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Recognizing Somaliland

by Dr. Adityanjee http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&sd=Articles&ArticleID=11553 India made history when she liberated and recognized the Republic of Bangladesh despite fierce international opposition from some of the cold-war superpowers. India took that strategic step because that was the right thing to do and suited India’s long-term geopolitical interests as well as international humanitarian concerns. Though the doctrine of international intervention for safeguarding the responsibility to protect had not been codified by the UNGA or the UNSC at that time; India did act according to the spirit of the responsibility to protect (R2P). Time has come for India to assert herself yet again and recognize diplomatically the break-away Republic of Somaliland on the horn of Africa. It suits India’s geopolitical interests as well as the international humanitarian concerns. Lack of a functioning central government in Somalia since the ouster of the Muhammed Siad Barre’ gover

Don't trust Musharraf

Mr. Bruce Riedel, ex-CIA, has almost redeemed himself in my eyes as an American partiot. Perhaps, the sheer enormity of the guilt in which we have funded the terrorist army of Pakistan which then turned around and killed Americans, Mr. Riedel has, over the past few weeks, written scathing articles on Pakistan. Welcome home Mr. Riedel! In this article, Mr. Riedel squarely is asking for Musharraf to "be held accountable." Two years ago, Musharraf was in town hosted/feted by a local Pak-Am physician, our Senators couldn't get inside those doors fast enough even though for the past ten years I have tried to lay bare Musharraf's treachery to my legislators/news media. If General Musharraf was waterboarded in 2004-2005, Osama and the "war on terror" would have ended years ago. Instead we went after inconsequential foot-soldiers! In the first sentence I used the word almost because Mr. Riedel has yet to cross a key milestone. In another article he used th

US: TIME FOR A NEW STRATEGY ON PAKISTAN

B.RAMAN The indicators from reliable sources in Pakistan are that the just-concluded visit( October 21,2011) of Mrs.Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, to Pakistan at the head of a high-power delegation including the new incumbents to the important posts of Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),David Petraeus, failed to have the necessary impact on the military as well as civilian leadership. 2. What she was expecting was a clear commitment from the Pakistani leadership with a time-bound plan of operation to neutralise the sanctuaries of Al Qaeda and the Haqqani network, an arm of the Afghan Taliban, in the Pashtun belt in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA)---particularly in North Waziristan. 3. The Pakistani civilian and military leaders were as evasive as ever and the Army headed by Gen.Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, the Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), avoided making any commitment on this

LIBYA: AN OLD EVIL IS DEAD, A NEW EVIL IS BORN

B.RAMAN No right-thinking person would shed tears over the death of Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator, but any well-informed analyst with his feet firmly on the ground would be nervous over the likely sequel to his elimination. 2.Gaddafi suppressed his people. He used brutal force against them. He funded, trained and armed many of the West Asian terrorist organisations, that claimed to be fighting for the Palestinian cause against Israel and the West. He funded and armed the Irish Republican Army to make the British bleed. Under him, the Libyan intelligence became a brutal sponsor of terrorism against the West ---particularly after the alleged death of his daughter in a US air strike in 1986 when Ronald Reagan was the US President. 3. His intelligence blew up a French civilian plane in Africa and a Pan-Am Aircraft of the US near Lockerbie in Scotland in December 1988. He partly funded Pakistan’s Islamic bomb along with Saudi Arabia and Iran. He was a menace who deserved to

Prepare for the worst

Pakistan is on its way to becoming a runaway nuclear rogue state, says N.V.Subramanian. http://www.newsinsight.net/ archivedebates/nat2.asp?recno= 2209 19 October 2011 : Pakistan's army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, has told his country's national assembly that the US has to think "ten times" before attacking the Haqqani network in North Waziristan. Members of the national assembly who heard Kayani say the army chief also warned that Pakistan was not Iraq or Afghanistan to be walked over by the United States. Earlier in the week, Pakistan's defence minister, Ahmad Mukhtar, held out a different kind of threat to the United States. Protesting the increased drone attacks in North Waziristan, he said Pakistan's patience was running out. He added significantly that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear power and could not accept the killing of its people in such attacks. What do these two statements of Ahmed Mukhtar and General Kayani taken together signif

Aparna Pande - India-Afghanistan - Pakistan: Not a Zero Sum Game

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/aparna-pande/india-afghanistan-pakistan_b_1005091.html India-Afghanistan-Pakistan: Not a Zero Sum Game By Aparna Pande October 21, 2011 Huffington Post Afghan President Hamid Karzai's recent trip to India portends a new development. During the visit, the two countries signed a 'strategic partnership' pact which entailed agreements on counter-terrorism cooperation, training of Afghan security forces and increased trade. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement portrayed India 's vision of ties with Afghanistan with the emphasis on both the old historical ties as well as the newer strategic ones. "Our cooperation with Afghanistan is an open book. We have civilizational links, and we are both here to stay. India will stand by the people of Afghanistan as they prepare to assume the responsibility for their governance and security after the withdrawal of international forces in 2014." The recent pact is supposed to create

Obama to honour Indian American activist Vijaya Emani

October 14, 2011 11:12 IST Vijaya Emani, who worked among domestic abuse victims, will receive the nation's second highest civilian honor posthumously by President Barack Obama [ Images ] on October 20 at a White House ceremony. Aziz Haniffa reports. http://www.rediff.com/news/report/obama-to-honour-indian-american-activist-vijaya-emani/20111014.htm Vijaya Emani, a community activist and single mother of two from Strongsville, Ohio, who counseled and worked among domestic abuse victims in the Indian American community was honored posthumously by President Barack Obama with the 2011 Presidential citizens medalthe nation's second highest civilian honor. She also established the India [ Images ] cultural garden in Rockefeller Park and a statue of Mohandas Gandhi in the Cleveland cultural garden. Emani died tragically on January 15, 2009, at the age 51, when she was hit by a truck on the Ohio Turnpike. She was among 13 recipients from across the country and the only Indian Am

Viking Burial Ship Excavated in Scotland

http://www.norwaypost.no/news/viking-burial-ship-excavated-in-scotland-25867.html A Viking chieftain’s grave, with his burial ship, has been found in Scotland on the remote Ardnamurchan peninsula, containing several possessions, including a Norwegian whetstone. "We had spotted this low mound the previous year, but said firmly that it was probably just a pile of field clearance rocks from comparatively recent farming," Hannah Cobb, archeologist and co-director of the excavation, told the Guardian. "The second night they said: ’It really does look like a boat.’ The third night they said: ’We think we really do have a boat.’ It was so exciting, we could hardly believe it," Cobb said. The remains of the ship showed that it had rotted into the soil centuries ago, along with the viking who was buried there. The vessel was only five meters long and 1,5 meters wide, which makes it a rather small ship for crossing the seas between Scandinavia, Scotland and Ireland. Howev

Why Syria is Not Libya?

http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/WhySyriaisNotLibya_smishra_211011 Saurabh Mishra October 21, 2011 After the death of Gaddafi one may wonder why Syria has had a safe escape from any action by the UN Security Council as a result of a rare double veto by Russia and China. The events of protests had more or less the same character in both the countries to begin with—mass protests against the government and the demand from the leader to abdicate. The leaders of both Libya and Syria responded in similar ways with crackdown over civilians and violence against the crowd. But, later, the protests in both the countries adopted different trajectories. Consequently, Col. Gaddafi has fallen and the Transitional National Council stands recognized in Libya by the United Nations while Bashar al-Assad still prevails. Definitely, the dynamics of the Syrian domestic politics and the region are peculiar and different from Libya and its surroundings. There were disagreements over the nature of resoluti

Next-generation "spintronic" computers

NIST measures key property of potential 'spintronic' material IMAGE: Manganite oxide lattices (purple) doped with lanthanum (magenta) and strontium (green) have potential for use in spintronic memory devices, but their usual disorderly arrangement (left) makes it difficult to explore... Click here for more information. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-10/nios-nmk101911.php An advanced material that could help bring about next-generation "spintronic" computers has revealed one of its fundamental secrets to a team of scientists from Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The material, constructed of two different compounds, might one day allow computers to use the magnetic spin of electrons, in addition to their charge, for computation. A host of innovations could result, including fast memory devices that use considerably less power than conventional systems and still retain data w

Each US family’s share of the national debt is $170,000.

America’s drowning in so much debt that we’ve crossed the point of no return. It might be too late to “save” America. But that could actually be a good thing for you and your family. Press play in the video presentation below to find out why. With hard times like these come hard decisions. Some of those decisions, however, could prove very beneficial to your retirement, and America’s future.

European banking - Crisis or Catastrophe?

STRATFOR Whichever actions Germany takes, three things are all but inevitable: an Italian bailout, a European banking crisis, and a Greek default. Any one outcome will likely trigger the other two. This may look like a "damned if I do, damned if I don't" type of situation, but how Berlin handles the crisis could be the difference between a weakened euro and nonexistent euro.

IHS Inc: Holding pattern

(1) TBG is indirectly wholly-owned by the Trust through a Bermuda corporation. (2) Urvanos Investments Limited is indirectly wholly owned by TBG through a Netherlands corporation. (3) As of September 30, 2006, Urvanos Investments Limited owned 958,859 shares of our Class A common stock and 13,750,000 shares of our Class B common stock, representing in the aggregate approximately 76% of the voting power of the then outstanding common stock (compared to 25% of the overall economic interest). 4) As of September 30, 2006, General Atlantic owned 4,687,500 shares of our Class A common stock representing approximately 2.6% of the voting power of the then outstanding common stock (compared to 8% of the overall economic interest). (5) As of September 30, 2006, following the distribution of all our shares held by Urpasis Investments Limited to TBG, TBG owned 18,911,391 shares of our Class A common stock representing approximately 10.4% of the voting power of the then outstanding comm

Another chapter of Washington’s subversion against Cuba

By: Ana Teresa Badia http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/another-chapter-of-washington%E2%80%99s-subversion-against-cuba/ Havana, Cuba, Oct. 10 (Radio Rebelde) – Washington Software Inc., a Maryland-based company, won the bid for a US government contract to develop a software capable of sending 24 000 text messages every week to Cuban cell phone users. According to Canadian journalist Jean Guy-Allard, that firm will have one month to design “a system of text messages” intended to neutralize alleged “Cuban government’s attempts to jam politically sensitive messages”, reported the website Cuba Money Project, of journalist Tracey Eaton. That new cybernetic operation would incredibly threaten the normal SMS service provided to Cuban cell phone users. The entire operation has the consent of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal body in charge of supervising the quality of communications. The own BBG published last August 17 the bid for the project, which was

Another chapter of Washington’s subversion against Cuba

By: Ana Teresa Badia http://victoriacubafund.wordpress.com/2011/10/10/another-chapter-of-washington%E2%80%99s-subversion-against-cuba/ Havana, Cuba, Oct. 10 (Radio Rebelde) – Washington Software Inc., a Maryland-based company, won the bid for a US government contract to develop a software capable of sending 24 000 text messages every week to Cuban cell phone users. According to Canadian journalist Jean Guy-Allard, that firm will have one month to design “a system of text messages” intended to neutralize alleged “Cuban government’s attempts to jam politically sensitive messages”, reported the website Cuba Money Project, of journalist Tracey Eaton. That new cybernetic operation would incredibly threaten the normal SMS service provided to Cuban cell phone users. The entire operation has the consent of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), a federal body in charge of supervising the quality of communications. The own BBG published last August 17 the bid for the project, which was

Texting as Propaganda tool

U.S. government promotes software project to attack Cuban cell phones Written by RHC http://www.cubasi.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=568:us-government-promotes-software-project-to-attack-cuban-cell-phones The United States government granted a Maryland company a contract to set up a system capable of sending up to 24,000 text messages every month to Cuban cell phone users, in a frank violation of international legislation. According to the terms of the contract, Washington Software, Inc., will design a text messaging system aimed at countering Cuban government’s blocking of messages that attempt against the country’s safety , reported the journalist Tracy Eaton in the Cuban Money Project blog. The software must include the ability to add unique changes to each message instance sent to each individual subscriber to avoid detection of messages being sent in bulk to many subscribers, the contract reads. Additionally, it may include keyword substitutions, where

From bus conductor to Sanskrit scholar

Mathoor Krishnamurti: From bus conductor to Sanskrit scholar http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bangalore/Mathoor-Krishnamurti-From-bus-conductor-to-Sanskrit-scholar/articleshow/10262379.cms TNN | Oct 7, 2011, 05.36AM IST Mathoor Krishnamurti saw life at various levels and surprised everyone with his multi-faceted talents. BANGALORE: From bus conductor to hotel worker, to a clerk in a mill, then to become a Vedic and Sanskrit scholar, Mathoor Krishnamurti saw life at various levels and surprised everyone with his multi-faceted talents.  Krishnamurti once said whatever he achieved was perhaps the outcome of his poverty. "He was by no means a rich man. He did odd jobs and worked in positions people would not imagine. And one day, he became a great Vedic scholar," says H N Suresh of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.  Mathoor Krishnamurti, a renowned Sanskrit scholar and director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, died in a private hospital on Thursday morning. He was synonymous with Bhara

Pakistani, Saudi forces participate in joint anti-terrorism drill

By Yasir Rehman in Islamabad For Al-Shorfa.com 2011-10-14 Pakistan and Saudi soldiers participate in an anti-terrorism exercise October 6 near Jhelum. Two platoons of Pakistani and Saudi troops took part. [Yasir Rehman] A long convoy of military vehicles was passing through a mountainous area noted for militant activity. As it reached "Shah Dheri" October 6th, "militants" hiding in a three-storey compound attacked, turning the area into hotbed of cross-fire and bomb blasts. Several hundred feet above the "battle," the military leaders of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia observed AL-SAMSAAM-IV-2011, a joint anti-terror exercise. Pakistani Army Chief Gen. Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Lt. Gen. Khalid bin Bandar, chief of the Saudi land forces, brought together their combat troops to improve the anti-militancy skills of both countries in rugged mountainous terrain. The exercise was primarily for ground troops, but included air support with two F-7 fighters, Cobra and MI