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Fiddling in Davos While Arab World is Burning

by B. Raman The prairie fire of mass protests in Tunisia continues to burn and shows signs of spreading to Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. In Tunisia, protesters want the entire old leadership to be removed, arrested and prosecuted lock, stock and barrel and their illegally-acquired wealth parked in secret bank accounts abroad to be brought back. Saudi Arabia, which has been giving shelter to the discredited despots of the Arab world, has not yet been affected, but it cannot remain unaffected for long. Egypt saw massive protests on January 25 in response to tweeted calls from nowhere and everywhere for observing a day of revolt. Tweets are now calling for a "Day of Anger" as a follow-up on January 28. Libya, Algeria, Jordan and Yemen are seeing the beginnings of a protest movement. Whether the prairie fire continues to spread or subsides would depend on what happens in the coming days in Tunisia and Egypt. 2. The developing situation is very confusing. In Tunisia,

CAN TUNISIA HAPPEN IN PAKISTAN?

B.RAMAN Many readers of my articles have asked me: Can Tunisia happen in Pakistan with all its problems and difficulties?I have posted my answers to this question in my Twitter site (ramanthink). For those, who haven't had an opportunity of seeing my Twitter postings, I am repeating them below as bullet points: Only the then East Pakistan had a tradition of mass street protests---not present Pakistan. Even angry Balochs haven't been able to organise mass street protests. Only sporadic insurgency. So too Pashtuns, Mohajirs & Sindhis. Pak never had strong students or trade union movements. Even Islamic fundamentalists were not able to organise sustained street protests after the Lal Masjid raid. When there is anger in Pakistan,it is expressed thro' terrorism & not street protests as happened after the Lal Masjid raid. Hence chances of a Tunisia in Pakistan are low. Lesson from Tunisia for Pakistanis: What a well-organised and well-led mass protest can achieve,

The Moscow Attack and Airport Security

" The Moscow Attack and Airport Security is republished with permission of STRATFOR." By Scott Stewart The Jan. 24 bombing at Moscow’s Domodedovo International Airport killed 35 people and injured more than 160. The attack occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. as passengers from several arriving international flights were leaving the airport after clearing immigration and customs. The attacker (or attackers; reports are still conflicting over whether the attack was conducted by a man or a man and a woman together) entered the international arrivals hall of the airport, a part of the facility that is outside the secure area and that is commonly packed with crowds of relatives and taxi and limo drivers waiting to meet travelers. Once the attacker was in the midst of the waiting crowd and exiting passengers, the improvised explosive device that he (or she) carried was detonated. It is not clear at this point whether the device was command-detonated by the attacker as a traditi

What Vedas say about Corruption?

Subjects: 1. The Deadly Disease Corruption in India- Any viable solution? 2. What Vedas say about Corruption? Hobbes tells in his master piece book on philosophy "Leviathan" that his mother gave birth to Twins i.e. Hobbes and FEAR" and describes further in the “Leviathan” that due to this Fear complex man by nature is ungrateful, fickle, deceitful, cowardly and avaricious. Since human nature of any material man by and large is same, some degree of corruption is throughout the world. However, India is perceived as one of the most corrupt countries. In the developed countries corruption is mostly at higher level and not at grass root level so the common man is not much affected by the same. In India it is at all levels affecting day to day life of the citizens in regard to civic and social amenities. In Singapore , Finland , Australia and a few other countries it is considered as deadly disease both in private and public sectors. Clearly Science of Go

FIDDLING IN DAVOS WHILE ARAB WORLD IS BURNING

B.RAMAN The prairie fire of mass protests in Tunisia continues to burn and shows signs of spreading to Libya, Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Yemen. In Tunisia, protesters want the entire old leadership to be removed, arrested and prosecuted lock, stock and barrel and their illegally-acquired wealth parked in secret bank accounts abroad to be brought back. Saudi Arabia, which has been giving shelter to the discredited despots of the Arab world, has not yet been affected, but it cannot remain unaffected for long. Egypt saw massive protests on January 25 in response to tweeted calls from nowhere and everywhere for observing a day of revolt. Tweets are now calling for a "Day of Anger" as a follow-up on January 28. Libya, Algeria, Jordan and Yemen are seeing the beginnings of a protest movement. Whether the prairie fire continues to spread or subsides would depend on what happens in the coming days in Tunisia and Egypt. 2. The developing situation is very confusing. In Tunisia, t

Another Heinous Killing ,now at Moscow Airport; Result of West-Saudi-Pak Nexus Against Russia , India and Others

Part II-Historical Linkages between Chechen/ Caucasian and others between Ottoman empire , central Asia and Russia. http://tarafits.blogspot.com/ 2011/01/another-heinous- killing-now-at-moscow.html " What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?" Zbigniew Brzezinski in a January 1998 interview with Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, when questioned if he had any regrets in supporting Islamic fundamentalism in Afghanistan during 1980s . " Nonsense-- " responded Brzezinski when asked "If Islamic fundamentalism represents a world menace today." Brzezinski was President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser. "Terrorism is a tactic, a technique, a weapon that fanatics, dictators and warriors have resorted to through history. If, as Clausewitz wrote, war is the continuation of politics by other means, te