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QUOTE OF THE DAY : Prasanna on "generation next politicians"

"Compare and contrast this with political scene in the country and so called generation next politicians of the country who are celebrated by the Congressi Media .Other than luck of winning the lottery of being born to political powerful family with great financial fortune their CV reveals a sheer bankruptcy of accomplishments .Even the educational credentials of some of them are mysterious unknowns. As you(  offstumped  ) had proved with facts that parliamentary participation and contribution of these gennext Congress politicos is dismal.Unsung heroes like Kiren Rijiju are ignored by the media just become he comes from a political formation that they detest Politics and media in India will continue to be islands of mediocrity as Nehruvian stranglehold still shows no signs of weakening in those fields.What a shame that this great country will be continue to be governed by charalatans from dynastic political families" .................. Blogger Prasanna

Thomas Fingar: Flaws In the Iraq WMD Estimate

Dr. Thomas Fingar was Assistant Secretary of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) from July 2004 until May 2005 when he was named Deputy Director of National Intelligence for Analysis & Chairman, National Intelligence Council. While at the State Department he served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Intelligence and Research (2003-2004 and 2000-2001), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (2001-2003), Deputy Assistant Secretary for Analysis (1994-2000), Director of the Office of Analysis for East Asia and the Pacific (1989-1994), and Chief of the China Division (1986-1989). His intelligence career began in 1970 as the senior German linguist in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, USAREUR & 7th Army in Heidelberg, Germany. Between 1975 and 1986 he held a number of positions at Stanford University, including Senior Research Associate in the Center for International Security and Arms Control, and Director of the University

AURANGZEBS OF TODAY By B.Raman In a statement made after the July,2005, blasts in London organised by suicide terrorists of Pakistani origin, Mr.Tony Blair, the then British Prime Minister, spoke of the need to counter jihadi terrorism not only operationally through better intelligence, better physical security, better counter-terrorism operations etc, but also ideologically in order to draw the attention of the public to the pernicious ideas being spread by Al Qaeda and pro-Al Qaeda jihadi organisations and counter them energetically. 2. Amongst such pernicious ideas are that there was no civilisation in the world before the advent of Islam, that the Muslims have a right to re-capture all lands which historically belonged to them, that the Muslims do not recognise national frontiers and ,therefore, have a right to wage a jihad anywhere in the world where Islam is in danger and that the Muslims have the religious right and obligation to acquire

Two Million Minutes

Two Million Minutes THE DOCUMENTARY Regardless of nationality, as soon as a student completes the 8th grade, the clock starts ticking. From that very moment the child has approximately - …Two Million Minutes until high school graduation…Two Million Minutes to build their intellectual foundation…Two Million Minutes to prepare for college and ultimately career…Two Million Minutes to go from a teenager to an adult How a student spends their Two Million Minutes - in class, at home studying, playing sports, working, sleeping, socializing or just goofing off -- will affect their economic prospects for the rest of their lives. How do most American high school students spend this time? What about students in the rest of the world? How do family, friends and society influence a student's choices for time allocation? What implications do their choices have on their future and on a country's economic future? This film takes a deep

Rahul Gandhi wants to “Discover” India !

Source: Offstumped Media reports: In a virtual launch of the campaign for Lok Sabha poll, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday embarked on his ‘Discover India’ journey from Orissa’s poverty-stricken Kalahandi area attacking the BJD-BJP government for its alleged poor implementation of the Centre’s flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme. Rahul, who is on a four-day tour of Orissa, went deep inside Niyamigiri Hills and met members of the Dongria Khand tribe in the Ejrupa village of the district The “neither here nor very apparent” heir apparent has decided to do his version of Bharat ek Khoj in the run up to the next general elections. The populist scoialist rhetoric that has been the hallmark of Congress politics since Independence is back. This time however Rahul Gandhi is neither showing imagination nor conviction with these remarks that are a direct lift from the election rhetoric of John Edwards (the democratic also ran for President in the United states). th

QUOTE OF THE DAY : Kiren Rijiju

"The problem is that India is obsessed with America. All the brains of the ministry of external affairs and the think-thanks in India are obsessed with two countries only: The US and Pakistan. How many people know about China, whether it is in the defence or intelligence fields? India does not understand what China is. " Member of Parliament Kiren Rijiju

'It is time to wake up to Chinese incursions'

Source: REDIFF The Rediff Interview/Arunachal MP Kiren Rijiju March 04, 2008 Kiren Rijiju, the 36-year-old firebrand Member of Parliament representing Arunachal Pradesh (West), does not share the government's and Indian Army's perceptions about Chinese incursions in his border state. While Defence Minister A K Antony and army chief General Deepak Kapoor have underplayed the intrusions on several occasions, Rijiju has tried to convey in Parliament the seriousness of the situation in the strategic state. Unfortunately till now his voice has been lost in the corridors of power. Rijiju has pointed out for long that the Indian Army is not prepared for a conflict with China and today this is an accepted fact. The young MP still regrets that only cosmetic actions are being taken to correct this imbalance. In this wide-ranging interview with Claude Arpi, the MP highlights not only the patriotism of the people of Arunachal, but also conveys in the strongest terms that it is time

Chad: the country's state emergency and the role of France

Last February 27th, Nicolas Sarkozy went to Chad in order to obtain from his peer Idriss Deby Itno the constitution of an international board of enquiry which would carry out the investigations on the missing political opponents, of which there has been no news since the beginning of February, when Chad's capital city N'Djamena was under the rebel's siege. The Chadian leader accepted the French ally's proposal, in exchange for an unconditioned support of France in his internal policy's decisions. Once more, the Elysée came to Idriss Deby's assistance, playing a key role in the serious political and military crisis which is affecting the country. Sergio Porcu (07 March 2008) Sarkozy and his diplomatic pragmatism: a quick visit to N'Djamena prior to landing in South Africa Consistently with the decisionism which is typical of the French President, to which the International community is gradually getting used, Sarkozy (who days ago declare

India, Africa draw hydrocarbon road map

Published: March 6, 2008 at 4:50 PM Print story Email to a friend Font size:NEW DELHI, March 6 (UPI) -- India said it has drawn up a road map to intensify cooperation in the hydrocarbon sector with African countries. "A road map was drawn up, the contours of which envisage hydrocarbon cooperation agreements at the macro level to identify the broad areas of cooperation in the field of exploration and production and refining, stepping up crude oil imports, and exports of petro-products by India, retail marketing of fuels and lubricants by Indian companies in Africa and training of technical and managerial personnel of African nations in hydrocarbon industry management," said Murli Deora, the minister for petroleum and natural gas. Cooperation between the two sides was agreed upon at the first India-Africa Hydrocarbon Cooperation Conference and Exhibition last November in New Delhi. India has been striving to acquire oil and gas blocks in various hydrocarbon-rich African co

Kurdistan deepens ties with British business at launch of KRG publication

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman with Michael Thomas, Director General of the MEA, and Lord Tim Clement-Jones London , UK ( – The Kurdistan Region took a further step forward with British companies today at the announcement of a business forum and the London launch of 'The Kurdistan Region: Invest in the Future' (Download) The Middle East Association (MEA), a leading British trade organisation, today hosted a meeting to announce the UK Kurdistan Region Business Forum to promote trade and investment. Lord Tim Clement Jones, who will chair the forum, announced the new organisation at a meeting of British business representatives and journalists. At the same occasion, Ms Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) High Representative to the UK, introduced the audience to 'The Kurdistan Region: Invest in the Future'. The new KRG publication, which had its US launch last month, describes in detail the Region's improving economic, political and c

Pakistan VS Balochistan: Conflicting Ethnicities

(This write up originally appeared in the first issue of "India and Global Affairs") By Malik Siraj Akbar Blog: When Pakistan was celebrating its 60 th Independence Day on August 14, 2007 , hundreds of women observed a 'black day' in Quetta , the capital of Balochistan province. Ironically, the protestors were chanting anti-Pakistan slogans and demanding 'independence' for Balochistan, the country's largest and most backward province. To most Pakistan-watchers, the demand for 'independence' was hardly surprising, given Balochistan's six-decade old grouse of maltreatment by successive governments. However, the million dollar question the women's protest posed was: Why have the Baloch not been integrated with the state of Pakistan even six decades after its independence? History says the Baloch did not willingly join the fledgling State of Pakistan , which was created on the basis of a communal slogan of

Iraq End Game with Ivan Eland and David Henderson

Feb 5th, 2008 World Affairs Council of Northern California - San Francisco, CA Iraq End Game with Ivan Eland and David Henderson. A recurring question found in most public opinion polls and on the 2008 presidential campaign trail: What will be the end-game for the U.S. in Iraq? How will U.S. decisions about continued engagement affect Iraq itself, and the Middle East? - World Affairs Council of Northern California David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution. He is also an associate professor of economics at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Henderson's writing focuses on public policy. His specialty is in making economic issues and analyses clear and interesting to general audiences. Two themes emerge from his writing: (1) that the unintended consequences of government regulation and spending are usually worse than the problems they are supposed to solve and (2) that freedom and free markets work to solve people's

Venezuelan tanks on the border with Colombia

18:13 | 06/ 03/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Pyotr Romanov) - Despite sharp words and saber rattling, neither Venezuela nor Columbia has anything to gain from a war. Hopefully, their leaders know that. Relations between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela have plunged to new lows after Colombian troops attacked a camp of the left-wing extremist organization, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), in Ecuador on March 1. As many as 24 guerrillas, including a senior commander of the FARC, were killed in the raid. The confrontation is not unexpected. Colombia is the hottest spot in Latin America, where many countries have lately elected left wing governments. Colombia is the only country on the continent where a powerful guerilla group - the FARC - controls a large portion of territory. In the past, it controlled nearly two-thirds of Colombia, but its zone of influence has dwindled to one-third. Despite its rhetoric, the organization has nothing in co