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A New Security Order in the Pacific

http://www.asiasentinel.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=4558&Itemid=213 Written by Khanh Vu Duc   FRIDAY, 01 JUNE 2012 The Vietnam Navy: Where do they line up? A new organization must be formed to address the region's present and future concerns The United States today is not the United States of 1962, financially sound and brimming with potential. Despite its best efforts, Washington will find itself hard pressed to find a manageable solution to the plethora of problems that plague the South China Sea.  Faced with a debt crisis and stubborn unemployment levels at home, exhausted militarily and economically from campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, the US must temper its foreign policy objectives in this period of austerity. No longer can the US be expected to provide economic and military support to its traditional allies.  Despite an expected reduction in force—almost US$500 billion and perhaps more in planned defense spending cuts over the n

A WAKE-UP CALL FOR THE NATION

B.RAMAN In a personal Blog post titled "BJP: A Hub of Hope", ShriL.K.Advani, former Deputy Prime Minister and senior leader of the BJP, has stated as follows: "I had said at the Core Group meeting that if people are today angry with the U.P.A. Government, they are also disappointed with us. The situation, I said, calls for introspection." ( http://blog.lkadvani.in/blog-in-english/bjp-a-hub-of-hope ) 2. Even as the analysts were discussing the significance of his Blog post, an article in the latest issue of "Panchajanya", the journal of the RSS, has also expressed openly disquiet over certain recent developments in the BJP focussed on the efforts of some elements supporting the candidature of ShriNarendraModi as the next Prime Minister to force their will  on the RSS and the BJP. 3. The article states that the  BJP has several chief ministers and central leaders who are capable of being its prime ministerial candidate and hence the decision on this mat

LIVING & SLEEPING WITH MY CANCER

B.RAMAN I will be 76 on August 14. On October 24, it will be three years since the metastasised  cancer in my urinary tract was detected and the hormonal therapy ( total androgen blocade) started. 2. The therapy is based on the discovery that any cancer of prostate origin shrinks if it is denied the male sex hormone that acts as a fertiliser for the tumour. I had to undergo an injection once in three months and take a hormonal tablet called Calutide 50 every day. The course of injections was stopped after two years in November last. According to my doctor, if the injections are continued for more than two years, the bones tend to get brittle. 3. This was the least aggressive of the therapies available and I chose it. The other options, that were more aggressive and often more effective, were surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. They cause considerable side-effects and hence I decided not to have them. 4. By the time my cancer, which started in the prostate, was detected, it ha

J&K : MOVING FORWARD

B.RAMAN ( Written at the request  of the "Times of India" and published by it on June 2,2012 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/opinion/edit-page/Now-for-political-normalisation/articleshow/13709349.cms ) The Government of India has done well to release the text of  the report of the three-member team of Interlocutors headed by Shri Dileep Padgaonkar constituted by it in October 2010 to suggest ways forward  for facilitating the normalisation of the political situation in Jammu & Kashmir. Any further delay in the initiation of follow-up action  might have created an  impression in the State that the entire exercise was an eyewash to gain time. The perceived past inaction of the Government of India in the face of accumulating grievances contributed to a deep sense of alienation followed by the insurgency. The Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan exploited the alienation to sponsor a proxy war. There is an insurgency fatigue in the State, but It would b

Playing all June: India, US strategic bonhomie

June 01, 2012 14:29 IST   http://www.rediff.com/news/report/playing-all-june-india-us-strategic-bonhomie/20120601.ht m   The US has decided to give top priority to its ties with India [  Images  ], which is reflected in an unprecedented series of high-level exchange of visits between the two countries this month aimed at taking forward their cooperation in areas like defence, trade and education.   Defence Secretary Leon Panetta would spend two days in New Delhi [  Images  ] next week as part of a visit aimed at taking the military-to-military relationship between the two countries to the next level. By June end, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is scheduled to land in India for economic and business talks with his Indian counterpart.   And in between, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [  Images  ] has decided to go out of her way to co-chair at least three Cabinet level meetings/summits with Indian ministers, including the third round of Strategic Dialogue in Washington

A Serial Bomber in Phoenix

May 31, 2012 | 0900 GMT Stratfor By Scott Stewart A small improvised explosive device (IED) detonated at a Salvation Army distribution center in Phoenix, Ariz., on the afternoon of May 24. Two Salvation Army employees discovered the explosive device, which was concealed inside a yellow, hand-held 6-volt flashlight, as they were sorting through a box of donated items. The IED exploded when one of the employees picked up the flashlight and attempted to turn it on. The blast was not very powerful, and the two employees suffered only minor injuries. This was the third incident in the Greater Phoenix area in recent weeks involving an IED concealed in a flashlight. Two explosive devices very similar to the May 24 IED exploded May 13 and May 14 in Glendale, Ariz., a city in the Greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Both devices were abandoned in public places. In the May 13 incident, a woman discovered a yellow, hand-held 6-volt flashlight next to a tree outside a Glendale bu

Gujarat: Punsari a Urban Village

What if a village has all the facilities, what if a village has no electricity, water or any other woes. It is obvious that if a village consist all this aspect nobody would think of moving to Urban area from rural area. Gujarat state do have a village like this. Punsari village of Sabarkantha is one of the most developed and gradually developing village. Villagers give all credits to their Sarpanch.Punsari village in Talod Taluka of Sabarkantha district has won State Government's best village Panchayat award. With the amenities the village possess no one could have deserved the award except Punsari. It has Pucca road,good transporation facilities and many more Urban amenities WATCH  http://youtu.be/Yy6u2JymJGU   Megha Ghosh | Mon May 21, 2012 http://iseeindia.com/2012/05/21/punsari-gujarats-urban-village/ Sometimes just a vision for change can create an ocean of a difference. When Himanshu Patel was elected Sarpanch of Punsari, a quaint little village in Sabarkanth district Gu

Ajab desh ki gajab kahani

  1.   We live in a nation where Rice is Rs.40/- per kg and Sim Card is free. 2. Pizza reaches home faster than Ambulance and Police. 3. Car loan @ 5% but education loan @ 12%. 4. Students with 45% get in elite institutions thru quota system and those with 90% get out because of merit. 5. Where a millionaire can buy a cricket team instead of donating the money to any charity. 2 IPL teams are auctioned at 3300 crores and we are still a poor country where people starve for 2 square meals per day. 6. Where the footwear, we wear, are sold in AC showrooms, but vegetables, that we eat, are sold on the footpath. 7. Where everybody wants to be famous but nobody wants to follow the path to be famous. 8. Assembly complex buildings are getting ready within one year while public transport bridges alone take several years to be completed. 9. Where we make lemon juices with artificial flavors and dish wash liquids with real lemon. Think about it! If you cross the The North Korean bor

US to firm up strategic ties further

Rajeev Sharma   http://www.organiser.org/Encyc/2012/5/27/REPORT-1.aspx?NB=&lang=4&m1=&m2=&p1=&p2=&p3=&p4=&PageType=N   NEW DELHI: Two major back-to-back India-US bilateral engagements are set to take place next month: first the India visit by US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta on June 6 and the  Indo-US strategic dialogue in Washington  a week after that. The upcoming engagements come close on the heels of US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's visit to India ten days ago.   Sources said Panetta, who will be meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and hold official talks with his Indian counterpart Defence Minister AK Antony, will be coming to India with the most important mission objective (from the American point of view) to seal  the $ 1.4 billion deal for sale of 22 Apache attack helicopters to India  that the Americans have been lobbying for last two years. Panetta and Antony will also be discussing ways to further strengthen the Indo-US lo

US Unemployment and the Ubiquitous “Zombie Job” Market

US Unemployment and the Ubiquitous "Zombie Job" Market   Bill Bonner Reckoning today from Baltimore, Maryland... Yesterday was Memorial Day. We said a prayer for all the brave men and women who died in war...after all, we have a heart! But the brain never quite gets in sync. When it looks at what those soldiers were doing, it wishes they had never left home. America's wars were almost all 'wars of choice,' says a friend. "They were fought to expand the power of the empire. The Mexican-American war was a bald-faced grab for Mexican land. The 'Civil War' was a battle to bring the South into submission. The US took Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the Spanish American war. President Wilson took the US into WWI simply to throw our weight around in Europe; we had no dog in that fight. He botched up the peace so badly that the Europeans went to war again 20 years later to sort it out. That was a war — WWII in Europe — that the US didn't have t

SIGNIFICANCE OF SELF-IMMOLATIONS IN LHASA

B.RAMAN There were two incidents of attempted self-immolation by young Tibetan monks in their early 20s in Lhasa in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) on May 27,2012. One of the incidents was fatal, while in the other the police managed to put out the fire. The protester suffered burns, but survived. 2.The dead man was identified as TobgyeTseten, from the Tibetan-populated Gansu province which was separated from Tibet by the Chinese authorities after occupying Tibet.The injured, Dargye, is from the Kirti monastery area of the Sichuan province where the wave of self-immolations in protest against the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet started last year. 3. Since the protests through self-immolation started in the Kirti monastery area of Sichuan in the beginning of last year, there have been 37 attempted self-immolations---- 34 of them outside the TAR and three in the TAR. The majority of the self-immolation attempts have been reported from the

US Corporates Control Lawmaking & Copycat Indian Model

US Corporates Control Lawmaking & Copycat Indian Model   In the evolutionary ladder of governance, societies have moved up from the tribal model when the warrior chief, sometimes the head priest too, was the ruler. Security of the tribe and wars was their major preoccupation.   As the human beings and societies evolved further, it had to be organized to create surplus and some sort of money and scribes to maintain accounts. This can be seen in the many Mesopotamian civilizations and Egyptian hieroglyphics.   During mediaeval periods of history, the military rulers encouraged the scribes or accountants and the money handling Baniya community, a role played by Jews in Europe and elsewhere. In India i.e. in Rajasthan and Gujarat for example , the trading community was invited by the rulers , since money for running the state came from taxes and levies in exchange for personal protection and security and also of the trade routes ( as by Mongol and Turkish rulers in Eurasia of S