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Chinese Infrastructure Projects Trouble India[tt_news]=35932&tx_ttnews[backPid]=25&cHash=0033dd9f1b Publication: China Brief Volume: 10 Issue: 2January 21, 2010 02:46 PM Age: 9 days By: Vijay Sakhuja In an apparent attempt to overcome deeply embedded suspicion and concern, the Chinese telecommunication giant, Huawei, has pledged to expand its operations in Bangalore, the ‘Silicon valley’ of India. In the next five years, Huawei plans to invest $500 million in its research and development center and double its employee strength from 2,000 to 6,000 personnel (China Economic Review, January 11, 2010). Such a bold expansion from Huawei, which already has a leg up in the Indian telecommunications market but is believed to have suspect ties with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), could be a welcome development for other Chinese state-owned companies wanting to do business in India that have been under the scanner of Indian security agencies (

PAKISTAN plans to lease arable land to rich countries\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg3_1 A strategic blunder Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s revelation that the plan to give arable land on lease is still intact should ring alarm bells. It seems that despite argument to the contrary, the foreign minister is committed to using his clout within the government to go ahead with a plan that is dubious at best. Rich countries that depend heavily on food imports are looking for lands in developing nations to ensure their food security in the coming years in the face of fluctuating prices of foodstuff in the international market. The foreign minister’s argument that the land to be leased is fallow does not stand for a number of reasons. First, over 10 million hectares of land that is to be leased is situated in Southern Punjab and Sindh, the most water deficient areas. With already dwindling water supplies, which are projected to fall further in the coming years after the constructi

Anti-Baloch clique? — II

BY Mir Mohammad Ali Talpur\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg3_3 The rulers should understand that lip service does not soothe the wounds caused by decades of injuries and injustices. Difficult decisions are needed to solve the problems and win the hearts of the justifiably alienated Baloch The Kalat state’s forced merger with Pakistan ended 300 years of independent and semi-independent Baloch state. The sovereignty and will of the people of Balochistan was temporarily subverted. It was an epoch making event in the history of the Baloch people. Colonialism, be it of Iran, Afghanistan, Britain or Pakistan, has played the most important role in moulding the national consciousness that had been present in formative shape all through their history but had remained latent. This consciousness acquired at a bitter price is now becoming the determining factor in their struggle to be the masters of their destiny. Not willing to allow the Baloch a c

Emulate Krishnadevaraya to leave enduring legacy: Chidambaram

2010-01-27 22:30:00 , Jan 27 (IANS) Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram Wednesday called upon the present-day rulers to emulate Vijayanagara emperor Krishnadevaraya to leave behind a rich legacy for posterity. 'We must remember that like former rulers and kings, governments and ministers must leave behind a legacy of enduring values, a tradition of peace, harmony and unity,' Chidambaram said in his address at the 500th anniversary of the coronation of the emperor at this renowned world heritage site, about 350 km from Bangalore. Releasing a set of books on the times and life during the emperor's reign from 1509 to 1529 in this historic capital city, Chidambaram said the Vijayanagara king was a source of inspiration and strength for modern rulers to build strong economies and infrastructure, patronise arts and culture, encourage study, research and development to bring the benefits of progress to all sections of the people. 'These are th

What is in store for Nabucco? 2010-01-28 22:51 An annual European gas exhibition has been opened in Vienna. According to member of the board of the Austrian OMV oil-and-gas group of companies Werner Auli, the Azerbaijani and Iranian gas for Nabucco project, which is planned as an alternative of the European gas supplied through the Russian gas pipelines, will, anyway, make it profitable. GeorgiaTimes correspondent discussed the prospects of the Nabucco project with the Russian political analysts. The construction of the Nabucco gas pipeline is planned to be started in 2011, while the first gas is going to be supplied by 2014. At the first stage, it is supposed to transport up to 15 billion cubic meters of gas annually. The projected capacity of the gas pipe string will enable to pump 31 billion cubic meters of fuel. The total length of the pipeline will make 3282 km considering the supplying strings, out of which 1998 km will run along the territory of Turk

Making room for the Taliban By Robert Grenier On September 20, 2001, just nine days after the devastating attacks by al-Qaeda, George Bush, then US president, stood before both houses of the US congress, with Tony Blair, then British prime minister, to deliver an address to the American people and to the world. That America would react in some way to the attacks was already clear. It was Bush's task to explain the principles which would guide those actions, and to rally international support for them. With all that has happened since, it may be difficult to remember the emotional tenor of that moment. In the wake of the attacks, there had been a great international outpouring of support for the US. It appeared that this was a moment of great international solidarity, and that out of this shock great and new things might be possible. We remember the essence of what Bush said on that occasion, even if we no longer recall the words he

Harsh rules “could drive bankers underground”

SWISS INFO drive_bankers_underground.html?cid=8195132 Dr Mo, Switzerland So what you are saying is that bankers will just break the law, if the law gets stricter?! This sounds like a threat or blackmail. Also proves the point that the banking industry and the bankers who work in it have no sense of ethics, morals, decency and beleive they are above (or below) the law?! Time for a bigger overhaul of banking regulation than I thought. Also time for an overhaul of what is being taught in schools and programs which teach future bankers. Rouslan, Switzerland You know, communism was a great system. It, however, didn't work because of one little obstacle called "human nature". These things just don't match. If you want to introduce communism, change the human nature... It's a VERY important rule to remember whenever someone starts talking about "regulations". If we try to "fix&

Swiss technology tackles greying society

SWISS INFO Technological advances could meet some of the challenges posed by an ageing global population, but the World Economic Forum (WEF) has heard that more needs to be done. Swiss scientists in Davos outlined the latest medical, robotics, biomechanics and architectural research aimed at improving the lives of the elderly. But delegates also heard that tough political decisions would be necessary. All demographic projections point to a marked increase in the number of pensioners in the next 50 years, coupled with a significant downturn in birth rates. In Switzerland, the over-65s age group is tipped to make up a third of the population by 2050 compared to around 17 per cent at present. The phenomenon, which would be mirrored throughout the world, threatens to place an unbearable burden on social security and health systems while impeding economic output. Some solut

Balochistan’s unattended IDP crisis

COMMENT: Balochistan’s unattended IDP crisis —Malik Siraj Akbar\01\31\story_31-1-2010_pg3_4 There are obvious reasons for the country’s security establishment to create obstacles for aid workers. The grave violations of human rights during the military operation in Balochistan are likely to be exposed to the international community once they are granted access to Balochistan’s conflict zones The government of Pervez Musharraf not only created an IDP (internally displaced persons) crisis in Balochistan, it also very dexterously kept the whole country in oblivion about it. Limited and restricted information was leaked about the fate of around 100,000 Baloch IDPs who were driven out of their homes during the military operation carried out in Marri and Bugti tribal areas. The dictator-sponsored humanitarian catastrophe was deplorable but officially denying accesses to national and international humanitarian groups to grapple with the I

Cyber Politics: a New Dynamic in Inter-State Relations

30.01.2010 Aurobinda MAHAPATRA (India) The famous scientist Albert Einstein, while deeply perturbed by the use of nuclear weapons during the second world war, had lamented that though he could not predict the kind of weapons to be used in any possible third world war, he was sure the fourth world war, if the humanity survives after the third one, will be fought with stones. This Einsteinian prediction about complexities involved in future wars and their horrendous consequences could be well comprehended in recent times with the increasing use of different kinds of ‘weapons’ by the nations, among which the use and misuse of information technology is a prominent one. The recent US-Chinese brawl over the allegation of the largest search engine Google against the hacking its source codes has in fact widened the complex web of international politics with likely wide ranging socio-political and economic implications. While China out rightly denied any

The Global Political Player and the Jews

30.01.2010 Andrei KONUROV January 27, 2010 is the 65 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. The UN set the date as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Memorial ceremonies on the occasion in Poland were attended by Polish President Lech Kaczyński and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Russian delegation was headed by Minister of Science and Education A. Fursenko who delivered a message from Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. Naturally, the event drew the a lot of media attention globally. Struggle over power and money across the world continues, and various interest groups want significant developments to be interpreted so as to boost their chances in it and to spread the interpretations among maximally broad audiences. Russian President D. Medvedev's not coming to Auschwitz this year triggered an avalanche of comments. It was noted that since the presence of V. Putin at the ceremonies commemoratin