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Libya, Kaddafi and Lockberie

“Every time I read an op-ed in the New York Times that was written by a ‘senior scholar’ from the Hoover Institute or a “fellow” from the Cato Institute, I want to scream, please replace that with “paid whore funded by psychotic right-wing billionaire.” Which is significantly more accurate-“ Larry Beinhart , an American author . Unlike other pro-West rulers in the Arab world , most of whom have suddenly become dictators in the west ,with Ben Ali and Mubarak fleeing their presidential Place , Moammer Kaddafi is still standing and fighting against rebels (encouraged by the West , with reportedly US and UK special forces inside Libya , merceneries like Davis in Lahore Jail) . Except the British poodle , all including China, Russia and Turkey ( vehemently) have expressed their opposition to any Western adventure in Libya. India has also expressed opposition to intervention. Thank God ( Swapan dasgupta had suggested India joining US in 2003 invasion of Iraq) Kaddafi has been referred

BETWEEN FRIENDS AND FOES - It is in India’s interest to forge a coherent West Asia policy

Sunanda K. Datta-Ray http://www.telegraphindia.com/ 1110305/jsp/opinion/story_ 13666780.jsp Muammar Gaddafi complains the West has deserted him. So have the Arab League and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference. So has India. The West’s desertion matters most, perhaps, not only because Gaddafi has been at such pains to surrender his nuclear options and reinvent himself as Uncle Sam’s pet but because of the lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan. With British and German planes landing in Libya, talk of a no-fly zone and David Cameron accused of playing Tony Blair, a Western bid for regime change can be expected if the revolt fails to bring Gaddafi down. India’s position is enigmatic. A former ambassador to Libya once recalled admiringly that when he called on Gaddafi, the latter hugged his local driver because they had fought together in the resistance. He saw Libya’s leader as a man of the people. When Pranab Mukherjee visited Libya in 2007 — the first high-powered visit since Indira G

UNITED STATES-PAKISTAN DENOUEMENT: STRATEGIC IMPLICATIONS FOR INDIA

By Dr Subhash Kapila http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/papers44/paper4360.html Introductory Observation United States –Pakistan denouement in their so-called strategic partnership currently underway was inevitable as this relationship was never founded on the basis of sound long-lasting strategic convergences or shared values. Both the United States and Pakistan over the last five decades enjoyed only spasmodic proximity and that too when tactical expediencies on both sides prompted such a proximity. Afghanistan in two different decades brought about two intense proximities in United States-Pakistan military relationship. The First United States-Pakistan involvement in Afghanistan in the 1980s emerged with the Soviet military intervention in Afghanistan in1979. The United States and Pakistan had a strategic convergence in working together to see the exit of the Soviets from Afghanistan, and they succeeded. The Second United States-Pakistan Involvement in Afghanistan arose from United St

‘Mr Prime Minister, restore ISRO’s image’

Kiran Karnik Posted online: Thu Mar 03 2011, 02:42 hrs http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/757042/ I write this open letter after considerable hesitation, not being in the habit of writing such letters to the prime minister. However, recent events have pushed me to do so, to “telling truth to power”. I have been greatly dismayed at the unfair tarnishing of the ISRO image following the media-created controversy on the Devas-Antrix/ISRO agreement. I know that many former colleagues from ISRO — and, doubtless, thousands of its present staff — feel as upset as I do. While the latter cannot speak up publicly, very few of the former (just one or two brave souls) have chosen to do so; others probably want to avoid getting into a controversy. ISRO, as you well know, has done outstanding work. Its track record of actual achievements is unmatched by any foreign space agency or by other government entities in India. Starting from Vikram Sarabhai’s days, it has stayed focused on delivering

Budgeting India’s Military Modernisation with Myopia

March 2, 2011 by Team SAI Filed under Modernising The Military http://southasianidea.com/modernising-the-military/budgeting-indias-military-modernisation-with-myopia/ 4 Comments Armed Forces are not meant to parade on the Raj Path on Republic Day displaying their might to impress the domestic and international audience. They are the vital instrument of implementing a nation’s will both in peace and war. To this end, the nation’s military represents the ultimate and final arbiter in projecting “National Will”. This calls for planned growth over the years based on a sound modernisation plan. This is a must to ensure that the forces retain their edge and win India ‘s wars and serve as a credible deterrence during peace. It can be proved without doubt that India’s past two wars of 1965 and 1971 were actually two front wars with China managing to tie down India forces by its pro Pakistan stance. This relation ship has only grown stronger over the years. Add to this Chinese theory of “

Choosing sovereignty over servitude —C. Christine Fair

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan What does it mean for a state to be sovereign? Apart from exercising monopoly of force and writ of law more or less homogenously over the state territory, one of the most important elements of state sovereignty is the ability to pay its own bills. While Pakistan is making strides in the former, it has made no progress in the latter Pakistanis are outraged by US Ambassador Munter’s reported assertion that the US government is entitled to influence Pakistan’s internal affairs in exchange for US assistance. The US is Pakistan’s largest source of economic support either directly or through international financial institutions. These funds enable the government of Pakistan — if not the state — to survive. Pakistanis naturally resent this situation because they have no leverage in Pakistan’s relationship with Washington and thus are beholden to Washington’s diktat. They are right: this funding renders Pakistan answerable to the US taxpayer