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Promise of U.S.-India economic partnership remains unfulfilled

THE WASHINGTON POST   Populist and protectionist pressures have undermined some of the rosier projections for the growing economic relationship between the United States and India.  By Simon Denyer, Published: May 3,  2012  NEW DELHI — The economic relationship between the world's two largest democracies, the United States and India, is supposed to be the bedrock for what President Obama calls "one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century," but cracks are starting to appear.  India's delay in delivering promised economic reforms and its reluctance to open up its markets to U.S. companies such as Wal-Mart, together with a much tougher visa regime for Indians seeking to work in the United States, has infuriated the private sector, cooled investor enthusiasm and even prompted talk of a trade war that could strangle commerc

The Clash of Eurasian Grand Strategies

  Raffaello Pantucci, Alexandros Petersen  |  May 1, 2012 In Khorgos, on the China-Kazakhstan border, trucks laden with Chinese goods line up along the road, waiting for Chinese and then Kazakhastani customs officers to give them the go-ahead to continue their transcontinental journey across Eurasia. Many will be heading to the great markets of Central Asia, like Dordoi, Barakholka and Kara Suu, while others head all the way to Europe. Squeezing through a single lane, the trucks get stuck in lengthy backlogs as they wait in the shadow of the brand new multilane Chinese customs point that sits idle next door. This idleness is the product of conflicting strategies, emblematic of a lack of coordination that is taking place across Central Asia. It is cliché to talk about Central Asia in great-game terms, with battling rival powers elbowing each other to assert their influence. Seeing the region as

Genocide in Lyari by Police & Terrorists

PRESS RELEASE   Join us in the rally to protest against Genocide in Lyari by Police & Terrorists Sunday May 06th, 2012 2:00 – 4:00 pm Police and terrorists are carrying out one of the most ferocious and callous armed operation in the Lyari area of Karachi since 27 April 2012. In this targeted operation more than million Baloch and Sindhi people have been left to suffer and die without food, water, electricity and medicines. Thousands have left Lyari to find security. Lyari looks like a war zone. Scores have been killed. It is genocide on the pretext of war against gangsters. The international community should stop this insanity and crime against humanity.                                                                                         Organisers Baloch Human Rights Council UK World Sindhi Congress   Location Opposite 10 Downing Street   Nearest Tube Stations Westminster, Charing Cross    Contact for Information: Samad Baloch -             07825087032       Sultan Mahar


The Chennai Centre for China Studies (CCCS), a premier think tank based in Chennai, India, exclusively devoted to covering developments in China, invites voluntary donations from all Indian nationals including the NRIs, in order to help its further progress and consolidation.  The CCCS researchers include eminent analysts in India and its managing committee comprises former top civil servants, academicians and  military specialists  who remained involved in China-related work for a long time. Access to Chinese language material for research is a specialty of the CCCS. Its website is popular and being viewed throughout the world. So far, the CCCS has been managing its working, out of self-generated funds and limited contributions from well-wishers. To enhance its capabilities further, it now needs additional financial support and wishes to appeal for donations from the interested Indian nationals, both at home and abroad.  Following are details which may be requi

The Continuing Threat of Libyan Missiles

  May 3, 2012 | 0857 GMT  STRATFOR By Scott Stewart   In March 2011, while many of the arms depots belonging to the government of Libya were being looted, we wrote about how the weapons taken from Libyan government stockpiles could end up being used to fuel violence in the region and beyond. Since then we have seen Tuareg militants, who were previously employed by the regime of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, leave Libya with sizable stockpiles of weapons and return to their homes in northern Mali, where they have successfully wrested control of the region away from the Malian government.   These Tuareg militants were aided greatly in their battle against the government by the hundreds of light pickup trucks mounted with crew-served heavy weapons that they looted from Libyan depots. These vehicles, known as "technicals," permitted the Tuareg rebels to outmaneuver and at times outgun the Malian military. Moreover, we have recently received reports that Tuareg rebels al

Challenges to Global Bank’s Operations – FATCA’s Requirements For Customer Identification By Robin Farshadfar, Infoglide Director of Global Industry Solutions Over the past few years, conducting business with the U.S. or dealing with the U.S. customers has bothered many foreign companies, more so prevalent in the finance industry. The newest spoke put in the wheels of foreign companies is the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), signed into U.S law in March 2010 is coming into effect on January 1, 2013. The legislative intent of FATCA is to ensure that the U.S. Government is able to determine the ownership of U.S. assets in foreign accounts. FATCA is about transparency and disclosure, but its aim is to catch Americans who are trying to hide money from the tax man overseas. It enlists the help of Foreign Financial Institutions (FFIs) to do it, requiring them to

Pranab for Prez? Forget it.How will UPA survive then?

  by R Jagannathan May 3, 2012   If it's not Hamid Ansari,could it be Pranab Mukherjee for president?   News channels have been reporting thatMukherjee is in with a chance since Trinamool Congress is not averse tosupporting him, and even the Left may not object to his candidature. If theSamajwadi Party hops onto the bandwagon at some point – though it is stillharping on a Muslim candidate – it would leave only the BJP really fuming overMukherjee's name. But its ally Janata Dal (United) may have no problem witheither Ansari or Mukherjee.   However, Mukherjee will notbe a shoo-in for the job, for some very rational and irrational reasons. First, the irrational ones relate to SoniaGandhi, and her known wariness about Pranab Mukherjee's ambitions.When Indira Gandhi was assassinated, Pranab offered himself as a primeministerial choice, and this reportedly angered Rajiv and Sonia

A tweet today may be used as evidence tomorrow

<>The Use of Electronic and Social Media Evidence <> by: Michelle A. Malone Cacace Tusch Santagata - Stamford Office <> March 30, 2012 You may want to pause and reconsider before you submit that post . Perhaps that was the message sent after a Connecticut Superior Court judge ordered a divorcing couple to disclose their passwords to social networking and dating websites. Upon suspicions that the wife may have been posting her feelings toward her children and her feelings towards her ability to The decision causes one to question how social media and electronic communications may be submitted as evidence in a divorce proceeding. Facebook entries, Youtube videos, email exchanges, tweets, texts and picture posts initially considered to be private exchanges amongst friends or networks are discoverable and have the potential to be used as evidence in a judicial proceeding. Since it is possible that a printout of an electronically released communication

P Chidambaram's son Karti is beneficiary of 2G

Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy has made fresh allegations of corruption against Home Minister P Chidambaram's son Karti. Speaking Exclusively to NewsX Swamy demanded Chidambaram quit as Home Minister. Swamy also demanded that CBI should include him and his son, Karti, in its investigation on the sale of telecom company Aircel to Malaysia-based investor Maxis.


INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR: PAPER NO.747 B.RAMAN (Written at the request of the “Hindustan Times”. An edited version of this was carried by it on May 2,2012 at ) A year after the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of the US Navy Seals at Abbottabad in Pakistan on May 2 last year, the central command and control of Al Qaeda based in Pakistan continues to be in a state of disarray. It has not been able to recover from the severe leadership losses inflicted on it by the US Drone (pilotless plane) strikes after the death of OBL. The lack-lustre leadership of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new Amir of Al Qaeda, who is also believed to be operating from hide-outs in Pakistan, has not been able to restore the elan and the motivation of its central command and control. The disruption of its central command and control appears to have affected its ability

Britain's Strategy

STRATFOR May 1, 2012 | 0900 GMT   By George Friedman Britain controlled about one-fourth of the Earth's land surface and one-fifth of the world's population in 1939. Fifty years later, its holdings outside the British Isles had become trivial, and it even faced an insurgency in Northern Ireland. Britain spent the intervening years developing strategies to cope with what poet Rudyard Kipling called its "recessional," or the transient nature of Britain's imperial power. It has spent the last 20 years defining its place not in the world in general but between continental Europe and the United States in particular. The Rise of Britain Britain's rise to its once-extraordinary power represented an unintended gift from Napoleon. It had global ambitions before the Napoleonic Wars, but its defeat in North America and competition with other European navies meant Britain was by no means assured pre-eminence. In Napoleon's first phase, France


 by the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative    Press Release – 26th April, 2012    Iraq's Journalist Protection Law, approved in August 2011 by the Iraqi Parliament which was facing  international pressure to reform its laws concerning the media, in fact constitutes a threat to independent media. It even leaves in place laws of the Saddam era that allow journalists to be imprisoned for up to seven years for insulting the government. The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative supports a campaign to repeal the new law and asks the Iraqi Government to respect its international obligations to protect freedom of expression as guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  In January 2012, when the Iraqi association "Society for Defending Press Freedom" (SDPF) challenged the journalists' law in the Federal Supreme Court, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative launched an international

Delhi scales down US war games

- Air force request to join exercise with American navy turned down SUJAN DUTTA Ships of the Indian and US navies during the Malabar exercise in the Bay of Bengal. (PTI) New Delhi, April 28: The Centre recently turned down an air force request to participate in the war games with the US navy in the Bay of Bengal that concluded last week. The seven-day Malabar 2012 exercise involved the American and Indian navies. The Centre’s move followed a quiet policy decision in the defence ministry to scale down — but not stop — the friendly military engagements with the US armed forces, which have gathered pace and increased in complexity over the past decade. The defence ministry is wary of the “hype” that the US builds around joint military exercises with India. Among the most important of the war games that the Indian and US forces conduct is the Malabar series involving the two navies. An air

A year after: Osama's ideology remains alive in Af-Pak region

SOUTH ASIA MONITOR APRIL 30, 2012 Spotlight By C Uday Bhaskar 2 May 2012 marks one year since the dramatic US SEALS-led Abbotabad operation which led to the neutralization of Osama bin Laden and there is an unstated anxiety in the run-up to this anniversary that there could be an attempt by the al-Qaeda and its affiliates to attack American assets– either in the Af-Pak region or elsewhere in the world. Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) has now claimed that it had provided the original tip-off to US intelligence that led to Osama's elimination but this delayed claim has been rejected by Washington. The diplomatic stand-off between the US and Pakistan continues and the visit of US special envoy Marc Grossman to Islamabad ended inconclusively on Friday and the Karachi-Kandahar supply routes remain closed. Concurrently on Friday (27 April), Pakistan announced that two of bin Laden’s widows and other family members who were in Pakistan were being flown to Sa

Baloch leaders hail US Resolution on Balochistan

Rampant violation of human rights and continuous exploitation of the natural wealth of Balochistan by Pakistan has been taken note of by the international community. On February 8, 2012 US Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher introduced a House Concurrent Resolution, in support of the `right of self-determination of the Baloch people’, who are victims of human rights violations and oppression. The Baloch nationalist leaders believe that the US Resolution on Balochistan is the result of continuous efforts to highlight the issues concerning the Baloch people. “The U.S. resolution on Balochistan is the result of our hard work. We have convinced them and made the US Congress aware of the crisis in Balochistan. The U.S. resolution on Balochistan will benefit the entire Baloch community, not just any individual. The United States has done its research and we have also provided them evidence that made them aware that we (Balochistan) are an occupied land. Pakistan and the Pun