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More Evidence Obama Ordered Qaddafi Assassination

Oct. 25, 2011 2011 (EIRNS)— The New York Times today confirmed that the night before the Oct. 20 assassination of Muammar Qaddafi by a NATO-directed air and ground attack on his convoy, there was a 90-minute meeting at the White House to consider the ex-Libyan leader's fate, among other issues coming up following the NATO regime- change campaign. At the White House session, late in the night of Oct. 19, three options were presented to President Obama: capture Qaddafi and try him in Libya; capture Qaddafi and try him at the International Criminal Court in the Hague; or kill him. Both the Libyan and Hague trials were rejected because of anticipated political problems (Libya has no functional judicial system, and a trial in the Hague would be considered a violation of Libyan sovereignty). While the Times report did not draw the conclusion, the point is clear: The kill order was given, and within less than 24 hours, Qaddafi was dead. All of the media B.S. about young rebel soldiers ta

Next U.S. Move in Afghanistan? None

By Ramtanu Maitra The recently concluded trip by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton through Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia centered around what could be the next U.S. move in Afghanistan. The trip took place at a time when the White House has pretty much accepted the fact that it cannot change much in Afghanistan militarily. The war may get worse, and it certainly could; but an improvement in the military environment is well-nigh impossible. Even if it does get worse, however, a military defeat of the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) — the innocuous name for the 150,000 armed-to-the-teeth U.S. and NATO troops waging war in Afghanistan — at the hands of insurgents who have adopted irregular warfare is not going to happen. The fact is, despite the effort and money the West has put in over the last 10 years, the war in Afghanistan is stalemated. What the West most wants now is to end it. This is why Secretary Clinton took a large, star-studded continge

Geostrategic Factors In Indo-US Relations

PP Shukla Joint Director, VIF http://www.vifindia.org/ article/2011/october/18/ Geostrategic-Factors-In-Indo- US-Relations An examination of the history of the Indo-American engagement since Indian Independence shows that there were three major occasions when the relationship might have developed along more positive lines. These were, first, in the period immediately after Independence; the second was in the aftermath of the India-China war of 1962; and the last was after the end of the Cold War and the dissolution of the USSR. This last phase is still on-going, and is showing better results than the previous two, but there is still much that needs to be clarified – and changed - on both sides. What follows is an attempt to understand the dynamics of these three phases in the Indo-US engagement in order to see why the results were [and are] less than satisfactory; it is not an attempt at recounting the history of the relations between the two countries. The purpose is to draw lessons

Doctoral Fellowship: Indian Ocean World, McGill University

October 29, 2011 Doctoral Fellowship: Indian Ocean World, McGill University From: Brendan Gillon < brendan.gillon@MCGILL.CA > McGill University's Indian Ocean World Centre ( http://www. indianoceanworldcentre.com/ ) invites applications for a doctoral fellowship for the study of the transmission of ideas either within the Indian Ocean World (i.e., any region(s) from Africa to the Middle East to South and Southeast Asia to China) or between the Indian Ocean World and other cultures, such as Arabic or Chinese. Among the possible subjects of investigation are: logic and debate, grammar, mathematics and astronomy. The successful candidate is expected to have a good reading knowledge of one or more of the relevant languages. Interested applicants should send Prof. Brendan Gillon ( brendan.gillon@mcgill.ca ) a two-page outline of a project proposal and a CV. The proposal must make clear how it fits with project and the subjects of investigation listed above. The suc

POLITICAL DRUM-BEATS FROM PAKISTAN

B.RAMAN With the next elections to Pakistan’s National Assembly due in the beginning of 2013, Pakistani politics has started picking up momentum and sliding into the contentious and venomous mode. 2. In their attempt to mobilise party faithfuls and gather fresh pockets of support, Pakistani political leaders have been exploiting three main issues: the alleged corruption and incompetence of President Asif Ali Zardari, the alleged unreliability and opportunism of Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), and the anti-US anger. 3. While Nawaz’s PML has made Zardari’s sins of commission and omission the target of its anger, Imran Khan and his Tehreek-e-Insaaf( PTI) have been focussing for the present on the anti-US anger to rally support for their movement against the Government. The MuttahidaQaumi Movement (MQM) headed by the UK-based AltafHussain has come out in support of Zardari and against Nawaz.Zardari’s Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has been carefully w

Housing /Realty sector going down in India.

“ Industrial production rose less than expected following record interest-rate increases by the central bank and as the global recovery weakens. Output at factories, utilities and mines increased 4.1 percent in August from a year earlier after a revised 3.8 percent gain in July, the Central Statistical Office said in a statement in New Delhi today. The median of 20 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey was for a 4.7 percent gain. Emerging markets from Brazil to Indonesia have cut borrowing costs to shield expansion as Europe ’s debt woes and a faltering U.S. recovery hurt the world economy. In India, the fastest inflation in more than a year is sustaining pressure for higher rates even as consumer demand wanes.” As I have written since I shifted to Delhi in late 2007 that there appeared little awareness then about the Housing bubble ( apart from other bubbles yet to burst) in US , which was obvious by end 2005 and early 2006 . In 2008 I found Indians increasing their real estat