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Russia is right about Iran sanctions

TOP STORY | BHADRAKUMAR Melkulangara (India) | 11.02.2011 | 17:30 There is striking similarity in the predicament that India and Russia face with regard to the situation around Iran. For both, Iran has been and will always remain a key strategic partner. The relationship with Iran never runs smooth for either India or Russia. Iran is a complex country of great sophistication in culture, politics and society and is not an easy partner to understand. Nonetheless, it is one of those pivotal countries with which unless you have a meaningful understanding and cooperation, your overall regional policies remain by far sub-optimal or even ineffectual. The United States never quite regained its rhythm in the Middle East after the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979. For Russia, shadows of the Iran problem fall on a much larger canvas admittedly than for India, which is only natural since Russia is a

Israel's military caught unready for Sinai front. Tantawi is no friend

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 12, 2011, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00) Tags: Egypt Gen. Suleiman Israel Sinai Tantawi Friday night, Feb. 11, as Cairo's Tahrir Square rejoiced over Hosni Mubarak exit, Israel counted the cost of losing its most important strategic partner in the region. Thirty-two years of peace with Egypt leave Israel militarily unprepared for the unknown and unexpected on their 270-kilometer long southern border: the current generation of Israeli combatants and commanders has no experience of desert combat, its armor is tailored for operation on its most hostile fronts: Iran, Lebanon's Hizballah and Syria; it is short of intelligence on the Egyptian army and its commanders and, above all, no clue to the new rulers' intentions regarding Cairo's future relations with Israel and security on their Sinai border. The Israeli Defense Forces are trained and equipped to confront Iran and fight on the mountainous terrain of Lebanon and Syria. After sig

INDIA: Exports on fast track

OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT New Delhi, Feb. 12 : Encouraged by the performance of merchandise exports, the government plans to more than double exports to $500 billion in the next three years. “If it (India’s exports) is going to be $220 billion (by the end of 2010-11), then setting a target of $400 billion is ridiculous ... implicit rate of growth will be of the order of 27-28 per cent. India is targeting $500 billion worth of exports by the end of 2014,” commerce secretary Rahul Khullar said. The ministry is preparing a strategy paper aimed at doubling India’s exports by the end of 2014. The country’s exports went up 32.5 per cent to $20.6 billion in January, led by a 70 per cent surge in engineering and a 36 per cent jump in petroleum and oil products. The exports increased 36.4 per cent to $22.5 billion in December. In the April-January period, total exports reached $184.6 billion — just $15.4 billion short of th

Obama and the Egyptian Dilemma

By Seyyed Mohammad Sadegh Kharrazi. Middle East is at the boiling point these days. Deep-seated dissatisfaction of the masses is not only about bread, but also breath: the one-party, one lifetime president formula is not bearable for Arab citizens anymore; they want to take the matter in their own hand. The words of a young Egyptian citizen who expressed his anger over the rule of only one president during his lifetime were quite painful. Amid the turmoil in Arab countries, the old question comes back: while these popular movements have taken place in countries whose leaders enjoyed close ties with Washington, why is the United States –a self-proclaimed advocate of democracy- kept silent about blatant violation of human rights? Why has it never uttered a word of objection against lifetime presidency of its allies? Middle East already knows the answer: i

America's hottest export: Weapons - Full version 10/news/international/america_ exports_weapons_full.fortune/ index.htm#weapons Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) bomb, which is used to target surface threats and is used by 26 countries. By Mina Kimes , writer February 11, 2011: 11:07 AM ET FORTUNE -- This time last year, Boeing's F-15 production line, which is housed in a beige, dreary building on the outskirts of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, was on the verge of shutting down. The F-15 is an old jet, first designed in the 1970s to outmaneuver Soviet MiGs. It has long been surpassed by more advanced rivals, and the U.S. military hasn't bought a new one since 2001. When production slowed to a trickle a few years ago, a pair of orders from Korea and Singapore kept the line alive, barely, and it has been churning out about one F-15 a month since then. Local politicians fretted that Boeing would have to close the production line, eliminating hundreds of jobs and deliveri

The Pakistani Third Reich

Posted By Moorthy Muthuswamy On April 28, 2010 @ 12:03 am Pakistan has the fastest-growing nuclear arms buildup in the world, even as its economy needs life support in the form of handouts from international donors. Pakistanis claim that being outmatched by the conventionally stronger military of its arch-rival India, they need a large stock pile of nukes to defend against an Indian attack. However, closer scrutiny reveals a different story. Pakistan has always been the aggressor in the past military conflicts with India. Besides, terrorists are routinely sent from Pakistan to India to conduct mayhem and murder under the cover of religion. Moreover, it is now estimated that Pakistan has far more nukes than India, along with superior delivery systems. Pakistan’s new generation nuclear weapons (nukes) are plutonium based—extracted from new nuclear reactors built for the very purpose. These weapons are compact and more powerful. Plutonium is also the basis for the hundred-times more

India’s Soaring Fighter Ambition

February 09, 2011’s-soaring-fighter-ambition/ By Nitin Gokhale ....there’s the question of operational sovereignty. India has been prickly about US stipulations that India must sign binding agreements such as Communications Interoperability and Security Memorandum of Agreement (CISMOA). India sees such demands as impinging on its independence, although the United States says it is bound by domestic law to make these demands. Regardless, if the two sides fail to reach agreement on CISMOA, then the F-16 and F-18 aircraft would have to be shorn of the latest technologies. Europeans rivals Saab and Eurofighter, in contrast, have been quick to point out that they don’t have any such requirements . Six fighter jet manufacturers are vying for India’s biggest-ever military aviation contract. Expect politics to play a role in the decision. Image credit:Subharnab Majumdar On February 5, the Indian Air Force’s newest squadron, the ‘Veiled Vipers,’ be