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A New Pakistan Policy: Containment

AMERICA needs a new policy for dealing with Pakistan. First, we must recognize that the two countries’ strategic interests are in conflict, not harmony, and will remain that way as long as Pakistan’s army controls Pakistan’s strategic policies. We must contain the Pakistani Army’s ambitions until real civilian rule returns and Pakistanis set a new direction for their foreign policy. As Adm. Mike Mullen, then the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate committee last month, Pakistan provides critical sanctuary and support to the Afghan insurgency that we are trying to suppress. Taliban leaders meet under Pakistani protection even as we try to capture or kill them. In 2009, I led a policy review for President Obama on Pakistan and Afghanistan. At the time, Al Qaeda was operating with virtual impunity in Pakistan, and its ally Lashkar-e-Taiba had just attacked the Indian city of Mumbai and killed at least 163 people, including 6 Americans, with help from Pakistani intellige

Haqqanis sidestep US terror list

Pakistanis really do know how to handle the US. By Amir Mir XINIANG, China - A signal from the United States that it remains open to inclusion of the Haqqani network in a peace deal for Afghanistan has made it abundantly clear why the Barack Obama administration is reluctant to declare the group a "foreign terrorist organization" despite blaming the Haqqanis for the audacious September 13 attack on the US Embassy in Kabul. Washington knows very well that the Haqqani network is a key player in Afghan politics and will play a part in determining the kind of Afghanistan the Americans will leave behind more than a decade after the invasion. Even so, US drone attacks targeting key members of the group continue, with reports that a senior commander of the network was killed in a US drone strike in northwestern Pakistan on Thursday. "Where we are right now is that we view the Haqqanis and other of their ilk as

Lazy minds, mercenary media

(Cartoon by Don Addis.).

Baloch Liberation Front is a responsible organization in the independence struggle: Doda Baloch The spokesman of Baloch Liberation Front (BLF) Mr Doda Baloch said that BLF is a responsible organization in the independence movement and it is very much aware and respects the religious mechanism and Nationalistic mannerism. Pakistani army & ISI used many different tactics to subdue the freedom struggle using the bosses of Street Criminals, Theifs, Dacoit, Drug Mafia & the so called nationalist but they didn’t earned their desired results, to achieve these results now Pakistani army has started their age old propaganda to use the religion of Islam against the movement. Talking to NNI from an undisclosed location on Wednesday Mr Baloch said that in just yesterday from Mashkay the spy named Zafar’s relatives on the call of ISI have started to use the name of Islam by terming that the Baloch Leaders of the Independence movement are “Kafirs/Non-M

Twitter / @dhume01: On Inept Indian Politicians

Policy wonk Sadanand Dhume gives great ideas to Indian Government. Learn from China and Indonesia. @dhume01 Sadanand Dhume @ msaifkhalid @ haridasdr Too many Indian politicians have no grasp of how wealth creation works. And no desire to learn from rest of Asia. about 1 hour ago via TweetDeck Reply Retweet Favorite Nothing new From masters of the world at the end of WWII, the US has recently seen its credit rating drop. UK is bankrupt . If you believe Dhume type commentary, Pakistan is a failed State . Sure, Indian politicians are inept. After inheriting an India which was a ship-to-mouth economy, flat in its back, to become the fourth largest economy, is ineptitude, according to coconut-shell Dhume. Indian Government gets a lot a lot of things wrong – like every other

Twitter / @dhume01: Aakash tablet fiasco Creating false agendas is a full time activity in the West. Sadanand Dhume uses his coconut brain to full effect. @dhume01 Sadanand Dhume Aakash tablet fiasco & flawed Indian governance: gimmickry over substance, too much faith in government, belief in silver bullets. #India about 1 hour ago via Twitter for BlackBerry® Reply Retweet Favorite Usual suspects Sadanand Dhume comes out with his regular din. India Government has got it wrong. Akash should be gold-plated, have diamond edges and emerald buttons. All this at US$40. Poor students in India must not get any help from the Government. Let the market take care. Usual rants. Imbalanced and lacking depth. Sure, the Indian Government gets a lot a lot of things wrong – like every other over-active State in the world does. But his silly criticism shines. Especially, when he proposes t


B.RAMAN According to Tibetan sources in the Sichuan province of China, leaflets in the Tibetan language have been circulating in the Tibetan areas of the province calling for a day of protests and fasting on October 19 in solidarity with a similar observance by Tibetans all over the world to condemn the continued oppression of the Tibetans by the Chinese and the military detention of a large number of Tibetan monks of the Kirti monastery in the province since March following the self-immolation of a young monk. 2. Anger over the military detention of the monks ostensibly for self-education has led to seven incidents of self-immolation by monks since then. The anger has been further aggravated by the arrests of many monks by the Chinese on charges of abetment at suicide for not stopping the self-immolations and by the Chinese refusal to hand over the dead bodies of the monks who committed self-immolation to the monastery or the village to which they belonged. The Chinese have bee

India climbs 10 spots on global IT industry index

October 15, 2011 PTI Helped by increased focus on human capital and R&D, Indian IT sector has improved its ranking in the global competitiveness to 34th spot in two years, Business Software Alliance (BSA) 2011 Global IT Industry Competitiveness Index. As per the index last published in 2009, India stood at 44th position among the 66 countries benchmarked. "This year, given the increased focus on human capital and R&D, India has raced 10 spots to 34th position, ahead of China and other BRIC countries," BSA India Committee Chair Keshav Dhakad said. China stood at 38th position, while Brazil and Russia took the 39th and 46th spots, respectively, he added. "The study demonstrates clearly that India's IT competitiveness will continue to improve through focused steps which foster creativity and innovation within the IT industry," Dhakad said. The United States continued to top the overall ranking for 2011 despite the slow down, followed by Finland, Sing

India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue: A View from Beijing

Mukul Sanwal October 15, 2011 Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh agreed to establish a regular bilateral strategic economic dialogue mechanism during Wen's visit to India last December, and the first one-day meeting of the China-India Strategic Economic Dialogue was held in Beijing on 26 September. While the event was largely reported in the Indian press quoting the Chinese news agency Xinhua, it featured in prime time on the Chinese State-run TV channel with the comment of the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, that the dialogue had achieved “positive results”. Wen also said, “we discussed our economic situations, macroeconomic policies, and policies and cooperation in areas such as investment, infrastructure construction, high technology, energy conservation and environmental protection." He also express

Asia’s Growth: The China-India-Japan Strategic Triangle

With its demography and economy, Asia will be able to help shape the future process of globalization. But it must first deal with its festering territorial disputes and acute competition over natural resources. By Brahma Chellaney Vanguardia Dossier , Number 41, October-December 2011 ( Original in Spanish ) Asia, home to more than half of the global population, is likely to help mold the future course of globalization. In fact, with the world’s fastest-growing economies, the fastest-rising military expenditures, the fiercest resource competition and the most-serious hot spots, Asia holds the key to the future global order. Asia has come a long way since the time two Koreas, two Chinas, two Vietnams and India’s partition occurred. It has risen dramatically as the world’s main creditor and economic locomotive. The ongoing global power shifts indeed are primarily linked to Asia’s phenomenal economic rise, the speed and scale of which has no parallel in world history. How fast Asia has com