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The Secret Government

It aired on PBS in 1987 and is as good as anything on the tape (must see). Moyers is a very respected TV journalist who also worked for Lyndon B. Johnson and has a very professional approach. He interviews many different people involved with the CIA and other government agencies. His documentary gives quite an overview of what has actually happened in the last 50 years regarding the CIA and the cold war (including Iran, Guatamala, Cuba, Viet Nam and Chile). He features such people as Ralph McGeehee and Phil Retinger (both former CIA agents), Rear Admiral Gene La Rocque (Ret. U.S.N.), Theodore Bissell (active in the CIA at the time), Sen. Frank Church and many others. Moyers is so very credible. The full video "The Secret Government" is 90 minutes - this segment is edited by Frank Dorrel to 20 minutes

The Case for Bombing Iran Norman Podhoretz June 2007 Although many persist in denying it, I continue to believe that what September 11, 2001 did was to plunge us headlong into nothing less than another world war. I call this new war World War IV, because I also believe that what is generally known as the cold war was actually World War III, and that this one bears a closer resemblance to that great conflict than it does to World War II. Like the cold war, as the military historian Eliot Cohen was the first to recognize, the one we are now in has ideological roots, pitting us against Islamofascism, yet another mutation of the totalitarian disease we defeated first in the shape of Nazism and fascism and then in the shape of Communism; it is global in scope; it is being fought with a variety of weapons, not all of them military; and it is likely to go on for decades. What follows from this way of looking at the last five years is that

My Saudi Sojourn

American Enterprise Institute | June, 2007 | Joshua Muravchik The application for a visa to Saudi Arabia asked for my religion. In inviting me to give some lectures and interviews, the American embassy in Riyadh had already suggested I answer "non-Muslim"--its standard advice to American visitors, I was told. But I did not feel comfortable with this evasion, so I put "Jewish." My visa came through nonetheless. I was under the impression that Jews were or had been barred from the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and once there I asked several Saudis if this was true. Some agreed that the ban had once applied to all Jews, but most denied it, saying that only Israelis were excluded. Among the deniers was Prince Turki al-Faisal, an important figure in the ruling family and a former ambassador to the United States. He cited two examples that he could recall personally: the visits of Rabbi Elmer Berger in the 1950's and Henry Kissinger in the 1970's. Respectful of

AFGHANISTAN:Re-Assessing the Taliban's 2007 Offensive

Presenter: Dr. Brian Glyn Williams Associate Professor of Islamic History, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth Chair: Glen Howard President, The Jamestown Foundation Tuesday, June 5, 2007 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM The Jamestown Foundation 1111 16th St. NW Washington, DC 20036 A new phase appears to be opening in Afghanistan--not the much awaited "spring offensive" of the Taliban, nor the "normalization" hoped for by the Afghan government and NATO forces. Rather, an atmosphere of apprehension and insecurity has cloaked the war-torn country, as Taliban fighters are embedding themselves among the locals in rural villages and a new wave of suicide bombing has sent ripples of uncertainty across the country. Having just returned from his third research expedition to Afghanistan, The Jamestown Foundation is pleased to host Dr. Brian Glyn Williams for a lecture on the Taliban's "spring offensive" and the West's battle for the "hearts and minds&quo

Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg : Govt of India issued Postal Stamp

Government of India issued a POSTAL STAMP in the name of Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg, with his photo. This casted some distaste among hindu groups who oppose Evangalisation , just as jews in Israel. So who is Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg Bartholomaeus Ziegenbalg (June 10, 1682 - February 23, 1719) was a member of the Lutheran clergy and the first Protestant missionary to India. He answered the call of King Frederick IV of Denmark for clergy who would spread the Gospel in India . On July 9, 1706, Ziegenbalg and Heinrich Plütschau arrived in the region of Tranquebar, thus becoming the first Protestant missionaries to arrive on the Indian sub-continent. The two labored intensively, despite opposition from the local Hindu and Danish authorities in Tranquebar, baptizing their first Indian converts on May 12, 1707.

Exposing Pope : Pakistani Ambassador Vs Indian Ambassador

When the Indian Ambassador to the Vatican presented his credentials, he received an aggressive homily about 'persecution of Christians in India'. When the Pakistani Ambassador did so, there is submissiveness.Wonder what kind of message is given to the Hindus? --Ashok Chowgule Pope's Address to Pakistani Ambassador "Work Tirelessly for Peace, Justice and a Better Future" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 1, 2007 ( - Here is the text of a talk Benedict XVI gave today to Ayesha Riyaz, the new ambassador to the Holy See from Pakistan, upon receiving her letters of credence. * * * Your Excellency, It gives me pleasure to welcome you to the Vatican as I accept the Letters of Credence by which you are appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to the Holy See. I would ask you to convey my greetings to His Excellency President Pervez Musharraf, and to the government and people of your nation. I am confident that the spi

Brahmins In India

Snapshot of a community: population per state - the rich, the poor and the educated... Snapshots Total Population: 5.6 crore Poor Brahmins: 13% Rich: 19% Literacy levels above the age of 18: 84% Graduates: 39% Brahmin chief justices between 1950 to 2000: 47% Associate justices between 1950-2000: 40% Down in the Cow-belt Falling percentage of Brahmin MPs elected in the Hindi belt 1984: 19.91% 1989: 12.44% 1998: 12.44% 1999: 11.3% 2007: The present Lok Sabha has only 50 Brahmin MPs nationwide. That’s 9.17 per cent of the total strength of the House. Percentage by States Down in the Cow-belt Brahmin Politicians

Musharraf & Bush: Blaming ‘The Enemy Out There..’

Source: By Swaraaj Chauhan When a top political leader (or a military dictator) faces a substantial public opinion that openly expresses its lack of faith/trust in his leadership qualities, the leader/dictator in turn tries to find (real or imagined) enemies ‘out there’ to divert public attention. While President Bush and his team have been chasing ’such enemies’ for over four years (in what appears to be an unending ‘war’) to make the USA a ’safe place’, his comrade-in-arms in Pakistan now sees a ‘foreign hand’ in the ongoing major crisis in his country. And that ‘foreign hand’ inevitably means India. The genial, quite and soft spoken Indian Prime Minister, Mr Manmohan Singh, who has been accused in his country of being ‘too soft’ towards General Musharraf’s regime (some say under pressure from the US administration), must be feeling hurt. Some time ago when General Musharraf’s elderly mother and his son came visiting India, the gracious Indian Prime Min

China, United States To Have 'Hotline'

By Staff Jun 2, 2007 China and the United States have agreed to set up a "hotline" to handle security emergencies, it was announced Saturday. The hotline agreement was disclosed at the Sixth Asia Security Summit by Zhang Qinsheng, a senior Chinese military official. The three-day meeting, which opened Friday in Singapore, comprised delegations from 26 countries, including China, Russia, the United States, Canada, Germany, India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom. The delegations were to discuss major regional security issues and defense cooperation. The hotline was announced during a session titled "India and China: Building International Stability," reported the Chinese news agency Xinhua. No other details about the hotline, or what emergencies it might be used for, were given. In his address, Zhang Qinsheng did touch briefly on what he said was "China's problem" with the "Taiwan issue." "Some people in Taiwan are still dreaming ab

India: New security priorities NEWS ANALYSIS Ajai Shukla, / New Delhi June 03, 2007 At the 6th Asia Security Conference in New Delhi on Saturday, Defence Minister A K Antony became the first Union minister to signal a radical shift in India’s security policy. Outlining new threat perceptions, he stated that India’s greatest security threat came not from Pakistan, China, nuclear weapons or terrorism, but from the difficulties of meeting the aspirations of all of India’s citizens at a time of rapid modernisation. This radically departs from India’s traditional position of defining security almost exclusively in terms of external threats. The new security policy explicitly recognises the destabilising effect, at the national level, of the long-playing insurgencies in the north-east, movements such as Naxalism that stem from lack of governance, communal dissension, as well as agitations such as the Gujja

Nigerian Militants Vow to Halt Attacks

By EDWARD HARRIS Associated Press Writer LAGOS, Nigeria - The main militant group responsible for attacks on foreign oil installations in Nigeria's lawless south announced a one-month cease-fire Saturday, giving the new president a chance to resolve the crisis that has helped cause global crude prices to spike. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta did not offer to stop kidnapping foreign oil workers, but it released six hostages who had been seized May 1 - four Italians, one American and one Croatian - as a peace offering to the government. Hours earlier, however, gunmen wearing security force garb abducted four other foreign oil workers from their compound in the southern Niger Delta region's main city without firing a shot. The group launched its campaign of kidnappings and oil-installation bombings in late 2005, seeking to force the government to give its impoverished region a greater share of oil funds. In his inaugural speech Tuesday, newly elected P

Popular movement in Pakistan? by Aasim Sajjad Akhtar June 01, 2007 In the coming weeks and months, if popular pressure is maintained, Pakistani politics could reach something of an historical crossroads. All forces that remain committed to an oligarchic system of rule will stand on one side of the fence and all those that want people’s rule will stand on the other. In any case, given the deep resentment that exists across a wide cross-section of society, unchallenged military-bureaucratic domination will surely soon be condemned to the dustbin of history. Since March 9 when Pakistan’s military ruler General Pervez Musharraf fired the Chief Justice, a popular movement has been in the making. Ostensibly the Chief Justice was surplus to the general’s requirements because he had made one objectionable decision too many, most notably the issuing of orders to the omnipotent intelligence agencies to produce dozens of ‘disappeared persons’, t

Kissinger on Turkey’s 'intervention to northern Iraq'

OPINIONS Saturday, June 2, 2007 Source: Kissinger sees that Turkey’s concerns about PKK are just and legitimate. However, he believes, a military intervention in northern Iraq is not the ‘formula’ of prevention; that even will result in Turkey being trapped in Iraq and this does not suit for interests of not only the U.S. but also Turkey Cengiz Çandar I approached Henry Kissinger before he started his speech and I said, “I heard in the news just minutes ago; you told CNN-Türk that a military operation in northern Iraq by Turkey is wrong.” He replied, “I understand Turkey's concerns but I am a friend of Turkey and I expressed my opinion sincerely.” Retired Ambassador Cem Duna took the turn and expressed his view: “Your words will be noted by administrator elites of Turkey.” He meant the military, and a small group of people around us and Kissinger got it. After that, in a way to emphasize that his opinion is not so exceptional, Kissinger

U.S. and South Korean Forces' Aerial Espionage Unabated in May

Pyongyang, May 31 (KCNA) -- The U.S. imperialist aggressor forces committed more than 90 cases of aerial espionage against the overall areas of the DPRK and the south Korean armed forces at least 70 cases of aerial espionage in May, according to a military source. The U.S. imperialist warmongers were busy spying on the East and West coasts of the north side by mobilizing 15 reconnaissance planes of different types such as U-2 and RC-7B and overseas-based EP-3 on May 15, 17 and 19. On May 23, E-3 flew into the air over the areas of Kyonggi Province and North and South Chungchong Provinces to perpetrate aerial espionage while commanding the flying corps involved in madcap war exercises targeted against the north. RC-12 committed more than 50 cases of espionage in May. Warmongers of the south Korean armed forces infiltrated RC-800 and RF-4C and other tactical reconnaissance planes, two or three on a daily average, into the air over the areas along the Military Demarcat

Kurdistan in the Making: Challenges and Opportunities for Turkey in Northern Iraq

5/1/2007 ( By Mehmet Kalyoncu Nowadays, amid the current presidential and nearing parliamentary elections, Ankara is preoccupied with the question of a cross-border operation against Kurdish PKK militants who have found refuge in northern Iraq. A provocative comment came from one of the Kurdish leaders in Iraq, Massoud Barzani: “if Turkey interferes with Kirkuk, then we will interfere with Diyarbakir.”1 Baghdad’s apparent tacit approval of his comments have strained nerves in Ankara more than ever as the Turkish military keeps a wary eye on developments in Northern Iraq.2 The provocative attitude of Barzani’s Kurdish Regional Government, and Baghdad’s failure to confront it, are also coinciding with heightened terrorist activities from the PKK in Turkey’s southeastern border area with Iraq. This has had the effect of blurring the distinction between the PKK threat to Turkey and Kurdish state formation in Northern Iraq, creating the impression that the two are natu