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Balochistan: Pakistan's other war

Devi Shetty takes affordable health care closer to US In a first for Indian medical infrastructure industry, the renowned surgeon will set up a super-speciality hospital in Cayman Islands, in a JV with the govt there Internationally noted cardiac surgeon and medicare promoter Dr Devi Shetty has made Bangalore proud again as he takes his formula of quality, affordable health care offshore — to be exact, the tiny Cayman Islands located south of Cuba and west of Jamaica, around 700 km south of Miami in the US. In a first for the Indian medicare industry, Dr Shetty will be setting up a super-speciality hospital on the biggest of the three-island group, Grand Cayman. The Cayman Islands are a noted financial centre and tax haven, and the facility will beef up the islands’ medical infrastructure and boost medical tourism there. Almost a year after an MoU was signed between Dr Shetty and the government of the Cayman Islands,

Post Gaddafi Libya;Under Western Imperialism LIBYA and the NTC: 12,000 U.S. troops to Libya by Cynthia McKinney (six times US Congresswoman) Global Research, January 13, 2012 It is with great disappointment that I receive the news from foreign media publications and Libyan sources that our President now has 12,000 U.S. troops stationed in Malta and they are about to make their descent into Libya. For those of you who have not followed closely the situation in Libya, the resistance to the rule of the National Transitional Council is strong. The National Transitional Council (NTC) cast of characters has about as much support on the ground as did Mahmoud Abbas before the United Nations request for Palestinian statehood or Afghanistan's regal-looking but politically impotent Hamid Karzai or for that matter, George W Bush after eight years. The NTC not only has to contend with a vibrant, well-financed, grassroots-supported resistance

India-China Relations: The Yiwu Incident

By Bhaskar Roy Small incidents sometimes reveal deep malice resting somewhere deep down in the body. The recent incident in which two Indian employees of a Yemeni company were abducted by owners and employees of a local company is not only related to India- China business relations, but how Chinese business entities deal with their foreign partners with support from local authorities. Yiwu is a trading town in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. It is bustling business center where businessmen and traders from all over the world come. Business is a two-way street and sellers and buyers are interdependent partners. Therefore, Yiwu will continue to function and flourish. In this particular case, a Yemeni businessman and owner of the defaulting company, vanished overnight, leaving a substantial debt which his Chinese partners. The two Indian who were illegally held by the Chinese company were employees, and not owners. To get out of this situation the two Indians offered to pay

India, China can ill afford to remain adversaries

India and China are bound to remain strategic adversaries, believe some experts in both the countries. But they ignore the ability, experience and wisdom of leaders in the two countries to manage differences since 1988 at least. Nevertheless, dialogue and communication between business, media and scholars hold the key to better relations Shiv Shankar Menon BEIJING: Top Chinese diplomat Dai Bingguo and Indian Ambassador to China, S. Jaishankar (Right) at the valedictory function of India-China year of exchanges at the new Indian Embassy premises in Beijing. — PTI Photo TODAY India-China relations attract attention beyond our two countries. International developments and achievements in domestic construction by our peoples in the last few decades have given our relationship wider significance. Relations between India and China and their new equilibrium hold an important key to the emerging economic and strategic landscape of Asia and, to a certain extent, the world. Let us look br

Western Values, Barbarian Conduct Another Iranian nuclear scientist is assassinated in cold blood; but does the West care? IRD: Different pictures, the same impression: early Wednesday morning, a magnetic bomb chops off the upper half of the head of a young Iranian nuclear scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, in northern Tehran. A few hours later, AlJazeera published a video showing four blissful US Marine soldiers, brave heroes in the “War against Terror”, urinating on the corpses of Taliban insurgents, clearly ignorant of how much Islam -like any other religion- cares about the dignity of dead bodies. Colonialism might be history, at least in its bold, arrogant guise of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but apparently its residue still runs deep in the psyche of certain Western politicians and commentators when it comes to the Middle East; thus, who cares if an Afghan family is torn to pieces in a wedding ceremony by state-of-the-art drones designed by the “progressive” Americans? Or w

Report Reveals US Presidential Candidates' Clandestine Ties with MKO

TEHRAN (FNA)- A recent report by an American journalist revealed that the US presidential candidates have long had secretive ties with the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) and contributed a major part in the terrorist group's campaign to be taken off the US blacklist. In his article on on Monday, Justin Raimondo has unveiled MKO's advocates among the US presidential candidates, saying that Washington's renowned politicians have extended strong support to the MKO campaign for striking the name of their group off the US list of foreign terrorist organizations. The American author says "Bolton has long championed the Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization (Peoples' Mujahideen Organization of Iran, or PMOI, MEK, MKO, Rajavi cult) a Marxist cult widely hated in Iran". Earlier last month Newt Gingrich promised to appoint the controversial former ambassador to the United Nations for President George W. Bush, John Bolton, to be secretary of s

120 World Countries Condemn Assassination of Iranian Scientist

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), with 120 member states from across the globe, issued a communiqué to condemn the Wednesday assassination of an Iranian university professor and scientist. "The Non-Aligned Movement Coordinating Bureau, while reaffirming that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist attack that occurred in Tehran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, on 11 January 2012, causing the death of another prominent Iranian scientist, Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, and the injury of a number of others," NAM said in its statement on Thursday. "The Movement expresses its deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of this heinous act and to their families, and to the government and people of the Islamic Republic of Iran," it added. Ahmadi Roshan, a 32-year-old chemistry professor and deputy director of commerce at N


B.RAMAN Before 9/11, there was a counter-terrorism centre( CTC ) in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the US, which had officers from various agencies,that formed part of the counter-terrorism community of the US. It worked under a CIA Officer. Its task was co-ordination of the functioning of the counter-terrorism divisions of various agencies to facilitate the analysis, assessment and fusion of the intelligence relating to terrorism flowing from different agencies and ensure effective follow-up action. Its main role was in prevention. It had no role in investigation and prosecution. 2. When it was created, this Centre was placed under the CIA for the following reasons: (a).Before 9/11, the conventional wisdom in the US was that threats from terrorists would be mainly to US nationals and interests abroad. Since the CIA was an external intelligence agency, it was felt that the nodal set-up for the co-ordination of follow-up action should function under the supervision of the

Dialogue of dangerous kind

Games being played by US, Pakistan and Taliban by D. Suba Chandran DURING the last two months, there have been media reports relating to three parallel dialogues involving the Taliban — all of them having serious consequences for the future of Afghanistan and the stability of the entire region. While the major players engaged in these dialogues include the US, Pakistan and numerous Taliban factions across the Durand Line, the others in the region — the Karzai government, members of the erstwhile Northern Alliance, Iran and, hopefully, India — are likely to respond to these initiatives and their end-games. The first and foremost of this dialogue is between the Taliban and the US. By now, it is no more a secret that the US administration has been engaged in a negotiation with the Taliban — moderate or otherwise. While Washington DC may project this American dialogue as that with a “moderate” Taliban, this is more for domestic consu

Armed UAV Operations 10 Years On

January 12, 2012 | 1417 GMT One of the most iconic images of the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- as well as global U.S. counterterrorism efforts -- has been the armed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), specifically the MQ-1 "Predator" and the MQ-9 "Reaper." Unarmed RQ-1 Predators (which first flew in 1994) were flying over Afghanistan well before the 9/11 attacks. Less than a month after the attacks, an armed variant already in development was deployed for the first time. In the decade since, the Predator has clocked more than a million flight hours. And while U.S. Air Force procurement ceased in early 2011 -- with more than 250 airframes purchased -- the follow-on MQ-9 Reaper has already been procured in numbers and production continues.


B.RAMAN The War of Nerves in Pakistan, which has degenerated into a War of the Institutions of the State, shows no signs of ending. 2. The lack of self-restraint on the part of the three institutions involved in the war---the elected executive, the Army and the judiciary--- has kept the country on the brink. The inflexible stand taken by the three institutions has created the danger of a possible institutional collapse, the main beneficiaries of which could be neither the elected executive, nor the army nor the judiciary, but the jihadi elements opposed to a liberal democracy who are waiting in the wings for the collapse of the State. 3.The jihadi elements, who had always advocated the end of the liberal democracy on the ground that it gives greater importance to the will of the people than to the will of Allah, are hoping that the present civil war of the institutions, might pave the way for the replacement of a liberal democratic State by a jihadi State. If this happens, the impl

Why Washington is opposed to Vladimir Putin election as Russian President

There seems to be no limit to Washington’s idiocy in international relations, when clearly as a premier economic power US is declining fast and like a seriously diseased patient, on drip, just about surviving. Yes , it spends over $ 700 billion on defense at the behest of military and energy combine underpinned by corrupt financiers and bankers , who benefit .American people be damned .Like a rogue beast it goes around damaging nations and threatening everyone around the world .Yes ,it still has great destructive power with Iran in its sights since 2003 .But US and Israel would not remain unscathed of the terrible consequences . It is not 1945 and WE or Israel would not get away using nukes against a non-nuke state. Not only would the Muslim world including Saudi Street, the whole world not tolerate such an action. US debt equals its GDP and has a trade deficit of $500 billion and survives only by increasing its debt to other nations including China , whom it treats as an adversar