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Lion of Jordan: The Life of King Hussein in War and Peace by Avi Shlaim

Format : Hardback ISBN: 9780713997774 Size : 153 x 234mm Pages : 720 Published : 01 Nov 2007 Publisher : Allen Lane Avi Shlaim Synopsis For most of his long reign (1953-1999) Hussein of Jordan was one of the dominant figures in Middle Eastern politics, its most continuous presence, and one of the most consistent proponents of peace with Israel. This is the first major account of his life and reign, written with access to many of his surviving papers, with the co-operation (but not approval) of his family and staff, and extensive interviews with policy-makers of many different nationalities. For over forty years Hussein walked a tightrope between the Palestinians and the Arab radicals on the one hand and Israel on the other. Shlaim reveals that for the sake of dynastic and national survival, Hussein initiated a secret dialogue with Israel in 1963, and spent (by his own estimate) over 1000 hours in talks with Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, Itzhak Shamir, Itzhak Rabin, and countless oth

Musharraf Pakistan Bush thinks him a nice dictator

Rashid Rauf escapes in Pakistan , Baloch Human Rights activists Jailed in UK

By ZARAR KHAN, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 10 minutes ago ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A British suspect in an alleged plot to blow up trans-Atlantic jetliners escaped from police custody in Pakistan on Saturday, officials said. Rashid Rauf fled after appearing before a judge at a court in the capital, Islamabad, said Khalid Pervez, a city police official. Police teams were driving around the area in search of Rauf, who Pervez said had managed to open his handcuffs and evade two police guards who were taking him back to jail in the nearby city of Rawalpindi. "We do not know how he escaped. But we do know he has escaped and the two policemen have been taken into custody for negligence," Pervez told The Associated Press. Federal Interior Secretary Kamal Shah said he had been informed of Rauf's disappearance, but had no details. Rauf, who is of Pakistani origin, was arrested here in August 2006 on a tip from British investigators. He has been described as a key suspect in a pu

Only One Thing Unites Iraqis: Hatred of the US

By Patrick Cockburn, The Independent . Posted December 14, 2007. The Americans will discover, as the British learned to their cost in Basra, that they have few permanent allies As British forces come to the end of their role in Iraq, what sort of country do they leave behind? Has the United States turned the tide in Baghdad? Does the fall in violence mean that the country is stabilizing after more than four years of war? Or are we seeing only a temporary pause in the fighting?American commentators are generally making the same mistake that they have made since the invasion of Iraq was first contemplated five years ago. They look at Iraq in over-simple terms and exaggerate the extent to which the US is making the political weather and is in control of events there. The US is the most powerful single force in Iraq but by no means the only one. The shape of Iraqi politics has changed over the past year, though for reasons that have little to do with "the surge" - the 30,000 U

US National intelligence curveball

* The writer is a professor of political science at Cairo University. While Bush is still panning for war on Iran, America's intelligence community expresses its doubts, or so it seems, writes Hassan Nafaa* The last edition of the US National Intelligence Council's National Intelligence Estimate report on Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities reverberated around the world like a bomb. Although it was issued in November, it was only made available to the public a few days ago, and this would not have happened had it not been for pressure from Congress. Because of the obvious importance of the report, I searched the Internet until I found the complete text. To my surprise, it was not as long and detailed as I had expected. In fact, rather than providing raw information or intelligence, it essentially outlined the "estimates" and conclusions drawn by 16 US intelligence agencies, among which was the National Intelligence Co


By B.Raman. There has been an interesting debate between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress (I), during the course of the Gujarat election campaign, as to which party did better in the fight against terrorism. One should welcome the debate since it shows that as in the Western countries, in India too, counter-terrorism is becoming an important electoral issue. One wishes, however, that the debate was more professional than polemic. 2.The effectiveness of counter-terrorism depends more on the political leadership provided by the Prime Minister/Chief Minister of the day than on which party is in power. If one were to award objective gradings to different Prime Ministers/Chief Ministers for the political leadership provided by them in counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency, one would award the following gradings: PRIME MINISTERS Mrs.Indira Gandhi: A Shri Rajiv Gandhi and Shri Narasimha Rao: B Shri A.B.Vajpayee and Dr.Manmohan Singh: C Shri V.P.Singh, Shri Chandrasekhar,

China war startegy

China war startegy China army form tibet and burma side, China airore on startegic bases of india, China subs form bangldesh and arabia , Terroist from kashimr and bangladesh, Mao form Nepal and Interior india. This is the latest war strategy of China towards India.As far as I think Indian defence is not at all week to repeat 1962.But the problem is lying with poltical side.If the present govt still takes in cool manner telling "HINDU CHINY BHAI BHAI",def 1962 will repeat.I request them to take serious action so that China should not even think to invade India or try to grab its intrests. Source:

Left intellecutals end their honeymoon with Marxists

Actually the heading should be: "Left intellecutals end their honeymoon with Marxists" Marxists end their honeymoon with left intellectuals 2007-Dec-14 Tushar Charan http://www.asiantri index.php? q=node/8701 With more than three years of the five-year term of the state assembly still left before it faces the polls, it is disappointing to note that CPI (M), the dominant party in West Bengal's Left Front, is not even embarrassed, leave alone shamed, by the barrage of criticism on the way it has handled the situation in Nandigram. But the series of tragic and unfortunate incidents in Nandigram since the beginning of the year have shattered many myths about the Left rule in West Bengal, especially the image of the big brother CPI (M). The honeymoon between the intellectual classes and the CPI-M had perhaps lasted too long. Even as groaning voices kept wafting out of West Bengal in the past not many outside the state were ready to shed the romantic

Narendra Modi’s victory will be Bharat’s victory

By J.G. Arora --Author’s e-mail: Organiser, New Delhi : December 16, 2007 Assembly elections in Gujarat to be held on December 11 and December 16, 2007 are very crucial since they would determine Bharat’s future destiny. For the nationalists, Narendra Modi is a symbol of nationalism. If Narendra Modi wins these elections, it would amount to Bharat’s victory since it would strengthen the nationalists; and diminish communal forces masquerading as secularists. However, Modi’s defeat would fortify anti-Hindu forces and make their attacks on Hindu religion and Hindu heritage more strident in keeping with their agenda of demolishing Hinduism the way other native cultures and religions have been wiped off from the earth. Nationalism versus communalism Main contestants in these elections are the ruling BJP and Congress. Congress has been generally following communal and divisive politics in the name of secularism. Unfortunately, the policies pursued by the Congres

Gujarat Polls 2007 - Now psuedo Secular Sonia is Durga !

Source: Offstumped The Telegraph reports: The Congress today pulled out its “Hindu card” at the fag end of the Gujarat campaign by comparing Sonia Gandhi with “Goddess Durga” and Narendra Modi with “Mahisasura”. It was M. Veerappa Moily, the head of the party’s media department. Moily was flanked by his media cell colleagues, such as Abhishek Singhvi, Jayanti Natarajan and Shakeel Ahmed, when he was asked if the Congress, too, had not made its campaign “vitriolic” by equating Modi with Pervez Musharraf. The Congress leader now likened Modi to Hitler and Raktabijasura, the progenitor of the demons in the Puranas. Whether Oily Moily’s mythological parallels find an echo in Gujarat they are bound to rankle the Congress’ “atheist” partner down south MK Karunanidhi who must be troubled with this association of “communal” Modi with the “secular” and “rational” Asuras. But there could be bigger trouble for Oily Moily for back in June 2007 when a low level Congress functionary Moradabad dis

Secularism derailed ???

December 15, 2002 This mad rant by Seema Mustafa suggests that the 'secularists' have been trounced in gujarat. If as she says erstwhile VHP and Bajrang Dal activists are now infiltrating the Congress, it is all for the good. So Hindutva will become part of both the parties and soon no one will dare use and anti-Hindu platform. We will then have true nationalism both in the ruling and the opposition parties. I take the derailment of secularism as a positive development. N.S. Rajaram http://www.asianage .com/presentatio n/leftnavigation /opinion/ opinion/seculari sm-derailed. aspx Secularism derailed Seema Mustafa It is almost unreal. This should have been 2002, but it is 2007 in Gujarat. What the Congress should have done in 2002 after the violence had consumed 2,000 souls, and left a trail of death and destruction, it is doing now in 2007, almost as if the five intervening years never happened. And the Congress just woke up, one fine day, to pick up the thr

Pakistan: Its People and Future -- by Ethan Casey

Nov 29th, 2007 World Affairs Council of Oregon - Portland, OR Ethan Casey discusses Pakistan: Its People and Future. In the post 9/11 world, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan and General Pervez Musharraf have been described by the United States as partners of the U.S.-led "war on terror", but Pakistan's future is increasingly uncertain. The President-General, having vowed to restore democracy in upcoming elections, faces formidable rivals in two previously exiled prime ministers, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, who are attempting to return. Pakistan's conflict with India over the disputed region of Kashmir remains unresolved. From a Western perspective Pakistan's future seems unstable and fraught, but how do Pakistanis feel about their country and its future? - World Affairs Council of Oregon Ethan Casey is an American print and online journalist who has written or edited five books. He was founding editor of the online global affairs magazine (1

The Nuclear Jihadist : The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets

The True Story of the Man Who Sold the World's Most Dangerous Secrets ... and How We Could Have Stopped Him By Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins TWELVE BOOKS; 413 PAGES; $25 Upon hearing mention of people who have caused death and destruction in our world, such as Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin, most decent people will react negatively. While Dr. Abdul Qadeer (A.Q.) Khan may not elicit the same reaction, it's high time to include him on that list. Khan played a major role in constructing Pakistan's nuclear program, bringing atomic bombs to the Islamic world and to various rogue states. He's regarded as a hero by some in his native country, and a national disgrace by others. Time magazine dubbed him the "Merchant of Menace" in February 2005. And his controversial actions mark him as a real threat to liberty, freedom and democracy. Two prominent reporters, the husband-and-wife team of Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins, spent four years examining K

Kurdistan :Conference on higher education begins

Kurdish Globe President Barzani speaks at Erbil education conference, addresses federal government issues and universities’ role in developing society. Addressing the International Conference on Higher Education in Iraq, sponsored by the Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, the Region’s President Masoud Barzani asserted that Iraq, and Kurdistan in particular, must meet the basic needs of the Iraqi people concerning higher education and make improvements to achieve international standards and recognition. “The previous regimes engulfed the country in war, destroyed a generation of young people, harmed scientific institutions, and discredited professors, and the level of higher education was left to suffer as a consequence,” said President Barzani during the conference's launch ceremony. “We hope the goals of the conference will be attained in order to achieve a high and advanced level of education, so as to complement the march of the de