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100 years of a spy-empire : MI5 and MI6

Secret Wars. One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6 100 years of a spy-empire SOURCE : CANADA FREE PRESS David M. Dastych By David M. Dastych Friday, March 20, 2009 When Sir Winston Churchill resigned from the office of the Prime Minister of Great Britain, in 1955, he was quoted as saying “I will not preside over the dismembering” of what was previously The British Empire. But as the Empire shrank quickly to the size of the United Kingdom, the “Spy-Empire” of MI5 and Mi6, founded in 1909, never receded but expanded world-wide and turned high-tech. On the eve of its 100th Anniversary, one of the best and most popular British writers, specializing in intelligence, pays a tribute to many generations of British spies and their spy-masters, who have influenced the history of Great Britain and of the world. His book ,“Secret Wars. One Hundred Years of British Intelligence Inside MI5 and MI6” (St.Martin’s Press, March 2009), is a fascinating read for ev

Bushehr N. Plant to Go Online by Yearend

Iran: Bushehr N. Plant to Go Online by Yearend TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Energy Minister Parviz Fattah said Iran would "finish and operate" its first nuclear power plant in the southern port city of Bushehr by the end of this year. "Iran will finish and operate the Bushehr nuclear plant by the end of this year," Fattah said at the World Water Forum in Istanbul on Friday. Fattah said the Bushehr nuclear plant will begin producing at about half capacity (500 megawatts) by late August. He said it should reach its full 1,000-megawatt capacity by the end of March, 2010. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Sheikhol-Eslam also said early this month that Bushehr would be fully operational in September. Asked if US President Barack Obama's overture to Tehran would affect the Iranian nuclear program, Fattah said, "Iran has chosen a direction for achieving peaceful nuclear energy. We have mainly reached this aim." "Exactly 20 days fr

France expands NATO westward

22:51 | 18/ 03/ 2009 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Andrei Fedyashin) - France's National Assembly rejected a vote of no confidence against the government, a motion that was proposed by Prime Minister Francois Fillon. Now, Paris has officially returned to NATO's integrated military command after more than 40 years of absence. This NATO's westward expansion was largely a formality. In real life, Paris has long taken part in all of NATO's main operations and has been fourth in its contribution to NATO's foreign military operations in Afghanistan, Kosovo, and Iraq in the last ten years. Nicolas Sarkozy spoke more than once about the need to return to NATO's central post because it is not befitting for the EU's main member not to take part in decision-making in a bloc that unites the majority of European countries. Needless to say, France is not returning to the NATO of Charles de Gaulle times. By withdrawing from NATO's military

Three forces that will transform management

Source: http://whatmatters.mckinseydigital.com/organization/three-forces-that-will-transform-management WHAT MATTER : McKinsey By Gary Hamel 26 February 2009 The technology of management—the tools and techniques we use to mobilize human effort—is likely to change dramatically over the next few years . Modern management was invented a century ago to solve one overriding problem: how to organize work at scale with ever-increasing productivity. This problem is still important, but organizations now confront a new set of challenges, which cannot be solved with Industrial Age management practices and structures. Today, the overriding problem for every organization is how to change, deeply and continually, and at an accelerating pace. We live in a world where change is “shaken, not stirred.” Yet in most organizations, practices and structures reflexively favor the status quo over change and renewal. We see entire industries—for example, pharmaceuticals, music, advertising, and publishin

Thinking about Thinking : Global Business by Peter Day BBC

In the latest edition Peter Day talks to Tim Brown of Ideo and Roger Martin, Dean of the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto on a new role for designers - redesigning what companies do. Thinking about Thinking DOWNLOAD PROGRAM About this programme by Peter Day For a long time I was frightened of thinking. It was (I assumed) an analytic practice. I had a brain that was wretched at analysis. But quite good at synthesis and association. Actually, that wasn’t all bad. As you get older (see pic.) analysis tends to lose its vigour; it’s a young persons’ game. But synthesis goes on, and gets better results, perhaps as you get more experience to synthesise as you get older. I would like to have been taught that a long time ago. But they didn’t seem to teach thinking in those days. However it is now becoming a discipline in its own right, and this week’s programme hears from two people keenly interested in thinking about business. One of them is the dean of a business sch

Be happy, don`t worry about a free Balochistan

Khan Jan Baloch History is made after threats, genocides and the oppressions by State`s various actors on one hand. But on the other hand, she writes her chapters & shapes her profile in accordance with the prevailing socio-economic atmosphere, by her geopolitical situation, pushing the masses to the walls, creating the sense of slavery. The yearnings of the oppressed nations for the emanicipation is formed by the mutual agreements of the nations for their bilateral existance and above of all, the firm determination to throw the yoke of slavery writes excellent events in the books called history. Balochistan has never accepted the dominance of Pakistan since Marach, 1948 and Afghanistan has never accepted the illegal occupation of Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan by Pakistan.To maintain the illegal occupation over Balochistan and Pakhtunkhawa, Pakistan has left no stone unturened to destabilize Afghanistan. Millions of human beings have been slaughtered after the killing of Sardar Da

Taking The Predators To Balochistan

By B. Raman The need for a regional counter-terrorism strategy to be spear-headed by India and the US for eradicating all terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistani territory has been one of the themes of my writings and lectures in the last two years. Extracts from two of the articles written by me on this subject on October 11, 2008, and January 1, 2009, are annexed. 2. It has been my belief that unless and until the US takes the initiative for such a strategy focused on eradicating all terrorist sanctuaries in Pakistani territory India will continue to bleed at the hands of jihadi terrorists spawned in Pakistan and the US will meet the same fate in Afghanistan as the erstwhile USSR did in the 1980s. 3. President Barack Obama’s strategy for the Af-Pak region is still unfolding in bits and pieces. A surge of 16,000 troops to start with and intensified Predator strikes on terrorist hide-outs and training camps in Pakistani territory are two components of this strategy, which are already un

Venezuela and Colombia Deepen Diplomatic and Economic Ties

March 20th 2009, by James Suggett - Venezuelanalysis.com (Venezuelanalysis.com) -- Venezuelan Foreign Relations Minister Nicolás Maduro and Colombian Foreign Relations Minister Jaime Bermúdez met in Caracas Wednesday to discuss commercial relations and anti-drug policy, demonstrating the first efforts at reconciliation between the two countries since a heated exchange in early March over Colombia's justification of cross-border raids on guerrilla rebels. "Venezuela and Colombia are two governments with the willingness and capacity to approach one another, broadly discuss and concretize their ideas to move forward on projects that benefit both countries in the midst of uncertainty in the world economy," said Maduro during a press conference alongside Bermúdez. "The world can observe a plural Latin America agreeing upon and advancing on its own path," Maduro added. Regarding energy policy, the two ministers discussed their policies on biofuels, electrici

The Federal Reserve is Bankrupt

http://www.vijayvaa ni.com/FrmPublic DisplayArticle. aspx?id=450 Matthias Chang 20 March 2009 The Federal Reserve is bankrupt for all intents and purposes. The same goes for the Bank of England ! This article will focus largely on the Fed, because the Fed is the “financial land-mine”. How long can someone who has stepped on a landmine, remain standing – hours, days? Eventually, when he is exhausted and his legs give way, the mine will just explode! The shadow banking system has not only stepped on the land-mine, it is carrying such a heavy load (trillions of toxic wastes) that sooner or later it will tilt, give way and trigger off the land-mine![1] In a recent article, I referred to the remarks of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Obama calling for the shadow banking system to be outlawed. Even if the call was genuine, it is too late. The land-mine has been triggered and the explosion cannot be averted under any circumstances. The only issue is the extent of the da

Royal's fight for justice : Khan Suleman Daud

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/7952159.stm Royal asylum seeker Khan Suleman Daud - the 35th Khan of Kalat - explains why he has left his family and people in Pakistan to live in Cardiff.

New Treasury Salvo Against Iran’s Melli Bank

Source : IntelligenceOnline.com 19/03/2009 Washington/Tehran New Treasury Salvo Against Iran’s Melli Bank Fresh American sanctions against Iran’s state-owned Melli Bank are aimed primarily at wrecking Tehran’s efforts to drum up foreign investment. A year ago Intelligence Online reported that the U.S. Treasury Department was thinking opening hostilities against Melli Investment Holding International (MEHR), the fund management affiliate of Melli , the biggest public bank in Iran. That has now happened. Washington has just announced sanctions against 11 companies with links to Melli (see graph below).Backed by the European Commission and the U.N. Security Council, Washington had already fired broadsides at all of Melli’s branches overseas (London, Paris, Hong Kong and Moscow, etc.). The Treasury Department’s new offensive primarily targets the web of firms set up by the bank in the United Arab Emirates and the Cayman Islands tax haven. The latter offshore branch is headed by Britain’

CHINESE ECONOMIC BLUES

B.RAMAN The second session of the Second Plenary of the 11th National People's Congress (NPC) of China , which is its Parliament, was held at Beijing from March 3 to 12,2009. There were detailed discussions in the NPC on the state of the nation as reported by Prime Minister Wen Jiabo and other Ministers. President Hu Jintao, Wen and other important members of the Government and the Chinese Communist Party also availed of the presence in Bejing for the NPC session of Government and party representatives from different provinces to discuss with the representatives from each province in the margins of the NPC session the state of the economy in each province. They explained to the representatives from the provinces the measures already taken by the Government to deal with the decrease in exports, the closing down of many factories and the consequent increase in unemployment and gave guidance as to how the provinces should deal with the situation. 2. A study of the proceedings of