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One thing that I have seen in Indians - whether those in leadership positions such as diplomats, bureaucrats, industry leaders or those who have less important positions but interact with white people, is the refusal to face to the reality of racist feelings amongst white people. While they no more engage in overt forms of apartheid, their desire for upper hand over 'lesser', colored people is profound. If the colored people they interact with have weaker position, they relish the contempt they can feel. If, as increasingly is the case with China, they cannot any more show contempt with authenticity, it is visceral hatred. We should face upto this reality and drop all the glib nonsense about US and India being 'fellow' democracies. To them we, or any other people this side of Suez will never be equal. Not only will they feel either contempt or hatred but will also act to ensure that they have upper hand over us in some way or the other. Some norm of interaction and

For the US, game not over in Asia

Nayan Chanda | Jun 11, 2011, 12.00am IST As the debt-ridden US struggles to reduce its deficit and a cash-rich China flexes its muscles, most ofAsia is worried about a weakened America retreating from the region. Last week, Robert Gates, the departing US defence secretary, stepped in to dispel these fears. He told a gathering of Asia's defence officials in Singapore that America's "robust military engagement and deterrence posture" will not only continue but expand. Given America's deep strategic and economic interests in the Asia-Pacific region, it is not an empty assurance. America's stake in Asia is enormous - nearly a trillion dollars in annual trade, billions of dollars of investment, to say nothing of the security of its allies, its global standing and the importance of the South China Sea that carries a third of the world's trade. Concrete reasons aside, for the US not to counter perceptions of declining commitment to the region would undermine

Panetta Confronts Pakistan Over Collusion With Militants

Inspite of almost daily revelations of Pak's continued perfidy, our government continues to mollycoddle Pakistani generals. GOTUS (in the article below) still assigns the blame to " elements within the Pakistani security apparatus " while shielding and nurturing the Pakistani "core" terrorist infrastructure. Is my government playing a much larger sinister game? Will we ever learn? Will it take another 9/11, a nuclear one possibly, before we open our eyes? And then Ridel clowns around suggesting Gurkhas on Siachen! I find myself working ever increasing hours just to keep pace with the increase in food and gas prices. And it is becoming increasingly painful for an average Americans like myself to put decent food on the dining table for my family. Can I legally stop paying taxes to my government? If Kerry et al are bent upon shoveling weekly jaziya payments to Pakistan, let him write out personal check from his ketchup account. Why rob me and saddle my kid

India should reconsider US policy after Rana verdict: Modi

Agencies Posted: Jun 10, 2011 at 1515 hrs IST Ahmedabad Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the clean chit given to Tahawwur Rana in Mumbai terror attack-related charges by a US court was a "foreign policy setback", and demanded that India reconsider its policy towards the United States. "Just to please Pakistan, US has unlocked the ways for all the 26/11 Mumbai attack terrorists to be free of guilt. It is time that the central government should rethink its policy towards US," Modi said. "US declaring Tahawwur Rana innocent in Mumbai attack has disgraced the sovereignty of India and it is a major foreign policy setback," Modi said on his Twitter page. "The masterminds active behind the terrorist movements in India will now seek justice in the courts of America," the Gujarat Chief Minister said. "Will US let the

Bilderberg Meetings

The 59 th Bilderberg Meeting will be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland from 9 - 12 June 2011. The Conference will deal mainly with Challenges for Growth: Innovation and Budgetary Discipline, the Euro and Challenges for the European Union, the role of Emerging Economies, Social Networks: Connectivity and Security Issues, New Challenges in the Middle East, Conflict Areas, Demographic Challenges, China, Switzerland: Can it remain successful in the future? Approximately 130 participants will attend of whom about two-thirds come from Europe and the balance from North America and other countries. About one-third is from government and politics, and two-thirds are from finance, industry, labor, education, and communications. The meeting is private in order to encourage frank and open discussion. Bilderberg takes its name from the hotel in Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by leading citizens on both sides of the

The True Crime of the Rosenberg Execution

Friday 10 June 2011 by: Robert Wilbur, Truthout Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, separated by heavy wire screen, as they leave the US courthouse after being found guilty by a jury. (Photo: Roger Higgins / Wikimedia ) Federal District Judge Irving R. Kaufman was a pious man. He visited his synagogue to commune with whatever god he believed in before making up his mind to condemn Julius and Ethel Rosenberg to die in the electric chair, making orphans of their two young boys. That, however, was not the full reach of his piety. Under pressure from the Justice Department to end the Rosenberg case quickly, after two years of delays in the courts, Kaufman set their death for a Friday. This created an unanticipated complication, as Sam Roberts recounts in his grisly description of the execution in " The Brother ": New York State traditionally carried out its executions at 11:00 PM. But this would mean the Rosenbergs would