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Reason behind operation at Lal Masjid

Reason behind operation at Lal Masjid is just to shut Ghazi for telling truth about Musharraf because he is playing double game an Reason behind operation at Lal Masjid is just to shut Ghazi for telling truth about Musharraf because he is playing double game and EX ISI member Ghazi knew everything

India Russia Nuclear issue: Indian media is silent about it

By: Dr.Dipak Basu July 04, 2007 ivarta.com Russia has proposed as an alternative to the Indo-US deal but the Indian news media is silent about it. Indo-US nuclear deal will not supply India with the fuel cycle, enrichment plants for uranium and reprocessing plants of spent fuel, as the U.S. Atomic Energy Act of 1954 specifically forbids export of these technologies, as also heavy water production technology, to other countries. Section 103 of the Hyde Act suggests that the US would oppose development of a capability to produce nuclear weapons by any non-nuclear weapon state within or outside the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty regime. Section 104(d) (2) stipulates that transfers to India cannot begin without suitable changes in NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group) guidelines. About 90 percent of all nuclear facilities, including the Russian built Fast Breeder Reactors which can produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, will be included in the civilian sector according to the Indo-US Nuclear D

BALOCHISTAN : No go area, even for NGOs

http://dawn.com/2007/07/14/nat3.htm July 14, 2007 Saturday Jamadi-us-Sani 28, 1428 NGOs forced to halt operations in flood-hit areas of Balochistan By Baqir Sajjad Syed ISLAMABAD, July 13: Non-governmental organisations engaged in relief activity in the cyclone- and flood-affected areas of Balochistan are reported to have stopped their work after the provincial government imposed stringent restrictions on their operations, aid workers told Dawn. The NGOs have been asked to get no-objection certificates from the Frontier Constabulary to operate and send their relief material through government agencies. Balochistan Home Secretary Chaudhry Tariq Ayub confirmed the restrictions and said the move was prompted by “sensitivities of certain districts”. Besides, he said, the NGOs needed to be regulated because “everyone cannot be allowed to go everywhere”. He said that focal points had been set up and the NGOs would be required to deliver assistance through them. Aid worker Malick Shah

Lal Masjid: FAQs —Dr Hasan-Askari Rizvi

Daily Times, Pakistan Sunday, July 15, 2007 How could the Red Mosque militants amass so much weaponry? How could hardcore militants belonging mostly to banned organisations entrench themselves there? Why was the problem allowed to fester for six months? The Red Mosque episode and floods in Balochistan may have helped the Musharraf government to win some sympathy and support internationally, but its domestic problems continue to worsen. The federal government’s response to the floods in Balochistan shaped up rather slowly, losing important time in the initial stages. This was partly because the top-heavy centralised administrative structure took time to respond to a disaster in far-flung areas. If the government is serious about addressing natural and manmade calamities in the future, it must create a decentralised and more effective disaster management system. By now some areas of Sindh have also been flooded. The government’s crisis-management abilities were even more severely ta

Venezuelan-Iranian Car Company Releases First Models

Tuesday, Jul 10, 2007 By: Chris Carlson - Venezuelanalysis.com The Iranian 330 Samand Mérida, July 10, 2007 (venezuelanalysis.com)— As a product of economic agreements between Venezuela and Iran, the joint car company Venirauto released its first 300 units at an event in Caracas yesterday. The factory, located west of Caracas in Maracay, will produce some 25,000 cars per year using Iranian technology. The two countries are also making tractors and farm equipment for the Venezuelan market with the intention of eventually transferring 100 percent of the production to Venezuela. Defense Minister Raul Isaias Baduel, together with Iranian Ambassador Abdolah Zifan, handed over the first 227 vehicles to recent graduates of the Military Academy in the Caracas military base Fuerte Tiuna. These vehicles were among the first to be assembled in the Venirauto factory that was inaugurated last November. "This accomplishment is a tangible example of what cooperation between brother n

Bank of the South: Not Everything is the Color of Roses

Thursday, Jul 12, 2007 By: Eduardo Dimas - Progreso Weekly It is a truism that each country has its own interests, which vary according to the leading social class and the type of government in power. In Latin America, that is perfectly perceived in the different positions assumed by the states. Some are signatories of the Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with the United States, pacts that affect most of the population. Others seek social justice and want to improve the living conditions of the poor. Some do not accept the FTAs and maintain a somewhat nationalistic policy, although they do not abandon the neoliberal schemes. In sum, disunity is on occasion easier than unity when it comes to facing the challenges that beset the region. The Common Market of the South (Mercosur) might be the best example of what I say. The four countries that formed it at its inception (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) did not go beyond simple trade relations, from which Brazil, the world'

Kazakhstan, Russia: Moscow's Pipeline Attack

Source: Stratfor July 13, 2007 22 02 GMT Summary Russia's Federal Tax Service has assessed $290 million in back taxes and fines against the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC), Kommersant reported July 13. The move is part of a larger assault on the consortium whereby Russian state-owned oil transport company Transneft and the Russian government are challenging the last privately owned pipeline in Russia. Previous Russian attempts to stifle the CPC pipeline have prompted neighboring Kazakhstan to join alternate pipeline projects to export its oil, pushing the former Soviet state further from Russia's influence. This round will be no different. Analysis Russian tax authorities have charged the Caspian Pipeline Consortium (CPC) $290 million in back taxes and fines for the 2004-2005 period, Russian business daily Kommersant reported July 13. The move represents a blatant attack against the last privately owned Russian pipeline, something Moscow has sought control of fo

Estonia: Challenging the EU Carbon Cap

Source: Stratfor July 13, 2007 16 16 GMT Summary The Estonian government announced July 12 it plans to challenge the European Commission over its carbon dioxide cap. The cut in carbon emissions is part of a larger EU initiative to move toward more environmentally friendly energy, though Estonia sees the cap as a factor keeping the small Baltic nation dependent on Russia as an energy source. Analysis The Estonian government announced July 12 that it will challenge the European Commission over the 2008-2013 carbon dioxide quotas that the organization established for the Baltic states. The European Union's target is to cut carbon emissions by 20 percent by 2020 across the union in conjunction with the international Kyoto agreement's target of decreasing emissions from 1990 levels by 8 percent by 2012. The carbon emissions cap is also meant to push the European Union toward more environmentally friendly energy sources and decrease its energy dependence on Russia. However,

Brazil: Concerns during the Pan American Games

Source: Stratfor July 13, 2007 17 12 GMT Half a million visitors are expected in Brazil's second-largest city, Rio de Janeiro, for the Pan American Games beginning July 13. In the months before the games, there were serious concerns about criminals targeting tourists who are in town for the games -- and even concerns about dengue fever. The Rio state and city governments have used mobile sprayings and other tactics to lessen the threat of dengue fever -- though it is winter in Brazil now and mosquito activity is lower than in the summer months. Officials at all levels have taken steps to mitigate the crime threat, but even if Rio's notorious criminal gangs are kept under control during the games, other problems will emerge. The criminal threat that has raised the most concern comes from Rio's numerous organized gangs, such as Comando Vermelho (CV), Portuguese for Red Command, and Amigos dos Amigos, Portuguese for Friends of Friends. These gangs operate out of favelas,

BAE Scandal : John Bredenkamp Puts His Foot In It

John Bredenkamp Puts His Foot In It by the Editors of EIR We publish—and then comment on—the letter below, to Jeffrey Steinberg of EIR, by John Bredenkamp, a South Africa-born businessman who has been at the center of a large number of arms trafficking controversies over the past several decades. Breco and Masters Group of Companies From the Chairman's office—John A. Bredenkamp 28 June 2007 Dear Mr Steinberg, In your article "Will BAE Scandal of Century Bring Down Dick Cheney?" (EIR Volume 34, Number 26, June 29, 2007), you make a number of untrue, incorrect and defamatory allegations about me, which are manifestly malicious. You state that I am 'a major arms broker throughout Africa,' This is a wholly erroneous and extremely damaging allegation. I have repeatedly stated that my involvement in the defence sector is that of a passive investor in Aviation Consultancy Services, a company that represents a number of leading aircraft manufacturers, both civil a

Prince Bandar and 9/11

Executive Intelligence Review , June 29, 2007 issue By Jeffrey Steinberg Between April 1998 and May 2002, some $51-73,000 in checks and cashier's checks were provided by the Saudi Ambassador to the United States and his wife to two families in southern California, who in turn bankrolled at least two of the 9/11 hijackers. The story was investigated by the 9/11 Commission, but never fully resolved, and remains, to this day, one of the key unanswered questions concerning the backing for the worst terrorist attack ever to occur on U.S. soil. According to numerous news accounts and the records of the 9/11 Commission, in April 1998, a Saudi national named Osama Basnan wrote to the Saudi Embassy in Washington, D.C., seeking help for his wife, Majeda Dweikat, who needed surgery for a thyroid condition. Prince Bandar bin-Sultan, the Saudi Ambassador, wrote a check for $15,000 to Basnan. Beginning in December 1999, Princess Haifa, the wife of Prince Bandar, began sending regular monthly

Litvinenko Affair: A Criminal-Diplomatic Affair

http://www.kommersant.com/p781950/Russia,_Britain,_Litvinenko,_Lugovoi/ // UK Foreign Office Seeks to Punish Russia in Litvinenko Affair The British authorities are treating Russia's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi as a provocation. Yesterday the British Embassy in Moscow told Kommersant that the matter of the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, which until now has been considered a purely criminal case, is now on the level of relations between the two countries' foreign ministries. The British Foreign Office is already drafting a raft of retaliatory measures against Moscow that will soon be presented to the British Parliament for consideration. A Political Matter Instead of a Criminal One A spokesman for the British Embassy in Moscow told Kommersant yesterday that "the Russian authorities' reply to the request to extradite Andrei Lugovoi was negative, and thus it is unacceptable." "Until now we have been saying that this is not political, not related to

Russophobia, Anglophobia and Lugovoi

The Moscow Times Friday, July 13, 2007. Issue 3698. Page 8. By Yevgeny Kiselyov The Moscow Times welcomes letters to the editor. Letters for publication should be signed and bear the signatory's address and telephone number. Letters to the editor should be sent by fax to (7-495) 232-6529, by e-mail to oped@imedia.ru, or by post. The Moscow Times reserves the right to edit letters. There has been much talk in the past couple of days that Russian-British relations is undergoing an unprecedented crisis. According to The Times, a spokesman for British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called Moscow's refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi, the leading suspect in the killing, "extremely disappointing." Next week, the British Foreign Office will present a report to the British parliament regarding the Alexander Litvinenko murder investigation. As a result, the Foreign Office is preparing a whole series of retaliatory measures against Moscow. Not surprisingly, Russia has r

CIA: Legacy of Ashes

Opening Up the CIA Espionage, covert action and the trouble with 'dangles' By EDWARD JAY EPSTEIN July 14, 2007; Page P8 http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118436115647966211.html?mod=googlenews_wsj Legacy of Ashes By Tim Weiner Doubleday, 702 pages, $27.95 With great fanfare, the CIA recently released a set of internal reports describing such supposed skeletons in its closet as Castro assassination attempts, illegal break-ins and mind-altering drug experiments on unwitting subjects. As it happens, such "family jewels," as they are known, had been released (or leaked) in the mid-1970s: first to the Rockefeller Commission, then to the Senate's Church Committee (which issued some 14 reports based on them) and then to the House Select Committee on Intelligence. Despite three decades of familiarity, such unsecret secrets again made headlines around the world. The unwarranted and hyperbolic response to the CIA's new "openness" only underscores how little

String of farewells lined up for Kalam

13 Jul, 2007, 1931 hrs IST, PTI NEW DELHI: A string of farewell meetings have been lined up for President A P J Abdul Kalam, who will address the nation two days before he demits office on July 24. In his farewell speech, the 75-year-old scientist is expected to ask the people to work hard to fulfil one of his cherished dreams -- making India a developed nation by 2020. Kalam, who may get back to teaching after demitting office, is also likely to appeal to people to guide their children to ensure a better future for the nation. On July 19, when the nation will closely watch the presidential poll contested by UPA-Left nominee Pratibha Patil and NDA-backed independent candidate Bharion Singh Shekhawat, the Kalam, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, will host a dinner for the three service chiefs. They in turn will host a dinner for him on July 21. Kalam, who has several firsts to his credit, will host a tea party for the capital's large press corps on July 20.