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Wield a very big stick

Anirudh Bhattacharyya,  Hindustan Times January 11, 2013 First Published: 22:05 IST(11/1/2013) Last Updated: 22:13 IST(11/1/2013) If this week's inhuman killing of two Indian jawans near the Line of Control seems like a movie we've seen before, it may spawn sequels in the months ahead as Pakistan's deep state factors in a couple of developments in Washington to pursue its policy of borderline lunacy. First, there's Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, who is considered soft on Pakistan and is almost certain to be confirmed as America's next Secretary of State. Kerry is considered a seasoned diplomat, the sort who has gathered enough salt and pepper over years of inhabiting the Beltway. He is known for his sagacity in international matters, like when in 2009 he visited Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and described his regime as "an essential player in bringing peace a

Police failed to act on first complaint against Akbaruddin Owaisi's hate speech TNN Jan 10, 2013, 07.34AM IST   HYDERABAD: Though the Nizamabad police might have taken time to comprehend Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi's December 8 Urdu speech in Nizamabad, the office of the director general of police (DGP) did receive a complaint within 48 hours of the vitriolic attack. However, police 'inaction' seems to have emboldened Akbaruddin to repeat his blasphemous speech in Nirmal, Adilabad on December 22. On December 10, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) corporator from Mangalhat T Raja Singh gave a complaint to the office of the DGP (a copy of the acknowledgment is available with TOI) stating that Akbaruddin had denigrated gods of a particular community in his hate speech in Nizamabad.   "On December 8, MIM party had a meeting in Nizamabad. During the speeches given by MIM members, they made derogatory remarks

Can India Revive Nonalignment?

  By Ashley Tellis     India's foreign-policy establishment is in the process of disinterring a long-dead grand strategy from its Cold War grave. "Nonalignment" - the doctrine that calls upon India to refuse staunchly any strategic alliances with other actors - has re-entered the broader foreign policy discourse, with the center-left championing such policies in the guise of promoting "strategic autonomy." The credo was touted in an independent report titled Nonalignment 2.0, which offers the vision of "allying with none" as a grand strategy for India in the coming years. At first glance, nonalignment presents an attractive option for a rising India. It promises freedom from entangling alliances as well as the chance to advance Indian exceptionalism against the Machiavellian imperatives of traditional international politics. Most importantly, it holds out

6 Provocative Predictions for 2013... And Beyond

By Addison Wiggin Someday, someone will fund an academic study identifying the crevice in the human brain that craves year-end predictions for the coming 12 months. Wherever it resides, it is undeniably strong and far more prevalent among the populace than the craving for news about, say, the "fiscal cliff" or the New York Jets' quarterback saga. Within the finance sector, such predictions abound. "Macro surprises" from Morgan Stanley, "13 outliers for '13" from Deutsche Bank, and the ever popular "outrageous predictions" from Denmark's Saxo Bank. And you know what? These institutions are, umn, lily- white, every last one of them. Saxo, for instance, describes its predictions as an "annual exercise in rooting out relatively extreme market and political events for which the probability is perhaps low, if still vastly underappreciated." In other words, they're "thought experiments." They do a nice job of cove

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Owasi a joker

On one the one hand Owasi says that if the police is removed he can take care of the 100 crore majority. While in his own admission when the police was removed in Gujarat the result was a painful blow to his kind. There he complains that Mr.Modi should be prosecuted for not providing protection. Mr. Owaisi stop being a joker. You are giving cheap thrills and false sense of power to a frustrated lot. Instead try to do some constructive work for the people and improve their lives.

For Syria, perhaps a Bosnia likes Solution!

  Bosnia, sometimes called Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a country in Southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Sarajevo and it is bordered by Croatia to the north, west and south, Serbia to the east, and Montenegro to the southeast.   This complex new state out of the ashes of Yugoslavia ,was created following the Dayton ( near Ohio, USA) Accords reached on Nov. 21, 1995, and ratified in Paris by the presidents of Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia, ending the war in Bosnia and outlining a General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It preserved Bosnia as a single state made up of two parts, the Bosniak-Croat federation and the Bosnian Serb Republic, with Sarajevo remaining as the undivided capital city.   Following the wars in Yugoslavia after the death of its leader Marshal Tito, and in the wake of the collapse of USSR, with which it has Slavic and Orthodox Christian similarities and fairly close relationship, civil wars based on ethnic

Intelligence and Human Networks

January 10, 2013 | 0956 GMT   Stratfor By Tristan Reed Stratfor views the world through the lens of geopolitics, the study of hard, physical constraints on man's ability to shape reality. Political decisions are limited by the geography in which they take place, eliminating many of the options concocted by ideologues and making their human decisions easier to predict. But the study of geopolitics only takes the understanding of global affairs so far: It identifies the geographical constraints but leaves an array of options open to human actors. So when forecasting on a shorter time frame, analysis must go beyond geographical constraints to more specific, temporal constraints. For this reason, predicting the short-term activities of human actors requires an understanding of the constraints they face in the human terrain within which they operate. As a result, one task common to any intelligence organization is defining the human network of a state, criminal organization, militan

Under Cover: Why are we giving visas to Chinese spies?

  BY DANA ROHRABACHER | JANUARY 8, 2013 In early January, Chris Buckley, a Beijing correspondent newly hired by the New York Times, wasforced to leave China along with his family after his visa was not renewed. Philip P. Pan has also beenwaiting for more than 8 months for a visa to work as the Beijing bureau chief for the Times. These follow a similar incident in May 2012 when Melissa Chan, a Beijing-based reporter for Al-Jazeera and a U.S. citizen, was effectively kicked out of China when her visa was not renewed. China also denies and delays visas to limit the number of reporters and the effectiveness of the work done by the U.S. government-funded broadcaster Voice of America, and many journalists from prominent international publications have had to wait several months for their Chinese visas to be approved. It is clear that the Chinese Communist Party controls and manipulates domestic and foreign media operating within its country to maintain its illegitimate grip on power. But w

India-Pakistan dialogue must continue B. RAMAN  But New Delhi must create strong disincentives for hostile actions by Islamabad The validity of our strategic objectives towards Pakistan should not be allowed to be distorted by any jingoistic reaction to the incident in Jammu & Kashmir on January 8, 2013, in which two Indian soldiers were killed well inside Indian territory by a Pakistani Army group and where one of them was allegedly decapitated. While Pakistan has denied any decapitation, it has sought to project the incident as in retaliation for an earlier incident on January 6 in the Uri sector in which, according to it, a Pakistani soldier was killed by a raiding Indian Army unit. This has been denied by the Indian Army. According to it, it merely countered covering fire by Pakistani units in the area to facilitate the infiltration of some militants into J&K across the Uri area. In the present state of contentio

Interview: Major General Anders Brännström, Swedish Chief of Army Staff

 Defence IQ Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  12/07/2012  12:00:00 AM EST  |  1      Fredrick the Great, the King of Prussia between 1740–1786, once famously told his generals, "To defend everything is to defend nothing." Major General Anders Brännström, the Swedish Chief of Army Staff, shares a similar philosophy. In a recent interview with Defence IQ discussing future armoured vehicles requirements, Brännström explained that it's important to focus on key areas for future development. He said that the IED "definitely" presents an enduring threat and one which must be the continued focus of research and development for both industry and the military. "Everywhere in the future where there is fertiliser and the internet, we will always face IEDs … That's the main thing – the IED is the threat that you have to handle; you have to be able to defeat the device and train your forces to go against the networks behind those IEDs." As the planned


B.RAMAN   There have been two very serious  incidents across the Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir. ·        PAKISTANI STATEMENT: One Pakistani soldier was killed on January 6,2013, in an alleged Indian raid on a Pakistani Army post. On January 7, the Pakistani Foreign Office in Islamabad protested over the incident to the Indian Deputy High Commissioner. According to the Indian version of this incident, on January 6,Pakistani troops fired mortar shells at Indian Army posts in the Uri sector to help insurgents infiltrate into India.The Indian Army had retaliated. ·        INDIAN STATEMENT: Two Indian soldiers were killed and two others injured on the morning of January 8, when Pakistani army troops entered Indian territory near Mendhar, about 220 KMs north of Jammu,and attacked an Indian post.The body of one of the Indian soldiers was found decapitated and the severed head was missing. The Pakistani Army has denied the allegations and described th

GHHF strongly condemns Akbaruddin Owaisi of MIM and the State Government

  Global Hindu Heritage Foundation (GHHF) strongly condemns Mr. Akbaruddin Owaisi, MIM (Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen) MLA for his hateful, repulsive and detestable tirades against all Hindus and against Bharath Mata, at the meetings held at Nizamabad and Nirmal. His vicious speech ridiculing the number of Gods and Goddesses of Hindus; his obnoxious comments on Gomata which is considered sacred by all Hindus; his venomous statement to remove the Bhagya Lakshmi Temple from the premises of Charminar in the old city; his contempt for the number of festivals Hindus conduct; and his virulent maniac declaration to hang Narendra Modi if he comes to Hyderabad should be condemned, denounced and censured.  He even made a blood thirsty pronouncement that "We are 25 crores, you are 100 crores. Remove the police for 15 minutes and we will show you who has more courage and strength … Today, I have this mike in front of me. If tomorrow I hold something else, then there will be so much of bloodshe

Hate-speech giver Akbaruddin Owaisi asks High Court to cancel cases

Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: January 07, 2013 19:36 IST         Hyderabad: Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi, who returned to Hyderabad from London early today, has moved Andhra Pradesh High Court seeking quashing of the cases against him in various police stations over his alleged hate speeches. Hours after seeking four days' time to appear before police in Nirmal town of Adilabad district, Mr Owaisi filed a petition in the high court, seeking orders to strike down cases booked against him at the direction of lower courts. The petition is likely to come up for hearing in two days.   The 9 O'clock News: The biggest stories (Jan 03 2013) Earlier, Adilabad police confirmed that the MIM leader, through his lawyers, sought more time on the ground of ill-health. Two lawyers, who reached Nirmal police station on behalf of Mr Owaisi, submitted doctors' report.  Doctors, brought in by the police, are currently examining the legislator at hi

License Raj is dead. Licensor is not

Rediff January 7, 2013   The near decade of India under Dr Singh has convinced most that India is an Absentee State, where governance is grossly missing and rule of law virtually non-existent, writes M R Venkatesh. The days of denial by our government are certainly over. Successive economic data shows up that something is structurally flawed within our economy. The government may be reluctant to admit it. But the fact remains we are now heading for another economic crisis. And the root cause? Government and lack of governance. More to the point, India is no longer regarded as a soft state - a term invented by Gunnar Myrdal, the noted Swedish Nobel Laureate. Myrdal used this term in his classicAsian Drama to describe a general societal "indiscipline" prevalent in South Asia. That was in a distant past, within a decade or two of India attaining her independ

DRAGON WATCH: CHINA PLANNING ANOTHER ASAT TEST IN JAN 2013? 2012-01-07 — The US media reported on January 4 that there is speculation circulating within the US defense and intelligence communities that China is gearing up to launch an anti-satellite test this month. It is said that a successful test will put the US strategic satellites, such as Global Positioning System navigational satellites, at risk. China reportedly conducted an anti-satellite test in early 2007, which caused a great uproar. Some analysts said that even China really once again launches a test, it will not strike down satellites, but invalidate them. China's public policy is peaceful use of space, which is also China's real desire. China has no interest in launching a large-scale space race with the US. China and Russia jointly initiated a program to avoid an arm race in outer space in 2008, but this proposal was refused by the US. Against this background, it is neces


B.RAMAN   Media reports emanating from Pakistan's civilian Government as well as  from the General Headquarters (GHQ) of the Army speak of an on-going review of Pakistan's military doctrine in order to give priority to the creation of a sub-conventional warfare capability to fight domestically against non-State actors posing a threat to Pakistan's internal security. 2.While these non-State actors have not been specifically named, it is apparent they have in mind the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the anti-Shia Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LEJ) and the Baloch nationalist elements which are waging a struggle for Baloch independence. 3.The Pakistan Army has not been able to prevail over any of theseorganisations. The TTP has maintained a capability for fighting against the Pakistani security forces in the tribal  as well as non-tribal areas and there have been indications of its extending  its activities to Karachi, thereby adding to the instability there.