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The Islamic Revolution eating the Islamic Republic

By Safa Haeri Posted Saturday, May 5, 2007 Paris, 5 May (IPS) The surprise detention of a senior Iranian diplomat and former nuclear negotiator on alleged charges of espionage and passing sensitive nuclear information to foreigner is likely to ignite an unprecedented power struggle at the highest echelon of the Iranian clerical establishment, political analysts expects. The fifty years-old Mohammad Hoseyn Moussavian was arrested on Monday first of May 2007 at his residence in Tehran by plainclothes security agents and taken immediately for interrogation to the notorious Evin prison while another group of agents was raiding his office, taking away his computer and all other documents, according to un-identified official sources. The arrest of Mr. Moussavian is a direct attack on Mr. Hashemi Rafsanjani. A former ambassador to Moscow and Berlin, Mr. Moussavian, a deputy to Hojjatoleslam Hassan Rohani, the former Secretary of the Supreme Council on National Security (SCNS) and top coordi

Finland, Sweden and the Lure of NATO

Source: Stratfor May 04, 2007 15 48 GMT Summary With some of the largest political shifts in decades beginning in Europe, military security is one of the hottest topics on the Continent today. In this atmosphere, two Nordic countries that have long resisted NATO -- Finland and Sweden -- are eyeing membership in the regional security organization. Joining NATO, however, would raise the ire of Russia, perhaps the only military threat they have to fear. Analysis With some of the largest political shifts in decades beginning in Europe, military security is one of the hottest topics on the Continent today. In this atmosphere, two Nordic countries that have long resisted NATO's pull -- Finland and Sweden -- are eyeing membership in the regional security organization. However, the missile defense shield proposed by the United States in former Soviet Union (FSU) states already has raised Russia's ire, and future NATO expansion -- right up to the Russian border -- would further

Heroes, not wimps, make nations

Swapan Dasgupta A controversy being played out in Britain may offer lessons for India's war on terror. During the 'fertiliser bomb' trials that led to the conviction of five British Muslims, it emerged that the intelligence agency MI5 had put two of the perpetrators of the ghastly July 7, 2005 London bombings under surveillance in 2004. However, owing to a misjudgement the monitoring was discontinued, with tragic results. The revelation that Mohammed Siddique Khan and Shehzad Tanveer were actually on the police radar before they killed 52 people in the London Underground has outraged many people. The police and MI5 have been mercilessly pilloried in the media and there are demands for a public inquiry into the costly lapse. If only, it is being said, the surveillance had gone on many lives would have been saved. Wisdom in hindsight being a part of the popular discourse, the anger is understandable. In India, every successful terrorist attack is followed by shrill a

Quote of the day: Swapan Dasgupta

"The country owes a deep debt of gratitude to Vanjara and the other officers who are being subjected to a vicious trial-by-media. They are the real heroes and patriots. It is time the silent majority stands up against the articulate minusculity that, in putting its liberalism above nationalism, ends up giving succour to those who are out to destroy India. Decency cannot coexist with the obscenity of terrorism."

Videoconference Roundtable on Competitive Intelligence, Corporate Espionage and Technology

ITechLaw Sponsors Videoconference Roundtable on Competitive Intelligence, Corporate Espionage and Technology WAKEFIELD, Mass.--The International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) (www.itechlaw.org) today announced that it is sponsoring a videoconference roundtable on May 16, 2007. The videoconference, hosted by 15 legal firms in the U.S., Canada and Brazil, will examine issues such as: the legality and ethics of information gathering, strategies for guarding against the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets, dealing with internal leaks, and how to achieve compliance with the Economic Espionage Act of 1996. The ITech Law videoconference will feature Jon Olson, Division Counsel from Alcatel-Lucent, as guest speaker. Mr. Olson reports to Alcatel-Lucent’s General Counsel, and he is responsible for the integration, operations and strategy for Alcatel-Lucent’s Law Division. Mr. Olson is an expert in the area of competitive intelligence. "Corporate scandals have recently f

How to become an Intellectual in India

We received this note from a person who wish to be anonymous , exposing duplicity of so called "secular" leaders in India. For getting the status of an intellectual, the caste, religion, sex, age,language or any other regional or linguistic parameters are not a criteria. * It is easy to get the status, if you are a Hindu who always criticizes his own religion and sanathana dharma * Your education qualification, actual intelligence, vocabulary, position, etc do not have any bearing for getting the status .* You should always be little and denigrate Indian heritage and culture,whenever you get opportunity or even by creating opportunity. * Always make fun of Hindu dharma and ancient Hindu scholars, saffron colour, Omkar, temples and priests * You have to make the show that you have the authority to criticize Hindu dharma. * Try to find a good place in the electronic media screen and print media. *Keep a charisma for attracting the media people; give them whatever th

Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in the 'New South Africa'

ntisemitism and Anti-Zionism in the 'New South Africa' By Milton Shain Abstract: The article explores antisemitism and anti-Zionism in the new South Africa, arguing that Jews have come to terms with a powerful anti-Zionism which includes some classic anti-Jewish motifs. In the 'new South Africa' traditional antisemitism is of little concern, notwithstanding indications that hostile stereotypes of Jews are held by significant sectors of the wider population. Particular attention is focused on the Muslim minority that has increasingly vilified Zionism and Israel. This roots of this hostility can be traced to wider political currents, both global and domestic. Given the ANC's opposition to racism, the climate for opposing antisemitism in South Africa is more favorable than it has been in the past. But the question of Zionism remains a concern, as do the connections between anti-Zionism and age-old antisemitism. It is by now a truism that when the temperature ris

COUNTERING JIHADI TERRORISM IN UK

By B.Raman (To be read in continuation of my paper of October 29,2000, titled "ISLAMIC JEHAD & THE US", which is available at http://www.saag.org/ papers2/paper154.html and my paper of June 21,2002, titled "THE TERRORIST METEORITES & THE PAKISTANISATION OF AL QAEDA" which is available at http://www.saag.org/ papers5/p aper480.html ) The post-9/11 security and immigration control measures taken by the US have made it very difficult for the Arabs to operate again in US territory and do a repeat of 9/11. Al Qaeda is as determined as ever to repeat 9/11 in US territory. At the same time, it has realised that it might not be able to use Arab terrorists for this purpose since they are subjected to strict checks in the US. It has, therefore, been wanting to use non-Arabs for this purpose. Muslim migrants from Pakistan, who have settled down in the UK and North America, are its favourite choice. 2.The trend towards the Pakistanisation of Al Qaeda to which I h

India-Pakistan : Emerging Threats in the 21st Century

The Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich and the Global Futures Forum (GFF) - a multinational, multidisciplinary, and cross-sector group formed in November 2005 at an international conference hosted by the Global Futures Partnership of the US Central Intelligence Agency - have joined efforts to conceive of new ways of thinking about strategic warning in the changing global security environment. The second of three seminars built upon the theoretical foundations presented in the first seminar and focused on methodological approaches for establishing early-warning systems. It referred to concrete methods, instruments, and tools; presentations were delivered on cognitive mapping, horizon scanning, quantitative models, and other methodologies. 2nd CSS/GFP Seminar on "Emerging Threats in the 21st Century" Sense-Making and Warning: How to Understand and Anticipate Emerging Threats , Click for report On India and Pakistan The group reporting on a potential India

US Air Force pioneers new frontier :Cyberspace

Air Force pioneers new frontier By: Karl Duckworth Last Updated: 4/30/2007 9:00:39 AM Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base Montgomery, Alabama As the Air Force relies more on operations within cyberspace, the Eighth Air Force under Lt. Gen. Robert J. Elder Jr. and headquartered at Barksdale, La., has been tasked as the service's lead command for the cyberspace domain. General Elder spoke on the subject when he was at Air University to receive a medal for his service as Air War College commandant from July 2004 to June 2006. During his trip, he met with faculty and students from various colleges at Air University, and said that organizations across Air University, Gunter Annex and the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, will be instrumental in helping to conceptualize resolutions for issues the Eighth Air Force faces as it gears up for its new mission. According to General Elder, treating cyberspace as a warfighting domain is a cultural shift

Space ops critical to air, ground, naval forces

5/3/2007 - SOUTHWEST ASIA (AFNEWS) -- With the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility spanning 6.5 million square miles and 27 countries, the high ground of space continues to be critical to coalition air, ground and naval forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The Space Coordinating Authority, Combined Forces Air Component Commander Lt. Gen. Gary North, relies on Col. Cary Chun, the director of Space Forces, or DIRSPACEFOR, at the Combined Air and Space Operations Center to ensure theater commanders' space support needs are met whenever and wherever possible. In April, DIRSPACEFOR officials report U.S. Air Force space professionals used space assets to fulfill 22 Space Support Requests, or SSRs, for Operation Enduring Freedom, delivering 246 separate and specific effects. Another 22 SSRs were serviced in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, delivering 217 separate and specific effects. Effects included surveillance, tracking and targeting; position, navigation and timing; c

USAF crafts cyberwar doctrine

USAF crafts cyberwar doctrine By JOHN T. BENNETT April 30, 2007 A new irregular warfare doctrine document working its way through the U.S. Air Force spells out how air power can aid U.S. and coalition forces in nontraditional fights, and says that disrupting adversaries’ actions in cyberspace is increasingly important. “The cyberspace domain may present numerous opportunities to directly target insurgents or to positively influence the population. Like air operations, cyber operations can strike directly at the node of interest, without first defeating ‘fielded forces,’” says a draft version of the service’s irregular warfare doctrine document. “For example, computer network attack may hinder or disrupt insurgent operations, or at least require them to expend resources defending their cyberspace assets.” The document, dated March 21 and stamped, “Draft – Not For Implementation,” was obtained by Defense News this week. Gen. T. Michael Moseley, the Air Force chief of staff, has approve

Analysis: India to open power distribution

Published: May 3, 2007 at 2:14 PM E-mail Story | Print Preview | License By KUSHAL JEENA UPI Energy Correspondent NEW DELHI, May 3 (UPI) -- India plans to open up its power-distribution sector to allow multiple global and domestic private firms to deliver electricity directly to consumers, ending the monopoly of government-controlled companies. The federal government asked the Power Ministry to put in place a mechanism that could boost competition in the power-distribution sector. The move, if implemented, would end the monopoly of the government-controlled power companies, which are not only inefficient but are also responsible for large-scale power shortages. The Finance Ministry prepared a note that would be placed shortly for the approval of a federal Cabinet committee for infrastructure. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh heads the committee formed to recommend measures to boost investment in the infrastructure sector. India says it requires foreign direct investment of $320 b