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Ballot or the bullet?

From the Newspaper | Tariq Khosa | 15th April, 2013 9   THE Baloch 'sub-nation' finds itself caught between two crucial options at present: intensify the insurgency and disrupt the coming elections through the bullet or cast votes and have their voice heard through the ballot. According to Dr Allah Nazar who commands the separatist Baloch Liberation Front (BLF), the elections would be "nothing but a tool deployed by the central government in Islamabad to suppress the voices and demands of the Baloch people". Akhtar Mengal, the leader of the Balochistan National Party-Mengal (BNP-M), resisting pressure from radical nationalists, has chosen the path of a democratic struggle. He, along with other prominent Baloch politicians like Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Dr Abdul Malik, and Talal Bugti, has decided to contest the coming elections. Democracy is their preferred option in place of insurgency. But for Nazar, "If Akhtar Mengal takes part in this sham of an election, he w

Mossad wants you

Creative, like travel? Mossad wants you BY:SHEERA FRENKEL From : The Times April 20, 2013 12:00AM   DO you see yourself as a "creative person" living an "irregular" lifestyle? Fancy living in Israel but taking "brief and numerous trips overseas"? If your answer to these questions is yes, then Mossad may have just the job for you. Israel's spy agency has just launched an aggressive online recruitment campaign to try to target a new generation of potential agents. Rather than rely on word-of-mouth whisperings and elite military units, which have traditionally formed the base of Mossad's recruitment efforts, the agency has decided to reach out to Israeli youth directly with pithy online advertisements and videos. In one video, which has gone viral, a woman texts her husband: "How was your day at work?" Her husband (clearly a Mossad agent) texts back: "Don't


B.RAMAN   Two Chechen brothers living in the US since 2002—Dzhokhar ( 19) and TamerlanTsarnaev ( 26),  are suspected of bombing the Boston Marathon on April 15,2013, in which three persons were killed and over 150 injured. 2.The team led by the FBI, which has been investigating the blast, has been able to identify them reportedly through CCTV images of their placing bags, which probably contained the improvised explosive devices (IED), fabricated with a pressure cooker and a metal container, at two places near the finishing line where the explosions occurred. 3. Even though the FBI-led team haS not said so, tip-off from persons knowing the brothers also possibly contributed to the needle of suspicion pointing at the two brothers. 4.Tamerlandied following a shootout with the  police on Thursday ( April 18) night. His  younger brother, Dzhokhar, is still on the run in Boston.However, latest reports indicate that the police are "in engagement" with

The Afghan puzzle

Chintamani Mahapatra, April 15, 2013, DHNS: The Afghan war has cost the US more than half a trillion dollars national debt, budget deficit and, of course, thousands of American lives. The Obama Administration has made it amply clear that the US forces will leave Afghanistan by end of 2014. However, deadly war has not ceased in Afghanistan. Will Afghans be able to manage their affairs after foreign forces leave? The end-game is softly unfolding, even as behind-the-scene negotiations are inaudibly taking place. How will India handle the situation in coming months and years? India already seems to be in an election mode. Amidst corruption exposes, economic downturn, and off-and-on turmoil in UPA coalition, New Delhi these days has not as much of focus on foreign affairs. Domestic politics will largely consume attention of Indian leadership well until the elections due in 2014. Pakistan may be in a better position, since national elections in that country will take place this yea

US seeks to divide Pakistan through drones, Afghan war: Analyst

An American political analyst says Washington is seeking to divide Pakistan through its use of assassination drones and continued military presence in the neighboring Afghanistan, Press TV reports. In an interview with Press TV, author and historian Webster Tarpley said the use of US-led assassination drones in Pakistan and the ongoing war in Afghanistan, are both part of Washington's policy to eventually break up states "big enough to defend themselves."  The comments come days after former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf admitted to having allowed the US to carry out drone strikes in his country.  Tarpley said the drones are a major factor dividing the people in Pakistan because those "in the areas that are hit by the drones feel that the central government in Pakistan has betrayed them by allowing these things to go on, which of course is what they have done."  "So, part of the strategy [of assassination drones] has nothing to do with the alle


B.RAMAN   THE FACTS: As reported by the BBC and the CNN: •     Three persons, including an 8-year-old child, were killed in two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the afternoon of April 15,2013. •     Hospitals reported at least 144 people are being treated for injuries, with at least 17 of them in critical condition and 25 in serious condition. At least eight of them  are children. At least 10 people injured had limbs amputated. Several of the patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital suffered injuries to lower limbs. •     The two blasts were about 50 to 100 yards apart with a few minutes one after the other. A federal law enforcement official told CNN that both bombs were small, and initial tests showed no C-4 or other high-grade explosive material, suggesting that the packages used in the attack were crude explosive devices. •     Authorities in Boston found at least one other explosive device ,Boston Police Commis