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Mengapa Yahudi Terlalu Berkuasa?
Oleh : Dr Farrukh Saleem
There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000 in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100 Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more powerful than all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?
Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century', was a Jew. Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis was a Jew. So were Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.
Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched the whole humanity: Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk developed the first polio vaccine. Alert Sabin developed the improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukaemia fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize in infectious diseases.
Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes, hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy (psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias). Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye. Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their development). Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis machine.
Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).
Why are Jews so powerful? Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss, Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner, telephone microphone and Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.
Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levis Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard Schultz (Starbuck's), Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins (Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).
Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (fed chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman, Maxim Litvinov (USSR foreign Minister), David Marshal (Singapore's first chief minister), Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia), Benjamin Disraeli (British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM), Barry Gold water, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal), John Deutsch (CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes (French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of treasury).
In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer ( CNN ), Barbara Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post ), Henry Grunwald (editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The Washington Post ), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).
At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.
Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Paul Newman, Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk Douglas, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and Peter Falk are all Jewish? As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver Stone, Aaron Spelling (Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Man (Starsky and Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas Fairbanks (The thief of Baghdad) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters) are all Jewish.
To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the 109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his discovery.
William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?
So, why are Jews so powerful? Answer: Education.
Oleh yang demikian, mengapa Yahudi terlalu berkuasa? Jawapannya: Pendidikan, pelajaran, ilmu.
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|Thoughts on Haider|
Watched Haider. Liked it a lot. But it certainly isn't Vishal Bhardwaj's best as some reviewers have suggested. It wasn't a masterpiece like Maqbool and Blue Umbrella were. It had its problems. And the problems weren't fundamental, but cosmetic. Which makes the problems all the more annoying.
It seemed like Michaelangelo's David wearing underwear because its creator didn't want some people to blush. Or the Mona Lisa with eyebrows penciled on at the last minute because Leonardo didn't want to deal with "but where are the eyebrows?" questions.
You can see that there was a masterpiece hidden in there, but was robbed of its true form due to lack of total conviction or concerns about propriety. Ironically, it seems like Vishal had his own "to be or not to be" struggle about how much to push the envelope. And ended up undermining the end product. Not too much, but just enough to make it fall short of greatness.
Here are some disjointed thoughts about the movie.
1) The "Anti-Army" charges
Many self-proclaimed nationalists on Twitter have been bashing the film as being "anti-army". Haider isn't nearly as anti-army as Maqbool was "anti-police". Vishal cast two corrupt police officers in the role of the witches from Macbeth, and gave them a lot more mischief to do. Heck, Haider isn't even as anti-army as Hum Aapke Hai Koun is "anti-stairs" because if not for those damn stairs, Pooja would've been alive and Nisha and Prem would've gotten married without Tuffy having to exert himself.
A lot of this "nationalist" outrage against Haider is a by-product of the mass delusion that most Indians have willingly been a part of and ardently sought to perpetuate. The delusion that the idea of India is more inclusive and benign than it actually is. That if some folks in Kashmir or in the North-East don't consider themselves Indian, it's just stupid, their fault, and totally the handiwork of Pakistan and/or China. And....most importantly....that our army can do no wrong. It can't do anything dishonorable or horrible.
But our army sometimes.....often.... does dishonorable or horrible things. Mostly because as Shivam Vij explains, that's the army's job in situations like 1990s Kashmir.
If you watch the movie without having this naive hyper-nationalized romanticized notion of what the Indian army is, Haider actually seems to go somewhat out of its way to be respectful to the army and justify its perceived excesses. When a home is blown up, it is because a bonafide terrorist really is hiding in it. People are are tortured either are or are strongly suspected of being terrorists trained by Pakistan. And if innocent people are being incarcerated or killed, it's not the army's fault. It is due to misinformation from the conniving two-faced Ikhwan types.
2) Excessive Soapbox Usage
Vishal has so far occupied a level higher than other Indian directors because of how nuanced, layered, and yet powerful his scripts are. You're not hit over the head with blatant exposition of irony, tragedy, or even humor.
Haider was a bit too "speechy". And I don't mean the soliloquies that Hamlet is famous for. In fact most of those were excised. I mean speechy in the sense that Vishal and Basharat Peer seeme to be almost compelled to give us a preachy soapbox exposition of almost every political perspective in the Kashmir issue.
So you have the speech about Nehru's betrayal, and the speech about Kashmiri Pandits, and the speech about how violence isn't the answer, and the speech about how "azadi" is synonymous with joining Pakistan, and the speech about.......about about about......
To make matters worse, not only were the speeches utterly banal, but they also served as speed-breakers in the narrative. They were less Vishal Bhardwaj and more Mani Ratnam or Aaron Sorkin.
The most poignant points about the whole issue were actually made in several vintage Vishal scenes, either sub-textually or organically. The chutzpah-AFSPA dialog for instance or the scene in which Basharat himself has a cameo.
All those soapbox scenes, the movie could have done without. I couldn't help but feel that they were there for Vishal to hedge politically. Every one of those scenes was meant to mollify or assuage one of the stakeholders in the Kashmir issue. It's like Vishal had a checklist and wanted to make sure everyone got their spiel in and nobody felt left-out. The end result ironically is that you will find several Indian nationalists, Pakistanis, pro-freedom Kashmiris, Kashmiri Pandits, and so on who think the movie is unfair to their perspective.
3) Shahid Kapoor
Shahid put in a solid effort. He tried hard and stretched himself to the maximum. But it simply wasn't good enough. Especially in the second half when Hamlet in the play really comes into his element, Shahid Kapoor seemed instead to be channeling Sridevi from Sadma.
The movie would've been better served by casting not Shahid, but an actor who won accolades for playing a guy named Shahid - Rajkumar Rao. At several points in the movie when Shahid's earnest but inadequate emoting was making me cringe, I closed my eyes and tried to imagine Rajkumar Rao in the same scene.
|Translating a Raj Thackeray Speech|
I don't agree with Raj Thackeray's stance against immigrants from UP and Bihar. I can sort of, kind of, see where he is coming from, but I don't agree with the conclusion. And I find his forcible and occasionally violent methods to have his way (especially against powerless shopkeepers and job applicants) abhorrent.
However, as a Marathi person, I find the gap between what he says in Marathi and what is reported in the national media to be suspiciously wide. There are two problems. First, they wrongly translate a lot of what he says. Second, they seem to pick and choose the most provocative bits that can be spun into an attention-grabbing soundbite. I have written about the dangers of this phenomenon before.
Today Raj Thackeray led a rally to Azad Maidan (without permission from the police top brass) as a protest against the August 11 incident. He gave a speech there. Again, I marveled at the difference between what he was saying and what the national media was reporting he was saying.
So I had an idea. I have translated PuLa Deshpande's work before. Surely I can translate a speech. So here it is, the speech in Marathi, and then, what I think is an objective, unbiased, and direct translation in English. This is not an endorsement of what he said. Just a translation for illustrative purposes. I agree with some parts, and disagree with some. I'll leave you to judge it for yourself.
Note - I am translating it in a bit of a hurry. So please forgive any typos or inadvertent grammatical errors.
When it's an institution from Maharashtra, be it a police department, a media company, or anything else.... even just a person from Maharashtra....we should demonstrate the strength to ensure that no one ever looks askance at them again with the intention of harming them.
For the last two days, this has been going on... police officials come to me and ask, how will you take the rally from Girgaum chaupatty? I told them we'll walk.
Then they're like, you can't go from here, you can't go from there...all these efforts at putting obstacles in our way have been spearheaded by Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. I found out the other day..... in fact a few police officials told me this...that they'll try to stop our cars, and try other things to stop us. I called the Chief Minister right away, and asked him, what is this? What happens or doesn't happen (at the rally) is something we can deal with later. But can't we express our protest in a democratic way with a rally?
Why stop us at every point? I assured them at our rally will be a peaceful one, and they still refused us permission for it? And they had no problems giving permission for that Raza Academy rally? But here we are, with a rally to protest what happened the other day right here, and they refuse us permission?
Then there's (Home Minister) R.R. Patil who says - we won't spare anyone who threatens the law and order of the city. Really? So what happened that day? Was his tail between his legs?
The other day he calls up (MNS MLA from Mumbai) Bala Nandgaonkar and says, "What could I do? What was I supposed to do? Was I supposed to take a big stick and stand there?"
There is this one boundary line....one border....one line that cannot be crossed. I have never crossed that line, and will never cross that line. Never raise your hands against the police.
(crowd applauds and cheers)
If you demoralize the police to such an extent, then where will the common man go with his problems? Where will he go? If this keeps happening, tomorrow even the police will say "we don't want to get involved here, do whatever you want".
Is this how a state is run? And this Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik. The cops caught the guilty people. And what does he say to the DCP who arrested the guilty people? He says, "You bastard, let them go!" He tells him to let the criminals go!
Our policewomen sisters were tormented here... they were pulled aside and beaten up and molested......all these guys, our Marathi police constables, were getting beaten up... and they weren't getting any orders?
Oh, and these (police head honchos) knew everything from the beginning. They knew that there were trains full of these goons coming for the rally. And they had choppers, and rods and everything else... tell me, are there ever any rocks lying around here (in Azad Maidan)? Where did the rocks come from?
These people had advance warning of all these facts, and they still ignored them. And they refuse permission for my peaceful rally? The other day, when some police officials came to meet me, I told them. I told them that the 11th August rally at least had targets. That mob knew that it was supposed to target the police and the media.
Who do we want to target (in this rally)? I have already declared our targets. Arup Patnaik, resign! R.R. Patil, resign! I declared this in the beginning itself.
We have not come here to destroy cars or set something on fire. We don't even wish to do all that. Even if we were to, whose cars would we destroy and whose property would we set on fire? Our own? Those belonging to our citizens from Mumbai and Maharashtra? This rally isn't for such purposes.
But how else are we supposed to express our anger? They won't let us express our anger at whatever happened. And they say, please respect democracy. This is democracy?
Go and look at the track record of Raza Academy and its rallies. A few years ago, this same Raza Academy had a rally in Bhiwandi. This bhadva (translates to 'pimp' but pimp doesn't have the same punch :)) Abu Asim Azmi went to that rally. He gave a speech there, that too an inflammatory speech. And they're sending me notices - "don't make inflammatory speeches". That Abu Azmi went there, made an inflammatory speech in Bhiwandi. You know what happened next?
The mob killed two police constables by bashing their heads in with big rocks. Then they cut off their private parts and threw their corpses into burning buses..... the government had no problems with that. And they refuse me permission for a rally?
Whoever came here (on 11t August) had no connection with Maharashtra. They all came from outside Maharashtra.
(crowd applauds and cheers)
After everything that went down here that day, this passport was found, a Bangladeshi passport...
(shows a Bangladeshi passport to the crowd)
This was found right here. Single entry passport (I assume he meant visa). Needed only to come into India. No intentions of going back, so it was thrown away here...
(throws it away)
There are countless such people coming into Maharashtra... they are all setting up their bases in Maharashtra. Tell me something....they say 'coincidence'....what coincidence?
In 1992 when the Babri Masjid was demolished, where was its retaliation felt instantly? In Mumbai! There was no violence anywhere else in the country (GS: this isn't true...there were riots in many other cities)...only in Mumbai! And when this incident happened during the rally on 11th August, its reaction happened in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. So something happens in Uttar Pradesh, there's a reaction in Mumbai, and something happens in Mumbai, there's a reaction in Uttar Pradesh. Doesn't India have any other states???
The reason is, all these people are coming here from there. All these Pakistanis and Bangladeshis who have infiltrated and set up bases in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and Jharkhand, they're all coming here by the trainfuls. And the bases that they are setting up here in Mumbai, those are going to create trouble for us in the future.
Otherwise tell me, this Abu Azmi is elected from two different constituencies in Maharashtra. Two different constituencies? Should any politician from Maharashtra get elected from two different constituencies? He gets elected from two constituencies because all the people in those two constituencies have all come from outside, and they vote for him.
That day, it finally came to the police (couldn't understand the word he said here despite re-playing it many times, at 12:20)...then they had to do it. While doing that, the guy who died, Abu Azmi announced 1.5 lakh rupees for him. So why not for our policemen?
(crowd applauds and cheers)
Even the state government hasn't announced anything yet. No announcements from the state government that they are going to provide compensation for those who were hurt or troubled in those events. Nothing. Nope, just get beaten up.
Why didn't R.R. Patil speak up then? He threatens us.... anyway, what's the point in threatening us? It's almost time for us (and him...a pun) to leave now.
They don't think about anything that has already happened or what may happen. They don't do anything useful. Just get the cops beaten up. Anyone will come, drag our cops away, and beat them up?
The other day when they had that rally in Uttar Pradesh, rioted, destroyed property and all. The ones who did that were also all from outside - Pakistani Muslims and Bangladeshi Muslims. They all poured out into the streets. And what did they do? They defaced a statue of Gautam Buddha. Everyone saw it. Everyone saw pictures, saw it on TV.
Where is Mayawati? Where is that Ramdas Athavale? Where is R.S. Gavai? Where is Prakash Ambedkar? Why are they all silent? All they're obsessed with, as if possessed by a ghost, is Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills Indu Mills. Don't they have anything else to do? What do they want to build in Indu Mills - a bungalow?
Why aren't they talking now? But no one will talk about these things now. They're not ready to utter a word. It's been so many days since the (11th August) incident. But there has been no statement about it from Ramdas Athavale. No statements from R.S. Gavai or Prakash Ambedkar or Mayawati, or anyone else. Nothing. Cat's got everyone's tongues.
This Mumbai Police Comissioner.....he has a "favorite" (that's the word he used) officer Dhoble. The other day, he takes a hockey stick and goes to that...what was that..juice center bar... juice center something...where did he go?
Yes, Amar Juice Center. Is that a place to take a hockey stick to? Take your wife, your kids, I can understand, but a hockey stick? He takes a hockey stick there and beats up innocent people with that hockey stick? And what's his defense? He found drugs there....then why didn't he shut it down?
And this idiot...Police Commissioner Arup Patnaik....what's his explanation? He says Dhoble was on his way to play hockey and stopped over at the juice center. Tomorrow, if someone has gone for his honeymoon. So will he just turn up there naked?
(crowd laughs and cheers)
So Patnaik will go out of his way to protect Dhoble! Because Dhoble is his "favorite". And here (in Azad Maidan) when cops were waiting for orders to tackle the mob.....if not firing, at least give us orders for a lathi charge.... at that time Patnaik had nothing to say. And when our police officers were catching the guilty culprits, Patnaik abuses the officers, calling them "bastards"? He is demoralizing cops to such an extent?
This won't be allowed to happen in Maharashtra anymore. I only want to say one thing to R.R. Patil and Arup Patnaik. Even if you have a little bit of shame left...even a minuscule amount of shame left.... then resign. If you have even the slightest bit of shame left.
For the last two days, some newspapers have been saying - "Raj Thackeray's Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is now moving towards Hindutva". Whoever raises his hands against a cop, whatever his religion, he should be bashed up wherever he is.
When my own party's MLA was bashed up....Harshavaradhan Jadhav.....is he here? When Harshavardhan was bashed up.... I gave the orders for him to be bashed up... would he have been bashed up otherwise? When I gave a speech at that time, I said the same thing. Harshavaradhan, no matter what happens, you DO NOT raise your hands against a policeman. Never raise your hands against a cop.
This has nothing to do with religion. All the constables who were here, all my policewomen sisters...the female cops... I consider them all my Marathi brothers and Marathi sisters. I have come out on the streets here for them.
The rally that day (11th August) was organized by Muslims and today I have organized a protest rally against it.... so immediately they're jumping to the conclusion that I am "moving towards Hindutva"? I only understand...this Raj Thackeray only understands one religion...and that is Maharashtra religion. I don't understand any religion except that one. No one dare cross this Maharashtra religion. No one dare think of harming it.
And today's rally is only to boost the morale of the police and to provide wholehearted support to the police. Along with them, we have people from the media here. Media vans were attacked, burnt, photographers were beaten up.... this rally is to express support for all of them too.
I thank you all for the tremendous response to this rally. If ever such events reoccur, we must stand together in strength like this.
When you're going back...all of you, when you're going back...keep in mind and make absolutely sure that you don't indulge in any sort of untoward activities. Go back in an orderly and peaceful manner to wherever you came from.
I hope that in the future whenever I call upon you, you will return with the same enthusiasm. And now I take your leave.
Jai Hind! Jai Maharashtra!
|The Biggest Dravid Myth||Rahul Dravid has retired. The end of an era. A lot is being written about him, and will be written about him. I am not interested in writing a comprehensive tribute to his illustrious career. I want to address the biggest Dravid myth that keeps cropping up in most tributes.|
In an otherwise well-written article on Dravid at The Guardian, Rob Smyth writes
Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face
I could not disagree more. Dravid had loads of natural flair, and all this talk of his technique trumping all else, making him out to be a dour but determined grifter is the result of cricket fans wanting to neatly pigeonhole batsmen into pre-conceived slots. Lazy cricket fans think of those slots as Richards or Boycott, and put Dravid quite unfairly in the Boycott slot. I also think his "technique" was vastly exaggerated, and is the result of people forgetting what the copybook actually says and equating a slow scoring rate and a solid defense with textbook technique.
I am not saying he was a technique maverick and mostly freakish natural ability like Laxman or Sehwag. But his success wasn't all technique or even mostly technique. He had a few shots, especially in the 90s, that would have made an orthodox coach cringe, but looked absolutely beautiful. His drives square of the wicket on the off side were essentially similar to Sehwag's - no foot movement, and taking a chance against balls in or just outside the corridor of uncertainty, and relying mainly on balance and hand-eye co-ordination. Most other batsmen most of the times would have nicked those to slips or scooped them to gully. He got away with those shots, with a few lives during his 148 in SA and 190 in NZ in his early years. But he batted pretty much the same way in Aus in 99 and failed miserably, because luck wasn't on his side. His swivel pull shots looked beautiful too, but he very often fetched balls way outside the off stump line, something a technical coach would have been aghast at. I even remember him losing his wicket, when very close to a century, to Greg Blewett of all people, to such a pull shot. He often played almost compulsively against the spin, something that got him into trouble against Shane Warne for a while, because Warne's line was often so far away from the stumps. But helped him attack other spinners with relative ease.
And his timing was phenomenal! That was sheer natural talent. I remember watching him once against Pakistan, when he had let his hair down by his standards and was going for his shot. Orgasmic batting that was! I remember texting Amit Varma that this was the most beautiful attacking innings I had ever seen him play. It was his 110 in the 1st innings against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in 2005. He truly must have been at the top of his game, because he followed it up with a vital century in the 2nd innings. But that 110 was REALLY enthralling to watch! Dravid playing purely on instinct, without inordinate fear of losing his wicket,
The thing is, Dravid curbed his natural flair more than the average natural flair Indian batsman. He defended and played it safe more often than he needed to. Not that there's anything wrong with that. That helped him convert several possible 75 off 110 balls into 125 off 250 balls. And his "technique" evolved through the years, like any quality batsman's technique should. He consciously became more solid in defense as the years went by. Often exactly when the team needed him to, but also occasionally when him playing with gay abandon would've given us a better result. So the only reason Dravid is seen as this guy to whom "batting didn't come easy", is that he consciously cut down on his easy shots in the 2000s, when he was at his peak. I know he himself has said that batting didn't come easy to him. But that might have to do with his own lofty standards of ease and strict quality control when it came to shots, than anything else. And it made perfect sense, given that he was in the same team as Sehwag, Tendulkar, and Laxman for those years. With all those aggressive stroke makers in the team, it made sense for him to be the circumspect one.
But batting did come easily to him. He just chose, almost always, to not give in to his natural instincts, and instead relied on his judgment. But the rare occasion when he did give in to his instincts could be brutal. I remember watching with awe an ODI against New Zealand back during my MBA days (2003 or so) when he came out to bat in the slog overs after centuries by Sachin and Sehwag. He absolutely mauled the Kiwi bowling line-up and got to a half-century in 24 balls or so. The friends I was watching the match with kept saying "Who is this guy? this isn't Dravid!" And my response was, "this IS the real Dravid. He just chooses not to be that most of the time."
To sum it up, I think "Though Dravid was technically beautiful, his often weary face betrayed the fact that batting rarely came easy to him." is IMHO the worst and most inaccurate insult you can heap on Dravid on the day of his retirement.
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|Now, Windies Women beaten by India|
TAUNTON, England –
Once again, the Caribbean side struggled with both bat and ball to slump to second loss in four days and extend their losing streak on tour to seven straight including warm-up matches, leaving their campaign at the crossroads.
Sent in at County Ground, the Windies rallied to 183 for eight off their 50 overs with Hayley Matthews top-scoring with 43, Afy Fletcher hitting an invaluable unbeaten 36 and Shanel Daley, 33.
At one stage, they were slumping at 121 for seven in the 40th before Fletcher at number nine provided late resistance with bold striking.
India’s slow bowlers turned the screws on West Indies with off-spinners Deepti Sharma (2-27) and Harmanpreet Kaur (2-42), along with leg-spinner Poonam Yadav (2-19) all finishing with two wickets each.
In reply, India stormed to their target courtesy of a superb unbeaten hundred from left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana who ended on 106 not out, while captain Mitahli Raj chipped in with 46.
The Windies struck with the fifth ball of the innings when fast bowler Shamilia Connell had Punam Raut caught at the wicket of a top edge without a run on the board.
And when off-spinner Stafanie Taylor bowled Sharma for six at 33 for two in the eighth, the game became wide open as a contest.
But 20-year-old Mandhana carved out her second one-day hundred, hitting 13 fours and two sixes in a 108-ball knock, as she put on a match-winning 103 for the third wicket with Raj whose innings came from 88 deliveries and included three fours.
When Raj mis-hit a full toss from off-spinner Matthews to Fletcher at mid-off in the 34th over, Mandhana combined with Mona Meshram (18 not out) in an unbroken 45-run, fourth wicket stand which saw India to their second straight win.
They lie second on four points in the eight-team standings behind defending champions Australia Women who are also on four points, with West Indies languishing sixth without a point – along with Sri Lanka Women and Pakistan Women.
Hoping to turn the page on a tame batting effort in their opener against Australia last Monday, the Windies managed only more of the same.
Rookie Felicia Walters scratched around 27 balls for her nine before nicking a swish at a wide delivery from left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht and going caught behind at 29 for one in the seventh over.
Matthews, who looked in fine touch, then dominated a 40-run second wicket stand with captain Taylor who made 16, as West Indies eased to 69 without further loss.
The right-handed Matthews struck seven delightful boundaries on both sides of the wicket in an attractive 57-ball innings before perishing in the 19th over to a tame return catch off Sharma.
With her gone, West Indies lost their way as five wickets crashed for just 22 runs. Taylor and Deandra Dottin (7), both appearing in their landmark 100th ODI, never looked the part and each soaked up a plethora of deliveries without hitting a single boundary.
Taylor faced 42 balls before going run out by Mandhana’s direct hit at the non-striker’s end in the 21st at 70 for three and Dottin laboured for 48 deliveries before picking out long-on with Yadav in the 34th over, with her first shot in anger at 91 for five.
In between, Merissa Aguilleira missed a charge at Yadav and was smartly stumped for six at 80 for four in the 28th over. When Kaur removed both Kyshona Knight (5) and Chedean Nation (12), the Windies were in strife at 121 for seven but Daley and then Fletcher arrived to rescue the innings.
The left-handed Daley struck five fours off 37 balls while the brave Fletcher faced just 23 deliveries and cracked five fours – three of which came in the final over off Kaur which leaked 18 runs.
West Indies have little time to turn their form around as they take on South Africa in Leicester on Sunday. (CMC)
|Eating the Globe: Syria|
I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.
I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.
The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.
Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
|Indian Army should learn from 'historical lessons': China|
Army Chief Bipin Rawat had said that India is prepared for security threats posed by China, Pakistan as well as by internal threats. Chinese soldiers put up a flag atop their post at the India-China route at Nathu La.
|"Hacker" Tak Selalu Jahat, Contohnya Pemuda 13 Tahun Asal Pakistan Ini|
KOMPAS.com - Ahsan Tahir bukan remaja sembarangan. Di umur yang baru genap 13 tahun, ABG asal Karachi, Pakistan ini sudah menemukan aneka macam celah sekuriti di sistem komputer berbagai perusahaan besar.
Untunglah, Tahir tak berniat jahat. Dia adalah hacker putih alias “ethical hacker” yang mencari kelemahan sistem, lalu memberitahukannya ke perusahaan terkait supaya diperbaiki. Atas jasanya ini, Tahir kemudian diberikan imbalan berupa uang.
Mekanisme pelaporan celah keamanan oleh pihak luar tersebut sudah jamak diterapkan perusahaan-perusahaan teknologi di AS lewat serangkaian program “ bug bounty”. Penemu bug akan diganjar hadiah apabila melaporkannya.
Tahir sang hacker muda berkiprah di ranah “ bug bounty” ini. Perusahaan-perusahaan teknologi yang pernah dibantunya menemukan bug termasuk para raksasa seperti Google dan Microsoft.
“Semakin banyak hacker yang bekerja, semakin banyak bug ditemukan, semakin aman pula perusahaan-perusaan itu. Sederhana saja sebenarnya,” ujar Tahir menjelaskan motivasinya, sebagaimana dirangkum KompasTekno dari NBC News, Senin (15/5/2017).
Kedua orang tua Tahir tidak memiliki latar belakang teknologi. Tahir pun awalnya tak tahu menahu soal peretasan komputer. Ketertarikannya terhadap dunia hacking berawal ketika situsnya sendiri menjadi korban peretasan.
“Saya kemudian memutuskan untuk mencari bug di situs milik saya,” kata Tahir. Dia belajar hacking secara otodidak, dengan menonton video tutorial di YouTube, membaca blog, dan bereksperimen.
Tahir kemudian menemukan situs yang menerangkan bahwa seorang hacker bisa mendapat bayaran dengan meretas situs perusahaan, kemudian melaporkan celah keamanan yang ditemukan. Itulah yang kemudian dia lakoni.
Di usia yang masih belia, Tahir kini menjadi seorang rising star di industri cyber security. Casey Ellis, pendiri dan CEO perusahaan crowdsourcing sekuriti Bugcrowd, mengatakan bahwa remaja seperti Tahir adalah pejuang masa depan di ranah keamanan digital.
“Digital native (orang yang sejak kecil familiar dengan teknologi komputer dan internet) berpotensi besar untuk menjadi hacker yang mahir. Mereka bisa memberi sumbangsih luar biasa untuk perusahaan yang hendak menjaga keamanan bisnis dan konsumen,” kata Ellis.
Program bug bounty kini sudah banyak digelar oleh banyak perusahaan, mulai dari Apple hingga Pentagon. Maklumlah, hacker luar biasanya bisa memberikan masukan tentang celah keamanan yang luput dari pengamatan tim sekuriti internal perusahaan.
Besarnya hadiah uang yang ditawarkan bermacam-macam, tergantung kebijakan perusahaan dan tingkat kegawatan bug. Rentangnya bisa antara 50 dollar AS hingga 350.000 dollar AS.
Ingin bantu mengamankan internet
Tiap hari usai bersekolah, Tahir pulang ke rumah untuk hacking selama enam jam. Setelah itu dia mengerjakan PR dan tugas-tugas lain.
Penghasilannya dari berburu bug terbilang besar dibanding remaja seusianya yang menempuh jalan lain untuk mencari sampingan.
Tahir bahkan bisa membeli iPhone 7 dan sedang menabung untuk membeli mobil. Rencananya mobil akan dibeli ketika dia sudah berusia 18 tahun dan boleh memiliki SIM.
Usia Tahir yang masih belia kadang menjadi kendala dalam mengikuti program bug bounty. Microsoft, misalnya, menetapkan usia minimal 14 tahun buat hacker yang ikut serta. Tahir pun baru bisa menarik bayaran sebesar 500 dollar AS dari Microsoft pada Juli nanti, saat dia genap berusia 14 tahun.
Saat dewasa nanti, Tahir bercita-cita ingin menjadi software engineer sambil terus terus melakoni bug bounty sebagai pekerjaan sampingan. Dia ingin bantu membuat internet jadi tempat yang lebih aman dan menyebarkan ilmu hacking yang dimilikinya lewat tutorial YouTube.
“Saya bangga bisa ikut membantu mengamankan internet dan dunia,” kata Tahir. “Ini karena mungkin peperangan berikutnya akan berlangsung di jagat cyber.”
|17 more deaths push Pakistan tanker fire toll to 190||Pakistan held a collective funeral for 130 of the victims on Tuesday.|
|Träume, Visionen, Einsprechungen||Papst Franziskus hat darauf hingewiesen, dass der Dritte Weltkrieg bereits begonnen habe. Das will niemand wahrhaben, obwohl das Chaos im Orient - von Nordafrika über Syrien und den Irak bis nach Afghanistan und Pakistan, alle Merkmale eines großen Krieges trägt, der leicht zu einem Weltkrieg ausarten könnte.|
Bruder Jona stellt nun die Träume, Visionen und Einsprechungen vor, die eine noch lebende, aber weithin unbekannte "Seherin" seit Jahren empfängt. Sie weisen in dieselbe Richtung, wie viele andere Prophezeiungen davor, neu ist aber die Dringlichkeit dieser Warnungen: Gottes Geduld mit dieser gottlosen, verkommenen Welt ist bald erschöpft; das Strafgericht steht unmittelbar bevor- und es wird ganz überraschend, ganz plötzlich über uns hereinbrechen.
Sowohl die Gottesmutter als auch Jesus selbst fordern nun die Menschheit inständig zu Gebet und Buße auf und versprechen denen, die sich ihnen anvertrauen, ihren besonderen Schutz in der bevorstehenden schrecklichen Zeit. Es gibt allerdings auch einen …
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|Client Service Executive Jobs in Lahore, Pakistan||Note: A preference will be given to candidates with Advertising or Media experience. Job Description: Meet clients for briefings and present proposals to clients for approval Assist senior staff in delivering quality services to clients and ensure...|
|Magento 2 / Wordpress Developer Jobs in Lahore, Pakistan||We are currently seeking a full-time, on-site Magento / Wordpress developer to join our team in Lahore office. Duties would primarily consist of developing new projects built using the Magento / WP platform, writing custom extensions, identifying...|
|SQA Engineer Jobs in Lahore, Pakistan||OpenSol Global requires a talented software quality Engineer. This is a full time position and an excellent opportunity to work on a leading product in Pakistan. You must have strong knowledge& experience of software quality assurance life cycle&...|
|Sr Asp Dot Net Developer Jobs in Lahore, Pakistan||.NET Developer (at least 4 years’ experience) 1.Current Webforms ExperiencedDeveloper developing .NET Web Applications using C# /ASP.NET and Visual Studio. Looking for Full Stack web developer. 2. Strong concept& experience of Entity Frame work. 3....|
|Pakistan violates ceasefire in Uri sector||Pakistan today violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Uri sector of Kashmir, injuring a woman. The Indian Army retaliated to the Pakistan...|
|Death toll in Pakistan oil tanker fire rises to 190||
The death toll from an oil tanker explosion in central Pakistan has risen to 190, hospital and government officials said Friday as 16 more people succumbed...
|पाकिस्तान में होली का अवकाश मिलने पर लोगों ने खेली जमकर होली|
पाकिस्तान से अधिकतर खबरें आतंकवाद से जुड़ी हुई घटनाओं या फिर तनातनी की ही आती है ! लेकिन कुछ समय से कुछ अच्छी खबरें भी सुनाई देने लगी हैं ! पाकिस्तान की सरकार अल्पसंख्यक समुदायों की बेहतरी के लिए कुछ काम करती पहली बार दिखाई दे रही है ! नवाज शरीफ की सरकार ने हिंदू […]
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|Shiite Muslims end week-long daily protest in NW Pakistan||
PARACHINAR, Pakistan (AP) - Prominent Pakistani Shiite leader Muzzamal Hussain announced Friday the end of week-long daily protests following army chief Gen....
|Quality Dent Surgico At a Glance|
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|Pakistan beefs up security in tribal northwest||
Pakistan is beefing up security in the tribal northwest, the military said Friday, after days of protests over twin blasts which killed 69 people in the town...
|Pakistan PM condemns US-India 'silence' on Kashmir violence||
ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday expressed his disappointment over what he termed Washington's "silence" despite human right...
|Bad weather hampers search for two climbers missing on Pakistan 'Killer Mountain'||
The chances of survival for two climbers missing on a treacherous peak in northern Pakistan known as "Killer Mountain" have faded as bad weather hampers...
|Pakistani journalist arrested under cyber crime law||
By Gul YousafzaiQUETTA, Pakistan, June 30 (Reuters) - Pakistan authorities have arrested a journalist under a new electronic crime law aimed at combating...
|Recommended Reading||I compiled a list of books I've recently read and feel would appeal to middle and high school students. Each of the books includes themes conducive to classroom discussions.|
Except when marked with an asterisk, all titles are available in audio format from the Las Vegas Clark County Public Library District (see LVCCLD link when applicable). To access these materials, you must have a current public library card and know your PIN. For more information about procuring a library card, click here. To use eAudio books from the public library, you will need to download OverDrive Media Console (a free software package) to your computer. Instructions and more information about accessing eMedia are available here.
Except for Candy Shop War and Leepike Ridge, all remaining books with asterisks are available at Audible. Note that there is a charge to purchase audiobooks from Audible. Different from the public library, however, the purchaser becomes the book's owner.
Recommended Book Options
Prepared by Christy G. Keeler, Ph.D.
Young Adult Science Fiction
Young Adult Non-Fiction
|Shiite Muslims end week-long daily protest in NW Pakistan|
Pakistani Shiite leader Muzzamal Hussain says they have ended their week-long daily protests following army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa's visit to the northwestern tribal town of Parachinar where twin bombings at a market killed 75 people
The post Shiite Muslims end week-long daily protest in NW Pakistan appeared first on FederalNewsRadio.com.
|'The first hint Trump will be tough on Pakistan'||'In the past the US has been reluctant to name Pakistan directly in an US-India joint statement.''Whether the United States is actually prepared to pu...|
|Modi played his cards well in Washington||'This is the first time that the Americans have agreed to refer to "cross-border terrorist attacks" in a joint statement.' 'No wonder Pakistan has ca...|
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|Roasted-hearted melody: obsesia poeților sufi cu kebabul…||Pakistan, 1994. Acest poet sufi îmi oferea inima pentru un kebab… dar eram vegetarian atunci. — Puține lucruri sunt mai iritatnte decât sufismul de salon cunoscut în occident. Oameni în toată firea, îi vezi deodată cum dau ochii peste cap: — aaah, Rumi ! Oooh, Omar Khayyam ! . In realitate, versurile de acolo sunt la […]|
|Noces (Jeu 21 Déc 2017)||Zahira, belgo-pakistanaise de dix-huit ans, est très proche de chacun des membres de sa famille jusqu’au jour où on lui impose un mariage traditionnel. Écartelée entre les exigences de ses parents, son mode de vie occidental et ses aspirations de liberté, la jeune fille compte sur l’aide de son grand frère et confident, Amir.|
|Kampfdrohnen: Luftangriff aus der Ferne (Videografik)||Mit ihren Drohnenangriffen in Pakistan haben die USA nach Ansicht von Amnesty International mehrfach das Vlkerrecht gebrochen und ... |
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|Civilian Woman Injured As Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Rajouri District||In yet another case of ceasefire violation from Pakistan it is being reported that an Indian civilian woman got injured on Friday as Pakistani troops shelled and fired along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir's Rajouri district, triggering fighting with the Indian Army, authorities said.
A 35-year-old woman identified as Naseem Akhtar suffered splinter injured when a shell exploded near her house in Basooni hamlet of Balakote sub-sector, police officials said.
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|Sharif Chairs High-Level Meeting Amid Indo-Pak tension||Islamabad, Jun 30(PTI) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today chaired a high-level meeting of top foreign policy officials to discuss ties with India amid tension over ceasefire violations in Kashmir. Radio Pakistan reported that Sharif would be briefed about important foreign affairs issues, including ties with India and Afghanistan. The meeting is being attended amongst others […]|
|Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi’s 87th Birthday||
Date: June 30, 2017
In 1960s Pakistan, Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi stroked new life into the centuries-old art of Islamic calligraphy, turning words into vibrantly detailed expressionist paintings. Today’s Doodle celebrates Sadequain’s legacy as one of Pakistan’s most popular and prolific artists.
Sadequain created his own distinct script outside of the traditional kufic (angular) and naskh (cursive) styles. Descended from a family of calligraphers, he turned a practical art form into one of vivid expression — a shift that has given calligraphy a presence in the contemporary art scene of Pakistan.
Sadequain also painted vast murals, drew elaborate illustrations, and even wrote powerful poetry. Though he created a large body of work, he rejected material wealth. He was an artist for the people and was known to give his paintings away for free, even refusing to take on commissions from royalty and heads of state around the world.
Many of Sadequain's murals still adorn the walls of public buildings in Pakistan and India. One of them, “Quest for Knowledge,” can be seen on the ceiling of the Lahore Museum — or online at the Google Cultural Institute.
Renowned for his work in Pakistan, Sadequain received national awards like the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz and the Presidential Medal of Honor. He was also recognized in art circles abroad, receiving the Paris Biennale Prize in 1961.
Today we celebrate Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi with Pakistan and honor his contributions to the arts and to public space.
|India Women vs Pakistan Women, 11th Match||India Women will take on Pakistan Women in 11th Match of Women’s World Cup 2017 on Sunday (02 July) at County Ground, Derby. Fixture: India Women vs Pakistan Women, 11th Match/ INDW vs PAKW Time/Date: 03:00 PM GMT/ 10:30 AM...|
|A letter to Pak from Hindustan|
It's been 69 long years. Can you imagine that? That long since people started calling us by different names.
For a second back then I'd thought, what's in a name and a mere line painted between us?! But then it turned out to be much more than what I thought it would be. Call it the biggest fight we've ever had as siblings, but maybe it was time we started being on our own.
You know as well as I do that things aren't as bad as it used to be. Although there is no denying that disputes, and not-so-petty ones at that, still exist. But let's look at the bright side; we're moving on and building up an identity of our own aren't we? Just like you have your problems to deal with, I have mine. And uhhm...let's not talk about how well we're doing that though.
For so long people were outright stubborn about focusing on our differences that they overlooked our similarities. So for today, let's remember that we're made of the same blood and skin, and let's bask in the glory of our bond. I know that many have a false notion about you, and to them I'd like to quote something I heard that's touched my heart - to not judge a rose by its thorns.
Yes we're different but still one and the same. Birds of a feather, flowers of a plant? Call it whatever. That line painted between us is a merging point rather than a demarcation. It is where we meet and not separate. You know that we make a great team. And come to think of it, we're still young and only learning to deal with our inhabitants and their ways. 69 years may seem like a lot to them, but you know better than me how hard it is to control these folk.
Nevertheless, do remember that I'll be always right here watching over you, as a sister ought to be doing. And in the coming decades I greatly hope that our bond only strengthens... however thin it might seem now.
Wishing you centuries and centuries of happiness and good will. And yeah, have a splendidly super duper birthday!
Lots of love,
Your one and only
Written for Open Sky Slam's initiative #ProjectAazadi 2.0. In their own words -
Open Sky is an umbrella that brings together creative enthusiasts from all walks of life: poets, writers, musicians, comedians, magicians, artists, et al. Project Azaadi is one of Open Sky's initiative.
The objective is to bridge the gap between Indo-Pak relations and make new friends through various art forms.
For further information, visit their event page: Project Azaadi, an Open sky initiative
P.S, their efforts are amazing and worth a look. Trust me, they're an embodiment of love and energy! ;)
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|Pakistan: Justice for Parachinar victims||Publisher: Amnesty International - Document type: Country News|
|World: Global Weather Hazards Summary, June 30 - July 6, 2017|
Source: Famine Early Warning System Network
Country: Belize, Benin, Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, India, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tajikistan, Togo, Uganda, World
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|Somalia: Somalia Repatriation Update 1 - 31 May 2017|
Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Tunisia, Yemen
UPDATE ON ACHIEVEMENTS
|World: Challenges and opportunities across NATO's South: Migration, trafficking, extremism, and instability, Volume 1 I Number 3 I Spring 2017|
Source: OPEN Perspectives Exchange Network (OPEN)
Country: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Lebanon, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, World, Yemen
NATO and its partners, as a part of discussions related to the Alliance’s efforts to promote peace and security in its broader neighbourhood, have increasingly focused on NATOs’ “Southern Flank.” In the following report, the authors argue that this primarily military term is likely to be off-putting to many current or would-be NATO partners, such as foreign ministries, international organisations, and civilian stakeholders, hindering the goals of “projecting stability” and risking a near-exclusive focus on threats and risks. Furthermore, this report demonstrates how the term “Southern Flank” does not fully capture NATO’s challenges. For example, issues like trafficking and migration originate in far-flung areas including West Africa, Latin America, and Central Asia, which may not be part of the Southern Flank as current conceived by NATO. In suggesting the use of a less heavily value-laden and military-centric term like the “Greater South”, the authors point out that challenges emanating from the Greater South also present opportunities to Alliance states that may bolster NATO’s strategic objectives.
The following observations and findings are based on a review of the pertinent literature from academics, research institutions, governments, and various international organisations (IOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (INGOs). They also emerge in part from the authors’ combined twenty years of research experience working on and researching issues ranging from civil-military interaction to post-crisis stabilisation and humanitarian action in contexts as diverse as Afghanistan, Bosnia - Herzegovina, Lebanon, Somalia Syria and Yemen for governments, UN agencies, the World Bank, INGOs, NATO’s former Civil-Military Fusion Centre and others.
Challenges and Opportunities in NATO’s Greater South
Some of the most immediately pressing challenges emanating from the Greater South include migration and trafficking in drugs, guns, persons as well as conflict and violent extremism. These inter-related issues thrive amidst corruption and low state capacity, prevent economic growth, and facilitate instability and extremism. This report explores these challenges and demonstrates (i) their intersecting nature; (ii) how typical approaches to addressing these issues, including increased border control and military responses, can displace the challenge and plant the seeds of future instability elsewhere; and (iii) that the various challenges facing NATO may be reconceptualised as opportunities rather than purely as threats.
With regard to migration, in 2015, 1.2 million people applied for asylum in Europe, 66.2% of whom were male according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM). This may pose social stability challenges not only in assimilation and cultural differences relating to gender relations but also in the fact that most young, male migrants, many of whom are single, will be jobless for a year or two following arrival. However, with approximately 84% of incoming migrants under 34 years old, the host economy may ultimately benefit economically from migration. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), for instance, estimates annual output to increase by 0.1% in the EU and 0.3% in Germany by the end of 2017.
|17 more deaths push Pakistan tanker fire toll to 190||Pakistan held a collective funeral for 130 of the victims on Tuesday.|
|Turning the U.S.-India Alignment into an Alliance|
"Our robust strategic partnership is such that it touches upon almost all areas of human endeavor....We consider the USA as our primary partner for India's social and economic transformation in all our flagship programs and schemes," proclaimed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 26. The venue was the joint press conference with President Donald Trump following their lengthy meeting at the White House. This is a sentiment that America must strengthen and build upon to contain the expanding ambitions of China.
Of course, diplomatic niceties prevented any actual public mention of the Communist regime as a common threat to the world's two largest democracies. Nor was China's ally Pakistan mentioned, even as the two leaders talked about defeating terrorism in the region. President Trump noted "Both our nations have been struck by the evils of terrorism, and we are both determined to destroy terrorist organizations and the radical ideology that drives them. We will destroy radical Islamic terrorism." In the case of India, terrorism has been linked directly to Pakistan which has been supporting an insurgency in Kashmir ever since that Muslim province was incorporated into India when the British Raj was partitioned in 1947.
Pakistan was founded as an Islamic state with the mission to unite all Muslims in the region. India was founded on a more tolerant, multicultural democratic standard and counts 175 million Muslims among its 1.3 billion citizens. In must be remembered that it was Pakistan that blocked a UN plebiscite on Kashmir's fate because it feared too many Muslims would vote to live in the more attractive society of India than in a militant regime. Pakistan failed in its bid to seize control of Kashmir but has continued to stir up jihadist movements in the province. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking to the U.S.-India Business Council on June 27, mentioned how "barbarians have struck on Indian soil too many times over the decades, including the horrific attacks in Mumbai nearly a decade ago, claiming the lives of more than 160 innocents, including six Americans." That attack was traced to Pakistan. Hours before Modi's arrival, the State Department imposed sanctions on Syed Salahuddin, the Pakistan-based leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, the main Kashmir terrorist group.
PM Modi stated, "Fighting terrorism and doing away with the safe shelters, sanctuaries, and safe havens will be an important part of our cooperation," clearly with Pakistan in mind; not only regarding Kashmir, but also Afghanistan. The U.S. and its coalition (which includes India, for whose contributions President Trump thanked Modi) cannot end the war in Afghanistan as long as the Taliban (and now ISIS) can lick their wounds and rebuild their forces in Pakistan; free to cross the border at times of their own choosing.
The threat from China was alluded to when President Trump mentioned how Indian forces "will join together with the Japanese navy to take part in the largest maritime exercise ever conducted in the vast Indian Ocean." What links Japan and India is concern over Beijing's expansion across the Pacific Rim and into the Indian Ocean. Beijing's ambitious "Belt and Road" development initiative which is designed to impose a "common destiny" on Eurasia is opposed by both India and Japan. The Chinese plan will build on programs hat have already been underway in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, posing direct threats to Indian security.
The U.S. and Japan can and must counter the Chinese initiative by increasing their role in developing the Indian economy, which can truly be a "win-win" relationship. China's rise has been fueled by short-sighted American business firms willfully ignorant of the true nature of the Beijing regime. They have transferred technology and production capacity to a strategic rival of their home country. The pursuit of private profit without adequate supervision by a Washington establishment blinded by naive liberal hopes and corrupted by corporate cash has helped to create a threat Americans will have to face for decades to come. It would be a much better world if all the Western capital sent to China had gone to India instead. Trade is properly conducted among friends, not adversaries where the "gains from trade" are used to create menacing capabilities.
With the world's largest population, India presents a massive market for American goods of all kinds. President Trump, however, concentrated his remarks on energy and security. We are "looking forward to exporting more American energy to India as your economy grows, including major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas." To the extent that imported gas replaces Indian coal, it will help New Delhi clean up the air pollution that makes its cities look as bad at those in China. VP Pence added nuclear power and clean coal to the list of energy sources the U.S. could help New Delhi develop. President Barack Obama had carried his "war on coal" overseas with a ban on any U.S. aid to the Indian coal industry. But India is not going to abandon its massive coal reserves; their use can, however, be improved.
Modernizing India's military is central to the strategic alignment. VP Pence mentioned to the USIBC that "the United States will sell Sea Guardian UAVs, Apache attack helicopters, and C-17 transports to India." A larger program on the table is the sale of 126 fighter jets to India. The Lockheed F-16 "Viper" is the leading candidate, but the Saab JAS-39 "Gripen" is also in the running, though a strategic link to Sweden makes little sense in an Asian setting. India, however, is moving from being a consumer of military hardware to a producer, as any Great Power must do. Modi has a "make it in India" policy and Lockheed is willing to set up an F-16 production line there. The question is whether this will be considered "outsourcing" by the Trump administration. It should not be as long as the production is for Indian service and does not replace jobs in U.S. industry supplying the Pentagon. The F-16 is long out of production for the USAF. The new F-35 "Lightning II" is coming into service (also built by Lockheed).
Indian production should be seen as "market extension" which will create additional work for American factories and maintenance services, not only for this order of warplanes but for future orders of military equipment of many kinds as the strategic relationship deepens. It should be noted that the first European production line for the F-16 opened in 1978; so India is not asking for anything novel.
The need to offer "co-production" to win military contracts is a subject not often discussed in public debates over arms sales, but it is a part of many transactions. Offset arrangements can also involve local purchasing, subcontracting, investment, and technology-transfer requirements on U.S. exporters that benefit foreign firms in the purchasing country. The U.S. defense industry is the world's leader, but its comparative advantage does not yield the full returns economic textbooks promise because of real world practices like offsets. These are negotiated between foreign governments and corporations in virtually every deal. The state authorities have the greater leverage, as it is generally a buyer's market; but strategic considerations also play their part. Our officials must keep a close eye on such deals to keep a proper balance between risks and rewards to the U.S. defense industrial base.
India's offset requirements have been at the low end of the international scale. Caught between two allied nuclear powers, China and Pakistan, New Delhi needs to modernize its forces; but it also needs a domestic industrial infrastructure to support its armed services. This is why offsets, though generally banned in the commercial sector under the World Trade Organization, are allowed for national security reasons. What is truly important cannot be left to the "invisible hand"--- which means the hands of others.
President Trump and Prime Minister Modi are both nationalists in a dangerous world. As Modi put it, "I am sure that the convergence between my vision for a 'new India' and President Trump's vision for 'making America great again' will add new dimensions to our cooperation." Let us work to make it so in a positive way.
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Pakistani devotional singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is making an incredibly rare Orlando appearance next week, courtesy of the Association of Pakistani Americans of Central Florida! |
The singer, nephew (and successor) of the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and a master of the Qawwali musical tradition, has toured the world and provided playback vocals to many a Bollywood film (as well as Dead Man Walking and Apocalypto, it should be said).…
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|India's 9/11||A fellow Singaporean, 28-year-old Lo Hwei Yen, was one among many who were killed in the cowardly and brutal attacks in Mumbai. I would like to express my condolences to the husband, family & friends of Ms Hwei Yen.|
My condolences also goes out to the families & friends of the many others who were killed.
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India clears last Mumbai siege site
By JENNY BARCHFIELD, Associated Press Writer, 1 Dec 08
MUMBAI, India – As authorities finished removing bodies Monday from the bullet- and grenade-scarred Taj Mahal hotel, a Muslim graveyard refused to bury nine gunmen who terrorized this city over three days last week, leaving at least 172 people dead and wreaking havoc at some of its most famous landmarks.
The United States, meanwhile, has told Pakistan it needs to fully cooperate on investigations into the siege.
Pakistan must "follow the evidence wherever it leads," Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a press conference aboard her plane en route to London. "I don't want to jump to any conclusions myself on this, but I do think that this is a time for complete, absolute, total transparency and cooperation and that's what we expect."
Rice said she was cutting short a European trip to visit India later this week.
In Mumbai, security forces declared the landmark 565-room Taj Mahal hotel cleared of booby traps and bodies. The hotel was the scene of the final battle Saturday morning.
"We were apprehensive about more bodies being found. But this is not likely — all rooms in the Taj have been opened and checked," said Maharashtra state government spokesman Bhushan Gagrani.
The army had already cleared other sites, including the five-star Oberoi hotel and the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group. Israeli emergency workers sorted through the shattered glass and splintered furniture at the Jewish center Monday to gather the victims' body parts. At one point, one of the men opened a prayer book amid the rubble and stopped to pray.
The only gunman captured after the attacks said he belonged to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, said Joint Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria. Maria added that the gunman, Ajmal Qasab, said he was trained at a camp in Pakistan.
Pakistani President Asif Zardari's spokesman, Farhatullah Babar, dismissed the claim, saying Islamabad has "demanded evidence of the complicity of any Pakistani group" but has received none.
Qasab was among 10 who paralyzed the city in the attack, which also wounded 239 people.
A Muslim graveyard in Mumbai said Monday it would not bury the dead gunmen, with an official saying they are not true followers of the Islamic faith.
"People who committed this heinous crime cannot be called Muslim," said Hanif Nalkhande, a trustee of the influential Jama Masjid Trust, which runs the 7.5-acre (three-hectare) Badakabrastan graveyard in downtown Mumbai. "Islam does not permit this sort of barbaric crime."
While some Muslim scholars disagreed with the decision — saying Islam requires a proper burial for every Muslim — the city's other Muslim graveyards are likely to go along because of the authority of the Jama Masjid trust.
Mumbai returned to normal Monday to some degree, with parents dropping their children off at school and many shopkeepers opened their doors for the first time since the attacks began.
"I think this is the first Monday I am glad to be coming to work," said Donica Trivedi, 23, an employee of a public relations agency.
The attack revealed the weakness of India's security apparatus. India's top law enforcement official resigned Sunday, bowing to growing criticism that the attackers appeared better trained, better coordinated and better armed than police.
Maharashtra's top official, Vilasrao Deshmukh, offered to resign Monday, as did his deputy, R.R. Patil, who had sparked outrage by referring to the attacks as "small incidents."
The announcement blaming militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba threatened to escalate tensions between India and Pakistan. However, Indian officials have been cautious about accusing Pakistan's government of complicity.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash denied a news report that India was preparing to end a 2003 cease-fire with Pakistan. An intelligence official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said there was no unusual mobilization of troops along the India-Pakistan border.
Pakistan has warned that any buildup of troops on its border with India would require troops to be pulled from its western frontier, where it is fighting militants suspected of launching attacks throughout the country and on American troops in Afghanistan.
The group the Indians have blamed, Lashkar, has long seen as a creation of the Pakistani intelligence service to help fight India in disputed Kashmir. It was banned in Pakistan in 2002 under pressure from the U.S., a year after Washington and Britain listed it a terrorist group. It is since believed to have emerged under another name, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, though that group has denied links to the Mumbai attack.
As more details of the response to the attack emerged, a picture formed of woefully unprepared security forces.
"These guys could do it next week again in Mumbai and our responses would be exactly the same," said Ajai Sahni, head of the New Delhi-based Institute for Conflict Management and who has close ties to India's police and intelligence.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to strengthen maritime and air security and look into creating a new federal investigative agency.
Singh promised to expand the commando force and set up new bases for it around the country. He called a rare meeting of leaders from the country's main political parties, hours after the resignation of Home Minister Shivraj Patil.
The death toll of 172 was revised down from 195 Sunday after authorities said some bodies were counted twice.
Among the 19 foreigners killed were six Americans. The dead also included Germans, Canadians, Israelis and nationals from Britain, Italy, Mexico, Japan, China, Thailand, Australia, Singapore and Mexico.
Associated Press reporters Ravi Nessman, Paul Peachey, Anita Chang and Ramola Talwar Badam contributed to this report from Mumbai, Ashok Sharma contributed from New Delhi and Asif Shahzad from Islamabad, Pakistan.
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|Election of the Executive Council of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission|
Member States of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO have elected the new members of the IOC Executive Council. The Executive Council consists of up to 40 Member States, including the six Member States represented by the Chairperson and the five Vice-Chairpersons.
The Executive Council meets every year to review issues and items from on-going work plans, and make preparations for the IOC Assembly, which is the principal organ of the Commission. Sessions of the IOC Assembly are held every two years to establish general policy and the main lines of work of the Commission, including the approval of the IOC Biennial Draft Programme and Budget.
Representation in the IOC Executive Council Electoral Group I can consist of up to 10 seats; Group II of up to 3 seats; Group III of up to 9 seats; Group IV of up to 9 seats; and Group V of up to 9 seats.
The results of the elections are as follows.
Seats on the Executive Council
Each term lasts two years, corresponding to the interval between ordinary sessions of the Assembly. IOC Officers can serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.
For more information, please contact:
Thorkild Aarup (t.aarup(at)unesco.org)
1 Bulgaria was the only candidate for Group II.
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In 1956, there was a big conspiracy involving the UK, France and Israel.
There was a joint plot to attack Egypt.
BRITAIN TRIED TO HELP ISRAEL STEAL TERRITORY
In 1956, Israel wanted an excuse to seize the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula.
Israel held secret talks with Britain and France.
The UK Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, agreed to the illegal joint attack on Egypt.
Documents (Sir Anthony Eden's cabinet discussed concealing Suez 'collusion) released after more than 50 years show: the UK Prime Minister Sir Anthony Eden's cabinet discussed how to lie to the public and the world about the secret pact with France and Israel to seize Egypt's Suez canal in 1956.
"At Gamil airport, a young Egyptian ... was seized by the British, who wanted to know the whereabouts of Egyptian arms stores.
"He later claimed that one of his eyes was cut out by a British interrogation officer ... and the other eye taken out later when he refused to broadcast propaganda for the allies..."
The Mad Muslims in Acheh are reportedly controlled by the CIA and its friends.
In the 1960s, MI6 supported Islamic guerrillas in Indonesia.
According to The Independent (UK): "Cabinet papers show that British spies, including MI6, supported Islamic guerrillas in order to destabilise Sukarno."
The Secret State: The Security Service
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For more than fifty years, the CIA and its friends have been employing militant Moslems to do their dirty work.
1. Before World war II, British intelligence used the Moslem Brotherhood against Britain's German rivals in North Africa.
(The British, Muslim Terrorism and September 11)
2. Around 1955, the CIA began to co-operate with the Moslem Brotherhood.
The CIA and MI6 used the Moslem Brotherhood to weaken both Egypt and Syria.
3. In the 1960s, MI6 supported Islamic guerrillas in Indonesia.
According to The Independent (UK): "Cabinet papers show that British spies, including MI6, supported Islamic guerrillas in order to destabilise Sukarno."
(The Secret State: MI5 (Home Office/MoD), The Security Service and ...)
4. Israel funded the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, in order to divide the Palestinians.
John Buchan, who worked for UK military intelligence, wrote Greenmantle, which is about a warlike Islamist, who is secretly working for the security services.
5. In 1979, the CIA and MI6 used the Moslem Brotherhood to topple the Shah of Iran and install the Ayatollahs.
(The British, Muslim Terrorism and September 11)
6. In 1979 the CIA was building up and arming the militant Moslem Mujahadeen in Afghanistan.
The idea was to lure Russia into Afghanistan.
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7. In 1991, the CIA and NATO used Al Qaeda to break up Yugoslavia.
(Global Research, 8 September 2010, Andrew Gavin Marshall: "The Anglo-American Terror Network")
Yugoslavia was a friend of Russia and was next door to a lot of oil wealth.
Moslems arrived in Bosnia from Afghanistan and other Moslem countries.
Clinton gave the 'green light' to Iran to arm the Bosnian Muslims.
Israel armed the Bosnian Serbs.
The idea was to foment conflict.
The Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), which took control of the Balkan heroin trafficking routes, fought the Serbs.
The KLA, which had links to bin Laden, was trained and armed by the USA.
8. The CIA and its friends employed Moslem militants to create trouble for Russia in its province of Chechnya.
("The Anglo-American Terror Network")
US intelligence helped fund and transport al-Qaeda into Chechnya in the early 1990s.
In Chechnya, the two main rebel leaders who came to power had been trained by the CIA in Afghanistan.
A war in Chechnya was planned in a secret meeting in 1996 attended by Osama bin Laden and officials of the Pakistani ISI.
In other words, the CIA was directing the war through the ISI.
US intelligence helped fund and transport al-Qaeda into Chechnya in the early 1990s.
9. In 2002, it was revealed that, “British intelligence paid large sums of money to an al-Qaeda cell in Libya in a doomed attempt to assassinate Colonel Gadaffi in 1996 and thwarted early attempts to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”
Anas al-Liby, a Libyan al-Qaeda leader, “was given political asylum in Britain and lived in Manchester until May of 2000 when he eluded a police raid on his house and fled abroad.”
("The Anglo-American Terror Network")
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10. In the 1990s, Osama bin Laden 'built a shadow air force to support his terrorist activities, using Afghanistan's national airline Ariana, a surplus U.S. Air Force jet and clandestine charters.'
(Global Research, on 8 September 2010, Andrew Gavin Marshall: "The Anglo-American Terror Network")
Bin Laden's US Air Force jet in 1992 “was used to ferry Al Qaeda commanders to East Africa, where they trained Somali tribesmen..."
And now, Algerians and Moroccans are said to be in Al Qaeda training camps in Israel.
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|American Citizen Among Those Killed in Pakistan Attack|
George Doyle/Thinkstock(ISLAMABAD) -- An American citizen was one of 11 people killed in an attack in northern Pakistan on Sunday.Authorities say Islamist militants wearing police uniforms opened fire on a base camp at Nanga Parbat, the ninth-highest p...
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|Two Health Workers Giving Polio Vaccinations Killed in Pakistan|
George Doyle/Thinkstock(PEBANI, Pakistan) -- Two health workers trying to eradicate polio were killed in a targeted attack in a remote Pakistani village Sudnay.
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|Gunmen Attack Hospital in Pakistan|
iStockphoto/Thinkstock(QUETTA, Pakistan) -- Gunmen took control of parts of a hospital in Quetta, in Southwest Pakistan on Saturday.Pakistan's interior minister said that security forces stormed up to the building and killed four attackers. A fifth att...
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|Former Pakistani Leader Poised to Rise from the Ashes|
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|Former Pakistani Leader Musharraf Begins Political Comeback|
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|Four Dead After Bombing at Pakistani Court Complex|
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|Suicide Bombing in Pakistan Kills 30, Injures 50|
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|Three to see: Manchester International Festival||
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The German-Egyptian artist Susan Hefuna meditates on the themes of migration and separation, pondering also on what brings people together. These themes underpin an exhibition of her drawings, objects and a new digital work at the Whitworth Art Gallery (ToGather, until 3 September). Her Vitrines of Araf (2007) include found objects such as family photographs and flowers, donated by the wives and daughters of staff based at the Townhouse Gallery in Cairo. The focal point is a performance (9 July) that unites the various migrant communities in the city. Local residents, originally from 15 different countries including Iran, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, Pakistan, Albania and Kuwait, will trace individual paths through Whitworth Park, the organisers say. Dancers from Studio Wayne McGregor will also take part in the event.
Samson Young, who has a doctorate in computer music and composition from Princeton University, is making his presence felt; the artist is representing Hong Kong at this years Venice Biennale and making waves in Manchester with a new five-part radio series. One of Two Stories, or Both (Field Bagatelles) will be broadcast live from Old Granada Studios (30 June-4 July), weaving songs, poetry and oral histories evoking mythic tales of 17th-century Chinese travellers bound for Europe. Young will unveil a sound and video installation at the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (7-16 July) that explores the relationship between the UK and China since Hong Kong was handed back to the Chinese authorities in 1997.
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Các khoản tiền vay bị chính trị hóa đã làm cho đất nước xã hội chủ nghĩa Nam Mỹ này mắc kẹt dưới những khoản nợ cao như núi của Trung Quốc - nhưng bây giờ một số người lại muốn đăng ký xin được Bắc Kinh “ra tay tế độ”.
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Nền kinh tế Venezuela và Trung Quốc dường như chẳng có gì chung. Chính phủ Nicolás Maduro đã cướp bóc công ty dầu khí Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) để chi trả cho cuộc “cách mạng Bolivari”, phong trào xã hội chủ nghĩa được khởi động dưới thời Hugo Chávez. Khi giá dầu giảm, nước này thậm chí không thể tiến hành sửa chữa các giàn khoan hay trả lương cho người lao động để tiếp tục có thu nhập, và chính phủ hiện đang đối mặt với cuộc nổi dậy của quần chúng. Trong khi đó, cách nửa vòng trái đất, các trung tâm mua sắm của Trung Quốc sáng rực ánh đèn, trái ngược hẳn với những quầy hàng trống rỗng của Venezuela.
Nhưng, tình trạng đổ nát của Venezuela liên quan nhiều tới Trung Quốc hơn là người ta có thể nghĩ – đặc biệt là với kế hoạch khuếch trương ảnh hưởng trên toàn cầu của Trung Quốc thông qua nền ngoại giao tài chính của Chủ tịch Trung Quốc, Tập Cận Bình. Sự sụp đổ của Venezuela là bài học thực tế về giá quá đắt của hoạch đó mà các đối tác của Trung Quốc – cũng như chính Trung Quốc cần phải học.
Trong vài năm, sau khi Chavez nắm được quyền lực vào năm 1999, Trung Quốc - coi nhà lãnh đạo mới là này đồng minh về ý thức hệ - bắt đầu cho Venezuela vay nhiều hơn. Đến năm 2006, các khoản nợ của chế độ Chavez đã làm người ta lo ngại – Chủ tịch Ngân hàng Thế giới, Paul Wolfowitz, khi nói đến Venezuela, đã nhận xét rằng “có nguy cơ thực sự khi chứng kiến các quốc gia được hưởng lợi từ việc cắt giảm nợ lại bị nợ thêm một lần nữa”.
Về mặt chính thức, những món tiền vay từ Bắc Kinh không kèm theo những điều kiện phi tài chính. Thực tế tế nhị hơn. Không ai nghi ngờ việc Bắc Kinh ít quan tâm tới những thứ như nhân quyền, bảo vệ môi trường và chống tham nhũng khi họ làm việc ở nước ngoài. Cho đến thời gian gần đây, thậm chí việc đưa cờ tới vị trí có giá trị địa chính trị cũng không phải là vấn đề quan trọng đối với các nhà kỹ trị Trung Quốc.
Nhưng người ta tập trung chú ý vào lợi ích của Trung Quốc. Từ năm 2.000, động cơ thúc đẩy các khoản đầu tư và cho vay của Trung Quốc đã là mở ra những thị trường xuất khẩu mới và đảm bảo việc tiếp cận với các nguồn tài nguyên thiên nhiên. Lợi ích của Trung Quốc trong việc lôi kéo bạn bè ở Tây bán cầu trong khi vẫn đảm bảo được việc tiếp cận với nguồn dầu khí trùng hợp với sự quan tâm của Venezuela đối với việc đa dạng hóa khách hàng, chứ không chỉ tập trung vào Mỹ như trước. Nhưng quyền lợi trùng hợp không có nghĩa là Trung Quốc giảm một phần lãi suất cho vay. Trung Quốc cho Venezuela với giá cắt cổ. Hiện nay, Trung Quốc không chịu đàm phán lại những khoản nợ đó, ngay cả khi nền kinh tế và ngành dầu khí của quốc gia Nam Mỹ này đã sụp đổ.
Nguyễn Minh Triết và Hugo Chavez
Từ năm 2007 đến năm 2014, Trung Quốc cho Venezuela vay 63 tỷ USD - 53% tất cả các khoản vay mà Bắc Kinh dành cho khu vực Mỹ Latin trong giai đọan này. Sự hào phóng đi kèm theo một cái bẫy; để đảm bảo việc trả nợ, Bắc Kinh khăng khăng đòi trả bằng dầu hỏa. Hầu hết các khoản vay được thỏa thuận khi giá dầu ở mức hơn 100 USD/thùng, như đã từng xảy ra trong giai đọan 2007 - 2014, và dường như cả hai bên đều được lợi. Tuy nhiên, tháng 1 năm 2016, giá dầu giảm xuống còn 30 USD/thùng, làm cho khoản nợ của Venezuela trở thành quá lớn. Để trả nợ cho Bắc Kinh, nếu theo thỏa thuận truớc đây, Venezuela phải chuyển một thùng thì nay phải chuyển hai thùng.
Nếu Venezuela sụp đổ và Maduro ra đi không kèn không trống thì Trung Quốc sẽ gặp rủi ro lớn về ngoại giao và tài chính. Các nhà chính trị đối lập nhận thức rõ rằng Trung Quốc đang chống lưng cho chế độ Maduro. Chính phủ Venezuela mới có thể từ chối thẳng thừng việc thực hiện nghĩa vụ do chế độ Maduro để lại và quay sang Washington để tìm sự giúp đỡ. Điều đó có thể làm cho Trung Quốc lúng túng, cả về kinh tế lẫn chính trị. Trong quá khứ, Trung Quốc từng ủng hộ mạnh mẽ quyền không trả nợ - nếu đấy là nợ các nước phương Tây.
Nhưng việc Venezuela vỡ nợ có thể gây ra những hậu quả không chỉ đối với Caracas và Bắc Kinh. Là một phần của sáng kiến Một Vành Đai, Một Con Đường (BRI), Trung Quốc đang có kế hoạch mở rộng cách làm với Venezuela sang nhiều nước trên thế giới. Lợi dụng sức mạnh tài chính và chuyên môn trong việc xây dựng cơ sở hạ tầng, Trung Quốc đã nhìn thấy cơ hội để đẩy mạnh ảnh hưởng, lôi kéo bạn bè và đồng thời vẫn bảo vệ được tài sản.
Việc Mỹ, dưới thời Donald Trump, rút khỏi vai trò lãnh đạo lịch sử đã tạo điều kiện cho Trung Quốc trong việc thúc đẩy tầm nhìn địa chiến lược vĩ đại này, đặc biệt là sau khi chính quyền Barack Obama không theo đuổi đến cùng việc “xoay trục sang châu Á”. Nhiều nước châu Á đang nói thầm, và một số nói công khai, về việc muốn Mỹ can dự nhiều hơn vào khu vực này chứ không lặng lẽ đầu hàng trước ưu thế của Bắc Kinh. Nhưng nếu phải lựa chọn là thỏa thuận đầy rủi ro với Bắc Kinh hay không có thỏa thuận nào với phương Tây, nhiều người đã cho thấy rằng họ sẽ chọn Bắc Kinh.
Venezuela sụp đổ là do chế độ độc tài xấu xa thi hành những chính sách kinh tế đầy tai họa, lại được mạnh thường trợ giúp bằng những khỏan tín dụng gần như vô giới hạn. Hỗn hợp độc hại này cũng hiện diện tại nhiều quốc gia đang nhận những khoản vay lớn của qua dự án Một Vành Đai, Một Con Đường (BRI) của Trung Quốc. Lo lắng về sự trì trệ của nền kinh tế, các nhà độc tài trên khắp thế giới tìm cách thúc đẩy tăng trưởng bằng những khoản vay của Trung Quốc nhằm tài trợ cho các dự án tốn kém nhưng không có hiệu quả, bất chấp những hậu quả trong dài hạn.
Trong khi Trung Quốc có thể khẳng định rằng các quyết định đầu tư của họ là hòan tòan mang tính thương mại, thì lịch sử của nước này với Venezuela lại khẳng định ngược lại. Điều đó đã được xác nhận bởi những vấn đề xuất hiện trong các dự án liên quan đến BRI. Trong khoảng thời gian ngắn, từ năm 2016, chúng ta đã chứng kiến những vấn đề nợ nần lớn từ các dự án xây dựng cơ sở hạ tầng của Trung Quốc ở Sri Lanka và Pakistan. Trung Quốc đã đàm phán để đổi khoản nợ của mình lấy hợp đồng thuê 99 năm trong dự án xây dựng cảng ở Sri Lanka cùng với khu vực kinh doanh xung quanh hải cảng này. Trung Quốc đã cấp những khoản tài trợ khẩn cấp cho Pakistan trong năm vừa qua, nhằm ngăn chặn một cuộc khủng hoảng tiền tệ có khả năng xảy ra, nhưng vẫn có kế hoạch đầu tư 52 tỷ USD trong vài năm tới vào các dự án cơ sở hạ tầng của nước này.
Võ Nguyên Giáp và Hugo Chavez
Bắc Kinh thích trích dẫn Kế hoạch Marshall khi nói về BRI, nhưng việc làm của họ thì gian xảo và vị kỉ hơn. Chương trình BRI không cung cấp những khoản vay ưu đãi hay viện trợ quốc tế, mà dựa trên lãi suất trên thương trường, các khoản cho vay có lãi suất cao. Sau đó, các nước vay vốn phải sử dụng các công ty, đầu vào và công nhân Trung Quốc để xây dựng đường sắt và cảng ở nước mình. Trung Quốc cho vay không phải vì có tầm nhìn dài hạn về trật tự thế giới hoàn hảo hơn, như những người ủng hộ họ thích tuyên bố, mà do những tính toán về tài chính: Họ cần giữ cho các công ty đã bị nợ lút đầu lút cổ tiếp tục sống và người lao động của họ có việc làm.
Trung Quốc sẽ phải trả giá đắt. Hiện đã có các báo cáo nói rằng các quan chức Trung Quốc tin là sẽ bị thua lỗ đáng kể từ các khoản đã cho các nước Nam Á và Trung Á vay – những nước này có thể không trả được. Xin xem xét trường hợp Sri Lanka, nước này không trả nổi khoản vay trị giá 2 tỷ USD của Trung Quốc, nhưng sau đó lại được Bắc Kinh cho vay thêm khoản tiền 32 tỷ USD để tài trợ cho các dự án cơ sở hạ tầng. Cũng có những lý do chính đáng để tin rằng Pakistan sẽ không thể hấp thụ được các khỏan đầu tư lớn của Trung Quốc mà không gây ra lạm phát, và do đó, làm xói mòn khả năng trả nợ.
Theo các tuyên bố chính thức, Trong 10 đến 15 năm tới, Trung Quốc có kế hoạch đầu tư 5 ngàn tỷ USD vào dự án BRI. Nếu số tiền này được vật chất hóa trên thực tế, thì đây là khoản tiền rất lớn, ngay cả đối với Trung Quốc, dù là tính theo giá trị tuyệt đối hay trong tương quan với GDP thì cũng thế. Điều đó có nghĩa là, ngay cả việc mất khả năng thanh tóan những khoản nợ tương đối nhỏ cũng có thể gây ra những thiệt hại to lớn, cả về kinh tế lẫn chính trị.
Cho vay những khoản tiền lớn có tính phá hoại, làm cho các nước đang phát triển lâm vào tình trạng đổ nát là cách tốt nhất để Trung Quốc đánh mất sự tín nhiệm trên toàn thế giới. Ở Sri Lanka đã xảy ra nhiều cuộc biểu tình và bạo loạn về những khoản nợ của Trung Quốc. Trong khi đó, Bắc Kinh dựa vào phe đối lập Venezuela để không bị nước này xù nợ. Tất cả những việc này là giá đắt đối với uy tín của Trung Quốc. Chứng kiến những hậu quả của những khoản vay của Bắc Kinh đối với Venezuela, Sri Lanka và Pakistan, những con nợ tiềm tàng khác dường như đã không còn nhiệt tình vay Bắc Kinh nữa – hay chí ít cũng nhận thức rõ hơn về những rủi ro có thể gặp.
Các dự án vay quy mô lớn mà không tập trung vào khả năng sống sót về mặt kinh tế của dự án và khả năng trả nợ của bên vay, hầu như không phải là cơ sở vững chắc nhất cho nền ngoại giao tài chính mà Trung Quốc đang tìm cách thực hiện. Trong trường hợp tốt nhất, nó sẽ dẫn đến nghi ngờ và căng thẳng giữa chủ nợ và con nợ. Trong trường hợp xấu nhất, nó sẽ cho thấy sự tàn phá về mặt tài chính đối với những nước đang oằn lưng duới gánh nặng nợ nần mà họ không thể trả được bằng ngoại tệ mà chính họ cũng không có. Nếu việc cho vay của Trung Quốc không trở nên thông minh hơn, nước này có thể phát hiện ra rằng chẳng còn ai quan tâm tới số tiền mà họ có thể cung cấp.
Christopher Balding hiện là phó giáo sư về kinh doanh và kinh tế học tại trường HSBC Business School ở Thâm Quyến và là tác giả cuốn Sovereign Wealth Funds: The New Intersection of Money and Power.
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READ: Under fire for airing doctored video, Subhash Chandra speaks up
Zee network was India's first private TV channel that was launched more than two decades ago.
It should bother Chandra that the channel has suffered incalculable harm. Unfortunately, a Rajya Sabha nomination was enough for Chandra to abandon all ethics of journalism.
The photograph accompanying this report shows a programme that was aired on Focus TV. It terms Zee news owner and anchors as 'Khabron ke besharm saudebaz' i.e. 'Shameless brokers of journalism'.
Will Chandra wake up? It's already too late for him and his channel.
|Demonetisation hits Media: Kolkata-based Media group ABP group, Telegraph fires 700 journalists|
But on Friday, the newspaper made headlines--for the worst possible reason.
The paper owned by Ananda Bazar Patrika [ABP] group, sacked hundreds of journalists.
The news spread like wildfire among the journalist community in the country.
Print media is going through bad times in India. English papers have been closing their editions. Many papers have retrenched staff and several others are planning to give the pink slip to journos. Outlook report says that 700 employees were laid-off.
Demonetisation gave an opportunity to the media barons to justify their action--retrenching the staffers. Hindustan Times shut its Bhopal, Ranchi and Kolkata editions recently apart from closing many bureaux.
HT management's decision was weird because the paper was not in loss. But now another major newspaper going in for job cuts, sends a strong message. Other smaller groups may also follow suit.
This is bad for journalism as there will be fewer people on the ground to report. As profession, journalism was never lucrative, except for a few, but at least one could run household. Now even that is going to be difficult.
Clearly, bad times ahead for journalism and journalists. This will have affect on our democracy also, which remains strong if the press is strong. If the fourth estate is weakened, the voices of people won't reach others--the government and the citizens.
|Why Sudhir Agarwal's project failed: Dainik Bhaskar's English daily DB Post fails to make a mark|
If it made news, it was for the wrong reasons. Dozens of journalists quit the paper soon after joining it. Till now more than 50 journalists have left the newspaper.
The paper has achieved circulation in Bhopal city because of promotional scheme at the launch time. It is also given in place of Bhaskar's Hindi pullout, however, in terms of impact the paper has failed to make any mark.
WHY DB POST PROJECT FAILED?
Long back, Bhaskar used to have an English daily named 'Bhaskar'. It was later converted to National Mail, which was shut down in 1999-2000.
While National Mail commanded respect and was a full-fledged newspaper, the 10 page DB Post has performed even more poorly.
There are many reasons for DB Post's failure. As Bhaskar is a market leader in Hindi, it was felt that English daily would be able to get a good circulation due to existing Bhaskar network and the group's aggressive marketing.
THE PAPER THAT HAS NO EDITORIAL PAGE: UNIQUENESS OR FOOLISHNESS
But the paper didn't come out as an English paper. It was more like English version of a Hindi newspaper. It bears the stamp of a local Hindi newspaper's English version, not an independent English paper.
This has been its biggest drawback from the beginning. As part of the promotional scheme, it reached homes of many Bhaskar readers who were given option that they could get it instead of Bhaskar's other pullout, DB Star.
Editorially, it is a weak newspaper. When Bhaskar takes a stand on an issue or reports it in a way, DB Post reporting--taking up the issue ignored by its Hindi publication or taking a different stand, sends wrong signals.
This becomes a problem when readers are well-aware of newspaper group's policies and stand on particular politicians and parties. The newspaper has no editorial page. Even though editorials may not have great readership, opinion page has its own importance.
ILL-TREATMENT WITH JOURNALISTS!
Secondly, owners seem to have mishandled the entire project. In Bhopal, it is commonly known that Bhaskar owners treat the staff shabbily. But English journalists who weren't used to 'Bhaskar ways' began quitting as they found the work culture 'unbearable'.
The interference from the 'Bungalow', unusual interference of a woman member of the family in editorial affairs and the pressure to do stories as per whims and fancies of the management--overriding the editorial concerns, were not tolerated by journalists. The ten page paper has adequate local coverage but it fails in doing big stories and lacks in-depth coverage.
|Hindustan Times shutting seven newspaper editions: Has Shobhana Bhartia totally lost the plot?|
Lay-offs. India's leading English newspaper, Hindustan Times, has decided to close seven editions.
They include four editions and three small sub-editions in North India.
The decision is not only a big blow to journalism and journalists but also affects the media industry in the long run.
Kolkata, Bhopal, Indore, Ranchi are the editions that are being closed. Three other small editions including Kanpur and Allahabad are being shut.
Reports suggest that more editions could be closed soon. The decision will affect the prestige of the premier media organisation. In an era when journalists are finding it tough to get jobs and lay-offs are common, a media company that was in profit, is closing editions.
This will have a devastating effect on other smaller media groups. No one has clear idea as to why the editions, many of which were nearly 15-20 years old, are being shut suddenly.
This will also affect the image of Shobhana Bhartia, daughter of late KK Birla. She is the executive director of the Hindustan Times group. With hundreds of persons set to lose their jobs and established editions dying, it is nothing less than a taint.
|Shocking: Hindustan Times' Executive Editor Shishir Gupta is BJP chief Amit Shah's mole!|
The report suggesting Gupta being an informer to BJP president, created a stir in Indian media today.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, asking Shobhana Bhartia, HT's director, if she will sack him.
Gupta is the same journalist whose name had earlier come for his alleged links with an arms dealer.
Then, he was accused of calling the arms dealer, no less than 478 times on phone.
The latest controversy surrounds Gupta's role in providing information to Amit Shah, the BJP president.
Unlike journalists who pose questions or send query through email, here it was information that was sent, so that action could be planned. This was revealed after his email to Shah was obtained through RTI and is part of documents published by Frontline.
Online portal Wire mentions, "In it (email), Gupta draws the PMO and Shah’s attention to “violations” by the AAP government and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
"His email set off a series of counter-actions by the PMO over the following months which led, in turn, to an escalation of the turf war between Kejriwal and Najeeb Jung, who was lieutenant governor of Delhi at the time. Jung finally put in his papers on December 22, 2016....".
"Under the subject line “KEJRIWAL AGAINST CENTRE”, Gupta’s email began by noting: “Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal is on course to abrogate all powers of the Centre in NCR with neither the Home Ministry nor the BJP MLAs/Pradesh unit doing anything to contest it,” the Hindustan Times executive editor told Amit Shah and Officer on Special Duty (IT) in the PMO, Hiren Josh.
"The buzz in Delhi Govt is that BJP will do nothing to aggravate issues with Kejriwal due to its impact on forthcoming Bihar poll.” Nowhere in the email does the Hindustan Times executive editor ask a question or seek a response or clarification from Shah or Josh – the way reporters who correspond with officials about stories they are working on normally do."
|Godwoman guns down woman: Sadhvi Deva Thakur turns murderer, kills woman in firing, now absconding|
In a marriage function in Haryana, she began firing and this led to a woman's death.
Deva Thakur is now on the run. She has a murder case registered against her.
The Sadhvi, who is a Hindu Mahasabha leader, is known for her inflammatory speeches.
The latest incident has occurred in Karnal in Haryana.
She was invited to the marriage ceremony. She began firing and a gunshot caused the death.
A girl was also injured in the firing. Deva Thakur and half-a-dozen others who accompanied her, had been armed. The marriage function hall owner said that he had informed police as soon as firing began, as this is not allowed.
Deva Thakur had earlier caused controversy when she suggested that Muslims and Christians should be made to undergo sterilisation. She had also said that Hindu idols should be kept in mosques and churches.
Indian Express report
|Indian Express chief editor Raj Kamal Jha's journalism class to PM Narendra Modi|
The event was organised to give away the Ramnath Goenka awards for excellence in journalism.
After PM Modi's speech, Jha spoke at length about journalistic practices.
While audiences applauded Jha over his speech, PM Modi was cold and expressionless.
Jha recounted an incident--when a Chief Minister praised an Indian Express reporter's work, Goenka fired the journalist.
"Criticism from the government is a badge of honour for a journalist", he said.
Jha, in his vote of thanks said, "You (PM) also said a few wonderful things about journalists that makes us a little nervous....we have a generation of journalists who are growing up in an age of retweets and likes.."
The speech was applauded among journalists as Jha spoke with conviction. Just when NDTV has been banned for a day, Kashmir Reader has been shut down and journalists who question government are being branded 'anti-national', Jha's journalism class was needed.
Good work, Mr Jha.
|Economic Times headline on Ratan Tata taking over again from Cyrus Mistry draws attention|
Four years ago when Mistry had taken over from Tata, the headline was the one in the photograph above:
"Mystery Ends, Mistry Begins'
As Ratan Tata once takes over the company again from Cyrus Mistry, the newspaper gave this headline:
"Mistry Ends, Mystery Begins' [below]
It is not something unusual but it is interesting indeed and has caught eyes. No great wordplay, yet, it has caught eyes.
Simple, yet catchy. On the left, you can see the front pages of the paper on both the days.
Good job, ET.
|Online Media in India: News websites change journalism scene, score over newspapers, TV channels||The second media revolution has arrived in India.|
News websites have emerged as flag-bearers of independent journalism.
This was needed as traditional media was facing criticism for its failure.
Leading newspapers and TV channels were failing in objectivity.
It was being rued that the fourth pillar of democracy was crumbling as journalists were no longer questioning those in the power. Media was accused of toeing 'government line'.
With TRP becoming the sole criterion for news channels, the situation had become even more critical. In the era when 'mainstream media' was losing credibility, the websites have emerged.
These websites are now giving space to hard journalism. There are articles questioning the official position and reports that present the other side of the picture too.
NEWS SITES SHOW THE WAY IN THE ERA OF 'PAID MEDIA'
Not just stories that don't get reported in 'mainstream media', the News websites are carrying special reports, giving space to dissenting voices and opinion pieces--the kind of articles that are not published in leading newspapers or issues not discussed in TV studios.
While terms like 'Presstitutes' were coined, 'credibility became the biggest casualty' in Indian journalism. Journalists had to chose either of the two sides--Manmohan or Modi. Even after the election, there was no change in the situation.
Just when it had become the fashion to say that 'long reports' were out of fashion, narrative style of journalism made a return.
Thanks to these websites. One or two may be agenda-driven but they do provide space to alternative opinions too.
MAJOR WEBSITES KNOWN FOR QUALITY JOURNALISM
Scroll [Scroll.in] was among the first such websites and it has been quite successful. Senior journalist Siddharth Varadarajan's The Wire [Thewire.in] is known for serious, issue-based journalism.
Catch is associated with the Patrika group and it has expanded in a big way.
Similarly, Seema Mustafa's The Citizen [Thecitizen.in] comes with insightful reports, especially, with regard to conflict-prone regions.
JantaKaReporter is a major news portal, which has redefined online journalism in India. DailyO offers insights and opinions.
HuffingtonPost is well-known and among the pioneers in online journalism in the world. Its India edition has grabbed eyeballs.
NewsBits [Newsbits.in] brings reports from Central India--Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh states, with special concern for marginalised communities, Dalits, tribals and other under-privileged sections.
Newsd has emerged as another competition for major news websites. It focuses more on the App. NewsLaundry is yet another portal that keeps an eye on media.
Thenewsminute [thenewsminute.com] gives special coverage to Southern India--states that are not given proper attention in 'North-based media'. Twocircles.net is well-established and reports about the marginalised.
There are other websites too. Existing newspapers and magazines like Outlook and Caravan also have high quality content on their websites. With social media proliferating, the reach of the content has also increased.
Clearly, the 'New Media' is the winner.
|Targeting Media: J-K government bans Kashmir reader, newspaper forced to stop publication|
It's bad news for media. A newspaper has been forced to stop publication in the world's biggest democracy.
The management of the Kashmir Reader was asked to stop printing.
The administration issued an order, which forced the paper to shutdown its operations.
Worse, media is largely silent. Journalists across the country haven't stood in solidarity with the newspaper.
The newspaper has been banned. The decision has been unprecedented. But it has not lead to any outrage. There have been voices condemning the 'arbitrary decision' and demands have been raised to withdraw the ban.
However, most big media houses avoided to cover the story. The closure of a newspaper is not something that can be ignored. It's an emergency situation. The order came when situation in Kashmir had improved relatively.
Quint carried this piece, 'Is Ban on ‘Kashmir Reader’ Daily An Instance of State Repression?'. It quotes the editor Hilal Mir, who says, "The order is vague. It does not mention any article or content that they have found objectionable".
"If there is misrepresentation, specify it, take legal recourse instead of arbitrary methods", he further says. Media watchdog The Hoot has also carried a report, 'A quiet day at Kashmir Reader'. Unfortunately, other media houses ignored the news.
For them, it was not big news, perhaps. And herein lies the tragedy of our times.
|Journalist Asad Ashraf takes on 'biased' Times Now anchor Arnab Goswami for terming him terror sympathiser|
Ashraf was invited to the channel for a debate, however, Goswami cast aspersions on him when the former began putting across his point.
The journalist who works with Tehelka had questioned authenticity of the a video purportedly released by ISIS.
The video showed a suspect in it, who is liked to Batla House encounter.
However, the moment he expressed his suspicion, Goswami began lashing out at him.
He went on to term Ashraf as an Indian Mujahideen sympathiser. Other panelists too launched an attack on him. Ashraf's microphone was allegedly switched off and Goswami accused him of being a terror sympathiser.
But leading writers, journalists and activists have supported Ashraf. Goswami has lately been accused of pro-Hindutva leanings and of not allowing people with a different point of view to speak in the debates.
He has also been accused of misbehaviour with panelists. Congress leaders have boycotted the Prime Time on Times Now.
Also, many leading intellectuals, writers and academicians have expressed concern over the manner in which the show is conducted.
Panelists are not allowed to speak, if they are opposing Goswami's point of view and the narrative he wishes to propagate. Now, Ashraf intends to send a legal notice to Times Now.
|Unethical journalism: News X anchor Rahul Shivshankar's stand on right-wing terror suspects, 'protecting' Samjhauta Express blast accused|
Shivshankar is facing a very serious charge. He was hosting a programme on Samjhauta Express terrorist attack.
But after interviewing the then SIT officer who had conducted probe, the channel didn't air his interview, at all.
In the interview, the officer had said that right-wing radical Sunil Joshi was involved in the terror attack. He said that hard evidence led the SIT to the group. Joshi was later killed by members of his own group.
But, the TV channel didn't air his opinion. Shocked, the officer wrote a Facebook post, that has now gone viral. Leading journalists have said that the channel seemed to be giving a twist to the Samjhauta Express probe.
As the SIT officer's interview would have gone against the plan, it was dropped. News X channel had taken a strange and dubious stand during the Malegaon blast case too in which Hindu extremists were involved.
When Muslims who were initially framed in the case, were being released, the channel aired stories to suggest that the probe that accused Hindu radicals wasn't right.
This is further proof of how journalistic ethics and journalism are under threat in the country.
Right-wing Hindu extremists were found involved in the bomb blast in which more than 70 persons were killed.
READ MORE REPORTS ON NEWS X' dubious coverage and Rahul Shivshankar's unethical act
NEWS X: The Lies That Unscrupulous TV Weaves!
Former SIT head’s stunning allegation, says NewsX blocked his interview after he blamed ‘Hindu elements’ for Samjhauta blasts
|Indian media's moment of shame: Times Now, News X bat to save Hindutva terrorists, give twist to Malegaon case|
The channel's face, Arnab Goswami, took on Lalit Modi, but soon it became clear that strings had been pulled and Goswami was no longer shouting.
Lalit Modi case got a decent burial. India TV audience saw Arnab Goswami in a new avatar.
He was shouting but was no longer attacking the ruling party. This was a clear shift from the past when he attacked UPA regime.
But that was just the beginning. Just like Congress, BJP also has its share of 'bad guys'. But Times Now was no longer raising issues that would show BJP leaders in poor light. The constant target was Congress, once again.
So, either it was Sohrabuddin case or Ishrat Jahan fake encounter, Arnab Goswami was now giving twist to each and every story, in such a way that he ended being on the side of the BJP, saving and 'exonerating' the BJP leaders, while defaming and denouncing others.
While Hindi TV channels like Zee News, India TV and Aaj Tak were toeing the official line, Times Now and News X also joined the race.
It got so ugly that TV anchors were falling on the feet of the ruling party leaders to show how much subservient they are to the party.
They never asked tough questions as to how Maya Kodnani who was sentenced to double life imprisonment for inciting mob to murder innocent women and children, was out of jail on parole in Gujarat.
They didn't question how Babu Bajrangi was suddenly out of jail too. But the worst was yet to come. Goswami's channel now goes all out batting for Hindutva extremists.
The right-wing Hindutva terror network had been busted by ATS under Hemant Karkare, the brave-heart officer who was killed in Mumbai terror attack.
The role of the then ATS officer KP Raghuvanshi was not up to the mark. In fact, he faced allegations of being slow in pursuing these cases.
But Times Now goes to the extent of giving legitimacy to Raghuvanshi, who was accused of botching up investigation in Malegaon and similar other cases.
While blaming BJP or Congress is okay, it is sad to see how Goswami has become a mouthpiece for the RSS, and seems to be driven with a single agenda that is to help the Saffron terrorists' case in all these trials.
This is possible by either creating confusion or spreading misinformation. Times Now is exactly doing this and this is criminal to say the least.
It is shameful to see India's leading English news channel spreading canards and doing disservice to the nation.
Late Hemant Karkare had painstakingly bust the network and cracked the cases. The result was arrest of Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, Lt Col Srikant Purohit, Dayanand Pandey, Samir Kulkarni and many other members of the right-wing extremists' gang.
But, TV channels like Times Now and News X are taking a line that is not just unethical but also shows how journalists have simply become tools to manipulate the opinion and tinker with cases, at the behest of the political masters.
|Is Facebook India team soft on hate-mongers: Blocks sane voices but ignores hate speech, violence threats|
But the same Facebook is surprisingly soft on hate speech and accounts that share morphed images, indulge in misinformation and spread communalism.
The latest example is the manner in which Facebook blocked and warned Professor Ashutosh Kumar, after he shared a Navbharat Times post that exposed morphed content that was going viral on the social media website.
An image of a Muslim man who was embracing others, was morphed and a photo of an explosion was added, in it. Now this morphed image was being shared widely. When, Navbharat Times' report that exposed this mischief was posted by Ashutosh Kumar, he was asked to take it down.
Surprisingly, Ashutosh Kumar was told that his account would be shut, and later he was told that his account will be permanently closed.
While there is no dearth of Facebook accounts, mostly in Hindi, that share inflammatory content day in and day out, there is no action on them. These accounts, groups and pages are involved in sharing morphed images and even go to the extent of threats and violence, but Facebook doesn't seem concerned at all.
Read MediaVigil.com post, "Why Facebook gets upset when mischief-makers are exposed?". This is a serious question. Facebook had earlier blocked Dilip C Mandal's account though its official later apologised and restored it.
A possible explanation is that 'organised gangs' are making lot of complaints [report a post] to get accounts that expose their misdeed down, but shouldn't Facebook's officials have the basic understanding that here it is a Navbharat Times news that is exposing hate-mongers.
Or, perhaps, Facebook's staff that is supposed to keep an eye on Hindi content, has soft corner with such hate-mongers and their ideology. Clearly, Facebook's credibility is at stake. You can read Prof Ashutosh Kumar's post.
DIRTY GAME: EXPOSING THE MORPHED PHOTOS, MISCHIEF [Navbharat Times]
|Revolt Press: News website twisting facts, a disgrace to journalism|
Ironically, getting hits seems to have become the sole criterion for success in online media.
As there are thousands of websites, the hits will come only when you give bizarre headlines.
RevoltPress, a website, that delivers news in both Hindi and English, has taken this 'bizarre' to an extreme.
Take for example, the news that has been show here along with the post. It wrongly says that Pakistani men marry their own sisters. The headline clearly suggests as if it is incest that is prevalent in Pakistan.
The intro begins with the practice in Islamic world. The fact that an absolutely misleading news is not just published but it's being posted widely in Facebook groups and aggressively pushed, shows that they have no qualms about their brand of 'Yellow journalism'.
Such stories get them HITS, which bring some money in the form of advertisements and also a bit of name for the 'media group'. It today has nearly 1.9 lakh likes (followers) and hence reach of such articles keeps increasing as they keep posting such articles, again and again, with an interval of few days.
As far as the particular misleading post is concerned, the truth is that there are marriages between cousins in Pakistan. But it is common in India too. In many parts of the country, there are marriages among cousins in Hindus. In Andhra, it has been common for the girl to marry her real maternal uncle (mama).
But calling a cousin as 'sister', giving an impression of 'incest' and its prevalence in entire society, is disgusting to say the least. Sadly, journalism is the biggest casualty with the proliferation of such news websites. This is perpetuating false myths, spreading hate and agenda-driven activity that needs to be condemned in the harshest possible words.
|MediaVigil, a new media watchdog launched in Hindi|
The website has been noticed in a short period because of its incisive commentary and criticism.
The website is www.MediaVigil.com and it also has a Facebook page.
Unlike existing sites, it is more attacking and exposes the corruption in media. The website is in English but it covers English media including newspapers and TV channels.
One of the oldest websites has been TheHoot. In Hindi, Bhadas4media has been a site where journalism-related issues are discussed along with information about journalists joining or leaving the groups.
EditIndia has been among the oldest media watchdogs online. We welcome MediaVigil and hope that it would analyse the work of print and electronic media in an unbiased manner. It has been hacked also, suggesting that it has been doing its job correctly.
|Dainik Bhaskar group 'silently' launches English newspaper DB Post|
After many years, this is the third attempt of the Hindi media group at launching an English paper.
It had a paper, The Bhaskar daily, in English. Later it was re-launched and named National Mail. The paper was closed in 2000.
But now the group has launched its third English paper DB Post. The paper is said to be brainchild of Bhaskar group MD Sudhir Agarwal's wife Jyoti Agarwal.
The launch was subdued. It hasn't created a stir in journalist circles so far. We tried to find but there has been no website or online presence of the newly launched paper. This is surprising as print is accompanied by web these days, even in small publications.
UPDATE: A year later, why DB Post failed to make a mark in Bhopal?
There is no internet presence in the form of Facebook page or Twitter handle. We have found that many journalists have also quit the paper within days of its launch. The reason is that editors with Hindi background were posted and this caused bickering and resentment in editorial.
Some reporters from Dainik Bhaskar have been inducted who write the copy in Hindi and later it is translated. But Dainik Bhaskar is known for its strong marketing tactics. It has to be seen how the paper works and if the group manages to push it aggressively and sell the paper.
Good luck, Bhaskar group.
|Right-wing websites in India take wrong turn: Twist news, turn fiction into fact, give ideological spin to issues|
But, there has been a new phenomenon in Indian media--of hardcore right-wing websites that are not just aimed at furthering the political ideology but can go to any length in misrepresenting facts, even if it entails demonising the 'opponents'.
Just see how 'The Voice of Nation' claimed that Amitabh Bachchan was Jawaharlal Nehru's son. Such propaganda, disguised as journalism, is affecting image of Right-wing media.
These websites give sharp twist to stories, just in order to take forward the Saffron narrative. In process, facts are often ignored or manipulated and one-sided stories are carried.
They provide news differently, so different that they can cloud your vision and even confuse you about any issue. This is extremist right-wing journalism, if we really can it journalism. Media shouldn't manipulate facts and take sides to such extent.
This is doing damage to a healthy right-wing narrative because of the negativity and the zealous nature of these pro-Hindutva media projects that refuses to look at any other side of the picture. It seems that they are aimed just at running defamation campaigns against individuals and groups who are not in sync with their ideology.
Sorry, you may try as hard as you can but you just can't brainwash people. Shouldn't there be a decent and honourable right-wing narrative? Unfortunately, these websites are pursuing Hindutva agenda with such bias that they are affecting the image of the proper right-wing media.
FACTS or FICTIONS
1. Indiafacts is a website that gives the impression that it talks about 'facts'. But it often presents wrong, distorted facts and the commentary is biased. For the gullible reader, it is 'India facts', but the truth is that it is 'India fictions', not 'facts'.
2. 'The Voice of Nation', it seems, can go to any extent in misrepresenting facts. It spreads blatant lies and publishes unconfirmed facts. It is not journalism, at all. Ethics be damned, this seems to be the motto of this website. It even claims that Amitabh Bachchan was Jawaharlal Nehru's son.
3. OpIndia.com is not as reckless as Voice of Nation but pushes right-wing agenda strongly and intelligently. It goes for 'hit-job'. For example, it targets not just opposing politicians but also intellectuals and journalists who are critical of BJP-RSS. By raising petty issues and amplifying them, it provides 'ammunition' to Hindutva cyber brigade that would then target the 'opponents' on Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, citing these links and stories.
4. Swarajya magazine would appear better when compared to the above-mentioned sites. But the online magazine is also clear in its approach. For it too, journalism is fair only when it suits the Right-wing. Facts are presented selectively to support BJP and attack others.
|7,000 couples involved in 'wife swapping' in India, reveals TV channel IBN7 sting operation 'Lajja'|
The channel has said that in most of these cases not just the husband but the wife also has her consent and sexual relations are established with other couples in front of each other, for thrill and heightened enjoyment.
Thus, nearly 7,000 couples or 14,000 persons are actively engaged in swapping partners for sexual relations, without any hitch or shame--a major change from Indian society where morality reigned supreme and sex was a taboo for ages.
A doctor couple--medical practitioner husband and his physiotherapist wife, told the undercover reporters, who hadn't revealed their identity and had shown interest in joining the 'couple swapping' as part of the sting operation.
How journalist(s) managed to track, meet such couples
The reporters on the story had find such couples, sent them own photographs posing as a newly married couple, and later met to fix and finalise the next move.
Indrajeet Rai, the report, worked on this story. After nearly two months of effort, finding email IDs of couples engaged in swapping partners, the 'journo(s)' managed to meet such couples.
Using WhatsApp, connections were established and photographs were exchanged. The 'reporter couple' also met another couple--an MNC officer and his college teacher wife. They also belonged to Delhi, NCR region.
In kid's presence, couple gives invitation for 'wife swapping'
Shockingly, the couple had a three-year-old child along with them, and in his presence, they kept convincing the undercover reporters that there is no harm and no risk in such relations or open sexual orgies involving partners of each other.
Conversations recorded with hidden camera
The wife (physio) gave open invitation and said that the 'game' is perfectly fine and there will be no problem, if the new couple joins them. With hidden camera, entire conversation was shot and recorded by the journalists.
People from all sections of society getting into deviant sexual behaviour
From upper middle class to middle class, working women to housewife, people of all social strata are now into 'wife swapping'. Though it was believed that it was prevalent in India, the report shows that it has got acceptability among large sections of society.
LINK to story: Operation Lajja on IBN 7
|Under fire for airing doctored videos, Zee News owner Subhash Chandra comes on TV, clarifies his channel's stand|
That police case may be registered against the channel owner or editor(s) for airing the videos may have forced them to go public.
Chandra said that some people were branding Zee News as 'BJP's channel', which was a wrong perception.
"We are neither Congress' channel, nor BJP's channel. The truth is that we are against fundamentalism of all kind". "We are pro-India", he said.
Chandra said that Zee was being defamed and he was being sent harsh, abusive messages on Twitter.
He went on to name controversial Zee News anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, who was arrested and jailed for allegedly demanding bribe from Jindal group, as a his companion who was also getting similar such messages.
Chandra though claimed that he had grilled a BJP leader too recently and had exposed the party on various issues, he praised Anupam Kher in the same breath. Clearly, Chandra was forced to speak as his channel is accused of airing doctored videos.
Watch Subhash Chandra's video on Youtube
|Journalism's Hall of Shame: Times Now, Zee News, India News channels hit a new low|
Creating false stories, manufacturing rage and tarnishing image of particular people or groups at the behest of powerful lobbies has become the norm.
In process, journalism is the biggest casualty. Ethics be damned, morality thrown off the window. The anchors sit on a pulpit and say who is 'deshbhakt' (patriot) and who is 'deshdrohi' (anti-national).
Arnab Goswami conveniently ignores what happens on the streets and selectively shows what suits him and his political line, calls guests of his choice in the show and doesn't let any alternative opinion come up in the show.
When journalists were being beaten up in the court in Delhi for consecutive days, he wasn't bothered and kept whipping up sentiments over 'nationalism' by taking up a clearly one-sided position. Goswami even has the cheek to talk condescendingly about journalists who took out protest rally.
Sudhir Chaudhary is the face of Zee News. He has faced criminal charges in the case of alleged bribe from Jindal group and had to go to Tihar jail over the allegations. Chaudhary was earlier with Live India channel, which was shutdown briefly when a fake sting-op was aired about a Delhi teacher.
Now Chaudhary runs the channel as mouth piece of the BJP government. It takes a pro-Sangh policy and targets any opposing voice as 'traiter' and 'anti-national'. The channel has perfected the art to twist issues and divert viewers' attention from real issues.
Deepak Chaurasia's channel India News went a step ahead during the ongoing JNU row. The 'video' was shown in which students were raising slogans 'Azadi' but words like 'gharibi se' were suppressed to give the impression that they were talking about Kashmir's freedom.
These are not alone. Anchors and journalists who show you biased news and inflame passions are dime a dozen in Indian media, now.
This is 'supari journalism', as people are targeted because of ideological considerations.
Take for instance, Gaurav Sawant, a right-wing zealot who works as journalist with TV Today. He is known for his clear pro-BJP tilt and goes to the extent of creating fake stories and giving twists to bring communal angle to stories.Zee News' Rohit Sardana is another 'jingoist journalist'.
India TV's Rajat Sharma is a seasoned anchor and though his style is somewhat different, his agenda is also well-known. He has got Padma award recently.
|Zero Credibility: Times Now takes 'right' turn, abandons journalism, becomes BJP mouthpiece|
The channel under Arnab Goswami was always known to have a pro-BJP tilt but ever since Modi government came to power, it has stopped its 'aggressive journalism'.
But when you can't attack the government, who will you shout at? In order to keep the tempo and maintain its TRP, it is now creating villains and targeting them.
The hashtag '#StopAntiIndiaCampaign' is just an example. By terming JNU and its students as 'anti-national', the TV channel is inflaming passions under the garb of its 'nationalistic journalism'.
While Kanhaiya Kumar didn't shout any slogan, he was arrested and booked for sedition. But the same channel remains soft on BJP, RSS and ABVP leaders who have been found involved in anti-national activities, rioting and extremist acts.
Arnab Goswami conveniently ignores right-wing group burning national flag or BJP allies like Akali Dal and PDP trying to save, release convicted terrorists. After, the prime task is to save the BJP and protect it, when it is failing on various fronts.
By diverting attention, creating new issues and inflaming passions, Times Now is cleverly acting as BJP-RSS' agent in the media. It is not alone. Zee News, India TV and many other channels are also doing exactly the same.
The casualty is journalism. Morality and ethics have been abandoned. The sole aim is to act for the Saffron groups. That's 'supari journalism' at its best. History won't be kind to Arnab Goswami and Times Now for shaming the noble profession.
|ABP News channel's blunder on Iqbal: Wrongly says the poet had migrated to Pakistan|
Iqbal was born in undivided India and died in 1938. He had died nine years before partition.
And, there is no question of Iqbal leaving his country or even region. The bloomer caught the attention of large number of viewers.
Later, anchor Abhisar Sharma, expressed regret, about the mistake. However, even the mistake has not been acknowledged properly.
The channel mentioned that, 'During debate we said that Iqbal had left India to go to Pakistan, which is factually not correct....'.
But, before expressing regret, Abhisar Sharma said, "What we said had symbolic meaning. Iqbal is now a symbol of Pakistan. Still, if someone is hurt, we express regret".
Senior journalist Pankaj Srivastava has come down heavily on the channel for the irresponsible 'anchoring'.
"Iqbal was not anticipating a separate country.. Abhisar should have made an effort to find out the reality...he should think how his brain got the 'sanket' (signals) about Iqbal and this get transmitteds through a political radio station. This is not a coincidence'
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|Comment on Hinduism Is Different by S Kr||Hi Ambaa, [I am reposting this because somehow this comment did not appear for past 4 days when I had originally posted it]This is a very relevant article. It is indeed frustrating that modern day athiests and 'rationalists' lump us with other Abrahamic religions.But there is one important feature about modern day atheism which you seem to have missed - it is that modern day atheism is not something very distinct from the proselytizing Abrahamic religions of Islam and Christianity. It is a logical follow-up of Islam and Christianity, and the modern day Dawkin-sian atheism is itself Abrahamic in nature in that it subscribes to the binary of either you are an atheist or a 'religious' person (also, it has some proselytizing component as well).It is the tragedy of the West that after the fall of Rome and its takeover by Christianity, it's like Westerners have been continuously living in this believer-nonbeliever duality !!Christianity was the first of this Abrahamic proselytizing religion, Islam was the next, and if you think about it, Communism was the next (Communism also distinguishes in terms of 'believer' [of class struggle,socialism,utopia, blah blah] and nonbeliever, and wants to convert everyone to its fold by any means possible, result being Stalinist purges equalling crusades and Islamic conquests). Next in that succession are modern day concepts such as atheism ('liberalism', feminism etc and so on...). Now, don't get me wrong. It is true that atheism ('liberalism', feminism etc) might have done great to liberate the West from the deadly grasp of Abrahamic Christian religion, but they seem to have inherited the curse of 'my way or the highway' style of Abrahamism; coupled with concepts such as excommunication of 'nonbelievers' of the ideology, and 'total war' (i.e. trying to insert one's ideological position in every aspect of life and with everyone). Maybe, who knows, a foundationally similar ideology was necessary to take on the earlier more-brutal proselytizing Abrahamic religions.Often while discussing Hinduism with Western Dawkin-sian atheists and while listening to their critiques of Hinduism (like by Sam Harris etc), I always find them picking things from the worst period of Hindu history (I would say ~1700s-1900s, a broken Hindu society after centuries of invasions and conversions etc) and ignoring the rest some 3000+ years. By this time, Hinduism had degenerated because of brutalities, and lots of 'evil' regular practices one finds solidified. I don't know if they are just ignorant or have an agenda to ignore.And just as an aside, I don't think Judaism is doing to 'Palestine' what Muslims and Christians did to natives at other places. Jews *are* the natives of Israel and Jerusalem area, and they are merely retaking the area they were one brutally displaced from by Muslims. It's like if Hindus displace the Muslim Pakistanis and retake the Indus Valley area, then there is nothing wrong with it, because Indus Valley is where Hinduism arose (Sapta Sindhu:The land of the seven rivers) - an area from which Hindu population has been wiped out (Similar for Sikhs in Pakistani Punjab area).|
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|Obama's Challenge and the FilAm Response||Published Setp. 29, 2008|
One of the interesting moments in last Friday’s presidential debate was when Barack Obama blasted past American foreign policy of supporting allies who are undemocratic, even tyrannical leaders -- a policy in which Washington says, “He may be a dictator, but he is our dictator.”
It was clearly a play on how former US Secretary of State Cordell Hull described Rafael Trujillo when he was dictator of the Dominican Republic in the 1930s: “He may be a son-of-a-bitch, but he’s our son-of-a-bitch."
On Friday, Obama was referring to the ousted Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf, who came to power in a coup that deposed a democratically elected president, and whom Washington eventually supported and coddled.
He was essentially sending a strong message to leaders who would follow in the footsteps of Trujillo, Musharraf and even Marcos. And that convinced me even more that for the Philippines, a President Obama would usher in an exciting era in US-Philippine relations.
On the other hand, John McCain came across as John McCain: the former fighter pilot who is bold, daring to the point of being reckless and impetuous. That sometimes works in war. But it often doesn’t. And it surely can lead to disastrous results when dealing with more complex issues, such as a financial meltdown.
In the days leading up to the debate, McCain seemed to be blasting away without any clear target or objective. He said the fundamentals of the US economy were strong, then later tried to backtrack and even called for the firing of the highly respected head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Then he suddenly suspended his campaign, purportedly to help solve the crisis, and called for the debate to be postponed. But he ended up playing a bit role in the negotiations. And some lawmakers even said that his political stunt derailed the sensitive talks.
These were bold, daring, attention-grabbing moves. But what was the point?
As many people expected, McCain displayed a slight edge in foreign policy expertise during the debate. But as many pundits also stated, he needed to make up for three days of seeming incoherence and pointless impetuousness by clearly out-debating the newcomer on the U.S. political scene.
But that didn’t happen.
Obama showed himself to be intellectually engaged and politically pragmatic. He also was incredibly cool, a trait which will be critical for the next US president who will have to deal with two wars, a slowing economy and a financial system that’s rapidly falling apart.
The bad news is that the race is still tight, and presidential debates, historically, have not had much of an impact on the outcomes of elections. John Kerry outperformed George W. Bush four years ago, but that didn’t matter.Many reasons have been cited for why the race is so close, despite the clear unpopularity of the Republicans. Let’s go straight to a critical reason: Obama is only slightly ahead of McCain because of his race.
Sadly, race is an issue even for Filipino Americans. I already discussed my views on this issue in a previous column in February. And since then, I’ve only heard more examples of our own brand of racism and ignorance, of judging a leader’s potential based on skin color.
But there have also been signs of hope.
“It will now depend on ground operations in which Obama has an advantage,” Francis Calpotura, a veteran community organizer in Oakland who founded the League of Filipino Students-USA back in the 1980s, told me. “Para sa akin (to me), it will still boil down to this question: Would older (40-60 yrs) white voters in those swing states be ready to elect a black president?”
He added, “What would be good to see is what Filipinos in Nevada would do. That's why I'm going to Reno and hopefully reach out to the Filipinos there.”
Calpotura was among the leaders of a group of Filipino American activists who traveled to the battleground state of Nevada to pound the pavement for Obama
Then there’s Gayle Gatchalian who wrote to me about my earlier column, which asked, “Will Pinoys reject Obama because he’s black?”
“I just wanted to thank you for writing that,” she said. “My entire family hates Barack Obama and I can't have a decent conversation with them without a mention of Muslim, Hussein, evil etc. and the myriad other issues that have come out that proves he is a decent human being. I understand that it's because they have something against black people, and my black friends have tried to explain it to me.
“It’s hard to be post-racial and clearly, if America is going to move on from the 20th century, it needs someone who can take them there and the B-man is the best (and only) option on the table right now.”
|Memo to Arroyo: Let McCain know you're from Asia||Published September 22, 2008|
President Gloria Arroyo may have had a top-level meeting with Republican presidential candidate John McCain during her last visit to the United States. But if he wins in November, she better hope he’ll remember that encounter -- and that he won’t confuse her, given her Hispanic surname, for one of those anti-American leaders in Latin America who are always irritating Washington.
Just ask Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the prime minister of Spain.
When asked in an interview with a Miami Spanish-language radio program if he would receive Zapatero in the White House, McCain said that he would “establish closer relationships with our friends, and I will stand up to those who want to harm the United States.”
The clearly confused interviewer politely asked the question three more times. After all, Spain is a member of NATO and a US ally, and McCain or any other US politician surely wouldn't suggest that Spain could be among those “who would harm the United States.” The interviewer even clarified that she was referring to the country in Europe. But McCain simply repeated his response.
That prompted speculation that either McCain didn't know who Zapatero was, thought Spain is in Latin America, or simply got confused. Did he perhaps think that Zapatero was another troublemaker south of the US border? Maybe he thought he was being asked about the Zapatista rebels in Mexico, or about Emiliano Zapata, the legendary, but long dead, Mexican rebel leader.
It may be understandable how McCain would get confused since the question about Zapatero followed others about not-so-friendly leaders in America's backyard: Raul Castro of Cuba, Evo Morales of Bolivia and the highly-controversial Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.
But as the Washington Post noted, “Lumping Zapatero in with the Latin American bad guys like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez is ironic because Zapatero and Juan Carlos, the King of Spain, were protagonists in one of the most public anti-Chavez moments.”
The newspaper was referring to the Ibero-American summit meeting earlier this year in Chile, when Chavez criticized Zapatero's predecessor, Jose Maria Aznar, a close Bush ally, for sending Spanish troops to Iraq. Zapatero politely rejected Chavez's argument, but when the Venezuelan pressed on, the Spanish king snapped at him, “Why don't you just shut up?”
To be sure, McCain's gaffe was not as bad as former Vice President Dan Quayle's jaw-dropping observation that people in Latin America don't speak Latin. Or President George W. Bush's surprising question to the president of Brazil: “Do you have blacks too?”
Still, McCain's response raises doubts about his claim to be a foreign policy expert, especially since he has made other baffling remarks on foreign affairs during the campaign. Once he appeared to get mixed up about the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims. Then he explained the crisis in Afghanistan to journalist Diane Sawyer by saying, “We have a lot of work to do and I'm afraid it's a very hard struggle, particularly given the situation on the Iraq-Pakistan border.”
Such a border does not exist, of course. Nor does the republic of Czechoslovakia, which broke up into two nations in the early 90s, but that didn't stop McCain from referring to the defunct entity.
McCain's campaign spokesman Randy Sheunemann later clarified that his candidate meant what he said that he would not commit to a meeting with Spain’s Zapatero. That prompted columnist Robert Schlesinger to write: “Memo to Randy Sheunemann: Your candidate can do worse things than get confused. Like he could imply that a NATO ally might mean us harm.”
Bottom line for the Philippine leadership: Gear up for an education campaign to reintroduce yourself to a President McCain. Perhaps the Department of Foreign Affairs should send a briefing paper to the McCain campaign explaining that the US military has pulled out of Subic and Clark, just in case he gets confused about why there is now a Visiting Forces Agreement between the US and the Philippines. Or, maybe it should issue a high-level memo reminding McCain that the Philippines is no longer an American colony, and that Arroyo should be called "president," not "governor-general."
But then again, perhaps there's nothing to worry about . After all, if McCain wins, he'll have a highly capable vice president in Sarah Palin. How can you beat a would-be-president who became an expert on Russia because she can see that country from her home state of Alaska?
But just to be sure, it may be wise for Arroyo, or whoever takes her place in 2010, to consider a special gift to the McCain-Palin administration if they do take over come January: A very powerful telescope so she can see the Babuyan Islands from downtown Anchorage.
|Distorted lessons from the Philippine-American War||Published July 25, 2008|
Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama was touring the Middle East when a well-known columnist for a major US newspaper tried to point the way out of the mess in Iraq by citing lessons from another American military misadventure more than a century ago – in the Philippines.
(Apparently, McKinley did not get a memo telling him that the Philippines was then a staunchly Catholic nation -- another reason for McCain to balk at any close identification with the former president, given his own foreign affairs faux pas like mixing up Sunnis and Shiites and referring to a non-existent Iraq-Pakistan border.)
But Filipinos and Filipino Americans should find Medved's version of the Philippine-American War troubling. "This nearly forgotten conflict deserves renewed attention today since the parallels with our present predicament count as both eerie and illuminating," he writes.
But then Medved recasts the bloody conflict as a war that the United States "stumbled into" but from which emerged a free and happy nation ever so grateful for American generosity and compassion. He cites former President Manuel L. Quezon's famous quote, "Damn the Americans! Why don't they tyrannize us more?"
Medved essentially is asking: Now why in the world can't we do that again in Iraq?
"Our failure to 'tyrannize' our Iraqi allies could similarly destroy the chances of the Islamist terrorists who oppose us," he writes. "The outcome in today's Middle East remains uncertain, but our painful Philippine experience a century ago suggests that a positive result is still possible through a combination of public patience, battlefield brilliance and compassionate determination to provide better lives and freedom to the far-away people who became the war's chief victims."
I nearly choked when I read this for while Medved made a passing reference to water cure, the notorious torture technique the US military used against Filipino independence forces (and used in Iraq under the name "water boarding"), and while he noted that at least 200,000 Filipinos died in the conflict (other historians cite a higher figure), he downplayed the more sordid chapters of the Philippine-American War: the massacres, the brutal military campaigns, the suppression of basic Filipino civil and human rights.
Medved writes that "for the most part, America's volunteer troops maintained high morale, resenting anti-war activists back home because they understood this agitation encouraged the enemy." I suspect "high morale" had nothing to do with what happened in the town of Balangiga, Samar when General Jake Smith told his men to turn the island into a "howling wilderness" so that "even birds could not live there."
"Kill and burn! The more you kill and burn, the better you will please me,"' he ordered. Asked to clarify who the troops' targets were among the population, the general replied: "Everything over 10."
Medved also ignores the blatant racism of US political leaders led by President William Howard Taft, who served as governor-general of the islands, and who called Filipinos "our little brown brothers.''
Then there was the former U.S. superintendent who helped set up an American-style public school system in the Philippines who argued that the Filipinos "are children, and childlike, do not know what is best for them. . . By the very fact of our superiority of civilization and our greater capacity for industrial activity, we are bound to exercise over them a profound social influence.''
Medved's piece reminded me of the now despicable concept of the “white man's burden,” that famous exhortation to Western domination. The phrase was actually coined by British poet Rudyard Kipling during this period in support of the American colonization of the Philippines and other former Spanish colonies. Reading just a part of the poem today would make one cringe.
"Take up the White Man's burden
The great American writer Mark Twain was so horrified by US atrocities in our homeland that he called the $20 million the United States paid for the Philippines an "entrance fee into society -- the Society of Sceptered Thieves."
"The White Man's Burden has been sung,"' Twain wrote. "Who will sing the Brown Man's?"
Twain also once said, "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme." In his bid to justify an unpopular war in Iraq, Medved came up with a mangled account of a dark chapter in our history that has neither rhyme nor reason.
Copyright 2008 by Benjamin Pimentel
Bay Area journalist Benjamin Pimentel can be reached at www.bpimentel.blogspot.com
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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”
But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria is not being held to the near-certainty standard. And the Pentagon, hamstrung by limitations in intelligence gathering, has been unable to determine in many cases whether the casualty reports are true.
“We do take extreme caution and care in the conduct of these missions,” Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said. “But there’s risk in any military operation. There’s a special kind of risk when you do air operations.”
When Obama outlined his strategy to fight the Islamic State group earlier this month, he cited as parallels the limited U.S. counterterrorism campaigns in Yemen and Somalia, where American drone missile strikes have targeted al-Qaida-linked militants. Aides said he was also thinking of Pakistan but didn’t mention those strikes because drone killings there are entirely the work of an officially unacknowledged CIA operation.
But when it comes to civilian casualties, it has become clear that the targeted killing model that Obama has expanded and honed throughout his presidency does not apply to the more intensive military operation against the Islamic State and the Khorasan Group in Iraq and Syria.
According to the White House, the reason the near-certainty standard is not applicable turns on a fine point of international law — the theory that the U.S. is not involved in “active hostilities” in Yemen and Somalia, but is in Syria and Iraq. Such distinctions are controversial, given the frequency with which American bombs and bullets have flown in both countries.
A more practical reason is that the self-imposed rules on drone strikes against al-Qaida are simply too restrictive for a conventional military air campaign against the Islamic State group, which the U.S. says is both a terrorist group and an occupying army, and has ordered the Pentagon to destroy.
“It is much different in scope and complexity” than Yemen and Somalia, said Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., an intelligence committee member. “I think it will be very hard to apply the very restrictive rules they put in place for other theaters.”
The drone attacks in Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan are carried out either by the CIA or, at times in Yemen and Somalia, the military’s Joint Special Operations Command. They employ Hellfire missiles, relatively small munitions designed to destroy people and vehicles.
In Iraq and Syria, the Air Force and Navy are using cruise missiles and conventional guided bombs to destroy buildings and other infrastructure that Hellfires can’t bring down. Allies, including Britain, France and Arab countries, are also using conventional bombs.
While most of the air strikes have been directed at the Islamic State group, the U.S. also used cruise missiles to attack the Syria headquarters of the Khorasan Group, an al-Qaida cell said to be plotting attacks on the West. Syrian opposition figures have said that one of those missiles went astray Sept. 23 and killed women and children in the village of Kafr Daryan near Aleppo.
White House spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said the near-certainty standard was intended to apply “only when we take direct action outside areas of active hostilities.”
Military officials say they are taking great care to avoid civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria, consistent with international law. But international law does not require a near certainty that civilians won’t be harmed in military strikes. U.S. officials say harm to noncombatants is inevitable in a large bombing campaign —especially when the enemy is embedded in civilian areas.
Obama himself made that point in his 2013 speech, in the context of explaining why targeted drone campaigns are preferable to conventional war when it comes to counter terrorism.
“Conventional airpower or missiles are far less precise than drones and are likely to cause more civilian casualties and more local outrage,” the president said.
Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said this week that the U.S is relying mainly on intelligence-gathering technology such as satellites, drones and overhead surveillance flights to determine whether there have been civilian casualties.
As a result, “It’s much harder for us to be able to know for sure what it is we’re hitting, what it is we’re killing and what is collateral damage,” said Tom Lynch, a retired colonel and former adviser to the Joint Chiefs of Staff who is now a fellow at the National Defense University.
Warren acknowledged that the Pentagon could not say for sure that every person killed in the bombing of Iraq and Syria has been a combatant.
After the near-certainty standard was imposed on drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, the frequency of strikes dropped precipitously, and the use of so-called signature strikes — attacks aimed at large groups of armed men who fit the profile of militants but whose names were not all known to the CIA — was curtailed.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news, Wall Street racked up a second day of big gains on hopes for a settlement in Washington. The Dow Jones industrial average added 111 points to close at 152,37. The Nasdaq rose 31 points to close near 3,792. For the week, the Dow gained 1 percent; the Nasdaq fell about half-a-percent.
The agency working to destroy chemical weapons in Syria won the Nobel Peace Prize today. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honored the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. It had been widely speculated the prize might go to Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls. We will have more on the Peace Prize right after the news summary.
Human Rights Watch charged today that rebels in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and kidnapped more than 200 others in attacks on August 4. It happened during a rebel offensive in the coastal province of Latakia. Witnesses told of entire families being executed. Human Rights Watch says Islamist groups, including two linked to al-Qaida, led the offensive.
LAMA FAKIH, Human Rights Watch: The coordinated nature and advance planning that went into this operation shows that this is not just the work of some rogue fighters within these rebel groups, but, rather, this was a planned attack against a civilian population. For that reason, we do believe that the abuses amount to — or may amount to crimes against humanity. They certainly amount to war crimes.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The rebels are mainly Sunni Muslims. The victims of the attack belonged to the minority Alawite sect, which supports President Bashar al-Assad.
Secretary of State John Kerry made an unannounced trip to Afghanistan today to help revive security talks. He met with President Hamid Karzai to discuss keeping some U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014. Talks have stalled over how to preserve Afghan sovereignty. Also today, an Afghan official said U.S. troops have captured a senior Pakistani Taliban commander in Afghanistan.
A massive tropical cyclone barreled toward Eastern India today. The powerful storm had grown so large, 1,000 miles across, it almost filled the Bay of Bengal. The storm is also — is already whipping up seas, and could have winds of 135 miles an hour when it hits India tomorrow night. Tens of thousands of residents along the coast have been ordered to flee to safety.
The U.S. Air Force has fired the commander of its nuclear missile force. Major General Michael Carey was responsible for the Air Force’s 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles. He’s been reassigned over alleged personal misconduct. Earlier this week, the Navy fired a vice admiral who oversaw nuclear weapons. He’s being investigated over gambling issues.
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|News Wrap: Gen. Allen Apologizes for Civilian Deaths in Afghan Airstrike|
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KWAME HOLMAN: Stocks on Wall Street rebounded to their best week of the year, in spite of continuing concerns over the global economy and how Europe’s woes will impact the U.S. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 93 points to close at 12,554. The Nasdaq rose 27 points to close at 2,858. For the week, the Dow gained more than 3.5 percent; the Nasdaq rose 4 percent.
The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan apologized for the deaths of civilians in an airstrike earlier this week. The operation on Wednesday was targeting a Taliban leader, but also killed women, children, and village elders celebrating a wedding.
Gen. John Allen flew to the area today to deliver his regrets personally to family members and provincial officials.
LT. GEN. JOHN ALLEN, commander, International Security Assistance Forces: We will do the right thing in terms of compensation and in terms of restoring, rebuilding that home. And we have got work to do in terms of the investigation. But we will fully investigate this, this incident. But we deeply regret the loss of innocent human life.
KWAME HOLMAN: Across the border in Pakistan today, a bomb tore through a bus carrying government employees and killed 19 people. The bus was near the city of Peshawar when the bomb went off with a timing device. No group has claimed responsibility, but the area is a haven for Taliban militants.
President Obama had strong words for those claiming the White House has leaked top-secret details of its antiterrorism programs. The president insisted he has zero tolerance for leaks of classified national security information. Congress is investigating leaks after several detailed news accounts about U.S. drone attacks and cyber-espionage.
The president spoke directly to the charge by some Republicans that the administration may have leaked the information for political gain.
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: The notion that my White House would purposely release classified national security information is offensive. It’s wrong. And, you know, people I think need to have a better sense of how I approach this office and how the people around me here approach this office.
KWAME HOLMAN: The president also said the administration will carry out its own investigation into the leaks.
Suicides among U.S. forces are on the rise this year. According to the Pentagon, military suicides now are averaging nearly one per day; 154 active-duty service members took their lives in the first 155 days of the year. That’s an 18 percent increase over the same period last year.
Suicide deaths also now are outpacing the number of U.S. combat troops killed in Afghanistan. Some research has pointed to multiple tours of duty and post-traumatic stress as contributing to the rise in suicides.
Federal health officials ruled today that treatment for 50 types of cancer should be covered by a 9/11 victims fund. The $4.3 billion fund was set up to compensate and treat people exposed to toxic dust that fell on New York after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed. Originally, only people suffering from less serious ailments, such as asthma, were eligible. Now those with the named types of cancer may qualify if they can connect their illness to the dust. The proposal also will go through a public comment period now.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.
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|Death toll in Bahawalpur oil tanker blast reaches 190|
The death toll from an oil tanker explosion in central Pakistan has risen to 190, hospital and government officials said, as 16 more people succumbed to their injuries on Friday. The oil tanker overturned on Sunday morning on a main … Continue reading
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|Rafiki Jazz: Har Dam Sahara review – mesmerising devotional songs from Africa and Asia|
This is an elegant, mesmerising album of devotional songs from Africa, the Middle East and Asia by a British band who specialise in multicultural fusion. Based in Sheffield, Rafiki Jazz are an eight-piece who began as a collaboration between local musicians and migrant and refugee artists, and whose current lineup comes from four continents. Their four singers include Sufi soul exponent Sarah Yaseen and Avital Raz, a singer-songwriter born in Jerusalem who has studied music in India, while the backing includes west African kora, Arabic oud and ney flute, Indian and Brazilian percussion and even Caribbean steelpan.
Their inventive set includes Coptic Christian praise songs given an Indian edge, a stately, tuneful tribute to the founder of the Mouride brotherhood in Senegal, and the Pakistani Qawwali classic Mustt Mustt treated to a kora solo. It’s impressive, but I could have done without the spoken passages.Continue reading...
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|Aktuelle Vita 2012 Jazz Pianist Uli Lenz|
Vita Jazz Pianist Uli Lenz
In Frankfurt am Main geboren, begann er mit dem Klavierspiel im Alter von vier Jahren.
In den 1970ern studierte er klassisches Klavier, Komposition und Cello zunächst an Dr. Hoch's Konservatorium, anschliessend an der Staatlichen Hochschule für Musik und
Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt am Main. Nachts spielte er Jazz in Clubs und Striptease Bars.
In den '80ern tourte Lenz als Begleiter bekannter Saxophonisten durch Frankreich, Spanien, Italien und Israel. Er spielte in der Berliner Clubscene und konzertierte als Solo Pianist auf dem
Berliner JazzFest und bei Jazz Ost West Nürnberg. Er nahm das Piano Solo Album Midnight Candy auf. Solo bereiste er Israel, die Mittelmeerregion und Osteuropa.
1887 war er in der New Yorker Clubscene tätig.
Im Rahmen des New Yorker Hennessy Village Jazz Festivals nahm Lenz 1988 das Trioalbum Live at Sweet Basil mit dem Bassisten Cecil McBee und dem Schlagzeuger Joe Chambers auf.
1989 konzertierte er im Trio mit dem Bassisten Günter Lenz und dem Schlagzeuger Allen
Blairman auf dem Montreux Jazz Festival.
In den '90ern arbeitete Lenz u. a. mit Steve Grossman und Abbey Lincoln.In dieser Dekade gastierte er als Solist weltweit auf internationalen Festivals, unternahm ausgedehnte Konzertreisen. Er bespielte Alben sowohl mit verschiedenen Co-Akteuren, mit dem Saxophonisten Johannes Barthelmes (Konzert der Verlorenen Söhne 1992 und Trane's Tree 1993), mit der Sängerin Patricia Nomakosazana Dhlamini (Trouble in Paradise 1993), mit dem Bassisten Ed Schuller und dem Schlagzeuger Victor Jones (Echoes of Mandela 1997), als auch Piano Solo (Love Channel 1995). 1997 formte Lenz ein Trio mit dem Bassisten Pepe Berns und dem Schlagzeuger Thomas Alkier.
1999 unterschrieb Lenz einen Exclusivvertrag mit dem New Yorker Label Arkadia. Während seiner vielen Afrikagastspiele erwarb sich Lenz den Beinamen "Der auf den Tasten tanzt".
2001 nahm Lenz mit dem Bassisten Ira Coleman, dem Schlagzeuger Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez und dem Gastsolisten TK Blue am Saxophon das Album Rainmaker's Dance für Arkadia auf.
Die Kritiker zählen Rainmaker's Dance zu den besten Jazz CD's der Dekade ab 2000. 2002 konzertierte er im Duo mit Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez in Jungle Dance, einem Exclusivkonzert für DeutschlandRadio Berlin.
In der Folge nahm Lenz weitere Duette mit Nomakosazana und Triojazz mit Ed Schuller und dem Schlagzeuger John Betsch auf. 2005 begann eine langjährige Zusammenarbeit mit dem französischen Saxophonisten François Jeanneau. Mit Jeanneau nahm Lenz Duette auf und bereiste
Russland, Brasilien, Indien, Pakistan und Teile Afrikas.
2007 gründete Lenz das Trio 105 Jazz mit dem Bassisten Gerhard Kubach
und dem Schlagzeuger Zam Johnson. Das Trio unternahm Tourneen durch Russland, den Sudan und Ägypten.
Gegenwärtig setzt Lenz seine Tourneetätigkeit mit François Jeanneau, Ed Schuller, 105 Jazz und als Solo Pianist fort. Er unternimmt auch Tourneen für das Auswärtige Amt, das Goethe-Institut und die
Aktuelle Vita Jazzpianzst Uli Lenz
Berlin den 15. Februar 2012
|Uli Lenz Bavarian Boogie Goethe-Institut October 24, 2004 in Pakistan|
Exerpt of the performance at Karchi with GoetheInstitut 2004
"Lenz and Berns delivered four more tunes, including a medley for the finale, before wrapping up and proceeding to dinner. In an impressive performance, Lenz showed he is an expressive player, while Berns, whom the pianist dubbed “one of Europe’s best bass players,” definitely proved his worth with elaborate note-playing, at times erasing the distinction between guitar and bass"
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|Quand National Geographic se fait le relais d'une propagande anti-chrétienne, anti-américaine et anti-israélienne|| |
par Phyllis Chesler
Article paru sur le site Pajamas Media le 18 mai 2009
Les menaçantes manifestations de rue contre Israël, les résolutions anti-israéliennes rageuses de l’ONU, les appels obsessionnels au boycott d’Israël dans les universités occidentales, la succession incessante des gros titres condamnant Israël dans les médias du monde entier font maintenant partie d’un train-train habituel auquel participent surtout les jeunes et les fanatiques. La plupart des citoyens y font à peine attention. Ils se préoccupent plutôt de leurs emplois, de leurs prestations sociales, des frais de scolarité de leurs enfants – ou bien de l’ascension et de la disgrâce des stars dont la vie décadente les distrait de leurs propres petites misères ordinaires.
Ce qui m’inquiète davantage, ce sont les spectacles qui influencent insidieusement et inexorablement l’opinion publique, les films qui présentent les dictateurs et les terroristes arabes sous des traits séduisants et qui diabolisent les soldats, les « colons » et les hommes politiques israéliens. Progressivement, de façon presque imperceptible, l’homme de la rue a ainsi fini par croire que le monde musulman est pacifique, accueillant et sûr, que ses aspects « rudes » s’expliquent par le fait qu’il s’agit de peuples ayant été opprimés par les Européens, que le terrorisme islamique a sans doute été provoqué par l’invasion de l’Afghanistan, de l’Irak et du Pakistan par les États-Unis, qu’une grande partie de tout cela est la faute d’Israël – ou plus exactement, que la plupart de ces problèmes pourraient être résolus aujourd’hui si seulement l’Amérique sacrifiait Israël au nom de la paix mondiale et de sa propre survie.
Prenons le fameux magazine National Geographic, qui fait la promotion de la protection de la planète et qui revendique près de huit millions de lecteurs. Par suite d’un abonnement cadeau, je le reçois régulièrement. Parfois je l’ouvre, souvent je ne l’ouvre pas. Tant de belles photos brillantes, si peu de temps. Mais le dernier numéro a attiré tout de suite mon attention, à cause du titre en couverture « L’Exode chrétien de la Terre Sainte ». Par exemple, me suis-je dit, ce magazine ami des animaux a « compris un truc » ! Un espoir s’éveillant en moi, je suis allée lire l’article intitulé « Les fidèles oubliés : les chrétiens arabes ».
Voici ce que dit cet article : pour l’essentiel, il rend les croisés, les chrétiens américains et Israël (!) responsables de la persécution et de la disparition des chrétiens arabes au Proche-Orient. Je n’aurais pas pu l’inventer. Les mensonges, les omissions, le parti-pris, tantôt insidieux tantôt manifestes, y sont stupéfiants. Par exemple, cet article, rédigé par Don Belt, n’explique pas pourquoi il y a eu des croisades – à savoir, pour empêcher que les Arabes chrétiens soient assassinés ou convertis de force par les musulmans. Toujours est-il que selon Belt, « l’ironie est que c’est pendant les croisades (1095-1291) que les chrétiens arabes, assassinés par les croisés en même temps que les musulmans et pris entre les tirs croisés de l’Islam et de l’Occident chrétien, ont commencé ce long et progressif déclin vers le statut de minorité. »
Là, il y a quelque chose qui ne va pas. Comment Belt en arrive-t-il à occulter la conquête arabo-musulmane d’un Orient chrétien et juif ? Selon l’éminente spécialiste Bat Ye’or, par exemple (citée par Andrew Bostom dans son excellent ouvrage The Legacy of Jihad),
« Abou Bakr entreprit l’invasion de la Syrie (Syro-Palestine) que Mohammed avait déjà envisagée […] la région de Gaza tout entière, jusqu’à Césarée, fut mise à sac et dévastée durant la campagne de 634. Quatre mille paysans juifs, chrétiens et samaritains qui tentaient de défendre leurs terres furent massacrés. Les villages du Néguev furent pillés par Amr B. al As […] dans son sermon de Noël de l’an 634, le patriarche de Jérusalem, Sophronius, se plaignit de l’impossibilité de se rendre en pèlerinage à Bethlehem […] Sophronius, dans son sermon du jour de l’Épiphanie de l’an 636, déplora la destruction des églises et des monastères, le pillage des villes, les champs dévastés […] des milliers de gens périrent en 639, victimes de la famine provoquée par ces destructions. Selon le chroniqueur musulman Baladhuri (m. en 892 ap. J-C), 40 000 Juifs vivaient dans la seule ville de Césarée au temps de la conquête arabe, après laquelle toute trace d’eux fut perdue. »
Se fondant sur des sources savantes, Bostom raconte de façon méthodique et exhaustive le pillage systématique, par les musulmans arabes, de l’ensemble du Proche-Orient accompagné de l’asservissement et de l’assassinat des chrétiens et des Juifs. Ce que Don Belt oublie de mentionner, même de façon subsidiaire, c’est que la persécution des chrétiens par les musulmans arabes pendant plus de quatre siècles est précisément ce qui a entraîné les croisades.
Certes, certains califes se montrèrent parfois cléments envers leurs populations dhimmies ; un gouverneur égyptien accorda l’asile au grand savant et philosophe juif Maïmonide, lequel n’en fuyait pas moins les musulmans d’Espagne. Maïmonide devint son médecin particulier. Le Sultan turc accorda l’asile à Donna Gracia HaNasi, cette femme fabuleusement riche qui fuyait les persécutions perpétrées par les catholiques en Espagne et au Portugal. Mais pour l’essentiel, les Juifs menèrent une existence extrêmement misérable et précaire et ils furent régulièrement assassinés, emprisonnés et rançonnés ou exilés et virent leurs biens confisqués. La plus grande histoire de réfugiés du Proche-Orient, jamais racontée à ce jour, est celle des Juifs des pays arabes fuyant les persécutions dont ils étaient victimes de la part des musulmans.
Aujourd’hui même [le 18 mai 2009], M. Naguib Gibraeel, président de l’Union égyptienne de l’Organisation des droits de l’Homme (EUHRO), a écrit à la première dame d’Égypte pour exiger une intervention d’urgence « afin de sauver les chrétiens d’Égypte de l’islamisation forcée ».
Mais continuons. Après avoir reproché aux croisés (!) d’avoir assassiné les Arabes chrétiens par mégarde, Belt poursuit en accusant l’Israël actuel (!) de persécuter les chrétiens. Sans jamais mentionner le fait que les terroristes palestiniens aient pris l’habitude de transformer les églises les plus sacrées en W.C., d’y entreposer des armes et d’y séquestrer des otages, Belt cite un chrétien arabe de Bethléem attribuant la responsabilité de ses malheurs au « mur géant [israélien] » et à une bureaucratie israélienne lui interdisant de vivre avec sa femme, citoyenne israélienne, à Jérusalem.
Cela ressemble à l’apartheid en Afrique du Sud, non ? Ce qui est totalement occulté, c’est l’épouvantable réalité du terrorisme et des fabriques de propagande et d’incitation à la haine qui existent dans les villes et les villages de toute la Judée-Samarie – des villes et des villages qui sont entièrement « judenrein ». Les Juifs ne peuvent pas s’y rendre alors même qu’ils y ont des lieux saints et les chrétiens ne peuvent plus se rendre sans risque sur les leurs, ces lieux de culte étant sous domination musulmane. Ce n’est donc que pour des raisons de sécurité que les autorités israéliennes, si décriées, imposent des restrictions aux voyageurs. Ces restrictions n’ont rien à voir avec la couleur de peau ni avec la religion. Le gouvernement israélien a d’ailleurs laissé au Waqf islamique le contrôle total du Mont du Temple et du Dôme du Rocher à Jérusalem. Aucun gouvernement arabe ni palestinien n’a jamais laissé aux chrétiens ni aux juifs le contrôle total des lieux saints chrétiens et juifs. Au contraire, ils ont pillé et détruit ces lieux, ils ont parfois construit des mosquées par-dessus, ils ont interdit aux chrétiens et aux juifs de prier dans les ruines et dans les bâtiments laissés intacts, ou leur ont parfois permis d’y prier mais à leurs risques et périls.
Les autorités israéliennes privent-elles d’eau, réellement, un quartier arabe chrétien ? D’après mes sources, il n’existe même pas de quartier arabe chrétien à Jérusalem et l’eau n’y est jamais coupée pour être redirigée vers « les implantations » : qu’est-ce donc que cet appel au meurtre auquel Belt se livre ? Bien sûr, selon l’informateur de Belt, ces barbares d’Israéliens couperaient l’eau exprès le dimanche de Pâques dans un secteur non précisé afin que « Marc » (ce n’est pas son vrai nom, mais l’information qu’il donne n’est pas davantage vraie) ne puisse pas laver sa voiture avant d’emmener sa famille à l’église.
Après les croisés et les Israéliens, le troisième groupe que Belt rend responsable de la disparition des chrétiens arabes de la Terre Sainte, ce sont… les chrétiens américains ! Belt cite Razek Siriani, qui travaille pour le Conseil des Églises du Moyen-Orient à Alep, en Syrie.
Voici ce que déclare Siriani, (sous la contrainte, pourrais-je ajouter) :
« Nous sommes complètement dépassés et submergés de protestations, déclare-t-il. Les chrétiens occidentaux ont aggravé la situation », affirme-t-il, se faisant l’écho d’un sentiment exprimé par un bon nombre de chrétiens arabes. « C’est à cause de ce que les chrétiens en Occident, menés par les États-Unis, font en Orient », ajoute-t-il, dénonçant les guerres en Irak et en Afghanistan, le soutien américain à Israël et les menaces de « changement de régime » de l’administration Bush. « Pour beaucoup de musulmans, et surtout pour les radicaux, cela ressemble à une répétition des croisades partout, à une guerre contre l’islam menée par la chrétienté. Du fait que nous sommes chrétiens, ils nous voient aussi comme leur ennemi. Nous sommes coupables par association. »
Apparemment, aussi bien Don Belt que Razek Siriani semblent totalement ignorer que dans ces régions, le djihad, le génocide et l’apartheid religieux ont toujours été la spécialité de l’islam et la marque d’un impérialisme musulman caractérisé par l’esclavage, le vol et le pillage.
Belt trouve donc le moyen de condamner les croisés, puis les Israéliens, puis les chrétiens américains qui sont pro-israéliens et qui, de façon bien compréhensible, seraient considérés par les musulmans, gens tout à fait pacifiques et amicaux, comme les nouveaux croisés. Belt va plus loin. Il rend les chrétiens libanais, qui se sont défendus contre les gangsters et terroristes palestiniens, responsables de la recrudescence des attitudes antichrétiennes dans le monde musulman. Il présente les chrétiens libanais comme de dangereux hommes en armes, or on ne voit aucune photo des hommes du Hezbollah et de l’OLP, bien mieux armés encore et ô combien plus dangereux, qui ont terrorisé le Liban et qui l’ont occupé.
Belt va plus loin encore : il nous montre une foule de fidèles chrétiens rassemblés le dimanche de Pâques à Jérusalem, à l’Église de Toutes les Nations, près du jardin de Gethsémani, en train de piétiner quasiment Nadia, une mère chrétienne arabe israélienne (la femme de « Marc ») et son bébé dans sa poussette, comme des barbares. Ces pèlerins étrangers (venus d’Europe, des États-Unis, d’Amérique du Sud et d’Afrique) n’ont tout simplement pas vu qu’il y avait un bébé dans une poussette et ils se sont mis à se pousser avec acharnement vers ce qu’ils croyaient être un espace laissé vacant. Quand Nadia a tenté de se sortir de là, ces mêmes affreux chrétiens « n’ont pas su réagir en voyant cette frêle femme arabe se diriger dans la mauvaise direction […] » Nadia s’exclame : « Vous voyez comment c’est ? […] c’est chez nous. Et c’est comme si nous n’existions même pas. »
Est-ce que ni Belt ni Nadia n’ont jamais entendu parler de la façon dont les pèlerins musulmans piétinent à mort leurs semblables quand ils tournent autour de la Kaaba, à la Mecque ? Pourquoi ce quasi piétinement impliquerait-il un complot chrétien ou israélien ?
Quels sont les seuls à ne pas être « accusés » ni rendus responsables, ou si peu, de la persécution des chrétiens hier et aujourd’hui, une persécution ayant provoqué une diminution considérable du nombre de chrétiens au Moyen-Orient ?
Les musulmans, bien sûr, qui selon Belt auraient toujours vécu en paix avec les chrétiens et les juifs au Moyen-Orient. Belt nous montre même des scènes touchantes de musulmans priant sur des lieux de pèlerinage chrétiens pour que se produisent des miracles. En Syrie, Belt cite une mère, Miriam, dont la famille « était chrétienne » (on se demande pourquoi ils se sont convertis) et qui, aujourd’hui, déclare : « Je crois en les prophètes : musulmans, juifs et chrétiens. Je crois en Marie, je suis venue ici pour que mon fils guérisse. » Belt présente les conversions forcées à l’islam comme des choix anodins et libres, pour des raisons en partie économiques et souvent « pour avoir un lien plus personnel avec Dieu » par opposition à un lien possible uniquement via une médiation en raison des « hiérarchies oppressives de l’Église byzantine. »
Le magazine National Geographicserait-il passé sous la dépendance juridique ou financière de l’Arabie saoudite ou de l’Iran ? Je me pose cette question parce que, de façon frappante, sa ligne politique en ce qui concerne le Moyen-Orient semble similaire à celle de ces deux régimes.
Alors, vais-je adresser un courrier de protestation à National Geographic ? Non, car CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) s’en charge depuis 1996. Je ne le savais pas, mais ayant lu l’article de Belt, j’ai commencé à rechercher les articles que National Geographic avait déjà publiés sur le Moyen-Orient. J’ai ainsi appris que CAMERA avait analysé les partis-pris de ce magazine et avait déjà demandé à ses responsables de reconnaître que leurs travaux étaient incorrects, faux, très tendancieux et carrément bourrés de mensonges. CAMERA leur a indiqué les articles et les passages en question, et à chaque fois, ils ont maintenu leur version des faits et ont refusé d’y apporter le moindre changement, de se remettre un tant soit peu en question, de s’excuser et d’écrire des articles ne comportant pas un parti-pris anti-israélien flagrant.
Toutefois, j’espère que mes lecteurs, avant de renoncer à leur abonnement, écriront au magazine pour protester contre ces appels au meurtre et contre cet article incroyablement anti-américain, antichrétien et anti-israélien de Belt.
Un courrier peut être envoyé à l’adresse suivante :
Chris Johns, Editor in Chief, National Geographic, 711 5th Ave. New York, NY 10022, États-Unis
Phyllis Chesler est professeur émérite en Psychologie, en Etudes Féminines et en Psychothérapie à la City University of New York, expert près les tribunaux et auteur d'une douzaine d'ouvrages dont le best-seller mondial Les femmes et la folie (Payot, 1975, rééd. 2006) et Le nouvel antisémitisme (Eska, 2005).
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|Condamner le fanatisme, est-ce être raciste?|
Comment j’ai ouvert les yeux sur la barbarie de l’islam
par Phyllis Chesler
Article paru dans The Times of London le 7 mars 2007
J’ai été prisonnière à Kaboul. Je m’étais fiancée avec un musulman afghan qui était charmant, séduisant et occidentalisé et dont j’avais fait la connaissance dans une université américaine. Le purdah auquel j’ai eu droit était relativement chic, mais une existence de femme séquestrée en permanence n’était pas ma tasse de thé – pas plus que l’hostilité des hommes envers les femmes sur la place publique, qu’elles soient voilées en totalité, voilées en partie ou non voilées.
À notre atterrissage à Kaboul, un fonctionnaire de l’aéroport m’avait confisqué en douce mon passeport américain. « Ne t’inquiète pas, ce n’est qu’une formalité », m’avait assuré mon mari. Ce passeport, je ne l’ai jamais revu. Plus tard, j’ai appris qu’on procédait habituellement de cette manière avec les épouses étrangères – probablement pour qu’il leur soit impossible de repartir. Du jour au lendemain, mon mari, un homme avec qui j’avais eu des discussions sur Camus, sur Dostoïevski, sur Tennessee Williams et sur le cinéma italien, est devenu pour moi un étranger. Il s’est mis à me traiter de la même manière que son père et son frère aîné traitaient leurs épouses : avec distance, et avec un soupçon de dédain et de gêne.
Pendant les deux années que nous avions déjà vécues ensemble, mon futur mari n’avait jamais mentionné une seule fois le fait que son père puisse avoir trois femmes et vingt-et-un enfants. Il ne m’avait pas non plus avertie que je serais censée vivre comme si j’avais été élevée en Afghanistan, ce qui voulait dire que je devrais passer la plus grande partie de mon temps cloîtrée en compagnie d’autres femmes, ne sortir que sous escorte masculine et passer mes journées à attendre le retour de mon mari, à rendre visite à d’autres femmes de sa famille ou à me faire confectionner de nouveaux vêtements (très chics au demeurant).
Aux États-Unis, mon mari était fier de fréquenter une rebelle-née, adepte de la libre-pensée. En Afghanistan, au contraire, à partir du moment où je critiquais le traitement réservé aux femmes et aux pauvres, je faisais de lui un suspect et un homme vulnérable. Il se moquait de mes réactions horrifiées, mais je savais bien ce que je voyais et ce que j’entendais. Je voyais ces pauvres femmes en tchador contraintes de s’asseoir à l’arrière de l’autobus et obligées, au bazar, de céder leur place dans la queue à tous les hommes qui arrivaient.
J’ai été témoin des souffrances et des rivalités entre co-épouses et entre demi-frères qu’entraînent les mariages polygames arrangés et les fiançailles avec des petites filles. J’ai vu à quel point la subordination et la séquestration des femmes engendraient un profond éloignement entre les sexes, avec pour conséquences la violence conjugale, le viol conjugal et une pratique aussi généralisée que niée de l’homosexualité et de la pédérastie chez les hommes, comme cela s’observe dans les prisons. J’ai vu comment les femmes frustrées, négligées et privées d’éducation maltraitaient leurs belles-filles et leurs domestiques, et comment on interdisait aux femmes de prier dans les mosquées et de consulter les médecins qui étaient des hommes (c’était le mari qui décrivait les symptômes, en l’absence de sa femme).
Pris individuellement, les Afghans étaient courtois et charmants ; mais l’Afghanistan, tel que je l’ai connu, était un bastion de l’analphabétisme, de la pauvreté et de la malhonnêteté, où proliféraient des maladies que l’on soigne ailleurs. C’était aussi un État policier, une monarchie féodale et une théocratie, où régnaient la terreur et la paranoïa. L’Afghanistan n’avait jamais été colonisé. Dans ma belle-famille, on disait : « Même les Britanniques n’ont jamais réussi à occuper notre pays. » J’ai donc été obligée d’en arriver à la conclusion que la barbarie afghane était une création locale et qu’il n’était pas possible de la mettre sur le compte de l’impérialisme occidental.
Bien avant l’arrivée des talibans, j’ai appris à ne pas idéaliser les pays du Tiers-monde et à ne pas prendre leurs horribles tyrans pour des libérateurs. J’ai aussi appris que l’apartheid sexuel et religieux dans les pays musulmans était indigène, qu’il n’était pas le résultat d’un quelconque crime occidental – et que de telles « coutumes tribales » pittoresques étaient un mal non pas relatif mais absolu. Bien avant que les hommes d’Al-Qaïda ne décapitent Daniel Pearl au Pakistan et Nicholas Berg en Irak, j’ai compris qu’il était dangereux pour un Occidental, et plus particulièrement pour une femme, de vivre dans un pays musulman. Rétrospectivement, je pense que mon soi-disant féminisme occidental a pris forme dans ce pays d’Orient, si beau et si traître.
Cela n’a pas empêché nombre d’idéologues et d’intellectuels occidentaux, entre autres les féministes, de me diaboliser et de faire de moi une réactionnaire, une raciste et une « islamophobe » parce que j’affirmais que le plus grand apartheid sexuel et religieux du monde était celui de l’islam, et non pas d’Israël, et que si les Occidentaux ne s’opposaient pas moralement, économiquement et militairement à cet apartheid, non seulement nous aurions le sang d’innocents sur nos mains, mais nous ne tarderions pas à subir la charia en Occident. J’ai été conspuée, menacée, boycottée et traitée en indésirable à cause de ces idées hérétiques – et parce que je dénonçais l’épidémie de violence entre musulmans dont, de façon insensée, on rend rituellement responsable ce tout petit pays qu’est Israël.
Ibn Warraq, qui présidait la conférence, a déclaré : « Ce qu’il nous faut maintenant, c’est un âge des Lumières dans le monde musulman. Faute d’un examen critique, l’islam restera dogmatique, fanatique et intolérant et continuera de réprimer les droits de la personne humaine, l’individualité, l’originalité et la vérité ». La conférence a donné lieu à une déclaration appelant à ce nouvel âge des « Lumières ». Dans cette déclaration, il a été proclamé que l’ « islamophobie » était une notion fausse, que l’islam était appelé à connaître « un avenir noble en tant que conviction religieuse personnelle et non pas en tant que doctrine politique » et qu’il fallait que l’islam « cesse d’être prisonnier des ambitions d’hommes assoiffés de pouvoir ».
Il est temps que les intellectuels occidentaux qui se prétendent antiracistes et attachés aux droits de la personne humaine rejoignent ces dissidents. Pour cela, il est nécessaire d’adopter un barème universel en matière de droits de l’homme et de renoncer à notre penchant pour ce relativisme multiculturel qui justifie et même idéalise la barbarie islamiste, le terrorisme totalitaire et la persécution des femmes, des minorités religieuses, des homosexuels et des intellectuels. Notre refus abject de trancher entre la civilisation et la barbarie et entre le rationalisme éclairé et le fondamentalisme théocratique est fatal aux victimes de la tyrannie islamique.
Ibn Warraq a écrit un ouvrage caustique, intitulé Defending the West: A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism. Les intellectuels occidentaux auront-ils, eux aussi, le courage de défendre l’Occident ?
Phyllis Chesler est professeur émérite en psychologie, en études féminines et en psychothérapie à la City University of New York, expert près les tribunaux et auteur d’une douzaine d’ouvrages dont le best-seller mondial Les Femmes et la folie (Payot, 1975, rééd. 2006) et Le Nouvel antisémitisme (Eska, 2005).
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© 2007 - Phyllis Chesler
© 2008 - Marcoroz pour la traduction
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|How Mahatma Gandhi 'lived' cow protection more than preaching it|| |
The year was 1909. Kastur Gandhi, the wife of Mohandas Gandhi, was so ill that the doctor fearing that she wouldn't wake up if chloroform was given operated while she was awake (medical science was still raw back then). But after the operation when her condition did not improve too much, the doctor suggested giving her beef tea, which back then was considered medicinal.
Gandhi - a devout Hindu - went to his wife and told her this. She said she'd prefer to die in his arms than take beef tea. The incensed doctor said he would not be responsible if something happened to her. Mohandas took Kastur home, to his Phoenix farm (in South Africa) and nursed her day and night himself. Kastur recovered.
It is the same Mohandas, as Mahatma Gandhi, who - decrying cow vigilantism - would tweet: "I would not kill a human being for protection of a cow, as I will not kill a cow for saving a human life, be it ever so precious." Well, he did not tweet this 128-character message (twitter's loss) but if twitter-happy Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who used the Mahatma's name on Thursday to say violence in the name of cow should not go on, was serious about his message, he could have tweeted it.
What the PM instead tweeted was interesting and full of double innuendoes - according to 'sickular libtards' (no more secular liberals in India). "No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Viinoba Bhave. Yes. It should be done. PM." What was he trying to do – condemn or condone – a lot of people asked after this tweet?
If the PM were truly serious about curbing violence in the name of cows, he would actually have talked about the rule of law and that anyone breaking the law would be dealt with harshly as per the law.
But since the PM talked about Mahatma Gandhi, it is interesting to look at what the Mahatma said and did with regards to the cow and its protection.
Mohandas loved cow's milk. But when he considered the inhuman way in which cows were kept so that they could be milked for human consumption, he vowed never to drink it again (one wonders what he would have thought of farms of cows today kept alive with the sole purpose of milk, drunk gaily by cow-protectors).
This caused a serious problem in January 1919 when he was operated for boils and the doctor told him that he had no chance of recovery unless he took milk. Gandhi was scared, and remembered that his father too had died of boils. His wife Kastur found an ingenious way out. She reminded him that when he had taken the vow, he had cows in mind and surely he couldn't mind taking goat's milk if the goat was also taken care of properly.
After thinking for a day, he finally agreed and the intake of goat's milk helped him recover rapidly. He would hold Kastur highly for thus saving his life.Yet, like all things Gandhi, he was full of contradictions. In 1921 he said, "Cow protection is the gift of Hinduism to the world. And Hinduism will live so long as there are Hindus to protect the cow... Hindus will be judged not by their TILAKS, not by the correct chanting of MANTRAS, not by their pilgrimages, not by their most punctilious observances of caste rules, but their ability to protect the cow." And this despite having said just a few months earlier the tweet worthy, "I would not kill a human being for protection of a cow, as I will not kill a cow for saving a human life, be it ever so precious."
In 1925, he would also say another tweet worthy quip, "Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all lives that is helpless and weak in the world."
Contrast this again to when he said that "Christians and Muslims living in India including the British have one day to give up beef." But this, he said, could happen only if Hindus improved their treatment of the cow. Talking about violence in the name of cow protection, Gandhi said he was committed to showing "the folly, the stupidity and inhumanity of the crime of killing a fellow human being for the sake of saving a fellow animal."
Perhaps that is why both bigoted and liberal folks use Gandhi to defend themselves and their ideology and the reason why the PM uses him to suit his needs.
This is also the reason why the Left in India accuses Gandhi of starting this whole mess of cow protection without realising that Mahatma Gandhi did not start it. Hindu lawmaker Manu did in his Manusmriti, which along with cow protection, gave Hindu society two more ills – misogyny and caste-violence. What Gandhi perhaps did was usurp the same tenets to show how the same cow protection can be taken up in a humane and logical way.
However, the Mahatma also maintained that he was not consistent and that he evolved with time. By this logic, what he said at the end of his life should supersede what he said before. And this presents another very interesting quandary, because at the end of his life, while he remained firm on cow protection as ever, he would change his ideas on the means one could use to achieve it.
In 1946 he would say, "Cow slaughter can never be stopped by law. Knowledge, education, and the spirit of kindliness towards her alone can put an end to it. It will not be possible to save those animals that are a burden on the land or, perhaps, even man if he is a burden."
Again after independence, he would give one of the most telling quotes on cow protection. "The Hindu religion prohibits cow slaughter for the Hindus, not for the world. The religious prohibition comes from within. Any imposition from without means compulsion. Such compulsion is repugnant to religion. India is the land not only of the Hindus but also of the Musalmans, the Sikhs, the Parsis, the Christians and the Jews and all who claim to be Indian and are loyal to the Indian Union. If they can prohibit cow slaughter in India on the religious grounds, why cannot the Pakistan Government prohibit, say, idol worship in Pakistan on similar grounds? I am not a temple-goer, but if I were prohibited from going to a temple in Pakistan, I would make it a point to go there even at the risk of losing my head. Just as the Shariat cannot be imposed on the non-Muslims, the Hindu law cannot be imposed on non-Hindus."
This last quote, the PM - though he cannot tweet - should remember, and make the basis of his policy when it comes to dealing with cow-vigilantes.
(Satyen K Bordoloi is a writer based in Mumbai. His written words have appeared in many Indian and foreign publications.)
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|The Folly of the Next Afghan "Surge"|
Tread Carefully: The Folly of the Next Afghan "Surge"Thursday, June 29, 2017 By Danny Sjursen, TomDispatch | News Analysis
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We walked in a single file. Not because it was tactically sound. It wasn't -- at least according to standard infantry doctrine. Patrolling southern Afghanistan in column formation limited maneuverability, made it difficult to mass fire, and exposed us to enfilading machine-gun bursts. Still, in 2011, in the Pashmul District of Kandahar Province, single file was our best bet.
The reason was simple enough: improvised bombs not just along roads but seemingly everywhere. Hundreds of them, maybe thousands. Who knew?
That's right, the local "Taliban" -- a term so nebulous it's basically lost all meaning -- had managed to drastically alter U.S. Army tactics with crude, homemade explosives stored in plastic jugs. And believe me, this was a huge problem. Cheap, ubiquitous, and easy to bury, those anti-personnel Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, soon littered the "roads," footpaths, and farmland surrounding our isolated outpost. To a greater extent than a number of commanders willingly admitted, the enemy had managed to nullify our many technological advantages for a few pennies on the dollar (or maybe, since we're talking about the Pentagon, it was pennies on the millions of dollars).
Truth be told, it was never really about our high-tech gear. Instead, American units came to rely on superior training and discipline, as well as initiative and maneuverability, to best their opponents. And yet those deadly IEDs often seemed to even the score, being both difficult to detect and brutally effective. So there we were, after too many bloody lessons, meandering along in carnival-like, Pied Piper-style columns. Bomb-sniffing dogs often led the way, followed by a couple of soldiers carrying mine detectors, followed by a few explosives experts. Only then came the first foot soldiers, rifles at the ready. Anything else was, if not suicide, then at least grotesquely ill-advised.
And mind you, our improvised approach didn't always work either. To those of us out there, each patrol felt like an ad hoc round of Russian roulette. In that way, those IEDs completely changed how we operated, slowing movement, discouraging extra patrols, and distancing us from what was then considered the ultimate "prize": the local villagers, or what was left of them anyway. In a counterinsurgency (COIN) campaign, which is what the U.S. military was running in Afghanistan in those years, that was the definition of defeat.
Strategic Problems in Microcosm
My own unit faced a dilemma common to dozens -- maybe hundreds -- of other American units in Afghanistan. Every patrol was slow, cumbersome, and risky. The natural inclination, if you cared about your boys, was to do less. But effective COIN operations require securing territory and gaining the trust of the civilians living there. You simply can't do that from inside a well-protected American base. One obvious option was to live in the villages -- which we eventually did -- but that required dividing up the company into smaller groups and securing a second, third, maybe fourth location, which quickly became problematic, at least for my 82-man cavalry troop (when at full strength). And, of course, there were no less than fivevillages in my area of responsibility.
I realize, writing this now, that there's no way I can make the situation sound quite as dicey as it actually was. How, for instance, were we to "secure and empower" a village population that was, by then, all but nonexistent? Years, even decades, of hard fighting, air strikes, and damaged crops had left many of those villages in that part of Kandahar Province little more than ghost towns, while cities elsewhere in the country teemed with uprooted and dissatisfied peasant refugees from the countryside.
Sometimes, it felt as if we were fighting over nothing more than a few dozen deserted mud huts. And like it or not, such absurdity exemplified America's war in Afghanistan. It still does. That was the view from the bottom. Matters weren't -- and aren't -- measurably better at the top. As easily as one reconnaissance troop could be derailed, so the entire enterprise, which rested on similarly shaky foundations, could be unsettled.
At a moment when the generals to whom President Trump recently delegateddecision-making powers on U.S. troop strength in that country consider a new Afghan "surge," it might be worth looking backward and zooming out just a bit. Remember, the very idea of "winning" the Afghan War, which left my unit in that collection of mud huts, rested (and still rests) on a few rather grandiose assumptions.
The first of these surely is that the Afghans actually want (or ever wanted) us there; the second, that the country was and still is vital to our national security; and the third, that 10,000, 50,000, or even 100,000 foreign troops ever were or now could be capable of "pacifying" an insurgency, or rather a growing set of insurgencies, or securing 33 million souls, or facilitating a stable, representative government in a heterogeneous, mountainous, landlocked country with little history of democracy.
The first of these points is at least debatable. As you might imagine, any kind of accurate polling is quite difficult, if not impossible, outside the few major population centers in that isolated country. Though many Afghans, particularly urban ones, may favor a continued U.S. military presence, others clearly wonder what good a new influx of foreigners will do in their endlessly war-torn nation. As one high-ranking Afghan official recently lamented, thinking undoubtedly of the first use in his land of the largest non-nuclear bomb on the planet, "Is the plan just to use our country as a testing ground for bombs?" And keep in mind that the striking rise in territory the Taliban now controls, the most since they were driven from power in 2001, suggests that the U.S. presence is hardly welcomed everywhere.
The second assumption is far more difficult to argue or justify. To say the least, classifying a war in far-away Afghanistan as "vital" relies on a rather pliable definition of the term. If that passes muster -- if bolstering the Afghan military to the tune of (at least) tens of billions of dollars annually and thousands of new boots-on-the-ground in order to deny safe haven to "terrorists" is truly "vital" -- then logically the current U.S. presences in Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are critical as well and should be similarly fortified. And what about the growing terror groups in Egypt, Libya, Nigeria, Tunisia, and so on? We're talking about a truly expensive proposition here -- in blood and treasure. But is it true? Rational analysis suggests it is not. After all, on average about seven Americans were killed by Islamist terrorists on U.S. soil annually from 2005 to 2015. That puts terrorism deaths right up there with shark attacks and lightning strikes. The fear is real, the actual danger... less so.
As for the third point, it's simply preposterous. One look at U.S. military attempts at "nation-building" or post-conflict stabilization and pacification in Iraq, Libya, or -- dare I say -- Syria should settle the issue. It's often said that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. Yet here we are, 14 years after the folly of invading Iraq and many of the same voices -- inside and outside the administration -- are clamoring for one more "surge" in Afghanistan (and, of course, will be clamoring for the predictable surges to follow across the Greater Middle East).
The very idea that the U.S. military had the ability to usher in a secure Afghanistan is grounded in a number of preconditions that proved to be little more than fantasies. First, there would have to be a capable, reasonably corruption-free local governing partner and military. That's a nonstarter. Afghanistan's corrupt, unpopular national unity government is little better than the regime of Ngo Dinh Diem in South Vietnam in the 1960s and that American war didn't turn out so well, did it? Then there's the question of longevity. When it comes to the U.S. military presence there, soon to head into its 16th year, how long is long enough? Several mainstream voices, including former Afghan commander General David Petraeus, are now talking about at least a "generation" more to successfully pacify Afghanistan. Is that really feasible given America's growing resource constraints and the ever expanding set of dangerous "ungoverned spaces" worldwide?
And what could a new surge actually do? The U.S. presence in Afghanistan is essentially a fragmented series of self-contained bases, each of which needs to be supplied and secured. In a country of its size, with a limited transportation infrastructure, even the 4,000-5,000 extra troops the Pentagon is reportedly considering sending right now won't go very far.
Now, zoom out again. Apply the same calculus to the U.S. position across the Greater Middle East and you face what we might start calling the Afghan paradox, or my own quandary safeguarding five villages with only 82 men writ large. Do the math. The U.S. military is already struggling to keep up with its commitments. At what point is Washington simply spinning its proverbial wheels? I'll tell you when -- yesterday.
Now, think about those three questionable Afghan assumptions and one uncomfortable actuality leaps forth. The only guiding force left in the American strategic arsenal is inertia.
What Surge 4.0 Won't Do -- I Promise ...
Remember something: this won't be America's first Afghan "surge." Or its second, or even its third. No, this will be the U.S. military's fourth crack at it. Who feels lucky? First came President George W. Bush's "quiet" surge back in 2008. Next, just one month into his first term, newly minted President Barack Obama sent 17,000 more troops to fight his so-called good war (unlike the bad one in Iraq) in southern Afghanistan. After a testy strategic review, he then committed 30,000 additional soldiers to the "real" surge a year later. That's what brought me (and the rest of B Troop, 4-4 Cavalry) to Pashmul district in 2011. We left -- most of us -- more than five years ago, but of course about 8,800 American military personnel remain today and they are the basis for the surge to come.
To be fair, Surge 4.0 might initially deliver certain modest gains (just as each of the other three did in their day). Realistically, more trainers, air support, and logistics personnel could indeed stabilize some Afghan military units for some limited amount of time. Sixteen years into the conflict, with 10% as many American troops on the ground as at the war's peak, and after a decade-plus of training, Afghan security forces are still being battered by the insurgents. In the last years, they've been experiencing record casualties, along with the usual massive stream of desertions and the legions of "ghost soldiers" who can neither die nor desert because they don't exist, although their salaries do (in the pockets of their commanders or other lucky Afghans). And that's earned them a "stalemate," which has left the Taliban and other insurgent groups in control of a significant part of the country. And if all goes well (which isn't exactly a surefire thing), that's likely to be the best that Surge 4.0 can produce: a long, painful tie.
Peel back the onion's layers just a bit more and the ostensible reasons for America's Afghan War vanish along with all the explanatory smoke and mirrors. After all, there are two things the upcoming "mini-surge" will emphatically not do:
*It won't change a failing strategic formula.
Imagine that formula this way: American trainers + Afghan soldiers + loads of cash + (unspecified) time = a stable Afghan government and lessening Taliban influence.
It hasn't worked yet, of course, but -- so the surge-believers assure us -- that's because we need more: more troops, more money, more time. Like so many loyal Reaganites, their answers are always supply-side ones and none of them ever seems to wonder whether, almost 16 years later, the formula itself might not be fatally flawed.
According to news reports, no solution being considered by the current administration will even deal with the following interlocking set of problems: Afghanistan is a large, mountainous, landlocked, ethno-religiously heterogeneous, poor country led by a deeply corrupt government with a deeply corrupt military. In a place long known as a "graveyard of empires," the United States military and the Afghan Security Forces continue to wage what one eminent historian has termed "fortified compound warfare." Essentially, Washington and its local allies continue to grapple with relatively conventional threats from exceedingly mobile Taliban fighters across a porous border with Pakistan, a country that has offered not-so-furtive support and a safe haven for those adversaries. And the Washington response to this has largely been to lock its soldiers inside those fortified compounds (and focus on protecting them against "insider attacks" by those Afghans it works with and trains). It hasn't worked. It can't. It won't.
Consider an analogous example. In Vietnam, the United States never solved the double conundrum of enemy safe havens and a futile search for legitimacy. The Vietcong guerillas and North Vietnamese Army used nearby Cambodia, Laos, and North Vietnam to rest, refit, and replenish. U.S. troops meanwhile lacked legitimacy because their corrupt South Vietnamese partners lacked it.
Sound familiar? We face the same two problems in Afghanistan: a Pakistani safe haven and a corrupt, unpopular central government in Kabul. Nothing, and I mean nothing, in any future troop surge will effectively change that.
*It won't pass the logical fallacy test.
The minute you really think about it, the whole argument for a surge or mini-surge instantly slides down a philosophical slippery slope.
If the war is really about denying terrorists safe havens in ungoverned or poorly governed territory, then why not surge more troops into Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria, Libya, Pakistan (where al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and Osama bin Laden's son Hamza bin-Laden are believed to be safely ensconced), Iraq, Syria, Chechnya, Dagestan (where one of the Boston Marathon bombers was radicalized), or for that matter Paris or London. Every one of those places has harbored and/or is harboring terrorists. Maybe instead of surging yet again in Afghanistan or elsewhere, the real answer is to begin to realize that all the U.S. military in its present mode of operation can do to change that reality is make it worse. After all, the last 15 years offer a vision of how it continually surges and in the process only creates yet more ungovernable lands and territories.
So much of the effort, now as in previous years, rests on an evident desire among military and political types in Washington to wage the war they know, the one their army is built for: battles for terrain, fights that can be tracked and measured on maps, the sort of stuff that staff officers (like me) can display on ever more-complicated PowerPoint slides. Military men and traditional policymakers are far less comfortable with ideological warfare, the sort of contest where their instinctual proclivity to "do something" is often counterproductive.
As U.S. Army Field Manual 3-24 -- General David Petraeus' highly touted counterinsurgency "bible" -- wisely opined: "Sometimes doing nothing is the best reaction." It's high time to follow such advice (even if it's not the advice that Petraeus himself is offering anymore).
A little foreign policy humility goes a long way toward not heading down that slippery slope. Why, then, do Americans continue to deceive themselves? Why do they continue to believe that even 100,000 boys from Indiana and Alabama could alter Afghan society in a way Washington would like? Or any other foreign land for that matter?
I suppose some generals and policymakers are just plain gamblers. But before putting your money on the next Afghan surge, it might be worth flashing back to the limitations, struggles, and sacrifices of just one small unit in one tiny, contested district of southern Afghanistan in 2011...
So, on we walked -- single file, step by treacherous step -- for nearly a year. Most days things worked out. Until they didn't. Unfortunately, some soldiers found bombs the hard way: three dead, dozens wounded, one triple amputee. So it went and so we kept on going. Always onward. Ever forward. For America? Afghanistan? Each other? No matter. And so it seems other Americans will keep on going in 2017, 2018, 2019...
Lift foot. Hold breath. Step. Exhale.
Keep walking... to defeat... but together.
[Note: The views expressed in this article are those of the author, expressed in an unofficial capacity, and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. government.]
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Mumbai: While the Indian cricket team's search for the new head coach continues following the Anil Kumble's resignation, skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday insisted that his team are currently entirely focusing on their ongoing limited-overs series against West Indies and not on anything else.
Speaking on the eve of India's third ODI against the Caribbean side at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, Kohli said that the appointment of the new coach is in BCCI's control and that his side's priority is to just focus on their game and win the ongoing series.
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When quizzed whether he has any say on the appointment of the coach, the swashbuckling batsman said that they only voice their opinion as a team and that there is no individual view involved.
"From personal point of view, I can't pinpoint anything or give details. We as a team voice our opinions only when being asked by the BCCI to give our suggestions. So, that is something we have always gone through as a process. That is something that we respect as a team," Kohli said.
He further explained, "When asked it has been asked together. It is not like segregation of anything. So we respect that process. And the same procedure if and when takes place. We will give our suggestions to the BCCI."
The head coach position has been vacant since Anil Kumble's resignation following India's 180-run defeat against arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on June 18.
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With little fanfare and even less warning, Congress on Thursday took a step forward in tackling something it has failed to touch over the last 16 years: the legal basis for ongoing U.S. military action abroad.
The House of Representatives’ Defense Appropriations committee, which oversees funding for the U.S. military, surprised Capitol Hill by advancing language in its spending bill that would end the current authorization of military force, or AUMF, which has been used to justify U.S. military actions in several countries in the wake of the September 11th attacks.
That move would force Congress to debate and consider a new legal foundation for U.S. military efforts, from drone strikes on terrorist compounds in Yemen to missile strikes against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria — whether that’s a new authorization of military force, or even a declaration of war.
Dissatisfaction has long simmered on both sides of the aisle over using the post-9/11 AUMF to justify ongoing U.S. military activity — especially without any open congressional debate on it.
The fate of the provision is uncertain, and there’s more than one way that GOP leadership could strike it. Whatever happens, it represents a new frontier in Congress’ debates about presidential authority to wage war, and Minnesota members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are broadly supportive of the measure.
A long-standing justification for war
The language in the amendment, introduced by California Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, is straightforward. It repeals the current AUMF, and the authorization would be void 240 days after the amendment is enacted into law.
That would give Congress the better part of a year to debate, consider, and adopt a new legal framework for U.S. military action overseas.
For most of its history, when it wanted to take military action, Congress would pass a declaration of war, which it has done 11 times against nine countries in U.S. history. Since World War II, Congress has not passed a full declaration of war; instead, it has enacted AUMFs, which provided the basis for the Vietnam War and the First Gulf War.
In Korea, Bosnia, and Panama, U.S. presidents used legislation giving them authority to intervene militarily on the basis of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
The most recent AUMF was passed in the aftermath of September 11, and it has justified all U.S. military activity overseas ever since, with the exception of the Iraq War, which Congress authorized with a separate resolution.
The text of the document is simple: it authorizes the president to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determined planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred in September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons.”
The text states that this authority is granted in order to prevent future acts of terrorism in the U.S. by these entities, and the document specifies out no expiration date for this justification for military action.
Most immediately, the AUMF authorized the beginning of the War on Terror, as the U.S. took military action against al-Qaeda and the Taliban in several countries. (Lee, the sponsor of the amendment, is famous as being the House’s lone vote against that AUMF, which passed three days after 9/11.)
But the 9/11 AUMF’s flexibility continued to be of use to commanders-in-chief: it has been used to justify strikes against targets in a group of countries, including Libya, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. It has also been used as a justification for action against the Islamic State, a current rival and former ally of al Qaeda, though ISIS itself came into existence long after 9/11.
In 2013, Barack Obama did make some effort to seek authorization for military action against Syria for its use of chemical weapons. A resolution advanced out of the Senate Foreign Relations committee, but it failed to gain broader support in Congress, and Obama declined to take action against Syria without it.
Bipartisan support for a new basis for war
When Lee’s amendment was approved by voice vote in the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee on Thursday, some members were so happy that they reportedly clapped and cheered. It represents the first time since the 9/11 AUMF passage that this kind of language has advanced in a meaningful way in the legislative process.
Democratic and Republican members of Congress have gradually grown dissatisfied with the past three presidential administrations, from George W. Bush to Obama and now Donald Trump, using the 9/11 AUMF as justification for new military action.
Historically, the enthusiasm for a new AUMF or a declaration of war has been with anti-war progressives and constitutional conservatives, both wary of executive overreach. But recently, as U.S. targets have shifted to include ISIS and now the Syrian military, more voices on both sides have expressed a desire for at least a debate on a new set of parameters for U.S. military action.
Lee has been a tough and persistent advocate for this position for years; Politico reports that this work ultimately won over some of her colleagues, including the Appropriations Chair, New Jersey GOP Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen, to her side in the unexpected vote to advance the measure. Democratic and Republican aides alike expressed real surprise that Thursday’s news happened at all.
Fourth District Rep. Betty McCollum, who sits on this committee, said in a statement that she supported it “because it is long past time for Congress to have a debate on this critical issue. After 16 years, we owe it to the men and women serving in the military, and to all Americans, to have a full and complete discussion and a floor vote on a new authorization.”
First District Rep. Tim Walz, the top Democrat on the House Veterans’ panel, agreed, saying in a statement he fully supports the amendment to “force congressional debate on our most solemn constitutional duty,” adding that a debate and vote on a new AUMF should occur “as soon as possible.”
Minnesota’s Republicans all joined Democrats in hailing Thursday’s developments. Second District Rep. Jason Lewis praised it most strongly. “It’s the role of Congress to give the executive authorization to use military force,” he said, arguing the current AUMF “should not be considered a perpetual grant of war powers.”
“America’s sons and daughters should not be sent into harm’s way without serious debate by those chosen to represent them,” Lewis said.
Third District Rep. Erik Paulsen said the AUMF discussion is “definitely warranted” and that he looks forward to the debate.
Sixth District Rep. Tom Emmer has taken action on this topic before: in 2015, after ISIS terror attacks in Paris, he introduced legislation to declare war on the terrorist state. Generally, he believes that a war declaration, not an AUMF, is the proper way to pursue military action.
Emmer told MinnPost that he hadn’t studied the amendment in full yet, but welcomed the discussion. “There shouldn’t be a carte blanche… there’s a reason why we have Congress,” he said.
Plenty of obstacles ahead
Though the bipartisan progress on the AUMF amendment is clear, there are still plenty of ways that it could fail.
There are important holdouts who could exercise their power to kill the amendment. Rep. Kay Granger, a Texas Republican, chairs the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, and she opposes it on the grounds that it would cripple U.S. efforts to combat terrorism.
The House Rules Committee could strike the amendment before the defense spending bill gets to the floor for a vote by deeming it “out of order,” if the GOP majority, which wields the rules panel’s power, decides to.
If the language does make it to the House floor, a lawmaker could file an amendment to strike Lee’s amendment, and members could vote in favor of that, or against the entire spending bill if there was enough support to maintain the current AUMF without any debate.
If the bill does pass with the AUMF language, the Senate would need to agree to it, too — another potential way it could fail, though bipartisan support exists in the upper chamber for a new AUMF. President Donald Trump could also veto the bill on those grounds, though the stakes would be high, since the amendment is attached to legislation that funds the entire U.S. military and Department of Defense.
According to Emmer, the will to have the AUMF debate is growing within the GOP. “It’s a discussion that has actually started within the general conference about what is the right way to do this,” he said. “It’s time to have the discussion.”
Fifth District Rep. Keith Ellison was more cynical. In a statement, he ventured that Republicans might be allowing the debate now because “they’re finally coming to terms with the fact that their president is an immature, disinterested, petulant child… even the most ideological among the GOP realize that giving a man like that the authority to make war when and where he pleases without congressional oversight is a bad idea.”
At any rate, with Lee’s amendment part of must-pass defense spending legislation, someone will have to take action to strip it. Even if that happens, it’ll be further than the proponents for a new basis for U.S. war have gotten in over a decade.
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|Death toll in Pakistan oil tanker fire climbs to 188||Another 14 succumb to their injuries at different hospitals in last 24 hours|
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|Pakistanis In Quetta Raise Sheikh Zakzaky’s Portrait To Mark International Al-Quds Day||by Jonathan Azaziah Thank you Pakistan! At yesterday’s International Al-Quds Day rally in Quetta, our Pakistani brothers carried a massive portrait of unjustly imprisoned Nigerian revolutionary Sheikh Ibrahim Yaqoub al-Zakzaky as they marched for Palestine and the world’s Moustazafeen. This salute to Africa’s foremost Mouqawamist personality and one of Islam’s most towering figures is a … Continue reading Pakistanis In Quetta Raise Sheikh Zakzaky’s Portrait To Mark International Al-Quds Day |
|17 more die in Pakistan tanker fire, pushing toll to 190|
People offer funeral prayers for the victims of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Thousands of mourners in Pakistan have attended the collective funeral for 130 victims of a massive fuel tanker fire on a central highway earlier this week.
|17 more deaths push Pakistan tanker fire toll to 190|
A Pakistani government official has said the death toll from a massive fuel tanker blaze earlier this week has risen to 190, after 17 more people died in hospital from severe burns. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/17-more-deaths-push-pakistan-tanker-fire-toll-to-190-35880722.html http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/article35880721.ece/60562/AUTOCROP/h342/PANews%20BT_P-e38de8cc-efed-49a0-beaf-248c5400988f_I1.jpg A Pakistani government official has said the death toll from a massive fuel tanker blaze earlier this week has risen to 190, after 17 more people died in hospital from severe burns.
|17 more die in Pakistan tanker fire, pushing toll to 190|
People offer funeral prayers for the victims of Sunday's fuel tanker fire incident in Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 27, 2017. Thousands of mourners in Pakistan have attended the collective funeral for 130 victims of a massive fuel tanker fire on a central highway earlier this week.
|Pakistan: FIA arrests Balochistan journalist for criticising state institutions|
Quetta [Pakistan], June 30 : A Balochistan journalist has been arrested by the Federal Investigation Agency for allegedly criticising national institutions on social media. The Express Tribune quoted FIA officials as saying, Zafarullah Achakzai, who reports for the Qudrat daily newspaper, was taken under custody under Prevention of Cyber Act 2016.
|Three Killed in Cylinder blast in Pakistan|
Lahore [Pakistan], June 29 : : As many as three passengers were killed and eight others injured when a gas cylinder exploded inside a van on Faisalabad road near Shahkot on Thursday. The passenger van was heading towards Faisalabad when it caught fire suddenly following a huge cylinder blast, the Daily Pakistan reported.
|US-based watchdog decries Pakistani journalist's arrest|
QUETTA, Pakistan - The Committee to Protect Journalists has decried the arrest of a Pakistani reporter who apparently used social media to criticize security agencies for alleged reluctance to arrest a lawmaker whose vehicle struck and killed a police officer. The brother of the detained journalist, Zafar Achakzai, says he was picked up on Sunday evening by a group of men wearing both plainclothes and the uniforms of the Frontier Corps.
|Ten People Killed In Pakistan Chairlift Accident, Officials Say|
Ten people were killed and two others injured when a chairlift cable car broke and plunged into a ravine in a mountain resort in Pakistan, officials say. Local official Qamar Niaz said the June 29 accident occurred in the tourist hill resort of Murree, some 30 kilometers north of the capital, Islamabad.
|Four More Die After Pakistani Tanker Fire, Pushing Toll To 173|
Four more people injured in last week's oil tanker fire in Pakistan have died, raising the death toll to 173, a doctor says.
|China defends Pak, says it is at frontlines of anti-terror fight|
BEIJING: A day after India and the US asked Pakistan to stop cross-border terror, China on Wednesday put up a strong defence of its 'all-weather' ally, saying Islamabad was at the frontlines of the fight against terrorism. "China thinks that the international cooperation against terrorism should be enhanced and stepped up.
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|Pakistan: Death toll rises to 165 in Bahawalpur oil tanker fire|
The death toll today rose to 165 in Pakistan's oil tanker fire, one of the deadliest accidents in the country, as five more critically burnt persons including the driver of the vehicle succumbed in Punjab province. Driver Gul Muhammad could not record his statement as he had received 90 per cent burn injuries, a Punjab government spokesman said.
|Veena Malik - Pakistani Refugee|
With how things are in Pakistan right now, a pakistani is probably safest in India & if you are someone like Veena Malik then you are milking it too. A look back at what Veena Malik did in Pakistan.
|Veena Mallik - Pakistani Export|
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|Narendra Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties|| |
By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen
NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Narendra Modi is making a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister next week, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admired for its military and technical expertise but which his predecessors kept at arm's length.
India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line in the region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran - upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil - and its large Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of the Palestinian cause, even as it quietly pursued ties with Israel.
But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving military relationship. He will hold three days of talks with his Israeli counterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and production of missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature "Make in India" drive, officials in Delhi and Tel Aviv said.
The Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah, the seat of the Palestine Authority and a customary stop for visiting leaders trying to maintain a balance in political ties.
At home, the apparent shift in what has long been a bedrock of India's foreign policy risks sharpening criticism that the country's 180 million Muslims are increasingly being marginalized under Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, which swept to power in 2014.
"Narendra Modi's visit to Israel will only strengthen its occupation of Palestine," said Asaduddin Owaisi, a member of the Indian parliament from a regional group that promotes Muslim rights.
In previous decades, under the left-leaning Congress Party, former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was a regular visitor to New Delhi, pictured hugging then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi when the two were championing the Non-Alignment Movement.
In May, Modi hosted Arafat's successor, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and offered help in health and information technology, but the trip was low-key.
The scale of the ongoing collaboration with Israel dwarfs anything India is attempting with the Palestinians, officials say.
"We have a wide ranging partnership with Israel that ranges from agriculture cooperation to homeland security," said Bala Bhaskar, head of the foreign ministry's West Asia division.
He said India's ties with Israel and Palestine were important in their own right and neither should viewed through the prism of the other. But an Israeli diplomat said Modi's standalone trip to Tel Aviv was an important signal.
The two sides are expected to announce strategic partnerships in areas including water, agriculture and space technology during Modi's visit.
But it is the defence relationship that is most advanced - India is now Israel's biggest arms market, buying weapons at an average of $1 billion each year.
Eli Alfassi, executive vice president of marketing at state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country's biggest defence firm, said it was supplying India with drones, radar, communication systems and cybersecurity.
MISSILES, FOOD SECURITY
The centrepiece of the collaboration is the Barack 8 air defence system, built jointly by the two countries in a boost for Modi's campaign to develop a domestic defence industry.
"We are adjusting to the 'Make in India' policy which says only local companies will win tenders, so we are setting up three joint projects in India with local companies," Alfassi said.
IAI has signed a memorandum of understanding to build missiles with India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited, launched a joint project with Dynamatic Technologies to make drones and is scouting for a partner for a joint venture for its subsidiary Elta, which specialises in electronic warfare and communication systems, he said.
India is in the midst of a military modernisation programme worth more than $100 billion to help counter rivals Pakistan and China.
Israel, the United States and Russia are India's top military suppliers, and Modi's government has said it will favour countries that are ready to share technology.
Avi Mizrachi, executive vice president of business development for Israel and Southeast Asia at Elbit Systems, which supplies electro-optic systems and upgrades of helicopters and combat vehicles, said it would be bidding for a tender to supply drones in partnership with the Adani group.
The two countries stress, though, that there is more to the relationship than arms deals.
Modi will be discussing a plan for Israeli help in boosting India's food security, officials said.
The plan is to expand 26 agriculture expertise centres that Israel has set up in 15 Indian states to help increase output of everything from vegetables to mangoes and pomegranates.
Modi wants Indian companies involved in turning these small centres into commercial entities that would help tens of thousands of farmers to boost productivity.
(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Alex Richardson)
|India's Modi heads to Israel, lifting the curtain on close ties|| |
By Sanjeev Miglani and Tova Cohen
NEW DELHI/TEL AVIV, June 30 (Reuters) - Narendra Modi ismaking a first visit to Israel by an Indian prime minister nextweek, in a public embrace of a country that he has long admiredfor its military and technical expertise but which hispredecessors kept at arm's length.
India has traditionally trodden a careful diplomatic line inthe region, analysts say, wary of upsetting Arab states and Iran- upon whom it relies for its vast imports of oil - and itslarge Muslim minority. It has been a vocal supporter of thePalestinian cause, even as it quietly pursued ties with Israel.
But now Modi is lifting the curtain on a thriving militaryrelationship. He will hold three days of talks with his Israelicounterpart, Benjamin Netanyahu, to advance sales and productionof missiles, drones and radar systems under his signature "Makein India" drive, officials in Delhi and Tel Aviv said.
The Indian leader will not travel to Ramallah, the seat ofthe Palestine Authority and a customary stop for visitingleaders trying to maintain a balance in political ties.
At home, the apparent shift in what has long been a bedrockof India's foreign policy risks sharpening criticism that thecountry's 180 million Muslims are increasingly beingmarginalized under Modi's Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya JanataParty (BJP) government, which swept to power in 2014.
"Narendra Modi's visit to Israel will only strengthen itsoccupation of Palestine," said Asaduddin Owaisi, a member ofIndia's federal parliament from a regional group that promotesMuslim rights.
In previous decades, under the left-leaning Congress Party,former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was a regular visitor toNew Delhi, pictured hugging then Indian Prime Minister IndiraGandhi when the two were championing the Non-Alignment Movement.
In May, Modi hosted Arafat's successor, PalestinianPresident Mahmoud Abbas, and offered help in health andinformation technology, but the trip was low-key.
The scale of the ongoing collaboration with Israel dwarfsanything India is attempting with the Palestinians, officialssay.
"We have a wide ranging partnership with Israel that rangesfrom agriculture cooperation to homeland security," said BalaBhaskar, head of the foreign ministry's West Asia division.
He said India's ties with Israel and Palestine wereimportant in their own right and neither should viewed throughthe prism of the other. But an Israeli diplomat said Modi'sstandalone trip to Tel Aviv was an important signal.
The two sides are expected to announce strategicpartnerships in areas including water, agriculture and spacetechnology during Modi's visit.
But it is the defence relationship that is most advanced -India is now Israel's biggest arms market, buying weapons at anaverage of $1 billion each year.
Eli Alfassi, executive vice president of marketing atstate-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), the country'sbiggest defence firm, said it was supplying India with drones,radar, communication systems and cybersecurity.
MISSILES, FOOD SECURITY
The centrepiece of the collaboration is the Barack 8 airdefence system, built jointly by the two countries in a boostfor Modi's campaign to develop a domestic defence industry.
"We are adjusting to the 'Make in India' policy which saysonly local companies will win tenders, so we are setting upthree joint projects in India with local companies," Alfassisaid.
IAI has signed a memorandum of understanding to buildmissiles with India's state-run Bharat Electronics Limited,launched a joint project with Dynamatic Technologies to makedrones and is scouting for a partner for a joint venture for itssubsidiary Elta, which specialises in electronic warfare andcommunication systems, he said.
India is in the midst of a military modernisation programmeworth more than $100 billion to help counter rivals Pakistan andChina.
Israel, the United States and Russia are India's topmilitary suppliers, and Modi's government has said it willfavour countries that are ready to share technology.
Avi Mizrachi, executive vice president of businessdevelopment for Israel and Southeast Asia at Elbit Systems, which supplies electro-optic systems andupgrades of helicopters and combat vehicles, said it would bebidding for a tender to supply drones in partnership withIndia's Adani group.
The two countries stress, though, that there is more to therelationship than arms deals.
Modi will be discussing a plan for Israeli help in boostingIndia's food security, officials said.
The plan is to expand 26 agriculture expertise centres thatIsrael has set up in 15 Indian states to help increase output ofeverything from vegetables to mangoes and pomegranates.
Modi wants Indian companies involved in turning these smallcentres into commercial entities that would help tens ofthousands of farmers to boost productivity.(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing byAlex Richardson)
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In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegiance to Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.
In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. They were Augustinian monks. Others from their monastery had recanted. These refused. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbey in London. 1690, Glorious Revolution: Battle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was tortured and beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in Abbeville, France. It sounds excessive, but he was a protestant. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburg began. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.
In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.
In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War I: First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army were killed and 40,000 wounded. 1921, the Communist Party of China was founded. 1922, the Great Railroad Strike of 1922 began in the United States. 1923, the Canadian Parliament suspended all Chinese immigration. 1931, United Airlines began service (as Boeing Air Transport). 1932, Australia's national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, was formed. 1935, Regina, Saskatchewan police and Royal Canadian Mounted Police ambushed strikers participating in the On-to-Ottawa Trek.
In 1942, World War II: First Battle of El Alamein. Also 1942, the Australian Federal Government became the sole collector of income tax in Australia as State Income Tax was abolished. 1943, Tokyo City merged with Tokyo Prefecture and was dissolved. Since this date, no city in Japan has the name "Tokyo" (present-day Tokyo is not officially a city). 1947, the Philippine Air Force was established. 1948, Muhammad Ali Jinnah (Quaid-i-Azam) inaugurated Pakistan's central bank, the State Bank of Pakistan. 1949, the merger of two princely states of India, Cochin and Travancore, into the state of Thiru-Kochi (later re-organized as Kerala) in the Indian Union ended more than 1,000 years of princely rule by the Cochin Royal Family. 1957, the International Geophysical Year began. 1958, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation linked television broadcasting across Canada via microwave. Also 1958, flooding of Canada's St. Lawrence Seaway began. 1959, the Party of the African Federation held its constitutive conference. Also 1959, specific values for the international yard, avoirdupois pound and derived units (e.g. inch, mile and ounce) were adopted after agreement between the U.S.A., the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth countries.
In 1960, independence of Somalia. Also 1960, Ghana became a Republic and Kwame Nkrumah became its first President as Queen Elizabeth II ceased to be its Head of state. 1962, independence of Rwanda. Also 1962, independence of Burundi. 1963, ZIP codes were introduced for United States mail. Also 1963, the British Government admitted that former diplomat Kim Philby had worked as a Soviet agent. 1966, the first color television transmission in Canada took place from Toronto. 1967, the European Community was formally created out of a merger with the Common Market, the European Coal and Steel Community, and the European Atomic Energy Commission. Also 1967, Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the British North America Act, 1867, which officially made Canada its own federal dominion. 1968, the United States Central Intelligence Agency's Phoenix Program was officially established. Also 1968, the Nuclear non-proliferation treaty was signed in Washington, D.C., London and Moscow by sixty-two countries. Also 1968, formal separation of the United Auto Workers from the AFL–CIO in the United States. 1970, President General Yahya Khan abolished One-Unit of West Pakistan restoring the provinces. 1972, the first Gay Pride march in England took place. 1976, Portugal granted autonomy to Madeira. 1978, the Northern Territory in Australia was granted Self-Government. 1979, Sony introduced the Walkman.
In 1980, "O Canada" officially became the national anthem of Canada. 1981, the Wonderland murders occurred in the early morning hours in Los Angeles, allegedly masterminded by businessman and drug dealer Eddie Nash. 1983, a North Korean Ilyushin Il-62M jet en route to Conakry Airport in Guinea crashed into the Fouta Djallon mountains in Guinea-Bissau, killing all 23 people on board. 1984, the PG-13 rating was introduced by the MPAA. 1987, the American radio station WFAN in New York, New York was launched as the world's first all-sports radio station. 1990, German reunification: East Germany accepted the Deutsche Mark as its currency, thus uniting the economies of East and West Germany. 1991, the Warsaw Pact was officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague. 1997, China resumed sovereignty over the city-state of Hong Kong, ending 156 years of British colonial rule. 1999, the Scottish Parliament was officially opened by Elizabeth II on the day that legislative powers were officially transferred from the old Scottish Office in London to the new devolved Scottish Executive in Edinburgh.
In 2002, the International Criminal Court was established to prosecute individuals for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. Also 2002, Bashkirian Airlines Flight 2937 and a DHL (German cargo) Boeing 757 collided in mid-air over Überlingen, southern Germany, killing all 71 on board. 2003, over 500,000 people protested against efforts to pass anti-sedition legislation in Hong Kong. 2004, Saturn orbit insertion of Cassini–Huygens began at 01:12 UTC and ends at 02:48 UTC. 2006, the first operation of Qinghai–Tibet Railway in China. 2007, the Concert for Diana was held at the new Wembley Stadium in London and broadcast in 140 countries. Also 2007, smoking in England was banned in all public indoor spaces. 2008, Rioting erupted in Mongolia in response to allegations of fraud surrounding the 2008 legislative elections. 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the European Union. Also 2013, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) began its operative peacekeeping mandate in Mali. Also 2013, Neptune's moon S/2004 N 1 was discovered.
I am very good and don't deserve the abuse given me. I created a video raising awareness of anti police feeling among western communities. I chose the senseless killing of Nicola Cotton, a Louisiana policewoman who joined post Katrina, to highlight the issue. I did this in order to get an income after having been illegally blacklisted from work in NSW for being a whistleblower. I have not done anything wrong. Local council appointees refused to endorse my work, so I did it for free. Youtube's Adsence refused to allow me to profit from their marketing it. Meanwhile, I am hostage to abysmal political leadership and hopeless journalists. My shopfront has opened on Facebook.
Here is a video I made Waltzing Matilda
I was asked to do a Banjo Patterson Poem. I thought I had done this, but I hadn't. This was made so as to tell the story, rather than sing the song.
"Waltzing Matilda" is Australia's most widely known bush ballad. A country folk song, the song has been referred to as "the unofficial national anthem of Australia"
Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Written 1895, first published as sheet music 1903.
=== from 2016 ===
The political despatch of Boris Johnson, who had led the successful Brexit campaign, was as surprising as the success of the campaign. The Notting Hill set have eaten their own. David Cameron finally fell, having never managed to appear strongly conservative. But his stable mate of Gove had sided with Johnson as the face of Brexit, and then ripped support away from Johnson and denounced Johnson as being too identifiably the face of Brexit, and unable to unite the conservative party. In fairness, Gove could not unite the party either. Gove has ambition and ability, as does Theresa May. There are echoes of the Metherell affair in NSW when two friends, Terry Metherell and Nick Greiner ran afoul of political perfection and Greiner was subsequently unfairly forced to resign as Premier of NSW. One incompetent independent of the time who unfairly attacked Greiner was Tony Windsor. Windsor is still trying to hurt good conservative candidates.
For some, at the moment, the Sex Party has more credibility.
=== from 2015 ===
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation came into being on this day in 1932. It is a bureaucratic mess. But it isn't the worst mess on this day. In 1766, a young French nobleman, Jean-François de la Barre who was tortured and beheaded before his body was burned on a pyre. Also burned, pinned to his body, was a work of Voltaire. The crime the twenty year old man committed was said to be failing to bow to a religious procession, but the unpleasant truth is that he was a protestant in a catholic land. The ABC was created in the hope that the left leaning press in Australia would be balanced by state body which reported facts, not bias. The reality is that the ABC has never been balanced.
Greece has defaulted on her IMF loan. Soon she will vote to approve or deny the imposition of austerity. But she has already done so, and her government ran on the lie that Greece didn't need austerity. Now the EU has a choice, but it isn't really a choice. Greece needs to be booted from the EU as a lesson in humility. It should never be the case that a nation employs people without paying them. The civilised world abhors slavery.
Today is an extraordinary day. The birthday of Semmelweis (1818) whose work as a physician gave rise to the legal term "Clean Hands". Or Dorothea Mackellar (1885) who beautifully described Australia in poetry. But for all the amazing wonderful things about today that I could point to, my mind is drawn to the infamous act of cowardice and butchery in which the three bodies of children of Israel were unearthed following their abduction. There is a cowardly dismissal of Middle East events involving Israel by those who do not know or care, that there is blood on both sides. But that is not the case. There is no analog for what Israel does that excuses this murder. It is inexcusable, and those who are responsible need to be brought to justice, and those who excuse should be discredited.
Three boys went to a religious function and were on their way home when they were abducted. They were not warriors. Targeting them was an act of terror. One boy had been able to use his phone to let people know he had been abducted. That call was the last anyone heard him alive. It is not too hard to follow the mindset of the terrorists, but remarkably, one mother of one suspect has claimed she is proud of her son for doing it. I want religious authorities of the perpetrators to denounce the activity. If that mum has excused the activity, I want her discredited. Saddam Hussein had paid money to family of suicide bombers. If her people are serious about wanting peace, perhaps they will meet similar justice as was applied to Saddam.
One imagines the terrorists alerted to the phone call told the boys that they would have to die and not merely be hostages because of it. They probably did their best to torture the boys, and blame them, before killing them. But the boys had done nothing wrong. Earlier this year, Obama had forced Israel to release terrorists who had killed, from jail for peace. No peace has been forthcoming from those terrorist supporters. One of the boys was a US citizen .. someone Obama has sworn an oath to protect and serve. But instead, the US President has paid US money to support a terrorist administration. Maybe Hamas will deny the activity, they have not yet, instead accusing Israel of overstating the crime. The UN cannot endorse this crime, and if they fail to act on it, they need to be dismantled.
Three boys kidnapped, tortured and murdered by terrorists. Who dares support that?
The incident is not isolated in Middle East terrorist history. The second intifada, which began after Bill Clinton embarrassed Arafat over a Monica Special cigar transformed a lynching of two Israeli security detail who had been illegally lured and detained by so called Palestinian authorities. This incident is on a par. A crime against humanity linked by successive Democrat party US Presidents.
Historical perspective on this day
In 69, Tiberius Julius Alexander ordered his Roman legions in Alexandria to swear allegianceto Vespasian as Emperor. 552, Battle of Taginae: Byzantine forces under Narses defeated the Ostrogoths in Italy. During the fightings king Totila was mortally wounded. 1097, Battle of Dorylaeum: Crusaders led by prince Bohemond of Taranto defeated a Seljuk army led by sultan Kilij Arslan I. 1431, the Battle of La Higueruela took place in Granada, leading to a modest advance of the Kingdom of Castile during the Reconquista.
In 1523, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes became the first Lutheran martyrs, burned at the stake by Roman Catholic authorities in Brussels. 1569, Union of Lublin: The Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania confirmed a real union; the united country is called the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth or the Republic of Both Nations. 1643, first meeting of the Westminster Assembly, a council of theologians ("divines") and members of the Parliament of England appointed to restructure the Church of England, at Westminster Abbeyin London. 1690, Glorious Revolution: Battle of the Boyne in Ireland (as reckoned under the Julian calendar). 1766, Jean-François de la Barre, a young French nobleman, was torturedand beheaded before his body was burnt on a pyre along with a copy of Voltaire's Dictionnaire philosophique nailed to his torso for the crime of not saluting a Roman Catholic religious procession in Abbeville, France. 1770, Lexell's Comet passed closer to the Earth than any other comet in recorded history, approaching to a distance of 0.0146 a.u. 1782, Raid on Lunenburg: American privateers attacked the British settlement of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.
In 1837, a system of civil registration of births, marriages and deaths was established in England and Wales. 1855, signing of the Quinault Treaty: The Quinault and the Quileute ceded their land to the United States. 1858, joint reading of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace's papers on evolution to the Linnean Society in London. 1862, The Russian State Library was founded as The Library of the Moscow Public Museum. Also 1862, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, second daughter of Queen Victoria, married Prince Louis of Hesse, the future Louis IV, Grand Duke of Hesse. Also 1862, American Civil War: The Battle of Malvern Hill took place. It is the final battle in the Seven Days Campaign, part of George B. McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. 1863, Keti Koti (Emancipation Day) in Suriname, marked the abolition of slavery by the Netherlands. Also, American Civil War: The Battle of Gettysburgbegan. 1867, the British North America Act of 1867 took effect as the Constitution of Canada, creating the Canadian Confederation and the federal dominion of Canada; Sir John A. Macdonald was sworn in as the first Prime Minister of Canada. This date was commemorated annually in Canada as Canada Day, a national holiday.
In 1870, the United States Department of Justice formally came into existence. 1873, Prince Edward Island joined the Canadian Confederation. 1874, the Sholes and Glidden typewriter, the first commercially successful typewriter, went on sale. 1878, Canada joined the Universal Postal Union. 1879, Charles Taze Russell published the first edition of the religious magazine The Watchtower. 1881, the world's first international telephone call was made between St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada, and Calais, Maine, United States. Also 1881, General Order 70, the culmination of the Cardwell and Childers reforms of the British Army, came into effect. 1885, the United States terminated reciprocity and fishery agreement with Canada. 1890, Canada and Bermuda were linked by telegraph cable. 1898, Spanish–American War: The Battle of San Juan Hill was fought in Santiago de Cuba.
In 1903, start of first Tour de France bicycle race. 1908, SOS was adopted as the international distress signal. 1911, Germany despatched the gunship Panther to Morocco, sparking the Agadir Crisis. 1915, Leutnant Kurt Wintgens of the then-named German Fliegertruppe air service achieved the first known aerial victory with a synchronized machine-gun armed fighter plane, the Fokker M.5K/MG Eindecker. 1916, World War I: First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Ba
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|Pakistan’s old economic vulnerabilities persist|
THE IMF, claims Pakistan’s government, is surplus to requirements. Ministers in its business-minded ruling party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), boast of a record that means the country can pay its own bills. “We will not go back to the IMF programme,” declared Ishaq Dar, the finance minister, in May, almost a year after the completion of Pakistan’s most recent, $6.6bn bail-out. In a country that mistrusts Western assistance and where protesters portray the IMF as a bloodthirsty crocodile, such words have a heady appeal. But they ring hollow.
On June 16th the IMF warned of re-emerging “vulnerabilities” in Pakistan’s economy. It praised GDP growth of above 5% a year, but noted missed fiscal targets and a ballooning current-account deficit. The fund’s own projections a year ago for the fiscal year ending this June underestimated this deficit by about half the final total of $9bn. And based on trends in early April it overestimated the fiscal-year-end foreign-exchange reserves by $3bn.
Independent economists point out that, many times before, collapse has come on the heels of an IMF programme’s conclusion. Sakib Sherani, a former government economist, says that to avoid “egg on its face” for cheerleading Pakistan’s economic recovery just months ago, the IMF is slowly changing its story. By the end of 2018, many predict, Pakistan will come...
|The United Nations: Voice Of The Voiceless?|
Every day we hear about violence and human rights abuses around the world, often feeling angry and helpless about the situation – because it doesn’t appear to be getting any better. Many people are also disillusioned with the response – or lack of response – from the United Nations (UN) in such situations. This is exactly how I felt when attending the meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva or the UN Forum on Minority Issues. Attending the sessions did not help with my disappointment in the UN, however, the experience helped me to better understand the massive challenges facing the UN. When sitting in the sessions in the main meeting room at the Palais des Nations, the ‘Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room’, under the most extraordinary ceiling one could imagine, I was listening to oral submissions by NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations). One after another, with sometimes forty to fifty NGO submissions per session. Each submission detailed instances of human rights violations in different parts of the world. Mass murder, killings, persecution, sexual violence, abuse, slavery, discrimination – but these are just words. However, in that room, the words were given meaning, a story, often with graphic details, the words of each NGO telling the UN about the suffering and pain of the people they represent.
Despite all the pain and suffering detailed in these reports, both to the UN Human Rights Council and the UN Forum on Minority Issues they are only the tip of the iceberg.
Most people who have experienced violations of their human rights are not represented at the UN – the bars to representation there are many and the cost is prohibitive. Stories are told at the UN primarily through representation by NGOs – NGOs, furthermore, who would have to be able to travel to Geneva to attend any of the aforementioned sessions. The expense of such travel is outside the budget constraints of a majority of NGOs. It would also be necessary for the representing NGO to gain a consultative status of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), which can be a difficult process, and stories of NGOs being denied accreditation continue to circulate. Without such accreditation, the ability of NGOs to fully communicate to the highest levels within the UN are limited; they may submit reports for UN Universal Periodic Review; they may attend the UN through invitation from other, larger NGOs, or member states; but there is no chance to speak, in their own capacity, to an assembled group of experts, United Nation staff and representatives of member states, as well as journalists and other invited parties. Despite the fact that a key purpose of the UN should be to give a voice to the voiceless, the bureaucracy and limits placed on civil society NGOs which prevent their involvement there limit the ability of the oppressed to communicate their suffering.
Most recently, at the beginning of February, an application for consultative status by Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an NGO working to promote the right to freedom of religion or belief and so raising awareness about the persecution of Christians around the world, was rejected after almost eight years of deferment. The decision to reject their application is surprising, especially after recent reports naming Christianity as the world’s most persecuted religion, making CSW’s area of work more important than ever. As the situation of Christians around the world is deteriorating, the persecuted need more voice. Are there too many accredited NGOs representing persecuted Christians at the UN? Although the list of accredited NGOs includes many who may include working with persecuted Christian communities as part of a wider brief or mission, the number of specialist NGOs in this field who have gained accreditation is limited.
If the issues the NGO is working on require attention, require UN assistance, and there is not enough representation at the UN, why would the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations reject the application? The answer may lie in the mechanism of approval by member states. Greece, Israel, United States, and Uruguay voted in favor of the accreditation. However, Burundi, China, Cuba, India, Iran, Nicaragua, Pakistan, South Africa, Sudan, Turkey, and Venezuela voted against. The list of countries rejecting the accreditation speaks a thousand words. Pakistan is ranked 4th on the recently released Open Doors World Watch List 2017, a ranking of 50 countries where Christians are most persecuted. Sudan was placed 5th, followed by Iran in 8th, India in 15th, Turkey in 37th, and China in 39th place. And so the UN allowed states that are notorious for allowing the persecution of Christians in their territories to silence a voice that persecuted Christians so desperately need. Permitting states to cover up their own shortcomings by filtering those who would report them, has created a lack of accountability in the UN system.
Bureaucratic flaws in the decision-making apparatus at the UN, such as that detailed above, are contributing factors to the disillusionment felt by many at the UN’s lack of response to human rights violations. Preventing NGOs from speaking out on the human rights issues that affect those they represent further stifles the ability to prevent those abuses and means the UN will continue to fail those suffering the most across the globe.
Sino-US Relations Still Strong, Despite Trade Friction
Philipp Rösler Photo: Li Qiaoyi/GT
In a multi-polar world, China and the US are decidedly two of the most powerful countries that underpin the global economy. But while China has continued broad-based efforts to rebalance its economy and integrate itself more into the world economy, the US has chosen to turn inward. This has inevitably resulted in tremors across the global economic and trade framework. Sharing his input on the complex yet significant bilateral relations between the two countries, Philipp Rösler (PR), head of Regional and Government Engagement and member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and former German vice chancellor, talked with Global Times reporter Li Qiaoyi (GT) in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the "Summer Davos" forum in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province.
GT: What do you think are the main problems facing China and the US in opening their markets to each other?
PR: I think they should have deep discussions around different topics: foreign trade certainly, and customs, among others. There are always agriculture questions in the pursuit of free trade talks. The most challenging questions are those about food security, food safety and nutrition. But I guess it's first and foremost relevant to see that the two largest economies in the world are coming together.
And it's not only between China and the US. If you see the detailed discussions between the EU and the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership also had to work through agriculture questions.
GT: Would you describe the opening-up of bilateral markets as horse-trading?
PR: At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an important speech, which is clearly a strong statement in favor of global trade. It was an excellent beginning and at the opening ceremony of the Summer Davos on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also mentioned the country will open up even more. I think it's a clear statement and it's underscored by activities such as the vision of the Belt and Road (B&R) and even the sub agreements like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). So there's a lot going on. Certainly China has taken over the leadership role in terms of global trade. At the same time, we see a strong domestic focus in the US. There's really a change and the change is being led by China.
GT: With the US already expressing an interest in participating in the B&R initiative, what areas and what kind of projects do you think will be of greatest interest to the US?
PR: It's not a secret that many other countries are attracted by the B&R initiative. And there's diverse interest, certainly in trade, in the US as well. And even more, it creates the right framework, for example, the right infrastructure that gets financial support from the likes of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which interests more countries.
In the case of the US, however, the initiative matters more in trade relations terms rather than in terms of infrastructure. So far, there's yet to be any indication that the US will participate in any concrete projects along the route such as the CPEC that involve building infrastructure.
GT: What do you think are the primary areas of competition between Chinese firms and their US counterparts?
PR: The main area of competition is a question of speed. As WEF founder Klaus Schwab mentioned in his opening remarks, it is not a case of the big fish eating the small one, but the faster one eating the slower one. That's exactly the area of competition in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. So the fastest country will be the most successful country. New technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and 3D printing already exist, but the question is how fast countries and economies can implement all the new technological developments. China has been adopting new technologies at a very fast pace. Also, the US is not sleeping, with innovation bustling in the country. At the same time, there are also discussions about the traditional industries. The merging of digital and traditional industries in order to improve production is also believed to be an area of competition.
The main message is that both have the same opportunity, which means it's really a level playing field for competition. And the good news is that it will not be a question of whether you have already had development before. So you don't have to run through the three previous versions of industrial revolution to catch up. You can leap forward. That's the message. It's more a question of the leadership internally, and if you have the power and willingness to implement and adopt new technologies.
GT: What do you think is standing in the way of forging closer China-US economic ties?
PR: Admittedly, there are discussions about frictions between the Chinese and US economies. But it shouldn't be overlooked that the same discussions also exist between the EU and the US, concerning subsidies, dumping and airlines. However they still have good relations, good trade relations in particular. What I would like to say is that negotiation is part of the normal relationship in business terms. Maybe sometimes there are tough discussions, but it's still part of normal negotiations. So I would not overstretch some debates. Instead, I would say the entire picture shows strong trade and business relationships and that's for the good.
GT: There are arguments that the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate deal offers a chance for China and India to take the lead in global energy transformation. Do you agree and what's your take on it?
PR: It's indeed very sad because everyone was in favor of the Paris agreement. Nevertheless the world's largest economy is leaving the agreement, which raises some questions.
The consequence, however, is not that others will say it's a defeat and will cancel the agreement. On the contrary, we should put some extra effort into making it a success anyway. China is taking a leadership role in fighting climate change. Certainly, it would be better if everyone could be integrated, but the reality is different as we all know.
GT: China has played a part in promoting inclusive growth, but with US President Donald Trump and his "America first" policy, which seems to be the other way round, is it the case that inclusive growth as a doctrine has yet to be received across the globe?
PR: There are two levels of inclusivity. The first is if countries and regions are included in trade systems and agreements, and the second is if inside the countries and regions everyone can benefit from the wealth created by the economy. The US has decided to focus more on the domestic market. Let's see how this works out. The others are not just waiting. Take the US' withdrawal from the Paris pact for example. The other countries would say if this does not come together, why don't we try something on our own? This motivates others to make extra efforts. Yes, some decided for themselves to go a different way, but the vast majority are going together.
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He’s a former Muslim extremist who speaks out against such extremism — yet he’s been labeled an extremist.
Last October, the Southern Poverty Law Center called British author and activist Maajid Nawaz, 39, “part of the ‘ex-radical’ circuit of former Islamists who use that experience to savage Islam.” During a recent appearance on Bill Maher’s show, Nawaz announced he’d be suing the SPLC for defamation.
Citing what he calls “the poverty of low expectations,” Nawaz argues that Islam, like any other religion, should not only field criticism but withstand it. Why, he asks, does the Western world — and liberals, in particular — refuse to condemn what they otherwise find abhorrent?
The SPLC, he says, fights against the oppressions of Christian fundamentalism, yet “the same causes they fight for within America are somehow deemed illegitimate for people like me to fight for within our own communities.”
To wit: The current case in Michigan — the first federal case of its kind — over female genital mutilation, practiced among a Shiite Muslim sect there. The New York Times, incredibly, has framed this as a potentially legitimate custom. “Michigan Case Adds US Dimension to Debate on Genital Mutilation,” ran a June 10 headline.
Debate? Really? An estimated 100 girls have been brutalized in this specific community since 2005 — yet because this barbarism is contextualized as Islamic, far too many liberals seek to justify what is plainly child abuse, a gross violation of human rights.
There are plenty of Catholics and fundamentalist Christians who believe abortion is morally wrong, yet Roe v. Wade remains the law of the land. Why should Islam get special dispensation? Isn’t it a supercilious attitude to take — that a muscular religion of 1.6 billion people requires deference to the point of infantilization?
Also on the SPLC’s list is Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born author and activist who herself survived female genital mutilation and a forced marriage. Ali and fellow activist Asra Q. Nomani recently appeared before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and were shocked that none of the four female Democrats on that panel — including Kamala Harris, who’d become a feminist cause célèbre the day before, after male colleagues interrupted her interrogation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions — asked a single question.
In a June 22 Times Op-Ed, Ali and Nomani called out Harris along with Sens. Maggie Hassan, Heidi Heitkamp and Claire McCaskill.
“What happened that day was emblematic of a deeply troubling trend among progressives when it comes to confronting the brutal reality of Islamic extremism and what it means for women in many Muslim communities here at home and around the world,” they wrote. “When it comes to the pay gap, abortion access and workplace discrimination, progressives have much to say. But we’re still waiting for a march against honor killings, child marriages, polygamy, sex slavery or female genital mutilation.”
These are horrors, misogyny masquerading as religion, and it’s a Jedi mind trick that works almost every time.
Sen. McCaskill, for example, said she was “worried” about Ali and Nomani’s testimony. “Anyone who twists or distorts religion is an exception to the rule,” she said. Tell that to women in Saudi Arabia, who cannot drive, work or travel alone, or to women in Pakistan, where a so-called “women’s rights bill” was passed last year allowing men to beat their wives, instructions included.
“These recommendations are, according to the Koran and Sunnah, the prophet’s teachings,” a state official told the BBC. “No one can dispute that.”
Reformers like Ali and Nawaz do, and they continually exhort those Muslims who disagree with such diktats — and those outside the religion — to speak up.
In her Op-Ed, Ali noted the false argument so often made, that to criticize Islam is bigotry. Her ideas, she writes, are often labeled backward and conservative, “as if opposition to violent jihad, sex slavery, genital mutilation or child marriage were a matter of left and right.”
Her critics would point to the success of Muslims in America, a deeply assimilated population that, according to multiple studies — including one published by the Cato Institute in October 2016 — is among the most educated and affluent. Their cultural views don’t deviate as much from non-Muslims either. It’s hard to quantify why, but our national DNA surely contributes; we are a county and a culture of immigrants. We don’t force newcomers to learn English, but life’s easier if you do. Nor do we grapple with dress codes, burqa bans and other such debates that have consumed Europe for years. According to the Cato Institute, American Muslims are the most religiously tolerant and socially liberal in the world and are becoming more so. Has this population self-selected to America, or are their views encouraged by our open society?
No one really knows, but Nawaz and others believe that Europe’s tendency to isolate Muslims — or allow them to isolate themselves — rather than integrate only fuels alienation and resentment. Such communities live parallel to society under their own rule of law, and rather than combat Islamic extremism and jihad, such neglect foments it.
Yet such fear of offending remains that Theresa May, upon becoming prime minister last year, said that England “could benefit a great deal” from the estimated 100 Sharia courts operating there.
“Ideas are more dangerous than people,” Nawaz writes, and a 2016 survey bears that out — 58 percent of British Muslims believe homosexuality should be outlawed and one-quarter said they’d support Sharia law replacing British law. A poll of Muslim immigrants and natives in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium and Sweden, published in December 2013 by Professor Ruud Koopmans of the Berlin Social Science Center, found that 75 percent believe the Koran can be interpreted only one way, that 60 percent would not befriend someone who is gay and 54 percent think the West wants to destroy Islam.
In his new book, “The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam,” author Douglas Murray argues that Europe — Germany especially — has a tendency to overcorrect for past injustices and atrocities. He cites the left’s rejection, in 2015, of concerns raised by Angela Merkel, David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy that Europe had erred in allowing some citizens to live in opposition to their nation’s own laws. In an interview with NPR on Tuesday, Murray raised the irony of liberals supporting illiberal beliefs.
“This is a big problem,” Murray said. “As well as speaking the language of inclusion, we have to speak the language of exclusion — what it is that we won’t tolerate as well as what it is that we do.”
Nawaz himself believes extremism is fertilized by three subsets: Islamist theocracies, hard-right populism and what he calls the regressive left — those who argue for genderless bathrooms but won’t acknowledge that honor killings happen in Europe and the United States. In compiling their list, he says, the SPLC has employed a tactic used by those they should condemn.
“Just imagine how ex-Muslim Islam-critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali must feel to be included in your list,” he wrote in October.
“Her friend Theo van Gogh was murdered on the streets of Amsterdam in 2004. And back then, there was another list pinned to Theo’s corpse with a knife: It, too, named Ayaan Hirsi Ali.”
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|Benarkah Masyarakat Nusantara adalah Zuriat Rasulullah ?|
Berdasarkan penelitian sejarawan Sinung Janutama, ia berkesimpulan Nabi Muhammad merupakan leluhur dari Masyarakat Nusantara. Dan apabila tali menali silsilah Penduduk Jawi diselusuri, maka akan terhubung dengan zuriat Rasulullah.
Keberadaan zuriat Nabi Muhammad di Nusantara, berdasarkan catatan dari tanah Aceh dan Kedah telah ada sejak abad ke-2 hijriyah, yang ditandai dengan kedatangan cucunda Sayyidina Hassan, yang bernama Syarif Abdullah al-Kamil.
Misteri Dinasti Al Kamil
Awal mula zuriat Ahlul Bayt di Nusantara, dimulai pada sekitar tahun 750 Masehi, ketika Syarif Abdullah al-Kamil bin Syarif Hassan al-Muthanna bin Sayyidina Hassan radhiallahu ‘anhu, datang ke negeri Jeumpa Aceh. Syarif Abdullah dikisahkan menikah dengan putri setempat. Dari pernikahan ini melahirkan seorang putri yang dikenali sebagai putri Manyang Seuludong (Syarifah Mariam).
Pada sekitar tahun 800 Masehi, salah seorang cucu dari Syarif Abdullah al-Kamil datang ke tanah Aceh bersilaturahim dengan kerabatnya. Dalam kisah masyarakat melayu, ia dikenali sebagai Syarif Ali bin Muhammad Nafs Zakiyah (Nakhoda Khalifah) bin Abdullah al-Kamil.
Di tanah Aceh Syarif Ali Nakhoda Khalifah menikah dengan sepupunya Putri Makhdum Tansyuri ananda dari Syariansyah Salman al-Farisi (Merong Mahawangsa) dengan istrinya putri Manyang Seuludong.
Dari pernikahan ini, kelak melahirkan cikal bakal keluarga Kerajaan Perlak, yaitu Sultan Alaidin Maulana Abdul Aziz Syah (Sultan Perlak, 840-864) dan Dinasti Kedah Islam, yaitu Sultan Hussain Syah Alirah (Sultan Kedah, 840-881). Sementara dari saudara putri Makhdum Tansyuri, yang bernama Meurah Makhdum Syahri Nuri, menumbuhkan Dinasti Makhdum Perlak.
Kehadiran keluarga Ahlul Bayt Rasulullah sejak masa 750 Masehi di Nusantara, yang kemudian beranak pinak menyebar ke semua wilayah, telah menjadi salah satu hujjah tentang sosok Baginda Nabi Muhammad sebagai leluhur masyarakat Nusantara.
1. Mencari jejak Merong : Sheikh Abdul Qadir Shah Alirah, Sultan Siam-Kedah atau Sultan Perlak, kerajaan lama Aceh?
2. Mencari jejak Dinasti Al-Kamil di Muar : Abdullah Al-Kamil, Salman Al-Farisi dan Muhammad Al-Baghdadi di sebalik sejarah Alam Melayu
3. Dinasti al Kamil Kesultanan Perlak
4. Sultan Alirah Shah Kedah (wikipedia.org)
5. Empayar Kedah Tua : Merong Mahawangsa
WaLlahu a’lamu bishshawab
Catatan Penambahan :
1. Sebagai pembanding. Berdasarkan penelitian DNA, di bumi pada saat ini, ada sekitar 16 juta pria yang merupakan keturunan Genghis Khan. Padahal jarak antara Genghis Khan dengan masa sekarang baru sekitar 850 tahun (sumber : The Genetic Legacy of the Mongols).
Sementara zuriat Nabi Muhammad di Nusantara sudah berusia sekitar 1250 tahun, bahkan lebih dahulu dari masa Sayyid Ahmad al Muhajir di Hadramaut Yaman. Dengan demikian, secara logis maupun science, keberadaan jutaan keturunan Nabi Muhammad di Nusantara sangat bisa diterima…
2. Salah satu kerabat dekat dari ahlul bayt yang datang ke perlak dan kedah, adalah syarif abdullah shah al ghazi bin syarif muhammad al-nafs al-zakiyya. Beliau merupakan ahlul bayt awal yang mendatangi daerah sindh (India sebelah utara), makamnya saat ini berada di Karachi Pakistan (sumber : wikipedia).
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|Dio salvi le donne|
Quella di Nosheen e di sua madre è solo l'ultima storia nota.
Purtroppo ogni anno, ogni giorno e forse anche adesso una donna sta subendo violenze tra le mura della propria casa.
In nome di un amore che non è amore
In nome di un dio che sono certa non è Dio delle nostre preghiere.
In nome di una morale che ha quanto di più immorale possa esistere al mondo.
Non riesco a non indignarmi.
Non riesco a trattenere la rabbia.
Non posso stare zitta.
Certo parlare per me è facile.
Sono cresciuta in una buona famiglia, ho accanto un uomo che mi ama e che mi rispetta ma qualcosa devo pur fare.
Sapere di bambine che ancora subiscono ancora il rito di infibulazione, di donne stuprate mi fa girare la testa.
Perchè in fondo, forse, siamo nate solo dalla parte buona del mondo.
Potremmo essere noi le pakistane.
Le donne dell'Islam.
Potremmo essere noi quelle donne dell'Est che si affacciano sui marciapiedi la sera.
Dobbiamo loro qualcosa.
Allora meglio non farsi i fatti propri.
E se oltre il muro di casa nostra sentiamo grida sospette non c'è altro da fare: intervenire.
Chiamare la polizia, i carabinieri.
Anche questo è un modo per far capire loro che non sono sole.
La nazionalità non conta.
Sono donne come noi.
E' questo quello che conta.
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"La storia di Iqbal Masih mi è rimasta nel cuore dal momento in cui ho letto il suo necrologio il 19 aprile 1995, tre giorni dopo la sua uccisione.
Ho saputo della sua vita e del coraggio che ha dimostrato condannando apertamente il lavoro forzato dei bambini nell'ambito del commercio di tappeti in Pakistan.
Quando il 9 ottobre del 2012 ho saputo di Maiala Yousafzai, colpita da un proiettile per essersi schierata a favore del diritto all'istruzione per le ragazze, ho pensato nuovamente a Iqbal.
Il coraggio di questi due ragazzi, di molto superiore alla loro tenera età, mi ha indotta a scrivere questo libro."
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|A "Five Star" mystery: Saudi Arabia, Brexit, Trump and election fraud. Plus: The Comey "tape"||This investigation in the Irish Times examines a very strange affair involving Northern Ireland and Saudi Arabia. The author of that piece, Fintan O'Toole, probably doesn't know that his research links up to a mystery which captured my attention some twelve years ago, when this humble blog focused on the possibility of fraud in the 2004 presidential election.|
Before we get to the US connection, we must summarize the Irish Times story.
In recent days, you may have read about the far-right Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, because that's the group with which Theresa May must strike a deal if she wants to stay in power. (Her chances are starting to look bleak.) The DUP is pretty obnoxious, as this site makes clear: They are pro-creationism, anti-abortion, and very anti-gay.
The DUP is also also very, very pro-Brexit. In fact, they funded a pricey ad campaign in favor of Brexit. Strangely, those ads appeared in publications outside of Northern Ireland.
That campaign cost a lot of money, leading Fintan O'Toole to ask: Where did the DUP get the funds?
It turns out that the money came from a strange Scottish group called the Constitutional Research Council, headed by one Richard Cook. But that organization seems to have been a cut-out (as was the DUP itself).
The real funders were Saudis.
What they found is that Richard Cook has a history of involvement with a very senior and powerful member of the Saudi royal family, who also happens to have been a former director of the Saudi intelligence agency. In April 2013, Cook jointly founded a company called Five Star Investments with Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz al Saud. The prince, whose address is given as a royal palace in Jeddah, is listed on the company’s initial registration as the holder of 75 per cent of the shares.
Prince Nawwaf, who died in 2015, was no casual investor. He had been Saudi minister for finance, government spokesman and diplomatic fixer before becoming head of intelligence. His son, Mohammed bin Nawwaf, has, moreover, been the Saudi ambassador to both the UK and Ireland since 2005. When Five Star was set up in 2013, Prince Nawwaf was 80, had suffered a stroke and used a wheelchair. It seems rather remarkable that he was going into business with a very minor and obscure Scottish conservative activist."Five Star"...! That name rang a bell. Where had I heard it before? Suddenly, it all came back...
2004 and all that. Unless you've been reading this blog for a very long time, you may not know that I was once transfixed by the allegations of election fraud in the 2004 election. Like many others, I became convinced that electoral hugger-mugger occurred in Ohio.
In a series of posts published in late 2004 and early 2005, I looked into some rather bizarre claims concerning an entity called "Five Star Trust," which allegedly played a role in swinging the election to Dubya. The Trust, it was said, was funded by the Saudis, who (as most people know) had deep connections to Bush.
I'll soon give links to those old pieces on the Five Star Trust. First, a word of warning: My posts linked to the work of a writer named Wayne Madsen, toward whom I once had a very naive and trusting attitude. In 2004, his reputation was not so reeky as it later became; Madsen was a former NSA employee who had appeared on ABC's Nightline, Marketplace and 60 Minutes. Why shouldn't I quote a man with such an impressive resume?
Unfortunately, Madsen made increasingly wild accusations without bothering to cite evidence. Behind the scenes, Madsen proved to be an opaque and bizarre individual.
Fellow blogger Brad Friedman (who has led the fight against computerized voting) was also intrigued -- for a very brief period -- by Madsen's "Five Star" claims. Brad soon became so infuriated with the way Madsen did business that he decided never to say another good word about the man. Other semi-mainstream publications developed a similar "hands off" attitude.
For years, my standard line on Madsen was this: "He's right about half the time, and I'm never sure which half is which." After a while, even that assessment began to seem too generous.
In 2008, I wrote a series of posts which argued (based on public sources) that Barack Obama may have been on "Company" business during his mysterious 1981 trip to Pakistan. (Here, here and here.) Madsen pilfered my work without crediting me. He then sensationalized the evidence and jammed it into a rather terrible book called The Manufacturing of a President, 90 percent of which is paranoid flotsam and jetsam unrelated to the work's ostensible subject.
As you might imagine, I now have little reason to speak well of Wayne Madsen, whose claims have grown ever more inane: He says that Obama is both gay and Kenyan-born, and that Israel attacked the USS Cole. Naturally, he has found a home on Alex Jones's radio show. From ABC News to Infowars: A sad trajectory indeed.
(A sudden thought just hit me. Do you think that former NSA man Wayne Madsen could be one of Louise Mensch's "sources" within the intelligence community? Boy, that would explain a lot.)
Have I given enough caveats and apologies? I believe I have. Here, then, are the links to my previous "Five Star" posts dealing with the mysteries of the 2004 election. Start here, then go here, then go here. Although my posts quote Madsen, I also offer some original research.
From the first post (November 26, 2004):
Madsen goes on to say that money for the operations was funneled through a Saudi-linked financial entity based in Houston called Five Star Trust, which was also apparently used to fund both Bush and Bin Laden.
I've tried some preliminary Googling on Five Star Trust (which is also spelled "5 Star Trust"). One citation goes to a court case listed here, involving one Marion Horn, Jr., a.k.a. "J.R. Horn," a one-time Republican candidate in Kentucky later convicted of wire fraud. (Also see here and here.) From what I can tell, the guy received a ridiculously attentuated sentence -- 18 months -- for a serious crime (one commentator mentioned the figure of "$1B") committed while on parole for a similar offense.By the time I wrote my final post in this series (January 4, 2005), I had already become disenchanted with Madsen. He connected the Five Star Trust to a DC-based Christian cult called The Fellowship, the subject of a famous book by Jeffrey Sharlet. The "Fellowship" angle has no discernible evidence to back it.
That said, I can't help but wonder what happened to Marion Horn. His 2004 connection to the Five Star Trust parallels, in some ways, the later linkage between Scotland's Richard Cook and the current incarnation of Five Star.
While traipsing through my earlier pieces, I stumbled across this 2005 post, which quotes some work done by Daniel Hopsicker on a firm called Triad, which was run by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi (whose recent death I should have noted in these pages.) The following quotation from the Hopsicker story may seem to take us far from the Five Star mystery, but bear with me: I promise to bring us back on course.
Was Adnan Khashoggi a principal in a company which has been counting the votes of American servicemen overseas? Answer: highly likely.There's much of else of interest in that 2005 piece. For current purposes, let's focus on the following:
Election.com should be examined for the invisible hand of the Saudi financier and CIA “fixer.”Five unnamed Saudi billionaires...?
Could that be the origin of the "Five Star" nomenclature? I can't prove it, but the idea makes a lot of sense.
The obvious questions: Why would five Saudi billionaires surreptitiously involve themselves with the 2004 American election (and perhaps earlier elections)? Why would the same Saudi interests care about promoting Brexit in 2016? What's in it for them?
The Prince. The Irish Times story quoted above connects the current "Five Star Investments" to Prince Nawwaf bin Abdul Aziz al Saud, the former head of Saudi intelligence. That name has appeared in these pages before. From a post published on August 26, 2016:
Now let's turn to a little-noticed piece titled "Wealthy Muslims helped Donald Trump build his empire":Trump has long had strong connections to Saudi Arabia. Most people forget that the Saudis were the ones who bailed out Donald Trump when he nearly went under.Saudi princes: Prince Mutaib bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former minister in the Saudi government, and member of the Saudi royal family, reportedly lives in a floor-through Trump Tower apartment. Other former Trump property tenants include Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a Saudi royal family member who owned a 10,500 sq. foot (975 sq. meter) condo at the Heritage at Trump Place that went on sale this year for $48.5 million.
Interestingly, Saudi princes were investing in Trump at the same time they were (allegedly) throwing money at a fellow named Osama Bin Laden. Why were the Saudis dealing with a guy like Trump? And why did they treat him as a demi-deity during his recent visit to Saudi Arabia?Saudi billionaire Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal said he twice saved US presidential candidate Donald Trump from bankruptcy, describing him as a “bad and ungrateful person”.That yacht, by the way, is the one made famous by previous owner Adnan Khashoggi, and by the movie Never Say Never Again.
Here's the final paragraph from my 2016 post:
Yes, Saudis have donated to the Clinton Foundation -- but the Foundation is a charity, from which the Clintons derive no profit. Trump's hotels in Jeddah are serious business. Talk about a conflict of interest! Most Americans are not even aware that Trump has substantial investments in Saudi Arabia. You know damned well that if the Clintons had made such investments, our news media would remind you of that fact every single day.Congress and the mainstream media have spent a great deal of time and effort trying to uncover Trump's strange relationship with Putin's Russia -- and properly so. On June 16, 2016, this humble blog was the first online publication to outline a "Putin-Trump" theory.
But Russia is not the full story. We also have to look at Saudi Arabia. Evidence suggests that Saudis have meddled in Brexit. Moreover, evidence suggests a consortium of five Saudi billionaires have played a very covert role in certain American elections -- and they may even have started as early as the 1980s. Strangest of all, they came to the rescue of Donald J. Trump in the 1990s. Why? You got me!
You can't dismiss this post as a "conspiracy theory," for one simple reason: I don't pretend to have anything like a proper theory. At this stage, I'm just trying to formulate the right questions.
Elsewhere: In previous posts, I have sided with those who argue that Trump probably does have "tapes" of his conversations with James Comey. My argument is based on a photo of Trump in the Oval Office with a digital voice recorder on his desk, and on the fact that Trump has been known to record surreptitiously his business meetings. Besides, NSA head Mike Rogers is clearly in Trump's corner, and the NSA scoops up everything.
However, Trump biographer Tim O'Brien says that Trump has falsely claimed to record conversations...
“He’s said this over the years to reporters when they go into the Trump organization, ‘I just want to let you know that I’m taping you right now,'” O’Brien noted. “And he said it multiple times during my interviews with him. He said that into my own tape recorder when I recorded our interviews.”Perhaps. But one should also keep in mind that Trump may have been in a state in which it is illegal to tape someone without his permission.
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|Clifton- A tourism magnet in Karachi||Pakistan is home to various tourists resorts. From North to South and from East to West, Those who have passion for tourism can find various tourist treats in the country to satisfy their urge of travelling. The country is full of adventure wonders, beautiful valleys and historical sites and buildings. Karachi is the biggest city […]|
|Will Afghanistan manage to find peace? Analysis|
In this week’s UpFront, we speak to former Afghan spy chief Amrullah Saleh about the US-led war in Afghanistan and why 16 years on, the Taliban continues to have a strong foothold in the country. In the Reality Check, we explain why conflating Israel with Jewish people is wrong, and how it’s sometimes Israeli officials […]
|June 30: Jahangir Tareen interview in Channel 92 to justify reliance on Lotas of PPP and PML Q|
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|June 30: Sawa Teen|
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|June 30: Khabardar|
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|June 30: Khabarnaak – dummy of aspiring actors talk about their struggle|
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|June 30: Hasb e Haal – Azizi as Ranjha|
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|June 30: Zara Hut kay – use of technology to solve healthcare issues|
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|June 30: Aaj Shahzaib Khanzada Kay sath – tampering in Chaudhry Sugar Mills|
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|Jahangir Justification to recruit lotas for PTI that is now called PTI-L by activists|
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|June 30: Nasim Zehra @ 8 – interview of Rana Sanaullah about JIT & Chaudhry Sugar Mills|
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|Pakistan arrests reporter over social media posts||
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|3 Aplikasi Ini Atasi Tombol Power Smartphone yang Rusak|
Smartphone memang telah menjadi hal yang sangat penting untuk kehidupan sehari-hari, apalagi di zaman sekarang teknologi semakin canggih.
Untuk menggunakan setiap smartphone, kalian tentu harus menekan tombol power terlebih dahulu. Hal ini mengakibatkan tombol tersebut gampang rusak. Sebagai penanggulannya, banyak aplikasi yang menyediakan fitur sebagai tombol on atau off. Berkut tiga aplikasi yang berfungsi sebagai tombol on atau off di Smartphone.
1. Air Lock Screen
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2. Tap Tap App
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|Pakistan Needs to End Sindhi Exploitation: Resolution by World Sindhi Congress|
Mr Gul Sanai pointed out the situation of Sindhis and other minorities in Pakistan facing problems Mr Sanai also accused Pakistan of violence and marginalization of Sindhi minorities in Pakistan occupied Kashmir Sanai also asked the Pakistan Government to put an end to the violence and not to exploit Sindh resources and put a fair […]
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|Global warming turns up the heat on glacial lake risk in the Himalayas|| |
The roof of the world is melting.
As the Earth’s temperature rises, many glaciers atop the Himalayas are in retreat. That can cause disaster for mountain communities, as melting ice feeds glacial lakes that overflow and wash out everything in their path – a phenomenon known as Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs for short).
As awareness has grown, so have local fears, and governments in the region have been taking increasing measures to prevent such disasters. But there are major challenges to working at such high altitudes.
Nepal recently managed to lower the level of the Imja glacial lake by 3.4 metres. The results of the project are shown in the photos below.
“It’s extremely cold there and it’s a high-altitude area,” said Rishi Ram Sharma, director general at Nepal’s Department of Hydrology and Meteorology. “Even for healthy people, just to reach Imja Lake is a great challenge.”
The lake sits at 5,100 metres above sea level and there’s no road access, so materials had to be flown in by helicopter. Work on Imja Lake finally wrapped up at the end of November, but only after it had taken six months for the army and about 100 volunteers from nearby communities to dig a channel to divert some of the water in order avoid the risk of a GLOF.
It was Nepal’s second such project. In 2000, the government lowered the level of the Tsho Rolpa glacial lake. It had increased from 0.23 square kilometres to 1.53 square kilometres over the course of five decades.
Sharma said Nepal plans to lower the water level of at least five more lakes, but stressed that his department is working with old data so researchers may find more areas at risk of GLOF.
“Now our next plan is to identify the risks posed by glacial lakes by investigating geophysical conditions of the lakes in Nepal,” he said. “If we find that the lake poses a threat to the people living downstream, then the lake-lowering will be done.”
Of course it’s not just Nepal at risk. Glaciers throughout the Himalayan region are melting. This means the volume of water in glacial lakes increases, but it also means that the natural barrier walls of the lake may crumble. Many barriers are formed from rocks and sediment fused to an internal core of ice, which is itself melting in some cases.
The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development, based in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, has documented 35 GLOF events in Nepal, Bhutan, and the Chinese autonomous region of Tibet over the past few decades. In Pakistan’s Hunza Valley, there were five GLOF events in the first half of 2008 alone, according to ICIMOD.
In one of the most deadly GLOF events in the Himalayan region, Bhutan’s Lugge Tsho Lake burst in 1994. At least 20 people were killed, along with livestock critical to the economic survival of the people who live in the mountainous region. The flood also damaged more than a dozen houses and other infrastructure.
Most GLOF events in the Himalayas take place in remote areas where there are few if any people, and they may even go unnoticed. But with global warming, the threat has increased greatly. Imja Lake did not even exist a few decades ago, but it started to grow rapidly in recent years and was deemed a serious threat by Nepali authorities.
Part of that risk was its location. Imja Lake is in the Everest region, an area popular with trekkers, as well as a home to villagers who survive partly on the tourism dollars they bring.
The government has installed an early warning system in six highly vulnerable settlements on the Everest trekking trails. An automated sensor has been installed in the lake itself, which can transmit any mass water movement to the warning system.
Karma Sherpa, who lives below Imja Lake in the village of Dangboche, said he and his family fled their homes twice last summer when small floods occurred, because they were afraid a GLOF might follow. He said the government’s initiative to drain the lake and set up a warning system has brought peace of mind.
“Now I am assured to some level that I do not have to run in emergency, leaving my home,” he said. “It has also secured my investments in a hotel, for the timebeing."
(TOP PHOTO: Buddhist monks perform a ceremony after a successful project to lower the level of the Imja Glacier Lake. CREDIT: Nabin Baral/IRIN)Nepal recently lowered the level of a lake that was in danger of bursting its banks Global warming turns up the heat on glacial lake risk in the Himalayas glof_1.jpg Nabin Baral Photo feature Environment and Disasters Climate change Imja Lake nepal IRIN Asia Nepal
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Undervisningen och forskningen fokuserar på textilingenjörsområdet, utbildningar gällande mode och design, eller textilt management finns vid andra universitet. Totalt finns 25 professorer och ca 15 lärare och forskningsassistenter. Generellt kan man säga att den tekniska kompetensnivån är mycket hög, även ur akademisk synvinkel. De flesta disputerade vid institutionen har antigen disputerat i USA eller Europa, eller varit postdoc i USA eller Europa vid ett bra och välkänt universitet. Gällande faciliteterna och labbutrymmena, så är det som man ser många gånger då man besöker utländska universitet även i Europa, att dessa är på en nivå som är lägre än den vi är vana vid i Sverige.
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|China blames Christian victims, Korean missionaries for ISIS killing|
(Beijing—June 28, 2017) ISIS’s murder of two Chinese missionaries sparked public outrage as China’s government failed to adequately investigate their deaths, instead terming their mission work “illegal,” blaming the Koreans with whom they were affiliated, and seizing those who attempted to spread the news.
On June 8, ISIS claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and deaths of 26 year-old Meng Lisi and 24 year-old Li Xinheng, two Chinese nationals serving as missionaries in Balochistan, Pakistan. Meng and Li had been in terrorist custody since they disappeared on May 24, but the Chinese government did not make any effort to rescue them, leaving the work to Pakistani officials.
“Americans make every endeavor and spend a large sum of money to retrieve the remains of the veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War at all cost,” U.S.-based Christian Zheng Leguo said. “Even those who lost consciousness were rescued. The dead were buried properly. The cruel and unreasonable Chinese Communist government, in contrast, abandoned two Chinese preachers, Li Xinheng and Meng Lisi. After ISIS kidnapped them, the Chinese government did not make any effort to rescue the two Chinese citizens and left all the work to the Pakistani government. The Pakistani military, on the other hand, cared more about bombing the terrorists’ base of than helping the two hostages.”
The Global Times, a state-run newspaper, fueled the initial uproar surrounding the murders by attempting to pin guilt on the Korean Christians with whom Meng and Li were associated, saying that they encouraged the victims to conduct missionary work, In response, Chinese internet users questioned whether or not the state was trying to redirect condemnation from the terrorist group to the victims and Korean missionaries.
Unsatisfied, many Chinese Christians closely followed the case and spoke out against the handling of the case. Two Chinese pastors, one located in Shandong and another located in the San Francisco Bay Area, both told ChinaAid that four Christians had been detained in the wake of the deaths, and the government is pressuring church members to keep silent.
The day after the Islamic State announced their deaths, the Chinese government held a press conference in which Hua Chunyong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the incident would not interrupt the One Belt and One Road initiative—a proposal Chinese president Xi Jinping launched in 2013 to reinvent the Silk Road by connecting Central Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia, and China.
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|Reasoning Quiz for Bank & Insurance Exams 2017 - Set 6 | Puzzles|
Hello and welcome to exampundit. Here is a set of Reasoning Quiz. The following set of puzzles are Prelims Exam level.
Directions (Q. 1-5): Study the following information carefully and answer the questions given below:
Seven sports-persons A, B, C, D, E, F and G meet in a party. Each of them belongs to different country viz— India, Australia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, Nepal and Sri Lanka. All of them play different sports viz— Cricket, Chess, Football, Volleyball, Tennis, Kabaddi and Hockey but not necessarily in the same order. D plays football but he does not belong to Bangladesh or South Africa. G plays neither Cricket nor Kabaddi, but he belongs to South Africa. C, who plays Tennis, does not belong to Sri Lanka or Australia. F belongs to Pakistan and he plays Volleyball. A doesn’t play to Kabaddi, but he belongs to Bangladesh. The one who plays Kabaddi belongs to Australia. E plays Hockey and he does not belong to Nepal. The one who plays tennis does not belong to India.
1. Who among the following sport’s person belongs to Nepal ?
1) Tennis 2) Football
3) Hockey 4) Cricket
5) Can’t be determined
2. The Hockey player belongs to Which of the following country ?
1) Sri Lanka 2) South Africa
3) India 4) Can’t be determined
5) None of these
3. Who amongst the following plays Cricket ?
1) G 2) F
3) A 4) D
5) None of these
4. Which of the following combinations is true ?
1) A – Chess – South African
2) B – Vallyball – Sri Lanka
3) C – Tennis – Nepal
4) All are true
5) None is true
5. Which of the following statements is/are true ?
1) D plays football and belongs to India
2) E belongs to either Sri Lanka or India
3) C plays Tennis and belongs to South Africa
4) All are true
5) None is true
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Ram goes to market to buy some things. He enters the market, turn to his left, walks 50 m and takes a shirt. Then he turns to his right, walks 30 m and takes a coat. Again, he turns to his right, which is towards east, he walks 50 m and takes shoes. Again he turns to his left and look at bags, which is 60 m away from him. He takes a bag and moves to his left, walks 50 m and stops at the sweet’s shop to buy some sweets.
6. In which direction Ram moves to buy sweets ?
1) South 2) West
3) East 4) Can’t be determined
5) None of these
7. In which direction is the shoes’s shop located with respect to the shirt’s shop ?
1) South 2) North
3) South-East 4) North-West
5) None of these
8. What is the shortest distance between the shirt’s shop to sweet’s shop ?
1) 90 m 2) 80 m
3) 120 m 4) 50 m
5) None of these
9. How far is the shoes shop from the starting point ?
1) 30 m 2) 50 m
3) 100 m 4) 60 m
5) None of these
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|Sri Lanka has a very friendly image in the eyes of Pakistani people: Pak Envoy|
Colombo, 30June, (Asiantribune.com):
The Export Development Board (EDB) of Sri Lanka with the collaboration of the High Commission of Pakistan organized a well-attended seminar on “Business Opportunities with Pakistan”, recently.
|I Vimana e le Guerre degli Dei|| |
Enrico Baccarini compie un viaggio all'interno delle fonti letterarie indiane per scoprire nuove verità sul nostro passato.
Un mondo inesplorato, una viaggio oltre i confini della storia umana. Da oltre cinquemila anni India e Pakistan sembrano gelosamente custodire un passato dimenticato, un segreto racchiuso all’interno delle più antiche tradizioni che la storia umana conosca.
Il viaggio ha inizio da una civiltà estremamente evoluta ma caduta nell’oblio, una cultura che lasciò ai posteri una imponente quantità di testi trasmessi in forma orale e confluiti successivamente nell’induismo. Tradizioni in cui si parla di civiltà perdute, guerre combattute tra uomini e dei con tecnologie estremamente avanzate e macchine in grado di volare nell’aria e nello spazio denominate Vimana.
All’alba dei tempi, secondo gli antichi testi indiani, gli dei combatterono sulla Terra sanguinose guerre attraverso l’utilizzo di questi velivoli ed impiegando ‘armi divine’ capaci di distruggere interi popoli. Dietro i miti esiste sempre una realtà storica, questo libro penetra nella loro complessità per recuperarne elementi tangibili e concreti.
Dopo anni di studi ed indagini compiuti in diversi paesi, l’autore presenta la più accurata analisi mai effettuata su questi enigmi storici, scoprendo e recuperando antichissime tradizioni e svelando incredibili parallelismi con le più moderne scoperte scientifiche.
Ripercorrendo le tracce e gli studi condotti negli anni ’70 da David William Davenport, viene posta nuova luce sulle vicende che portarono alla distruzione della città di Mohenjo Daro (Pakistan) e alla scomparsa della civiltà Harappa legando la loro storia a rovine sommerse scoperte nell’Oceano Indiano e datate ad oltre 10.000 anni fa.
Affrontare questa ricerca ha condotto ad un lungo viaggio alle radici della storia umana, della sua essenza, a ricercare il luogo dove ebbe origine e dove la sua grandezza vide la più eccelsa fioritura.
Il volume ripercorre con taglio analitico e scientifico la riscoperta di remote tradizioni e dei loro contenuti estremamente avanzati presentando al lettore nuove evidenze che potrebbero condurre a riscrivere la storia stessa della nostra civiltà e a vedere con occhi diversi le origini della nostra specie.
Gli elementi necessari per comprendere questo enigma storico sono già a nostra disposizione, seguendo le parole di Marcel Proust forse “il vero viaggio di scoperta non consiste nel cercare nuove terre ma nell’avere nuovi occhi” per riscoprirle e comprenderle.
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|Pakistan: Second Naegleria fowleri death reported in Sindh|
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|Trump Administration Outlines Emerging Strategy On Afghanistan||Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit ARI SHAPIRO, HOST: President Trump is now the third commander in chief to oversee America's war in Afghanistan. The White House is in the middle of reviewing policy when it comes to Afghanistan and its neighbor Pakistan. Our correspondent Tom Bowman has been following that effort and joins us now. Hi there. TOM BOWMAN, BYLINE: Hey, Ari. SHAPIRO: There have been so many different approaches to this war over the years. What is going to be new about the approach that the Trump administration is planning to take? BOWMAN: Well, we don't have a lot that's new. I mean, the objectives are really the same - build an Afghan army that's competent, that can handle security, help the Afghan government deliver services to the people, and deny al-Qaida and other terrorist groups any safe havens in Afghanistan. And then eventually put pressure on the Taliban so they'll negotiate. Everyone has said from almost day one there's no military solution here. There has|
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|Trump Administration Outlines Emerging Strategy On Afghanistan||The Trump administration's emerging strategy on Afghanistan involves sending more American troops into the country, the isolation of Pakistan, and the long-term goal of a political settlement with the Taliban.|
|The Revolution in Transatlantic Affairs|
The year 2001 could have been an eye-opener but the West, too traumatized by the Islamist attack on America, failed to notice an equally important, if less spectacular, development: the creation by China of a coalition, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including Russia and Central Asia as members, Iran as a silent partner, and India and Pakistan as observers. It took another five years for Western foreign policy experts to realize that this emerging SCO was, for all practical purposes, an OPEC with nukes, which had the potential to develop, over time, into a full-fledged "NATO of the East."
At the NATO summit in Riga in November 2006, a little-noticed transatlantic revolution of sorts finally occurred when the Atlantic Alliance acknowledged that it would have to "go global" in order to remain relevant. Divided, America and Europe will fall; united, they can retain the lead. But all manners of "going global" are not equal, and the coming globalization of NATO is as much full of promises as it is fraught with perils.
Some will argue that, with 50,000 troops present in three continents today, NATO is in essence already global. Others will counter that the story of this halfhearted, haphazard globalization reads at times like a tale told by an idiot, full of rhetorical fog and bureaucratic friction, and signifying nothing more than "flight forward" or "muddling through." In fact, in the post-Cold War period, NATO's desire to have its cake (collective defense) and eat it too (collective security) has created a certain conceptual confusion.2
As a political organization, the Alliance rushed to invoke Article 5 within twenty-four hours of 9/11; as a military organization, NATO turned out to be as ill-prepared to do counterinsurgency in Afghanistan as the U.S. military in Iraq. It would be a mistake, however, to claim that NATO's credibility is at stake in Afghanistan. Afghanistan may have been the graveyard of empires in the past, but it won't be the graveyard of the Alliance -- for a simple reason already pointed out by one European observer:
When the territorial integrity of one of its members is threatened by an attack, NATO cannot afford to lose. It would sacrifice its credibility as an alliance. . . . But in stabilization operations the existence of NATO is not threatened. Here NATO can afford to fail without losing its credibility as an alliance. . . . There are, thus, fundamental differences between collective defense credibility and stabilization credibility. To lump them together or to blur the distinction between the two, shows a lack of understanding for the very nature of such interventions. The consequences of getting stuck in hopeless operations as well as holding NATO's authority and standing hostage to fortune is doubly dangerous. The UN, the institution with the widest experience in post-conflict stabilization to date, has never made these operations a test for its credibility. NATO needs to do likewise.3
If the Alliance survived a debacle of the magnitude of Suez in 1956, it can withstand anything. The main danger for NATO therefore is not military failure or even a Suez-like temporary political meltdown, but something more insidious. Over time, what an ill-conceived globalization of NATO could lead to is the transformation of the tactical coalition that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization currently is into a strategic "NATO of the East" while at the same time perverting the Atlantic Alliance into, so to speak, a "SEATO of the West" -- namely, a make-believe alliance with no viable strategy (because a conventional military configuration is irrelevant when the threats are of the asymmetric variety) and no coherent policy (because the interests of the global members are simply too heterogeneous to ever converge.)
The Long War promises to be a thinking man's war. As a full-fledged Alliance, NATO possesses the kind of staying power that mere ad hoc coalitions cannot deliver; but NATO still has to come to terms with the fact that thinking power will matter more than fighting power. If NATO is to avoid the twofold danger of the SCO becoming a NATO of the East while NATO becomes a mere SEATO of the West, the Alliance will have first of all to downgrade its "toolbox" dimension and beef up its "think-tank" dimension.
The revolution in strategic affairs
Ever since the 1999 intervention in Kosovo, NATO has been eager to prove that it stands for more than "No Action, Talk Only." But the adoption by the Alliance of the Marge Simpson doctrine ("Are we gonna just stand there like the French, or are we gonna do something?") has proved to be no substitute for a new strategic concept. Kosovo itself, waged in no small part to maintain the credibility of the Alliance, ended up paradoxically weakening NATO's credibility and the mutual bad blood afterwards constituted the single most important underlying reason of the 2003 near-death experience over Iraq.
By the time of the 2006 NATO Riga summit, two eminent Americans argued in no uncertain terms in favor of a re-invention of the Alliance: "It is time to stop pretending that everything is fine in Brussels and Mons. NATO will never generate the political impetus and leadership to reinvent itself unless we face that truth and openly debate what this Alliance can and should become. . . . NATO leaders have thus far demonstrated neither the vision nor the political will to reinvent the Alliance."4
Strong words, to be sure, but perhaps the wrong diagnostic: to the extent that there is indeed a danger of NATO drifting into irrelevance, it is due not so much to an absence of philosophical vision and/or political will as to a deficit of strategic literacy on the part of NATO leaders and cheerleaders.
On the American side, there is certainly no shortage of will and vision. Our two authors themselves were instrumental in forcing Europeans to look beyond Brussels sandbox politics and leading the drive for a successful enlargement of NATO. In the process of preaching a gospel of "broader and farther is always better," though, they elevated enlargement to the rank of a Kantian categorical imperative and by the same token lost sight of the Hobbesian iron law known in the jargon of political science as the security dilemma. Simply put: however defensive in intent, any actor's move to increase its security always runs the risk of being perceived as an offensive move by another actor.5
As Vladimir Putin reminded the West in a very Russian way in his Munich speech earlier this year, one state's idea of "projecting stability" is another's idea of "exporting subversion." Enlargement has been a bold move that played a critical (and often underappreciated) role in the successful transition to democracy of the former captive Europe, but for every action there is a reaction, and the gradual enlargement of NATO to the East has been the main cause of Russia's gradual rapprochement with China. A bold move today would be to acknowledge that, for a host of reasons, this process has reached diminishing returns, and that projecting stability should from now on be achieved at less cost through other means, be it security cooperation or global partnerships.
If Americans these days tend to have forgotten something as basic as the security dilemma, Europeans for their part have serious difficulties remembering something equally basic that they used to perform with undeniable virtuosity: coercive diplomacy. Be it with Iraq yesterday or Iran today, an astounding percentage of the allegedly sophisticated EU elites have the hardest time grasping what any American redneck knows intuitively: namely, that the collective threat to use force is still the best way to avoid having recourse to actual force. Fifty years of increasing focus on intra-EU politics has led EU elites to mistake "multi-level governance" (read: horse-trading by capitals in Brussels) for the whole of statecraft. But genuine diplomacy always rests on the implicit threat to use force, and the EU mantra about force as last resort should logically lead Europeans to view coercive diplomacy as their preferred weapon.6
Iraq, to be sure, was in many ways sui generis. Iran, by contrast, should be a no-brainer, since a nuclear Iran would lead to nuclear proliferation throughout the Middle East all the way to Algeria. Were coercive diplomacy to fail, then, as Senator McCain put it, there would still be one thing worse than military intervention in Iran -- a nuclear Iran.
This question of "strategic literacy" of NATO leaders cannot be overemphasized at a time when NATO allies are elaborating a new (i.e., post 9/11) strategic concept. The task promises to be a daunting one if only because, since the end of the Cold War, the very concept of "strategy" has become increasingly problematic in the West -- in no small part because the concept of the "West" itself is no longer self-evident.7
Forget the "Americans are from Mars, Europeans from Venus" mantra that gave the Brussels Eurocracy the vapors in the summer of 2002.8 Though the slogan captured well a moment of transatlantic relations, over time this mantra has obscured the issue. The truth is, for the past 15 years, and on both sides of the Atlantic, there have been two major attempts underway to get rid of the strategy problematique altogether.
In the civilian world, politicians and bureaucrats have robbed the concept of "strategy" of any meaning by systematically using it interchangeably with "policy." Academics and think-tankers, for their part, have chosen to blow out of proportion a Revolution in Security Affairs in which "the dividing lines between hard and soft, civil and military security are rapidly dissolving, requiring far more flexibility and causing much confusion as allies and partners have disagreed significantly about how to manage such complexity." This supposed Revolution has been used as a pretext to dissolve the concept of "strategy" in the catch-all notion of "security," the concept of "national security" itself in a nebulous "human security," and last but not least, the concept of grand strategy into that of global governance -- whatever that may mean.9
Within the military, the concept of "strategy" has not fared much better. The post-Cold War era has witnessed a surreal debate between the disciples of Clausewitz, who invariably confuse strategy with the operational level of war, and the supporters of the supposed Revolution in Military Affairs reducing war to "targeting and shooting," and whose network-centric paradigm leads to a tacticization of strategy.10
Between the shock-and-awe slogans of the military Mars, and the human security fairy tales of the civilian Venus, Strategy in the West has been MIA for too long. Since the real Revolution in Strategic Affairs happens to be a non-Western affair, NATO leaders will have to start by learning the new grammar and logic of the kind of unrestricted warfare elaborated by the Chinese and the fourth-generation warfare practiced by Islamists.11
As U.S. NATO Ambassador Victoria Nuland argued, "if the divisive debate over Iraq taught us one thing, it is that NATO must be the place where we talk about all the issues affecting our future -- the Middle East, Iraq, North Korea, China, Iran, just to name a few." The North Atlantic Council has recently broadened its range of consultations to include global issues ranging from energy security to transnational terrorism. But increased consultation, in and of itself, will not mechanically lead to better conceptualization. Enhancing the strategic literacy of NATO's stakeholders should be the logical prerequisite to a debate about the future NATO strategic concept.
The SCO as NATO peer competitor?
In the past hundred years, the instrumentalization of Islam has been a recurrent temptation on the part of every rising power, be it Wilhemine Germany or Imperial Japan, Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia, not to mention America itself. As the latest rising power, China itself would not be immune to that temptation even if it were energy self-sufficient. The fact that China's energy needs are huge guarantees that the constitution of a Sino-Islamic axis is for Beijing not just a tactical option, but a strategic necessity.12
While the pivotal states of this strategy appear to be Pakistan, Iran, and (more recently) Saudi Arabia, the geopolitical situation of Iran puts it in a class by itself, as the most precious proxy in China's "indirect approach" against American primacy. It is therefore no surprise to learn that China is using Iran as a conduit for the delivery of arms to both Iraqi and Afghan insurgents, and providing Iran itself the kind of small boats needed to conduct attacks against commercial shipping or the U.S. Navy in the Persian Gulf.13
If the instrumentalization of Islam constitutes the geographical axis of China's grand strategy, the functional axis is -- or ought to be -- of equal interest to NATO, since it consists in the artful combination of space power, sea power, and soft power.
Space power. While lending support to Russia's ludicrous posturing on NATO missile defense, China is experimenting with antisatellite weapons -- a disturbing trend given the reliance of modern military (especially navies) on space power.
Sea power. A hundred years after Theodore Roosevelt sent his Great While Fleet around the world to signal the emergence of a new great power, China is rediscovering the writings of Admiral Mahan on the importance of sea power in history and dreaming of a Great White Fleet of its own. Against the backdrop of an ever-shrinking U.S. Navy (more on that later), China is transforming itself as a maritime superpower at such high speed that Western analysts estimate it could become the world's leading naval power by 2020.
Last but not least, soft power. On the military side, China is focusing on developing security cooperation within the ASEAN Regional Forum framework with the intent of marginalizing America. On the civilian side, China is peddling "Asian values" from Africa to Eurasia and from Latin America to Southeast Asia. For the past six years, China has been promoting autocracy through soft power while America has been promoting democracy through hard power, and the verdict is in: China today has a more positive image worldwide than America.14
Russia's relation to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and its expectations, are of an altogether different nature. On the surface, to be sure, China and Russia appear to be the two main pillars of the SCO. Economically and militarily, the two countries' relation is, for the time being at least, one of genuine complementarity. But while the SCO constitutes the core of China's Islamic strategy, it is for Russia a tactical option to both manage the rise of China in Eurasia and to gain leverage over the West.15
Unlike China, Russia is energy self-sufficient; and unlike China's Confucianism, Russia's Eurasianism actually comes in two opposite versions: one pro-West and anti-Islam; the other pro-Islam and anti-West. American Putin-bashers would do well to realize that the Putin regime clearly favors the former version --- which may not be the case for his successor. Putin's Russia is a mystery wrapped in an enigma only for those caught in a 15-year time warp. In a nutshell: While Yelstin's choice of an alleged Polish model of transition in 1992 resulted, by 1999, in 38 percent of the population living below the poverty line, Putin's reorientation toward a Chinese model has since created an annual growth rate of 6 percent for Russia -- and a 70 percent approval rating for Putin. Having taken considerable domestic risks by siding with America after 9/11, Putin, for the past 5 years, has received nothing in return -- other than a seemingly endless enlargement of NATO in his own backyard.
Now that Russia is rich with oil money and has paid its debts to the West, what Russia wants from the West is respect.16 Russia's nuisance capacity should not be underestimated, even though threats to withdraw from the CFE Treaty, or to turn the Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) into a "natural gas OPEC," are intended primarily for domestic consumption and to signal that NATO has enlarged far enough.
Unlike China, Russia is not a rising power. Russian hearts and mind are still up for grabs, though, and there are three reasons why it would be grossly irresponsible to alienate Russia gratuitously. In the short term, Russia's support is critical to solve (militarily or not) the Iranian question; in the middle-term, Russia has considerable leverage over Europe, with much bigger sticks and carrots than America's, and the risk of a creeping Finlandization of Europe is real were America to indulge in brinkmanship; in the long term, the West would have nothing to gain were Russia, against its best interest, to upgrade its relations to the SCO from the tactical to the strategic level.
The current demonization of Russia in some American quarters is thus incomprehensible, unless one keeps in mind the particular conceit of democracies at war that Kennan, following Tocqueville, pointed out long ago: "There is nothing in nature more egocentrical than the embattled democracy. It soon becomes the victim of its own propaganda. It then tends to attach to its own cause an absolute value which distorts its own vision of everything else. . . . People who have got themselves into this frame of mind have little understanding for the issues of any contest other than the one in which they are involved."17
This tunnel vision, and the incapacity to distinguish between the essential and the peripheral, is all the more surprising when it comes from the neoconservative side. Among the new generation of neocons, many seem to have forgotten the lessons of the older generation, as captured in Jeanne Kirkpatrick's celebrated 1979 essay on "Dictatorships and Double Standards." Simply put: when all is said and done, there is a difference in kind between totalitarianism and authoritarianism. If Islamist totalitarianism is the main enemy, as the neocons rightly claim, then it follows logically that Russian authoritarianism, however unpalatable to democratic sensibilities, is something we can live with. In that respect, the arch-realist Kissinger is paradoxically closer to Kirkpatrick than some of today's neocons in arguing:
Russia may be tempted to pursue tactical rapprochement with China. But any meaningful strategic rapprochement with China would move Russia further away from the United States and into a position of dependence on Chinese support. This would run counter to the strategic realities Russia faces on its far-eastern border, given the decline in its population and negative demographic trends. We cannot be fixated by things that are in the power of Russia and China to do. The wise American policy is to establish close relations with both Russia and China. And we should conduct it on the basis that whenever possible there should always be at least equal if not greater incentives or prospect of risks to cooperate with the United States than with each other.18
Similarly, a wise NATO policy should always make sure that NATO-Russia security cooperation is always stronger than Russia-China security cooperation. By the same token, and given the always-possible energy Finlandization of Europe, a wise NATO policy should make sure that the NATO-Russia Council always remains one step ahead of the EU-Russia Permanent Council.19
The Great Game and the Long War
One thing is certain: the Great Game and the Long War will be the two global and generational challenges confronting the West in the next 30 years. While the two challenges at times overlap, they remain analytically distinct. Attempts to conflate the two challenges with a new geopolitical concept like "Greater Middle East" risk confusing the issues. The Great Game? While the West remains fixated on the continental dimension, the East shows more lucidity in giving as much importance to the maritime dimension (more on that later). The Long War? Due to mass migration, the sociopolitical umma no longer coincides with the geopolitical Dar al-Islam.20
So much for the Greater Middle East, then. When all is said and done, globalization has not so much led to the "spiritualization of borders" (as the flute-players would have it) as to the partial "virtualization of geopolitics." The Great Game and the Long War are global and generational, but the geopolitics of oil, of Islamic banking, of Islamic media, etc. only partly overlap, and the geopolitical mapping required is a multi-level mapping including both the real and the virtual worlds.
One of the unfortunate consequences of the globalization theology of the 1990s has been the withering away of geopolitical thinking in the West. This eclipse of geopolitics is not totally negative, to be sure, for as one pundit put it, "few modern ideologies are as whimsically all-encompassing, as romantically obscure, as intellectually sloppy, and as likely to start a third world war as the theory of 'geopolitics.'"21
Yet, globalization theology itself has proven even more intellectual sloppy than the theories of geopolitics. And while the West thought it could do away with geopolitics altogether, the foreign policies of Turkey, Russia, China, and other players were becoming increasingly shaped by distinctive geopolitical visions based less on theories than on memories (with often a tenuous link to historical reality). Thus in Turkey, memories of the Silk Road were the main driving forces in Ankara's turn away from pro-Western Kemalism and toward neo-Ottomanism. In China, a country that had traditionally viewed itself as a quintessential continental power, it is the rediscovery of the short-lived maritime adventures of Admiral Zheng He (the Chinese Columbus) and the awareness of missed opportunities, coupled with the revival of Admiral Mahan's navalist theories, that were being invoked to mobilize public opinion around the idea of turning China into a maritime superpower. Intellectually sloppy or not, these representations have real effects in the foreign policies of non-Western nations. The West can ignore them only at its own peril.
In the West itself, the current fixation of America on Central Asia and of Europe on the Middle East -- the closest thing to a "Western" geopolitical vision -- is based on two flawed premises. To put it crudely: Americans believe that Caspian Sea oil is the key to success in the Great Game; Europeans are convinced that the resolution of the Palestinian question holds the key to victory in the Long War.
Talk about intellectual sloppiness: Warnings about a Caspian mirage were already common among energy experts a decade ago, and time has only made them more relevant: "The current fixation with the Caspian Basin's alleged resource bonanza is exaggerating the region's commercial and strategic significance, distorting US foreign policy calculations and raising the risk of unnecessary contention with other actors, particularly Russia and Iran. . . . Russian analysts could be forgiven for construing US/NATO policies as encirclement from the West through open-ended NATO expansion. . . . The myth [of Central Asia and the Caucasus as a region of independent democracies buoyed by new-found oil wealth and part of an expanding "Euro-Atlantic community"] is diverting policy-makers from a far more profound geopolitical challenge to energy security in the twenty-first century: the rising dependence of Asian nations on Persian Gulf oil. . . . It might be wise to ponder how comfortable China will be in relying on the US Navy to defend the sea-lanes through which its Persian Gulf oil must pass."22
Ten years later, it is clear that just as NATO enlargement to the East has sent Russia into the arms of China, Western energetico-military forays in Central Asia have led China, in turn, to increase its activities in the backyards of Europe (Africa) and America (from Cuba to Panama and Venezuela). America's fixation on Central Asia has been based on probable reserves, which were then contrasted to proven reserves in Persian Gulf, though never with probable reserves offshore worldwide. Since Caspian Sea oil now seems to combine all the problems associated with landlocked transportation and offshore extraction, not to mention geopolitical entanglements, it may be time for a reappraisal.
If American fixation on Central Asia is questionable, European fixation on the Palestinian question as the panacea of the Greater Middle East is downright irrational. As Edward Luttwak pointed out recently: "Yes, it would be nice if Israelis and Palestinians could settle their differences, but it would do little or nothing to calm the other conflicts in the Middle East from Algeria to Iraq, or to stop Muslim-Hindu violence in Kashmir, Muslim-Christian violence in Indonesia and the Philippines, Muslim-Buddhist violence in Thailand, Muslim-animist violence in Sudan, Muslim-Igbo violence in Nigeria, Muslim-Moscovite violence in Chechnya, or the different varieties of inter-Muslim violence."
This European fixation is all the more irrational in that as far as the proverbial Arab Street is concerned, the resolution of the Palestinian question ranks only seventh in importance, way behind the usual bread-and-butter issues (employment, health, corruption, education, and even combating extremism and protecting civil rights). And who can blame Ali Six-Pack for his lack of interest? Unlike the Kurds, who have proven capable of self-government, Palestinian leaders have never missed an opportunity to miss an opportunity, as the saying holds. The pathetic clash between Fatahland and Hamastan is today leading many Palestinians themselves to reconsider the long-abandoned possibility of forming a confederation with Jordan. It is time for Europeans to realize that, as Joseph Joffe demonstrated in a seminal article, "far from creating tensions, Israel actually contains more antagonisms than it causes" -- though of course you would never know it, since Israeli public diplomacy is nonexistent.23
Flawed premises aside, there is another, more pedestrian reason why the closing of the transatlantic mind is particularly pronounced within NATO. As the Alliance underwent a gradual transformation from collective defense to collective security, this functional broadening focused on the continental dimension led to a neglect of the maritime dimension and thus to transatlantic tunnel vision.
During the Cold War, the Atlantic Alliance had two geographic pillars: the Brussels-based Allied Command-Europe (ACE) for continental affairs, the Norfolk-based Allied Command-Atlantic (ACLANT) for maritime affairs. From 1991 to 2001, the maritime dimension, once identified with the Atlantic, became confined to the Mediterranean (Operation Sharp Guard). Yet, despite the shrinking of the maritime dimension at the operational level, ACLANT continued, at the intellectual level, to deliver outside-the-box, yet topical thinking on issues like "Multinational Naval Cooperation and Foreign Policy into the 21st Century."24
The real change occurred with the 2002 Prague Summit's decision to transform these two geographical pillars into functional pillars: Allied Command Operations (ACO) and Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The transformation of the geographical ACLANT into a functional ACT did more than marginalize the maritime dimension; it also brought the wrong transformation to the fore. NATO-ACT being twinned with the U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM), the Alliance, in the name of interoperability, soon adopted all the shibboleths of the RMA: network-centric warfare, information dominance, the change from threat-based planning to capabilities-based planning which can only aggravate the idea of the Alliance as a "toolbox," and last but not least, the religion of jointness itself, whose unintended effect was to downplay the specificity and autonomy of navies when it comes to constabulary and diplomatic missions.
The whole RMA folklore was introduced to NATO right at the time when, in Iraq and Afghanistan, its limits were becoming too obvious to ignore. The Pentagon is today trying to find a better balance between Network-Centric Warfare (NCW) and Culture-Centric Warfare (CCW), and one would hope that ACT will quickly NATO-ize the lessons learned in theater.
In and of itself, though, this rebalancing will not bring the kind of maritime domain awareness that is so crucial for an understanding of both the Great Game and the Long War. Outside the Anglo-Saxon world, to be sure, Western policymakers and opinion leaders have rarely been literate when it comes to naval strategy. Though this is not the place for a comprehensive tour d'horizon of the military, political, diplomatic, and constabulary uses of seapower25, basic "maritime domain awareness" is necessary when discussing the future globalization of NATO.
On the military side, the importance of the maritime dimension begins with the fact that, for all the talk about airlift capabilities, 90 percent of military lift remains sealift. But what is more noteworthy about the post-Cold War period is the fact that the decline of "maritime domain awareness" within the Atlantic Alliance took place precisely at the time when globalization was significantly increasing the importance of the maritime dimension on the commercial side (85 percent of world trade volume and 60 percent of oil and gas travels by sea) and of maritime security, all too often confused with -- and reduced to -- maritime safety.
It is hard to imagine a "Global NATO" -- in whatever shape or form -- that would continue to ignore the global commons the way today's NATO does. It is time for NATO's maritime commitment to match its continental commitment. To put it only half in jest: Either NATO will go out to sea, or it will go out of business.
The new Rimland
NATO was created as the political-military expression of the containment doctrine. While the father of the doctrine was diplomat George Kennan, the godfather of containment was geopolitician Nicholas Spykman. During World War II Spykman had challenged the centrality of the concept of the "Heartland" developed a generation earlier by Halford Mackinder (against Mahan's sea power thesis), and focused instead on what he called the "Rimland," by which he meant essentially continental countries with a maritime facade.
As Spykman defined it, the Rimland "functions as a vast buffer zone of conflict between sea power and land power. Looking in both directions, it must function amphibiously and defend itself on land and sea." On this geopolitical foundation laid by Spykman, Kennan simply built a chronopolitical strategy of containment, which would pay off 50 years later (much later than initially anticipated by Kennan).
In 1904, Mackinder had made the grandiose pronouncement: "Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland; who rules the Heartland commands the World Island; who rules the World Island commands the World." The Cold War was to prove Mackinder wrong and Spykman right: For 50 years, the Soviet Heartland did rule Eastern Europe; if it fails to command the world, it's because it failed to rule what really matters, i.e., the Rimland.
Throughout the Cold War, then, it is the concept of Rimland which provided the geopolitical underpinnings for a grand strategy of containment and its security architecture, of which NATO constituted only one pillar (arguably the most important) along with SEATO and CENTO. Today, the Soviet Union is gone and, against all odds, NATO is still around. True, today's NATO is not your father's NATO, but equally true, today's Rimland is not your father's Rimland -- and it is not clear that today's NATO has fully grasped all the implications of the sea-change.
Today's Rimland is a 400-mile wide amphibious area. In contrast to 1904, the Heartland today is an empty shell, and not just because of Russia's demographic decline. In China, the population is deserting the Heartland and moving to the coast. Worldwide, today's Rimland is both leaner and meaner than a century ago; no longer the "buffer zone of conflict" described by Mackinder or Spykman, this overpopulated Rimland, with 4 billion people living within 200-mile wide coastlands, is the "epicenter of all conflicts."
Should NATO care? As a military alliance, NATO cannot afford to ignore the increasing covergence of littoral warfare, amphibious warfare and urban warfare -- an issue to which the U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine Corps are devoting increasing attention. As a security organization, NATO's reasons for caring should be based on a recent report produced by the Center for Naval Analyses entitled "National Security and the Threat of Climate Change," describing a number of not exactly rosy scenarios regarding the political-military consequences of rising sea levels in the next 30 years. The hard security consequences of soft-power issues: This is the kind of outside-the-box thinking that NATO should itself promote.26
Equally interesting is the other phenomenon happening on the new Rimland: the so-called territorialization of the seas. The belated implementation, in the 1990s, of the 1982 Law of the Sea (UNLOS) and in particular of the 200 mile Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ), has had over time unintended effects. Due to the existence of more than one hundred EEZs, 32 percent of the ocean is today under some sort of national jurisdiction. We are talking an area of 28 million square miles, i.e. four times the size of Russia (America's EEZ itself is two-thirds the size of the continental United States and accounts for 30 percent of the U.S. oil production).
The process of territorialization of the seas has been twofold: the "enlarging" of territorial waters from 12 miles to 200 miles, but also the "deepening" of territorialization. Twenty years ago, offshore wells were being drilled in just a few hundred feet of water; with ever-improving technology, prospecting then moved to deep water (i.e. beyond 1,300 feet) and more recently still to "ultra-deep" drilling under as much as 10,000 feet, with dramatic consequences for some countries like Brazil, who went from quasi-total dependence on foreign oil to quasi-total independence.
For all the post-Cold War talk about the decline of the state, there is at least one domain where the state is in expansion, and it is the sea. And for all the talk about a Great Game in Central Asia, it is worth keeping in mind that more than 30 percent of the world's oil and 50 percent of the world's natural gas is produced offshore. The percentage is greater still when moving from proven reserves (i.e., 90 percent certainty) to probable reserves (50 percent certainty). Add to that the fact that 60 percent of the world's oil and gas is transported by sea, and in the end, it is hard to deny that command of the high seas will matter just as much as control of the Heartland.
A little-noticed global chasm is occurring today in terms of geopolitics: As the center of gravity of world history is shifting from the Atlantic to the Pacific, the Western mind, traditionally maritime, is rapidly closing itself to anything other than continental matters, while the Asian mind, traditionally continental, is becoming increasingly maritime in outlook.
In the East, a region lacking a security regime analogous to NATO, the lack of clarity of the law of the sea regarding such issues as military and intelligence-gathering activities in the EEZs of other countries, and the competing claims for territorial waters and seabeds, has become a game increasingly fraught with dangers. The best known example is the Spratly Islands, one hundred or so islands scattered over an area the size of France, said to hold more oil than Kuwait, and situated right in the middle of one of the busiest sea lanes, used by 300 ships a day. The Islands are claimed in part or totality by no fewer than 17 countries, and five of them (including China) actually have small military forces on these otherwise uninhabited islands.
Unlike the legendary Great Game between England and Russia throughout the nineteenth century, the current Great Game at sea involved more than two players: America and China, the two greatest oil consumers, but also Japan and India, Malaysia and Indonesia, and other countries. This multiplicity of actors gives the seaborne Great Game a greater unpredictability. And unlike the slow moving Great Game in Central Asia in the nineteenth century, which resembles a leisurely game of chess, today's Great Game in the Asian Sea at times is more like Russian roulette, in that "incidents at sea" -- like the October 2006 close encounter of a Chinese sub with the USS Kitty Hawk -- have the potential to trigger unintended and unpleasant developments quickly.
The Great Game at sea is too complex to be examined in detail here. Suffice it to say that if in terms of transportation, the true identity of the players takes forever to sort out (the nationalities of the owner, the crew, the flag, the cargo), there is a clear trend in the nationalization of oil companies when it comes to production: "The percentage of the world's oil reserves held by publicly traded international oil companies (IOCs) has declined, while the percentage held by state-owned national oil companies (NOCs) has increased. Currently, 72 percent of the world's proven oil reserves are held by NOC's [the majority of which are Russian and Chinese]."27
Should NATO care? When you put together the territorialization of the seas and the nationalization of oil companies, the Great Game at sea becomes worth examining (e.g., the 2006 decision of the Cuban regime to hire Chinese NOCs for offshore drilling -- 45 miles off the coast of Florida). China's interest in Cuba, Panama, and Venezuela shows that the "string of pearls" strategy of China goes beyond the Persian Gulf to the South China Sea and the Gulf of Guinea, extending into the Western Hemisphere all the way to America's Caribbean backyard. Since Chinese NOCs are present in 50 countries and play with different rules than regular international oil companies, one would think that the geopolitics of the NOCs could be a suitable topic of discussion in the NAC.
For now, the Great Game at sea affects the Pacific more than the Atlantic, and as such has not directly affected NATO. But it certainly affects NATO's new global partners (Australia and Japan, Korea and New Zealand), who all happen to be maritime powers in the Pacific, and this is something that NATO will have to factor in when deciding the nature of its relationship with non-Atlantic powers. Global partnerships will have to be a two-way street, or there will be no global partnership.
In that respect, it is worth remembering that, in its day, SEATO included non-Asian countries like the UK and France, whose threat perceptions over time evolved differently from those of Australia and New Zealand (not to mention Thailand or the Philippin