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Musharraf Mendacity

From Publishers Weekly Starred Review. Earlier this year, William Langewiesche's The Atomic Bazaar alerted readers to the blind eye the United States and other nations have turned toward Pakistan's efforts to build a nuclear bomb and to sell that technology to other nations, including the entire Axis of Evil. Levy and Scott-Clark (The Amber Room) work on a larger canvas, shaping their in-depth reporting into a compelling and more detailed narrative. They have not truly improved upon Langewiesche's portrait of A.Q. Khan, the metallurgist who became Pakistan's biggest and most valuable personality after smuggling atomic secrets out of the Netherlands. But they do substantially support the idea that the nuclear program influenced Pakistan's internal power struggles, and that American government officials led disinformation campaigns for 30 years in order to hang onto the nation as a dubious ally against first the Soviets and then al-Qaeda. The authors also hint at the

US AL QAEDA WATCHERS TAKE BIN LADEN BY SURPRISE

US AL QAEDA WATCHERS TAKE BIN LADEN BY SURPRISE INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR--PAPER NO.276 By B.Raman Source: SAAG.ORG 1. Since 9/11, the US has a number of non-governmental Al Qaeda watchers, who have been doing tremendous service to the cause of the war against global jihad by systematically monitoring the various Internet sites known to be used by Al Qaeda, its propaganda and PSYWAR wing calleed As Sahab and other pro-Al Qaeda organisations and drawing the attention of the international community and their policy makers to significant statements and developments. Many of them are very proficient in their command of the Arabic language and are also experts in information technology. 2. Every time Al Qaeda and As Sahab have come out with an important statement or announcement, it is this community of voluntary Al Qaeda watchers, which has detected the imminence of the coming statement or announcement and alerted the public and the policy-makers. 3. This community excelled it

Pakistan crisis 'hits army morale'

By Ahmed Rashid, Lahore BBC 'There is widespread public anger against the army' Ahmed Rashid, guest journalist and writer on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia, reflects on mounting political drama and militancy in Pakistan. Pakistan's worst ever political crisis that has divided the nation also appears to be having a dramatic impact on the morale of Pakistani troops on the Afghan-Pakistan border who are engaged in the "war on terror" and fighting the Taleban. Talebanisation along Pakistan's border regions has escalated even more rapidly since the political crisis began. As people flee their villages to escape armed extremists, the state has been unable to protect the population and is rapidly losing credibility and authority. Moreover, the army's insistence that a pro-Taleban Islamic party once again be part of any future government that may emerge after expected general elections will only lead to a further lessening of state control,

Intelligence Activities of Large Finnish Companies

Comparative Study and Analysis of the Intelligence Activities of Large Finnish Companies Virpi Pirttimäki Tampere University of Technology, Finland Abstract This article reports on a survey of the CI activities of large firms in Finland and compares these to the findings from previous intelligence studies. Global surveys were conducted in 17 countries in tandem with Finland in 2005. The results suggest that large Finnish companies view intelligence activities not only as a defensive tool to ward off perceived threats and changes but also as a proactive management tool for uncovering new business opportunities, trends, and weak signals in the business environment. Most of the companies interviewed utilized their own resources for intelligence activities and operate an information system dedicated to intelligence activities. At the same time though, they feel that those activities are currently not sufficiently systematic for their needs. DOWNLOAD Source: http://www.scip.org/j

RAF intercepts eight Russian bombers as Putin provokes West

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2400345.ece The Ministry of Defence released this photograph showing a British Tornado, top, escorting from British airspace the larger Russian Bear bomber Michael Evans, Defence Editor, and Tony Halpin in Moscow The RAF scrambled to intercept eight Russian nuclear bombers heading for Britain yesterday in the biggest aerial confrontation between the two countries since the end of the Cold War. Russia Scared Britain’s Air Force by £160,000 Britain’s Royal Air Force has spent at least £160,000 for interception of Russia’s bombers. An hour of Tornado flight would cost more than £40,000, but RAF also sent its airborne early warning aircraft (AWACS) and VC10 tanker during the operation. RAF scrambled the jets to oppose eight Tu-95 bombers of Russia patrolling international air over the Atlantic on September 6. According to Britain’s military, Tornados took off by alarm when the Russians approached the air of Britain. The long-range

Russia and APEC: towards sustained and stable development

12:00 | 07/ 09/ 2007 Vladimir V. Putin President of the Russian Federation Next year will mark the tenth anniversary of Russia's becoming a full‑fledged member of APEC. It was a committed and strategic choice for us, based on objective economic factors and geopolitical circumstances. Life itself has since then convincingly demonstrated that the decision made then was timely and well-founded. Today, on the eve of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in Sydney I would like to share with you my vision of the prospects for Russia's participation in this influential regional association. APEC has entered the 21st century as a major and authoritative regional structure with a uniquely broad membership of countries situated on both sides of the Pacific. Represented in it are Asia, America and the Southern Pacific. Russia has been successfully cooperating within its framework. Due to the rapid development of the Asia-Pacific Reg

Russian-Chinese nuclear cooperation develops despite problems

15:59 | 07/ 09/ 2007 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti commentator Tatiana Sinitsyna) - On August 16, the No. 2 generating unit of China's Tianwan nuclear power plant, which was built with Russian assistance on the Yellow Sea coast, attained design capacity and currently produces 1.05 million kilowatts of electricity an hour. However, Beijing is still reluctant to commission it. This week, representatives of Atomstroiexport, the Russian nuclear power equipment and service export monopoly which is implementing the Tianwan project, met with the Chinese partners at the nuclear power plant to discuss routine construction issues and the commissioning of the No. 2 unit. It took almost 10 years to complete the Tianwan NPP, whose first generating unit features twin reactors with a joint infrastructure. It was completed in June and was used to streamline various engineering solutions. The reactor has been operating for almost a month now. Although both reactors provide a $2 million daily e

Israel's Syria sortie ill-advised

While Israel could hope for limited intelligence gains from an apparent over-flight of Syrian territory, the sortie's overall impact is harmful to the frozen peace process. Image: ISNCommentary by Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (07/09/07) Syrian-Israeli tensions appeared to be easing Friday after an Israeli military over-flight of Syrian territory threatened to spark the confrontation analysts have warned of in recent months. It was revealed on Thursday that Israeli Air Force jets had crossed into Syrian territory via the Mediterranean at around midnight on Wednesday. Syrian anti-aircraft defenses fired on the Israeli aircraft at Tell Al-Abyad, near the Turkish border after they had flown deep into Syrian territory. The Syrian army reported that the planes "dropped munitions" on Syrian territory before returning to Israel. Rather than an attack, the ammunition dump may have been an effort to increase the maneuverability of the planes under fire.

Baghdad spin, Tehran war

The positive mood-music from Iraq, which includes President Bush's surprise visit, may be ominous for Iran. From openDemocracy. Link to original article Image: US DODBy Paul Rogers for openDemocracy.net (07/09/07) A war of position in Washington is well underway in advance of the status report on the United States military "surge" in Iraq being prepared by the military commander in the country, General David Petraeus. The general's hint on 4 September that progress in achieving key objectives might allow modest troop withdrawals from Iraq early in 2008 is being used as one gambit in this power-game; the bleak report of the US government's accountability office - stating that the Iraqi government had passed only three of the eighteen "benchmarks" set for it by the US Congress - is another. Petraeus' signal may reflect a realistic assessment of the United States army's current overstretch as much as any real confidence that security in Iraq

Osama Bin Laden: The Suspense

Osama Bin Laden: The Suspense - International Terrorism Monitor: Paper No. 275 Source: SAAG.ORG By B. Raman On July 14, 2007, As Sahab, Al Qaeda's propaganda and Psywar wing, had put out a video of past clips of Osama bin Laden and others, in which they had glorified martyrdom in the cause of Islam. I had referred to this in my article titled "AL QAEDA CHANGES TACTICS: TO RELY ON JUNDULLAHS MORE & MORE" available at http://www.saag.org/papers24/paper2303.html 2. In that article, I had stated as follows: "The recent video of Al Qaeda's propaganda wing carrying excerpts from past messages of Osama bin Laden and other Al Qaeda fighters glorifying the Islamic concept of martyrdom has been disseminated in pursuance of this new tactics. "Arise wherever you are and martyr yourself"----that is the hidden message it has sought to convey. The latest video's central message is: "‘By Him in Whose Hands my life is! I would love to attack and be mar

Security During Beijing Olympics

- International Terrorism Monitor: Paper No. 274 Source: SAAG.oRG By B. Raman (Paper prepared by me in connection with a discussion at Chengdu, China, from August 26 to 31, 2007) The main task of the security set-up of the Beijing Olympics of 2008 would be to prevent any accidental or deliberate disruptions of the Games. Accidental disruptions could be due to human negligence or unanticipated circumstances. Among examples of such likely accidental disruptions one could mention stampedes in the sports stadiums due to ineffective crowd management or control, fire due to short circuits, collapse of structures due to poor construction quality, mechanical and technical failures, contamination of food and water due to ineffective hygiene, inadequacy of arrangements for medical assistance in the form inadequate storage of blood of different groups etc. 2. Over the years, the organisers of the Olympic Games have developed a fairly fail-safe method of avoiding such accidental disruptio