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Dec 01 14:06

What is behind the conflicts in the Arab world?

James Dorsey examines some of the key fundamental issues behind the conflicts and disintegration that have been wracking the Middle East and North Africa especially since the onset of the Arab Nightmare in 2011.

Dec 01 11:37

Militants Attack Indian Army Base in Nagrota, Inflaming Tensions With Pakistan

Tensions between India and Pakistan were raised again on Tuesday, when a group of heavily armed militants disguised as police officers attacked an Indian Army unit in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir, killing seven soldiers, the Indian government said in a statement.

The assault began early Tuesday in the officers’ dining hall at Nagrota, about two miles from the army’s regional headquarters for the country’s northernmost state, which has been at the center of a nearly 70-year dispute with neighboring Pakistan.

After killing four soldiers there, the militants moved on to two other buildings, where they held hostage a group of 16 soldiers and relatives, including “two ladies and two children,” the statement said.

All of the hostages were rescued, the government said, but an officer and two soldiers were killed in the operation, along with three militants.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The deterioration of relations between Islamabad and New Dehli seems to be careening out of control.

Pakistan's Prime Minister Modi and India's Prime Minister Sharif need to be talking, and immediately, if all-out war is going to be averted; the situation is a tinder box, just waiting for a match.

India's Prime Minister Modi has an opportunity which would absolutely put India on the right side of history; and that is to give Kashmir its long promised referendum, so that the people of Kashmir can decide if they want to stay as a part of India; become independent; or join with Pakistan.

Dec 01 09:13

MODI'S BANK TRANSACTION TAX MAY LEAD TO LARGER CONFLICTS

It now turns out that Modis extremism in not confined to the nationalist bend but includes some crazy economic ideas.

Modi decided to demonetize the country from one day to another. Every bank note valued at over US$7 was taken out of circulation. The rather crazy idea behind this is to move all monetary transactions to some electronic money systems and to then tax each and every transaction. All other kind of taxes would be abolished.

Only a lunatic without any knowledge of actual economic issues can support such a move.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

With India and Pakistan on the brink of war over the issue of Kashmir, one would think this might not be the best time to introduce such a draconian change in the way India's economy works.

Potential war with Pakistan, coupled with massive riots over the change in the economic system at home?!?

It is painfully apparent that a number of people in Modi's cabinet suffer from an almost pathological inability to think multiple, concurrent scenarios all the way through to their logical conclusions.

Nov 30 14:08

Angry Mobs Lock Up Indian Bankers As Cash Chaos Soars: "We Are Fearing The Worst"

India's demonetization campaign is not going as expected.

Overnight, banks played down expectations of a dramatic improvement in currency availability, raising the prospect of queues lengthening as salaries get paid and people look to withdraw money from their accounts the Economic Times reported.

While much of India has become habituated to the sight of people lining up at banks and cash dispensers since the November 8 demonetisation announcement, bank officials said the message from the Reserve Bank of India is that supplies may not get any easier in the near future and that they should push digital transactions. “We had sought a hearing with RBI as we were not allocated enough cash, but we were told that rationing of cash may continue for some time,” said a banker who was present at one of several meetings with central bank officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless there is some kind of "give" on the part of India's Central Bank, and Parliament, Prime Minister Modi may well have a revolution on his hands in the not too distant future.

Nov 28 15:23

India Takes Drastic Move Toward Cashless Society

By Brandon Turbeville

In 2012, India launched a nationwide program involving the allocation of a Unique Identification Number (UID) to every single one of its 1.2 billion residents. Each of the numbers will be tied to the biometric data of the recipient using three different forms of information – fingerprints, iris scans, and pictures of the face. All ten digits of the hand will be recorded, and both eyes will be scanned....

Now, having made a decision to ban 500 and 1,000 pound Rupee notes, Prime Minister Modi is openly stating his goal of moving India towards becoming a “cashless society.”

Nov 28 11:33

What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done For India?

When India ushered in neoliberal economic reforms during the early 1990s, the promise was job creation, inclusive growth and prosperity for all. But, some 25 years later, what we have seen is almost 400,000 farmers committing suicide, one of the greatest levels of inequality out of all ‘emerging’ economies, a trend towards jobless ‘growth’, an accelerating and massive illegal outflow of wealth by the rich, and, as if that were not enough, now we have the sequestration of ordinary people’s money under the euphemism ‘demonetization’.

Nov 27 15:01

News on the War on Cash: Now Spain

India, Uruguay, Australia and now Spain. The Minister of Finance and Public Service, Cristóbal Montoro has reportedly just announced “anticipated measures in order to ‘reduce the use of cash.’

Submitted by Jeff Berwick:

In other words, Spain is going to make cash transactions even more difficult. As of presstime, from what we can tell, this has yet to be reported anywhere in English media except here now at TDV.

As you can see, the chaos is increasing. Combine cash bans with attacks on fake news (more on that tomorrow), and you end up disturbing a significant amount of people as we wrote here recently.

Nov 24 18:44

Trump taps pro-Israel South Carolina governor to be UN envoy

This lady is the one who took the Confederate flag down. She is of Indian parentage as in India.

Nikki Haley last year signed legislation that bans boycott of Jewish state; appointment makes her first woman in top post in new administration.

Nov 24 08:51

Fighting Intensifies Between Indian and Pakistani Forces in Kashmir

Heavy fighting continued along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, as Indian forces launched a bombardment of Pakistani military and civilian positions across the line in one of the deadliest exchanges of fire in recent weeks.

At least three Pakistani soldiers were killed in the firing, and Pakistan claimed to have killed another seven Indian soldiers in retaliatory fire. The bigger death toll was among civilians, however, with at least 11 civilians slain when artillery shells hit a passenger bus and a nearby motorcycle.

Pakistan reported the incident as “unprovoked firing” from the Indian side, while Indian officials presented it as retaliation for three Indian soldiers killed the day before, including one whose body was mutilated. The soldiers were killed by militants who infiltrated across the LoC.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could completely explode out of control very quickly.

Nov 21 10:48

Pakistan: India shells kill three children in Kashmir

An official in the Pakistani-administered area of Kashmir has accused Indian forces of firing mortar shells that targeted a village along the disputed Line of Control, leaving three children dead and three others injured.

"Two girls and their brother died when mortar shells fired by Indian troops hit their house in Kotli district along the Line of Control (LOC)," Raja Arif Mehmood, a local administration official, told AFP news agency on Saturday.

He said the eldest girl was aged 10 and the youngest girl was five.

"All belonged to the same family," he added.

Kashmir: Shelling forces thousands to flee their homes

Indian news sites citing government sources have also reported ongoing clashes in another Kashmir district, Pulwama, but made no mention of the three child deaths in Kotli.

The reports from Indian Express and Times of India claimed that armed men in the Kakapora area of Pulwama opened fire at Indian security forces.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the current Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi: sir, you have an opportunity to do something which is both morally right, but extremely politically dangerously for you.

So I would strongly encourage you to consider offering the Kashmiri people a referendum, as to whether they want to stay a part of India; align with Pakistan; or become independent.

This will not stop the bloodshed overnight, as we both understand, but will go a long way toward alleviating it, and give the Kashmiri people the chance to heal old wounds, and old political rivalries.

Not doing this risks escalating the probability of nuclear war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.

Nov 11 15:42

Cashless Society: India Bans Currency Notes Sparking Chaos At Banks

By John Vibes

The government in India has recently made a move to ban large currency notes, continuing the push towards a cashless society, an effort that the country has been working on for decades. 500 and 1,000 rupee notes were banned throughout the country, which may seem like large currency notes, but they exchange for just a few American dollars, and represent 85% of the cash transactions in the country...

Nov 08 08:17

India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding?

For the past month, while the attention of the world has been fixed on every dramatic twist in the US presidential election, the renewal of armed conflict between India and Pakistan has barely touched the headlines. In the past few weeks, the two nuclear states have, between them, killed two dozen civilians and injured scores of others in exchanges of artillery fire across the disputed border – known as the “line of control” – that divides Kashmir into parts controlled by India and Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This use of blinding pellets by the Indian military makes me utterly ill.

I think that the Kashmiris, cheated of the referendum to decide whether they want to stay with India; join Pakistan; or become independent, may come to the point of choosing civil war here, because there is absolutely no reasonable alternative left to them by the Indian government, and that is a crying shame.

Nov 04 15:07

Taking on militants: A fight for the soul of Pakistan

James Dorsey argues that Pakistan’s social fabric is being fundamentally altered for the worse by official acquiescence and open support for Saudi-funded groups that promote intolerance, misogyny and sectarianism.

Oct 26 12:50

Is Washington “False Flagging” The New Russia-Iran-Syria-China “Axis of Evil”, Into Nuclear War?

The penultimate goal is total militarization of the western world, to prevent and suppress protests and revolts .

Obama might just stay on for another term. He has all the experience it needs to create more chaos and more division to conquer than any of his predecessors. He is also an obedient servant to those that pull the strings and watch through the eye on top of the pyramid, so clearly depicted in the US dollar bill, the symbol for Zionist-Freemason total hegemony. But importantly, he, like Hillary, would most likely not hesitate to push the Red Bottom, when asked to do so by their masters.

Oct 24 12:31

Hundreds of cadets held hostage as gunmen storm police training center in Pakistan - media

Unidentified gunmen have stormed a police training center in the city of Quetta, Pakistan, local media report. From 200 to 500 cadets could be inside, according to various estimates. There have been reports of casualties in the attack.

Police and security forces are at the scene and cordoned off the area, while heavy exchange of fire continues from both sides, Pakistani SAMAA television reports.

Oct 16 13:28

Blasphemy case highlights devastating impact of Saudi ultra-conservatism on Pakistani society

James Dorsey examines the corrosive impact of Saudi Arabia’s Wahhabi ideology on the Pakistani society and state, and argues that for both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia the outcome is a quagmire from which they will struggle to extricate themselves.

Oct 14 12:52

Kashmir: ‘Pivoting’ Toward War between India and Pakistan?

This past summer witnessed yet another people’s uprising in one of the longest running military occupations in modern times: the Indian occupation of Kashmir. The callous indifference to decades-old Indian atrocities against the people of Kashmir, including well-documented incidences of torture, disappearances, ‘encounter killings,’ rapes, and outright massacres, ought to put the international community to shame. This, after all, is a ‘conflict’ – a euphemism for a military occupation – that the UN and international law has clearly adjudicated on many decades ago, but Indian recalcitrance, Pakistani fumbling, and international criminal neglect have let the blood of Kashmiris spill uninterruptedly.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF in fact we may be looking at a US-government enabled Indian war against Pakistan, the next step will be for China to come into the fray on Pakistan's side.

As both countries are nuclear armed, we may well be looking at a regional, if not global, nuclear war here, unless the US government encourages both India and Pakistan to come back from the brink, come back to their collective senses, and encourages India to sponsor the long-awaited Kashmiri referendum, which would ask the Kashmiri people if they wanted to remain with India; become independent; or become part of Pakistan.

Without this happening, expect an escalation in bloodshed here, ultimately leading to war.

Oct 06 21:08

Global Firepower

Analysis of conventional war-making power of 125 countries based on weapons,resources,manpower,finances ect.

Oct 06 09:49

Pakistan: trading fire with India after 'unprovoked' attack

Pakistan's military on Wednesday accused India of another "unprovoked" attack in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, saying it "befittingly" responded by returning fire, a sign of increasing tension between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.

In a statement, the military said Pakistani and Indian troops were still exchanging fire in Kashmir.

An Indian army officer said Pakistani troops fired small arms and mortars at Indian military positions at three places along the Line of Control. The officer, speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the reporters, said Indian soldiers "befittingly responded to unprovoked cease-fire violations."

No casualties were reported.

The latest fighting took place as Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended a joint sitting of the Senate and the National Assembly convened to discuss the Kashmir situation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Sharif is sounding reasonable here; I hope the Indian Prime Minister Modi responds in kind.

But I am fearful that unless the Indian government does the right thing, and offers Kashmir the long-promised, never delivered referendum on staying as Indian territory; becoming independent, or joining Pakistan, these old wounds of identity will continue to fester here, and result in more bloodshed.

And in light of the fact that President Obama is AWOL from doing the job the American people hired him to do in 2012, in his shameless shilling for Hillary, I am hoping and praying that both Russia's President Putin and his Secretary of State Lavrov, are working the phones just as hard as they can to ratchet down the tensions here.

Oct 04 15:21

India builds underground bunkers on Kashmir frontier as border clashes with Pakistan escalate

India has started constructing underground bunkers along its frontier with Pakistan in Kashmir in the past two weeks, amid growing fears the nuclear-armed rivals are preparing for a major escalation in conflict.

Oct 04 10:29

India and Pakistan Teeter on the Brink of War: Bellicosity Encouraged by Washington…

India’s bellicose stance is being encouraged by Washington, which has forged an ever-closer military-security alliance with New Delhi as part of its drive to strategically encircle and prepare for war against China.

The strikes that India carried out on the evening of September 28-29 were illegal, highly provocative, and justified on a patently trumped-up claim that they were aimed at “terrorist launch pads” from which squads of Islamist gunmen were about to be sent into India.

Yet Washington has signaled its support for the Indian attacks. Obama administration spokesmen have studiously avoided criticizing the strikes and have invariably linked their calls for New Delhi and Islamabad to dampen down tensions to demands Pakistan take urgent action to prevent its territory being used as a “safe haven” by terrorists.

Oct 03 10:01

Rising Tension between India and Pakistan. Military Escalation? Diplomacy at a Standstill

It was a day of quiet on the India-Pakistan front except for the sporadic gunfire exchanged between the two sides in the Akhnoor sector of the international border in Jammu and Kashmir.

On the other hand, it is a worrying sign to see no diplomatic efforts being taken up by both the sides to diffuse the tension. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to have been held in the Pakistan in November was cancelled after India boycotted the summit. The announcement came after Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangaladesh too boycotted the summit on Friday. Sri Lanka too had expressed its reservations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The world, from Syria, to Pakistan and India, appear to be on the brink of global military confrontations, and where's the President of the United States, instead of doing the job he was hired to do in 2012?!?

Shilling for Hillary.

With the world damn near on fire, what a complete, utterly useless embarrassment he is for US citizens right now!!

Oct 03 08:40

Indian, Pakistan Troops Trade Fire Along LOC in Kashmir

Another incident along the line of control (LOC) in Kashmir has left one Indian soldier killed and India and Pakistan once again exchanging fire, after a group of militants crossed the LOC and attacked an Indian Army Camp.

Fighting last week along the LOC started with a similar incident, in which militants crossed the LOC and killed a number of Indian soldiers. The Indian military responded by crossing the LOC themselves, and claimed to have sacked militant camps, but also got in some fighting with the Pakistani forces.

Pakistani officials would only say that they “befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing,” while India has repeatedly presented the militant attacks as the work of the Pakistani government’s proxies. There was no word of any casualties from the exchange of fire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Well, since our President Obama is off shilling for Hillary, and avoiding the work he was hired to do by the American people in 2012, the only thing that I can hope and pray for is that Putin and Lavrov are "working the phones" between Islamabad and New Delhi, so that cooler heads can prevail here.

A war between these nuclear-armed countries would have global ramifications, and the potential for being catastrophic for both countries.

Also as reported on 1 October at cnn.com:

India relocates 10,000 from around Kashmir as tensions rise

The Indian government is very obviously expecting a major uptick in military activities, to have undertaken such a large relocation.

Oct 03 07:53

THE CORRUPT CLINTON FOUNDATION YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF

Three months after leaving the White House in 2001, former President Bill Clinton arrived in India to cheering throngs to help those who had just lost a million homes in the aftermath of a massive earthquake that killed 20,000 and injured 166,000.

In classic Clinton style, he solemnly promised that his new nonprofit — called the American India Foundation (AIF) — would rebuild 100 villages. Rajat Gupta, his millionaire co-chairman, pledged $1 billion for the victims.

It never happened. Years later, AIF’s annual reports were reviewed by the Daily Caller News Foundation and show only seven villages were partially rebuilt by Clinton’s group, and a mere $2.7 million of $53 million raised over a decade went to the earthquake victims.

THE SHEER NUMBER OF AIF EXECUTIVES WHO RAN AFOUL OF THE LAW IS DRAMATIC.

The rest went for completely unrelated projects, including “accelerating social change,” fighting AIDS, “sustainable development,” and working for “digital equalizers.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But hey, for the Clinton Cartel, this is absolutely...normal.

Screw the people for whom the money was originally intended, and line the pockets of the principals fronting the charity.

Oct 01 09:18

India, Pakistan clash along disputed Kashmir border

India and Pakistan have again exchanged gun fire across the disputed Kashmir border, Pakistani military authorities say as tensions mount between the neighboring nuclear-armed rivals in south Asia.

"Pakistani troops befittingly responded to Indian unprovoked firing" which started at 4:00 am local time (2300 GMT) and continued for four hours in the Bhimber sector on the Pakistani side of the border, a military statement said on Saturday.

While the statement did not provide details on possible casualties during fire exchange, Indian officials said there was no damage during the encounter.

"There was small arms fire and mortar shells fire from across the border in Akhnoor sector which lasted for around two hours (4:00 am to 6:00 am)," said Pawan Kotwal, a top civilian official in Jammu and Kashmir state on the Indian side.

"No damage was caused. We are ready for any eventuality but it is peaceful in Jammu region," Kotwal added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This conflict could escalate out of control in a heartbeat.

It would be a little reassuring if our President was working the phones with Pakistan's Prime Minister Sharif and India's Prime Minister Modi to reduce tensions here, but I guess Obama's shilling for Killary makes that all but impossible right now.

Sep 29 20:29

Russia, Pakistan conduct first-ever joint military drills (PHOTOS)

Russian and Pakistani servicemen conducted their first joint military exercises in Pakistan in a historic moment of cooperation between the former Cold War rivals.

Sep 29 13:22

India Carries out 'Surgical Strikes' in Pakistan's Kashmir, Pakistan Downplays

India's director general of military operations, Lt. Gen. Ranbir Singh, said India received "very credible and specific information" that militants located in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir were planning attacks on Indian-controlled Kashmir and "in various other metros in our country", UPI reported. "Significant casualties have been caused to the terrorists and those who are trying to support them," Singh said in New Delhi. Indian officials said Wednesday night's attack was in response to two militant attacks on Indian positions in September, including one in which 18 Indian soldiers were killed when militants stormed an army base near the Pakistani border, an attack Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said would "not go unpunished." The circumstances surrounding India's purported cross-border attack are not fully clear. India and Pakistan both contest the Kashmir Valley, which has led to two wars over control of the territory since its independence from Britain in 1947.

Sep 29 10:59

India Assets Slide After Modi Launches "Surgical Strikes" In Kashmir, Killing Two Pakistani Soldiers

India conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected terrorist camps just across the border in Pakistan, marking its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan. The military offensive was the worst since 1999, when then-Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee - also a member of Modi’s nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party - responded to what he said was repeated cross-border infiltrations by militants in Kashmir.

At the same time, Pakistan said two of its soldiers had been killed in exchanges of fire and in repulsing an Indian "raid", but denied that India had made any targeted strikes across the de facto frontier that runs through the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.

The region is held equally by India and Pakistan but claimed in full by both. Terrorist violence killed 201 people in Kashmir in 2016, the deadliest year since 2010, according to the South Asia Terrorism Portal.

Sep 29 09:58

BREAKING: India Bombs Pakistan in Retaliation for Uri Terror Attack

It seems that India has "responded" to the Uri terrorist attack, which New Delhi says was perpetrated by Pakistani-trained terrorists. The Indian Express has the details: India conducted surgical strikes last night along the [Line of Control] to safeguard our nation, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. “Significant casualties have been caused to terrorists and those trying to shield them. We don’t have a plan to further conduct such strikes. India has spoken to Pakistan,” DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh said. “… Now, based on very specific and credible information we received yesterday, that some terrorist teams had positioned themselves at launch pads along the LoC with an aim to carry out infiltration and terrorist strikes in J&K and various other metros in our country. There were launch pads at the LoC where terrorists were present waiting to infiltrate the nation and attack areas in Kashmir and metros across the country,” the DGMO said.

Sep 27 10:08

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Sep 19 10:38

India blames Pakistan as Kashmir attack kills 17 soldiers

India accused Pakistan of being behind Sunday's separatist attack on an army base near their disputed frontier that killed 17 soldiers, in one of the most deadly attacks in Kashmir in a quarter-century-old insurgency.

Four commando-style gunmen, armed with AK-47 assault rifles and grenades, burst into the brigade headquarters in Uri at 5:30 a.m. (midnight GMT) and were killed after a three-hour gunfight, a senior Indian army officer said.

The incident sharply increased tensions between the bitter, nuclear-armed rivals and will raise fears of a potential military escalation. Indian and Pakistani troops are in close proximity in many places along one of the world's most heavily militarised frontiers, and exchanges of fire are not uncommon.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would strongly encourage Prime Minister Modi to do the only moral, and reasonable thing possible to stop this horrific fighting; offer the Kashmiris a referendum, long promised, but never delivered, which will give Kashmiris the choice between staying as part of India; becoming independent; or joining Pakistan.

Because, until that has been accomplished, nothing will be resolved for the Kashmiri people, and - unfortunately - the violence will most likely continue.

Sep 17 11:46

Thousand defy ban in Kashmir, protest at funeral of slain boy

People in Indian-controlled Kashmir have defied a curfew and taken to the streets in the main city of Srinagar to protest during the funeral of a schoolboy killed by Indian forces.

Thousands attended the funeral Saturday of 11-year-old Nasir Shafi, a boy whose body was found a day earlier on the outskirts of Srinagar after he was reportedly shot with pellet guns.

Clashes erupted in much of the southern parts of Kashmir as people expressed anger at the increasing brutality of Indian forces in quelling popular protests in the disputed Himalayan region.

“Forces responded when large crowds defied restrictions. Many were injured on both sides during the clashes that followed," a local police officer said. Other officials said at least 100 people were injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Indian government: the curfews are not going to be observed, every time there is another outrage, and another Kashmiri killed.

The only way for you to prevent further violence is to give the Kashmiri people the long-promised referendum as to whether they want to stay with India; join Pakistan; or become an independent entity.

And until that happens, any bit of violence that takes place here rests squarely on the collective shoulders of the Indian government!!

Sep 16 09:26

Berkeley Suspends Palestine Class Midway Through Semester

A University of California, Berkeley class, ‘Palestine: A Settler-Colonial Analysis’, was suspended after Chancellor Nicholas Dirks determined that the student teaching the course had not followed the appropriate procedures for its approval.

The one-credit student-taught class has become the center of a bitter debate. The class was meant to teach the history of Palestine “from the 1880s to the present, through the lens of settler colonialism,” its syllabus once read, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The syllabus has since been removed.

Sep 12 15:13

Keep Wheels Turning! Gaza Student Creates Solar-Powered Car To ‘Fight’ Israel Fuel Blockade

Israel’s blockade of Gaza frequently leaves the Palestinian territory starved of vital resources such as fuel and electricity.

Sep 06 09:24

India to replace some pellet guns with chilli-filled shells in Kashmir

Indian security forces will use shells full of a chilli compound as an alternative to shotgun pellets, to control crowds in Kashmir, the interior minister said on Monday, after widespread use of the weapons wounded thousands and inflamed public anger.

More than 3,800 people have been wounded and one killed by shotgun pellets since protests against Indian rule erupted in the disputed territory in early July, with more than 100 left partially or fully blinded, official figures show.

Doctors say most cases go unreported, and critics want the government to use less harmful ammunition.

"The committee has given its suggestions and the alternative of the non-lethal weapon has been suggested as PAVA shells," Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters as he led an all-party delegation to Srinagar, the summer capital of India's northernmost state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to Home Minister Rajnath Singh: sir, forgive me, but you are missing the point entirely.

You have a restive population in Kashmir which has been promised an opportunity for a referendum on its status for decades, which the Indian government has never allowed to go forward.

IF India continues on this path of repression, and does not honor the principal of peaceful self-determination by allowing the Kashmiri people to choose their own fate, you may well have a civil war on your hands, and that could get ugly, and very quickly.

Such a civil war, when you have the logical, peaceful tools through which to avert it, would be an horrific, moral stain on one of the most diverse democracies on this planet.

Please tell me you don't want that, won't you?!?

Sep 03 06:48

Pakistani Military Official Admits Daesh Presence in Pakistan

Senior Pakistani military spokesman Asim Bajwa said at a Thursday news conference in the city of Rawalpindi that Daesh terrorists had made inroads into Pakistan, however, their expansion has been stopped by the Pakistani army. “The reverse process has begun now as Pakistani society has refused to accept the militant phenomena,” Bajwa said.

Sep 03 06:46

Improving Relations? Israeli Air Force Trains Alongside Pakistan, UAE

As part of joint military drills in the United States, Israeli jets have operated along their Pakistani and United Arab Emirates counterparts for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Wait until those Israelis and Pakistanis find out they are being set up to go against the Russians!

Aug 30 14:27

The Muslim Brotherhood's divisive dress code for women

Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us.

Aug 26 08:52

China Calls for Calm as India Moves to Deploy Missiles to Disputed Region

As India plans to equip its troops along the Chinese border with the BrahMos missile, China’s Defense Ministry has called for calm. A long term territorial dispute between Beijing and New Delhi has been brewing along the Tibetan border. China lays claim to roughly 35,000 square miles ruled by India, while India says that China is currently occupying 14,600 square miles of its territory.

India Accuses China of Sending Troops, Helicopter Across Border To assert its own claims, New Delhi plans to deploy advanced BrahMos cruise missiles to the region. Introduced in 2007, the projectile is one of India’s most versatile weapons, capable of being launched from ships, submarines, aircraft, or land.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

As reported at rbth.com last year:

In September 2010 India’s newly constituted tri-services Strategic Forces Command (SFC) submitted a proposal to the Defence Ministry for setting up two dedicated squadrons of aircraft comprising 40 Su-30MKI air dominance fighters. The task of this “mini air force” is to deliver nuclear weapons. The picture became clearer in October 2012 when the Cabinet Committee on Security green lighted a programme to carry out structural and software modifications on 42 Su-30MKIs and acquire 216 air-launched Brahmos missiles. Until then, the Brahmos – the product of an India-Russia joint venture – was for exclusive use by the Navy. пустым не оставлять!! FGFA may be armed with BrahMos cruise missiles In March 2015 the SFC received the first of these 42 Sukhois equipped with the air launched version of the supersonic BrahMos. This is the first time that the SFC, which at present depends on the Indian Air Force (IAF) for delivering nuclear weapons under its command, is acquiring its own aerial assets.

Translation: the Indian military has moved nuclear-capable fighter aircraft to the Tibetan border.

The Indo/Chinese conflict in this region gets very little US corporate press, but it is, indeed, one of those hair-trigger conflicts which could well generate World War III.

Let us hope that cool heads on both sides of a hastily-called peace conference on this issue, prevail.

And an earnest, honest plea to Vladimir Putin and Sergei Lavrov; you two gentlemen are "the adults in the room" when it comes to ratcheting down geopolitical tensions.

Please, start working the phones here and see what areas of agreement you can create between these two nuclear armed countries to keep things from spiraling out of control.

Aug 20 10:29

Victims of clashes overwhelm hospital in Indian Kashmir

More than 40 days of clashes between protesters and security forces have overwhelmed the main hospital in Indian-administered Kashmir, where some patients with severe injuries said they had been beaten in their homes by troops.

House-to-house searches continued on Friday, authorities said, for suspected ringleaders of street protests set off by the killing on July 8 of a popular field commander of a Pakistan-based separatist group.

At least 65 people have been killed and 6,000 injured in the ensuing clashes, many of them wounded by shotgun rounds fired by security forces enforcing a curfew across the Muslim-majority region.

Pictures taken by a Reuters photographer at Srinagar's main SMHS Hospital on Thursday showed men with wounds across their backs and buttocks they said had been caused by beatings.

Another showed a crying boy, his head swathed in bandages, being comforted by his family, who said he had been wounded by shotgun pellets.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have a memo for Indian President Pranab Mukherjee; sack Lieutenant Hooda, and right the heck now!!

Apparently, those under his command thought that this behaviour was perfectly acceptable against the protesters.

And while you are at it, I have a word for you, nearly guaranteed to de-escalate tensions in the Kashmir region: that word, sir is: referendum.

You know, peaceful, self-determination as enshrined in the charter of the UN to which, I believe India is still a signatory?!?

There is a concept in the Hindu religious tradition: that concept is karma, which means you are constantly exercising both moral, and spiritual, responsibility for your actions, and your choices.

You, sir, as the President of India, have a chance to create some very good karma for yourself, Kashmir, and the nation of India, by making what I know has to be a difficult, and perhaps, almost dangerous choice; to give the long promised referendum to the people of Kashmir as to whether they wish to stay with India; join with Pakistan; or to become an independent nation in its own right.

The costs for not going ahead with this referendum, may well mean more riots, more bloodshed, and ultimately, a civil war erupting in Kashmir: I cannot believe, for one moment, that either you, or the Indian people want to see this happen.

Aug 19 10:10

China’s New Silk Road May Be A Game-Changer For Pakistan: An Interview with Shaukat Aziz, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

"This will be a game-changer for Pakistan. Linking up the Gwadar port with China through the rest of the the country will vastly enhance our infrastructure. When roads, rail lines and telecom links are constructed, they will open up whole areas of the country where there was little connection to anything. This would include the establishment of new townships and industrial estates."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When China wants to accomplish something, it makes deals; when the US government wants to accomplish something, it wages wars.

Aug 17 16:40

Another of Israel's pimps to become Labour's saviour?

To those who despair of the endless cruelty and slaughter in the Holy Land he will be forever remembered as the shameless British foreign secretary who apologised to Israel’s gangsters for the risk they ran of being arrested if they set foot in London. Back in 2009 the gruesome trio Ehud Barak, Tzipi Livni and retired general Doron Almog cancelled engagements in London for fear of ‘having their collar felt’. Israel complained bitterly and Miliband responded by promising the odious Lieberman that UK laws relating to ‘universal jurisdiction’ would be changed. He asked Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Justice Minister Jack Straw for urgent action.

Aug 17 11:56

Israel, Pakistan To Join Nevada War Games As US Prepares For Large-Scale Space & Cyber Wars

International war games being fought this week in the Nevada desert suggest the U.S. military is preparing for new, large-scale warfare against powerful enemies. This year marks the 41st year of the Red Flag military exercises, which are considered among the most important training exercises carried out in the United States. A grab bag of international troops are also invited to participate in the Air Force drill, including Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, according to an Aug. 3 report from The Times Of Israel. The report, which cites unnamed U.S. and Israeli military officials and an amateur aviation blog as its sources, emphasizes that U.S. forces remain in charge of the drills, with other countries treated as “guests.” But it also suggests the exercises can be interpreted as a sign of strengthening ties between countries’ troops in an increasingly volatile world.

Aug 17 11:49

Send troops to Kashmir to teach India ‘lesson’, Hafiz Saeed tells Pakistan

Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed has called on Pakistan to send troops to Kashmir to “teach” India “a lesson”, as the death toll in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir climbed on Tuesday.

Pakistan’s media reported Saeed’s latest statement, which he addressed to Pakistan military chief Gen Raheel Sharif.

Saeed, who has been accused of having engineered the November 26, 2008, terrorist attack in Mumbai, had warned India in July that he would avenge killings in the ongoing protest.

Saeed had said at a gathering last month: “This time, the people in Kashmir are on the streets. This protest has become a mass movement. All groups in Kashmir have united. All wings of the Hurriyat have become one. The Muttahida Jihad Council and all other groups have come on to the same platform. Those who have died in Kashmir, their deaths will not be in vain."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed: what you are advocating is nothing short of a Pakistani invasion of (currently) Indian territory.

And just how soon after that invasion please, sir, do you calculate that the nuclear weapons both sides have will be flying, decimating most of the populations, both Muslim and Hindu, in this area?!?

Are you morally happy with the concept of mass murder, which is what such an invasion will unleash?!?

The only real and lasting solution here is a political solution, in which India finally gives Kashmir and Jammu the long-deserved referendums on their status, where the people of these areas will be able to decide, in a free and fair election, whether they want independence, to remain a part of India, or to become a part of Pakistan.

India has to be persuaded, by not only the people of Kashmir and Jammu, but also the people of the world, through a peaceful, logical process, to stop the bloodshed here by making this referendum happen.

Far too many people have died, and will die, should the Indian government continue to ignore these horrifically explosive situations, which may well become flash points for World War III.

Frankly, sir, I would really not like to see this happen; and I would like to believe, in your heart of hearts, because you truly understand the consequences of such actions by the Pakistani military, that you don't either.

It appears, through these incendiary statements, that you are attempting to goad the Pakistani civilian and military into "doing something" regarding the status of these areas when what is truly needed is a racheting down of tensions, so that a true dialogue can exist between both countries, working together to support these referendums.

Aug 15 18:09

Top Indian hospitals are buying kidneys from poor villagers to sell to rich patients

In India, kidney trafficking is big business.
This week, the police arrested five top doctors from Mumbai’s elite Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, including its CEO and medical director, for their alleged involvement in a sophisticated organ-harvesting racket that extracted kidneys from poor villagers.

Aug 11 10:21

60 Lawyers Killed – Pakistani Bar Association Calls For Court Boycott

Baluchistan is a place that desperately needs lawyers.

Pakistan’s largest province by area, it is the home of a decades-old separatist insurgency, fueled by real grievances over neglect and lack of political representation. It is also increasingly the target of Sunni extremists, who bomb and kill its Shiite minorities. What leaders the province has are widely considered corrupt. Dozens of local journalists have been kidnapped in the past few years. It is nearly impossible for foreign reporters to enter Baluchistan. Lawyers are almost all that give the province a semblance of justice.

Aug 08 09:33

Bomb Kills Dozens as Pakistani Lawyers Stage Protest at Hospital

At least 54 people were killed on Monday in the restive Pakistani city of Quetta when an explosion, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, struck a hospital where dozens of lawyers had gathered to condemn the killing of a prominent colleague.

Officials in the southwestern city said that at least 50 people were wounded, most of them critically, and that the death toll was likely to rise.

Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan, a province bordering Afghanistan and Iran that has been a center separatist and sectarian violence for more than a decade. Much of the violence in Quetta has come from sectarian extremist groups that have targeted Hazaras, a mostly Shiite ethnic minority that makes up a large part of Quetta’s population.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The Pakistani government appears to be absolutely impotent to stop this madness, and perhaps that is the point the jihadists here want to make; that the Pakistani government is no longer in control.

Unfortunately, hatred and killing only begets more hatred and killing; not love, dialogue, or a common understanding which can nurture the future.

Aug 08 08:37

US Fails to Drive a Wedge Between India and Its BRICS Partners

Despite the recent US charm offensive against India, New Delhi has resisted the temptation, remaining committed to the BRICS ideal of multi-polarity. India maintains mutually beneficial relations with China, regardless of "brief bumps" in the relationship, geostrategic analyst Matthew Maavak told Sputnik.

Aug 07 16:14

India Could Force Britain To Return Koh-I-Noor Diamond Through Legal Action

Indian legislators say they are exploring alternative channels to force the UK to return the priceless Koh-i-Noor diamond after the British government said it would not hand over the Crown Jewel to its country of origin.

Aug 05 22:38

Washington Post Glorifying Khizr Khan Back In 2005

Professional hatchet bitch McCrummen misleads that Khans came to U.S. from Pakistan for liberty. No mention of their life in UAE where son (who resembles neither) was born.

Aug 05 09:52

Pentagon Won’t Pay $300 Million Owed to Pakistan

The US owes some $300 million in “military reimbursements” for Pakistan under he Coalition Support Fund deal, in which the Pentagon agrees to reimburse certain nations for costs incurred supporting US wars. Pakistan is normally a large recipient, because of the protracted US occupation in Afghanistan.

They’re not going to be seeing that $300 million any time soon, according to the Pentagon, however, because Congress recently moved to condition all funds to Pakistan on the Secretary of Defense certifying that Pakistan is taking military action against the Haqqani Network.

That’s not to say that Pakistan isn’t doing so, rather Secretary Ash Carter simply doesn’t seem to intend to certify it one way or another any time soon, and because of that, the Pentagon can get away with just not paying the money they owe to Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the US government is perfectly fine sending crates of millions dollars to Iran to insure the safety and return of political prisoners, yet is unwilling to pay a promised sum to Pakistan, demonstrates to me that we have more than a little schizophrenic thinking going on in Foggy Bottom.

One of the most valuable things you can do, as an individual or government, is to keep your promises; apparently, the US government has completely forgotten that little piece of wisdom.

Aug 03 14:14

Monsanto In India: Meet The New Boss – Same As The Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism – from the World Bank, the IMF and the WTO right down to the compliant bureaucracies of national states or supranational unions – facilitate private wealth accumulation that results in the forms of structural inequalities and violence (unemployment, poverty, population displacement, bad food, poor health, environmental destruction, etc) that have become ‘accepted’ as necessary (for ‘growth’) and taken for granted within mainstream media and political narratives.

Aug 03 10:51

Indian farmers turn to non-GMO indigenous seed, in blow to Monsanto

In a tiny hamlet at the heart of the cotton belt in northern India, Ramandeep Mann planted Monsanto's genetically modified Bt cotton seed for over a decade, but that changed after a whitefly blight last year.

Mann's 25-acre farm in Punjab's Bhatinda district now boasts "desi", or indigenous, cotton shrubs that promise good yields and pest resistance at a fraction of the cost.

Mann is not alone.

Thousands of cotton farmers across the north of India, the world's biggest producer and second largest exporter of the fiber, have switched to the new local variety, spelling trouble for seed giant Monsanto in its most important cotton market outside the Americas.

Aug 01 11:23

Kashmir Unrest Death Toll Rises to 51

In violent clashes in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahedeen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8, more than 5,600 people have been injured, Hindustan Times reported. The Valley remained shut for the 24th straight day with curfew and restrictions in place and the separatist leadership’s call for shutdown. Senior separatist leader and chief of the hardliner Hurriyat faction, Syed Ali Shah Geelani led a graffiti drawing campaign. Intense clashes between residents and security forces were reported from certain parts of the Valley, and sources said pellet injuries were reported in an incident in Qazigund area of South Kashmir. A group of doctors also protested at the SKIMS Medical College and Hospital at Bemina in Srinagar, demanding an end to the human rights violations on Kashmiris with placards proclaiming “We want Freedom”. Shops, schools, colleges, business establishments and private offices remained closed while public transport remained off the roads.

Jul 30 08:01

Overthrowing other people’s governments: The Master List

General Dumbford head of the joint chiefs of staff is headed to Turkey to convince Erdogan that the US didn't try to overthrow him.
Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.
The world no longer believes the lies that spew from the mouths of American politicians and generals like vomit!
China 1949 to early 1960s
Albania 1949-53
East Germany 1950s
Iran 1953 *
Guatemala 1954 *
Costa Rica mid-1950s
Syria 1956-7
Egypt 1957
Indonesia 1957-8
British Guiana 1953-64 *
Iraq 1963 *
North Vietnam 1945-73
Cambodia 1955-70 *........
Add Turkey to the list!

Webmaster addition: Also Cuba in 1898 and 1955, Chile in 1973, Philippines in 1899 and 1965, Hawaii in 1893, China 1900, Panama and Honduras in 1903, Mexico 1914, Panama again in 1989, Dominican Republic 1965, Cuba again in 1961 (failed), etc.

Jul 26 12:05

India Bans Journalists from China's Xinhua News as Regional Tensions Mount

Three journalists have been expelled from India including Xinhua's New Delhi and Mumbai bureau chiefs in what many view as a diplomatic attack against Beijing.

The Hindustan Times reports that India has expelled three Chinese journalists working with the Chinese-owned Xinhua news agency following “concerns” flagged by intelligence agencies. The journalists’ visas were revoked and the individuals were banned from re-entry into India – a move that can worsen relations between the two countries at a time when tensions are at a fever pitch.

The journalists must leave India by July 31. The three reporters who were banned from India include Wu Qiang who heads Xinhua’s bureau in New Delhi and Lu Tang who manages the Mumbai headquarters. A third journalist, She Yonggang based out of Mumbai was also evicted.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This kind of activity can generally be characterized as one component in the prelude to a shooting war.

And yet, we are getting absolutely ZERO coverage on this from the presstitutes and whorespondents on the corporate news.

There is no formal agreement between India and the US government on a broad spectrum mutual defense pact; there have been attempts, but at the last minute, these have never quite gelled.

However, that being said, should such a military confrontation occur between India and China, my bet would be that the Us government will move quickly to India's aid militarily.

Jul 25 09:25

Clashes in Kashmir Risk Taking India-Pakistan Back to Brink of Nuclear War

The long ignored suffering of the Kashmiri people carries with it the world’s greatest risk of full-scale nuclear war between two long-standing adversaries.

Tensions have reemerged in the disputed territory of Kashmir, a Muslim-dominated region that has long been controlled by India, but whose population longs to be reunited with their brethren in Pakistan exacerbating longstanding tensions between the two nuclear powers.

The situation in Kashmir today is now as dire as it was when over a million soldiers were always a hair-string trigger way from turning the territory into one of the world’s worst conflict zones. Since July 8, when a popular young Muslim rebel Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces, the Kashmiri people have erupted in anger with demonstrations leading to at least 42 killed, hundreds blinded, and some 3,500 people injured.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Kashmir has never had the referendum it should have had, in order to decide if it wanted to stay with India; become independent; or join Pakistan.

I would like to hope that cooler heads in both Pakistan and India will prevail, and that there is an intelligent negotiation and dialogue which, soon, gives Kashmiris those choices, and that the referendum is honored in the execution of the will of the Kashmiri people.

Jul 24 13:47

Turkey’s anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

James Dorsey highlights the dilemma confronting Pakistan, which is facing a Turkish demand to shut secondary schools associated with preacher Fethullah Gulen, while the real threat to its security is posed by the Saudi-funded Wahhabi schools.

Jul 24 10:01

Clashes in Kashmir Risk Taking India-Pakistan Back to Brink of Nuclear War

The situation in Kashmir today is now as dire as it was when over a million soldiers were always a hair-string trigger way from turning the territory into one of the world’s worst conflict zones. Since July 8, when a popular young Muslim rebel Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces, the Kashmiri people have erupted in anger with demonstrations leading to at least 42 killed, hundreds blinded, and some 3,500 people injured.

Today, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif aspires to take back control of Kashmir from India, the granting of which many historical scholars deem a tragic mistake by British administrators.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that Putin, one of the few geopolitical "adults in the room", is working the phones like crazy, with both Presidents Pranab Mukherjee of India, and Mamnoon Hussain of Pakistan, in order to de-escalate this situation.

Even if such a such a struggle does not go nuclear between these two nuclear powers, the potential, horrific damage for both sides could be intense.

The Kashmiri people desperately need a referendum in order for them to decide if they want to remain with India, become independent, or join Pakistan.

India refuses this at its peril.

Jul 22 06:26

Indian Air Force Plane Goes Missing

Indian Air Force’s AN-32 plane goes missing: A pilot looks at what could have gone wrong
Missing An-32: The technical logs shows that the plane had reported a pressure leak on July 14

The Indian Air Force’s An-32 aircraft, that was on a courier flight from Chennai to Port Blair was last seen on radar at 9:12 am, when it left the range of Secondary Surveillance Radar (SSR). IAF claims the aircraft was in contact till 08.46 am on high frequency.

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Jul 21 08:55

India Moves Nearly One Hundred Tanks, Troops to Chinese Border

With tensions rising between China and India, New Delhi has deployed nearly 100 tanks to its eastern border.

Jul 18 10:34

Kashmir: Why are young people protesting?

Indian-administered Kashmir is witnessing some of its most violent protests.

More than 30 people have been killed and hundreds more injured in clashes with security forces in the past week following the killing of popular rebel leader Burhan Wani, 22.

After Wani's death, young people, who constitute the largest chunk of Kashmir's population, have taken to throwing stones in protest on the streets and using social media to tell their stories.

Demonstrations continue despite heavy a security presence and a shutdown of mobile Internet and phone services.

Al Jazeera went to the streets of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, to meet some of those involved.

Sameer Ahmad Bhat, 23, cricket player
We are forced to hurl stones at them. They incite us. I will continue to throw stones at them until they stop inflicting such atrocities on us.

Sameer Ahmad Bhat [Al Jazeera]

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Indian government continues to deny Kashmiris a referendum in which to decide if they want to be independent, stay as part of India, or join with Pakistan, is a complete moral outrage.

And the late President Kennedy said it best: "If peaceful revolution becomes impossible, violent revolution becomes inevitable."

Jul 07 12:37

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

Hillary Clinton has pursued the presidency for almost a decade with a tenacious determination. She almost achieved the nomination in 2008 only to lose to Barack Obama. That led to an eight-year stifling of this ambition.

Finally, in the long run-up to the 2016 election, she was convinced the nomination was hers.

Jul 07 12:33

Jeremy Corbyn gives #Chilcot statement

The much-edited Chilcot Report finally arrived and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has issued a pretty-sounding apology for his party’s decision to go to war in Iraq in 2003. He called it the most serious foreign policy calamity of the last 60 years and “a stain on our party and country”.

It’s unfortunate that he dignifies the evil Iraq war conspiracy by suggesting it had anything to do with policy of the British people. It was a private venture, pledged in secret, by a Labour prime minister and his closest henchmen, and backed by the Cabinet.

Jul 07 12:30

Iraq Verdict: Trouble if heads don’t roll

First and foremost it was not so much a foreign policy disaster as a flat-out war crime for which Blair as chief perpetrator must be tried. And so must his Cabinet, who carry collective responsibility.

There will be mega-trouble if heads don’t roll.

Jul 04 15:14

McCain Calls For Better Ties With Pakistan Against ‘Common’ Enemy

US Republican Senator John McCain, who is on a rare trip to Pakistan, has called for better cooperation between Washington and Islamabad to fight what he calls a common enemy.

Jul 04 12:58

Dr Paul Craig Roberts: BREXIT, WHAT NEXT ?

Hopefully, a result of the Brexit will be the breakup of the European Union and NATO

Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) could probably prevent the United States from launching World War III, says Dr. P C Roberts.

Jul 03 10:12

BREXIT COINCIDES WITH INDIA'S AND PAKISTAN'S ENTRY INTO THE SCO

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 laid down a US unipolar geo-strategy and toxic, financial globalization, that sowed monstrous inequality at the local/regional/global levels. This was harnessed by mass unemployment and suffocating austerity.

Half a century after dangerous period of deregulation under Thatcher and 27 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Brexit marks the start of a sorrowful route to de-globalization [1]. This involves geostrategic changes that emphasize the dynamic trend of multi-polarity.

Brexit shifts a geostrategic plate and this will have serious consequences for the new global order, now defined as having three poles, with the US, Russia and China occupying one each.

In the short and medium term, Brexit ranks of equal importance to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Jul 02 21:52

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

An exclusive interview with Dr. Alan Sabrosky

Q. Does a US-inspired NATO-generated Cold War climate already exist?

A. Not yet, but it is heading that way. Watch for it to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Jul 02 06:37

Trump better choice by far – Alan Sabrosky

Cold War Climate to intensify under Clinton, and to ameliorate under Trump.

Q. As an American, Alan, how can you be enthusiastic about America’s choices of US Presidential candidates in 2016?

Jul 01 04:56

Corbyn: Clowns to the left of him, jokers to the right

Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am...

A political beacon is about to be extinguished unless he breaks with the doomed Labour Party and sets up on his own

Well I don’t know why I came here tonight
I got the feeling that something ain’t right,
I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair,
And I’m wondering how I’ll get down the stairs,
Clowns to the left of me,
Jokers to the right, here I am,
Stuck in the middle with you.
Yes I’m stuck in the middle with you,
And I’m wondering what it is I should do,
It’s so hard to keep this smile from my face,
Losing control, yeah, I’m all over the place,
Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right…
— Lyrics from ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’

Jul 01 04:51

Victory Is Possible – Israel Shamir

Brexit is a game-changing event. Now Euro-sceptics all over Europe has got fresh wind in their sails.

Few people expected the positive outcome of Brexit referendum. Among other doubters, I expected the UK government will borrow a trick from the Clinton collection, and proclaim the "Bremain" hath it.

The political establishment of both leading parties, the Tories and Labour, wished to remain in the cosy lap of the EC. This was the will of the Bank of England, and of the City of London; of the powerful media lords, of the creative minority of yuppies, of cosmopolitan intellectuals.

Jul 01 04:46

Brexit: Leaveniks have it. What next?

Britain’s exit from EU deals a body blow to the US’ trans-Atlantic leadership.

The unthinkable has happened with the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union. (BBC)

Arguably, this is potentially the most serious development in world politics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. (Curiously, both catastrophes happened ‘voluntarily’.)
What lies ahead?

Jul 01 04:41

How Western Military Interventions Shaped the Brexit Vote

What you are seeing with the Brexit is the result of the Obama administrations pro-war, new Cold War policy.

With us to discuss the economic and political context of the Brexit is Michael Hudson. He is a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and author of Killing the Host: How Financial Parasites and Debt Destroy the Global Economy. Also, he is an economics adviser to several governments.

Jun 27 10:18

How Cultural Appropriation Feeds The Hypocracy Behind India’s International Yoga Day

Over the past decade the United States has seen an exponential growth of the Hindu practice of Yoga, which has inspired the government of India to create International Yoga Day every June 21st in an effort to encourage peace and harmony. Yet, India has a long history of perpetuating brutal violence on its many minority populations and is using International Yoga Day as a tool to brand itself to yoga tourists by promoting a false narrative that Western yoga practitioners are eating up through cultural commodification and appropriation.

Jun 27 09:13

India Has Access To 99% Of US Military Know-How

India has access to almost 99 percent of the United States’ military know-how as it is a “major defense partner” of Washington’s, says a White House official.

No other country outside the US formal treaty allies has such an access, the unnamed official told Press Trust of India news agency as cited by English-language Indian daily newspaper the Hindu on Sunday.

Jun 20 13:59

Trump as the ‘Relative Peace Candidate’

The danger to the rest of us is not Trump, but Hillary Clinton. She is no maverick. She embodies the resilience and violence of a system whose vaunted ‘exceptionalism’ is totalitarian with an occasional liberal face.”

Hillary Clinton has shown no real remorse over her support for neocon “regime changes,” aggressive wars and belligerence toward Russia, leaving the oft-obnoxious Donald Trump as the relative peace candidate, says John V. Walsh.

Let us hear from these heretics, among them William Greider, Glen Ford, John Pilger, Jean Bricmont, Stephen F. Cohen and William Blum. Their words are not to be construed as “endorsements,” but rather an acknowledgement of Trump’s anti-interventionist views, the impact those views are having and the alternative he poses to Hillary Clinton in the current electoral contest.

Jun 14 03:18

Superdelegate Tyranny?

It would appear Clinton has been coronated and not elected.

Too quick to judgment? The Democratic Party establishment and the media now call Hillary Clinton the presumptive nominee to face off Donald Trump in November. Though this is before the Democrats hold their convention and while Clinton is still short of pledged delegates.

Jun 12 03:57

Hillary Comes Out as the War Party Candidate

Choosing to speak in San Diego, home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, on a platform draped with 19 American flags and preceded by half an hour of military marching music, Hillary Clinton was certain of finding a friendly audience for her celebration of American “strength”, “values” and “exceptionalism”. Cheered on by a military audience, Hillary was already assuming the role to which she most ardently aspires: that of Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

As usual, she goes for the military solution, ridiculing the notion of diplomacy.

Jun 06 19:44

Hillary Clinton: Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

The executive leadership now faces the problem of how to deal with a traitor, who may be the Democratic Party nominee for US President. How do the executive leadership and intelligence agencies back a foreign spy for president, who has been deeply compromised and can be blackmailed? This may explain why the FBI, NSA, and CIA hesitate to press charges; hesitate to even seriously investigate, despite the obvious nature of her offenses. Most of all it explains why there is no indication of the identity of Secretary Clinton’s correspondents in the various reports so far available.

Jun 06 13:39

Did Clinton’s Emails Expose CIA Agents?

Even as Hillary Clinton closes in on the Democratic nomination, facts continue to emerge indicating that her sloppy email practices may have endangered secrets, including the identities of covert operatives, writes Peter Van Buren.

These are facts. You can look at the source documents yourself. This is not opinion, conjecture, or rumor. Hillary Clinton transmitted the names of American intelligence officials via her unclassified email.

From a series of Clinton emails, numerous names were redacted in the State Department releases with the classification code “B3 CIA PERS/ORG,” a highly specialized classification that means the information, if released, would violate the Central Intelligence Act of 1949 by exposing the names of CIA officials.

Jun 06 13:30

MSNBC Admits Plan to Suppress Bernie Sanders Voters in California

A stunning revelation from MSNBC’s Chris Matthews...

Matthews flat out states that there is a plan in place at MSNBC to announce Hillary as the clear winner, hours before anything is officially declared, to make people think they will be wasting their time by going out to vote for Bernie.

This is a stunning example of the dirty tricks that the mainstream media will play to further their preferred establishment candidate’s position in the race:

Jun 06 13:26

Electing a Foreign Spy for President?

As Sherlock Holmes would say, “We are entering in deep waters, Watson”.

There are several lines of inquiry against Mme. Clinton:

(1) Did she work with, as yet unnamed, foreign governments and intelligence services to strengthen their positions and against the interest of the United States?

(2) Did she provide information on the operations and policy positions of various key US policymakers to competitors, adversaries or allies undermining the activities of military, intelligence and State Department officials?

(3) Did she seek to enhance her personal power within the US administration to push her aggressive policy of serial pre-emptive wars over and against veteran State Department and Pentagon officials who favored traditional diplomacy and less violent confrontation?

(4) Did she prepare a ‘covert team’, using foreign or dual national operative, to lay the groundwork for her bid for the presidency and her ultimate goal of supreme military and political power?

Jun 03 14:35

Pakistan Still Suffering From The Delusion That It Can Control The Taliban

Nobody deserves to be the victim of a drone strike, even Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, the leader of the Afghan Taliban. Even if, as John Feffer wrote in Foreign Policy in Focus last week, citizens of FATA (the Federally Administered Tribal Areas), however counterintuitively, actually favor drone strikes. Perhaps that’s because the Pakistani government doesn’t seem up to the task of rolling back the Taliban.

May 27 11:15

The Coming Drone Blowback

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike.

In other words, if the United States is sending drones after targets in Balochistan, what will prevent it from taking out a suspected terrorist on the crowded streets of Karachi or Islamabad?

The Obama administration is congratulating itself on removing a bad guy who was targeting US military personnel in Afghanistan. But the strike itself may not produce any greater willingness on the part of the Taliban to enter into negotiations with the Afghan government. Mansour, according to the administration, opposed such negotiations, and the Taliban has indeed refused to join talks in Pakistan with the Quadrilateral Coordination Group – Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, the United States – unless foreign troops are first removed from Afghanistan.

This “kill for peace” strategy of the Obama administration may backfire.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The American people need to demand far better from our civilian and military leadership than a "crapshoot", which could just push the Taliban even further away from any reconcilliatory talks with the Pakistani government and beyond.

May 27 09:35

Pakistani husbands can ‘lightly beat’ their wives, Islamic council says

The head of a powerful Islamic council is refusing to back down from a proposal that make it legal for husbands to “lightly beat” their wives in Pakistan, despite ridicule and revulsion including calls that maybe the clerics should stand for their own gentle smack down.

Speaking to reporters, the chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology, Muhammad Kahn Sherani, said a “light beating” should be a last resort.

“If you want her to mend her ways, you should first advise her. … If she refuses, stop talking to her … stop sharing a bed with her, and if things do not change, get a bit strict,” Sherani said, according to Pakistan’s Express-Tribune newspaper.

If all else fails, he added, “hit her with light things like handkerchief, a hat or a turban, but do not hit her on the face or private parts.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I have to wonder if covert knife-throwing seminars will become all the rage for Pakistani women, after this "religious" ruling; at the moment, I wouldn't bet against it.

Between acid attacks, honor killings, female genital mutilations, consistent beatings,and forced marriages, women in this part of the world do not have an easy time of it at all.

May 23 16:01

Pakistan summons US envoy over drone strike that ‘violated sovereignty’

Pakistan summoned US ambassador David Hale on Monday to express concern over the drone strike by American forces in Pakistani territory to kill Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, which it said was a “violation of its sovereignty”.

According to a statement by the Foreign Office, special assistant to Prime Minister on foreign affairs Tariq Fatemi pointed out to the US envoy that the drone strike was a “violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and a breach of the UN’s Charter that guarantees the inviolability of the territorial integrity of its member states”.

Fatemi also emphasised that “such actions could adversely impact the ongoing efforts by the Quadrilateral Coordination Group (QCG) for facilitating peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban”.

May 19 18:59

Poisoned Fields - Glyphosate, the underrated risk?

Glyphosate is the world’s most widely used weed killer. Some claim it is completely harmless, others say it is a serious health hazard for man and animals. A topical investigation into a controversial substance.

May 10 13:59

It Costs $84,000 to Cure Hepatitis C Through U.S. Insurance: I Did It for $1,500 Ordering the Same Drug From India

That is high risk, because drugs made in India can be fakes, or contaminated with deadly chemicals.

May 05 09:31

Pakistani Govt Tolerates US Drone Strikes In Exchange For Money – Opposition Leader Imran Khan

The US’ ‘inhumane’ use of drone strikes to target terrorists kills prospects for peace in Afghanistan, which in turn undermines security in Pakistan.

May 02 07:34

The Small Islands Holding the Key to the Indian Ocean

The rise of China, changing power dynamics, territorial disputes in the East and South China Sea, and the U.S. rebalance to Asia have all led to the re-emergence of the Indian Ocean as the center stage for power politics in the Indo-Pacific.

Apr 30 08:30

US 'drops planned Pakistan F-16 fighter jet subsidy'

Apr 29 06:53

India trumpets seventh navigation sat launch

'We will determine our own paths powered by our technology', declares PM

Apr 27 13:47

Conflicting reports on Russian sale of S-400 missile defense system to India

Russia and India are yet to sign a contract for the supply of advanced S-400 air defense systems, a senior Russian official said in response to an Indian claim, which said the deal was already signed.

Apr 23 16:55

Pakistan Expected to Sign Gas Pipeline Deals with Russia, China in Two Months

Pakistan is expected to sign commercial agreements with Chinese and Russian government in two months for construction of Gwadar-Nawa­bshah and Karachi-Lahore gas pipelines, Dawn, a local newspaper reported Friday. The Gwadar-Nawa­bshah will be constructed by a Chinese firm while Karachi-Lahore pipeline will be built by a Russian company. Both the pipelines are expected to complete by 2017, Managing Director Inter State Gas Systems (ISGS), Mobin Saulat told Natio­nal Assembly Standing Com­m­ittee on Petroleum and Natural Resources on Thu­rsday.

Apr 23 03:41

Pakistan Taliban claim killing of minority minister Sardar Soran Singh

The Pakistani Taliban have claimed the killing of a provincial minister for minority affairs for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province who was shot dead in a restive northwestern Buner district.

Gunmen on motorbikes stopped Sardar Soran Singh ’s car on Friday evening and opened fire, killing him on the spot.

“These activities will continue until implementation of Islamic system in Pakistan,” Muhammad Khurasani, spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, said in an emailed statement late Friday.

Singh’s murder was widely condemned by his fellow lawmakers and rights activists.

Apr 11 12:37

Lockheed Martin Offers to Site F-16 Fighter Jet Production in India: Part of US Campaign to Make India a “Frontline State”

Lockheed Martin, a premier member of the US military-industrial complex, has announced that it is eager to begin manufacturing its prized fourth-generation fighter jet, the F-16, in India. According to Lockheed Martin India head Phil Shaw, the company is in discussions with New Delhi about producing F-16s in India for both the Indian air force and other militaries.

Apr 11 09:34

Kollam Fire: Over 100 Dead After Firecrackers Cause Blaze At Temple In India

At least 102 people have died and more than 200 were injured after celebratory firecrackers reportedly caused a massive blast and fire at a Hindu temple.

Apr 10 08:29

‘Violence Without Borders’: 15 Injured As Police Open Fire At Doctors’ Demonstration In Pakistan

At least 15 people were injured, 12 seriously, after police opened fire during a doctors’ demonstration in the city of Quetta in Pakistan.

Apr 07 10:15

Bridge Swept Away By Flash Floods In Pakistan

A bridge dramatically collapsed in Lower Dir after torrential rains triggered flash floods in northwest Pakistan.

Apr 06 15:25

Publisher McGraw-Hill Discontinues Textbook With Map Of Palestine

In March 2016, executives at the McGraw-Hill textbook publishing company removed a title from its selection titled Global Politics: Engaging a Complex World. The company, in well- disciplined commissar fashion, destroyed the books held in inventory because they featured a map illustrating “Palestinian loss of land from 1946 to 2000.” Apparently, the maps say too much about the US-supported Israeli occupation and expansion of settlements in Palestine and run the risk of corrupting young learners. On the market since 2012, Global Politics was designed to “offer students a number of lenses through which to view the world around them.”

Apr 02 18:00

Aid Minister and the scandal school tsar: We give Pakistan £700m each year towards education - yet its supremo is being probed over 5,000 schools that don't exist. Here he is... with Justine Greening

Hundreds of millions of pounds in British aid are being poured into education in Pakistan – where corrupt officials have creamed off vast amounts of cash by creating thousands of fake teaching jobs and pocketing the salaries.

A judicial inquiry in one province, Sindh, uncovered how the money was being siphoned off to as many as 5,000 schools and 40,000 teachers – which exist only on paper.

The fraud is just one of the scandals in education across Pakistan, to which Britain’s Department for International Development (DFID) has committed £700 million, supposedly to help the country’s impoverished children.

Mar 31 11:22

Pakistan’s Ticking Nuclear Time Bomb

Dozens of world leaders are arriving in Washington, D. C. for the fourth Nuclear Security Summit, a biennial event dedicated to minimizing the threat of loose nuclear material falling into the hands of terrorists or rogue nations.

Mar 28 07:01

Army deployed as hanged assassin’s supporters clash with police in Islamabad

Pakistan Army deployed troops on the streets of the capital Islamabad Sunday after thousands of stone-throwing supporters of Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged in February, clashed with police in chaotic scenes.

Supporters of executed Mumtaz Qadri during an anti-government rally in Islamabad Sunday
Qadri was executed on February 29 for killing a Punjab governor over his call for blasphemy reform in what analysts said was a “key moment” in Pakistan’s long battle against religious extremism.

An estimated 25,000 supporters of the former police bodyguard gathered in Islamabad’s twin city Rawalpindi in the afternoon to offer prayers, before turning toward the heavily-barricaded capital, which was patrolled by hundreds of police and paramilitary soldiers.

Mar 28 06:38

Pakistan Suicide Bombing: Dozens Killed In Lahore

A Taliban faction called Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for the suicide bomb attack that killed at least 65 people in Lahore on Sunday, saying the target of its attack was Muslim Pakistan's small Christian minority, Reuters reports. More than 300 people were wounded.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Someone is trying to start a war between Christians and Muslims!

Mar 28 06:28

Suicide Bombings are Really Remote Detonations

"Innocent Muslims were accused of being "suicide bombers" yet CCTV footage and honest eye-witness accounts exposed the explosions as detonations via a remote control or through timers. Virtually all the terrorist attacks outside of conflict or war zones are staged by elements of the security services (especially Zionist/Jewish/Israeli and their assets in organized crime and intelligence agents throughout the Western world targeting the West and to a certain extent in Turkey and the Gulf Arab States targeting Muslim countries). Islam clearly forbids the killing of innocent civilians - especially in kamikaze operations. Most Muslims, including the most militant ones don't even believe in the validity or necessity of kamikaze operations as a military tactic."

Mar 17 10:43

‘Greed has to end’: India urges Monsanto to accept GM-cotton royalty cuts or leave market

India said that US agricultural biotechnology corporation Monsanto is free to leave the Indian market and lose its 90 percent dominance if it does not want to accept the government-imposed price and royalty cuts for its genetically modified cotton seeds.

Mar 17 07:35

India Carries Out Another Successful Test of Nuclear-Capable Agni-I Missile

India conducted another successful test of the Agni-I medium range ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the country's shores on Monday morning, the missile's developer said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sanctions! Sanctions! No ... wait ... they're on our side, aren't they?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Mar 16 12:36

China's Troops in Pakistan May Be an Attempt to Bypass US at Sea

Over the weekend, Indian media reported sighting Chinese troops in an area of the disputed Kashmir region administered by Pakistan along a crucial road-rail corridor. Experts say that the reports, if true, are an indication of China's intention to back its economic interests by military power, and its goal to bypass US naval power on the high seas.

Feb 29 21:53

Donald Trump Wants To Legalize Marijuana

Up to the states he says. A Constitution Man. I can dig it!

Published on Oct 29, 2015
Trump answers legalization of marijuana question at Reno, NV rally on 10/29/15. His answer: he supports medical marijuana FULLY, and supports state legalization of RECREATIONAL marijuana.

Feb 29 11:32

Another Nail in the Dollar’s Coffin: Russia and India Plan to Trade in National Currencies

As we reported earlier this month, Russia and China are now settling oil payments in yuan, a move that western analysts say is responsible for Russia overtaking the Saudis as China’s leading oil exporter. Iran (not a BRICS member, but considered a key partner, as well as a potential member) has also sent clear signals that it wants to abandon the dollar: Tehran is now demanding euros for all oil sales.

While these developments have so far centered around oil, Moscow is looking to conduct all trade in national currencies. Moscow and New Delhi are already drawing up the plans:

India and Russia are developing a road map for mutual settlements in national currencies which could open prospects for both countries, India’s Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Even if the TTP DOES get railroaded through Congress (and there is still some question about that happening), the US and US dollar are not going to be in a great place economically, because of the drive to dump the dollar in favor of national currencies.

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