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Uyghur popular pop : Three cuties

I'm not sure what these three call themselves, but they're one of Xinjiang's most popular acts. That is, they're popular with Uyghurs in Xinjiang despite the fact they are actually Uyghurs from Uzbekistan. This music video is a fine example of Uyghur pop --michaeldmanning

INDIAN SECULARISM : Church pays 5% but wants 100% say

http://www.dailypio indexn12. asp?main_ variable= front%5Fpage&file_name=story4% 2Etxt&counter_img= 4 Durgesh Nandan Jha | New Delhi It contributes just five per cent to the annual budget of St Stephen's College, but the Church of North India (CNI) wants to impose its own set of rules on the institution. The college's acting principal Rev Valson Thampu justified the violation of the law of the land and the Supreme Court directive on the grounds that as a minority institution, the college had all the rights to work for the uplift of its own community. Thampu said that the 95 per cent contribution by the University Grants Commission (UGC) was nothing considering the fact that the land, infrastructure and maintenance charges were being met from the contribution by the Christian community. Like all other trust colleges of Delhi University, St Stephen's College too gets grants amounting to 95 per cent of its annual budget from the UGC. For inst

Turkey and Germany can be bridge between East and West

Turkey and Germany play an important role in establishing bridges between East and West Saturday, June 23, 2007 Turkish Daily Süleyman DEMİREL 9th President of Turkey We are living at times of unprecedented change. The advances in science and technology are enormous. Our economies and social lives are becoming more knowledge-based. Good governance is a priority subject for all countries. The global international system shapes the domestic politics and foreign relations of every country on an increasing scale. Those who lag behind in globalization inadvertently create a certain pressure on global stability. Poverty and the lack of education and equal opportunity obviously trigger illegal migration, human/arms/drug trafficking, organized crime and radical movements with religious and ethnic undertones. This is also a world where there is real concern about the possibility of a 'clash of civilizations.' Radicalism is on the rise all over the world and the risk of polar

TURKEY : What should be done or avoided to enter Iraq

Saturday, June 23, 2007 Mehmet Ali Birand The International Strategic Research Organization (ISRO) had first prepared a report on Iraq last year. It has updated the report and it recently distributed the updated version. I have never encountered a more thorough and detailed report on Iraq before. The NGOs are full of unknowledgeable people that voice the opinions of an ideology. The ISRO, lead by Professor Sedat Laçiner has done exactly the opposite. It is a report prepared with two-and-a-half-years of work. They have interviewed more than 100 experts on security, law, international relations, and scholastic topics. It is quite an accomplishment to have this on a subject for which such little information exists. I learned a lot from the report. And because of this, I summarized it for my curious readers. If you would like to read the whole report, and I think you should, you can visit

Ottoman Women - betwixt and between reforms

Saturday, June 23, 2007 [HH] The year 1839 marked a significant turning point for the Ottoman Empire and those who were eager to implement reforms and it was called the Tanzimat (Reform) Period [HH] … following the War of Independence in 1922. The country was for all intents and purposes bankrupt …The economy had gradually to be built up again so men and women who were educated and capable were encouraged to work and take up responsible positions GÜL DEMİR and NIKI GAMM ISTANBUL- Turkish Daily News Communities do not change quickly. Just a century ago people did not have televisions and Internet. Communications were very slow that exposure to new cultures and ideas had a hard time taking root. While the majority of women in the Ottoman Empire continued to get on with their lives, changes were in the air for upper class women and women with enlightened males in their families. According to some sources, prior t

Sadhvi Ritambharaji at Hollywood, FL today evening

Another J. Edgar Hoover?

The Red scare spawned the tyrannical FBI chief; will a similar homegrown villain emerge from the war on terror? By Kenneth D. Ackerman, KENNETH D. ACKERMAN is author of "Young J. Edgar: Hoover, the Red Scare, and the Assault on Civil Liberties." June 14, 2007 WHAT created J. Edgar Hoover? He reigned with an iron fist as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for 48 years, until the day he died in 1972. By then, Hoover had evolved into an untouchable autocrat, a man who kept secret files on millions of Americans over the years and used them to blackmail presidents, senators and movie stars. He ordered burglaries, secret wiretaps or sabotage against anyone he personally considered subversive. His target list included the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, even Eleanor Roosevelt. Yet when Hoover showed up for his first day of work at the Department of Justice in June 1917, he was a bright 22-year-old, just out of law school. He s

How Indian Intelligence officers fund their daughters education ?

"Equally shocking is the case of an officer who funded his daughter’s education from the secret funds given to RAW(Research and Analysis Wing). He had listed his daughter as an informant and paid her for ‘services’ rendered." Major General V.K. Singh, who served in RAW in its technical wing between 2000 and 2004, forthcoming book India’s External Intelligence: Secrets of Research and Analysis Wing

Indian Intelligence: Another sneak peek at RAW

Source: On the night of June 3, 1999, a Pakistan International Airlines winged its way across to Islamabad from Delhi bearing vital evidence that would create a flutter during the Kargil war. Vivek Katju, an old MEA hand, along with the influential R.K. Mishra of the Reliance-funded Observer Research Foundation, were carrying a secret package for prime minister Nawaz Sharif from the Indian government. Their mission was approved at a meeting of the cabinet committee on security chaired by then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and attended by his senior cabinet colleagues—home minister L.K. Advani, defence minister George Fernandes and national security advisor, Brajesh Mishra. In the package Katju and Mishra carried was the biggest intelligence coup that India’s external intelligence agency, RAW, had ever managed to gather courtesy its technical wing—a telephone conversation between then Pakistan army chief, General Pervez Musharraf, and his chief of staff Li

Intelligence agencies need public oversight

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta Intelligence analysts have agreed that without an explicit legal basis for the work of intelligence agencies, the state could be brought into conflict with constitutional and human rights norms. This would especially be the case, they said, if the activities of intelligence bodies -- such as surveillance -- began affecting the daily lives of innocent members of the public. "Intelligence agencies were created to protect national security, but because of their secretive nature, every country is facing the similar problem of striking a balance between democracy and secrecy," said Edy Prasetyono from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies at a launching of two books on intelligence on Thursday. "Oversight is needed to find a balance between security and public freedoms, to hold intelligence agencies accountable, to strengthen democratic consolidation, to prevent self-tasking and to gain more reliable resources for (intelligence ag

Commentary on Indian Presidential Race : National shame

By Ms.Radha Rajan It is a national shame, a monumental disgrace - of unimaginable proportions - that a foreigner woman whose only claim to aspiring for a high constitutional position in India is that she was clever and calculated enough to marry the prime minister's heir apparent should now get to decide the most privileged and prestigious, the most revered, the most looked-up to constitutional position - the Head of State of the Republic of India. Italian, Roman Catholic Sonia Gandhi who did not want Indin citizenship until the family was pushed into a corner over her non-citizen status today gets to decide who will be the next President of India. And the lady has chosen - a woman who is alleged to have used her political influence to protect her criminal brother accused of murder. This Italian lady chose Prathibha Patil, deliberately, intentionally. All other names were intended red-herrings intended to be rejected. Pratibha Patil who is now being made out as Lady Exempl

Baloch & Sindhi group's protest Rally pictures

The World Sindhi Institute's Peaceful Protest Rally for Democracy and Human Rights in Pakistan Join The World Sindhi Institute for a Protest in front of the: U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington DC Monday, June 18, 2007 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Balochistan: Kidnapped by ISI , grandson of late Prince Abdul Karim Khan Baloch

Another Baloch has been kidnapped Sherdil Khan, the grandson of late Prince Abdul Karim Khan Baloch, has been kidnapped by Pakistani secret agencies from Khuzdar in early June 2007 (exact date is not confirmed). Sherdil Khan traveled to Khuzdar from Kalat for a family matter and while there, in Khuzdar, he was kidnapped from a restaurant. He is an innocent man and runs a Cattle Farm in Kalat. His location is unknown to everybody, including his family, and there are reports circulating in Kalat that he has been severely tortured by secret agencies to extract false information from him. No one knows why he has been kidnapped. He is a close relative of Khan Suleman Daoud Khan, the Khan of Kalat. Is that why he has been arrested? Or simply because he is Baloch? His relatives fear that he might be killed in custody because many Balochs who have been arrested previously by Pakistani secret agencies have not returned to their homes. An appeal has be

The New Rules of Imperialism: Economic Warfare, Consumer Products and Disease Exports Mike Adams

History tells us that imperialist nations quite predictably invade weaker nations on a regular basis... especially when those weaker nations happen to be standing on valuable natural resources like oil or uranium. Thanks to this desire for strategic control over territories, the twentieth century was the bloodiest in human history, with more people being lost to war, greed and conquest than during any single century in recorded history (including the centuries spanning Greek and Roman civilizations). War remains as supported as ever today, and in fact, many nations actually thirst for war. Just look at the pro-war coverage on Fox News and the unending war games being played on computers and game consoles by young men who find entertainment in war. (In fact, the U.S. Army is actually recruiting young men now through a free, downloadable video game that teaches young boys how to pick up a rifle and kill people with it.) Why some nations create war The people of some nations actually c

Iraq's Vulnerable Christians

Source: Stratfor June 22, 2007 17 31 GMT Unidentified gunmen kidnapped five Iraqi Christian students and three of their teachers June 20 as they returned home by bus to the Christian enclave of Qaraqosh on the Nineveh Plains. The bus, carrying some 50 Christian and Muslim students and educators, was traveling to Qaraqosh after the students took entrance exams at Mosul University. The abduction reportedly occurred near an Iraqi police station, suggesting the bus driver was attempting to reach the station for help when gunmen in eight vehicles stopped the bus, demanded the passengers' identity cards and then took off with the eight Christians. Witnesses said Iraqi police watched the abduction but did not intervene. The kidnappers reportedly are demanding a ransom from the local church and the victims' families. The kidnapping is just the latest incident of violence against northern Iraq's small Christian community. On June 19, gunmen killed two Christians in Mosul's

The Potential Outcome of an Arab Confrontation with Hamas

Geopolitical Diary: The Potential Outcome of an Arab Confrontation with Hamas June 22, 2007 02 00 GMT Source: Stratfor Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will host a summit in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh on June 25. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Jordanian King Abdullah II and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas all plan to attend. The rushed meeting has been called to discuss the political situation in the aftermath of the Hamas takeover of the Gaza Strip, which was followed by Abbas' dismissal of the Palestinian coalition government headed by Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh. The four are expected to agree on a strategy for dealing with Hamas. The Israelis have always wanted to isolate Hamas, and now Fatah and the Arab states -- which had held accommodating attitudes toward the radical Islamist Palestinian movement -- also have adopted a stern stance against it. Each of these Arab actors has its own reasons for this shift. Fatah, whose power has severely decline

China: Threats, Incentives and Hong Kong's Anniversary

China: Threats, Incentives and Hong Kong's Anniversary Source: Stratfor June 22, 2007 21 49 GMT Summary A deputy at China's National Development and Reform Commission, the country's top planning authority, said in an interview with a prominent English-language local newspaper published June 22 that Hong Kong should leave the container terminal business to nearby mainland Chinese cities. The statement is designed to pre-empt any action that democracy supporters might take ahead of the 10-year anniversary on July 1 of the handover of Hong Kong from the United Kingdom. Analysis Hong Kong should shift its focus on expanding its container-terminals business to a focus on the high-end logistics industry, Deputy Chairman Zhang Xiaoqiang of the National Development and Reform Commission said in an interview with the South China Morning Post published June 22. (The commission is China's top planning authority.) The statement marks the first time a senior Chinese gover

Russia: Gazprom, BP and the Short End of the Stick

Source: Stratfor June 22, 2007 21 24 GMT Summary Gazprom purchased BP's 63 percent share in the Kovykta natural gas field on June 22. The agreement is a major blow to BP; the company gets only a fraction of the cost of the field and has lost out on a major investment in a country where it has invested millions. The deal with Gazprom gave BP one consolation prize: It is allowed to stay in Russia through its TNK-BP venture -- at least for now. Analysis BP came to an agreement with Russian energy firm Gazprom on June 22 to sell TNK-BP's 63 percent stake in Rusia Petroleum, the company that holds the license for the Kovykta natural gas field. Gazprom will pay $700 million to $900 million, although the stake is worth between $2 billion and $3.6 billion. In exchange, TNK-BP has been given the option to purchase a 25 percent stake in the field. The deal is a major setback for BP -- but if it wants to stay in Russia, it will probably have to accept the minority role. Rusia P

U.S., Vietnam: Trade Ties and a China Buffer

June 22, 2007 20 51 GMT Source: Stratfor Summary The United States and Vietnam signed a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA) June 21 ahead of a June 22 meeting between Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet and U.S. President George W. Bush. By warming up its trade relationship with Vietnam, the United States is facilitating an alternative for U.S. investors and businesses that want to set up production operations outside China. It also will allow the United States to apply further pressure on the Chinese regarding trade issues and currency reform, while lessening the potential negative impacts such pressure will have on U.S. businesses. Analysis Vietnamese Vice Trade Minister Nguyen Cam Tu and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia signed a trade investment and framework agreement (TIFA) June 21 during a visit to the United States by Vietnamese President Ngyuen Minh Triet, the first trip by a Vietnamese head of state to the United States since the end of the