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India-France Joint Statement

India-France Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the Visit of H.E.Mr Nicolas SARKOZY, President of the Republic of France, to India, on 25 & 26 January 2008 25/01/2008 President Nicolas Sarkozy’s State visit to India and his presence as the Chief Guest at the Republic Day commemorations reflects the shared commitment of both India and France to provide fresh impetus to their strategic partnership. India and France are democracies which share common values of freedom, human rights, secularism, rule of law, tolerance and believe in multilateralism in the international political and financial architecture as the means to tackle global challenges effectively. These human values are at the core of their enhanced cooperation and strategic partnership. I. Strategic Partnership: India and France hold convergent views on major regional and international issues. Both countries are committed to international peace & security, nuclear non-proliferation and counter terr

France, India fire up military cooperation, nuclear energy ties

1 day ago NEW DELHI (AFP) — India and France agreed Friday to push their military ties beyond arms sales, signing an accord on nuclear power cooperation as soon as New Delhi is allowed to enter the global atomic energy market. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said he had agreed with visiting French President Nicolas Sarkozy to go beyond a "buyer-seller relationship," in which France is merely positioned as one of several international arms suppliers. French officials said the two sides signed the framework of a planned bilateral accord on nuclear power research and supply, a key area of French expertise and seen as crucial to India's effort to fuel an economy currently expanding at a rate of nine percent. "We have agreed to go beyond a buyer-seller relationship. We will increasingly focus on joint research and development projects, transfer of technology and greater military exchanges," Singh told reporters. "It is very important that India and France sh

Suspected Russia racketeer wanted in US arrested in Moscow Kiely Lewandowski at 10:56 AM ET [JURIST] Suspected Russian crime lord Semyon Y. Mogilevich has been arrested in Moscow on tax evasion charges, Russian officials said Friday. Mogilevich was arrested late Wednesday and a court approved his arrest on Thursday. Mogilevich is also wanted in the US [FBI profile] on unrelated charges for allegedly manipulating the stock of the billion dollar Pennsylvania corporation YBM Magnex International. Mogilevich and two associates were indicted [press release, PDF ] in 2003 on 45 counts of racketeering, securities fraud, wire fraud, mail fraud and money laundering charges. At the time charges were filed, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania Patrick Meehan said that the defendants inflated the value of YBM stock "so that they could profit at the public's expense. Books were cooked, auditors were deceived, bribes were offered to accountants. The defendants profited to the tune of more than $3

Baloch BSO member dead under misterious circumstances in Uppsala University

Dr. Arif Barakzai, a member of the BSO and a lecturer at Uppsala University in Sweden, died after 'falling' 11 floors from the balcony of his apartment on Jan 10, 2008. Dr. Barakzai ran a website devoted to Baloch culture: . It is unknown what if anything Norwegian authorities have determined about the circumstances of Dr. Barkazai's death. Death of a Baloch intellectual Dr. Arif Barakzai Posted by admin on 2008/1/20 6:24:33 (11 reads) May thy soul rest in peace!!! The originator of “” (Baloch Izmkaar/The Baloch Artist) and lecturer at Uppsala University (Sweden) Dr. Arif Barakzai died suddenly on January 10, 2008 11:00 pm under conspicuously suspicious circumstances in Oslo, Norway allegedly after falling from the 11th floor balcony of his apartment. Arif Barakzai was not an ordinary person but one of the greatest minds the Baloch nation has ever produced. He has always been one the most brilliant students wherever he studied. He was one of

U.S.-Pakistan Relations : Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

U.S.-Pakistan Relations Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy C. CHRISTINE FAIR CT-297 January 2008 Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee,Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia on January 16, 2008 Before the Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia United States House of Representatives January 16, 2008 READ

Prime Minister Barzani condemns Mosul terrorist attack

Statement by KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani 26 January 2008 On 23 January, terrorists committed yet another atrocity and an attack on freedom by targeting innocent civilians, among them women and children, in the Zinjille area of Mosul city. The attack also caused massive material damage. On 24 January, during a visit to assess the damage, Brigadier Salih Mohammad Hassan, Mosul’s Chief of Police, was attacked by a suicide bomber and killed together with members of his security detail and civilians. We strongly condemn these terrorist attacks and reiterate our offer of assistance to the citizens and administration of Mosul, which is outside the Kurdistan Region, to combat the terrorist threat and ensure stability and security. We offer this in order to eradicate the barbaric terrorist threat to the historic fraternity, tolerance and coexistence of Mosul’s different ethnicities and religions – Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Chaldians, Assyrians, Muslims, Christians and Yezi

Pipedreams : Eastern Europe, America and Russia

Jan 24th 2008 | VILNIUS From The Economist America seems to care more than the European Union about eastern Europe EUROPEANS may not always like it, but America still matters most for their security. As Kosovo edges towards independence, NATO ponders further expansion and Russia rips Europe's threadbare energy policy to rags, every debate involves America. And the mood is gloomy. “Russia is getting stronger; we are getting weaker”, concludes one European political leader. That is alarmingly clear in Serbia, where a pro-Russian nationalist, Tomislav Nikolic, came out ahead in the first round of the presidential election on January 20th. Serbia has just signed an energy pact to distribute Russian gas exports to Europe; in return a Russian company (the oil arm of Gazprom, the state-run gas giant) is to get a controlling share in Serbia's national oil monopoly. Europeans flinch at the idea of Kosovo, the mostly ethnic-Albanian province of Serbia, declaring independence immediately

Pakistan Is Turning on Musharraf

COMMENTARY Wallstreet Journal By HUSAIN HAQQANI January 25, 2008; Page A15 Pakistan's embattled President Pervez Musharraf is touring European capitals to try and convince Western governments of the country's stability, and his own good intentions. He should instead face the evaporation of support for his authoritarian regime at home. Opinion polls show that 68% of Pakistanis want Mr. Musharraf to step down immediately. While he was in Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum, 100 retired senior military officers signed a statement in Pakistan describing him as an embarrassment to the powerful military that has so far been his power base. Western governments should no longer accept Mr. Musharraf's sales pitch that he is a valuable ally in the war against terrorism. A ruler widely hated by his own people is unlikely to be effective in defeating the expanding insurgency waged by al Qaeda's Taliban allies. Pakistanis are increasingly uniting in

BRIC and Emerging market companies

Friday, January 25, 2008 NEŞE YAHYA ISTANBUL - Turkish Daily News 'New global challengers' Big companies from the rich world are not globalization's only gainers. Another class of a global firm has emerged and it is the one with roots in emerging markets. This week, reading a report published by Boston Consulting Group (BCG) on how top companies from rapidly developing economies are changing the world, I had the chance to rethink this phenomenon. For the year 2008, the consulting group has identified 100 “new global challengers” from 14 emerging markets that are reshaping global industries. These are mainly local, but at the same time increasingly global players that have recorded high revenues and are threatening established players in markets around the world. No doubt, companies from the BRIC block (Brazil, Russia, India and China) are leading the track; eighty out of the total one hundred companies are originally from these countries. Still, one is proud to not

Greece, Turkey: will former foes make friends?

18:55 | 25/ 01/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Yelena Shesternina) - Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis arrived in the Turkish capital Wednesday for what experts had dubbed a landmark visit even before it started, the first visit to Turkey by a Greek premier in five decades. The last Greek prime minister to pay an official visit to Turkey was also Costas Karamanlis, a namesake and an uncle of the current leader. The relations between the two nations have gone through a number of crises since then, serious enough to be dubbed a "cold war" and invoke a threat of a real "hot" conflict. But will Karamanlis' visit remain a landmark only because of the time lapse since the last such contact, or will the two countries' leaders reach some tangible agreements which will literally change the world's map this time? The tensions between Greece and Turkey have been caused by their territorial disputes for many decades, primarily ove

Is nuclear Pakistan really dangerous?

23:04 25/ 01/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Goncharov) - The world panics whenever Pakistan conducts a test of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads. A Muslim state with nuclear weapons and extremists is also testing missiles? But this criticism is hardly justified. What should Pakistan do if it has nuclear warheads? It couldn't possibly carry them by aircraft. Needless to say, there are some risks for the world in the Pakistani nuclear potential, but they are not much more serious than those involved in the nuclear potentials of India or Israel, the United States or Russia. Everything depends on which capital looks at these risks. Islamabad has never concealed that its nuclear weapons are meant exclusively for India, or, to be more precise, for deterring its aggression. India is fully aware of this and, judging by all, is not too worried. Moreover, since 2005, the sides have been developing their missile potentials without creating problems f

'Fighting terrorism since 1492'

Image:, ISN American Indians have suffered under foreign invaders for 500 years. Now the descendents of Sitting Bull are fighting back, withdrawing from treaties with Washington.. By John C K Daly for ISN Security Watch (25/01/08) Editor's Note: This is the first in a three-part series on separatist movements in the United States. The Native American Lakota Sioux tribe has declared independence from the US unilaterally, citing a string of broken treaties dating back to the 19th century. In the wake of 9/11, the Bush administration declared a dual global campaign, a war against terror and a US-led effort to promote democracy around the world. The latter campaign has resonated within the US, with secessionist movements agitating for the values that Washington proclaims abroad: from American Indians through secessionist movements in the two most recent states added to the Union, Alaska and Hawaii, all the way to one of the original 13 colonies, Vermont.

US Women in Combat Compendium

Source: Strategic Studies Institute Edited by Colonel Michele M. Putko, Dr. Douglas V. Johnson, II. These facts involving women in combat are: Women comprise approximately 15 percent of the U.S. Army today, and as of September 2007, 70 Army women have been killed and a significantly larger number wounded; the American public is vaguely aware of this state of affairs and has raised no outcry. The nature of the current battlefield makes it impossible to apply the existing rules for excluding women from combat without serious reduction in combat capabilities, degrading the professional development and thus status of women, and producing a potentially serious reduction in overall readiness. Two major conclusions are reached: (1) the nature of combat for the U.S. Army has changed, and the existing rules governing the employment of women do not fit this new situation; and (2) there is not the slightest doubt that women can perform their assigned duties in the combat zone, includi

Issues for the Australian air combat review

by Andrew Davies 11 January 2008 The new government has announced that it will conduct a review of Australia’s future air combat capability. Given the huge sums required to acquire the aircraft, weapons and systems that constitute a modern air capability, it is important that the review be rigorous and systematic. One of the immediate drivers of the review will be the $12–15 billion decision on acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), which is currently scheduled to occur late in 2008. This ASPI Policy Analysis looks at the key issues that the review should address before multi-billion dollar decisions are made. Two possible approaches Broadly speaking, the government has two options. It could continue down the path established by the previous government with possible variations in numbers and timing, or it could decide to take a different approach, regarding any liabilities accrued from past decisions as sunk costs. At the end of 2007 the government made several public com

INDIA : An officer and a Gentleman Lessons in management from the tough and honest cop who had the underworld ducking for cover. D. Sivanandhan, CoP, Thane It was sometime around 1998-99 when the then Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, introduced me to his “blue-eyed boy,” D. Sivanandhan, I.P.S., then Joint Commissioner (Crime). It was a difficult time for Mumbai. The ‘Bhais’ had been making a fine art of extortion. Public confidence was at an all-time low. People were running scared. If you bought a car, you could expect a dreaded extortion call. Special situations somehow throw up special people. And Siva, as he is called by friends, was the man of the moment. He became what was called the barrier between the bullet and the businessman. He also needed to be prominent in the media in order to reassure people. There couldn’t have been a better man for the job. Siva is genial, informal, has a flair for publicity and public relati

Indra Nooyi in Davos : Corporate Global Citizenship in the 21st Century

Indra K. Nooyi Corporate Global Citizenship in the 21st Century Live Tomorrow 25/01/2008 10:45 CET As the global agenda is increasingly shaped outside the traditional framework of nation states, corporations not only have licence to operate in the global system, but also a civic duty to contribute to its sustainable health. How should corporations exercise their civic duty with regard to major global issues? Gordon Brown, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom John T. Chambers, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cisco Systems, USA Indra K. Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, USA; Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2008 H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive, Standard Chartered, United Kingdom Alvaro Uribe Velez, President of Colombia Wang Jianzhou, Chairman and Chief Executive, China Mobile Communications Corporation,

Virtual world: rogue state?

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA There are quirkier items on the agenda than stock market sturm und drang and terrorism at the 38th annual World Economic Forum in Davos. On Saturday, one of the presentations, 'Virtual Worlds – Fiction or Reality', muses on the impact of virtual worlds on different generations, and asks how this world of immediate access, limitless social skills and unrestrained behaviour influence our moral framework. Second Life is one of the new ways of extending life to the virtual space, for example, allowing us to attend Wimbledon while standing next to one of the players or living out our social desires anonymously without restraints or risk of sanctions. More and more people are turning to virtual reality to establish who they are, what they know, who they interact with and how. This will influence how society is structured in the future and how real or fictive this virtual world will be. 1) In the context of the virtual worlds we are creating, what is th