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Baloch National Question Exposed To World Community For Debate

Baloch leadership is convinced that Sharm Ul Sheikh Communiqué could provide a firm base for world community to intervene and check the gross violation of human rights in Balochistan by 'Islamic' republic of Pakistan. Archen Baloch Despite the fact that Baloch Nationalism has bitterly been cursed by religious parties and dubbed with infidelity, abhorred by federation, betrayed by salaried parliamentarian nationalists, suppressed by civil and military establishment, haunted by ISI and MI, crushed by cruel military operations, neglected by civil societies, ignored by regional and international media, contained in a vicious circle of vested interests, isolated by neighboring nations and submerged in the obscurity of utter media blackout. Nevertheless, at last it overcame all these obstructions and reached Sharm El Sheikh and forced Pakistan to include Balochistan into joint-statement issued by PM Manmohan Singh of India and PM Gilani of Pakistan , it reads , ‘Prime Minister Gi

Baluchistan in India Pakistan Joint statement

Joint statement of the prime ministers of India and Pakistan issued in Egypt generated controversy in both countries, particularly on inclusion of Baluchistan. The Joint Statement says “Prime Minister Gilani mentioned that Pakistan has some information on threats in Baluchistan and other areas.“, adding to this, media reports say that a dossier on Baluchistan was giving to India which was rejected out rightly by Indian diplomats that India has nothing to do with Baluchistan and “India had nothing to hide on the issue and was ready to talk”. Back in India, government was questioned by the Bharaitya Janata Party on inclusion of Balochistan in the India-Pakistan Joint statement . It said “Why did you (the government) include Balochistan in the joint declaration? On what basis, for what objectives, for what concern unless to give some kind of expression that India is also behind some kind of trouble in Baluchistan, By one stroke you have given some kind of culpable legitimacy to the

Eastern Europe as a U.S. problem

18:1221/07/2009 MOSCOW. (RIA Novosti political commentator Dmitry Kosyrev) - U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden has begun his trip to Georgia and Ukraine amid an opening barrage in the media: an open letter from Eastern European leaders to the U.S. administration was followed by something like a response in the form of a Sunday editorial in The Washington Post. These two documents can help us to understand Biden's Georgian-Ukrainian diplomacy for what it deserves to be. Namely, as an attempt by the new administration to start sorting out the substantive part of the U.S. foreign policy crisis. The name of this part is Eastern Europe. Eastern Europe and its role in everything that has happened in international relations would not have ranked as a problem (such as, say, Africa) if it had not been for the events that will soon be marking their first anniversary: Georgia's attack on South Ossetia on August 7-8, Russia's response, and the political twitches this war caused in in

Now, Pak details `Indian hand' in Balochistan

TNN 23 July 2009, 01:45am IST http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/NEWS/India/Now-Pak-details-Indian-hand-in-Balochistan/articleshow/4809632.cms NEW DELHI: As the Manmohan Singh government faces flak for allowing the mention of Pakistan's "concerns" about Balochistan in the joint statement the prime minister signed in Egypt, Islamabad seems determined to compound his difficulties. On Wednesday, Pakistani media carried reports quoting official sources suggesting that Singh agreed to the mention of Balochistan when his Pakistani counterpart Yousaf Raza Gilani confronted him in Sharm el-Sheikh with a dossier detailing India's covert subversion in the restive province of Balochistan. The report in the Dawn claimed the dossier also had details of India's role in fomenting trouble in other areas of Pakistan as well. It said it was India that was responsible for the attacks on the Sri Lankan cricket team and the Manawan police academy, apart from maintaining a terro

Asia keeps the west's betrayed faith

By Kishore Mahbubani and William Weld Published: July 21 2009 20:31 | Last updated: July 21 2009 20:31 http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/5cfd7324-762b-11de-9e59-00144feabdc0.html Before the current economic crisis exploded, most Asian policymakers and intellectuals believed that when it came to the theory and practice of economic development, the west knew best. This conviction was justified. For two centuries or more, western economies had far outperformed their own. Asian economies only began to perform well when they accepted and implemented Adam Smith's theories of free-market economics. However, when the crisis led to a global recession, with severe downturns in several major western economies, many Asians began to question their belief in western competence. An important distinction needs to be stressed here: while Asians have retained their faith in western theories on economics, they have progressively lost faith in western practices of economic management. For example, many

Fears of a Nuclear Burma

By Patrick Winn http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2009/07/22/fears_of_a_nuclear_burma_96971.html BANGKOK - In the eyes of U.S. leaders, North Korea and Burma have long assumed roles of Asia's villains. Both are run by military regimes as paranoid as they are oppressive. The thought of either possessing a nuclear weapon potent enough to scorch a rival country is terrifying indeed. Now, with the two reclusive nations strengthening military ties, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is among the openly disturbed. A patchwork of evidence suggests that Burma, with the help of North Korean scientists and Russian advisers, wants to cobble together a nuclear weapons program - even as Burma's state-run power agencies struggle to keep the lights on for its citizens. Among leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations - a group that includes Burma - Clinton this week said the U.S. takes the potential of a nuclear Burma very seriously. "It would be destabilizing

Unrest in Xinjiang: Birds coming home to roost for China

by Mohan Guruswamy http://www.tribuneindia.com/2009/20090722/edit.htm#4 Xinjiang or East Turkestan abuts the Ladakh district of Jammu and Kashmir. The last leg of the ancient trade route linking India to the fabled Silk Route ran from Leh to Kashgar and Khotan through the legendary Karakorum Pass. This was the route on which mule trains brought valuable pashm into India to be woven into fine shawls in the Kashmir valley. For many centuries the kingdom of Ladakh extracted rich levies from traders plying this route and prospered. The seeds of Ladakh's decline were sown when the great Ladakhi king, Sengge Namgyal, after a dispute with his Kashmir overlord imposed a blockade of all trade emanating from the valley. His intention was to economically weaken Kashmir by crippling its pashmina shawl industry. The traders then discovered an alternative trade route linking Punjab with Tibet and Xinjiang through Shipki La, now in Himachal Pradesh. This brought the shawl- weaving centres

A Sharm-less surrender

G Parthasarathy http://www.dailypioneer.com/190959/A-Sharm-less-surrender.html On July 12, Indian security forces in Jammu & Kashmir captured two well-armed Pakistani terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, Mohammed Adnan and Mohammed Shafkat, hailing from Sahiwal district of Pakistani Punjab, who had infiltrated across the Line of Control. The captured terrorists revealed that they belonged to a group of 15 militants who had been trained in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to attack the Baglihar dam in Jammu & Kashmir. They also revealed that a secret tunnel was being built near the border town of Sialkot for infiltration into India across the international border. Three days later, Mr Richard Barrett, the coordinator of the UN Security Council's Al Qaeda and Taliban Sanctions Committee warned that there was a "real risk" that the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba would target India again. In these circumstances it has not only been necessary, but essential to make it clear to Pakistan

Witzel conference on Rigveda in Delhi a farce

Witzel needs an introduction: Witzel calls himself a ‘well-known scientist’ in press releases about his trips. In fact, he is a church agent, more specifically from Dalit Freedom Network of Colorado church (proved in the CAPEEM california textbook trial). Witzel has admitted that he and his cohorts were part of White Nationalist Church in USA and in contact with one or more of Fetna's members in the California textbook (Harvard Donkey Trial) matter, just as with many other Indians/NRIs and members of many other Indian organizations. FETNA is a front for LTTE. It is extraordinary that a Harvard academic should be associating with members of such an organization. FETNA in their letter of Feb. 19, 2006 to California State Board of Education wrote thanking Witzel for the efforts in proposing edits in pursuance of the Colorado evangelical church agenda, denigrating the hindu heritage to promote Japhetic biblical creationism theories and to achieve conversions of poor people dubbed 

INVITATION: Speech on "History of Indian Astronomy" by Dr Kosla Vepa

INVITATION An invited speech on "History of Indian Astronomy" by Dr Kosla Vepa of Pleasanton, USA, is arranged in the premises of I-SERVE. (Road No. 8, Alakapuri, Hyderabad -35, A.P, India) from 5 P.M to 6 P.M on 1st August 2009. He will concentrate on the historical aspects but it is as a part of a larger presentation called the Indic Intellectual Tradition. The presentation will be followed by an interactive session of about 30 minutes. A brief note on Dr.Kosla is given below for the information of our friends. You are cordially invited to share the intellectual feast along with our refreshments http://www.scribd.com/doc/17594809/bharatsciencehistorykosla1 History of science in Bharat Kosla Vepa (Abridged ppt) http://www.scribd.com/doc/17594890/bharatsciencehistorykosla2 History of science in Bharat Kosla Vepa (ppt) K.V.KRISHNA MURTHY Chairman, I-SERVE ABOUT Dr.KOSLA VEPA Kosla Vepa is a member of the Global Indic Diaspora, originally

BHUTAN: Problems in implementing the Constitution

By Dr.S. Chandrasekharan Constitutional Problems: It is not even two years since the first democratic constitution was promulgated and as expected minor issues continue to prop up. While the government holds the view that the constitution cannot be followed rigidly, the tiny opposition and the National Council ( the upper house) feel the other way and have gone public on even minor deviations. The National Council on its part has not realised yet that the council is there more for checks and balances and is not meant to be a supervisory body to breathe down the neck of the government. However the tiny two member opposition of PDP of Tshering Tobgay and Damcho Dorji is doing well and it is surprising to see that they are not cowed down by the overwhelming majority of the ruling party DPT. The absence of a Supreme Court to interpret and decide on various issues relating to the constitution is another disability. The King (Fifth Gyalpo) has, except in one instance on the election of

Courting India And China

Robyn Meredith, 07.22.09, 12:01 AM EDT It's no wonder Clinton met with business executives first. http://www.forbes.com/2009/07/21/clinton-india-tata-beijing-opinions-columnists-robyn-meredith.html On her visit to India this week, Hillary Clinton sometimes seemed more Commerce Secretary than Secretary of State, wooing "India Inc." with meetings in Mumbai before visiting politicians in New Delhi. And it's no wonder--with American companies struggling at home, she knows that for at least the next few years, the world has just two big, fast-growing markets--India and China--and American companies can't afford to be left out of competition for sales. Take India, where Clinton has just concluded a five-day visit. While American soldiers are fighting extremists in nearby Afghanistan (and high-tech American drones occasionally bomb neighboring Pakistan, India's nemesis), American companies are fighting British and European firms for tens of billions of dollars i

UNITED STATES "AF-PAK POLICY": EFFICACY AND LIKELY DIRECTIONS IN THE NEAR FUTURE

By Dr. Subhash Kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers34/paper3316.html (Presentation made by the Author at Indian Army VAJRA Seminar on July 10-11, 2009) EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The United States is at critical crossroads in South Asia facing the stupendous challenge of retrieving Afghanistan and Pakistan from state-failure which endangers vital US national security interests. In both cases the state-failure has been brought about by US policies or `lack of policies' in Afghanistan and Pakistan which induced the Pakistan Army to regenerate the Al Qaeda and the Taliban after their eviction by the successful US military intervention in 2001 in the wake of 9/11 attack. The United States thereafter squandered its strategic gains by "Strategic Inattentiveness" on Afghanistan and "Strategic Permissiveness" pertaining to Pakistan and its continued disruptive role in Afghanistan, constantly undermining US national security interests there. Operating from saf