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Why the ICC Cannot and Will Not Do What Archbishop Tutu Thinks it Should

     Try Tony Blair and George Bush for Illegal invasion of Iraq                                                                                             Editor’s note ;  In an article on 1 September 2012 in UK’s Observer ,Archbishop   Desmond Tutu  ,a Nobel peace prize winner and hero of the anti-apartheid movement  called for  Tony Blair  and  George Bush  to be tried by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague .He accused the former British and US leaders of lying about weapons of mass destruction and added that  the invasion left the world more destabilized and divided "than any other conflict in history". Tutu added that the controversial US and UK-led action to oust Saddam Hussein in 2003 created the backdrop for the civil war in Syria and a possible wider Middle East conflict involving Iran.   "The then leaders of the United States and Great Britain," Tutu said, "fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and


INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM MONITOR: PAPER NO. 763 ( Written at the request of the “Times of India”. Published by them on September 9,2012, at   ) B.RAMAN The 18 Muslim suspects arrested since August 29 in  operations co-ordinated by the Bengaluru Police are presently under interrogation. The indications till now are that the suspects, who have been picked up from Bengaluru and Hubli in Karnataka, Hyderabad and Maharashtra, had come together with the objective of assassinating certain individuals identified with the Hindutva ideology. Though there seems to be some suspicion of their contacts with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET) of Pakistan and the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI) of Bangladesh, they constituted a new indigenous group with no suspected links with any of the indigenous terrorist/extremist organisations that have been active

Modi's Gujarat wins UN award for the 2nd best State Govt. in the World

  Before 10 year they had 50,000 crores loan in world bank. But today they've deposited 1 lac crore in world bank. In gujarat: "NO BAR""NO POWER CUT"" 15 % of WHOLE INDIA EXPORT is FROM Gujarat "Think who is 'INDIAN IDOL'? Rahul Baba    or ' NARENDRA MODI '  


B.RAMAN Diminishing  malice is becoming the defining characteristic of Indo-Pakistan relations as our Foreign Minister, ShriS.M.Krishna, flies to Islamabad  on the morning of Septembr 7,2012, for another joint review with Ms HinaRabbaniKhar, his Pakistani counterpart, of the state of the continuing talks between officials of the two countries on  bilateral issues that have been the stumbling block of better relations. 2. The bilateral issues remain as they were defying a substantive movement forward in the efforts to find a solution. This is so whether in respect of Jammu and Kashmir or the Siachen and Sir Creek issues or Pakistani inaction against the terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), who masterminded the 26/11 terrorist strikes in Mumbai and are now supposed to be facing trial before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi. 3.What has been changing is not the contours and the complexities of the bilateral issues, but the lingo and the rhetoric.The

Evacuations and Contingency Planning

September 6, 2012 | 0900 GMT     Stratfor By Scott Stewart When the London 2012 Paralympic Games conclude the week of Sept. 9, the British navy reportedly will send a task force to the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, where it will participate in amphibious exercises off the coasts of Albania, Sardinia and Turkey before lingering off the coast of Cyprus. Ostensibly, the upcoming exercises are meant to prepare the navy for evacuating Syria of British citizens. Indeed, the ongoing civil war in Syria has prompted several Western countries to consider evacuation plans for their citizens who remain in the war-torn country. Some countries already have issued travel warnings against Syria, while others have advised their citizens to vacate the country. The United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany have closed their embassies in Syria and are less able to assist their citizens there. Foreign nationals should take full advantage of their governments' evacuation assistanc


B.RAMAN The rumblings from the Tibetan areas of China continue. The more the Chinese suppress, the more the Tibetans protest. The more the Chinese demonise His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the more the Tibetans respect him. The more the Chinese flaunt the economic progress made by the Tibetan areas under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the more the Tibetans long for His Holiness. 2. The Chinese recently took the CPC appointed Panchen Lama, who normally lives in Beijing under heavy security, on his annual one month, CPC-sponsored exposure to the Tibetan people. He camped in Lhasa under the protection of the PLA and was taken round the various monasteries where the influence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama continues to be strong. 3. The Chinese hopes that the Tibetan people would start venerating the CPC-sponsored Panchen Lama were belied.His presence in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and his visits to the monasteries were tom-tomed by the Party and G

China thrives in soft corner with two-track U.S. strategy

By  BRAHMA CHELLANEY text/eo20120903bc.html NEW DELHI — The U.S. strategy long has been geared against the rise of any hegemonic power in Asia and for a stable balance of power. Yet, as its 2006 national security strategy report acknowledges, the United States also remains committed to accommodate "the emergence of a China that is peaceful and prosperous and that cooperates with us to address common challenges and mutual interests." Can U.S. policy reconcile these two seemingly conflicting objectives? The short answer is yes. The U.S., in fact, has played a key role in China's rise. One example was the U.S. decision to turn away from trade sanctions against Beijing after the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre and instead integrate that country with global institutions — a major decision that allowed China to rise. Yet, paradoxically, many in the world today see China as America's potential peer rival. Often overl


  B.RAMAN According to media reports, the Bengaluru Police are presently interrogating 13 persons who have been taken into custody on suspicion of their involvement in a conspiracy to carry out assassinations of some targeted individuals in Karnataka and Hyderabad. The media reports have stated that the suspects under interrogation, all of them Indian nationals, are alleged to have had links with the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LET), a Pakistani terrorist organisation, and the Bangladesh branch of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami (HUJI), which is generally referred to as HUJI (B). Both these organisations had operated in Hyderabad and Bengaluru in the past. 2. Eleven of the arrests were made on August 29,2012----six in Bengaluru and five in Hubli in Karnataka. The 12 th arrest was made in Hyderabad on August 31 and the 13 th in Bengaluru on September 1,2012. The 11 suspects arrested on August 29 included a journalist, a doctor and a Junior Research Fellow with the  Defen