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Narendra Modi’s Chennai speech - Offstumped Commentary

Source: OFFSTUMPED Very interesting speech by Mr. Modi at the Tughlaq Magazine’s annual reader’s event. Cho Ramaswamy’s introduction of Narendra Modi was an interesting twist to Sonia Gandhi’s Merchant of Death remark much to the pleasure of a cheering audience. It was a speech that Modi delivered largely extempore without any prepared notes and interspersed with anecdotes and wisecracks at the Congress. Few highlights that stood out worth commenting upon in Mr. Modi’s speech. - He opened his remarks with a tribute to democracy and what makes Cho a true democrat. For someone who has been routinely bandied as a Hitler in the making it should strike even the most ardent Modi critic as important that he should have chosen to open his speech with a reference to democracy and not to Hindutva, not to BJP not to mundane politics but with a reference to that which is most paramount - a commitment to democracy. - The next subject that Modi chose to comment on again was very interesting

Narendra Modi’s Chennai speech - Youtube Video

Courtesy long time Offstumped reader KK, you can find the Youtube Video of the speech by BJP Leader and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on 14th Jan 2008 during the Annual meeting of Cho Ramaswamy’s Tamil magazine Thuglak in Chennai. Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 1 Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 2 Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 3 Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 4 Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 5 Narendra Modi’s Speech at Chennai - Part 6 The playlist of these 6 parts are also available in

The Next Slum?

Source: For 60 years, Americans have pushed steadily into the suburbs, transforming the landscape and (until recently) leaving cities behind. But today the pendulum is swinging back toward urban living, and there are many reasons to believe this swing will continue. As it does, many low-density suburbs and McMansion subdivisions, including some that are lovely and affluent today, may become what inner cities became in the 1960s and ’70s—slums characterized by poverty, crime, and decay. The subprime crisis is just the tip of the iceberg. Fundamental changes in American life may turn today’s McMansions into tomorrow’s tenements. by Christopher B. Leinberger trange days are upon the residents of many a suburban cul-de-sac. Once-tidy yards have become overgrown, as the houses they front have gone vacant. Signs of physical and social disorder are spreading. At Windy Ridge, a recently built starter-home development seven miles nort

Pakistan, our paradoxical partner in the war on terror

by Raspal Khosa Friday, 22 February 2008 Pakistan has been under unpopular military rule for the last eight years and has been marked by widespread political and religious violence in the last year. This paper, authored by Raspal Khosa, examines Pakistan’s paradoxical role in the war on terror; at once a source of extremism and a key partner of the West in fighting it, as well as the policy implications for Australia.( DOWNLOAD )

West Magnifies Negative Points of IAEA Report on Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Western media launched a vast campaign to magnify the very few negative points in an almost entirely positive report by the IAEA chief on Iran to divert world attention from the outcome of the UN's four-year-long probe which revealed the peaceful nature of Tehran's nuclear drive. "Following the Untied States' failure in Iran's nuclear standoff, the Bush administration ordered the US-dominated media and diplomats in the West to undermine the positive points in ElBaradei's report by magnifying the very few negative or two-sided parts," an informed diplomat in the IAEA told FNA Friday night a few hours after the Vienna-based UN nuclear watchdog agency released its decisive report on Iran's nuclear activities and ended years of negative allegations by the US and EU trio (Britain, France and Germany) about Iran's nuclear intentions. The report said that Iran has provided convincing responses to the questions posed by the Internationa

Full Text of ElBaradei's Report on Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- The following is the full text of the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Mohamed ElBaradei on Iran's nuclear activities and cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog agency. Board of Governors GOV/2008/4 Date: 22 February 2008 Original: English For official use only Item 5(c) of the provisional agenda (GOV/2008/6) Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007) in the Islamic Republic of Iran Report by the Director General 1. On 15 November 2007, the Director General reported to the Board of Governors on the implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007) in the Islamic Republic of Iran (Iran) (GOV/2007/58). This report covers the relevant developments since that date. 2. On 11 and 12 January 2008, the Director General met in Tehran with H.E.

ElBaradei Dismisses US Claims about Iran's N. Drive

TEHRAN (FNA)- Results of a four-year-long probe into Iran's nuclear activities presented in a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency chief in Vienna on Friday rejected West's allegations about Iran's nuclear drive, and completed Washington's failure in the nuclear standoff with Tehran. The report said that Iran has provided convincing responses to the questions posed by the International Atomic Energy Agency on its nuclear activities, and thus annulled legal or technical justification for continued UN Security Council sanctions against Iran. In his eleven-page report to the Board of Governors, the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei announced that Tehran has removed ambiguities about its nuclear activities within the framework of an action plan agreed by the two sides earlier. A summary of the IAEA report follows - while interested readers could find the detailed text of the same report on FNA's main story page. The following is a synopsis

INDIA :Exploring p'ship in African diamond industry

22 Feb, 2008, 2015 hrs IST, PTI NEW DELHI: With an aim to enhance collaboration with key diamond-producing regions in Africa in the field of polishing and training, Minister for State for Commerce Jairam Ramesh will visit the continent next month with a high-level trade delegation. "We will visit diamond producing countries of Namibia, South Africa, Botswana and Angola from March 21 to 28 and explore possibilities for partnership for the Indian diamond industry," Ramesh said on the sidelines of Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council function on Friday. The four African countries are emerging as the key diamond producing regions , with several global firms planning to set up polishing units in the region. India has been a traditional cutting and polishing hub for diamonds and in return for the rough diamonds that it would import from the African countries, it would provide training in cutting and polishing as well as technical assistance to set up local units there,

How to create a confrontation between two nations: Tying the loose ends

February 21st 2008, by Eduardo Dimas Progreso Weekly The news that Exxon-Mobil, one of the world's largest oil companies, had sued Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. (PDVSA) in a New York court before the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) has been closely covered by the international media. Exxon-Mobil "arranged" for the New York court to order the freezing of about $300 million of PDVSA's funds in the United States. According to other information, there is a possibility that it will order the seizure of about $12 billion in PDVSA assets. For its part, PDVSA announced the suspension of the delivery of 40,000 barrels of oil a day to Exxon-Mobil. The ICSID has not ruled on the matter, but we should remember that only in a very few occasions has it issued a ruling that favors a Third World government. The ICSID is an instrument of the big transnationals and the visible portion of the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI), a monstros