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PAKISTAN / INDIA

Feb 26 07:38

Jeb Bush Wouldn't Hesitate to Start 'Third Bush War'

In response to a question, the former Florida governor said his family ties would not prohibit him from engaging in armed conflict in the Middle East.

(*The way this family assumes ownership of the nation , it sounds to me like when it commences , it will be known as Bush War III rather than WWIII , and family ties will have everything to do with it . )

Feb 24 22:10

UN climate head resigns amid sexual allegations

The head of the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Rajendra Pachauri, resigns amid sexual harassment allegations by a 29-year-old female researcher at an institute he runs in India.

The 74-year-old Indian and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, who had been the chairman of the IPCC since 2002, submitted his letter of resignation on Tuesday to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“The IPCC needs strong leadership and dedication of time and full attention by the Chair in the immediate future, which under the current circumstances I may be unable to provide,” he wrote in his letter, without referring to the allegations.

The woman, who works at Pachauri’s Delhi-based Energy and Resources Institute, has lodged a complaint with the Delhi Police, claiming that Pachauri had repeatedly treated her inappropriately, both physically and through emails, texts and WhatsApp messages.

Pachauri has rejected the accusations, saying his email account and mobile phone were hacked.

Feb 24 15:35

Israel's new Asian allies

With Israel turning to Asia to compensate for its loss of Western support, Jonathan Cook wonders how long it will be before it starts replying on a Chinese veto at the UN.

Feb 24 12:39

Our languages, our heritage, our culture

Lose a language, lose a culture and a collective history. Lose thousands of languages, and the world's wonderful cultural diversity becomes impoverished. This is precisely what is happening - globalization has played its part in placing under threat around half of the world's current seven thousand languages. For UNESCO, the loss of a language goes deeper: "Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression - valuable resources for ensuring a better future - are also lost".

Saturday February 21 was International Mother Language Day, observed since 1999 and named after the same day in 1952 when demonstrators calling for Bangla to be accepted as a second official language in Pakistan, alongside Urdu, were attacked and murdered by the police.

Feb 24 08:08

Pakistan to send back millions of Afghan refugees

Pakistan is forcing more than 2.6 million Afghan refugees to return to their country, a move international rights groups call as “inhumane” and “unlawful.”

Feb 23 11:05

The Destabilization Doctrine: ISIS, Proxies and Patsies

Israel has essentially used the United States as a cat’s paw in the Middle East, manipulating America’s Leviathan military to smash up her enemies.

In the past week we have witnessed a number of expedient events that were designed to legitimize the West’s imperialist foreign policies in the minds of the masses.

Feb 23 10:58

Greece — Syriza – Subservience to Neoliberalism – The Killing Plague that Knows No Mercy?

Greece’s debt today stands at 175 % of her economic output. The best – and only decent and socially as well as economically viable option – is exiting the Eurozone by her own decision.

Greece has various options/

Tsipras-Varoufakis must know them. Perhaps they keep them hidden away until “the last ditch” moment. To begin with, they could have imposed and still can impose strict capital transfer controls, to avoid the outflow of precious capital from Greek oligarchs, capital that eventually is missing for rebuilding Greece’s economy and would need to be replaced by new debt. Although, this is basically against EU’s rule of free transfer of capital, Greece as a sovereign country, can roll back its EU vassal status, take back its sovereignty and do what every reasonable central bank would do in Greece’s situation – impose capital transfer restrictions. After all, the Euro is also – and still is – Greece’s currency.

Feb 23 10:55

China pivots everywhere

The world’s leading economy is on a roll as it enters a new year in the Chinese zodiac. Welcome to the Year of the Sheep. Or Goat. Or Ram. Or, technically, the Green Wooden Sheep (or Goat).

The hyper-connected average Chinese – juggling among his five smart devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers) – is bravely advancing a real commercial revolution. In China (and the rest of Asia) online transactions are now worth twice the combined value of transactions in the US and Europe.

Feb 22 15:21

Greece — Syriza – Subservience to Neoliberalism – The Killing Plague that Knows No Mercy?

Greece’s debt today stands at 175 % of her economic output. The best – and only decent and socially as well as economically viable option – is exiting the Eurozone by her own decision.

Greece has various options. Tsipras-Varoufakis must know them. Perhaps they keep them hidden away until “the last ditch” moment. To begin with, they could have imposed and still can impose strict capital transfer controls, to avoid the outflow of precious capital from Greek oligarchs, capital that eventually is missing for rebuilding Greece’s economy and would need to be replaced by new debt. Although, this is basically against EU’s rule of free transfer of capital, Greece as a sovereign country, can roll back its EU vassal status, take back its sovereignty and do what every reasonable central bank would do in Greece’s situation – impose capital transfer restrictions. After all, the Euro is also – and still is – Greece’s currency.

Feb 22 15:18

Barb Weir interviews moderate Syrian rebels

You must be joking. Since when are Syrian rebels from Syria? They come from Afar, Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Australia, Azabaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia, Britain, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Chechnya, Denmark, Djibouti, Egypt, France…

…but Syria? Please, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a Syrian Syrian rebel. And there weren’t that many to start with.

Well, ISIL, ISIS, the Islamic state – whatever you want to call it – they’re paying even better and getting their money from the same places as us

Feb 21 15:54

How to defeat violent Islamic fundamentalism

Alan Hart says Western foreign policy and repressive Arab and Muslim regimes are at the core of violent Islamic fundamentalism, and that Western leaders could change both, but they will not.

Feb 21 15:04

At War With Those “Who Have Perverted Islam”

The latest ISIL political ally to surface is Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, and an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for president in 2008.

During a speech at this week’s White House conference on countering violent extremism,President Obama described the enemy that calls itself ISIL:

“We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with people who have perverted Islam.”

That statement is sensible and it is clear. It represents the President’s careful separation of ISIL (initially self-designated as the Islamic State in the Levant) from the world’s Muslim population.

ISIL is not remotely representative of Islam. It steals its language the way extremists out of Jewish and Christian backgrounds pervert those religious communities.

Feb 21 14:57

How, to contain and defeat perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism

American foreign policy and authoritarian Muslim regimes, cause/provoke Muslim hurt, humiliation, anger and the despair of no hope.

If perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism (PVIF) in all of its manifestations is to be contained and defeated there’s one thing above all others that must happen – Western leaders, starting with President Obama, must open their minds to the fact that consequences have causes and then address the causes.

There are two main and related causes of PVIF (Perverted and violent Islamic fundamentalism):

(1) American-led Western foreign policy for the Arab and wider Muslim world including its double standard as demonstrated by refusal to call and hold Israel to account for its defiance of international law and rejection of the Palestinian claim for justice.

(2) The corruption, authoritarianism and repression of most if not all Arab and other Muslim regimes. In most cases they are regimes supported/endorsed by American-led Western foreign policy.

Feb 20 11:27

Pakistan Army increasing cooperation with CIA on drone strikes

Dr Ayesha Siddiqa, an Islamabad-based independent political and defence analyst, told Owen Bennett-Jones that there had been a shift in attitude among Pakistan’s rulers, who had until recently been opposed to the CIA’s covert war in their country.

Feb 18 11:47

Obama Destroyed Libya

Bush committed this error in Iraq. Obama made it in Libya. And now he's doing it again in Syria.What he did to Libya is as bad as what Bush did to Iraq and Afghanistan. He doesn’t deserve a historical pass.

When Obama took office in 2009, Libya was under the clutches of longtime dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. But things were looking up.

Bush and Gaddafi had cut a deal to lift Western trade sanctions in exchange for Libya acknowledging and paying restitution for its role in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. In a rare triumph for Bush, Libya also agreed to give up its nuclear weapons research program. Libyan and Western analysts anticipated that Gaddafi’s dictatorship would be forced to accept liberal reforms, perhaps even free elections and rival political parties, in order to attract Western investment.

Feb 18 10:25

American current bi-party system is bankrupt

It was Thucydides who warned us about slick tongued orators when he criticized the weakness and dangers of Democracy!

Obama and his administration have done, or achieved, none of the things which they claim to have done in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Ukraine, Palestine or at home in the U.S.

Many of the problems may have been inherited from the policies and tactics of the bent, crooked, broken and hijacked eight-year Administration of George Bush, but nothing has really changed. In fact, his pursuit of these very same methods and tactics as “resolutions” to these problems seems to have simply added more fuel to these disastrous fires.

Watch President Obama assist U.S. media propagandists on Russia, President Putin and Ukraine here:

Feb 17 08:01

‘Effectively dead’: Media speculate on India’s purchase of $20bn French Rafale jets

Three years of negotiations between France’s Dassault and the contract negotiation committee of the India’s Defense Ministry on the purchase of 126 Rafale fighter jets may be about to collapse. Sources mostly blame the exorbitant price.

According to Business Standard, citing an anonymous source at the CNC, Dassault’s proposal turned out to be much more expensive than presented in the commercial bid, making it far from being the cheapest one, as announced on January 31, 2012.

Feb 17 06:31

Putin Wins a Second Match

Has Russia’s Vladimir Putin pulled Barack Obama’s chestnuts out of the fire for a second time?

Will the shaky cease-fire in Ukraine that began this weekend hold up and end a conflict that was threatening a nuclear war between the United States and Russia?

The answer to the first question is yes. Remember back in 2013 when the Obama White House was threatening to attack Syria over allegations it was using poison gas?As it turned out, the UN found it was the US-backed Syrian rebels who were likely to have used chemical weapons rather than the Damascus regime.

Noble Peace Prize Winner Obama and his lady strategists almost got the US into a war in Syria that could have led to direct clashes with Russia, which was backing the Damascus government.Along came that unlikely man of peace, Russia’s Vlad Putin, who charted a diplomatic course out of the Syria mess for the bumbling White House which had talked itself into corner.

Feb 17 06:26

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite

Once Gadaffi was brutally killed by a mob, advocates of intervention threw a giddy party for themselves, celebrating their own rightness and righteousness and declaring Libya a model for future western interventions. Upon Gadaffi’s fleeing, The New York Times, which editorially supported the war, published a front-page article declaring: “U.S. Tactics in Libya May be a Model for Other Efforts.”

Leading war advocates such as Anne-Marie Slaughter and Nick Kristof celebrated themselves as humanitarian visionaries and chided war opponents for being blinkered and overly cynical about the virtues of American force. British and French leaders descended upon Libya to strut around like some sort of conquering heroes, while American and Canadian officials held pompous war victory ceremonies. Hillary Clinton was downright sociopathic, gloating and cackling in an interview when told about Gadaffi’s death by mob: “We came, we saw, he died.”

Feb 15 20:54

Chapel Hill Shooting and the ‘New Atheist’ Neocons

Beware the neocon ‘New Atheists.’ A terrible crime has happened in North Carolina – three young Muslim university students were shot dead ‘execution-style’ in their Chapel Hill apartment on Tuesday.

Police have arrested and charged 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks with the brutal murders, a man known for posting anti-religion comments online and whose Facebook page is riddled with pictures of and quotes from his ‘New Atheist’ heroes Richard Dawkins and Bill Maher.

The cops are conveniently saying that the Muslim students were not targeted because of their faith, but rather a “parking dispute.” How bizarre.

“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” the father of the two deceased girls told the media, insisting that “this was not a dispute over a parking space, this was a hate crime.”

Feb 15 13:59

Why We Need the International Criminal Court

Since law is one of the foundations of civilization, shouldn't we make sure that no one stands above it.

The adage that no one should be above the law is of particular importance here. The problem is that there are innumerable cases where some individual or group holds sufficient political power to defy the rule of law.

This issue has not yet been fully confronted because, until very recently, no one has actually brought the crimes of individuals representing large and powerful states, or their allies, to the attention of the Court.

How do you arrest the indicted person if he is Henry Kissinger, George W. Bush or any number of Israeli military and civilian leaders, all of whom may well warrant the Court’s attention.

However, this is about to change due to the decision of the Palestinian National Authority to join the ICC. This has resulted in an ICC preliminary investigation of Israeli war crimes during the 2014 invasion of the Gaza Strip.

Feb 15 12:06

Saturday Humor: Hitler Learns Of Brian Williams’ Downfall

“He’s a goddamn moron! You think keeping track of whether you were shot down in a freakin’ helicopter is like forgetting where you put your keys?

That’s like confusing whether or not you were mauled by a tiger!…

it’s like being unsure if you had a threesome with Sofia Vergara and Kate Upton…”

Feb 15 08:52

Good Morning America, Bibi is Coming to Town

“Do not seek the treasure. Its an ambush.”
The Israeli Prime Minister will be greeted by cheers and applause from those members of Congress who will be in attendance. Some members will not attend. How many will skip the event could depend on voters who demand their absence.

In attendance, assuming the Prime Minister actually goes through with what has become a highly controversial and increasingly unpopular speech.

Even strong pro-Israel outlets like Fox News, and Liberal Zionist media outlets like MSNBC, are urging Netanyahu to cancel his March 3 moment in the world media spotlight.

The decision by members of Congress to attend, or not to attend, Netanyahu’s speech March 3 is a test of loyalty for members, to their elected president or to the Sheldon Adelson-controlled prime minister of Israel.That is a political decision.It is also a personal moral decision.

Feb 14 13:26

Former Israeli Soldier Eran Efrati Lashes Out About The Occupation

Former IDF soldier Eran Efrati interviewed by Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Abby Martin of Russia Today.

Conversation with Eran Efrati, a former Israeli combat soldier turned anti-occupation activist. He recently interviewed several Israeli soldiers who participated in the Shejaiya massacre in Gaza.

Later this month, Efrati will testify at the Russell Tribunal on Palestine in Brussels.

This is a shocking interview that everyone should see!

Feb 13 13:09

Financial Ebola Unleashed? Greece Comes One Step Closer

The latest threats from Syriza to the EU don't bode well for Europe. But, how long before the potential outfall spreads across the world?

The Greek people have not been sitting idly as this situation escalates; many have been moving to protect their savings. Not only have we seen bank runs, but now some citizens are moving into precious metals.Lisa Elward, head of bullion sales at the UK Royal Mint, notes that demand for gold from Greeks increased substantially last quarter, saying:

“We tend to see an upsurge in (gold) sales at times of political and financial uncertainty.”

Now pause… take a second to re-read that quote from Elward. As you follow the news over the following few days, weeks and months, remember this quote.

Feb 13 12:55

Tracking the roots of Zionism and imperial russophobia

In order to understand the relationship between the Empire, Zionism and Western russophobia, we must go back to the late 19th century, and focus in particular on British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli. The questions raised by his time and foreign policy are the same that arise today on the relationship between the United States and the Zionist network, questions which divide even the most respected observers.

Which, of the Anglo-American Empire and the international Jewry, steers the other?

Feb 11 13:31

Move Over Syriza and Podemos – Revolutionary Indian Political Party Sweeps New Delhi Elections

More than two years ago, I published an article titled, Meet Arvind Kejriwal: “India’s Julian Assange,” which focused on the crusade for social justice of a man I had never heard of. It immediately seemed important to me as further evidence of the nascent global political awakening against corrupt politicians, large corporations and central banks. In the intervening years, we have seen the rise of Syriza in Greece, Podemos in Spain and even Bepe Grillo’s Five Star Movement in Italy. I hadn’t heard of Mr. Kejriwal again…until today.

Feb 10 11:43

Kathy Kelly: The Shift

{Kathy Kelly, co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence (info@vcnv.org), is in federal prison for participation in an anti-drone protest.}

"A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

“We must rapidly begin the shift from a thing-oriented society to a person oriented society...” – Martin Luther King Jr., “Beyond Vietnam“

A moment can become a movement but in any case it’s worthwhile to do all we can to help each other do easier time.

Feb 07 08:26

India may reconsider $20 billion French Rafale jet deal in favor of Russia

India wants France to stick to the original terms of its deal to buy Rafale fighter jets, or it might call it off. If the manufacturers fail to comply, India may opt for the Russian designed Su-30 currently being produced domestically.

France’s Dassault Aviation still has a chance to ink the huge $20 billion medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) contract to deliver 126 Rafale fighter jets to the Indian Air Force if the company complies with the contractor’s original demands, India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday.

“Ultimately, it has to fit the RFP (request for proposal)... if it does not fit the RFP, nothing can be done,” said Minister Parrikar in an interview with the Headlines Today TV channel.

Feb 05 09:08

MORE lies on Indian gold imports (Bloomberg)

But this is not really good news. Why? To answer that, we need to flash back to the middle of 2013, when the One Bank first launched its economic terrorism at India, in order to attempt to curb Indian gold consumption.

Gold-Squeeze In India Stokes Silver Demand
How India Evaded The One Bank’s Gold-Embargo

At the time the One Bank began blackmailing India's government (via yet more currency-manipulation); India was importing gold at an annualized rate of 2,000 tonnes per year. Even more significantly; those import levels were occurring at what is generally the slowest time of the year for the Indian gold market: late spring/early summer. If India was importing gold at a rate of 2,000 tonnes per year, then when Bloomberg attempts to portray (current) imports of 940 tonnes per year as "good news", we know we're seeing yet another version of the old "fake good news" routine.

Feb 04 07:04

Pakistan Is Reaching out to Russia

Concerned US overtures to India may shift balance of power in favor of its neighbor Pakistan seeks to warm ties to Russia

Feb 03 12:58

Chinese 'Silk Road' Initiative to Diminish US Role in Eurasian Region

By welcoming India and Russia to participate in its "One Belt, One Road" project, Beijing dealt the final blow to Washington's idea to create a US-controlled New Silk Road in Eurasia.

Jan 30 08:13

Reagan Economist: Washington Will Do Anything It Can To Stop BRICS

Jan 30 07:47

Half of Humanity Now Forms the ‘Resistance’

A day before leaving Srinagar, in the ‘Indian administered Kashmir’, my comrades asked me to address a small gathering of local as well as progressive visiting Indian intellectuals. They mainly wanted to hear about the state of the resistance against Western imperialism. And Western imperialism is what India is now trying to join so eagerly and shamelessly.

Jan 29 07:11

ISIL Pakistani operative admits to getting funding through US

The ISIL operative, identified as Yousaf al-Salafi, told Pakistan’s law enforcement agencies that he received funding through the US, the Express Tribune reported on Wednesday.

Salafi was taken into custody in December 2014, according to the paper, although other reports said he was arrested on January 22.

“During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source close to the investigations made the announcement.

The operative also admitted to receiving $600 for each person he managed to recruit and send to war-torn Syria.

Jan 15 07:15

Russia’s presidency aims at turning BRICS into full-fledged cooperation tool

One of the major goals of Russia’s presidency will be implementing the BRICS decisions on setting up its own financial institutions, namely the New Development Bank and a currency reserve pool

Jan 12 08:12

Spitting On Other People’s Prophets Is Not A Western Value

In 2009, The Jerusalem Post published an exposé of the growing tendency of Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem to spit on their Christian neighbours. (‘Mouths Filled with Hatred’, By Larry Derfner The JPost, Nov. 26, 2009). Israel Shahak also commented on Jewish hatred of Christianity and its symbols, suggesting, “Dishonouring Christian religious symbols is an old religious duty in Judaism.” According to Shahak, “spitting on the cross, and especially on the Crucifix, and spitting when a Jew passes a church, have been obligatory from around AD 200 for pious Jews.”

Interestingly, Jewish spitting has had an impact on the urban landscape of Europe. The following can be read in a ‘Travel Guide for Jewish Europe.’

Jan 09 11:24

Russia and China: The Dawning of a New Monetary System?

China, leading member of the BRICS, is lining up the bloc of the BRICS and that of the SCO – and their currencies – to support Russia in need. Currency swaps between Russia (ruble) and China (yuan) for an initial US$ 25 billion equivalent have already been implemented, to allow direct transactions between the two countries. Similar swaps are under way between China and Russia with other countries, primarily the BRICS and the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) members – including the soon to become new members – Iran, Pakistan, India (also a BRICS member) and Mongolia – and possibly in some not too distant future also strategically located NATO member Turkey.

Jan 06 10:27

INDIA/PAKISTAN BORDER CROSSING SPOOF

Jan 03 07:42

Pakistan amending constitution to set up anti-terror military courts

Pakistan’s political leaders have decided to amend the constitution to form an alternative military court system that will try alleged terrorists and extremists following the deadly Peshawar school attack.

Dec 29 07:18

Leaked documents raise new questions over UK complicity in secret US drone strikes

Previously secret documents obtained by Der Speigel – including a ‘Kill List’ that included both Pakistani and Afghan targets – have raised new concerns about British complicity in the US’s covert drone war in Pakistan.

The documents, detailed in an article published yesterday evening, show that NATO and British forces in Afghanistan planned to target and kill individuals that were located across the border in Pakistan. The UK government has consistently denied that it has taken strikes outside of Afghanistan and has refused to confirm whether and to what extent it is involved in the CIA’s covert drone war in Pakistan.

Dec 01 10:28

Over Kill: Aiming for Two Militant Leaders in Pakistan, U.S. Drone Pilots Killed 233 People, including 89 Children

The U.S. drone program in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Yemen is referred to as “targeted killing” of those deemed to be a danger to American interests. President Barack Obama even said in a speech on May 23, 2013, “[B]y narrowly targeting our action against those who want to kill us, and not the people they hide among, we are choosing the course of action least likely to result in the loss of innocent life.” Instead, the Central Intelligence Agency attacks are anything but targeted; hundreds often die in the multiple attempts to kill each individual.

A study (pdf) by Reprieve, a group that works against the death penalty and other government killing, showed that not only are many innocent lives lost in the attacks, but the actual targets are often missed. That can result in some being “killed” multiple times. Reprieve found 41 men whose deaths had been reported multiple times but remained alive while as many as 1,147 civilians in the kill zone died.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The question thinking Americans must ask right now is, how do alleged "radicals" become radicalized against the US and the West?!?

Is it because there is some degree of transparency in their government, and votes actually count during elections?

Is it because people can work for decent wages, and are able to take care of their families, which have the advantage of low-cost, world-class medical care and a competitive education which can give that country a real, tangible edge in future generations?

I would strongly suggest, not at all.

When people are trapped with a US-imposed tinpot dictator, who has some material or geostrategic advantage to offer, and understands that the US will provide any means necessary to suppress even peaceful protest, people get angry at the US.

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a perfect case in point. Bahrain, home to the US Navy's 5th fleet, is ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa monarchy, but the majority of Bahrain's people are Shiite Muslim.

When there were peaceful demonstrations a couple of years ago, where Bahrain's people were asking for a move toward a Constitutional monarchy, not only were they attacked, arrested,tortured, and jailed, after a kangaroo court hearing; the first responders who gave them medical aid were also attacked, arrested,tortured, and jailed after a kangaroo court hearing.

To say that the people of Bahrain are not particularly happy with their government, and profoundly unhappy with the US government for supporting it, is like saying the Titanic hit a little ice.

And IF a true revolution comes to this country which cannot be put down by either the Bahraini or Saudi military, I will be willing to bet you that executives of the US State Department, the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House will collectively have that glazed "deer in the headlights" look, claiming they never saw it coming.

President Kennedy said it best: "when peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

As a Christian pacifist, I abhor violence, and would never advocate its use; I can understand, however, how violence becomes the ultimate, collective response to how people are brutally treated by a leadership more interested in US "foreign aid" ( read: bribery to keep the people "in their place"), and which generally never gets to the people who desperately need it, (as in the case with Yemen), than with improving the lot of their citizens. The citizens of Yemen are not happy, particularly in light of the fact that that US drone attacks are killing innocent men, women, children, and the medically fragile in their country.

These slaughtered innocents have names; they have families and friends who loved them.

And if some of these people were at the end of their collective rope, and became radicalized, it is the US foreign policy of supporting despots against their own people, while butchering the innocent, which has put them there. I cannot, morally, support a US foreign policy which does this.

And the most painful irony here, is that this is a foreign policy approach which is ultimately doomed to fail. You may want to ask the citizens of Cuba, Chile, or Iran about that, if you have the guts to do so.

To get what they want economically and geopolitically, the Chinese and Russian leadership are making deals; to get what the US government wants, it is waging wars, which appear to be on the verge of some massive and brutal escalation across the globe.

What is wrong with this picture?!? BLOODY EVERYTHING!!

Nov 16 10:12

NSA monitoring situation: China training Pakistani troops along India border

The report, accessed by PTI, said these military manoeuvres were being conducted at forward defence locations of Pakistan which are usually manned by border guarding personnel– the Pakistan Rangers.

Preliminary inputs analysed by BSF also showed some Pakistan Army units have taken over paramilitary posts of Rangers opposite Sriganganagar sector.

BSF also found a handful of new observation towers have also been set up by Pakistan in recent past along Abohar and Gurdaspur sectors in Punjab.

The BSF intelligence reported that phone intercepts along the border indicate that Pakistan Army and Rangers are planning to deploy snipers and sharp shooters at strategic locations and posts to target Indian soldiers and assets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF, IN FACT THIS REPORT IS TRUE (and note that there is a bit of weasel-wording here), why on earth would China be doing that, and at this point?!?

It appears that Pakistan is attempting to respond to the breakdown of the ceasefire with India, with some help from China; unfortunately, this is being spun as China-sponsored aggression.

Nov 15 09:10

Pakistan court issues arrest warrants for protest leaders Khan, Qadri

Pakistani opposition leaders reacted with outrage on Thursday after a court issued arrest warrants for a top politician and a firebrand cleric who led protests in the capital of Islamabad aiming to topple the government.

An anti-terrorism court issued the arrest warrants for opposition leader and former cricketer Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri late on Wednesday. The warrants accused their supporters of storming parliament and the state television building on Sept 1.

The warrants may provoke fresh unrest at a time when the country is struggling to rebuild its image.

Thousands of protesters led by Khan and Qadri demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over allegations of corruption and vote-rigging in the May 2013 polls.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope BOTH gentlemen are wearing their Kevlar undies at this point.

Nov 15 09:07

2 Rebels, Civilian Killed in Indian Kashmir

Two suspected rebels and a civilian were killed in a fierce gunbattle in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, an Indian security official said Friday.

Central Reserve Police Force Inspector General Nalin Prabhat said the clash began Thursday and raged all night. He said the civilian was hit in the crossfire and succumbed to his injuries.

However, local residents said civilians began throwing stones at the troops, who responded with shots, killing one of them. Resentment against Indian rule and the heavy presence of security troops runs deep in Indian-held Kashmir.

There was no independent confirmation of the incident and no immediate comment from the dozens of rebel groups fighting Indian rule.

Rebels have been battling Indian control since 1989. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the fighting and in a subsequent Indian military crackdown.

Nov 14 12:01

India sterilisation: Police arrest drug factory owners

Indian police have arrested the owners of two pharmaceutical factories as part of the investigation into the deaths of 15 women after sterilisation surgery.

The two men were held on charges of destroying evidence - which they deny.

The doctor who conducted the surgery has also been detained. He denies negligence, saying the medicine administered may have been faulty.

Their cause of death remains unclear. The surgeries were part of a state-run mass sterilisation campaign.

Nov 14 11:03

ITS OFFICIAL AMERICA CREATED Anti PAKISTAN TERROR GROUP TTP

ITS OFFICIAL NOW WHO MADE TTP ITS AMERICA INDIAN RAW AND AMERICAN IMPOSED NORTHERN ALLIANCE DRUG LORDS GOVERNMENT OF AFGHANISTAN. THIS IS THE TRUE FACE OF AMERICA AND CIA SHAME ON U AMERICA AND CIA. AMERICA IS THE BIGGEST TERRORIST OF THE WORLD.

Nov 06 06:47

Robot Catamites, Open Borders AND Programming your Subconscious.

One of the things I noticed about being in India when I was there, not all that long ago, was that life was cheap. I was in one of the poorest parts of India, although there are other locations that are even more extreme. There were a lot of things I was not prepared for, given that everything I knew about India was based on things I had heard or read. The reality of it was a great deal more overwhelming.

Nov 02 09:55

Suicide attack kills 45 on India-Pakistan border

A suicide bombing near the India-Pakistan border has killed at least 45 people, Pakistani police say. Women and children are amongst the dead following the blast, which took place near the Pakistani city of Lahore. The injury count is currently around 70.

"The death toll increased to 45," the provincial police chief in Lahore told Reuters.

A senior police official verified the claims that the blast at the Wagah crossing was a suicide attack. "According to initial information it was a suicide attack," Inspector General of Punjab Police, Mushtaq Sukhera, told local television channels. "When ... security was a bit relaxed, the suicide attacker blew himself up near a restaurant," he added.

A senior Pakistani Taliban commander has claimed responsibility for the attack. "We claim the Lahore suicide attack," senior commander Gilamn Mehsud said.

Oct 20 13:32

India-Pakistan Head for Nuke War

India and Pakistan have fought four wars since 1947 and had several crises that went to the brink of war. Both tested nuclear weapons in 1998. Now tensions are escalating between the two again.

Oct 20 10:14

Turkey and China to mediate between Afghanistan and Pakistan

Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Sun Weidong said on Sunday the cooperation among China, Afghanistan and Pakistan would benefit the region and emphasized that building mutual trust and friendly consultations between these countries should be encouraged to promote cooperation.

He made these remarks in his keynote address on the opening day of China-Afghanistan-Pakistan trilateral dialogue here.

A collective regional approach toward countering issues and meeting challenges was emphasized by diplomats, scholars and researchers at the dialogue.

Thanking Pakistan-China Institute Chairman Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed and German political foundation, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Pakistan, Resident Representative Ronny Heine for jointly organizing the two-day international conference, Ambassador Weidong said both Afghanistan and Pakistan were close neighbouring countries and were good neighbours to China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Regional dialogue here, to heal some of the wounds, and ratchet down the tensions, is far preferable to the kind of outside intervention (including extrajudicial assassinations) the US military has been providing here, and may form the basis of real cooperation between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

I wish this process luck.

Oct 20 07:08

FLASHBACK 2012 - A CIA gambit in Pakistan threatens a global vaccination program

As an intelligence operation, it must have seemed like pure genius: Recruit a Pakistani doctor to collect blood samples that could identify Osama bin Laden’s family, under cover of an ongoing vaccination program. But as an ethical matter, it was something else.

The CIA’s vaccination gambit put at risk something very precious — the integrity of public health programs in Pakistan and around the globe. It also added to the dangers facing nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in a world that’s increasingly hostile to U.S. aid organizations.

Oct 18 08:26

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Goes Beyond Security to Include Trade

China recently reaffirmed that it backs India and Pakistan becoming members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO). At the 14th meeting of the Council of Heads of States of SCO on 12 September, Chinese President Xi Jinping called for full membership for SCO observers, including India and Pakistan.

Oct 13 11:08

India PM Orders ‘Heavy Losses’ in Pakistan

Firefights continued along the Line of Control between Indian and Pakistani Kashmir tonight, with Pakistan reporting 12 civilians slain in cross-border firing so far this month, and urging the United Nations to stop the growing clashes.

India’s Home Ministry reported the latest orders from Modi are “to ensure that Pakistan suffers deep and heavy losses” in the cross-border fighting, following up on Modi’s bragging about firing 1,000 mortars into Pakistani territory.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF India's Prime Minister Modi actually made those remarks, he will go down as one of India's worst warmonger Prime Ministers in its history.

Because it is not only the Pakistani military which will be killed and maimed for life as this conflict continues; it will also be Pakistan's innocent civilians; children; women; and the medically fragile elderly, unable to escape the firefights.

IF EVER there was a time for the UN and Dr. Ban Ki-Moon to "grow some male attributes" regarding this situation, it is now.

Both countries need to agree to UN peacekeepers on their border, and to back away from escalation of the conflict.

Then, representatives of BOTH countries need to enter into serious, binding arbitration to prevent this from ever happening between them again.

Unfortunately, however, this is very unlikely to happen, even though it desperately needs to happen, to prevent a regional war.

And please remember: the US and India have a mutual defense pact with India, signed in 2005, and goes through December 31st, 2015.
In any major confrontation between India and Pakistan, the US military would have to get involved in India's behalf.

The big question is, what would China do, in a larger military confrontation between India and Pakistan, for Pakistan?!?

Oct 11 08:30

India PM: Time for Bullets, Not Talk With Pakistan

Civilians on both sides of the Kashmir Line of Control got a brief respite today from a solid week of cross-border fighting between Indian and Pakistan forces, but leaders on both sides indicate it is likely to remain brief indeed.

In a statement at Maharashtra, Indian Premier Narendra Modi lashed Congress for meaningless statements on the border clashes, saying it is “not the time for empty talk by them, but for bullets by our soldiers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a singularly depressing statement for the Indian Prime Minister to have made, publicly, at this time.

I would encourage both sides to ratchet down the rhetoric, and negotiate in a meaningful, good-will atmosphere, to get the shootings and border violations to stop.

More dead and crippled innocents will be an horrific moral stain on the reputations of the leadership of both countries.

Oct 09 10:47

Fighting Intensifies on India-Pakistan Border

There have been more civilians killed in cross-border fighting between India and Pakistan in the disputed region of Kashmir.

Indian officials say at least two civilians were killed and 18 wounded Tuesday night in gunfire and mortar exchanges. Pakistani media report three deaths from Indian firing.

Nine people were killed Monday, marking the highest civilian death toll in the Kashmir conflict in more than a decade.

Thousands of civilians have been evacuated on both sides.

Indian Air Chief Marshal, Arup Raha, says India is seeking a quick resolution to bring the border flare-up to an end.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To leadership on both sides of the conflict: STOP IT NOW!!

Get to the negotiating table, check your testosterone at the door, and have the doors locked behind you, until you come up with a reasonable solution to get the fighting to stop.

Oct 08 09:34

India, Pakistan exchange fire over Kashmir border for second day

Tens of thousands of villagers fled their homes in Kashmir on Monday, as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating their portions of the disputed region. At least nine civilians were killed.

Indian officials said the flare-up left five villagers, including one child, dead and 35 injured on the Indian side of the border. The Pakistani army reported four civilians killed on its side, including two children, and three injured.

Monday’s violence — one of the worst violations of a 2003 cease-fire between India and Pakistan — followed several meetings between the commanders of the two countries’ border forces aimed at calming tensions. Two of the three wars between the nations have been fought over their competing claims to Kashmir, though the 2003 cease-fire has largely held despite small but regular skirmishes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The top leadership of both countries need to check their collective testosterone at the door of a conference building, and have the door locked behind them, until an understanding is reached which prevents any more bloodshed from happening.

How long with this have to keep going, before the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir get the frequently promised referendum asking if they want to continue to be controlled by India, or become an independent state?!?

Oct 08 08:10

Millions of Cases of Dengue Fever Are Going Unreported in India

According to a new study published in The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the Indian government has been systematically underestimating the number of dengue fever cases, reporting 20,500 cases a year on average when the actual number is likely closer to 6 million.

Oct 07 08:04

India Holds Bill Gates Accountable For His Vaccine Crimes

“While fraud and corruption are revealed on almost a daily basis now in the vaccine industry, the U.S. mainstream media continues to largely ignore such stories. Outside the U.S., however, the vaccine empires are beginning to crumble, and English versions of the news in mainstream media outlets are available via the Internet.

One such country is India, where the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and their vaccine empire are under fire, including a pending lawsuit currently being investigated by the India Supreme Court.” [1]

The Health Impact News article centered largely on a four-page report that was recently published by Economic Times India.

Sep 24 14:20

US drone kills 10 in northwest Pakistan

A suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The missiles hit the moving vehicle when it was about 500 meters (yards) away from the Afghan border in the Pakistani border town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, the officials said.

Both Uzbek and local militants were among the 10 men killed, the officials said, adding that authorities were trying to get more details. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Sep 18 06:48

WORLD WAR 3 FOR DUMMIES

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Sep 14 08:06

The American Establishment Combats Resurgent “Isolationist” Threat

It had become apparent in 2013 that the American people had grown averse to America’s involvement in wars, and this was given empirical confirmation by a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center in November 2013, which revealed that 51 percent of Americans believed that their country’s military involvement was excessive.[1] Once again the bugaboo of isolationism entered the mainstream spotlight, the derogatory label being attached to those who would like to cut back America’s global intervention.[2] Opposition to the alleged resurgent isolationism united all sectors of the mainstream establishment–liberals, moderates, and conservatives, the ultra-interventionist neoconservatives and the more moderate traditional foreign policy establishment.

Sep 10 08:45

Iranian Troops Repel Terrorist Attack on Border Checkpoint

The IRGC Ground Force's Quds Base announced in a statement on Tuesday that "a team of terrorists and outlaws attacked a checkpoint station in Saravan border region and intended to capture it, but the IRGC Quds Base forces accompanied by the local people and Basiji troops of the Sistan and Balouchestan province repelled the attack".

The statement said the terrorists had been organized in Pakistan, and launched the attack after crossing the country's border with Iran in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

The terrorists escaped to Pakistan after sustaining heavy casualties during the clashes, it added.

Sep 04 08:00

Al Qaeda Is Opening a New Branch in India

Al Qaeda is expanding.

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Apr 05 07:49

Pakistan and India to go to War over Water?

But now a rising new element of discord threatens to precipitate a new armed clash between southern Asia’s two nuclear powers – water.

Apr 04 19:36

Britain’s Mad-House Foreign Policy

The best and cheapest way of protecting our national security is simply to eject the madmen from the Foreign Office and stop pimping for the US and its mad-dog protegé.

Let’s see how quickly the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), with Mr Bellingham’s help, can get their skates on and straighten out the simple matter of Palestine’s status so that Israel’s strutting psychopaths can finally be brought to book.

Apr 04 13:56

Al Jazeera Smuggled Satellite Communication Tools To Syria Rebel

A former Al Jazeera correspondent reveals the news outlet smuggled Satellite internet and phone communication tools to the Syria rebels through Lebanon.

Apr 04 07:32

Hafiz Saeed dares US to take him out like Osama

A combative Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief, on Wednesday dared the US to carry out a military raid against him like the one that killed Osama bin Laden, saying he was not hiding and would inform the Americans himself about his whereabouts.

Saeed made the remarks while addressing a news conference with other leaders of the Defa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) at Flashman Hotel in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, located a short distance from the Pakistan Army's General Headquarters.

This is his first press conference after American administration offered a reward of 10 million dollars for him on Monday.

Jan 16 09:00

Ahead of key vote, Pak's Gilani offers to resign

On what seems to be a an action packed day in Pakistan, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, who offered to resign, hours after being served a contempt notice by the apex Court, is slated to face a confidence vote on Monday.

Today is the vote on a resolution that seeks endorsement and support for "efforts made by the political leadership for strengthening democracy" and calls for reposing "full confidence and trust" in the leadership.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has also ordered the PM to appear before the court for failing to pursue long running corruption cases against President Asif Ali Zardari and other officials.

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