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Brics nations establish bank to counter IMFand IBRD & Warn against any action in Syria or Iran

Forbes Cribs   Given below are a few articles on the paradigm changing decision to establish a Brics Bank outlining the architecture to counter US led West's domination and exploitation of the South including India post WWII and Bretton Woods.   The Brics leaders have come very strongly against the actions of NATO countries and the paragons of democracy and freedom led by GCC countries' twit gas island Qatar with Riyadh at the back .   Ankara whose ruling AKP , getting ever more Islamist and financed by Riyadh has messed up its foreign policy and is getting sucked into the Syrian quagmire .It has 25% unhappy Kurds ( who see  autonomous Kurds in north Iraq ) Kurds also straddle along long Turkish Syrian border .Turkey also has 15% Alevis , similar in belief to the ruling Alawaite grouping with majority Sunni support in Syria ( they have seen what has happened in Libya after the regime change –by West -chaos and murders and division of the country )   Brics leaders have als


  B.RAMAN The PLA Daily of March 29,2013, has carried the following report on the bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chinese President Xi Jinping in the margins of the BRICS summit at Durban on March 27.   Xi says world needs common development of China, India     (Source: Xinhua)   2013-03-29         Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) meets with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Durban, South Africa, March 27, 2013. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)        DURBAN, South Africa, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Wednesday that the world needs the common development of China and India and can provide sufficient room for the two neighbors' development.      Xi made the remarks during a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a summit of BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- in the South African po

China & India on collision course as oil & gas tension mounts.

>> The Indian navy is prepared to deploy vessels to the South China Sea to protect India's oil interests there, the navy chief said on Monday amid growing international fears over the potential for naval clashes in the disputed region. India has sparred diplomatically with China in the past over its gas and oil exploration block off the coast of Vietnam. China claims virtually the entire mineral-rich South China Sea and has stepped up its military presence there. Other nations such as Vietnam, Philippines and Malaysia have competing claims. Indian state-run explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) has a stake in a gas field in the Nam Con Son basin, off Vietnam's south coast. Indian Navy Chief Admiral D.K Joshi said while India was not a claimant in the dispute over territorial rights in the South China Sea, it was prepared to act, if necessary, to protect its maritime and economic interests in the region. "When the requirement

India’s 8% Enigma

March 25, 2013 by admin2 Ravi Shanker Kapoor Three days after presenting Budget 20114, Finance Minister P. Chidambaram wondered why Indian companies, both public sector undertakings (PSUs) as well as private enterprises, were not investing. “PSUs are sitting on piles of cash, private business houses are also sitting on piles of cash. I am in constant touch with bankers. While some enquiries have begun to come to bankers, I am told there is not a flood of enquiries.” The Finance Minister’s wonderment reminds me of Ghalib’s famous couplet: Is saadgi pe kaun na mar jaaye ai khuda/ladte hain aur haath mein talwar bhi nahin (Who would not be floored by the simplicity of my beloved’s panache, Oh Lord/She fights and she doesn’t even have a sword in her hand). For it is clear why companies are not investing in India: the Congress-led government has fostered rules, regulations, myths, mindsets, and activists that are manifestly anti

Could Pakistan bridge the U.S.-China divide?

By Ziad Haider  Monday, March 25, 2013 - 11:23 AM As the Obama administration seeks to "responsibly withdraw" from Afghanistan by 2014, it must also retool its policy toward a more strategically important, nuclear-armed, and volatile Pakistan. Given U.S. engagement and leverage with Pakistan will only further decline, and its current single digit approval rating in Pakistan, it needs all the help it can get to contain a hydra of militant groups from tearing Pakistan apart or triggering a war with India. To the extent that external actors have a role to play in Pakistan's internal stability - the onus, after all, lies with its own leadership - the United States might find the most unlikely of partners in Pakistan's northern neighbor and "all-weather friend:" China. Sino-Pakistan relations have consisted of four phases. After diplomatic ties were established in 1951, relations cooled as Pakistan sided with the United States against seating China in the U

Interview: Captain Andrew Betson, U.S. Military Academy at Westpoint

Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  03/14/2013  12:00:00 AM EDT  |  0      What’s the focus of the Defense and Strategic Studies Program at the United States Military Academy? What is your role? The Defense and Strategic Studies Program is an academic major in the Department of Military Instruction at the United States Military Academy, West Point.  It is a multi-disciplinary major where our cadets are challenged to apply history, policy, and theory; frame complex strategic problems; and generate viable and innovative solutions to contemporary military problems. I am an academic instructor and course director for "DS385: Sustaining the Force."  In DS385 we look at a country's ability to Generate, Transport, Sustain, and Reallocate/Redeploy its fighting forces as a factor of military, and thus national, power. This includes historical and contemporary studies of military logistics at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of war. This position is one of m

What did Sweden take from Operation Unified Protector?

Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  03/14/2013  12:00:00 AM EDT  |  0   Lieutenant Colonel Stefan Wilson is the Head of Air Operations, J3 at the Swedish Armed Forces Headquarters. He was the commander of the first of two Swedish units sent during Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya. Defence IQ recently spoke to Lt Col Wilson about his experience in Libya and how the operation is shaping Sweden’s outlook on acting in future missions. “One must bear in mind that it was almost 50 years ago since Sweden last participated in a live operation with fighter aircraft [the Congo crisis during the 1960s],” said Lt Col Wilson. “I think that the speed in which we deployed to Italy, which was just 23 hours after the Swedish parliament made its decision, was quite fast. As a non-NATO country Sweden did not have access to NATO secret systems and it took weeks or even months to get that. But despite the set-backs we declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) after just one week, w

Mush landed in Karachi wearing a bullet proof jacket under his shirt

Despite the serious death threat from Taliban against his life and looming assassination charges of Benazir Bhutto and Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, hanging on over his head, Mush landed in Karachi wearing a bullet proof jacket under his shirt (see Photo), in tight security provided by his military men with rent-a- crowd paid supporters to show that he is not a wanted fugitive man but a popular politician who can steer the country out of its problems and save Pakistan form collapsing and failure. The purpose of his return is clear and that is to give 'Mush card' also a chance. Since the Pakistan's military is not in a position to attempt a military coup to take over, (as they did that so many times in the past), because, this time it will be a suicidal adventure if they try to do so as this will not only destabilize the already fragile Pakistan but it will also send the entire country into an ugly civil war, anarchy and complete collapse that the country can not afford and

Human rights violations in Balochistan and Azad Kashmir raised at UN


B.RAMAN Anti-Muslim rumours projecting Muslims negatively have spread to Rangoon from Meikhtila which has been placed under a State of Emergency following three days of Buddhist-Muslim clashes last week. 2.While no fresh fatalities have been reported from Meikhtila, there have been reports of fresh attacks on mosques and Muslim-owned properties in the villages and townships around Meikhtila. 3. There have been reports of fear among the Muslima of Rangoon, many of them of Indian origin, following circulation of rumours regarding possible attacks on Muslims and their properties there. The Myanmar Government has placed security forces in Rangoon in a state of alert. There have been no violent incidents so far. 4. Muslims suspect that the attacks on Muslims and the rumours are being instigated by anti-reform elements in the Army to discredit President TheinSein and Aung San SuuKyi. 5.The privately-owned Irrawaddy Journal has reported as follows:  " Fear

Pakistani firm whose chemicals were used to kill US troops seeks subsidy for Indiana plant

By Jennifer Griffin, Justin Fishel Published March 22, 2013   A Pakistani fertilizer maker whose chemicals have been used in 80 percent of the roadside bombs that have killed and maimed American troops in Afghanistan is now seeking U.S. taxpayer subsidies in order to open a factory in Indiana.  The request appears to be on hold pending further review, but the situation has stirred outrage in Congress, where some accuse the Pakistani government of halting efforts to clamp down on the bomb-making.  For the past seven years, the U.S. government has known that the raw material calcium ammonium nitrate, or CAN, is making its way across the border into Afghanistan where the Taliban use it to fuel their most deadly weapons, namely the improvised explosive device. IEDs have long been the number one killer of U.S. and coalition troops.  The material largely comes from Pakistani fertilizer maker the Fatima Group. But the Pakistani government has stymied attempts by the Pentagon to stop the

Ties that Bind: Can China-Russia Relations Endure?

March 23, 2013 By Zachary Keck With Xi Jinping in Russia, Moscow and Beijing's interests overlap on more issues than is often realized. Image credit:flickr (Mark Turner) The long-running consensus in the West and elsewhere has been that China and Russia are destined to clash. According to this narrative, while America's post-Cold War primacy pushed the two sides together, geography and China's growing power ensure Beijing and Moscow will be strategic competitors over the long-term. There's certainly something to this argument; at the very least these factors ensure mistrust will be a permanent feature of the bilateral relationship. That being said, this ignores the potential areas of cooperation between Russia and China, and fails to tell us how temporary the Sino-Russian relationship truly is. If President Xi Jinping's trip to Russia is any indication, the relationship has greater staying power than analysts previously expected. Not only is it symbo

Is death calling deserted Musharraf to Pakistan?

Sunday, 24 March 2013 Mansoor Jafar It is a million-dollar question. Why Pakistan's former military dictator, the fugitive General [retired] Pervez Musharraf, is returning from his self-imposed exile in cozy luxuries of London and Dubai? Why is he risking arrest, sentencing and likely assassination by the Taliban who had formed death squads for him? Taliban wants to avenge killings of hundreds of thousands of Afghan civilians after he facilitated U.S.-led coalition forces reach Afghanistan through Pakistani soil for their war on terror. They also want to avenge arrests and inhuman torture of thousands of practicing Muslims, both Pakistanis and foreigners, mostly Arabs, whom he sold out to CIA and pocketed millions of dollars. He confessed to this in his autobiography titled "In the line of Fire".    Just to save his illegal rule, he handed over 170 million Pakistanis, their territories, military bases, airspace and vast resources to the CIA, Black Water and other secr