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Attack on Chinese workers in Ethiopia -- Analysis

Chinese Oil Workers Targeted in Latest Terror Raid in Ethiopia At least 74 people, including nine Chinese nationals, have been confirmed as having been killed during an attack by armed men on an oilfield in Ethiopia's eastern Somali province in the early hours of 23 April. Global Insight Perspective Significance Ethiopia has witnessed a spate of terrorist attacks in recent months, but the attack on the oil facility is by far the deadliest yet. Implications The separatist rebel group—the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)—has claimed responsibility for the attack, describing it as a military operation against the Addis Ababa government. Outlook As is often the case, the government was quick to implicate neighbouring Eritrea, with whom it is still technically at war, in the attack, accusing it of backing “anti-peace elements”–a euphemism it uses to categorise all anti-government and insurgent groups in the country. At least 74 people (nine Chinese and 65 local E

China and India Will Lead Growth in the Mobile Market by 2011

United States Will Remain Largest Market by Revenue Global Insight Report Launches New Telecoms Service Waltham, MA 19 April 2007 — Global Insight, the world's leading company for economic and financial analysis and forecasting, announced the findings of its inaugural report produced by Global Insight's new Telecoms Intermodal Forecasting Service. The report concluded that China and India will remain the world's growth engine for wireless services, accounting for 60% of the 1.2 billion predicted new mobile subscribers over the next five years. The report compares the world's 20 leading developed and emerging markets between 2006 and 2011, and predicts that over the next five years, market penetration of wireless services will grow from 34.8% to 69.1% in China; and from 13.4% to 31.0% in India. According to the report, China will also outpace the other 19 markets in terms of broadband growth, accounting for more than one-third of the 350 million-plus new broadband sub

China's First National Climate Change Assessment

Controversy Surrounds China's First National Climate Change Assessment State authorities have shelved the launch of China's first official climate change policy this week, after consultations across the country's sprawling public sector failed to yield agreement over its final content. Global Insight Perspective Significance The official release of China's first National Climate Change Assessment that was due to take place this week has been delayed indefinitely. Implications There looks to be a lack of consensus regarding China's climate change strategy and, in the absence of a major public policy shift, China's commitment to economic development means that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will continue to grow virtually unabated. Outlook As and when the climate change action plan is actually released, little by way of change to "business as usual" should be expected. State authorities are unwilling to take concrete steps to address Chin

High-Skill Immigration Trends Across U.S. States

Source: Global Insights Despite much national attention on low-skill immigrants, high-skill immigration has significant consequences for the U.S. economy. Immigration has received a lot of attention recently, grabbing headlines and keeping legislators busy at both the state and federal levels. While much of this focus has been on immigrants from Mexico, the Caribbean, or other NAFTA partners who come to the United States for low-skill, low-wage jobs, there is another aspect of immigration that has significant consequences for the U.S. economy: H1B visas. These visas allow temporary immigration into the United States contingent on an existing job offer. A domestic firm acts as sponsor for the applicant, who must possess skills in a specialty occupation, theoretical and practical application of a body of specialized knowledge, and at least a bachelors degree or its equivalent. The annual U.S. quota for H1B visas is 65,000, with an additional quota of 20,000 for those who have earned

Pakistan : Fatwa issued against author Syed Jamaluddin

Mr.Syed Jamaluddin , author of "DIVIDE PAKISTAN TO ELIMINATE TERRORISM" who lives in Aubervilliers (place near Paris) received fatwa from Islamic fundamentalist organizaton . The was book publication in USA, Syed Jamaluddin was forced to leave Pakistan after military coup of General Pervez Musharraf in 1999. Syed Jamaluddin has been an active writer on issues concerning Pakistan's involvement in terrorist activities in the region. He has revealed in his upcoming book that Pakistan's ISI has several hidden plans to implement in the coming years. He has suggested that in order to combat the growing terrorist threats emanating from Pakistan, Pakistan should be disintegrated in 5 parts. His proposed geography for South Asia has been mentioned in his upcoming book "Divide Pakistan To Eliminate Terrorism" which advocates 5 new countries. Intellibriefs received this copy from Mr.Syed Jamaluddin , we are reproducing this for our readers .

Pakistan's Radical Women

Dressed in Black: A Look at Pakistan's Radical Women Source: Jamestown Foundation By Farhana Ali Radical women in Pakistan are increasingly being used by male jihadi groups and extremists, including religious political parties, to serve their interests and promote their cause. This year's protests by women clad in black burqas of the Jamia Hafsa seminary in front of the Lal Masjid, in the capital city of Islamabad, is proof of a trend that is becoming more alarming, threatening and unprecedented in Pakistan's history [1]. The women's illegal acts include seizing a children's library, kidnapping a brothel owner and forcing her to renounce her sect and demanding the closure of video shops for selling movies deemed inappropriate to a Muslim audience (Dawn, March 31; Daily Times, March 26). The women of the Jamia Hafsa madrassa have violated the law by illegally encroaching on public land and threatening the Pakistani government with suicide attacks should the state

Guide to the Armed Groups Operating in the Niger Delta - Part 2

By James Briggs Part 1 of this article can be found in Issue 7 of Terrorism Monitor. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) first burst onto the international stage in December 2005, when it blew up Shell's Opobo pipeline in Delta state. It followed with several high profile group kidnappings, further bombings and attacks on oil installations that left many dead. Apart from its devastating impact on Nigerian oil production, the initial bombing garnered attention because the militants had carried out an action that did not benefit them directly financially—unlike kidnappings or oil bunkering. MEND's strategic placement of the bombs, which took out nearly a quarter of Nigeria's oil production, showed an intricate knowledge of the thousands of miles of pipelines that may well have been gathered in previous bunkering operations. Structure There are no card-carrying militant members of MEND. Like most of the groups with long, politically idealistic nam

Guide to the Armed Groups Operating in the Niger Delta – Part 1

Guide to the Armed Groups Operating in the Niger Delta – Part 1 Source: Jamestown FOundation By James Briggs During the course of the last year in Nigeria's oil-rich but turbulent Niger Delta region, armed men kidnapped more than 150 foreigners, killed unknown numbers of Nigerian armed forces personnel, crippled the oil production of Africa's largest oil exporter by nearly a quarter and detonated five car bombs. There is a bewildering variety of armed groups operating in the delta, ranging from community vigilantes to armed political movements to criminal gangs. The groups, whose aims and members often overlap, are involved in activities that include kidnapping, theft of crude oil, attacking oil infrastructure, extortion, bombings, murders and rigging elections. Without adequate equipment or political will, the military cannot tackle the problem effectively. Unrest in the Niger Delta can be traced back to the beginning of oil exploration, when impoverished communities were

What consensus, Prime Minister?

A bigger problem is the silence of those who occupy the intellectual space. Manmohan Singh has demeaned this class with his servile behaviour. I think I am part of this class, and I am ashamed to have Manmohanji as a member of this class. Namaste. Ashok Chowgule Kanchan Gupta The Pioneer / April 27, 2007 Even those who know him and admire his erudition would not disagree with noted economist and former West Bengal Finance Minister Ashok Mitra being described as an unreconstructed Marxist with an acid tongue. In fact, Mr Mitra revels in being rude — although he makes an exception if he takes a shine to you, which is a very big if — and unlike other Bengali bhadralok Marxists believes bhadrata and Marxism do not go hand-in-hand. Those who can recall his days as West Bengal's Finance Minister — an office he held till he marched out of Mr Jyoti Basu's Government after being bypassed on a rather petty issue — would also remember his infamous outburst: "I am

Will Scandinavian countries lead a Europian role in the Middle East ? Dr. Salim Nazzal In an interview with Zena Fayyad on the Anb Arab channel, Trad Hamada the Lebanese ex- minister, wondered aloud why Arabs always see Europe as comprising only Britain , France and Germany . Why don't Arabs try to engage with other European countries regarding Middle Eastern issues? Hamada is right. The traditional Arab political thinking about Europe often means Britain , France and Germany , if we naturally put aside the Soviet Union and Russia which was a blend of the east and west. However, this question may start a debate about the future Arab-European relationship, in light of current developments in the Middle East, especially in the triangle of crisis, Iraq, Palestine and Lebanon, and given the tension between the USA and Iran about the latter's nuclear program, which some assume may end in an American strike against Iran. These issues are, of course, in addition to the crises in Sudan and Somalia and most importantly

Paternal heritage of Austro-Asiatic populations

Y-chromosome evidence suggests a common paternal heritage of Austro-Asiatic populations. * Kumar V, * Reddy AN, * Babu JP, * Rao TN, * Langstieh BT, * Thangaraj K, * Reddy AG, * Singh L, * Reddy BM. Molecular Anthropology Group, Biological Anthropology Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Hubsiguda, Hyderabad, India. BACKGROUND: The Austro-Asiatic linguistic family, which is considered to be the oldest of all the families in India, has a substantial presence in Southeast Asia. However, the possibility of any genetic link among the linguistic sub-families of the Indian Austro-Asiatics on the one hand and between the Indian and the Southeast Asian Austro-Asiatics on the other has not been explored till now. Therefore, to trace the origin and historic expansion of Austro-Asiatic groups of India, we analysed Y-chromosome SNP and STR data of the 1222 individuals from 25 Indian populations, covering all the three branches of Austro-Asiatic tribes, viz. Mundari, Khasi-Khmuic and Mon-Khm

India : Strategic projects need leaders, not crabs

By Bharat Karnad K. Santhanam, a retired senior Defence Research and Development Organisation functionary and former director of the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, is quoted by a news agency report on the test-firing of the Agni-III intermediate range ballistic missile as saying that developing a follow-on intercontinental-range ballistic missile is inadvisable because it "would unnecessarily affect ties" with the United States and endanger the nuclear deal, that the country "should be satisfied with being a "leading regional power," and that, in any case, "even in its wildest dreams, India does not plan to be a global superpower." That India is not about to become a "global superpower" in a hurry, is true. But is that reason enough to deny this country the building block capabilities of great power � proven and reliable advanced thermonuclear weaponry (which the nuclear deal seeks to prevent this country from acquiring by pro