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Turkey: Are PKK and Gulen Movement Burying the Hatchet? An armed Kurdish group slowly weaning itself off Marxist-Leninism and a powerful Islamic movement that preaches interfaith dialogue laced with Turkish nationalism do not seem to be natural bed-fellows, but a flurry of activity following recent comments from the imprisoned PKK leader is fueling speculation that after years of bitter enmity, the two movements might be moving toward dialogue. By Nicholas Birch for EurasiaNet "They are quite a dynamic force, as we are," Abdullah Ocalan wrote in a letter he gave to his lawyers on December 6. "If these two forces were to show each other understanding and solidarity, several fundamental problems could be solved in Turkey." His remarks came a day after Ocalan’s lawyers, who have acted as intermediaries between him and his supporters since he was jailed for life in 1999, went f

Secret channel between U.S. embassy and Delhi Police ‘highly improper'

Vinay Kumar 19/stories/2010121962060300. htm Government takes serious view of the matter NEW DELHI: The Indian government regards as “highly improper” the unauthorised channel of communication established by an FBI representative in the U.S. embassy here with an officer of the Delhi Police Special Cell. Reacting to the disclosure in a confidential cable released by WikiLeaks that the Regional Security Officer (RSO) in the American embassy often gathered more information on terrorism-related issues by “discreetly contacting” a local officer in the Special Cell rather than by sending a request through proper channels, senior Indian officials told The Hindu that the government took a very serious view of the matter. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which was allowed to set up shop in India by the NDA government several years ago, staffs the designated RSO post. Indian officials said the RSOs were supposed to interact with designated nodal officers in


B.RAMAN During the current visit of Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China to Pakistan, the focus has been on projecting China and Pakistan as military allies helping each other in defending their national sovereignty and territorial integrity. 2.The Chinese Government controlled Xinhua news agency quoted Wen as telling Pakistani Prime Minister Yousef Raza Gilani on December 17 as follows: "China and Pakistan were, are and will always be good neighbors, good friends, good partners and good brothers.China appreciates the strong support Pakistan has long been offering on issues concerning China's core interests, and will continue backing Pakistan's efforts in defending national sovereignty, maintaining social stability and achieving independent and sustainable economic development.” Noting that Pakistan has made huge sacrifice for and important contributions to the global counterterrorism campaign, Wen said his country is ready to work together with Pakistan to promote region


B.RAMAN An unnecessary political controversy has been created over a diplomatic cable from the US Embassy in New Delhi to the US State Department in Washington DC summarising, inter alia, a discussion on terrorism in India which the US Ambassador Timothy Roemer reportedly had with Rahul Gandhi, the General Secretary of the Congress (I), at a lunch hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July last year. It is one of the cables leaked out by WikiLeaks. 2. A careful reading and analysis of Rahul Gandhi's observations as reported in the cable would indicate that the theme of the discussions was about the relative threat faced by India from the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), a Pakistani organisation, and indigenous extremist elements belonging to the Hindu as well as Muslim communities. My reading is that Rahul Gandhi had said that the indigenous elements----whether the Indian Muslims who have taken to terrorism or some Hindu elements taking to terrorism--- cause him greater concern th

Uncle Sam would love this nephew-- Rahul Gandhi

December 19, 2010 4:59:07 AM Kanchan Gupta 304651/Uncle-Sam-would-love- this-nephew.html Contrary to media reports and popular perception, the ‘secret’ cable despatched from the US Embassy in New Delhi on August 3, 2009 was not only about Mr Rahul Gandhi’s views on Hindu terror. A close reading of the cable, marked for the State Department and signed by US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer, would show that it was a report on efforts by the American mission aimed at “reaching out to Rahul Gandhi and other young parliamentarians”. The cable’s summary says: “In a review of the career and potential of Rahul Gandhi, 40-year-old heir apparent to the leadership of India’s ruling Congress party, the US Ambassador reports conversations with the young politician, speaking appreciatively of recent statements and potential for the future.” The key words, lest you miss them, are “reaching out”, “career and potential”, “heir apparent”, “appreciatively” a

Wikileaks -- a Big Dangerous US Government Con Job

By F. William Engdahl, 7 December 2010 The story on the surface makes for a script for a new Oliver Stone Hollywood thriller. A 39-year old Australian hacker holds the President of the United States and his State Department hostage to a gigantic cyber “leak,” unless the President leaves Julian Assange and his Wikileaks free to release hundreds of thousands of pages of sensitive US Government memos. A closer look at the details, so far carefully leaked by the most ultra-establishment of international media such as the New York Times, reveals a clear agenda. That agenda coincidentally serves to buttress the agenda of US geopolitics around the world from Iran to Russia to North Korea. The Wikileaks is a big and dangerous US intelligence Con Job which will likely be used to police the Internet. It is almost too perfectly-scripted to be true. A discontented 22 -year old US Army soldier on duty in Baghda

Decline , Degeneration & Sellout of Indian Media and so called “Intelligentsia” 2010/12/decline-degeneration- sellout-of-indian.html What Wiki leaks have done; to expose the duplicity , hypocrisy and decline of an erstwhile Imperial hyper power the United States of America ,in India the same has been achieved to some extent by what are known as Niira Radia tapes ; which have exposed the nexus and massive corruption and degeneration of Indian political, bureaucratic ,corporate , media and academic segments ( does it exist after having been strangulated by the likes of Lals ,Yadavas , Reddys and others) of the polity, all chasing the capitalist dream in USA , which itself has been dismantled and is falling apart .In this piece we will look at the state of Indian media ,opinion and decision makers primarily and its manipulation by Washington’s soft or public diplomacy. The author began his diplomatic career as Assistant Press Attache in Cairo in early 1960s and had a very close and fruitful association with the media, having spent mor

U.S. tried to put the screws on India over Iran

Sandeep Dikshit 18/stories/2010121864881200. htm Mahmoud Ahmadinejad NEW DELHI: The U.S. had pressured India in a variety of ways in an attempt to persuade it to downgrade its ties with Iran, according to several confidential cables from the New Delhi American Mission leaked by WikiLeaks on Friday. In cables sent after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad briefly stopped over in India in mid-2008, the then U.S. Ambassador, David Mulford, told the then Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon that “Americans, particularly members of the Congress, will view Ahmadinejad's visit as India providing a platform for an enemy of the U.S.” This was also the time when India was negotiating the civil nuclear deal with the U.S., and Mr. Mulford sought to link it with New Delhi maintaining close ties with Iran. While in one cable Mr. Mulford served a mild warning, he later got told off by Mr. Menon when he sought to put the screws on. The telling-off led to Mr. M


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