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India, Japan in security pact; a new architecture for Asia?

India, Japan in security pact; a new architecture for Asia? Posted by: Sanjeev Miglani Source: While much of the media attention during Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Japan this week was focused on a free trade deal the two sides failed to agree on, another pact that could have even greater consequences for the region was quietly pushed through. This was a security cooperation agreement under which India and Japan, once on opposite sides of the Cold War, will hold military exercises, police the Indian Ocean and conduct military-to-military exchanges on fighting terrorism. It doesn’t sound very grand, but its significance lies in the fact that pacifist Japan has such a security pact with only two other countries - the United States and Australia. And it comes in the same month that India and the United States closed a nuclear cooperation deal that won New Delhi a place on the world’s nuclear high table, ending three decades of isolation fol

South Asia’s (En)gendered Wars

By Swathi Parashar As someone who studies gender in politics and international relations, I have been following the recent events in South Asia with great interest and disdain. The reports on communal violence in Orissa, violent politics of the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) in Mumbai, the war in Sri Lanka: all of these remind me of prominent feminist scholar, Cynthia’s Enloe’s pertinent question, ‘where are the women?’ Each of these events and the debates around them are gendered, and yet there is no analysis that throws light on the fact that violence in Mumbai, Orissa or even in Sri Lanka is part of the militarised and macho politics of a male centric worldview. All of these events tell us how deeply entrenched the gendered hierarchies and norms are in our socio-political environment. The masculinity of our ‘God loving’ political and religious extremists and terrorists does not make them ‘God fearing’ as they wreak havoc and rape nuns (and when questioned audaciously tell the w

The U.S. Domestic Intelligence Enterprise

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Reorganizing U.S. Domestic Intelligence

Assessing the Options By: Gregory F. Treverton One of the questions in the fight against terrorism is whether the United States needs a dedicated domestic intelligence agency separate from law enforcement, on the model of many comparable democracies. To examine this issue, Congress directed that the Department of Homeland Security perform an independent study on the feasibility of creating a counterterrorism intelligence agency and the department turned to the RAND Corporation for this analysis but asked it specifically not to make a recommendation. This volume lays out the relevant considerations for creating such an agency. It draws on a variety of research methods, including historical and legal analysis; a review of organizational theory; examination of current domestic intelligence efforts, their history, and the public's view of them; examination of the domestic intelligence agencies in six other democracies; and interviews with an expert panel made up of current and fo

From Intelligence to Private Security : DC Capital Partners

Source: IntelligenceOnline After buying a raft of sub-contractors of American intelligence agencies, DC Capital Partners is setting up a new holding company devoted to private security. The American equity firm DC Capital Partners LLC has, in two quick moves, hired a former head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez (IOL 579) and snapped up Multi-Threaded Inc., a small group specializing in unstructured data management. Multi-Threaded has been incorporated into the DC Capital holding company that encompasses all of its intelligence assets, the National Interest Security Company (NISC, see graph below). At the same time, DC Capital is putting together a new holding company specializing in security, training and logistics. Named Elite Training & Security, LLC, its center-piece will be made up by the Kaseman LLC group. A regular supplier of the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, Kaseman furnishes anti-terrorist services and sees to the con

A Lesson to be Learnt: the Baloch Perspective Author: Juma Baloch There is no doubt that the world has shrunk and has become a global village and many members of this global community are facing similar problems. Some counties have willingly or unwillingly chosen a path as a solution to their troubles, while others have ignorantly adhered to their policy of denial and are facing turmoil. Indonesia and Pakistan have many things in common; both the countries have a Muslim majority, both gained their so-called freedom after the Second World War, both have a history of occupying other nation's territory, both the countries have been ruled for most of the time by military dictators and both the countries' natural resources have been utilised for the benefit of the dominant ruling nation. Because of these similarities some Baloch intellectuals are trying to give an impression that the Baloch nation is willing to


B.RAMAN ( What will be the impact of the global financial and economic melt-down on the Chinese economy? This question should be of interest to the other countries of the South and the South-East Asian region. If the Chinese economy is badly affected, they too are likely to feel the negative consequences of the down-turn in the Chinese economy. Keeping this in view, we have been brInging out a periodic "Chinese Economy Monitor" based on open information. This is the second in the series---B.Raman) INCREASED UNCERTAINTIES, SAYS HU At the start of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit in Beijing on October 24,2008, President Hu Jintao of China said: "The fundamentals of the Chinese economy have not changed. However, the global financial crisis has noticeably increased the uncertainties and factors for instability in China's economic development.We are now confronted with many difficulties and challenges in our economic endeavours.China must first and foremos

Russia should help create new rules of world economy

October 23, 2008, 21:01 In his recent video blog post Russia's President, Dmitry Medvedev, has addressed the global economic crisis and its impact on Russia. Hello! I would like to talk about the global financial crisis that is affecting the entire world. Most countries are faced with the fact that the gross errors committed by several states (especially America) have created serious problems. The U.S. financial market and its impact on the world economy are both very large. Therefore, the crisis that occurred in the U.S. has had a knock-on economic effect on virtually every country. If this had happened five or seven years ago, perhaps the crisis would have had less of an effect on Russia. Today the situation is different: we are a country with an open economy. On the one hand, this is a great advantage for us; on the other, it compels us to react and deal with the problems faced by other leading nations. Now everyone is working on a single issue: how to extrica

China: space exploration gains pace

16:27 | 23/ 10/ 2008 MOSCOW. (Andrei Kislyakov for RIA Novosti) - China is going to play a major role in the global space exploration program. Soon, a new center for space research may emerge in the Eastern hemisphere and push the current players aside. China's achievements in science and technology, as well as its consolidation of space programs in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, which have a tremendous economic potential, will contribute to its development. At the 59th International Astronautical Congress in Glasgow, on October 2, Sun Laiyan, chief of the China National Space Administration, announced that China was prepared to lead the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO). No doubt the participating world leaders in space research, representing the United States, Russia and Europe, did not underestimate the significance and far-reaching consequences of the Chinese initiative. Formally, APSCO was established by China, Thailand and Pakistan

‘American Holodomor’: Millions 'vanished' in 1930s U.S - historian

RUSSIA TODAY Boris Borisov While America lectures Russia on the 1932-33 famine in Ukraine, Russian historian Boris Borisov asks what became of over seven million American citizens who disappeared from US population records in the 1930s. RT: What made you research the history of what you call ‘American Holodomor’? B.B: It was very simple. As I was doing comparative research of the American Great Depression in the 1930s, and the Great Depression of the 1990s in Russia, I grew interested in the social dimension of the tragedy. It was logical that I looked up official American documents and found out that the discrepancies were so obvious that any independent researcher would not but have doubt about the official U.S. statistic data. All appears to be rather interesting. I will come to that later. The U.S. Congress added fuel to the fire by adopting resolutions nearly every year blaming the Soviet government for alleged staged famine in the 1930s in Ukraine. The first resoluti

LaRouche Interviewed On Indian TV

Increase DecreaseOctober 20, 2008 (LPAC)--Lyndon LaRouche was interviewed live today via satellite for a television broadcast on "India This Week,'' a prime time weekly news program on India's best and most watched TV channel, NDTV. The program was aired live on national TV at 9 PM India time, with an estimated 11 to 15 million viewers. LaRouche was introduced as a former U.S. Democratic Presidential candidate, and pictured in front of the White House during the interview conducted by news anchor Natasha Jog in New Delhi. LaRouche then responded to questions. On the subject of global financial collapse: LaRouche: "We're in a crisis which is comparable in category, to what happened in Europe in the 14th century with what was called the New Dark Age. This is a crisis immediately caused by the quadrillions of dollars, outstanding obligations in the derivatives category. And the system is crashing; it's going to a terminal end unless an immediate reform is

Chinese Economy Monitor--- Note 1

By B. Raman (What will be the impact of the global financial and economic melt-down on the Chinese economy? This question should be of interest to the other countries of the South and the South-East Asian region. If the Chinese economy is badly affected, they too are likely to feel the negative consequences of the down-turn in the Chinese economy. Keeping this in view, we intend bringing out a periodic "Chinese Economy Monitor" based on open information. Here goes the first Monitor in the series---B. Raman) Citic Pacific Faces Enquiry The Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong announced on October 22,2008, that it has undertaken an enquiry into the affairs of the Citic Pacific, the Hong Kong listed branch of the China International Trust and Investment Corporation, following a report submitted by the Citic Pacific to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on October 20, allegedly admitting that two of its senior executives had entered into unauthorised foreign exch

China and Regional Security Architecture

By D. S. Rajan A debate is now in progress among major Asia-Pacific nations on what should be the ultimate regional security architecture. This is happening at a time when fast-growing trade linkages and deepening cooperation through various integration mechanisms have already been transforming the region’s economic and political landscape. The debate itself certainly looks like a response to the rising impact on the region from a combination of traditional and non-traditional security threats; its objective is also becoming clear - progressing towards evolving a new security mechanism for the whole region, supplanting the existing various sub-regional groupings. In this process, the centrality, which the People’s Republic of China (PRC), a fast rising regional and global player, would occupy, may not be difficult to imagine. Beijing’s emerging views of a regional architecture, as expected, are closely linked to its own security perceptions and it cannot be denied that the same is