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Cry of a Baloch Mother - Bibi Hayrbibi Baluch

A Baluch mother and her daughter talking about how Pakistani military forces and the ISI, abducted, killed and dumped their family members, Bibi Hayrbibi Baluch and her daughter has lost more than Five men in their family namely: Khalid, Ghulam Qadir, Noorbakhsh, Sheyhak and Bibagr are the martyrs who have been killed by Pakistani military forces and ISI agencies and Mazaar who has been abducted and is still missing. Thanks to Pakistan no man left in the family.

Too Much of a Good Thing, Continued...

The Daily Reckoning Presents Bill Bonner Economists cannot know what is ‘better.’ They can only know what is ‘more.’ They have numbers. They can count. They can add up ‘more’. As for ‘better,’ they have no idea. So, in their little minds, more is better. That is the thinking that has driven the profession...and much of the world economy...to absurdity. Throughout the last 50 years, more looked so much like better, no one worried too much about the difference. More cars. More houses. More food. More gadgets. What was not to like? But the cost was more debt. And by the 21st century the burden of debt had become so great that the system could no longer move forward. Here is how it worked, up until the early spring of 2007: The Chinese, and others, made more stuff. The Arabs, and others, pumped more oil. Americans, and others, created more credit and used the money to buy more stuff. Rather than demand payment — in gold — for their excess dollars, as they would have before 1971

Bandar on offensive against Damascus, Tehran

SAUDI ARABIA King Abdullah appointed Bandar bin Sultan as the new head of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Saudi external intelligence service, on July 19, with a view to expanding the kingdom's covert operations in the region. The two objectives he was given were to hasten the fall of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria and to provide a counterweight to Iranian expansionism in the Middle East. ( Source: IntelligenceOnline.com) David Ignatius: Is Saudi kingdom on the edge? August 09, 2012 10:57:42 PM WASHINGTON — By appointing Prince Bandar bin Sultan as its new intelligence chief, Saudi Arabia has installed what looks like a war cabinet at a time of rising tensions with Iran and growing internal dissent from its Shiite minority. The Saudis have also heightened their alert level in other ways to prepare for possible regional conflict. Some Saudi military and security personnel were mobilized last month — called back from summer leave or told to cancel planned vaca

CYBER COUNTER-INTELLIGENCE: NEED FOR FINESSE

B.RAMAN Intelligence is the collection of information from the real world that could be important for our national security. 2.Counter-intelligence is the technique of preventing our ill-wishers from collecting intelligence about us that could weaken our national security. 3. Cyber-intelligence is the collection of intelligence having a bearing on our national security by systematically monitoring the web. 4.Cyber counter-intelligence is the prevention, detection and neutralisation of attempts by our ill-wishers to weaken our national security by misusing the web for destabilising us. It is also the prevention, detection and neutralisation of attempts by our ill-wishers to penetrate our cyber security architecture for the collection of  information about us and for using this capability for disrupting our economy and the fighting capabilities of our armed forces. 5.The Task Force For the Revamping of the Intelligence Apparatus headed by Gary Saxe

In Pakistan, underground parties push the boundaries

http://dawn.com/2012/08/21/in-pakistan-underground-parties-push-the-boundaries/ People dance to the beat of the house music at Centrifuge, a Pakistani underground rave party at a farmhouse on the outskirts of Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad early July 15, 2012. — Photo by Reuters ISLAMABAD: Women in short skirts and men with gelled hair bump and grind on a dance floor as a disc jockey pumps up the volume. The air is thick with illicit smoke and shots of hard liquor are being passed around. Couples cuddle in a lounge. This is not Saturday night at a club in New York, London or Paris. It is the secret side of Pakistan, a Muslim nation often described in the West as a land of bearded, Islamic hardmen and repressed, veiled women. Starting in the 1980s, Pakistan has been drifting towards a more conservative interpretation of Islam that has reshaped the political landscape, fuelled militancy and cowed champions of tolerance into silence. But the country remains home to a large

Pakistan: The demon the West created

BY TAREK FATAH FIRST POSTED: TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2012 07:49 PM EDT http://abalochistan.blogspot.in/2012/08/pakistan-demon-west-created-1-by-tarek.html?spref=tw August is a month that brings both joy and grief to the 1.3 billion people of the Indian subcontinent. Joy, as we celebrate the end of nearly 200 years of British colonial rule in 1947, and sorrow as we remember the one million who were slaughtered unnecessarily in a genocidal frenzy of religious hatred. Punjab, my ancestral homeland, was sliced in two by the departing British to create the new state of Pakistan. In a few short months, the entire population of Punjab’s indigenous Sikhs and Hindus in Pakistan was either slaughtered or driven out by raging mobs of Muslim fanatics. On the other side of the border, there was more bloodshed. The question often asked is, who penned the partition of India? Who was responsible for carving out Pakistan, a country that seems to have an insatiable appetite for bloodshed, and that h

War fever as seen from Iran

THE ROVING EYE By Pepe Escobar ATimes 22812 http://atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/NH22Ak06.html Absent the possibility of joining the Curiosity rover on Mars, there's nowhere to hide from the "Bomb Iran" hysteria relentlessly emanating from Tel Aviv and its Washington outposts. Now that even includes third-rate hacks suggesting US President Barack Obama should go in person to Israel to appease the warmongering duo Bibi-Barak [1]. So it's time for something completely different - and totally absent from Western corporate media; sound Iranian minds rationally analyzing what's really going on behind the drums of war - regarding Iran, Turkey, the Arab world and across Eurasia. Let's start with ambassador Hossein Mousavian, a researchscholar at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, a former spokesperson for the Iranian nuclear negotiating team from 2003 to 2005, and the author of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Mem

THE JINX AGAINST WOMEN SECRET AGENTS IN R&AW

B.RAMAN Till 1972, under the long-time Director of the USA's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) J. Edgar Hoover, only men could be FBI agents. After his death in May 1972, partly under the pressure of the equal rights laws, the FBI started recruiting women as Agents. The first two women agents of the FBI joined the FBI in July 1972 and underwent training in the FBI Academy along with men recruits. They and many other women who followed their example have since distinguished themselves as Agents of whom the FBI and the US can be proud . 2.The Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the Second World War precursor of the Central Intelligence agency (CIA),  had a few legendary women operatives. Well-known amongst them was Virginia Hall, who served behind Nazi lines in France. 3. Despite this, the CIA, which came into existence in 1947, inherited some of the prejudices of the FBI against women as secret Agents. There were many women who were recruited as a

MY TAKE ON POLICE HANDLING OF A RAMPAGING MUSLIM MOB IN MUMBAI

B.RAMAN The way Arup Patnaik, the Commissioner of Police of Mumbai, handled a Muslim mob that went on a rampage at the Azad Maidan in Mumbai on August 11,2012, has come in for mixed comments. The mob had been demonstrating against the recent anti-Muslim violence in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and India’s Assam State. 2. Some, including me, have praised Patnaik for bringing the situation quickly under control and for preventing its degenerating into widespread communal riots. Others, including some pro-Hindutva organisations, have criticised him for not dealing with the mob more forcefully and for not preventing it from widespread vandalising, including at a monument erected in homage to the Unknown Indian Soldier. 3. I found it difficult to believe Patnaik when he told BarkhaDutt of NDTV in her The Buck Stops Here Show on the night of August 21 that there were no political instructions and that riot control in general is rarely influenced by directions from the political le

What Chinese shoppers really do but will never tell you

http://www.bain.com When Chinese shoppers purchase most consumer products, they typically choose among several brands instead of showing loyalty to a specific brand. Winning shoppers in this environment is both a challenge and an opportunity for marketers. Success rests on understanding actual shopper behavior—what they do at the point of sale as opposed to what they say they’ll do in surveys. Bain & Company partnered with Kantar Worldpanel to study the shopping habits of 40,000 Chinese households. Our study helped us gain invaluable insights into how shoppers make purchases in 26 important consumer goods categories.......... READ MORE

Quote of the Day...

The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter. — Winston Churchill An ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination. — Voltaire

Pakistan’s Mobile Phone Curfew

Added by Malik Siraj Akbar on August 20, 2012. Saved under Malik Siraj Akbar, OPINION   On August 14, the government of Pakistan deliberately suspended mobile phone service for millions of subscribers in the country's largest province of Balochistan. Ironically, it was Pakistan's Independence Day and the citizens were supposed to enjoy their freedom. The government restricted phone calls and text messages in an effort to freeze the communication system of the political opposition. The opponents of the government increasingly use modern technology to mobilize political gatherings and criticize the official policies. Frustrated with Islamabad over the lack of political freedom and internal sovereignty, Balochistan's indigenous people mark August 14 as a "black day." The Balochs, unlike the rest of Pakistan, celebrate their independence day on August 11 instead of August 14. According to the Express Tribune, a respected Pakistani English language newspaper, "A

China Takes over IFC - A Silent Coup?

Guest Column by Kandaswami Subramanian   What has happened at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) is a silent coup which has not been much publicized in the media of emerging economies like India. On 10 th  August, President Jim Yong Kim of the World Bank announced that Cai Jinyong, a Chinese national, has been appointed as the new executive Vice President and CEO of the IFC. The announcement sounded so routine resembling one of those corporate announcements in New York. IFC is one of the funding triumvirates of the World Bank Group. The other two, more known, are the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD)  aka  the World Bank (WB). The President of the WB is the President of the IFC. Its management and operational duties devolve on the executive Vice President and CEO. The IFC has 182 members on date with a capital base of $2.4 billion. Only members of the WB may be members of the IFC. Seven of the major