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How Brahamdagh Bugti got Swiss asylum

our correspondent Tuesday, September 11, 2012 From Print Edition ISLAMABAD: A Baloch rights campaigner played a leading role in convincing the United Nations Human Rights Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and western countries that Baloch leader Brahamdagh Bugti must be given sanctuary in a safe European country. Munir Mengal’s Baloch Voice Foundation, a Paris-based NGO, appointed Madam Bruna Molina as its legal representative in May 2010 to work on the asylum case of Brahamdagh Bughti and the members of his family while the Baloch leader was going through a difficult time in Afghanistan. Brahamdagh Bugti reached Switzerland in late October 2010 and has been living there ever since on political asylum. After Brahumdagh reached Switzerland, many people claimed to have helped him but a spokesman for Bugti particularly denied that Munir Mengal had played any role in helping Bugti to leave Afghanistan. Sher Mohammed Bugti, official spokesman for the Balochistan Republican Party


B.RAMAN A group of about 1500 Muslims staged an ugly demonstration outside the US Consulate-General in Chennai on the evening of September 14,2012, in protest against a derogatory film on Islam and its Holy Prophet  produced by an unidentified person in the US. 2.A video clip from the film with Arabic sub-titles uploaded on to the Internet has led to a series of anti-US demonstrations by Muslims in some countries of the world, with the demonstrations taking violent form in some places.During a demonstration outside the US Consulate in Benghazi in Libya on September 11,2012, a small group of heavily armed Muslims launched a commando-style attack on the Consulate resulting in the death of the US Ambassador to Libya and three other US officials. 3. The involvement of the Ansar al-Sharia (Supporters of the Sharia), an affiliate of Al Qaeda, is suspected in the Benghazi attack.The Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), based in Yemen, is also called Ansar al-

BREAKING INDIA This book has emerged as a result of several experiences that have deeply influenced my research and scholarship over the past decade. In the 1990s, an African-American scholar at Princeton University casually told me that he had returned from a trip to India, where he was working with the ‘Afro-Dalit Project’. I learnt that this USoperated and -financed project frames inter-jati/varna interactions and the Dalit movement using American cultural and historical lenses. The Afro-Dalit project purports to paint Dalits as the ‘Blacks’ of India and non-Dalits as India’s ‘Whites’. The history of American racism, slavery and Black/White relations is thus superimposed onto Indian society. While modern caste structures and inter-relationships have included long periods of prejudice toward Dalits, the Dalit experience bears little resemblance to the African slave experience of America. But taking its cue from the American experience, the Afro-Dalit projec

Are you Scared the True Colours will Show if you Open your Mouth Dr. Singh?

September 11, 2012 By  Sandeep N ote:  This is a translation of Pratap Simha’s original  Kannada Prabha  piece titled  Baaibittare Banna Bayalaaguttademba Bhayave Manmohan Singh  published last Saturday. Hazaron jawabon se acchi hai khamoshi meri  Na jaane kitne sawalon ke aabroo rakhe So please answer us: how did this loot of epic proportions, of Rs. 1.86 lakh crores, occur right under your nose? When someone asks, “will you please answer the voters who’ve elected you,” you respond with “my silence is greater than a thousand questions.” Does this how the Prime Minister of the world’s largest democracy respond? Is there an irresponsibility greater than this? Isn’t this simply a nice ruse to avoid responsibility? Not just that. The Prime Minister has retorted that “it has been my general practice not to respond to motivated criticism directed personally at me.” I mean… Is it  actually  Manmohan Singh who’s made this statement? Does he suffer from a memory ailme

Controversial Quotes

Controversial Quotes The Ramayana argues for the colonization of the peoples of the subcontinent while the Ramcaritmanas argues for the worship of an iconic figure rather than, for instance, a consideration of the Upanishads’ metaphysics.  – Vijay Prashad, Chair of South Asian History and Professor of International Studies, Trinity College.  Founding member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists Coming back to Samskara, we see that not surprisingly, humanist teachings in Hinduism arise not from our host of gods and goddesses whose life stories are many times filled with outrageous kinds of deceit, manipulations, selfishness and greed…Indeed, when one such God tried to play the role of a guru as seen above in the Gita, the teachings are quite clearly non-humanistic.   - Balmurli Natrajan, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, William Paterson University.  Member, Forum of Inqualabi Leftists Hinduism is a religion of violence. All Hindu gods killed their enemies and became heroic images.

"The Forum of Intentional Liars": The Indian Communist/Christian Missionary/Islamist Nexus and Its Anti-Hindu/Anti-India Agenda Abhimanyu Arjun Do you think Hinduism is spiritual fascism? Do you think that the Ramayana is a book of colonizers? Do you agree that the lives of Hindu deities are filled with all kinds of outrageous, deceitful and incestuous acts? Do you think that Hinduism is a religion of violence where the killers have become Gods? Do you think NRIs (non-Resident Indians) are slaves of corporate America that are motivated by issues of exploitation and oppression of “desis” and others in the US? Do you agree that the Patel community of Gujarat sponsored or played a major role in the 2002 riots in Gujarat that killed many Muslims and Hindus? The Forum of Inqualabi Leftists (FOIL) and its affiliates subscribe to the above views on Hinduism, India and the Hindu diaspora.  FOIL, an organization with deep Communist connections, is a part of a nexus of Indian Communist/Christian Missionary/Islamist organizations that work in tandem to demonize Hi

Baloch Voice Foundation to hold conference in Geneva

Press Release Baloch Voice Foundation. 21 st Human Rights Council Session UNO, Geneva On the Occasion of the 21 st Session of the Human Rights Council at the UNO, Geneva, the President of Baloch Voice Foundation Mr. Munir Mengal said that the Baloch leadership was concerned that the Pakistan state would make it difficult for the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) to collect information from the ground to prepare its report on the cases of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, even if it allows them visit to Pakistan. Pakistan is a member state of UNO; hence, it has got a special responsibility to facilitate the visit of WGEID members to get access to the aggrieved people in Balochistan— particularly the civil society representatives, i.e., lawyers, political and human rights activists, and family members of the disappeared persons. As per the information we are receiving from the ground, the Pakistani state is playing


B.RAMAN The three important economic decisions taken by the Government of Prime Minister Dr.Manmohan Singh on September 13 and 14,2012, are not going to herald an economic  miracle for tomorrow. 2. These decisions relate to a significant increase in the price of diesel and permitting foreign direct investment in the civil aviation and retail sectors.The decision on civil aviation was expected by the political class as whole, but that relating to the retail sector was not. The Government's earlier attempt some months ago to permit FDI in the retail sector had to be given up due to strong opposition from some constituents of the ruling coalition as well as from the opposition BJP. 3. Despite the persisting slide-down in the economy, the Government of Dr.Manmohan Singh was avoiding taking these important decisions till now due to fears of adverse political consequences.Such adverse consequences might have been in the form of a break-up of the ruling coalit

The Lending Lindy   Our entire finance-based monetary system – led by banks but typified by insurance companies, investment management firms and hedge funds as well – is based on an acceptable level of carry and the expectation of earning it.  In a New Normal economy where lenders dance to the Blue Danube instead of the Lindy, how should we move our own feet?  Carefully, I suppose, and with recognition that historic returns are just that – historic.​     Citigroup's Chuck Prince will likely join Irving Fisher in the annals of market history for his now infamous "As long as the music is playing, you've got to get up and dance." Unlike Fisher's quote, however, which affirmed a permanent plateau of prosperity in 1929, Prince's faux pas may have been interpreted unfairly. History books will never record the context under which his statement was made, but what if instead of subprime-specific, Mr. Prince was