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Can Dick Cheney's War Against Iran Be Avoided?

This article appears in the April 11, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review by Carl Osgood In the British empire's desperate global drive for war and chaos, driven by the breakdown of their bankrupt financial system, Southwest Asia is no exception. The late-March visit by Vice President Dick Cheney to the region followed the British script to a tee, and left Iraq-Iran and Israel-Palestine teetering on the brink of full-scale confrontations, including discussions of possible near-term attacks on Iran and Syria. Cheney, a brute who merely carries out the wishes of his British masters, is determined to get a war against Iran before the Bush Administration leaves office, regardless of the heavy opposition, particularly within the U.S. military. Thus it is not surprising that Cheney gave his blessing, if not orders, for the Nouri al-Maliki government in Iraq to launch what could have been a suicidal assault against the Mahdi Army of Moqtadar al-Sadr in the formerly British-oc


By B.Raman After San Francisco, the Olympic flame is likely to have anxious moments at Islamabad (April 16), New Delhi (April 17) and Tokyo. At Islamabad, the problem, if any, could be from the survivors of the Pakistan Army's commando action in the Lal Masjid last year and anti-Chinese elements in the Uighur diaspora. The Tibetan issue will not pose a problem there. 2.The students of the Lal Masjid madrasas hold Beijing responsible for forcing President Pervez Musharraf to order the commando action, during which about 300 tribal students were allegedly killed. The support of Mrs.Benazir Bhutto for the commando action allegedly cost her her life at the hands of jihadi terrorists. The anger over the commando action remains strong and is directed against the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), the leader of the present ruling coalition, which had also supported the commando raid.Musharraf ordered the commando action after the madrasa students kidnapped some Chinese women working in

Musharraf pledges support to end terrorism in Sri Lanka

Fri, Apr 11 07:40 PM Colombo, April 11 (IANS) Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf Friday voiced his country's support to Sri Lanka in the fight against terrorism. According to the president's office here, Musharraf gave the assurance at a meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in China on the sidelines of the multilateral Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference. 'President Musharraf reiterated his country's opposition to terrorism in all its manifestations and assured Sri Lanka of all assistance to defeat terrorism in the country,' an official source here said. The president's office said that the two leaders discussed bilateral issues, including trade and economic and defence co-operation. Extending his condolences to Rajapaksa over the April 6 assassination of his cabinet minister Jeyaraj Fernandopulle, the Pakistani president 'condemned such acts of terror and underlined the need for its elimination'. Congratulating

CPM govt bans Tibet rally in Kolkata, China envoy says absolutely right move

CPM govt bans Tibet rally in Kolkata, China envoy says absolutely right move Posted online: Friday, April 11, 2008 at 0139 hrs Sabyasachi Bandopadhyay & Mouparna Bandyopadhyay Kolkata, April 10: Trust the comrades in this city to champion dissent and then clamp down on it — to please Beijing. Two weeks after it allowed Tibetan activists to hold a candlelight vigil, the CPM-led West Bengal Government has denied them permission to hold a three-day anti-China public rally scheduled to begin today forcing them to go indoors. Ironically, there were as many as 11 rallies in the city during the day. These included a rally by the Trinamool in Park Circus to protest against the state government’s failure to check prices and a similar one by CPM supporters in Tollygunge to protest against inflation. “We are shocked and depressed by the government’s decision. It is a democratic country and there is no bar on holding peaceful, demo

Questioning IPS officers: Are they only best talented people to qualify for IB ?

Below is a email we received from one reader tought to reproduce here , however we do NOT subscribe to any of author's view . Readers are free to comment : -- Intellibriefs Dear Sir, Here is an article (big one!!!) which is talking about cyber espionage. In particular it mentions somebody (read China) using words (in emails) like --- Indian MRCA, Indian fighter jets and US, Russian and Indian weapons integration and such things to hack the systems of US defense contractors. Here is the full article. Since Indian private industry is being allowed to come in the defense sector, the govt should make it mandatory that for the private companies to qualify for the tendering/contract process one of the must have conditions is that it should have a certain minimum level of cyber security system. I am sorry to say this but from the public knowledge I have, our intelligence age

How much is Hillary Clinton worth?

The 109 million dollar smile Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA This week Senator Hillary Clinton will seek to recover from another barrage of negative media stories, less than a fortnight before the Democratic party's presidential primary in Pennsylvania. Her campaign has been plagued since late March by a series of damaging flaps, particularly Clinton's 'misremembered' 1996 visit to Bosnia under non-existent 'sniper fire'. This story has done real damage to her political standing, given that voters fault Clinton's 'trustworthiness' relative to her primary opponent, Senator Barack Obama. A taxing problem? Attention has now shifted to the Clinton finances, which were the subject of the interminable 'Whitewater' investigation during former President Bill Clinton's tenure in office. After a long delay, on April 4 the campaign finally released her tax returns, which she files jointly with her husband. They revealed that the Clintons have ge

Cyber sewer

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA Our internet tubes are dripping with raw sewage. A recent study from Arbor Networks' ATLAS portal, which examines traffic flows from 68 internet service providers (ISPs), estimated that up to 3% of internet traffic is clogged up by malicious distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, with peaks of up to 5%. In addition, of the 1.5% of internet traffic that is e-mail, around 66% is junk mail, or spam. MORE

Why the IOC must ban the Olympic Torch from going through Tibet

Friday, April 11 2008 @ 09:23 pm BST TibetCustom London Pressure is building on the IOC to ban the procession of the Olympic Torch through Tibet. Today the Governor of Tibet a Beijing appointed autocrat has stated that anyone who obstructs the Torch Rally through Tibet faces severe penalties, stating he will be personally responsible for their punishment. The calls for the IOC to stop the procession have a clear and reasonable point to make, not least that China is using the Olympics and especially the Torch Rally as a Nationalistic emblem of their perceived new status in the world and the Tibet length of the Rally is really an imperialistic attempt to justify their tenuous claim to Tibet. The fact that any demonstrators will be met with sever force and punishments is certainly not in line with either the Olympic Charter or promisses China has made in regard to freedoms and Human Rights improvements which were conditions of their actually getting the games in the first place.

Olympic Torch to Everest: Neo Red Guards Prevail

By B. Raman Before the outbreak of the disturbances in Tibet and the adjoining Tibetan-inhabited areas on March 10, 2008, the Chinese Olympic Organising Committee had planned to take the Olympic torch to Tibet twice. It was to be taken first to the summit of the Everest from the Chinese side by a group of Chinese mountaineers and then taken to other provinces. Thereafter, it was to be brought back to Tibet for a second time for being taken across Lhasa, the capital, and adjoining areas. 2. The Committee had announced the dates of the second run as between June 19 and 21, 2008, but it had kept the dates of the climb to the Everest a secret to prevent the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) from disrupting it. However, one could guess that it would be in the last week of April and the first week of May,2008, from the fact that the Chinese authorities had imposed a ban on foreign tourists and journalists travelling to the Himalayan foothills till May 10. They had pressured the Nepal Governme

Iran may Replace Turkmenistan in Nabucco Gas Project

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran could replace Turkmenistan in the Western-backed Nabucco pipeline project designed to pump gas from the Caspian to Europe bypassing Russia, the EU's new ambassador to Azerbaijan said Friday. Alan Waddams told the Azerbaijani ANS TV channel that EU representatives, currently on a visit to Turkmenistan, said Ashgabat had agreed to export gas to Europe via Nabucco, but if the Turkmen side changed its mind, then Iran could step in as an alternative. The $7-8 billion Nabucco pipeline, backed by the EU and the US, is expected to link energy-rich Central Asia to Europe through Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary and Austria. The European diplomat said Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov announced at the meeting his agreement for gas exports. Some experts say that without the support of Turkmenistan, a major natural gas producer in Central Asia, the Nabucco project is unrealistic. Construction on the pipeline with a projected annual capacity of be

Iran Installs 3 Centrifuge Cascades

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran said yesterday Iranian experts had installed almost 500 more centrifuges at its Natanz uranium enrichment complex, in central Iran. Three new cascades of 164 centrifuges have been installed in Natanz facility and are working," an unnamed official told the Islamic Republic News Agency. "These centrifuges are P1 type. Iran launched 3,000 centrifuges, a basis for industrial scale enrichment, in the Natanz facility last year. But they are the 1970s-vintage P1 design, prone to breakdown. Thus, Iranian experts have now begun installing 6,000 new centrifuges at Natanz facility, while they have just begun testing an advanced home-made centrifuge in the same facility. Mohammad Saeedi, the deputy head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, on Friday denied reports that Iran was having difficulties in running its centrifuges at full capacity. There are no technical problems regarding the development of centrifuges," he told IRNA. Iran says it

The Spoils of Success

April 10, 2008 By Yelena Biberman Russia Profile Dmitry Medvedev Opposes State Confiscation of Privatized Property, In Theory “Being successful in Russia is risky,” Georgy Satarov, president of the INDEM Foundation and the presidential representative in the State Duma under Boris Yeltsin, said in response to the latest controversy surrounding the renationalization of the Domodedovo International Airport. Satarov noted that the more successful a company is in Russia, the greater are its chances of becoming illegally taken over by the government. The case of Domodedovo supports this logic. On March 20, a Moscow court backed an order forcing East Line Group, the operating company of Domodedovo International Airport, to return 16 pieces of state property to the Federal Property Management Agency. The agency argued that the property was illegally privatized in the 1990s. East Line has operated the Domodedovo Airport since 1997, and its lease is scheduled to expire only in 2072. Hi

Malta improves EIU global e-readiness ranking

by Valerie Fenech - Local News -- 12 April 2008 -- 15:25CEST The Economist Intelligence Unit and the IBM Institute of Business Value have ranked Malta as the 23rd most e-ready country worldwide, improving one position from last year’s ranking. e-readiness is defined as the country’s state of play in information and communications technologies infrastructure and the ability of government, businesses and consumers of using them to their benefit. The e-readiness rankings are a collection of nearly a 100 quantitative and qualitative criteria in connectivity and technology infrastructure, the business environment, the social and cultural environment, the legal environment, the government’s policy and vision and consumer and business adoption. Significantly Malta’s government is ranked the 8th best government in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of the quality of its vision and policy for the ICT sector. In this regard, Malta ranks above the Western European avera

USA : Proteus, the DNI’s Discreet Forecasting Think Tank

Source: Among the numerous programs run by the governmental relations branch of the Booz Allen Hamilton concern - presently up for sale - figures Proteus USA, a think tank founded and financed by the director of national intelligence (DNI). Since it was set up by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in October, 2005, the forecasting and research think tank Proteus USA now counts over 500 experts who hail from the main agencies (CIA, NSA, NGA, NRO) as well as from the Pentagon and the private sector (see graph below). Apart from financing research and organizing an annual seminar on geostrategic forecasting - the next will be held in Carlisle, Pennsylvania between Sept. 16-18 - Proteus designs tools and methods to forecast the future and its complex characteristics on behalf of national security leaders. An example is an in-house role- playing program called the “Protean Media Critical Thinking Game”. , New Insights for a New Age For the first t

Editorial: Balochistan and a ‘new social contract’

Daily Times , Pakistan The prospective unopposed chief minister of Balochistan, Nawab Muhammad Aslam Raisani, seems to have upset a few anchors on TV channels when he hinted at a “new constitution” to placate Balochistan and bring it back from its insurrectionary ways. He was, of course, referring to the accumulated grievances of the people of Balochistan. But some anger against him sprang from his apparent rejection of the 1973 Constitution so sacrosanct to his party, the PPP. Mr Raisani has responded by refusing to apologise. In fact, the governor of Balochistan, Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, has recommended a dialogue “to end the insurgency” and has asked Mr Raisani to engage in this dialogue. Mr Raisani has spoken of a “new social contract” based on the 1940 Pakistan Resolution because the 1973 Constitution has not “redressed the grievances of the smaller provinces”. This clearly refers to the overarching federal-provincial relations as embodied in the 1973 Constitution, and the pres

India-Africa Forum Summit :Address by the External Affairs Minister

Address by the External Affairs Minister at the India-Africa Business Luncheon 9th April, 2008, Hotel Ashoka 09/04/2008 Your Excellencies, Hon’ble Ministers, Presidents of FICCI & CII Distinguished Guests Ladies & Gentlemen It is a great honour and privilege for me to be present here today at this Business Luncheon. I take this opportunity to commend FICCI & CII, who have jointly organized this as the concluding event of the India-Africa Forum Summit. This has provided Indian business and industry a platform to meet and interact with our African guests and impart content to the economic dimension of the Summit. This event is indeed a fitting finale to the Summit. The India-Africa Summit concluded just about an hour ago. It constitutes a defining moment in the India-Africa relationship. The Delhi Declaration, together with the Framework for India-Africa cooperation, is a clear reaffirmation of India’s deep commitment to the development of Africa. We hope that it will

First India-Africa Summit : Dr Manmohan Singh's statement

Text of Dr Singh's statement during joint media interaction at the conclusion of the First India-Africa Summit news 09 April 2008 Following is the text of the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh's opening remarks at a Joint Press interaction at the concluding session of the First India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi today: ''We have just concluded the First India-Africa Forum Summit. This is a historic Summit between India and countries representing the AU and the Regional Economic Communities of Africa. Over the last two days we have held extremely substantive and productive discussions on all issues which confront India and Africa. The Summit was held in an atmosphere of great friendship, warmth and sense of partnership. ''The Summit has adopted the Delhi Declaration and the Africa-India Framework for Cooperation. These documents constitute the blueprint for our cooperation in the 21st Century. ''Our decision to expand unilateral duty

India-Africa summit concludes with the adoption of Delhi Declaration news

09 April 2008 Soure : The two-day India-Africa summit concluded in the capital today with the adoption of the Delhi Declaration and the Africa-India Framework for Cooperation that constitute a blueprint for cooperation between the two sides in the 21st century, in the areas of energy, terrorism, climate change and UN Reforms. The first summit between India and the member states of the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities of Africa focussed on ways to boost relations between the two sides, with particular emphasis on economy, trade, agriculture and human resources. In his concluding address, prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh said the summit has given a new impetus to India- Africa relations. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh had yesterday announced a unilateral duty-free market access scheme for the 50 least developed countries (See: Preferential market access for African exports, PM tells India-Africa Summit in New Delhi) 34 o

INDO-MYANMAR RELATIONS: Visit of Senior General Maung Aye

by C. S. Kuppuswamy The signing of agreement on the Kaladan Muti Modal Transit Transport Project during the five day visit of Vice Senior General Maung Aye to India from 2 to 6 April 2008 can be considered a landmark in the growing relations between India and Myanmar. Gen Maung Aye was accompanied by a high level delegation including members of the business community. In addition to his engagements in Delhi, he had visited Bhopal, Sanchi, Jamnagar, Bangalore, Varanasi, Sarnath and Gaya. While at Delhi Manug Aye had called on the Indian President and the Prime Minister. The signing of the agreements, which included the Agreement and two Protocols of the Kaladan Muti Modal Transit Transport Project and the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, between the two nations took place on 02 April 2008. He had talks with Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The External Affairs Minister, the Army Chief of Staff and the Leader of the Opposition had also called on him du

Time to Deliver for Pak’s New Leaders

Source: SAAG.ORG Bhaskar Roy Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani displayed some quiet, but firm maturity. His first move was to order the release of the judges put under house arrest by President Pervez Musharraf. It was the judges of Pakistan’s superior courts, supported fully by the lawyer’s community that helped triggered the wave of opposition to Musharraf’s lordship over the country. As Mao Zedong said, one spark can set a thousand prairies on fire. Gilani’s next step was to order the army back to the barracks. Senior and middle level military officers are expected to revert to their respective services in two weeks. The rest, the JCOs and NCOs would take some more time to move. Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Gen. Asfaq Kyani had already initiated the move following the elections which saw the PPP and PML (N) coalition root out Musharraf’s Party, the PML(Q). Next, Kyani reshuffled the top army brass, especially the Corps Commanders, except the Director General of