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Robin Raphael’s illicit links with Taliban and Pakistan lobbyists

NOV 08, 2014ALIYA ABBAS   http://www.niticentral.com/2014/11/08/robin-raphels-illicit-links-taliban-pakistan-lobbyists-244110.html The US authorities have initiated inquiry against former US Diplomat Robin Raphel, who has been known for her expertise on Central Asia, including Pakistan and Afghanistan, for her alleged involvement with various extremist groups. Interestingly, in her entire 30 years of career with the US State Department, no one could make it out about her alleged interests. It is reportedly said that she has close connections with various Taliban factions. She presently serves as coordinator for non-military assistance to Pakistan, carrying on the work of the late Richard Holbrooke, whose AfPak team she joined in 2009. Raphel was instrumental in orchestrating the decision of the State Department to open up diplomatic relations with the Taliban shortly after its takeover of Kabul. A second major policy directive that she  advocated and developed during her tenure was eng

Shia Islam, Imam Ali, Najaf, Karbala and Moharrum

Gajendra singh Islam and its influence, for good or bad is not going to go away any time soon.   The arid deserts of Arabia might have been 'Jahiliya' before the revelations of Islam  but the people right up to Morocco on the Atlantic coast in North Africa and Iraq, Persia, Khorasan and Central Asia up to the border of China had long religious and cultural streams and very well developed and complex religious traditions and beliefs.   Therefore Islam became varied, complex and evolved as have other religions. The pristine austere Arab Islam of the first four Caliphs, to which the Jihadis and others hark back to, has been changed ,uplifted ,evolved ,enriched and made  more beautiful and humanistic through interaction with cultural and religious base of various lands conquered by Islam, most of them had highly cultured civilizations.   The Byzantine civilisation in Syria and Damascus ( which also introduced the desert Arabs to veils, used by the high society Byzantine ladies), Pe

Pentagon: Pakistan Uses 'Proxy Forces' in India and Afghanistan

http://thediplomat.com/2014/11/pentagon-pakistan-uses-proxy-forces-in-india-and-afghanistan/ An October 2014 Pentagon report calls out Pakistan for its use of terrorist proxies in India and Afghanistan. By Ankit Panda November 06, 2014 The Pentagon released a report earlier this week that directly condemns Pakistan for its use of terrorist proxies against India. The report, titled "Progress Toward Security and Stability in Afghanistan," is atypically candid and is intended for consumption by U.S. legislators. While a growing chorus of experts and former officials in the United States has remarked that the U.S.-Pakistan bilateral relationship is sliding into dysfunction and delusion, the U.S. government has generally kept things civil, refraining from overtly condemning Pakistan. U.S. officials, however, have long privately acknowledged Pakistan's support of anti-India militant groups. Most notably, the United States' former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admi

Traveling Through Multiple Europes

Geopolitical Weekly  Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 03:00     Stratfor   By Adriano Bosoni Europe is overcrowded with people and with nations. Six decades ago, the need to suppress the dangerous forces of nationalism led to the unprecedented political, economic and social experiment now known as the European Union. The hundreds of thousands of EU citizens working across the Continent and the lack of border controls between member states show that the experiment has been successful in many ways. However, rising nationalism, pervasively high unemployment and a growing sense of frustration with governing elites also highlight the serious limitations of the European project. Over the past 12 months, I have traveled extensively throughout Europe, observing firsthand how the global economic crisis is reawakening dormant trends along the Continent's traditional fault lines. The crisis is having an uneven effect on EU member states because the eurozone locks countries with different levels o

Why the existence of Pakistan is not in India’s interest

By Dr Amarjit SinghIssue Net Edition | Date : 30 Oct , 2014 http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/why-the-existence-of-pakistan-is-not-in-indias-interest/   Pakistan has been a thorn in India's left side for 65 years, and amazingly, India has tolerated its pain and irritation, against most odds of human nature.  After four wars and multiple proxy wars waged by Pakistan, it still doesn't count as much for India – a big elephant that is difficult to move.  India's Pakistan policy practices restraint and constraint against an enemy that hates it, that was born in conflict against India in brutal bloodshed, and even now hopes one day to overcome a weak India. Pakistan still has the energy and gumption to promote proxy wars in India via Nepal, Bangladesh, and, of course, Kashmir. Despite all the difficulties that Pakistan has faced and faces – internal political turmoil and terrorist threats, external issues in Afghanistan, an economy that is on the verge of collapse, and bein

RESETTING INDIA’S CHABAHAR POLICY: WELL BEGUN, STAY ON

Ashok Behuria  01 November 2014 Modi's Cabinet has taken a welcome decision to reset India's Chabahar policy and put a stop to the lethargic approach exhibited by the country during the last one decade. However, it needs to take better stock of the ground realities and sustain its interest to harvest huge strategic gains in future At long last, on October 18 the BJP-led NDA Government decided to invest in the strategically important Iranian port of Chabahar. As per the Cabinet's decision, India will invest $85.21 million in developing the port for use by India. Apart from this, the Cabinet decided to invest an annual revenue expenditure of $22.95 million to support the efforts. The joint venture Media reports further revealed that during the first phase of the project, an Indian joint venture (JV) company — consisting of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) and Kandla Port Trust (KPT) — may partner with one or more Iranian concerns, with approval from the Iranian Ports and Ma