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Time for New Bretton Woods

Jacques Cheminade, spoke with Christian de Boissieu, President of the Economic Analysis Council for President Sarkozy on France's 24 Monde. The interview was aired today, in English, in several English speaking countries, as French President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in Washington to discuss the Global Economic crisis with U.S. President Bush. Cheminade and de Boissieu discussed the notion of a New Bretton Woods Conference to overhaul the hopelessly Bankrupt World Financial System. un Nouveau Bretton Woods - Jacques Cheminade sur france24 by Solidarite_et_Progres

CHINA AVOIDS NSG WAIVER INITIATIVE IN FAVOUR OF PAKISTAN

B.RAMAN President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan, who paid a bilateral visit to China from October 14 to 17,2008, was to return to Pakistan on October 17 and go back to Beijing on October 23 to attend the summit of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) being held in Beijing on October 24 and 25,2008. It remains to be seen whether he goes back himself as originally scheduled or deputes Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani to attend it. 2. Coinciding with his visit, one of the Chinese engineers kidnapped by the Swat branch of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) on August 29,2008, reportedly managed to escape from custody and was picked up by a helicopter of the Pakistan Army before the TTP could re-capture him. However, the other engineer, who also managed to escape, was reportedly re-captured by the TTP before he could be picked up by the Pakistan Army. 3. This kidnapping incident, coming in the wake of three other incidents directed against Chinese nationals in Pakistan last year, is l

INDIA AT LONG LAST WISER TO MARITIME THREATS FROM THE WEST

INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR---PAPER NO. 457 B.RAMAN "Maritime counter-terrorism has received considerable attention in India, but till now the focus has naturally and mostly been on maritime counter-terrorism and security in the waters off Sri Lanka and in the Malacca Strait. There has been inadequate attention to terrorist threats of a strategic nature from the seas to the west of India---- whether from the Gulf, the Arabian Sea, the Strait of Hormuz or the Mediterranean. Over 80 per cent of the terrorist organisations with a capability for maritime terrorism operate in the areas and seas to the West of India. Over 90 per cent of successful maritime terrorism strikes have taken place in the areas and seas to the West of India. Israel has been the largest single victim of maritime terrorism in the Mediterrannean, with nearly 60 strikes by organisations such as the Hamas, the Hizbollah, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) etc. The only two successf

American Indians Fight for Their Rights

SOURCE: STRATEGIC CULTURE FOUNDATION 15.10.2008 Nil NIKANDROV Western Hemisphere: American Indians Fight for Their Rights “The population of the pre-Columbus America was about 100 million, but during the next 150 years 95% of the indigenous peoples disappeared. I`d like to ask whether this can be called colonization, civilization, culturalization or evangelization? We must dispel the myth! Genocide! That's what it was!” President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez told this at the opening ceremony of an aqueduct in one of the God`s forgotten villages in the state of Zulia on October, 12th. The event was timed to the celebrations of the Indian Resistance Day (which used to be called ''Columbus Day''). In recent years Chavez has repeatedly commented on the genocide against the American Indians and accused not only European crusaders but the US invadors as well. Washington also has plenty of reasons to blame Chavez, who is viewed in the US as the one who wants to found a

Russia - Georgia cyber war : Project Grey Goose’s report I

Source: Infowar Monitor The Infowar Monitor and Citizen Lab participated in an Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) initiative to investigate the Russia - Georgia cyber war of August, 2008. Project Grey Goose sought to establish whether the Russian government was involved in coordinating the DDOS attacks on Georgia's internet infrastructure, or if it was a emergent, grass roots "social movement" led by patriotic Russian hackers . . Project Grey Goose’s remit was to utilize a combination of open sources, tools and human skill sets to probe the matter from new angles with fresh evidence. It is an entirely volunteer effort with no funding . . The Grey Goose team worked inside Palantir Technologies' data visualization and analytics platform, pushing the state of the art in search, collaboration, and Human-Computer Interaction. This report was generated from data collected from two Russian hacker forums, cross-referenced with network log files detailing 29,000 status ev

BALOCHISTAN : Interview With Khan Suleman Daud Khan

The case against Musharraf

By Sanaullah Baloch IN the last six decades a significant number of so-called state leaders have been prosecuted and brought before various domestic and international courts and tribunals for their official and unofficial crimes against humanity and genocide. Unfortunately, the most unpopular state leaders have enjoyed lifetime immunity in domestic and foreign courts for their sanctioned and unsanctioned crimes. Many of them enjoyed personal immunity that lasts during their tenure for all unofficial acts such as looting state coffers or murdering political rivals. After creating political and economic disarray and committing atrocities, the majority of detested world leaders moved to different countries that offered them protection and pleasure. But, including Pakistan’ s former military dictator Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, a great number of the world’s reviled state heads have remained in their countries, benefiting from their institutional connections, an incapable judi

Gazprom’s Expansion in the EU – Co-operation or Domination?

This report outlines the key aspects of natural gas trade cooperation between the EU and Russia. The first part presents the scope and character of Gazprom’s economic presence in the EU member states. The second part shows the presence of the EU investors in Russia. It provides the factual base and data and concludes with policy recommendations. © 2008 Centre for Eastern Studies (CES) Download: English (PDF · 23 pages · 3.0 MB) Author:Agata Łoskot-Strachota, Katarzyna Pełczyńska-Nałęcz, Tomasz Dąborowski, Joanna Hyndle Publisher: Centre for Eastern Studies (CES), Warsaw, Poland

John Perkins Speech : Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

John Perkins, Part 1 The first of a three part speech given to the Veterans For Peace National Convention, Seattle, WA in August 2006. Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, in this part John discusses, from a hit mans perspective, the reasons and background to why we are at war in the Middle East The second of a three part speech given to the Veterans For Peace National Convention, Seattle, WA in August 2006. Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, in this part John discusses, from first hand experience, the globalization efforts of the corporatocracy in Central and South America John Perkins, Part 3. The third of a three part speech given to the Veterans For Peace National Convention, Seattle, WA in August 2006. Author of Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, in this part John takes Q & A and discusses actions which can be taken to counter the globalization efforts of the multi-national corporation

Repercussions, Alternatives To World Financial Crisis

This interview appears in the October 17, 2008 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. LAROUCHE IN DIALOGUE WITH ECUADOR'S PÁEZ Repercussions, Alternatives To World Financial Crisis Lyndon LaRouche was interviewed on Quito, Ecuador Radio 530 AM on Oct. 6, along with Pedro Páez, Ecuador's Minister of Economic Policy Coordination. Their host was Patricio Pillajo. LaRouche appeared on the same program with Mr. Páez on Jan. 30, 2008 (see EIR, Feb. 7, 2008). Translation from Spanish was supplied by EIR's Dennis Small. Here is an edited transcript. CLICK TO READ

Financial crisis — What India needs to do

http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2008/10/15/stories/2008101550530800.htm Though abundant caution was exercised by the RBI Governor to insulate the country from a major financial crisis, a further lowering of CRR and reduction in the repo rate would be in order, not only to infuse greater liquidity but also to lower interest rates. It is also time for the RBI to initiate measures to ease liquidity in the economy as the commercial banks are finding it difficult to meet genuine credit requirements of industry and trade. S. D. Naik The financial crisis in the US, the worst since the Great Depression of 1929, is threatening to reach perilous proportions. The collapse of the big five financial giants on Wall Street — Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, AIG, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch — with revenues totalling nearly $322 billion in 2007, followed by two of the largest banks — Washington Mutual (WaMu) and Wachovia — has sent shock waves through global financial markets. GRAVITY

Festival time for Pakistani Hindus

By M Ilyas Khan BBC News, Rama Pir, southern Pakistan http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7667850.stm Festival in pictures Jodha, a Hindu woman from the nomadic Jogi tribe of snake-charmers, made a vow at the temple of Rama Pir in southern Pakistan that if blessed with a son, she would make a pilgrimage to the temple every year for the rest of her life. That was just after her wedding, more than four years ago, when her husband took her to the temple fair in Tando Allahyar town of Sindh province. Her son was born a year later. Before the partition of India, the Jogis, one of several low caste Hindus, or Dalits, roamed from the Tharparkar desert in Sindh, now Pakistan, to Gujarat and Rajasthan in India. They still travel vast distances between Sindh's south-western industrial city of Karachi and the agrarian and desert communities they inhabit in the areas eastwards towards the Indian border. But no matter where she is, when the time comes for the annual

Intelligence in India's Sri Lanka War

Col R Hariharan (This article is based on a presentation made at the seminar "Indian Experience in Force Projection" organised by the Centre for Joint Warfare Studies (CENJOWS) at New Delhi on September 15 and 16, 2008). Introduction A review of India's military intervention in Sri Lanka (1987-90) now after two decades has the benefit of hindsight. During those two decades a number of global developments have enlarged the concept of strategic security. As a result, Military Intelligence (MI) has undergone changes in form, content and expectations. When Indian forces operated in Sri Lanka, the Cold War confrontation between the Soviet Union and the U.S. was at its peak after the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan. The US-Pakistan relations were perhaps at the closest, making India's Pakistan-centric security focus more acute. Only two months before signing of the India-Sri Lanka Agreement (ISLA) in July 1987, Operation Brass Tacks, in which the two

US standing in Caspian drips away

Source : Asia Times Online By M K Bhadrakumar On Sunday, en route to Astana, Kazakhstan, after a "very nice trip to India", US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters accompanying her, "I just wish I could have stayed longer in India". New Delhi must be one of a handful of capitals where officials from the George W Bush administration receive an expectant welcome, and the doomsday warnings emitted from New York and Washington do not seem to matter. But there was another reason for Rice's trepidation as her jet descended to Astana - US influence and prestige in Central Asia and the Caspian region has again plummeted. Rice realizes there is hardly any time left to retrieve lost ground, and the Bill Clinton administration's legacy in the Caspian and Central Asia has largely dissipated. Central to this has been the failure of the Bush administration to handle relations with Russia. The stocktaking has already begun. Writing in The Washing