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INDIA'S KIM PHILBY

B.RAMAN ( Based on my remarks at the launching of Amar Bhushan’s spy fiction “Escape To Nowhere” at the Press Club, New Delhi, on July 23,2012. ) The book has already received rave notices. I have no doubt it will be one of the best-sellers of this year. I am sure an exciting movie will follow provided a woman could be introduced into the film script. One misses the presence of a spooky woman in Amar’s narrative. There are woman-spooks in the R&AW---some doing very well. Any spy-fiction has to highlight their role in Smiley’s World. 2.Amar’s book will have a very high excitement value. I hope it will also have an equally high educative value. There is an acute shortage of scholarly works on the craft and profession of intelligence in India. There is an even greater shortage of works on the craft and profession of counter-intelligence. 3.Some of us, who had served in the intelligence profession, have come out of the spooky purdah and started sharing with the public our thou

Time to take strong action against Pak: Expert (Lisa Curtis)

Lisa Curtis's full article is at the Heritage Foundation website  here   (with recommendations listed below).  Her suggestion to  Immediately List the ( former "equivalent of our freedom fighters" (photo attached)   Haqqani network as a FTO. eclare the Haqqanis as a FTO,  although this will inevitably result in declaring Pakistan or the Pakistani Army as a terrorist entity.   But for a  comprehensive long-lasting solution to South Asia, the jehadi Pakistani army MUST be dismantled (similar to German Army after second world war), allowed to survive as a peacekeepers (thola in local lingo), and with the help of international partners, build a de-radicalized democratic Pakistani government built around its citizenry (a 50 year plan).  But until USA declares Haqqanis as a FTO immediately, don't hold your hopes too high that we are really serious about this farcial "war on terror."  As soon as the Pakistani Army throws a face-saving device to us (which they wil

THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN BALOCH NAITIONAL STRUGGLE

Mahdem_b@yahoo.com Men and Women have physical and psychological difference between them. My intensions are not to devalue men, but to show the equality of women and men. It is true men are physically stronger than women by nature; they are usually more aggressive and externally oriented. In contrast a woman usually embodies the ideal of inner dignity. Some people confuse such subtlety with weakness; in truth it is stronger than the most aggressive physical force imaginable. True human dignity does not shouts it is stronger, steady voice that speaks from within. The nature of a man while aggressive is not brutish, for man and woman to be complete them each possess both energies. Women have participated in every aspect of life, their achievements are magnificent in the history, but I would like to concentrate how they played a brilliant role in the history of wars and revolution. They have proved that women are the essential life force of revolutions and National struggle. In Islamic hi

Turning Into PIIGS: Why France's Debt Crisis Could Doom the EU

  Bill Bonner From one ragged country to another. We are on a tour of Europe's unraveling economies. Ireland...Spain...and now France. Spain was in the news again yesterday. Its borrowing rate rose to 7.5%...a level that everyone says in "unsustainable." We haven't done the math ourselves, but we will take their word for it. Policy makers in Madrid were rattled. Naturally, they took no responsibility for the mess. Instead, they blamed...short sellers! Yes, and banned short selling for 3 months.  That ought to do it, right? Everybody knows markets go down because people sell. So make selling illegal. Problem solved! Now our travels have brought us back to France. At the heart of Europe...and at the heart of the alliance with Germany and the whole European Union project, if France can't keep itself together...the whole EU is doomed.  And yet, France seems to be hanging by a thread too...while Francois Hollande reaches for a pair of scissors! The Telegraph: The

Nuclear and Ballistic Missile Defense Deals

By Michael Krepon   The 2005 civil nuclear agreement between President George W. Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was characterized as a boon for U.S.-India relations and a grave threat to Pakistan's national security.  It was widely heralded by U.S. advocates as opening the Indian market to American-designed power plants, combat aircraft, retail goods and insurance companies. The deal was also supposed to usher in a new era of strategic cooperation, as Washington assisted New Delhi to become a counterweight to China. In Pakistan, the deal was seen as the harbinger of a steep build up in Indian nuclear forces.  Wildly optimistic and pessimistic assessments of the deal have been unwarranted. Seven years after its announcement, Indian policies continue to make it very hard for U.S. firms to invest and to sell their goods and services.  U.S. military cooperation and arms sales have certainly increased – which would have been the case with or without the deal -- but New Delhi r

US, Pakistan trust very low: Feinstein

  July 24, 2012 - Updated 126 PKT  From Web Edition   WASHINGTON: The trust between the US and Pakistan is very low, a top American Senator has said, ahead of the crucial visit of the new head of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) to Washington.   Noting that the relationship between US and Pakistan is very important, Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said that she would like to see an improved relationship between the two countries.   "I think it's very important. I would like to see an improved relationship. I'd like to do anything I possibly could to help that improved relationship," Feinstein said in response to a question as the World Affairs Council-Washington.   "I think there is a new head of the Pakistan intelligence unit. I think we have made very clear to Pakistan what our concerns are. "And the Pakistanis agreeing to reopen the GLOCs, which are the routes in which equipment comes into Af

DELHI’S CRAVEN POLICY ON SYRIA

 BY KANWAL SIBAL Source : Mail Today The position India is taking on the unfolding Syrian crisis does not do honour to our diplomacy.  We supported last week the western resolution providing for sanctions on Syria under Chapter V11 of the UN Charter unless its government effectively ended its military operations against the insurgents who are backed by the West, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.  UN Russia and China vetoed this one-sided resolution which imposed specific and verifiable obligations on the government such as ceasing, within ten days, troop movements towards population centres and all use of heavy weapons there, a complete pullback of military concentrations in and around population centres and withdrawal of  troops and heavy weapons from these centres to their barracks etc. No obligation was imposed on the armed opposition groups, apart from a general exhortation to "all parties, including the opposition (to) cease all armed violence in all its forms". The reso

New ‘Top Gun’ training academy is not a “private army,” says Maverick owner

  New 'Top Gun' training academy is not a "private army," says Maverick owner Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  07/24/2012  12:00:00 AM EDT  |  0      What if a commercial enterprise could buy a fleet of fighters, lease an international airbase and hire out their services to militaries around the globe for them to train their air forces against within a network-centric warfare environment. A privately-owned integrated opposing force (IOPFOR). Sound like an ambitious plan? Not for Melville ten Cate, Founder of Schiphol-based ECA Program B.V. In 2005, despite the obvious protestations from naysayers about acquiring aircraft from Russia, ten Cate decided he was going to give it a try.  http://www.ecaprogram.com/index.html "How do you know it's impossible? Has anyone actually been to Moscow to try it?" He told me in an interview: "Two weeks before the Paris Air Show we sent a fax over to Moscow to see if they were open to discussing the

Money Is Technology!

  Byron King Money, although most people don't view it as such, is technology. Think about it. Money is not a "natural" thing. Money is a human abstraction. Money is an idea that's harnessed to certain standards. For example, archaeologists tell us that primitive societies used colored stones, seashells or pieces of bone as money. Then for much of human history (including now, depending where you are), mankind used gold, silver and copper as money. In the 13th century, Kublai Khan introduced what some consider the first paper currency (the "chao") throughout China — an idea that Marco Polo brought back to Europe. The point is that across the ages, money is a construct — an invented tool — whether it's seashells, gold, paper currency or even digital ones and zeros on a mobile device app. Another way of viewing it is that money is an agreed-upon standard. Money is like time zones, where it's the same time to the east, west, north and south. Mon

Consequences of the Fall of the Syrian Regime

July 24, 2012 | 0900 GMT     Stratfor By George Friedman We have entered the endgame in Syria. That doesn't mean that we have reached the end by any means, but it does mean that the precondition has been met for the fall of the regime of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. We have argued that so long as the military and security apparatus remain intact and effective, the regime could endure. Although they continue to function, neither appears intact any longer; their control of key areas such as Damascus and Aleppo is in doubt, and the reliability of their personnel, given defections, is no longer certain. We had thought that there was a reasonable chance of the al Assad regime surviving completely. That is no longer the case. At a certain point -- in our view, after the defection of a Syrian pilot June 21 and then the defection of the Tlass clan -- key members of the regime began to recalculate the probability of survival and their interests. The regime has not unraveled, but it

US-India ties: A sagging 'strategic partnership'

July 24, 2012 12:49 IST http://www.rediff.com/news/column/us-india-ties-a-sagging-strategic-partnership/20120724.htm Even as the prime minister's office and the foreign ministry deepen ties with Washington, the defence ministry cold-shoulders the Pentagon [ Images ], notes Ajai Shukla. US Deputy Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter's ongoing tour to Japan [ Images ], Thailand, India [ Images ] and South Korea illustrates Washington's "rebalance toward the Asia-Pacific region" that President Barack Obama [ Images ] first enunciated on January 3. In that momentous policy speech, India alone was mentioned as a strategic partner that had to be courted. Since then, New Delhi [ Images ] has presented an increasingly ragged spectacle, deterring prospective suitors with strategic foot-dragging, non-governance and a decelerating economy. And so Japan, not India, was Carter's first destination. In Tokyo, Carter hailed Japan as America's "central and anchoring

July 15: Balochistan's Memorial day

WASHINGTON-DC. Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) pay highest tribute to Shaheed-e-Watan Nawab Nauroz Khan and his sons and Nephews on Balochistan's Memorial day for scarifying their lives for motherland Balochistan. Their Sacrifices along with thousands of other Baloch Martyrs will not go in vain. We are resolute to continue their mission until Balochistan is free from all the occupiers and united.  Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those Baloch nationals who have died in the service of our great nation. It is a day of reconciliation of all the Baloch worldwide. It is day about coming together under one flag to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Nawab Nauroz Khan Zarakzai, commonly known as Babu Nouroz was the chief of the Zehri tribe of Balochistan. He started the armed resistance against the occupation of Balochistan by Pakistan. The Pakistani armed forces could not militarily contain the Baloch freedom struggle, and thus they changed ta

Visa scam involving Pakistan’s Olympic team uncovered

Agencies | 15 hours ago   The London Olympics are set to begin at the end of July. -Photo by AFP KARACHI: A British tabloid has allegedly uncovered a visa scam involving Pakistan's Olympic contingent. According to the investigation, a group of travel agents and politicians are involved in the scam which allows anyone to travel with the Pakistani contingent as support staff if they pay a certain amount of money. Fake passports, travel documents, a visa for two months and a letter from the Pakistan Sports Board claiming that the person is part of Pakistan's Olympic support staff can all be arranged for around one million Pakistani rupees (7000 pounds), it was reported. Abid Chodhary, the politician and Dream Land travel agency were allegedly involved. The British and Pakistani authorities have been notified. Pakistan's advisor to the Prime Minister on interior, Rehman Malik, said that the relevant people have been informed and will be looking into the matter. Malik ha

The world's only floating church?

http://www.norwaypost.no/local-shortnews/the-worlds-only-floating-church-27178-27178.html The harbour chapel in Sandefjord, on the south coast of Norway, could be the world's only floating church. The chapel has a very unique architecture compared to most other churches. It is built on a raft, and its design is based on two boathouses that used to be located where the chapel is now moored. The idea of a chapel on the pier originated in 1997, and was a suggestion by former vice mayor Inger Marie Aurlien, explains Per Ramberg, who carried the idea forward after Aurlien passed away in 2001. "Aurlien's idea was to build a holy space close to Kilen in Sandefjord, which soon became a new neighborhood in Sandefjord, Ramberg says. An association led by Ramberg was established in 2000, whose goal was to build a pier chapel. Different donors funded the church, and the foundation Kristian donated money for the actual raft. Most of the work was done by volunteers who wanted

When will Pakistan’s affair with terror end?

By G Parthasarathy 21st July 2012 11:09 AM http://newindianexpress.com/magazine/voices/article571226.ece Is India the sole victim of Pakistan's State-sponsored terrorism? While some Indians may believe that this is indeed the case, the reality is somewhat different. Hounded out of Sudan by American pressures, Osama bin Laden had nowhere to go in 1996. But, lo and behold, he headed for Taliban-ruled Afghanistan, then a virtual ISI protectorate. Laden soon joined Taliban leader Mullah Omar in creating an "International Islamic Front," committed to worldwide jihad, with a particular focus on countries ranging from Israel and the US, to Russia, the Central Asian Republics, Saudi Arabia, China and India. Two close allies of Pakistan — the US and Saudi Arabia — were the targets of bin Laden's al-Qaeda. He turned against Saudi Arabia and vowed to overthrow its monarch after the king allowed American forces (regarded as kaffirs) to be stationed in Saudi Arabia in 2000. De