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B.RAMAN Concerned over reports of isolated attacks on the members of the Chinese community in the Osh region of southern Kyrgyzstan, the Chinese Government has started evacuating its citizens frm the area. Two planes were sent by the Chinese Government to Osh on June 14,2010, to airlift about 600 Chinese nationals out of the area which has seen violent attacks on Uzbeks by mobs of Kyrgyz youth, resulting in the death of over 120 persons, the majority of them Uzbeks. Over 40,000 Uzbeks are reported to have fled the area into the bordering Uzbekistan. 2. The Kyrgyz-Uzbek clashes are attributed to the eruption of tensions between Kyrgyz supporters of former President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was overthrown in a poular revolt in April and Uzbek supporters of a provisional Government headed by by Roza Otunbayeva. The support of the Uzbeks for the provisional Government and allegations----denied by the provisional Government--- that in return for the support extended by the Uzbeks in the

Propping Up a Dead Economy

A Faux Recovery Based on Economic Stimulus The Daily Reckoning U.S. Edition Joel Bowman Reporting from Taipei, Taiwan... More money! More stimulus! And more borrowing from the future to combat the errors of the past... President Obama wants another $50 billion, presumably to keep the economy "stimulated." We "must take these emergency measures..." he wrote in a letter to congressional leaders, or else risk "...massive layoffs of teachers, police and firefighters." Are you scared yet, fellow reckoner? Well, you should be, but not because of the reasons Mr. Obama cites. The whole "emergency measure" line reminds your editor of a story; something about a boy and a wolf... It ended with a lot of crying, if we remember correctly. "That ought to hit 'em where it hurts," we can almost here the Feds saying. Go for the "safety net" jobs; the ones a free market society supposedly could not support on it's own. The governme

Trouble on the Colombia-Venezuela Border

In addition to floundering trade, deteriorating diplomatic ties between Colombia and Venezuela are exacerbating security risks at a fragile border, Eliot Brockner comments for ISN Security Watch. By Eliot Brockner for ISN Security Watch As rumors of an unlikely war between Colombia and Venezuela continue to circulate, the casualties of a smaller war at the border are already mounting up. During the week of 3-10 June, at least 11 people died in drug-related violence in the Colombian city of Cúcuta and the surrounding area, including the violent deaths of at least six people in Ureña, just over the border in Venezuela. The bloody week brings the number of violent deaths in Cúcuta in 2010 to 118, according to La Opinion , a Cúcuta-based daily. In 2009, Cúcuta had a homicide rate of 61.9 murders per 100,000 habitants, according to a report published by Medicina Legal , a Bogotá-based forensic science

BALOCHISTAN: Citizens, not subjects

By Sanaullah Baloch Monday, 14 Jun, 2010,-not-subjects-460 THE policy maintained by Islamabad vis-à-vis Balochistan can be likened to the Iron Curtain. There is very little prospect of the centre’s powerful security apparatus permitting international humanitarian organisations such as the UN Office of the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs to conduct a standard survey and assistance exercise to assess the havoc wreaked by Cyclone Phet in the coastal areas of the province. This is not the first time that the Baloch people have been left to the mercy of a natural disaster. In July 2007, the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz announced that “Pakistan will not take foreign aid from any country to overcome the losses and devastation caused by Cyclone Yemyin in Balochistan”. The Musharraf regime ignored the situation that year and hampered access to national and foreign donors. Meanwhi

What if it’s Al Qaeda? : Bhopal disaster should teach us some lessons

B Raman 262371/What-if-it ’s-Al-Qaeda. html A major worry for the international community has been the danger of Al Qaeda using a chemical weapon to indulge in an act of mass casualty terrorism. Studies have been made of the possible scenarios and how to prevent and counter them. Dealing with a chemical disaster — deliberately caused by terrorists or other criminal elements or due to the criminal negligence of those producing and storing them for industrial and other purposes — is now an important component of any national disaster management plan. In India, too, we have a high-powered national disaster management authority and one understands it has prepared different contingency plans to deal with different types of disasters — a chemical disaster being one of them. One would have thought that a detailed case study of the disaster in Bhopal in 1984 due to the leakage of chemical gases from a plant of the Union Carbide would have been the starting po

Let's Talk Some Strategy

Gautam Adhikari, Jun 14, 2010, 12.00am IST Tags: New Delhi | Beijing | Hillary Clinton | Barack Obama | UN Security Council | Islamic Republic of Iran | The Washington Post | http://timesofindia. edit-page/Lets-Talk-Some- Strategy/articleshow/6044055. cms WASHINGTON: Now that the US-India strategic dialogue has had its inaugural meeting, how does the state of the relationship between the world's largest two democracies look? Not different from the uncertain shape it was before the dialogue, say sceptics. Not bad at all; the dialogue yielded results, say optimists. Given the reality of today's geopolitics, the optimists are probably right. To start with, the atmospherics were great. Secretary of state Hillary Clinton made special efforts to make the Indians feel good. Not only did she and her colleagues make the right noises at the dialogue, she threw a spanking good party at the state department on June 3. When she strode into the hall at 5 o

Pakistan puppet masters guide the Taliban killers

From The Sunday Times June 13, 2010 Miles Amoore, Kabul THE Taliban commander waited at the ramshackle border crossing while Pakistani police wielding assault rifles stopped and searched the line of cars and trucks travelling into Afghanistan. Some of the trucks carried smuggled goods — DVD players, car stereos, television sets, generators, children’s toys. But the load smuggled by Taliban fighter Qari Rasoul, a thickset Pashtun from Afghanistan’s Wardak province, was altogether more sinister. Rasoul’s boot was full of remote-control triggers used to detonate the home-made bombs responsible for the vast majority of Nato casualties in Afghanistan. The three passengers sitting in his white Toyota estate were suicide bombers. The policemen flagged down Rasoul’s car and began to search it. They soon found the triggers, hidden beneath a bundle of clothes in the back of the estate. They asked him who he was and who t

East African Unity, Take II

The East African Community eyes full economic and political unity by 2015, but success will depend on whether governments take into account the heterogeneity of national political systems and the past regionalization failures, Edoardo Totolo writes for ISN Security Watch. By Edoardo Totolo for ISN Security Watch The East African Community (EAC) is about to embark on a three-step integration process that will lead to political and economic unification in 2015. If implemented, the plan would mark the realization of the dream of Mwalimu Nyerere - a father of pan-Africanism from the 1960s - who saw regionalization as the most effective path to African development. The schedule is very tight. On 1 July, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi will take the first step with the abolishment of regional tariffs and the removal of barriers to the free movement of goods, capital and labor within the region.