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B.RAMAN In an article written on June 12,2004, I had inter alia stated as follows: “ For its intelligence-collection and covert action operations directed against India, Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) uses four external bases - Kathmandu, Dubai, Bangkok and Colombo. “ While Kathmandu and Dubai are used by the ISI for intelligence collection as well as covert actions, Bangkok is used as an alternate sanctuary and as a clandestine meeting place to brief and debrief its agents in India. After the Mumbai blasts of March,1993, the ISI had the perpetrators of the terrorist attack shifted to Bangkok from Karachi and kept them there for some time in different hotels in order to prevent the detection of their links with the ISI by the US diplomatic missions in Pakistan, which were enquiring into Indian allegations in this regard. “Past evidence indicated that the main interest of the ISI in using Colombo as a base was to collect intelligence about develop

Airpower at 18,000’: The Indian Air Force in the Kargil War

Foreword The Kargil conflict offers an exemplary case study in the uses of airpower in joint warfare in high mountain conditions and is key to a full understanding of India’s emerging air posture. In the spring of 1999, the world slowly became aware of Pakistan’s foray into the Kargil-Dras sector of the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir, a provocation that would incite the limited war now known as the “Kargil conflict.” This clash represented a watershed in Indo-Pakistani security relations because it demonstrated that even the presence of nuclear weapons might not dampen the competition that has persisted historically between the region’s largest states. But the conflict distinguished itself in other ways as well, especially in the scale and type of military operations. Although past struggles for advantage along the disputed borders outside of declared wars invariably involved small infantry elements on both sides, the Kargil conflict was unique both in the number of major Indi

Baloch leaders demand international intervention in Balochistan at New York rally

United Nations, Sep.21 (ANI): Baloch leaders and activists held a protest rally in front of the United Nations headquarters in New York to demand international intervention to resolve the Balochistan crisis. The rally was organized by the Washington-based Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA), the Balochistan National Congress (BNC) and the Moscow-based Baloch Unity Organization, and was attended by representatives of Baloch, Sindhi, Pashtun and Hindu communities living in North America. Dr. Jumma Marri, the President of the Baloch Unity Organization, came all the way from Moscow to attend the protest. "The ongoing Pakistani and Iranian military aggression, gross human right violations, war crimes and Genocide have surpassed all limits", a statement issued by Baloch Society of North America said. Dr. Wahid Baloch, the President of BSO-NA and chief organizer of the rally, called upon United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki moon and other world leaders

Crisis Replay... Soon Argentina Will Be on Sale Again

  Daily Reckoning Presents   Ronan Mcmahon Just over a decade ago Argentina spectacularly unraveled with the biggest default in history — $100 billion. Dollar deposits were converted to pesos. Then, overnight, the peg of one-to-one with the dollar was broken. The unpegged currency immediately devalued. Savings were wiped out. Banks were set alight and locals took to the streets in protest. That crisis created the biggest buying opportunity of a decade. During the ?re sales you could have picked up a historic, high-end property in Buenos Aires or a vineyard in Mendoza for a song. Today, Argentina is back in a bind. There is a strong possibility of another crack-up within the next year. And then we'll have the same opportunity we had a decade ago. The signs are all there. The streets of Buenos Aires have recently seen the return of the backstreet currency exchange. According to the of?cial exchange rate, which is subject to capital controls, 4.4 pesos buys you a dollar. But on

Baloch Rally at the UN demands international intervention in Balochistan.

Baloch Rally at the UN demands international intervention in Balochistan. September 18, 2012 NEW YORK -- (United Nations):  A highly successful peaceful protest rally, held in front of the United Nations Headquarters in New York, demanded from the UN and the world community to intervene in war torn Balochistan, where the ongoing Pakistani and Iranian military aggression, gross human right violations, war crimes and Genocide have surpassed all limits.  The protester were chanting slogan: STOP the human Right Violations in Balochistan,  STOP the human Right Violations in Sindh,  STOP the human Right Violations in Pashtunistan,  STOP the human Right Violations in Pakistan, STOP the human Right Violations of minorities in Pakistan, STOP Killing in Balochistan,  STOP military Operation in Balochistan,  STOP the Genocide of Baloch Nation,  Wake up, Wake up UNO,  UNO we want intervention,  UNO we want Freedom, UNO we want Justice,  FREE F

US: Handout Nation


B.RAMAN The obnoxious anti-Muslim film produced by someone in the US and disseminated through the Internet has already caused five days of daily ant-US demonstrations in Chennai. 2.Muslim youth of Chennai did not react in such a vigorous manner over the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, during the visit of former US President George Bush to India in 2006 and against the cartoons published by a Danish journal in September 2005 projecting the Holy Prophet of Islam in negative colours. 3.The surprisingly angry reaction of the Muslim youth this time could be attributed partly to  the fact that the film is much,much more obnoxious than the Danish cartoons and partly to the feeling that the Government of India has not reacted against the film as vehemently as it should have.The anger in sections of the Muslim youth of Chennai also reflects the growth of religious activism among the Muslim youth in educational institutions and the dilution of the control of the elders of the commun

From Gadhafi to Benghazi

  September 18, 2012 | 0900 GMT     Stratfor By George Friedman Last week, four American diplomats were killed when armed men attacked the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The attackers' apparent motivation was that someone, apparently American but with an uncertain identity, posted a video on YouTube several months ago that deliberately defamed the Prophet Mohammed. The attack in Benghazi was portrayed as retribution for the defamation, with the attackers holding all Americans equally guilty for the video, though it was likely a pretext for deeper grievances. The riots spread to other countries, including Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen, although no American casualties were reported in the other riots. The unrest appears to have subsided over the weekend. Benghazi and the Fall of Gadhafi In beginning to make sense of these attacks, one must observe that they took place in Benghazi, the city that had been most opposed to Moammar Gadhafi. Indeed, Gadhafi had promised to slaughter his o


B.RAMAN Our national trait for wishful-thinking often  worries me. 2. A rationally argued assumption is an important part of strategic thinking, a wishful thought with no rational basis is not.I had pointed out in some of my articles in the past how we often confuse wishful-thinking for strategic analysis. Some, if not many of those, who have made a name in our country as strategic analysts, are actually wishful-thinkers. There are many wishful-thinkers even in our security bureaucracy. 3. These observations have been triggered by some E-Mailed comments received by me on my article of September 17,2012, asking whether our humiliation of 1962 by China can repeat itself. The majority of those who have argued that the question of another 1962 does not arise have given two reasons, both of which appear to me to be nothing but wishful thoughts. 4.The first is that the Chinese are no longer in a position to spring a trans-Himalayan surprise on us as they did i

US pitches for greater role for India

September 17, 2012 22:28 IST Noting an upswing in bilateral ties over the years, the United States has pitched for greater role for India [ Images ] in the world and said it was keen to work with New Delhi [ Images ] on it. "The US can work with India over its growing role in the world," US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell stressed during a panel discussion, which included Indian Ambassador in Washington Nirupama Rao [ Images ]. "Trade relations are growing. It reflects our desire to proceed with arrangements for the civil nuclear deal," Powell said as Rao noted the India-US relationship has "wide political support across the spectrum" in both countries and stressed that it will not change. "The US has extended support to India's membership of multilateral export regimes. We are exploring new frontiers," the Indian ambassador said. Rao also said that

Libya, and the Chinese yuan, give new edge to Putin’s Pakistan visit Sandhya Jain 18 September 2012   The murder of the US envoy and three other diplomatic staff members in Libya on the night of Sept 11 following telecast on YouTube of a film maligning the Prophet, which inflamed sentiments of Muslims worldwide, has given an entirely new dimension to Russian President Vladimir Putin's pre-scheduled visit to Pakistan early next month. As Washington dithers between containing the fallout and flexing muscle in the region by sending troops towards Iran, both Moscow and Beijing (which has cordial relations with Islamabad) are getting ready to assume a greater leadership role in international affairs.   Thwarting America's regime change ambitions in Syria and Iran would now be high priority. Moscow and Beijing have already coordinated moves in the Security Council to bar US-NATO from initiating Libya-style regime change in Damascus, and can be expected to intensify resistance to US man


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2012   Bill would terminate Pakistan's designation as a major non-NATO ally   WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Friday, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) introduced H.R. 6391, a bill to remove the major non-NATO ally (MNNA) status from Pakistan. "It's time to break with Pakistan, but at the very least, we should stop providing them the eligibility to obtain our own sophisticated weaponry in an expedited process. Too many of our own men and women have died because of Islamabad's treachery." In 2004, then-President Bush granted Pakistan MNNA status in an effort to get Pakistan to help the U.S. fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban. MNNA status is significant, granting critical benefits in the areas of foreign aid and defense cooperation. A MNNA country is eligible for priority delivery of defense material, an expedited arms sale process, and a U.S.  loan guarantee program, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. It can also