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B.RAMAN Between November 2007 and September 13,2008, the group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen (IM) had sent five E-mail messages to sections of the media. 2.The first message was sent a few minutes before the serial blasts in three towns of Uttar Pradesh on November 23, 2007. The second was sent after the blasts in Jaipur in May, 2008. The third was sent before the blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26, 2008. The fourth was sent after the press conference held by the Gujarat Police in August, 2008, in which they claimed to have solved the case relating to the Ahmedabad and Jaipur blasts, identified the perpetrators and arrested many of them. According to the Gujarat police version, it was the Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), which wasoperating as the IM. The firfth message was sent before the blasts in New Delhi on September 13, 2008. 3.The first, second, third and fifth messages claimed responsibility for the blasts and the fourth debunked the claims of th

Pakistan Terror Group Eyes Global Jihad

Pakistan Terror Group Eyes Global Jihad By Stephen Tankel Long before airborne terrorists struck America on September 11, 2001, a militant Islamist group in Pakistan had begun a terror campaign against India. Lashkar-e-Taiba, or LeT, rose to international notoriety with their dramatic November 2008 attacks in Mumbai that killed more than 160 people and injured more than 300. Many had previously viewed the militant group, whose name means Army of the Pure, as a purely parochial player in South Asia. Yet by the time of those attacks, seven years after 9/11, the group boasted transnational networks stretching across several continents. Like Al Qaeda and many other jihadist groups, Lashkar was born during the anti-Soviet jihad inAfghanistan. From the outset, it was a pan-Islamist organization, dedicated to waging jihad until the domination of Islam was achieved. But regional dynamics associated with t

Yushchenko denounces Tymoshenko's deal with Putin

© RIA Novosti. Grigoriy Vasilenko by Tom Washington at 18/08/2011 12:06 Passions rode high inside and outside a Kiev courtroom as former Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko took the stand against his old orange revolutionary ally Yulia Tymoshenko. He called for Russian Prime Minister Putin to be summoned as well, a demand the court has already refused, and called Tymoshenko’s 2009 gas deal with Russia, for which she is now standing trial while Moscow looks on in concern , a “knife in the back.” The crowd went ballistic and pelted his retreating Mercedes with eggs amid cries of “traitor” as he made his departure from the scene of the drama. Lies Russia is keen to keep the gas deal as it is and maintain the current rate that Ukraine pays for Russian fuel. A Kremlin source denounced Yushchenko’s testimony as “lies.” The rate that Tymoshenko signed up to was a base rate of $450 per 1,000 cubic meters. “Yushchenko is lying to his court... During his presidential term he personally want

Vietnam: Under the weight of China

August 27th, 2011 Author: Le Hong Hiep, Vietnam National University Some researchers liken China to a rooster, with Korea as its beak and Vietnam its leg. The analogy highlights the strategic importance of Vietnam toward China, especially in terms of security, while also suggesting that Vietnam must live under China’s weight. Vietnam is therefore, in Carlyle Thayer’s words , condemned to a ‘tyranny of geography’ where it has no choice but to learn to share its destiny with neighbouring China. A stronger China has long been the most serious threat to Vietnam’s security. Vietnam came under Chinese suzerainty for almost a thousand years until 938 CE. Even after the French colonisation of Vietnam in the latter half of the 19th century, China was still deeply involved in Vietnam through invasion and occupation, as illustrated by the brief yet bloody war China waged along Vietnam’s northern border in 1979 and the na

China Analysis: The new Great Game in Central Asia

China has set its sights on Central Asia, triggering a new Great Game in a region where Europe, Russia and the US have all long sought influence. As the five Central Asian states become increasingly important as a source of oil and gas, a market for consumer goods and as the core of the strategically-important Shanghai Cooperation Organization, China is now “clearly confident it can reorient Central Asia towards Beijing” and away from the world’s other major powers. China Analysis: The new Great Game in Central Asia , published today by the European Council on Foreign Relations and Asia Centre, explores these issues by analysing the evolving debates among experts within China itself. The authors argue that the EU should closely watch Chinese policy in Central Asia – the region is becoming “almost a laboratory for Chinese foreign policy.” Key themes that emerge include: China increasingly sees the five states of central Asia – Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenis

America’s year, our decade

Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:17 ASHOK MALIK After 9/11, the NY armoury's walls were plastered with victims' photos. It was hard not to cry. In the summer of 2001 I reached the United States for a four-month fellowship programme. Almost instantly I was introduced to Congressman Gary Condit. It was difficult to miss him. A Democratic legislator from California, he had been accused of an extramarital relationship with Chandra Levy, an intern half his age who had subsequently gone missing. There was the usual outrage, the simulated frenzy, the calls for impeachment and loud questions about whether Mr Condit would stand for re-election. TheWall Street Journal even carried an editorial on Chandra’s “Sanskrit name”. Mr Condit was beginning to bore me. Unfortunately channel surfing, from Fox to CNN to NBC to Whatyamacallit TV, had become a habit. One morning in Chicago, it led me to turn on the tel

Events leading upto 9/11

As we mourn the tragic loss of innocent lives lost on 9/11/01, it is imperative that American citizens continue to demand full, complete and honest disclosure from our government of events leading upto 9/11. That we continue to mollycoddle Pakistan after decades of proven chicanery is detestable! 1. July 14, 1999: US government informant Randy Glass records a conversation between some illegal arms dealers and ISI agents, held at a restaurant within view of the WTC. An ISI agent points to the WTC and says, "Those towers are coming down." Glass passes these warnings on, but he claims "The complaints were ordered sanitized by the highest levels of government." [ WPBF Channel 25, 8/5/02 , New York Observer, 10/1/01 , Palm Beach Post, 10/17/02 ] (I think the ISI agent(s) referred to is R.G. Abbas). 2. September 6, 2001: Antoinette DiLorenzo, teaching English to a class of Pakistani immigrants, asks a student gazing out the window, "What are you l

The Bloody War for Southern Thailand

Islamist separatists clash with Thai Army as Buddhists, Muslims die Written by Richard S. Ehrlich WEDNESDAY, 07 SEPTEMBER 2011 Each morning, Buddhist monks wrap themselves in saffron-colored robes and silently stroll, collecting alms in Thailand's three southern provinces while a phalanx of troops armed with assault rifles walk alongside, protecting them from Islamist assassins. Buddhist and anti-separatist Muslim teachers suffer a similar deadly fate in the south, despite military escorts to and from campus, armed soldiers posted inside classrooms, and official permission for every teacher to carry a gun. In the grim struggle, which escalated in 2004, more than 4,700 people on all sides -- Buddhists and Muslims -- have been killed plus 9,000 injured. On Sept. 6, suspected Islamist guerrillas shot dead a school teacher, poured gasoline on his body and set him on fire in Yala provin

Is It Time for America to Harden Its Asian Alliances?

Posted on Thursday, September 8, 2011 by Elizabeth C. Economy 2011/09/08/is-it-time-for- america-to-harden-its-asian- alliances/ Chinese fighter jets take part in an international fleet review to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army Navy in Qingdao, Shandong province on April 23, 2009. (Guang Niu/Courtesy of Reuters) Anyone who needs convincing that China’s military trajectory is cause for alarm should take a look at “ Asian Alliances in the 21 st Century ,” a new report co-authored by several well-known Asia security experts, including Dan Blumenthal, Randall Schriver, Mark Stokes, L.C. Russell Hsiao and Michael Mazza. The report details the rapid modernization of China’s military capabilities and claims that Beijing is interested neither in benign hegemonic rule nor in helping Washington address global challenges. Rather, China’s leaders are ultimately concerned only with maintaining their power and expandin


B.RAMAN Dear Mr.FareedZakaria, I read with considerable interest extracts from your interview to the CNN-IBN on counter-terrorism in which, interalia, you have compared the track record of the Indian counter-terrorism community with that of the US. 2. has reported on your CNN-IBN interview as follows: “ “ When looking at the capacity and talents of intelligence agencies around the world, I don't think anyone has spoken highly about the Indian intelligence agencies. “As a matter of reporting, India's counter-terrorism operations are not regarded very high. This is an area India has not focused on a great deal. “India has not done good because as it has a large Muslim population, but again India's police force is pathetic. Look at Mumbai -- India's police force is not a police force -- it is a patronage job that is given to people to support communities, they don't know how to police.” 3. Before I comment substantively on your observa