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An archangel of death from Italy in Gujarat

Saturday, 08 December, 2007 , 03:20 PM “Remember friend, as you pass by. As you are now, so once was I. As I am now, you soon shall be. So, prepare for death, and follow me.” —Author unknown. Sonia Gandhi is no Archangel of Peace in Gujarat or for that matter in any other part of India. The experienced people of Gujarat know her to be an unrivalled ‘Archangel of Death’. . Digressing for a moment from Sonia’s sustained and continuous psudo-secular and historic peace initiatives in Jammu and Kashmir, let me turn to Gujarat where elections are taking place in the next few days. All the Hindus of India know that Islam-embracing and Christianity-coveting Sonia promoted peace in Godhra through the Muslim terrorists in February, 2002. Later she promoted peace through the Muslim terrorists when they attacked ‘Sankat Vimochan Temple’ at Benares. When the Muslim terrorists killed scores of people in a railway train in Mumbai thro

Gujarat Polls 2007 - Why beat when you can bait ? It is now clear that the battleground in Gujarat is no longer just about what happens on the 11th and 16th of December in the polling booths. There are now essentially two battles. The first battle involves the people and will in all likelihood be determined by how much the BJP rebels and the disenchanted special interest groups undercut the traditional Modi vote bank. The second battle on the other hand is about rendering the people of Gujarat irrelevant. So you have this troika of the usual suspects Congress , the mainstream media , radical left wing pressure groups coming together even before the people of Gujarat face the battle at the hustings. The Congress as Offstumped had pointed is no longer focused on Gujarat but on its Muslim vote bank in the rest of the country. The radical left wing pressure groups are known Modi baiters with a stated agenda to haul him to court. Offstumped based on extensive analysis over two posts has laid

QUOTE OF THE DAY : Narendra Modi

"I am saying in front of all the media that Modi is not a merchant of death. Those running the central government in Delhi should be called the merchants of death.It's been more than a year since Supreme Court passed a death sentence against Afzal Guru. Why is Sonia Gandhi's government refusing to hang him. Isn't it vote bank politics?" -- NARENDRA MODI

Is Sonia bhen losing her marbles?

Lately Sonia Bhen has gotten to gutter level in the way she is attacking Narendra Modi and Gujarat. I also do not agree with lot of things about Modi, but if I am opposing him, I would engage in constructive debate on how I can do things better than he did. "I am saying in front of all the media that Modi is not a merchant of death . Those running the central government in Delhi should be called the merchants of death.It's been more than a year since Supreme Court passed a death sentence against Afzal Guru. Why is Sonia Gandhi's government refusing to hang him. Isn't it vote bank politics? " -- NARENDRA MODI Whether one loves or hates Modi, there are some indisputable facts. He has brought Gujarat to new level of unprecendented prosperity. The best proof is the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation headed by Sonia Bhen determined that Gujarat is the best state in India. Modi is a great administrator, impeccably honest. Can Sonia and her cohorts vouch they are honest a

Musharraf in soup dancing to US tune Dinanath Mishra Rapid changes at the apex level in Pakistan have once again brought about political upheavals. However, the events are yet to unfold with January 2008 scheduled for parliamentary election which are going to be held under Emergency Rule as per present indications. Two exiled former Prime Ministers Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif are sworn enemies. Now they have come together to issue a statement that Bhutto's People's Party of Pakistan and Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League would boycott the proposed election if Emergency is not lifted and free and fair elections not guaranteed. There are other demands like reinstatement of sacked Chief Justice of Supreme Court and other judges and unshackling the media. Under US pressure, Musharraf has shed his uniform to become the President for the next five years. He continues to be the repository of all Governmental powers but he is losing ground. He did not want Bhutto or Sharif to be

Demanding a democracy which Pakistan has never known

Written By: Thomas Houlahan Article Date: Dec 8, 2007 Many commentators seem to believe that the only reason Pakistan has not developed into a smoothly running democracy is that the Pakistani army is constantly involving itself in politics. I think those commentators have gotten it pretty much backward. It is clear to me that the Pakistani army ends up involved in politics because Pakistan lacks some of the key prerequisites for the smooth functioning of a democracy. In the United States, the Republican and Democratic parties differ dramatically in their ideologies, but they share a national focus. The focus of Pakistan's political parties tends to be regional, like that of the Balochistan National Party, religious, like that of the Jamaat-e-Islami, or personal, like that of the Pakistan People's Party or the Pakistan Muslim League (N). The latter two parties are currently President Pervez Musharraf's two most popular opponents. The PPP is essentially th

Russia will supply India with modern tanks

12:52 | 06/ 12/ 2007 Weapons exports grow from year to year. "In 2006, Russia reached a record $5.3 billion. This year, it is planning to beat this record and post $5.5 billion. I am sure we will meet this target and perhaps go one better," Sergei Chemezov, general director of Rosoboronexport, the state arms-exporting agency, said in late November.

Iran stops accepting U.S. dollars for oil

16:34 | 08/ 12/ 2007 TEHRAN, December 8 (RIA Novosti) - Iran has stopped selling its oil for U.S. dollars, the Iranian ISNA news agency said on Saturday, citing the country's oil minister. "In line with a policy of selling crude oil in currencies other than the U.S. dollar, the sale of our country's oil in U.S. dollars has been completely eliminated," ISNA reported Oil Minister Gholamhossein Nozari as saying. He also said "the dollar is no longer a reliable currency." Iran is the world's fourth-largest crude oil producer. At a November summit of Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries heads of state, Iran proposed that oil sales be carried for a variety of currencies, excluding dollars, but was not supported by any other members except Venezuela. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had previously called the U.S. currency a "worthless piece of paper." 2007 has seen a significant fall in the value of the U.S dollar aga

World’s leading superpowers may soon launch war for Arctic and Antarctic riches

04.12.2007 Source: Pravda.Ru URL: World’s leading superpowers may soon start fighting for Earth’s poles. It seems that the North Pole will be the first to be divided. The Artic territory was virtually divided during the 20th century into several zones currently owned by near-Arctic countries. In the summer of 2008 Russia symbolically placed its flag on the bottom of the Arctic shelf, having spurred international controversy on the matter. A statement from Russia’s Ministry for Natural Resources said that the square of Russia’s expanded Arctic shelf will make up 1.2 million square kilometers with the hydrocarbon potential of 4.9 billion tons of fuel. Russia’s Arctic initiatives made other countries launch their own endeavors on the development of the Arctic treasures. Similar activities can be observed in the South Pole. Great Britain set out claims for a part of the Antarctic continent in October of the current year. The

Conference : Strategic Importance of the Eurasian Land-Bridge

EIR Ottawa Conference Tuesday, December 11, 2007 The Strategic Importance of the Eurasian Land-Bridge: Canada and the Coming Eurasian World Prompted by the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the strategic threat posed by such great instability, Lyndon LaRouche and the Schiller Institute proposed, in 1989, an economic reconstruction plan for Europe, known as The Productive Triangle: Paris-Berlin-Vienna, and in 1991 a proposal for the development of all Eurasia, which came to be known as The Eurasian Land-bridge. These proposals were discussed and elaborated at many conferences and seminars throughout the world. Now, after many years of ceaseless toil, this grand project for the coherent development of the world economy is becoming a reality. Governments throughout Asia and South America are throwing off the yoke of British System, or neo-liberal economics, and returning to the American System of political-economy, a system best typified by the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt

Arctic Energy Summit Technology Conference

At the Arctic Energy Summit Technology Conference in Anchorage, Alaska in mid-October , a number of Russian participants presented a perspective of high-technology, advancedscience programs to develop the circumpolar region, to a gathering of 300 at this key event, held in conjunction with the International Polar Year (2007-2009). The focus of the Summit, sponsored by entities including the U.S. State Department, the government of Canada, and BP, and organized by the Anchorage-based Institute of the North, was on energy resources, with four themes: extractive energy, renewable energy, rural energy, and sustainability. Representatives of the eight polar nations (Canada, Greenland/Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, and the U.S.A.), plus six others (Australia, Japan, India, the Republic of Korea, Britain, and Switzerland), participated over the Oct. 15-18 period, in various of 96 sessions, and in opening and closing plenary sessions, addressed also by Alaska Gov. Sarah Pal

The flip side to US intelligence

Asia times Online By Jacob Heilbrunn With the release of the new intelligence estimate debunking the claim that Iran is trying to develop nuclear weapons, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is earning laurels for puncturing the George W Bush administration's alarms about Tehran's intentions. But is its new report really any more reliable than its original 2005 estimate, which declared that Iran was marching briskly towards attaining nuclear status? A look at the history of CIA estimates suggests that caution is in order. While estimates are only that - not, as is sometimes assumed, ironclad statements - and the difficulties of assessing clandestine programs are obvious, in no area has American intelligence gotten it wrong more often than when it comes to assessing foreign powers' nuclear prowess. The CIA's first blunder established the pattern. In 1946, the CIA's Office of Reports and Estimates confidently predicted that Joseph Stalin's Soviet Uni

Secret, but no service

The Age Jason Koutsoukis December 9, 2007 Like the CIA, Australia's spy agencies are incompetent money-guzzlers and should be abolished. KEVIN RUDD has talked up the idea of taking a meat axe to the public service. He might start by ridding taxpayers of the bloated network of "intelligence" agencies that suck up hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Why anyone takes the business of spying seriously remains a mystery. To quote a former Central Intelligence Agency counterintelligence officer, Aldrich Ames, who is serving a life sentence for passing on secrets to the Soviet Union, the espionage racket was basically just an expensive sideshow. "A self-serving sham carried out by careerist bureaucrats who managed to deceive policy-makers and the public about the necessity and value of their work," said Ames. A reminder of just how incompetent the CIA is came last week when the agency admitted that Iran was not stockpiling an arsenal of nuclear weapons

Behind the Iran-Intelligence Reversal

By NICK TIMIRAOS December 8, 2007; Page A9 Wallstreet Journal A new U.S. intelligence report concluded that Iran abandoned its nuclear-weapons program in 2003 -- a reversal of findings issued two years ago -- and underscored the challenges facing the intelligence community. The surprise assessment followed intelligence-community changes triggered by faulty intelligence reports on Iraq that fueled the run-up to war, by asserting that Saddam Hussein possessed chemical and biological weapons and was pursuing nuclear weapons.POINT OF VIEW The [estimate] doesn't do anything to change my opinion about the danger Iran poses to the world -- quite the contrary." -- President Bush This was a final shot to those who ... spread a sense of threat and concern in the world through lies of nuclear weapons.' -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad READ MORE • Review & Outlook: Iran Curveball The new estimate could decelerate already-sluggish diplomatic efforts to suspend Ir


Source: SAAG By Bhaskar Roy The meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on the sidelines of the Second East Asia Summit (EAS) in Singapore last month suggested Beijing was inclined to keep aside contentious issues at the moment and maintain cordiality. In keeping with tradition the Indian delegation made a public display of bonhomie. Recently, a Hong Kong weekly, Yazhou Zhoukan, made enquiries at the Indian Consulate General if India had offered Taiwan nuclear weapons technology. The Zhoukan journalist said he was trying to get confirmation from officials in Beijing also, and they would be running the story soon. The story that Zhoukan was trying to confirm was that when former Indian Defence Minister George Fernandes visited Taiwan in 2004 he had carried that offer with him. It was alleged that a Taiwanese opposition legislator of Guomindang (KMT) party had stated that the Taiwanese government was pursuing a nuclear weapons programme and that

Indian Polishers Now Play Major Role in Antwerp Diamond Industry

Voice of America By Nina Maria Potts Antwerp, The Netherlands 06 December 2007 The city of Antwerp has been home to a prosperous diamond industry for centuries. Traditionally, the fine craft of polishing belonged to the city's Jewish community. But the success of Indian firms in Antwerp, the availability of low cost labor in Asia, and the decision by diamond-producing countries in Africa to develop their own industry are all changing the face of Antwerp's diamond trade. Nina-Maria Potts reports. A stone polisher in the Antwerp diamond business district Antwerp's Diamond Bourse -- a place where your word, not a contract, clinches the deal. Founded in 1904, its members include retailers, manufacturers and brokers who must abide by a strict code of conduct. Today, some 1,500 diamond firms are housed in three high-security, inter-connected streets. Antwerp diamond authorities say this is where 80 percent of the world's rough diamonds are bought and sold.

Nigeria: N/Delta - MEND Opts Out of Peace Pact

Daily Champion (Lagos) 7 December 2007 Dennis Naku Yenagoa GOVEMENT for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has distanced itself from the peace pact brokered yesterday by the federal government and some militant groups in the region, declaring the event as mere publicity stunt. This came as the Federal Government has enjoined militant youths in the region to be patient even as the Bayelsa state governor Timipre Sylva has ordered that all militant camps in the state be shut. Government and several militants groups met yesterday at Yenagoa, possibly to find lasting solution to the many years of hostiles in the Niger Delta. However, MEND while reacting to the peace pact said the event was a publicity stunt to impress the international community. The group said peace could only be achieved if one of its leaders was released from prison in Angola. In a statement, MEND spokesman described the peace ceremony as a "stage-managed play which would make a bad B-grade mov

Abramovich buys into British gold company

14:51 | 07/ 12/ 2007 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti economic commentator Oleg Mityayev) - Roman Abramovich, Russia's richest man according to Forbes, is buying gold assets. He is also the governor of the Chukotka region and the owner of Britain's Chelsea football club. On November 4, Millhouse LLC, the company that manages Abramovich's assets, announced that it signed an agreement with Highland Gold , the fourth largest gold miner in Russia, on the acquisition of a 40% stake in it for $400 million. Thanks to the new shareholder, the Britain-registered Highland Gold will get the funds to develop new deposits and overcome Russian bureaucratic barriers. Highland Gold Mining Ltd., which was established in 2002 for the purpose of acquiring, consolidating and developing a portfolio of quality gold mining projects in Russia, owns the fully operational Mnogovershinnoye mine in the Khabarovsk Territory; three development projects - Novoshirokinskoye and Taseyevskoye (Chita

What will be Russia's response to Kosovo's independence?

19:40 | 07/ 12/ 2007 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Yelena Shesternina) - The troika of international mediators (the U.S., EU and Russia), after several months of trying to think up an elegant solution to the Kosovo problem, has admitted its failure. The final report, which it decided to submit to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon ahead of schedule (the original deadline was December 10), does not contain a single concrete recommendation to Belgrade or Pristina, or indeed, to the UN. What will happen next? How will Moscow respond if the Kosovo authorities carry out their threat and proclaim independence unilaterally? The troika mission has failed, as it should have. The positions of its members were too wide apart. Washington was pressing for the province's independence and Moscow went out of its way to argue that there should be no haste. The European Union, supposed to represent the interests of all its 27 member countries, was doing a balancing act betwe

Iran report's impact overstated

A new intelligence assessment has fundamentally shifted the foundations underpinning US policy on Iran. However, a fundamental policy shift appears unlikely. By Dominic Moran in Tel Aviv for ISN Security Watch (07/12/07) A pan-agency US intelligence assessment released this week has fundamentally reversed working assumptions regarding the Iranian nuclear program. However, its impact may be more limited than the current tumult indicates. In its National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on the Iranian atomic program, the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) overturned previous agency assessments of the nature, history and intent of Iranian nuclear development, finding that Iran had put a stop to work on its covert nuclear weapons program in 2003. Political Fallout The NIE is a major embarrassment for the White House insofar as it has again demonstrated the George W Bush administration's reliance on faulty intelligence in determining its foreign policy positions.