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B.RAMAN That was the message that China sought to convey to President Barack Obama as he completed his eight-hour visit to Yangon (Rangoon) on November 19,2012, during which he met President TheinSein and Daw Aung San SuuKyi and addressed the students of the Rangoon University. 2. Ever since the US and Myanmar started moving closer to each other last year, the Chinese have been keeping a watchful eye on the interactions between the leaders of the two countries without any sign of undue panic that Myanmar was sought to be weaned away from China as part of the USA's new Asia policy. 3. President TheinSein too and his officers maintained regular military-to-military exchanges with China in order to reassure Beijing that  opening-up to the US would not be at the expense of traditional close relations with China and that the Chinese military leadership should have no reason to fear any dilution of the strategic ties between the two countries, including the re

The importance of Obama's Asian pivot

By Nayan Chanda | Nov 24, 2012, 12.00 AM IST As President Barack Obama ended his whirlwind media-saturated trip to Southeast Asia, skeptics wonder if the much-discussed American 'pivot to Asia' is not just a show. The fact that he had to spend a good part of his limited time with the media answering questions about Gaza demonstrated the inescapable pull of the Israeli-Arab conflict. Then, there is the worry about America`s high deficit and inevitable cut in defence spending. What can the US, with its dwindling power, do in Asia to balance a rising China, critics ask. The limits of America's power were indeed visible despite the pomp and ceremony of the presidential visit. But for all the obvious constraints faced by the US in reasserting its presence, it would be a mistake to treat the Obama policy as empty. Right from 2009, the Obama administration ha

The Scramble for Asia's Resources

By Daniel McGroarty With Washington skepticism near an all time high, it's no surprise that the Obama administration's recent travels have the town's talking heads buzzing. After all, just as Congress convenes hearings on the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack, it seems everyone who's anyone is jetting off to Asia. And yet, to paraphrase that shrewd war correspondent Sigmund Freud, sometimes a ministerial visit is just a ministerial visit -- even if it does take the president plus his secretaries of State and Defense halfway around the world the very same week Congress was clamoring for their attendance.   The attraction in Asia is two-fold: AUSMIN -- the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (and for the record, 2012 marks the second straight Australian session to command the presence of both Secretaries Hilary Clinton and Leon Panetta) -- followed by the

How Government “Works,” Part II

The Rule of the Downside The Daily Reckoning Presents Bill BonnerIn the case of Egypt, people listened and obeyed — at least, as much as they did — because Pharaoh was, in theory, a god. In the case of Rome — with the exception of Caligula's claims — and the Mongol empires, the theory was similarly simple, though different. Tamerlane made no claim to divinity. He merely made it clear what he would do to you if you resisted him. Towns that submitted were generally governed passably, according to the standards of the day...and taxed, but not razed to the ground. Those that contested his authority were destroyed, often with all the inhabitants killed. Everybody — or everyone who isn't either feebleminded or a saint — wants wealth, power and status. And the easiest, fastest way to get it usually is to take it away from someone. That is government's role. In Rome and out on the steppes, those who controlled the 'government' were in the favored position. They could re

Plans for Redrawing the Middle East: The Project for a “New Middle East”

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya Global Research, November 12, 2012 The term "New Middle East" was introduced to the world in June 2006 in Tel Aviv by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who was credited by the Western media for coining the term) in replacement of the older and more imposing term, the "Greater Middle East." This shift in foreign policy phraseology coincided with the inauguration of the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan (BTC) Oil Terminal in the Eastern Mediterranean. The term and conceptualization of the "New Middle East," was subsequently heralded by the U.S. Secretary of State and the Israeli Prime Minister at the height of  the Anglo-American sponsored Israeli siege of Lebanon. Prime Minister Olmert and Secretary Rice had informed the international media that a project for a "New Middle East" was being launched from Lebanon. This announcement was a confirmation of an Anglo-American-Israeli "military roadmap" in the Middle East

Baloch leader met Panetta in Washington

November 23, 2012   Zaki Khalid | TX Desk LAHORE: President of Baloch Society of North America (BSO-NA) and a prominent Baloch leader Dr. Wahid Baloch met with US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta at an event  titled  "A Conversation with The Honorable Leon Panetta: United States Secretary of Defence"  which was organized by the Center for New  American Security (CNAS) in Washington D.C. Reportedly, Dr. Wahid wanted to draw Panetta's attention to the alleged military operations being carried out by Pakistani and Irani security agencies in Balochistan (Pakistan) and Sistan (Iran-Balochistan). Dr. Wahid Baloch handed over a letter to Panetta, in which some of the statements include:   "On both sides of the border, the foreign occupying forces are engaged, with full impunity, in genocide and systemic elimination of Baloch leaders, students, teachers, intellectuals and political activists"   "Thousands of Baloch have lost their lives in this non-

MOROCCO : How Mohamed VI rules by remote control

Initially tailor-made to counter the winds of the "Arab Spring", the legislative elections that brought a coalition headed by Islamist prime minister Abdelilah Benkirane to power in Morocco last Nov. 25, obliged Mohamed VI to juggle with the balance of political power in his kingdom. In bringing several former ministers into his team of advisers - who answer only to him - and imposing the presence of his men in government posts, the monarch seriously curbed the powers of the new administration

Pak Terrorist Kasab Hanged; a Look Back at 2611

West Stirred-up Muslims Terrorize Mumbai   Since the secretive hanging of  Pak LeT trained terrorist Ajmal Kasab on 21 November morning, he was  the only survivor of at least a ten men band , ill-informed and info and intellect challenged discussions have gone viral on India's corporate channels and in print media   Perhaps Indians are afraid of going to the very genesis of the roots of terrorism created by US led West and Riyadh led Muslim countries during 1980s in south west Asia from which the region and people across the world continue to suffer ( collateral damage ,pity ) specially in North Africa ;West , South West , Central and South Asia .US led West's enduring freedom operation in Afghanistan's Black hole  for foreign invaders and the military quagmire after the Operation Iraqi freedom have only provided further field training to misguided and un-educated jobless Muslim youth , with Riyadh and other GCC members providing finances  for motivating and other a