Skip to main content

Posts

Showing posts from November 12, 2017

China will decide when the Afghanistan war ends

by  LAWRENCE SELLIN, PHD  November 18, 2017 It is simply a matter of reverse engineering. If you get to the Taliban through Pakistan and you get to Pakistan through China, then clearly, Beijing is in the driver's seat. Pakistan merely holds the valve that regulates the Taliban and the supply of our troops. The conflict will end in a whimper, a political settlement whose main purpose is to provide a graceful exit that politely delays the announcement of a Taliban victory and a humiliating defeat for the U.S. and NATO, all choreographed by China, who will then set up shop as the dominant regional power. China's strategy is based on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), part of the One Belt One Road (OBOR) Initiative, which aims to connect Asia through land-based and maritime economic zones. CPEC is an infrastructure project, the backbone of which is a transportation network connecting China to the Pakistani seaports of Gwadar in Balochistan Province and Karachi in Sin

The Convoluted Arguments Underlying U.S. Afghanistan Strategy

OPINION http://dailycaller.com/2017/11/17/the-convoluted-arguments-underlying-u-s-afghanistan-strategy/ LAWRENCE SELLIN Retired Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve 3:29 PM 11/17/2017 In a brief four minutes during a June 2017  PBS interview , retired Gen. David Petraeus, unconsciously revealed just how convoluted the thinking behind U.S. strategy in Afghanistan truly is. Petraeus said, “We need to recognize that we went there for a reason and we stayed for a reason, to ensure that Afghanistan is not once again a sanctuary for al-Qaida or other transnational extremists, the way it was when the 9/11 attacks were planned there. That’s why we need to stay. We also have a very useful platform there for the regional counterterrorist effort.” Yet, according to Petraeus, that useful platform for the regional counterterrorism has been ineffective against “transnational extremists” on Afghanistan’s doorstep, unable to “pressure the leaders of the Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and even some

Baloch activists condemn detention of leader Mehran Marri

https://www.aninews.in/news/world/asia/baloch-activists-condemn-detention-of-leader-mehran-marri201711171025090002/ ANI | Updated: Nov 17, 2017 10:26IST Washington/Geneva [USA/Switzerland], November 17 (ANI): Baloch leaders and activists across the world have condemned the detention of key leader of their struggle, Mehran Marri, by the Swiss authorities at the Zurich Airport. "The generals of the Pakistan Army and the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) are the most deceptive bullies and blackmailers in the world," said Ahmar Mustikhan, a senior journalist and founder of the American Friends of Balochistan (AFB). Mustikhan asked the Baloch leaders to not delay hiring the best lawyers to counter Pakistan's illegal moves. "Pakistan generals have looted as much as USD 150 billion in kickbacks, commissions and bribes during arms deals and much of this money is stashed in Swiss bank accounts. This dirty money explains the Swiss action," he added. France-based Bal

Intel Committee Ranking Member Schiff Opening Statement at Open Hearing with Tech Companies

t #  e Washington, November 1, 2017 |  comments Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered the following open statement during an open committee hearing titled “Social Media and the 2016 Election.” Below is his remarks, as prepared: In March of this year, our committee had its first open hearing and then FBI Director Comey revealed that he had opened a counterintelligence investigation involving Trump associates and the Russians. Then, we knew next to nothing about the Russians use of social media to attack Hillary Clinton — indeed the technology companies themselves only recently have identified the reach of that facet of the Kremlin’s active measures campaign. Today, you will see a representative sample of those ads, and we will ask the social media companies what they know about the full extent of Russian use of social media, why it took them so long to discover this abuse of their platf

Russian lawmakers approve law on media 'foreign agents'

Denis Pinchuk ,  Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would give Moscow the power to force foreign media to brand the news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and also to disclose where they get their funding. Journalists take pictures of the city at the Iset Tower skyscraper in Yekaterinburg, Russia August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The legislation, which needs approval from the upper house and President Vladimir Putin before it becomes law, is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the U.S. presidential election last year in favor of Donald Trump. SPONSORED U.S. intelligence officials accuse the Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence U.S. voters, and this week Washington required Russian state broadcaster RT to register a U.S.-based affiliate company as a “foreign agent”. The Kremlin denies meddling in the election and has sai

Russian lawmakers approve law on media 'foreign agents'

Denis Pinchuk ,  Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s lower house of parliament on Wednesday approved a bill that would give Moscow the power to force foreign media to brand the news they provide to Russians as the work of “foreign agents” and also to disclose where they get their funding. Journalists take pictures of the city at the Iset Tower skyscraper in Yekaterinburg, Russia August 19, 2017. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The legislation, which needs approval from the upper house and President Vladimir Putin before it becomes law, is part of the fallout from allegations that the Kremlin interfered in the U.S. presidential election last year in favor of Donald Trump. SPONSORED U.S. intelligence officials accuse the Kremlin of using Russian media organizations it finances to influence U.S. voters, and this week Washington required Russian state broadcaster RT to register a U.S.-based affiliate company as a “foreign agent”. The Kremlin denies meddling in the election and has sai

UPR of Pakistan: India recommends 12 points

http://pmindiaun.org/pages.php?id=1542 STATEMENT BY INDIA at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (28th Session) on the 3rd UPR of Pakistan – Interactive Dialogue Monday, 13 November 2017   *STATEMENT BY INDIA*   * Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (28th Session)* *3rd UPR of Pakistan – Interactive Dialogue* Monday, 13 November 2017, 09:00 am - 12:30 pm    Thank you, Mr. President We welcome the delegation of Pakistan. We recommend the Government of Pakistan following : 1. to provide freedom to the people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir by ending its illegal and forcible occupation; 2. to dismantle Special Terrorist Zones, safe havens and sanctuaries and take verifiable actions, including on terror financing; 3. to bar military courts from trying civilians and allow their monitoring by international observers and human rights organisations; 4. to allow due legal processes and judicial review by the High Courts and Supreme Court for cases tried by Mil

A Leaf from History !

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the then Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of India, whose 137th birth anniversary is on October 31, was insulted, humiliated and disgraced by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, during a Cabinet meeting. *"You are a complete communal and I'll never be a party to your suggestions and proposals,"* Nehru shouted at Patel during a crucial Cabinet meeting to discuss the liberation of Hyderabad by the Army from the tyranny of the Razakkars, the then Nizam's private army. *"A shocked Sardar Patel collected his papers from the table and slowly walked out of the Cabinet room. That was the last time Patel attended a Cabinet meeting. He also stopped speaking to Nehru since then,"* writes MKK Nair, a 1947 batch IAS officer, in his memoirs *"With No Ill Feeling to Anybody."* Nair had close ties with both Sardar and VP Menon, his Man Friday. Though Nair has not written the exact date of the above mentioned Cabin