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Pakistani Terror Group Recruits 'Best and Brightest'

  Imagine a terrorist group that recruits tens of thousands of young men from the same neighborhoods and social networks as the Pakistani military. A group whose well-educated recruits defy the idea that poverty and ignorance breed extremism. A group whose fighters include relatives of a politician, a senior Army officer and a director of Pakistan's Atomic Energy Commission. That is the disconcerting reality of Lashkar-e-Taiba, one of the world's most dangerous militant organizations, according to a study released today by the Combating Terrorism Center at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. The report helps explain why Pakistan has resisted international pressure to crack down on Lashkar after it killed 166 people in Mumbai — six U.S. citizens included — and came close to sparking conflict between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. The findings, which draw on 917 biographies of Lashkar fighters killed in combat, illuminate "Lashkar's integration into Paki

North Korea threat sparks Trident cheerleading from Cameron

Contributor:  Andrew Elwell Posted:  04/04/2013  In an article inThe Daily Telegraph today, David Cameron has used the backdrop of North Korea's increasingly "aggressive regime" as a platform to advocate the need to replace Trident, the UK's nuclear armed submarine capability. "We need our nuclear deterrent as much today as we did when a previous British Government embarked on it over six decades ago," said Cameron. "Of course, the world has changed dramatically. The Soviet Union no longer exists. But the nuclear threat has not gone away. "In terms of uncertainty and potential risk it has, if anything, increased." The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government is ideologically opposed on the issue of nuclear deterrence. The junior collation partners are seeking alternatives to the costly Trident programme, which is currently in a new design phase as Cameron and his Defence Secretary, Philip Hammond, push forward on a direct like-fo

A Global Stalemate

March 26, 2013 Andrei Volodin, specially for RIR http://indrus.in/politics/2013/03/26/a_global_stalemate_23225.html   The current state of the world is a result of a long social evolution or, to use academic terminology, a shift in the social development paradigm   As it is known, a stalemate is a situation on the chess board when the player whose turn it is to make a move is not in check, but has no legal space for motion. Thus, a stalemate may be normally treated as a draw. It is nevertheless timely and relevant to put aside the intricacies of the ancient art of playing a game whose terminology is so admired by analysts of various kinds. What's important in this context is that the modern world has already reached this very stage of stalemate. And this didn't happen overnight or by some accident. Understanding the reasons why a global stalemate did take place would undoubtedly facilitate humanity's movement to a new stage of development where a group of countries wo

Most LeT recruits are from Pakistan, view J&K as a fighting front: US report

Washington: A staggering 94 per cent of fresh recruits of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) see Jammu and Kashmir as a "fighting front" and hail mostly from Pakistan's Punjab province from families having links with the powerful army and intelligence network, according to a US military report. The report from the US Military Academy in West Point is result of a multi-year research effort conducted by a lead team of five eminent authors including C Christine Fair, Don Rassler and Anirban Ghosh, and is based on a study of over 900 biographies of the deceased LeT militants. According to the report that runs into nearly 60 pages, the vast majority of LeT's fighters are recruited from Pakistan's Punjab province and are actually rather well educated compared with Pakistani males generally. While LeT's recruitment is diversified across the north, central and southern parts of the Punjab, the highest concentration of militants have come (in order of frequency) from the district

Beyond the Post-Cold War World

April 2, 2013 | 0901 GMT   Stratfor By George Friedman Founder and Chairman An era ended when the Soviet Union collapsed on Dec. 31, 1991. The confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union defined the Cold War period. The collapse of Europe framed that confrontation. After World War II, the Soviet and American armies occupied Europe. Both towered over the remnants of Europe's forces. The collapse of the European imperial system, the emergence of new states and a struggle between the Soviets and Americans for domination and influence also defined the confrontation. There were, of course, many other aspects and phases of the confrontation, but in the end, the Cold War was a struggle built on Europe's decline. Many shifts in the international system accompanied the end of the Cold War. In fact, 1991 was an extraordinary and defining year. The Japanese economic miracle ended. China after Tiananmen Square inherited Japan's place as a rapidly growing, export-base

The Dragon Covets the Arctic

  The Dragon Covets the Arctic by Dr. A. Adityanjee http://councilforstrategicaffairs.blogspot.com/2013/03/the-dragon-covets-arctic.html http://www.boloji.com/index.cfm?md=Content&  sd=Articles&ArticleID=14232 China's lust for oil, minerals, rare earths, fish and desire for an alternative northern sea route boils the Arctic Geopolitics! Introduction: Iceland is a small, sparsely populated island nation with a population of only 320,000 and area of 40,000 square miles. It is the only member of the NATO that does not have an army of its own. Icelandic banks were part of the 2008 global financial crisis and meltdown when they exposed the Icelandic government of huge financial risks by indulging in risky loans and speculative foreign currency transactions without having enough liquidity and capital reserves. The fiscal crisis led to a former Icelandic prime minister losing his job and being hauled to court of law for not supervising the banks enough. In an internationa

Karachi; from Melting pot to Melt down

Can the state remain one   A very frightening picture of once a throbbing metropolis , a magnet for south Asians before the Partition .The division by the perfidious Albion after igniting religious passions , then separation of ill-treated and exploited East Bengalis and Islamisation begun by Gen Zia-ul Haq and creation of nurseries of terrorism in Pakistan and Afghanistan by US led West and Saudi led Muslim states have led Pakistan towards a melt down with Karachi as the worst case .   The other Metropolis Mumbai on the West coast of India is also suffering from ethnic , religious and linguistic divisions .   Violent crime, extremism and divisions haunt Pakistan In Karachi, life is cheap With legislative elections in May, tensions are rising in Pakistan. In Karachi, murder for profit or political gain is a commonplace, as are demands for protection money, energy blackouts, and ethnic and religious violence.  by Ashraf Khan http://mondediplo.com/2013/04/09karachi Laiq Hussain, a

MYANMAR PRESIDENT DIRECTS SECURITY FORCES TO USE FORCE TO QUELL COMMUNAL VIOLENCE

B.RAMAN The violent incidents in Central Myanmar, which initially targeted Muslims, their places of worship and properties at Meikhtila on March 20,2013, have since spread to other areas north of Rangoon and there have been reports of Muslims as well as Buddhists now being targeted often by the same mobs which move on motor-bykes. 2. In the fresh incidents, there have been no fatalities. Rioting groups have been attacking places of worship and properties of both the communities. These have strengthened suspicions that the violence directed against both the communities has been instigated by anti-reform elements in the Army in a bid to discredit President Thein Sein. 3. Members of both the communities allege that the police are remaining passive spectators so long as only places of worship and properties are attacked without causing any loss of lives. 4.In an open letter to President Thein Sein, leaders of four Muslim organizations, including the Islamic R