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Iran's Agenda in the Gaza Offensive

November 16, 2012 | 0034 GMT   Summary To begin to make sense of the escalating conflict in Gaza, we need to go back to the night of Oct. 23 in Khartoum. Around 11 p.m. that night, the Yarmouk weapons facility in the Sudanese capital was attacked, presumably by the Israeli air force. There were indications that Iran had been using this facility to stockpile and possibly assemble weapons, including anti-aircraft missiles, guided anti-tank missiles and long-range Fajr-5 rockets capable of reaching Tel Aviv and Jerusalem from Gaza.  One of the major drivers behind Israel's latest air and assassination campaign is its belief that Hamas has a large cache of long-range Fajr-3 and Fajr-5 rockets in its possession. Israel's primary intent in this military campaign is to deny Hamas the ability to use these rockets or keep them as a constant threat to Israel's population centers. This likely explains why in early October, when short-range rocket attacks from Gaza were still at a lo

Lebanon: Lessons from Two Assassinations

November 15, 2012 | 1000 GMT   Stratfor By Scott Stewart Vice President of Analysis On Oct. 19, Lebanese Brig. Gen. Wissam al-Hassan was assassinated on a narrow side street near Sassine Square in downtown Beirut. The attack involved the detonation of a moderately sized vehicle-borne improvised explosive device as al-Hassan's car passed by the vehicle in which the device was hidden. The explosion killed not only al-Hassan and his driver but also six other people and wounded about 90 more. Al-Hassan, the intelligence chief for Lebanon's Internal Security Forces, had been a marked man for some time prior to his death. He was the security chief for former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri, who was assassinated in February 2005 in an attack that most believe was conducted by the Syrian regime and its allies in Lebanon. But more recently, as Stratfor noted in February 2012, al-Hassan played a critical role channeling support from the Gulf states and the West to the Syrian

Why bankers rule the world

By Ellen Brown   Asia Times 14 Nov 2012 http://atimes.com/atimes/Global_Economy/NK14Dj01.html In the 2012 edition of  Occupy Money  released this month, Professor Margrit Kennedy writes that a stunning 35% to 40% of everything we buy goes to interest. This interest goes to bankers, financiers, and bondholders, who take a 35% to 40% cut of our gross domestic product.  That helps explain how wealth is systematically transferred from Main Street to Wall Street. The rich get progressively richer at the expense of the poor, not just because of "Wall Street greed" but because of the inexorable mathematics of our private banking system.  This hidden tribute to the banks will come as a surprise to most people, who think that if they pay their credit card bills on time and don't take out loans, they aren't paying interest. This, says Kennedy, is not true. Tradesmen, suppliers, wholesalers and retailers all along the chain of production rely on credit to pay their bills

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On Godse

37m               Subramanian Swamy  ‏ @ Swamy39 Rea        failure is the apparent success of Godse in killing Gandhi and thereby weakening Patel and empowering Nehru. National set back Expand

West Australia Poised for Strategic Role as Hub of the Indo-Pacific Age

   By Rory Medcalf   http://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2012/11/12/west_australia_poised_for_strategic_role_as_hub_of_the_indo-pacific_age_100338.html   The symbolism is striking. On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta will meet their Australian counterparts in Perth, Australia's booming Indian Ocean city.The West Australian setting is apt not only because it is the home state of Defence Minister Stephen Smith, who will join Foreign Minister Bob Carr in the Australia-US ministerial consultations, or AUSMIN.It's also because these talks are the perfect chance to adjust the Australia-US alliance for a horizon wider than the Asian Century -- the era of the Indo-Pacific. Global economic and military weight -- and the potential for competition or co-operation among powerful states -- is shifting to Australia's greater region, a single strategic system spanning the Indian and Pacific oceans.In one of its smarter observati

OBAMA’S TRICKY VISIT TO MYANMAR

B.RAMAN In his first foreign visit  after being re-elected, President Barack Obama will be in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand from November 17 to 20, 2012. His visit to Cambodia is to attend the East Asia summit. The brief  visits to Myanmar  and Thailand will be bilateral. 2. He will be in Yangon (Rangoon) where Aung San SuuKyi lives for a few hours on November 19,2012. He will have talks with President TheinSein also at Yangon and not in the capital. He will be accompanied by Mrs. Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, for whom this will be the second visit to Myanmar. 3. The proposed visit has been projected in warm terms both by the US and Myanmar.A spokesman for President TheinSein said on November 9: "His visit is warmly welcomed. It will strengthen the resolve of TheinSein to move forward with reforms.Obama's visit shows concrete support for the democratisation process of President U TheinSein, Daw  Aung San SuuKyi, Members of Parliament and the

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Myth that Sanskrit graduates will not get jobs

Former top cop of AP Mr, Aravinda Rao comments on news report ( Sanskrit University  )that  Sanskrit graduates will not get jobs. "It is a big misunderstanding that Sanskrit graduates will not get jobs. Every year UPSC is selecting Sanskrit graduates for the All India Services like the IAS and IPS. They are as eligible as any other graduate for all the state govt jobs, where the qualification is a degree. It is a wrong impression that many parents or students have about their job opportunities. It is also true that there are as many unemployed engineers/ science graduates as Sanskrit degree holders, in terms of percentage. Let the Sanskrit University have a small training cell to prepare students for IAS etc and the moment one person gets selected, this impression disappears, and all others will get enthused. I am a retired officer from an All India Service and so I am saying with all my experience in the system." Aravinda rao

US-China-India: A critical strategic triangle

   By C Uday  Bhaskar Two major national elections – that in the USA  and China - have been  the focus of considerable attention in recent weeks and their outcome  have a very abiding relevance for India and the region. For India, both the US and China remain critical interlocutors and as per macro economic projections, these three countries will form a  distinctive strategic triangle of  the largest single state economies  by about 2030– which is the equivalent of the near future. Currently the  GDP of these three nations is as follows;  US –under US $17 trillion; China – below $7 trn; and India below $2 trn.  A Goldman Sachs estimate projects that by 2030, the line-up would be as follows: China –  $25.6 trn; USA –  $22.8 trn; and India –  $6.68 trn. However in end 2012,  the domestic mood in these three countries is one of  considerable apprehension about the future.  Grave economic, fiscal and governance challenges  confront the leadership  in Washington DC, Beijing and Delhi  w