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Africa’s growing strategic Relevance

Africa’s Growing Strategic Relevance 72F848B3-BA4E-8B6C-B77F-D18D4BE2119A Author(s): Jennifer Giroux Editor(s): Daniel Möckli Publisher(s): Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, Switzerland Date of publication: Jul 2008 Volume number: 3 Issue number: 38 Format: PDF Pages: 3 Publishers URL: Series: CSS Analyses in Security Policy Description: This paper argues that after decades of marginalization, Africa has now gained in strategic relevance. The author argues that the abundance of natural resources, the proliferation of Muslim extremist groups and increasing South-North migration have prompted external powers to re-engage in Africa. The paper views warnings of an upcoming Sino-American geopolitical confrontation in Africa as premature. Both the external powers and the African countries have a role to play in making sure that the growing inflows of aid and investment become a force for economic growth and political stability in Africa

Can There Be A Terrorist-Caused Chernobyl?

By B. Raman Most of the writings and debates on possible weapons of mass destruction (WMD) threats arising from Al Qaeda, the Taliban and other jihadi organisations have been focussing on the possible danger as a result of the terrorists getting hold of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal. The Pakistanis themselves have been dismissing talk of such a danger as unwarranted and asserting that the physical security of their nuclear arsenal is so tight that no terrorist can get hold of it. The Americans too---at least outwardly---give the impression of being satisfied with the physical security measures taken by Pakistan. 2. The writings and debates are too narrowly focussed on the physical security of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal and on the danger of Al Qaeda benefiting from the expertise of sympathetic Pakistani nuclear scientists----serving and retired. While this aspect should be of equal concern to the US and India, there are other aspects, which should be of greater concern to India

Pakistan In Sharia Quagmaire Sat, 2009-05-02 00:21 By Sarla Handoo - Syndicate Features TREATMENT OF MINORITIES IN PAKISTAN Al Jazeera's Matt McClure met some Hindus who have crossed the border from Pakistan into India Fighting in Pakistan has forced thousands to flee their homes. Some of them are members of the country's minority Hindu and Sikh communities, who say they are increasingly becoming targets of religious persecution. . Within a day of the National Assembly of Pakistan passing the Nizami- Adl regulation and the president Asif Ali Zardari giving his assent to it, the worst fears have begun coming true. The Tehriki Nifazi- Shariati- Mohammadi has come out with a surprising definition of Nizami- Adl saying that the law will protect militants who are charged with killings and persecution of innocent people of not only swat but the entire Malakand Agency. That is because the Chief of the outfit Maulana Sufi Mohammad says that "past

Raise voice against terror state, Baloch leader's call

by Ahmar Mustikhan | May 1, 2009 A key leader of the international Baluch movement and founder of Baloch Society of North America has called upon all peace-loving forces to join a historic rally to raise their voice against Pakistan army and I.S.I.'s machinations not only against the people of Baluchistan but entire humanity. Wahid Baloch, founder of BSO-NA -- one of the the first organizations that gave voice to the Baluch secular movement in North America -- and confidante of self-exiled De Jure Ruler of Baluchistan, Suleman Daud Ahmedzai, urged Baluch, Sindhi, Pashtun and Seraikis in the U.S. to assemble before the White House on May 6 to protest President Asif Ali Zardari's meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama on May 6th, 2009 "In fact anyone who believes Pakistan army is a threat to humanity must attend the rally," he said. He said thet the rally in front of White House is being organized to register protest against the ongoing killings and disa

Tanzania: Beyond Sectarian Interests

Haroub Othman 30 April 2009 opinion No-one knows whether the 1964 union between Zanzibar and Tanganyika was dictated by cold war considerations first, with pan-African ideals of unity playing second fiddle to ideology and personal survival, writes Haroub Othman. But what is clear, Othman argues, is that despite Tanzania's controversial history, the union brought peace and stability to the region, in contrast with the secessionism and violence seen elsewhere. While corrective measures - supported by the people - are required to ensure that it is fit for purpose, the union is a better option than breaking into a federal structure with Kenya and Uganda, says Othman. Since the 1920s the countries of East Africa, namely Kenya, Tanganyika, Uganda and Zanzibar, had developed common services and joint institutions. Matters such as posts and telecommunications, harbours, railways and currency were run jointly. There was also a body to coordinate the development of Kiswahili. This, no

Battle Lines Drawn In Central Asian Water Dispute April 19, 2009 By Bruce Pannier Do countries have the right to use water flowing through their territory as they wish? Or do they have an obligation to consider the needs of neighbors living further downstream? That's been a constant dilemma for the Central Asian states since they became independent after the Soviet break-up. Much of Central Asia's water flows from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, leaving downstream countries Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan dependent and worried about the effects of planned hydropower plants upstream. "There are lots of discussions about water and energy going on among the Central Asian states. It seems that this process is fueled by some interested powers, who follow their own aims," Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon said in his annual speech to the nation on April 15, referring to Uzbekistan. "The

Pakistan’s ‘TRICK O’ TREAT'

By Bhaskar Roy The powers that be in Pakistan continue to play a dangerous Halloween pantomime, pushing half the country into self doubt. Who is to blame for the rising threat of the Taliban push forward – the US drone attacks with collateral damage, or the ineptitude of the government and its security forces to effectively counter the militants. With the Halloween masks on, it is difficult to see the real faces and read the minds of Pakistan’s power holders. But one thing appears certain – Islamabad’s old objective of acquiring strategic depth in Afghanistan, and fomenting terrorism in Kashmir which has now extended to the rest of India, remains unaltered. For this, they need the Taliban, both the Afghan and Pakistan’s indigenous variety are indispensable. Under these conditions the price that has to be paid, is accepting the Al Qaeda, which in turn has succeeded in converting the ISI-controlled terrorist tanzims like the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LET) and Jaish-e-Mohammad (JEM) into Islam

Will Israeli Spy Revelations Halt Netanyahu's War Drive?

This article appears in the May 1, 2009 issue of Executive Intelligence Review. by Jeffrey Steinberg April 25—Recent revelations about Israeli efforts to fix a Federal indictment of two top officials of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), through payoffs to members of Congress, have sparked a renewed focus on Israel's continuing political dirty tricks and espionage operations inside the United States. Given that the new scandal directly intersects the inner circle of advisors to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the question on the minds of many astute observers in Washington and other world capitals is: Will these new scandals short-circuit Netanyahu's threats to start a new strategic conflict in the Middle East, through an Israeli military strike against Iran, even as the Obama Administration prepares for direct diplomacy with Tehran? On April 19, Congressional Quarterly's Jeff Stein revealed that, in late 2005, the National Security Agenc

Europe's Potential Role in The Reconstruction of Africa

Source: Executive Intelligence Review by Portia Tarumbwa-Strid Portia Tarumbwa-Strid, who is originally from Zimbabwe, is a leader of the LaRouche Youth Movement in Germany. She gave this speech to a conference of the Civil Rights Solidarity Movement (BüSo), the German "LaRouche" party, in Berlin on March 20, 2009. The conference was titled "The Reconstruction of the World Economy After the Crash of the System." Her speech has been translated from German. See PDF version of this presentation here. I would like to begin with this statement: If Europe had heeded the voice of the developing nations, at the summit of the Non-Aligned Nations at Colombo [Sri Lanka] in 1976, which very clearly demanded the policy of Lyndon LaRouche and Helga Zepp-LaRouche, the world would not have landed in this crisis, which, as everyone admits, has struck with breathtaking speed. Why do I say this? It was, at that time, a moral failure by Europe. Mrs. Zepp-LaRouche came back from th