliability of information as the battle for cyberspace dominance continues. Officially called the Air Force Public Key Infrastructure Policy on Encrypting and Digitally Signing E-mails, it is designed to combat adversaries' growing attempts at network infiltration and sending barrages of malicious e-mails. PKI is not simply a program. It is a combination of hardware, software, policies and procedures that allows users to securely send and receive e-mails. Every user has a personal identity on the Air Force network and now has the ability to protect their identity. Defense Department networks sustain up to six million attacks per day, said Lt. Gen. Charles E. Croom Jr., director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and commander of the Joint Task Force-Global Net

Economic Intelligence and Economic Patriotism :Defined

Economic intelligence “The economic intelligence is an action and way of thinking which consists, for the companies and the territories, to organize the systematic monitoring of their environment, to protect strategic information, to capitalize and develop their knowledge (knowledge and know-how) and to be able to deploy actions of influence. The economic intelligence is made legal and ethical practices. Working on “opened” information known as, it cannot be confused with espionage. It implies a real setting in network of all the actors bus if competence is individual, the intelligence is collective. ” Nicolas MOINET Lecturer Researcher with the CEREGE - Economic Intelligence Team Director of economic Master intelligence and strategic communication (economic ex DESS Intelligence and development of the companies) ICOMTEC - University of Poitiers - Technopolis of Futuroscope “The economic intelligence gathers the whole of the tools and methodologies which take part legally in

Iran emboldened : Seeks to dominate Middle East politics

Source: Armed Forces Journal Tehran seeks to dominate Middle East politics By Peter Brookes With the creeping possibility of a nuclear breakout, its vigorous sponsorship of international terrorism and its escalating intervention next door in Iraq, the Islamic Republic of Iran is a triple threat — at least — to international security and America's Middle Eastern interests. Indeed, perhaps no country fits the definition of rogue state as well as Iran does. Making matters worse, Iran's confidence and clout in the region — and beyond — are indubitably on the rise. But that is only the beginning. Shiite Persian Iran is not content with being just an inconsequential pariah. Iran has grand ambitions. Tehran wants to be the predominant state in the Middle East, replacing the U.S. as the region's power broker and lording over its Sunni Arab neighbors. With the fall of its most fearsome competitors for regional pre-eminence — Iraq's Saddam Hussein and Afghanistan's Taliba