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BALOCHISTAN : Sanaullah Baloch resigns as Senator

http://www.nation.com.pk/ By IRFAN BUKHARI submitted 4 hours 13 minutes ago ISLAMABAD - BNP's Senator Sanaullah Baloch Friday tendered his resignation to Chairman Senate Mohammedmian Soomro after his sentimental speech at the flour of the Upper House against military operation in Balochistan . Advisor to PM on Interior Rehman Malik in response requested the Chairman Senate to hold the resignation for a week, as the government wanted to convince Balochistan National Party's (BNP) central command to withdraw the decision. In his fiery speech, Sanaullah, who has been in nineteen-month long exile, harshly condemned the military operation in Balochistan, the killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the detention of Akhtar Mengal. He said that loyal Baloch were being labelled as Indian agents. "When helpless Baloch community raises its just voice against the injustice being meted out against it, the government wants to subside its cry with the power of the guns," he adde

Don’t turn Balochistan into Bangladesh

http://www.thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=117151 View from Press Gallery Saturday, June 07, 2008 By Mohammad Malick ISLAMABAD: Senator Sanaullah Baloch of BNP (Mengal) saddened other members and the galleries by announcing his resignation within a day of his return to the house after a forced 18-month exile. He had been on the run from authorities on charges of treason, sedition etc registered by the previous Musharraf-led regime. If barely 36 hours back he had touched hearts with his passionate pleading for the Balochistan cause, his parting serenade today was nothing less than a stinging slap on the face of the civil-military establishment whose convoluted and self-serving approaches continues to rip apart the very fabric of our federation. Of course the heavens shall not fall with the resignation of a senator from Balochistan, but then heavens never fall anyway. It's just that the magic starts fading slowly until one day it's a heaven no more. Countries are no diff

"Made in USA" scientific innovation on the decline

Jerry Sheehan http://www.sciencex2.org/en/node/473 The last three years have seen increasing concern over the scientific and technological competitiveness of the United States vis a vis other industrialized and developing nations. These concern reached a zenith in 2006 with the publication of “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future” by the National Academies of Science.[1] Examining any number of objective metrics shows that the “times are a changing” when it comes to scientific discovery: A) PhDs in Science and Engineering: By 2010 the European Union will grant roughly 2 PhDs in Science and Engineering for every one American PhD [2]. B) Scientific Publications: Since 1998 there has been an increase in scientific publications with international co-authorship with the EU, Japan, China, and Asia becoming increasingly prolific. C) Patents: American inventors in 2002 accounted for 52% of all patents granted in the United Stat

David Rothkopf: Influence of the World’s Super-Rich

World Affairs Council of Northern California San Francisco, CA Apr 17th, 2008 LISTEN Members of today's "superclass" have achieved unprecedented levels of wealth and power. Each of them is one in a million as they number six thousand on a planet of over six billion. According to David Rothkopf, globalization expert and author of Superclass: The Global Elite and the World They Are Making , members of the superclass run our governments, our largest corporations, the powerhouses of international finance, the media, world religions, and, from the shadows, the world's most dangerous criminal and terrorist organizations. Arguing that they control globalization more than anyone else, Rothkopf questions whether their influence feeds the growing economic and social inequity that divides the world? Furthermore, what happens behind closed-door meetings in Davos or aboard corporate jets at 41,000 feet? Conspiracy or collaboration? Deal-making or idle self-indu

State of women in Balochistan

http://thenews.jang.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=107243 In spite of being commonly liberal, politically conscious, and culturally well-endowed, resource-rich Balochistan is Pakistan's least-developed province with high rates of infant and maternal mortality, poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition. Although are suffering due to the inflexible culture, customs and practices throughout Pakistan women, there is a larger story to tell about the state-sponsored discrimination against women in Balochistan. From the beginning Islamabad has outrageously tried to cover up its ill-conceived and discriminatory policies by blaming the Baloch themselves for their appalling state. However, facts and findings on health, education, communication, political empowerment and economic development clearly indicate that human development in Balochistan has been deliberately ignored by successive central governments, to gain strategic benefits out of the vast and geostrategic location of the province a

From the New Middle Ages to a New Dark Age: The Decline of the State and U.S. Strategy

From the New Middle Ages to a New Dark Age: The Decline of the State and U.S. Strategy Authored by Dr. Phil Williams. Security and stability in the 21st century have little to do with traditional power politics, military conflict between states, and issues of grand strategy. Instead they revolve around the disruptive consequences of globalization, declining governance, inequality, urbanization, and nonstate violent actors. The author explores the implications of these issues for the United States. He proposes a rejection of “stateocentric” assumptions and an embrace of the notion of the New Middle Ages characterized, among other things, by competing structures, fragmented authority, and the rise of “no-go” zones. He also suggests that the world could tip into a New Dark Age. He identifies three major options for the United States in responding to such a development. The author argues that for interventions to have any chance of success the United States will have to move to a tra

INDIA : Economic Terrorism and Energy Security

Source: OFFSTUMPED The inevitable happened with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh delivering a “Jaanam Samjha Karo” speech to the nation to explain away the fuel price hike. Before we get to the fuel price hike, it is rather strange that the Prime Minister should face the nation cutting a sorry figure pleading for better understanding. It paints a pathetic image of a surrogate not in control. What this nation needs is a Prime Minister who can demonstrate the courage, conviction and leadership to face the nation and speak the truth before the fact rather than make lame excuses after the fact. If you cannot prepare the Nation to rally around you on tough decisions in peacetime where you have the luxury to choose the pace and timing of the decision, then how can the Nation trust you to make tough choices when externalities are forced upon this Nation without warning ? This leads us to the subject of this post. In an election year the primary opposition BJP predictably has seized the poli

ISLAMIST TERRORISM IN INDIA: Needs strong political will to combat it

By R. Upadhyay (The views expressed are his own) Like all the earlier terror attacks in the country, Jaipur blasts also ridiculed our political class particularly the ruling coalition that is responsible for nation’s security and protection of the lives of its citizens. The dust raised by them in their blame-game pointing finger at each other also settled down. By and large whenever there is a terror attack, the ruling party condemns the terrorists for their ‘cowardly’ actions and brags that their evil design in dividing the people on communal lines would never succeed. However, the terrorists, while proving our political class wrong continue their preparation for the next attack. They courageously faced the bullets of security personnel only after killing some of them and are regarded as Islamic martyrs in the history of the political mission of Islam. Regarding widening divide between the two major religious communities, there is no doubt that after every terror attack the wideni

Bangladesh: Emerging Political Scenario

SOurce: SAAG Guest Column by Dr. Anand Kumar (The views expressed are his own) The ongoing mass arrests in Bangladesh have baffled everyone. These arrests started seventeen days after the ban on political activity due to emergency was lifted in the country. It was expected that after allowing political activity government will take similar actions to facilitate the electoral process ultimately leading to electioneering in the country. But the mass arrests in the name of deteriorating law and order condition in Bangladesh goes against this and makes the political situation very fluid. The claim of declining law and order has been promptly refuted by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad. He on the other hand stated that the arrests across the country were a regular one and was launched with a view to further improve the situation. He also claimed that no 'wholesale arrest' is being made. The police chief&

South Stream pipeline may carry Azerbaijani oil

16:13 | 05/ 06/ 2008 MOSCOW. (Political analyst Ilgar Velizade, Azerbaijan, for RIA Novosti) - Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller has made a surprise proposal during his short stay in Baku. The press release of the Russian energy giant says he has proposed buying Azerbaijani natural gas at market prices under long-term contracts. Analysts immediately concluded that Russia needs Azerbaijani gas for the South Stream pipeline, under construction to pump Central Asian gas to Europe. Baku is currently hosting the 15th International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference. Judging by the number of participants, which keeps growing every year, global interest in Azerbaijan's energy resources is increasing. This year, 380 companies from 33 countries are attending the forum. They are analyzing the recent statements by the Azerbaijani leaders about the country's huge energy resources, trying to determine if they will be enough for the current projects. President Ilham Aliyev has said oi

Soviet weapons proved ineffective in Arab hands

19:10 | 05/ 06/ 2008 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti correspondent Andrei Murtazin) - The shortest Arab-Israeli war, the Six-Day War, broke out on June 5, 1967. It lasted until June 10 when the Arabs were comprehensively defeated. This was when Israel seized the Sinai Peninsula, the Golan Heights, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. The Arabs retrieved part of these lands, notably, the Sinai Peninsula, 15 years later. Others, such as the Golan Heights and Palestinian territories, are a subject of multilateral talks that have made little progress thus far. Why did the Arabs suffer such an overwhelming defeat? The Egyptian and Syrian Armies were not ready for war, although their high-ranking generals, particularly from Egypt, were confident in their ability to erase the "Zionist formation" from the face of the Earth. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser himself gave the Israelis a casus belli. On May 18, the Egyptian government addressed the UN Security Council with a request

EU: Rethinking the arms exports code

Elements of the EU's Code of Conduct on Arms Exports, adopted in 1998, are in dire need of revision to match present day realities, writes Saferworld's Roy Isbister for ISN Security Watch. Commentary by Roy Isbister for ISN Security Watch (06/06/08) The 1980s were dark days for European arms transfer controls. With no regional coordination, EU members practiced individual, and largely secretive, ways of managing their arms exports. When it came to light that some member-states had been complicit in arming both sides during the Iran-Iraq war there was a public outcry: the EU's house needed putting in order. In June 1998, the EU adopted the world's first regional conventional arms transfer control agreement, The EU Code of Conduct on Arms Exports. This politically binding agreement aimed to set 'high common standards' for EU member-states exporting arms and set out eight criteria that must be considered before an arms transfer is approved. At the time 

US security: blunt response

Source: OXFORD ANALYTICA The European Commission this week is reviewing a proposal by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would require all EU visitors to the United States to register their details on a US government database at least 72 hours prior to departure. The proposal, which would not come into effect until January 2009, would impact millions of business and leisure travellers each year. While the scheme is well intentioned and designed to address a real security risk, it suggests that DHS still has not managed adequately to apply risk management principles to counter-terror policy. DHS's latest proposal is designed to address concerns within the US intelligence community that international terror groups may use the US 'visa waiver' programme -- which applies to the citizens of many EU members -- to smuggle extremist operatives into the United States. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has characterised the plan as a high-tech solution