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QUOTE OF THE DAY: On “honest” Indian government

In India, an “honest” government is that where only 50% of decisions get auctioned to the highest (illegal) bidder, while the rest get taken based on official perceptions of public need. A “crooked” government is where 70% of decisions get auctioned and only 30% get taken for reasons of perceived public interest. In Sonia Gandhi’s India, the estimate is that the central government auctions 90% of decisions,leaving only 10% to be decided on grounds of merit. M D Nalapat, Vice-Chair, Manipal Advanced Research Group, UNESCO Peace Chair & Professor of Geopolitics, Manipal University, Haryana State, India.

Gen V K Singh uncovers Armsgate Scam -- M D Nalapat

http://bharatkalyan97.blogspot.in/2012/04/gen-v-k-singh-uncovers-armsgate-scam-m.html Geopolitical notes from India Wednesday, April 04, 2012, Jama di ul Awal 11, 1433 Delhi is the nest of no fewer than six dozen international arms dealers, and they are the most desirable of friends to have in the national capital of what is effectively the world’s fourth-largest economy. Every week, each of them throws at least one if not more parties, at which liquor flows in the same profusion was water into bathtubs. The pot-bellied, ageing politicians and civil servants - now joined by a smattering of those in uniform - in attendance do not bring their wives along, for in such gatherings, there are numerous charming young ladies who attach themselves to the powerful attendees throughout the evening. What they whisper into the ancient, unsightly ears of the senior civil servants, select military brass and politician is not known, but whatever it be, the honeyed tone is effective. Contract af

Are We Oppressed by Technology?

The Daily Reckoning Presents Jeffrey Tucker Do we really need an iPad 3 after it seems as if iPad 2 was released only a few months ago? Was it absolutely necessary that Google give us Google+? Do phones really have to be “smart” when the old cell phones were just fine? For that matter, is it really necessary that everyone on the planet be instantly reachable by wireless videophone? The answer to each question is no. No innovation is absolutely necessary. In fact, the phone, flight, the internal combustion engine, electricity, the railroad — none of this is absolutely necessary. We could freely choose to live in a state of nature in which most children die in childbirth, those who do not live only a few decades and “medicine” amounts to sawing off limbs if you are lucky enough to have a tool that can accomplish the deed. It’s true that those people who bemoan the pace of technological development are not really longing for the state of nature. They are just

Growing Indo-US partnership

Need to look at domestic, regional realities by S. K. Shrivastav http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20120402/edit.htm#4 AS the Iranian nuclear issue appears to be heating up again, Indo-US strategic partnership has come under sharp focus. It is, therefore, pertinent to reflect upon the nature of the partnership between these two nations. Since this strategic partnership has been steadily growing for the last few years and, in President Obama's words, is set to be "one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century", every step taken by the two largest democracies is perceived with great expectations and is closely scrutinised. However, it may be suggested that the process of analysing Indo-US strategic partnership like any other partnership should be guided not only by expectations but also by the existing ground realities which really determine vision, policy formulations and practices. Only then can right conclusions be drawn and clear directions charted out for a

India's Cyber Security Challenges

IDSA Task Force Report 2012 Publisher: Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses ISBN: 81-86019-98-7 Price: 125/- [Download E-Book] About the Task Force Report Cyberspace as an independent theatre of war is about attacks that compromise the capability to use these facilities: they cannot be prevented by the security services in isolation. The defence of cyberspace necessarily involves the forging of effective partnerships between the public organisations charged with ensuring the security of cyberspace and those who manage the use of this space by myriad users like government departments, banks, infrastructure, manufacturing and service enterprises and individual citizens.The defence of cyberspace has a special feature. The national territory or space that is being defended by the land, sea and air forces is well defined. Outer space and cyberspace are different. They are inherently international even from the perspective of national interest. This report argues that G

Are Drone Strikes in Pakistan Legally Justified?

http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/AreDroneStrikesinPakistanLegallyJustified_AshutoshMisra_030412 Ashutosh Misra April 3, 2012 On March 12 a US drone strike in Waziristan killed 15 militants including two senior commanders of the Mullah Nazir faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban. This was the ninth drone strike in 2012 and many more such strikes are expected in the coming weeks and months. On March 20, the all-party parliamentary committee in Pakistan called for an end to US drone attacks as well as to “hot pursuit or boots” on Pakistani territory, declaring them as a violation of Pakistani sovereignty. The committee has also rejected the US offer of providing advance notice for drone attacks and limiting the types of likely targets. In fact, the idea of advance notice appears to be a desperate attempt by the US to avoid a total stoppage of its drone operations; hitherto, it has been highly secretive about its drone operations in order to prevent any last minute tip off to the militant

The Jordanian King’s Challenges

http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/TheJordanianKingsChallenges_jnsingh_040412 Jagdish N Singh April 4, 2012 At first glance it might appear that all is well with the Kingdom of Jordan. Under King Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, Jordan has attained remarkable feats in the fields of economy, defence and diplomacy. The country’s annual growth rate stands at six per cent today and is set to rise higher as its famous special economic zone projects mature. The Kingdom has increased its defence capability with the acquisition of advanced weaponry. After Amman joined the United States-led forces in the second Gulf War in 2003, its relations with major Western powers as well as Gulf states have greatly improved. The King has also projected well his international image as a man of peace and harmony, attending several important summits with the United States, Israel and Palestine on the Arab-Israeli conflict and discussing with Pope Benedict XVI ways to promote values of tolerance and coexis

Russia's view of European missile shield

Picatinny rails of new Kalashnikov make it unique weapon

03.04.2012 http://english.pravda.ru/russia/economics/03-04-2012/120976-kalashnikov_picatinny_rail-0/ The new AK-12 Kalashnikov assault rifle, which was unveiled in Russia in the middle of February, meets the requirements of Russian customers. Furthermore, the new rifle has good chances to succeed on the foreign market, the designers of the legendary weapon say. According to them, the new Kalashnikov proves that the maker of the rifle has changed its line of conduct and started listening to complaints. The 12th Kalashnikov, Izhmash officials said, has a number of features that make it different from the previous series of the rifle. The AK-12 may therefore become the basic model for future developments. "Nowadays, there is no point to produce arms only for military men. We are making a universal platform, and on the base of this platform we will be able to produce a variety of modifications. There will be a whole range of defense and civil products produced on the base o

Dead bodies generating hatred in Balochistan: CJ

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/04-Apr-2012/dead-bodies-generating-hatred-in-balochistan-cj By: Bari Baloch | April 04, 2012 QUETTA - Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry has said that Balochistan is burning while the issue of missing persons and recovery of dead bodies is generating hatred, which is not good, both for the country and the province. The chief justice passed these remarks while heading a three-member Supreme Court bench while hearing a case on the deteriorating law and order situation in Balochistan on Tuesday. The other members of bench are Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Tariq Pervez. The Balochistan chief secretary, IGP, home secretary and other officials appeared before the court. “It is ironic you know that 204 dead bodies were found dumped in different parts of Balochistan but you have failed to find out causes and people responsible for killings,” he remarked when Home Secretary

Unfair Criticism Of Khan of Kalat

SHABIR AHMED asmaaan208@yahoo.co.uk The Khan of Kalat is being unfairly criticised in some quarters . So far he has been open and honest and kept to his word. The Khan of Kalat has always maintained that he will do whatever is better for the Baloch Nation. Whatever mistakes that were made in past by previous Khan's of Kalat are in the past now . The majority of the Baloch Nation now are of a new generation with a different mind set . We should give our support , and at the same time make sure that no more mistakes are made.The Baloch Nation is now at a important crossroad . Thanks to the Khan of Kalat's efforts and other members of the Baloch Nation in the USA, the profile of Balochistan has been raised and pushed to the forefront . That in itself is a major achievment ! Kind Regards

Canada: Baloch Cultural Day

http://balochhomeland.weebly.com/arts-article.html Baloch community of British Columbia and Baloch Community of Seattle together held a successful cultural event at Simon Fraser University in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada on Saturday March 31st 2012 with distingusihed speakers and display of Baloch arts the event had much to offer. Hussain Baloch, a Simon Fraser University student took care of the stage with his opening statement. “My family made the big move to Canada when I was a very young little boy, and growing up here in Canada which is an obvious multicultural country, I think one of the most common questions that any Canadian gets asked on a daily basis is where your ethnic background is from? And being a Baloch, it was always a tricky question to answer, and the reason being was no one had heard of it, always left a confused look on people’s faces once they heard it. Who, what, and where are the Baloch people, well that’s what we are here to discover today.” ------

MY QUICK TAKE ON SUPPOSED US BOUNTY FOR SAYEED

B.RAMAN It is important to carefully study the language of the notices issued by the US Justice Department announcing bounties of US $ 25 million for Ayman al-Zawahiri, the head of Al Qaeda, and US $ 10 million each for Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Amir of the Afghan Taliban, and Prof-Hafiz Mohammad Sayeed, the head of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JUD). 2.In the case of Zawahiri and Omar, the announcement says :" Wanted Zawahiri" and "Wanted: Omar". That means the reward is for anyone who will help in locating them and assist in their capture or elimination. 3.In the case of Sayeed, the announcement says:"Wanted information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sayeed." The reward has been announced in continuation of a Red Corner Notice issued by India through the Interpol for his arrest for prosecution in connection with the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai. 4.In the case of Zawahiri and Omar, the bounty is on their head. In the case of Sayeed, the bountry i

MoreDope on Loud Mouth Brajesh Mishra

Tel Aviv & Neo-Cons ' Voice in India Israeli Drug Network in India An extract from my “Corrupt Arms Establishment ResistsCleanup by Gen VK Singh” http://tarafits.blogspot.in/2012/04/corrupt-arms-establishment-resists.html --DecrepitPublicity Hog BC Mishra Spouts Nonsense “Now former National SecurityAdvisor, a decrepit Brajesh Mishra has been brought out of the dead cobwebs .Hetold Karan Thapar on TV that he held both the minister and the generalresponsible for not taking action on the bribery allegation but wanted Gen V KSingh to be sent on forced leave. "My view is that boththe minister and the Army chief are responsible for not taking action," hesaid commenting on the allegations by Gen Singh that he was offered a bribe ofRs 14 crore for clearing a contract for trucks and had informed the DefenseMinister about it. Asked whether the army chief should be sacked or sent on compulsory leave,Mishra told Karan Thapar on the Devil's Advocate progr

Yebab.com: helping Arab brides to have a happy marriage

http://www.boardofinnovation.com/2012/02/18/yebab-com-helping-arab-brides-to-have-a-happy-marriage/ by haykWith no comments While marriage day might be the happiest day in the lives of many women, the preparations to that day are the hardest and organizationally very challenging. Meet Yebab.com. In the Arab world, you need to multiply all logistical and organizational challenges of a marriage by a factor of ten, in order to also account for cultural and religious matters. Despite, huge organizational challenges there are many young Arab women who marry annually, not least because Arabia is demographically the youngest region in the world. One survey conducted in 2008 by IIR Middle East during a Bride’s Show in Dubai revealed that 24% of brides in the UAE plan to spend up to US $140,000 on their wedding and 20% planned to spend even more. In 2008, despite the impact of the global recession, the average cost of a Dubai wedding was US $82,000. The wedding industry is estimate

Israel's New Strategic Environment

Israel's New Strategic Environment April 3, 2012 | 0902 GMT Stratfor By George Friedman Israel is now entering its third strategic environment. The constant threat of state-on-state war defined the first, which lasted from the founding of the Jewish state until its peace treaty with Egypt. A secure periphery defined the second, which lasted until recently and focused on the Palestinian issue, Lebanon and the rise of radical Sunni Islamists. The rise of Iran as a regional power and the need to build international coalitions to contain it define the third. Israel's fundamental strategic problem is that its national security interests outstrip its national resources, whether industrial, geographic, demographic or economic. During the first phase, it was highly dependent on outside powers -- first the Soviet Union, then France and finally the United States -- in whose interest it was to provide material support to Israel. In the second phase, the threat lessened, lea