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Unearthing China’s Rare Earths Strategy The lack of long-term strategic thinking has led the West and its industries to sleepwalk into a great dependency on Chinese production, lulled by the belief that the days of cheap rare earths would never end. These rare earths cut-offs should now jolt it back into action. By Roderick Kefferputz Trade Developments CEPS Policy Briefs Date of publication: 16 November 2010 Pages: 5 Free download (pdf, 134.05 Kb) Relations between China and the West have been difficult for some time. Recently, however, one issue in particular has made the headlines: rare earths. Vital for the production of low-carbon products such as hybrid cars and wind turbines, consumer goods and sensitive military hardware like cruise missiles and smart bombs, rare earths are indispensable for high-tech industries and emerging technologies. With China responsible for the production of almost 97% of these rare earth elements (REE), recen

CIA successfully inherited KGB's psychoactive drugs technology

26.11.2010 05:43 Igor Sutyagin, one of four Russians, who was exchanged within the scope of the US-Russian spy swap in early July, claimed that he was given psychotropic drugs dissolved in cognac during interrogation in Moscow's Lefortovo detention center. Spokespeople for Russian special services dismissed Sutyagin's claims. "There is nothing strange about Sutyagin launching this PR campaign at this particular time, because he needs to attract attention to himself and develop the subject of the recent spy scandal. The remarks were ordered by those, for whom Sutyagin works," Russian official said. According to Sutyagin, a former disarmament researcher, who currently lives in Britain, said that the drugs, which he had been given during interrogation in Lefortovo, made him pliable. He also said that he started suffering from memory lapses after the interrogation. In 2004, Sutyagin worked at the

Russia: Crisis, Crime, and Police Reform

The economic recession in Russia has not produced the expected rise in organised crime. The answer to this conundrum lies in the politics of security reform. By Gavin Slade for openDemocracy The familiar nexus between an economic downturn, social and economic upheaval, and an increase in crime has acquired an intriguing twist in Russia. A close look at it may even offer some insight on the country’s current politics. Russia in 2009 was one of the countries worst hit by the global financial crisis. The economy shrank by around 8%. The contemporaneous trends for crime, according to official statistics, show a mixed picture: overall crime actually decreased by 6.7% year-on-year, though economic crime increased almost eight-fold. A report from the interior-ministry’s investigative committee found that 429,000 economic crimes had been uncover

TTD cancel it’s own Dharma Sadassu

TTD cancel it’s own Dharma Sadassu; Hindu Temple cannot have meeting with Hindu Leaders; Sonia’s contempt for Hindu Swamiji s "Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies. " Honore De Balzac The hatred of Sonia Gandhi, the President of Congress Party, for Hinduism, it’s leaders, Sadhus, Swamiji’s and Peethadhipathis as well as Hindu Temples is obvious, visible, rampant, widespread, compulsive, neurotic, uncontrollable and epidemic. Her contempt for Hinduism is unmatched, her commitment to destroy Hindu Temples is unparalleled, her hatred for VHP, BJP and RSS is unsurpassed, her disdain for Hindu leaders and Acharyas is unparalleled, her zeal to taint Hindus as Saffron terrorists is overpowering, and her passion to destroy Hinduism is overwhelming. But her fanaticism to implant Christianity, her unbridled fervor to convert India into a Christian land, her mindless obsession to destroy

BALOCHISTAN CRISIS: World turn a deaf ear and blind eye

Ali Akbar Says It appears that the US and allies have bargained with Pakistan that they will turn a deaf ear and blind eye on the violations of human rights in Balochistan on a mass scale with arrests and eliminations under custody of all Baloch democratic and secular forces in return of permission of the presence of US forces in Quetta what is now the Taliban-ruled city of Balochistan. It is shameful how the so-called civilised world and champions of democracy have adopted a myopic stance on the Baloch sufferings and adopted a tomb’s silence on the systematic elimination of Baloch democratic forces and on the brutal suppression of Baloch collective national struggle for their democratic rights and human dignity. Qambar Chakar is not a terrorist, he is not a guerrilla, he is not an out-law, not a petty or big thief, as the CM Aslam Raisani has shamefully called Baloch democratic forces, he is a shining student who was earlier arrested, kept in illegal detention in Nazi-like torture ce

Pakistan is more a geographical expression than a nation

By Dr Jumma Khan Marri The Baloch and Pushtuns tell here Punjabi jokes especially against the Punjabi-dominant Pakistani army.“The Pakistan army has glorious record,” they say they lost in Kashmir and they lost in Bangladesh. But they have conquered Pakistan four times; they are refereeing to military coups and martial law regimes of Ayub Khan, Yahiya Khan, Zia-ul Huq and Musharraf. “Whenever something goes wrong in Islamabad, it’s off with the heads of the Baloch”. Pakistan is more a geographical expression than a nation, with no common culture, ethnicity or language; it merely derives from an anagram based on territorial provinces. Char’es Burton Marshall, an American who played a major role in drafting Pakistan’s Constitution, wrote in the 1950’s: “‘Freedom,’ said Matthew Arnold. Is a good horse, but a horse to ride somewhere,’ The Pakistanis have ridden it in circles and have tired it out.” By C. L. Sulzberger Armed confrontation betw

Arming Without Aiming: Where is the Strategy?

Gurmeet Kanwal Posted online: Sat Nov 27 2010, 23:56 hrs According to a recent KPMG report, India is likely to spend up to $100 billion on the purchase of military equipment over the next 10 years . During the last decade, India acquired T-90S main battle tanks, the USS Trenton, an amphibious warfare ship that can lift an infantry battalion, and weapon-locating radars, and signed deals for six Scorpene attack submarines and for the upgrade of Mirage 2000 fighter-bomber aircraft. Admiral Gorshkov, a Russian aircraft carrier, will soon be on its way after a prolonged refit and INS Arihant, an indigenously designed, nuclear-powered submarine, is undergoing sea trials. India also acquired a host of low-end equipment for counter-insurgency operations and for upgrading the infantry’s combat efficiency. Besides these purchases, the acquisition or manufacture of 126 MMRCA fighter aircraft, almost 1,500 155mm howitzers, about 250 light helico