Nov 23 04:48

India scraps “flagship” missile deal with Israel

Palestinians are welcoming India’s decision to scrap a $500-million deal to buy anti-tank missiles from the Israeli weapons firm Rafael.

Jamal Juma’, coordinator of the Palestinian Stop the Wall Campaign, called the move “a huge blow to the Israeli weapons industry.”

Nov 21 12:15

Moscow brands as ‘bogus’ report that US military was allowed on India’s Russian-made submarine

Reports of India allowing a group of US military officials to visit the Russian-made INS Chakra – an Indian Navy attack submarine – are not based in reality, the head of the Russian military cooperation agency said.

Claims of a rift in Russian-Indian military cooperation were reported last week by the defense news website StrategyPage, and circulated in Russia by business daily Kommersant. The report claimed that India had allowed a group of US Navy personnel to visit the Russian-made Chakra attack submarine, in violation of the lease contract. The nuclear-powered Chakra was transferred to the Indian Navy in 2012 after serving for three years under the name Nerpa in Russia.

Commenting on the claim on Monday, Dmitry Shugaev, the head of the Russian Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, called the report “bogus.”

Nov 17 05:22

Let’s Stop Glorifying War

When’s the last time our media covered war honestly? When’s the last time you saw combat footage of American troops under fire, or of American troops killing others in the name of keeping us safe from enemies? When was the last time you saw an American soldier panicking, firing wildly, perhaps killing members of his own unit (fratricide) or innocent civilians caught in the crossfire of war? Maybe in the 1960s during coverage of the Vietnam War?

War is not glorious. It may feature noble deeds and remarkable sacrifices, but it also features brutality and many other bloody realities. War breaks men (and women) down. It does so because war is unnatural. Yes, war is many things, but it most certainly is about killing. Occasionally, the killing is even necessary. (Just ask those enslaved by the Nazis or the Japanese whether they greeted Allied troops as liberators.)

Nov 15 04:06

House Passes $700 Billion Military Spending Bill

The bill includes $634 billion for “core operations,” and $66 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO). The OCO budget is notoriously used by the Pentagon to shift money around to various programs as officials see fit without having to ask Congress to fund them.

This massive bill is the culmination of months of officials trying to outspend one another, with President Trump proposing what he described as one of the biggest increases ever>>>

Nov 11 09:20

Chakra opened to the wrong side

Referring to its sources, the portal claimed: Moscow suspects that despite the leasing conditions prescribed in the contract, Delhi allowed representatives of the US Navy to the Chakra submarine, who got acquainted with its internal systems. In the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, the United Shipbuilding Corporation and Rosoboronexport, from official comments, "Kommersant" on this topic abstained, as did the Indian Embassy in Moscow.

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As immediate consequence paper says Russia will put on hold lease of 2nd nuclear submarine India wanted

Nov 01 09:17

US to give Pakistan chance to act against terrorists: Tillerson

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said that the United States is going to test Pakistan by giving them a chance to act against terrorists.

"Pakistanis have indicated - if we provide them information they will act. We're going to have to test that, give them an opportunity to do so. So, we are going to enter into an effort to have greater sharing of certain intelligence information," Dawn quoted Tillerson as saying in response to a Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, who had asked him to share with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee what he heard from Pakistanis during his visit to Islamabad last week.

Oct 25 11:56

China’s Belt and Road: Geopolitical Analysis of Regional Impediments. Afghanistan, Pakistan, Myanmar, India, Bangladesh

China’s colossal industrial overcapacity needs global markets and it drives the country to explore wide-scale and costly corridors for overland access to the east and west.

China’s vision to establish a brand new international currency in lieu of the US dollar under powerful bloc of BRICS nation;

China and Russia’s shared efforts to shatter petrodollars and of the highest concern, China’s mega “Belt and Road” project is cautioning the US about its future economic hegemony in the region. Remember, the entire global violence of any sort, anywhere has its ultimate roots in economic interests.

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Another confirmation of Tony Cartalucci's article regarding Myanmar at today!

Oct 19 11:35

Indian warships enter Vladivostok for Indra international drills

Indian warships have entered Vladivostok on Thursday to take part in the first Russian-Indian joint-force drills dubbed "Indra-2017," Pacific Fleet spokesman Captain 2nd rank Nikolay Voskresensky said. "The Satpura frigate and the Kadmatt corvette of the Indian Naval Forces were officially met at the 33rd berth of Vladivostok’s Korabelnaya waterfront," Voskresensky said. An Indian command group and servicemen arrived in Vladivostok earlier to represent their country at the Indra-2017 land phase. More than 300 servicemen arrived by three civil flights and two Indian Il-76 planes to take part in the exercise. The drills’ official opening ceremony will be held on Friday, October 20, and will involve Russian and Indian command and servicemen. This is the first time Russian-Indian maneuvers will be joint-force.

Oct 19 04:25

Commission for Military to Consider Draft,

Commission for Modern Military to Consider Skills-Based Draft, Women's Roles, Millennial Recruitment

A U.S. commission on national service has been impaneled to provide Congress and the White House with the experts’ opinion on revamping a proposed gender-neutral military draft.
Congress also wants the U.S. National Commission on Military, National and Public Service to suggest methods to close the cultural gap between the conscript-free armed forces and private citizens by inspiring millennials to join.

(*Strike While The Iron's HOT , and Patriotism is high !)

Oct 17 10:13

U.S. drone strike in Pakistan's NW region misses top Haqqani leader but kills commander

A U.S. drone strike in Pakistan Monday evening missed the leader of Pakistan's notorious Haqqani network by minutes but killed roughly twenty other militants, including one top commander of the terrorist group, as they gathered for a meeting, a Pakistani local intelligence official and a local government official confirmed to Circa.

U.S. intelligence officials would not comment on the strike but news reports from the region earlier in the evening suggest only five people were killed in the strike. Intelligence officials in Pakistan said one of the Haqqani's top commanders, Sangeen Wali, was killed during the strike, as reported by other outlets.

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Of course, not a word about civilian casualties, as usual.

Oct 09 11:00

Trump sends lieutenants to Pakistan with tough message

President Donald Trump will dispatch his top diplomatic and military advisors to Pakistan in the coming weeks, turning up the heat on a nuclear-armed ally accused of harboring terror groups.

Weeks after Trump angrily accused Islamabad of providing safe haven to "agents of chaos," Secretary of State Rex Tillerson plans to depart for Pakistan late this month.

He will be followed by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, according to US and Pakistani sources.

The one-two punch is designed to drill home Trump's message that Pakistani state support for jihadist groups has to end, according to officials briefed on the visits.

Washington has long been frustrated by Pakistan's willingness to offer cross-border safe havens to Taliban factions and armed Islamist groups fighting US troops and their Afghan allies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The level of corruption in both the Pakistani military and civilian leadership is making for absolute chaos in the US foreign policy decisions regarding that country.

Historically, "regime changes" have come from within the Pakistani military.

The least disruptive thing the US government could do here right now, is to nurture some of the leadership in the Pakistani military who are Western-centric, and see what tools they could give them to ascend to a position of power and influence over governmental decisions, like not providing safe havens for the Taliban or armed Islamist groups, if in fact these charges are true.

But the Pakistani economy is on the ascendent right now In what has become a major victory for the Pakistani economy, U.S.-based Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) reclassified Pakistan as an emerging market after categorizing it among frontier markets for the past nine years.

As the benchmark KSE-100 index skyrocketed 400 points to reach 52,700 level at the open earlier this week, a new all-time high, the MSCI upgraded the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) to Emerging Market status. That paved the way for foreign investors that track the index and have between $1.4 trillion and $1.7 trillion available.Pakistan Economy CPEC

The most important thing which needs to come from this, is to benefit all Pakistanis economically, with greater participation in the country's economic growth, so that turning to radicalism will not be so attractive as it might have been in the past.

Oct 06 13:31

Taj Mahal: Monument to Love, Scene of Hate

If visiting the Taj Mahal is on your bucket list, better get to it soon. The seeds of its demolition are being sown.

Oct 03 10:00

Pakistan's ruling party nominates ousted PM Sharif to lead it

The ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) party nominated ousted premier Nawaz Sharif as its leader on Monday, a government minister said, hours before it used its parliamentary majority to amend a law to allow him to be re-elected party chief.

Sharif resigned as prime minister in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him for not declaring a source of income. He was also forced to step down as president of PML-N, though he kept control of the party and installed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a loyalist, as prime minister.

The party’s state minister for interior, Talal Chaudhry, said a parliamentary meeting of the ruling party chaired by Abbasi had nominated Sharif as its leader. He said Sharif would be formally re-elected president in a session scheduled for Tuesday. “He will become party president tomorrow, God willing,” Chaudhry said

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The poor Pakistani people never seem to get a break from the utter corruptedness of their government; of course, that could very well be stated about those in the bowels of power in the Occupied, Unhinged, Surveilled States of Amerika as well!!

Oct 03 08:35

Five Deadly Incidents Along Disputed India-Pakistan Border Occur in One Day

A series of bloody incidents occurred on Monday along the disputed India-Pakistan border in the province of Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in at least eight deaths. Tensions between the rival neighbors continue to intensify over the restive province and its contested border.

Sep 22 12:37

Indian, Pakistani Armies Hold Cross-Border Talks Amidst Deadly Shelling

After a week of heavy cross-border shelling between Indian and Pakistani forces, the directors general of military operations (DGMOs) of both armies held a crucial meeting on Friday.

That meeting unfortunately made no headway, as both sides accused each other of violating the ceasefire. Pakistan alleged that shelling by Indian troops resulted in the death of six Pakistani civilians and injured 30. The Indian side vehemently denied having deliberately fired at civilians.

"DGMO-level talks on behest of Pak DGMO was held on September 22. During the talks the Pak DGMO raised the issue of targeting of Pakistani civilians opposite the Jammu sector," the Indian Army said in a statement on Friday.

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Dear Russian Ambassador Sergei Lavroff: I know you are desperately trying to get North Korea and the US out of each other's faces; but if you have a spare moment, could you please talk India and Pakistan (both nuclear armed nations) out of creating mutually assured destruction by using such weapons against each other?!?

Because sir, if the excrement hits the ventillation shaft here, at warp speed, we are looking at the nightmare sceenario of India fighting with its ally, the US, against Pakistan, and potentially China.

Thank you.

Sep 14 10:50

Pakistan kicks out medical charity MSF from country's tribal region

Pakistan on Wednesday told medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres’ (MSF) to stop work and leave its impoverished tribal areas that border Afghanistan, the health organization said, ending its 14 year stay in the volatile region.

MSF works out of two health facilities in the Kurram district of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) region, which has been plagued by militancy over the past decade and was the location of many U.S. drone strikes targeting commanders from al Qaeda and other militant groups.

Though security has improved in FATA in recent years, sectarian militant attacks, primarily targeting Shi‘ite Muslims, still occur. Twin blasts in the Kurram’s most populous town, Parachinar killed more than 75 people in June.

Local officials say MSF provides essential healthcare facilities in FATA, an area with some of Pakistan’s poorest healthcare and lowest literacy rates.

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Does Pakistan's Prime Minister Shahid even begin to comprehend how lousy the optics are on this move?!?

What was the Pakistani government thinking, when they did this?!?!?

There is no reasonable, logical answer which comes to mind; but this is a greatly respected medical charity, which has helped people heal in war zones around the world.

Sep 07 12:45

The US-Pakistan Standoff: Trump’s “Anti-Pakistan Strategy” is Directed against China and Russia

Beijing showed support to Pakistan right after Trump’s Afghanistan speech saying the country has made great sacrifices in the fight against terrorism. China’s foreign minister who was already in Pakistan on a visit agreed with Pakistani officials to maintain high level military, security and economic cooperation.

China’s “One Belt, One Road” project pumping US$ 55 billion into neighbor is alone a magnet to Pakistan’s Government. The US is opposed to China almost equally to Russia for disputed Islands in the South China Sea as well as its claims of standing by North Korea in the event of war with the US.

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If President Trump wanted to push Pakistan into the Chinese/Russia economic/geopolitical orbit, he certainly did a fantastic job in doing that with his Afghanistan speech!!

Sep 07 08:38



It’s when President Putin starts talking that the BRICS reveal their true bombshell. Geopolitically and geo-economically, Putin’s emphasis is on a “fair multipolar world”, and “against protectionism and new barriers in global trade.” The message is straight to the point.

The Syria game-changer – where Beijing silently but firmly supported Moscow – had to be evoked; “It was largely thanks to the efforts of Russia and other concerned countries that conditions have been created to improve the situation in Syria.”

On the Korean peninsula, it’s clear how RC think in unison; “The situation is balancing on the brink of a large-scale conflict.”

Putin’s judgment is as scathing as the – RC-proposed – possible solution is sound; “Putting pressure on Pyongyang to stop its nuclear missile program is misguided and futile. The region’s problems should only be settled through a direct dialogue of all the parties concerned without any preconditions.”

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The Deep State in the Unhinged, Surveilled, States of Amerika, will certainly do every thing in its power, including waging war, rather than allow this to happen; this is why we are seeing such an acceleration of demonisation, on steroids, against both Russia and China, courtesy of the corporate presstitutes and whorespondents.

Sep 05 06:45

BRICS Summit 2017: India, China to enhance defence personnel cooperation to avoid Doka La-like crisis

Xiamen: In a bid to avoid Doka La-like situation, India and China on Tuesday decided to make more efforts, including strong contact and cooperation between their defence personnel.

Sep 03 10:00

Modi's Demonetization Called "Colossal Failure That Ruined Economy" As India GDP Growth Slumps To 2-Year Lows

"...99% of notes legally exchanged! Was demonetisation a scheme designed to convert black money into white?... A colossal failure which cost innocent lives and ruined the economy. Will the PM own up?"

Sep 03 08:49

Can the BRICS hold back US war with North Korea?

As Russia and its BRICS partners convene this week, the organization faces a momentous test of its global influence: can it hold the line and insist on a diplomatic solution to the alarming US standoff with North Korea?
The ninth annual summit of the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – comes at a critical time. Ahead of the two-day conference opening Sunday in China’s southern port city of Xiamen, Russian President Vladimir Putin published an article warning that the North Korea crisis is “on the brink of large-scale conflict.”

It just goes to show how precarious the situation has become and why President Putin’s warning about the region being on the brink of war is apt. The risk of misunderstanding is grave and increasing with each round of bellicose exchange.

Putin is absolutely right. The only way back from the precipice of a nuclear war is for all parties to hold direct dialogue without preconditions.

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We appear to have an absolutely no-win situation between an intransigent and bellicose Unhinged, Surveilled States of America, and a belligerent, unmoving North Korea.

The three guys, in this geopolitical mess I would call "The Adults in the Room", are Russia's President Putin; Russia's Foreign Ambassador Sergei Lavrov, and China's President Jingping.

And Putin is right; the only way back from the abyss is negotiations with zero preconditions; unfortunately, those in the bowels of US Deep State power in DC, will not see this situation in that way, even though millions of South Koreans will die in such an attack by the US against North Korea.

I wish I could see a scenario where war against North Korea will not take place, but that is pretty darned hard right now.

With this new North Korean detonation, look for the US presstitutes to be shilling that a military strike is the only answer, starting late today or early tomorrow, and hitting hard next week. Watch the number of times commercials aren't running, in order to force-focus the public's attention on this codswallop.

Just please remember the following warning, channeled through my "Inner Cynical Child": US citizens are "sold" wars just like they are sold cars, homes, bicycles, and bug spray. But let's not be buying this time, because we are looking at a potentially cataclysmic war, which may well turn into World War III.

Sep 02 10:11

Russia & BRICS to counter 'excessive domination' of certain few reserve currencies - Putin

Russia wants to promote economic cooperation within the BRICS format. According to Russian President Vladimir Putin, there has been a number of practical achievements in the work of the five-nation bloc.
BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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© Bb3015 / WikipediaBRICS New Development Bank considering Russian infrastructure projects
In an open letter published ahead of the 9th BRICS Summit in China, Putin expressed confidence the BRICS countries will continue to act against protectionism and new barriers to global trade.

“We value the BRICS countries’ consensus on this issue, which allows us to more consistently advocate the foundations of an open, equal and mutually beneficial multilateral trade system and to strengthen the role of the WTO as the key regulator in international trade,” wrote Putin.

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It doesn't take Fellini to figure out about which currency Putin is speaking; it is the US dollar, pure and simple!!

Aug 30 21:46

Modi Cash Ban a `Total Failure' as 99% of Banned Notes Back

Banks have received 15.28 trillion rupees ($239 billion), or 99 percent of the currency invalidated, the Reserve Bank of India said in its annual report on Wednesday. The government had initially estimated about 5 trillion rupees wouldn’t be declared following the sudden move on Nov. 9, indicating that this was cash stashed away illegally to avoid tax. The cash ban prompted the central bank to print new currency, reducing its profit and cutting annual dividend payout to the government by half.

“This data proves that demonetization was a total failure,” said Mohan Guruswamy, chairman of New Delhi-based Centre For Policy Alternatives, who’d advised a previous government led by the current ruling party. “The prime minister obviously had overstated his case. You’ve lost so many jobs across sectors. How can people trust Mr. Modi and his numbers?”

Aug 30 01:42


Can Pakistan survive a military intervention if it is to be announced yet another link of the so-called “axis of evil”... So the Trump White House is really on the ball now. After suddenly discovering what North Korea has always been, it has done the same with Pakistan, and is trying to cover its essential ignorance by saying how unhappy it is about it. Rex Tillerson is threatening to cut aid to Pakistan on the grounds that it is “providing safe haven for terrorist groups“. He is careful to say however that this is an ongoing problem, and that as “relations have been deteriorating for several years” the damage was done before his appointment, and is therefore beyond the ability of the present State Department to reverse. This hardly indicates a genuine resolve to counter terrorism, but given the number of terrorists the US sponsors to suit itself this is not surprising. Pakistan doesn’t seem worried, largely because it has been hearing all this for many years.

Aug 28 10:15

India And China Agree To "Disengage Troops" Along Disputed Border Area

On Monday morning, the world had one less geopolitical hotspot to worry about, when following months of escalating verbal jawboning and explicit threats on both sides, India agreed with China to disengage at the contested territorial dispute face-off site in Doklam. India’s foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted on Monday that disengagement of border personnel at the “face-off site at Doklam” has been agreed to and is on-going, with China confirming that India had pulled its troops from the Chinese side of a disputed Himalayan border area on Monday afternoon, after a months-long stand-off which started in June.

The de-escalation started earlier on Monday when India’s foreign ministry said it had agreed with China to an "expeditious disengagement" of troops from the Doklam plateau, an area close to the borders of China, India and Bhutan, SCMP reports.

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This deescalation will ratchet down tensions, for sure.

Aug 28 08:42

CHINA V INDIA: Troops pulled back from border over rising confrontation fears

CHINA and India have agreed to pull troops out of a disputed border area after a tense standoff led to fears a wider conflict would break out.

Aug 28 07:46

Pakistan Postpones Talks With US Officials

The talks between Pakistan and the US on the new American strategy for South Asia hit another setback on Sunday when talks between Pakistan officials and US officials were postponed, Dawn News reported.

"The visit of acting Assistant Secretary [Alice] Wells has been postponed on Pakistan's request. It will be rescheduled at a mutually convenient time," a senior US State Department official said on Sunday.

Aug 28 07:37

Pakistan FM: Afghan Troops Sell US Arms to Taliban

While US officials continue to blame the Pakistani government for the enduring Taliban opposition to their Afghan occupation, Pakistan has been increasingly firing back regarding US missteps, and the impact those have had on the Pakistani side of the border.

So while US officials argue that the Pakistani government is providing “safe haven” for the Taliban, Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today noted that throughout the 16-year US war, Afghan soldiers have been routinely selling US-provided arms to the Taliban.

This has been a recurring problem in the Afghan War, as the Taliban really are awash in US arms, both a product of sales from corrupt Afghan soldiers, and of Taliban looting of Afghan police checkpoints and making off with entire armories.

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Why am I not surprised, and I have to wonder; just what Sec-Def Mattis has in mind to prevent this in present and future deployments?!?

Aug 27 07:39

China Is Weaponizing Water

Hidden in plain sight is an intimidating Chinese weapon that allows it to hold a quarter of the world’s population hostage without firing a single shot. While much attention has been given to the nation’s fearsome new military hardware, a formidable component in its arsenal has largely escaped notice: dams. With more than 87,000 dams and control of the Tibetan plateau, the source of ten major rivers which 2 billion people depend on, China possesses a weapon of mass destruction. With the flip of a switch, the Middle Kingdom can release hundreds of millions of gallons of water from its mega dams, causing catastrophic floods that would reshape entire ecosystems in countries downstream.

Aug 24 08:06

Trump To Continue War In Afghanistan, Echoes Ghost Of Richard Nixon, Pakistan Next Target?

By Brandon Turbeville

Only days ago, I wrote an article addressing the growing tension in the country entitled “From Charlottesville To Boston, America Is Falling Apart At The Seams,” where I stated, “Once again, it looks like Trump has been routed by the Deep State. Expect more foreign policy aggression and more domestic oppression in the very near future as the Deep State grabs the wheel and helps Trump keep it between the lines.” My prediction came true only little more than a day after the article was published...

Aug 23 09:23

Pakistan rejects Trump's claim of terror support, says fighting more than others

Pakistan has rejected U.S. President Donald Trump's claim that the country was providing safe havens to militants.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office in a statement claimed that no country in the world has done more than Pakistan to counter the menace of terrorism.

“No country in the world has suffered more than Pakistan from the scourge of terrorism, often perpetrated from outside our borders,” the statement said. “It is, therefore disappointing that the U.S. policy statement ignores the enormous sacrifices rendered by the Pakistani nation in this effort.”

Aug 23 08:36

Chaos if China follows India's logic and enters Indian territory, says Beijing

China on Tuesday said there will be “chaos” in the region if it follows India’s “ridiculous” logic and enters Indian territory to disrupt construction projects along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that Beijing perceives as a security threat.

Beijing has blamed New Delhi for the military standoff at Doklam or Donglang near the Sikkim border – now into its second month - and accused Indian soldiers of trespass and preventing Chinese soldiers from building a road in the region, which is claimed by Bhutan.

“If we tolerate India’s ridiculous logic, then anyone who dislikes the activity at his neighbour’s home can break into his neighbour’s house,” foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a news briefing.
She added: “Does that mean when China thinks that large-scale construction of infrastructure in the border area is posing a threat, it can enter India’s territory? Wouldn’t that be utter chaos?”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This situation appears to be escalating toward a military conflict.

And the US government, last year, heightened its defense posture with New Dehli.

US accords India the status of a major defense partner

This means that the US could well wind up fighting against China on India's side in such a conflict, which is why Rex Tillerson has to do everything in his power to keep such a conflict from turning hot.

Aug 23 08:04

The blue dogs of Mumbai: industrial waste blamed for colourful canines

Authorities in Mumbai have shut down a manufacturing company after it was accused of dumping untreated industrial waste and dyes into a local river that resulted in 11 dogs turning blue.

The group of strangely coloured canines was first spotted on 11 August, according to the Hindustan Times, prompting locals to complain to the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board about dyes being dumped in the Kasadi river, where the animals often swim.

Footage shows the animals roaming the streets with bright blue fur.

“It was shocking to see how the dog’s white fur had turned completely blue,” said Arati Chauhan, head of the Navi Mumbai Animal Protection Cell, told the Times. “We have spotted almost five such dogs here and have asked the pollution control board to act against such industries.”

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Thank God the Indian authorities did the absolutely right thing here.

Aug 22 13:28

Trump Censures Pakistan Over ‘Safe Havens For Terrorists’

US President Donald Trump says Washington can no longer remain silent towards Pakistan’s “safe havens for terrorists.”

The president was referencing the Taliban and other groups posing a threat to the region and beyond during a prime time address to the nation on Monday, in which he elaborated on a new US strategy towards Afghanistan.

Aug 22 12:01

is trump threatening pakistan?

Junaid Ahmad of the Center for Global Dialogue and Paul Jay discuss Trump's speech on the war in Afghanistan

Aug 22 11:49

Pakistan will pursue developing minimum deterrence to counter threats to its security: Gen Hayat

Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) Committee General Zubair Mahmood Hayat on Sunday reiterated that Pakistan is a peace-loving country but would not remain oblivious to its national security needs, reported the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR).

Gen Hayat while visiting the National Engineering and Scientific Commission (NESCOM) maintained that the country will pursue a policy of developing credible minimum deterrence to counter threats to its security.

He expressed his satisfaction over the development and progress of various strategic systems and capabilities, lauding the efforts of scientists and engineers involved in the development programmes.

Aug 22 11:48

Pakistan ready to counter outcome of new US strategy

As United States President Donald Trump is about to announce his much-awaited strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, the latter is considering different options to counter the negative fallout of the new US strategy.

Aug 22 07:34

China comes to Pak's defence after Trump's attack

Trump, in his first prime-time televised address to announce his Afghanistan and South Asia policy, hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to 'agents of chaos' that kill Americans in Afghanistan and warned Islamabad that it has 'much to lose' by harbouring terrorists.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, while reacting to Trump's comments on Pakistan, said, "Hope the relevant policy decision by US side will be conducive to promoting security, stability of the relevant region."

Aug 22 07:34

China defends ally Pakistan after Donald Trump says US can't be silent on safe havens for terrorists

Trump on Monday committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, signalling he would dispatch more troops to America's longest war and vowing "a fight to win".

Aug 22 07:33

Pakistan can survive without minor US assistance: Pak analyst

In an interview with IRNA, Dr Zafar Nawaz Jaspal, Professor of International Relations and Politics at Quaid-e-Azam University said that for the last six months there has been a debate going on in Congress and the media that the US should cut its financial assistance to Pakistan to put pressure on the country.

“An impression has been given that the US is giving too much aid to Pakistan and this amount can be used to black mail the country,” the analyst noted.

He added that the Army Chief has given a clear message to the US in his meeting with Commander of the Central Command (Centcom) that Pakistan wants US to acknowledge its sacrifices in war against terrorism.

“Army Chief also made it clear to the US that the amount they are giving to Pakistan under coalition support fund is very minor and if they cut that aid it would make no difference to Pakistan,” said the professor.

Aug 21 11:20

Hidden agenda behind China-India Himalayan showdown

As Chinese and Indian security forces square off on a remote plateau in the Himalaya mountains, it is has become clear over two months into the showdown that it’s not really about China building a road in an area disputed between China and Bhutan.

This time, China is attempting to drive a wedge between Bhutan and its traditional ally India, China’s main and traditional geopolitical rival. Most recently, China is frustrated with India’s reluctance to join its One Belt One Road infrastructure development initiative. Unresolved border issues are another bilateral problem, as is the long-time presence of the Dalai Lama and his Tibetan government in exile in India.

As always when China is involved in a confrontation near or across its frontiers — be it the border war with India in 1962, skirmishes with the Soviets along the Amur river in 1969, or military raids across Vietnam’s northern border in 1979 — there is a hidden political agenda.

Aug 21 10:04

Amid India-China War Crisis, Washington Boosts Strategic Ties with New Delhi

The Trump administration and Pentagon have taken multiple steps in recent days to strengthen Washington’s military-strategic alliance with India.

These moves are manifestly aimed at encouraging India to hold fast to its hardline stance in the current dispute with China over control of the Doklam Plateau—a ridge in the Himalayan foothills that both China and Bhutan, a tiny Himalayan kingdom that New Delhi treats like a protectorate, claim as their sovereign territory.

For the past two months Indian and Chinese troops have been arrayed against each other “eyeball-to-eyeball” on the Doklam Plateau, while New Delhi and Beijing have exchanged bellicose threats and taunts, and ordered their militaries to ready for war.

India has moved thousands of troops to forward positions along its northeastern border with China, placing them on a high-alert “No War, No Peace” status, and undertaken emergency purchases of munitions, spare parts and other war materiel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Using India's forces as a "proxy army" against China could result in severe blowback for the US diplomatically and militarily, in this standoff.

the slightest misconception, misunderstanding, or accidental discharge of weapons, could well pave the way for World War III.

Aug 20 10:18

Wasserman's IT staffers may have compromised sensitive data to foreign intelligence

Federal authorities are investigating whether sensitive data was stolen from congressional offices by several Pakistani-American tech staffers and sold to Pakistani or Russian intelligence, knowledgeable sources say. What started out 16 months ago as a scandal involving the alleged theft of computer equipment from Congress has turned into a national-security investigation involving FBI surveillance of the suspects.

Aug 16 07:50

Chinese troops armed with iron bars and rocks brawl with Indian soldiers near border, New Delhi source says

Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in an altercation in the western Himalayas on Tuesday, Indian sources said, further raising tensions between the two countries which are already locked in a two-month stand-off in another part of the disputed border.

A source in New Delhi, who had been briefed on the military situation on the border, said soldiers foiled a bid by a group of Chinese troops to enter Indian territory in Ladakh, near the Pangong lake.
Some of the Chinese soldiers carried iron rods and stones, and in the melee there were minor injuries on both sides, the source said.
The two sides have frequently accused each other of intrusions into each other’s territories, but clashes are rare. The Indian military declined to comment on the incident.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unless this situation gets mediated, and quickly, India and China could well be slouching toward a shooting war over this disputed territory.

And why should Americans care about this?!?

Because President Obama enhanced the US defence and security posture with India last year.

Obama signs into law bill declaring India a ‘major defense partner’

So should a shooting war ensue between India and China, the US government is on the hook for supporting India, militarily, against China.

Aug 12 12:15

India Army Moves Troops of Sukna-Based 33 Corps to India-China Border

A bulk of the troops of the Sukna-based 33 Corps have been or are in the process of being moved to the Indo-China frontier in Sikkim even as the controversy over the Doklam plateau at the India-Bhutan-China tri-junction continues to surface from time to time.

Eastern Command army sources revealed that all three divisions under the 33 Corps, which is stationed in Sukna, near Siliguri in West Bengal, have been deployed on the Sino-Indian border.

The troop movement from Sukna began about 20-25 days ago. The most important and vital elements of the corps have moved up and taken position in designated "Op Areas".

The Movement “Has More to Do With Posturing”

The troops are at varying depths of 20 kms to 500 metres from the India-China border in north and east Sikkim. Some units were given four days' written notice to move to the upper reaches while others have been handed out as little as six hours' notice to move up.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may be attributed to "posturing", on India's side, but such a move looks about as serious as a heart attack to me, understanding that the Chinese have threatened India with a military operation, if they don't yield the land China claims is actually theirs.

Aug 11 10:07

China Says Countdown For War With India Has Begun

The relationship between India and China seemed to worsen Wednesday when the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that 53 people and an Indian bulldozer was in China's territory and advised India to pull them back. This followed a warning Tuesday when an editorial in the state-run China Daily said that the "countdown to a clash between the two forces has begun."

"India should withdraw its troops and equipment. Regardless of how many Indian troops have trespassed into and stayed in Chinese territory, they have gravely infringed on China's sovereignty," the ministry said, the Global Times reported.

The China Daily editorial said the clock was ticking and that it seemed like a clash would be “an inevitable conclusion” between the two prominent Asian countries if India did pull back its troops from the disputed Doklam region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China has set the war wagon in motion against India, and it cannot back down from this statement; it now appears that this conflict is a question of "when" rather than "if", at this point.

Aug 11 08:35

Bhutan rejects Beijing's claim that Doklam belongs to China

The Government of Bhutan on Thursday refuted Chinese foreign ministry claims about Thimpu telling Beijing that the trilateral border stand-off area in Doklam in the Sikkim sector is not Bhutan's territory.+
A top Chinese diplomat Wang Wenli had claimed that Bhutan had conveyed to Beijing through diplomatic channels that the area of the standoff is not its territory.

Wang, who is the deputy director general of the Department of Boundary and Ocean Affairs in China's foreign ministry, reportedly conveyed this information to a visiting Indian media delegation on Wednesday.
She, however, did not provide any evidence to back her claim, which has been strongly denied by Bhutan.

Official sources in the Bhutanese Government told ANI over phone, "Our position on the border issue of Doklam is very clear. Please refer to our statement which has been published on the web site of Bhutan's foreign ministry on June 29, 2017."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This standoff over a disputed border between India and China could get out-of-control ugly, very quickly.

And it is complicated by the fact that last year, the US strengthened its defense ties with India:

India, US agree to enhance military ties with an eye to China

IF a major shooting war between these two nuclear armed countries happens, the US government, potentially, will be expected to provide India military support against China in this dispute; the situation is dicey in the extreme right now.

Aug 10 07:53

In Escalating Standoff, Indian Army Orders People Near Chinese Border To Vacate Village

In the latest escalation between two nuclear powers (aside for the US and North Korea of course), the Indian Army has ordered the evacuation of a village close to the Doklam India-Bhutan-China tri-junction amid to a standoff between Indian and Chinese solders, India's News 18 reports. This takes place just days after, as we reported earlier this week, China turned the war threat amplifier up to '11' by threatening India (in an article published a Chinese state-controlled newspaper) that it could conduct a "small-scale military operation" to expel Indian troops from a contested region in the Himalayas.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very nasty, very quickly.

And it is complicated by the US and India having enriched and upgraded their mutual defense relationship last year.

India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreement

This means that if China and India's dispute hits the shooting war phase, the US government will be treaty-bound to assist India, even while it desperately needs Chinese help to resolve the crisis with North Korea.

Aug 09 12:34

Diplomacy fails to defuse India, China border crisis: sources

India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.

China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan.

India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border.

China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan.

(For a graphic on China-India border dispute click

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A war between these two nuclear-armed countries could be an absolute and complete disaster for both their people, and surrounding countries.

Let us hope sane heads will prevail in New Dehli and Beijing, and that this issue gets resolved quickly and quietly, without bloodshed.

Aug 08 10:51

China Preparing ‘Small’ Military Operation to Expel Indian Troops

Chinese state media is quoting officials familiar with the situation as saying the nation is preparing for a “small-scale military operation” aimed at expelling Indian troops from the Doklam region, after a protracted stand-off in the area.

China was trying to build a road in the Doklam region when Indian ground troops crossed the border to stop them. Indian forces have remained there, albeit in small numbers, ever since. India does not claim the land belongs to them, but claims that Bhutan believes it belongs to them, and that an old treaty with Bhutan obliges them to back the claim.

The territory is sparsely inhabited, and of little value to either. Still, Chinese officials warn that the row with India could have a long-term impact on their relationship, whether or not the dispute results in any sort of military exchange.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

China may want a "small" military action to send Indian troops packing, but may well not be able to foresee just how India is going to respond, militarily.

Added to this uncertainty, is the reality that the US and India have enhanced their mutual defense cooperation under President Obama last year:

Obama signs into law bill declaring India a ‘major defence partner’

The US, India, China, and Russia need to move, purposefully and quickly, in such a way as to defuse the current situation; otherwise, this could lead to a regional, if not global, war.

Aug 07 11:05

Protests erupt as India troops kill Kashmir fighters

Indian troops have killed at least three suspected fighters in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials say - an incident that has led to another round of protests.

Fighting erupted in the divided Himalayan region after government forces raided a cluster of homes on a tip that the fighters were hiding in northwestern Sopore area, Muneer Ahmed Khan, police inspector general, said on Saturday.

He said that as the soldiers began searching homes, they came under gunfire from the fighters.

A police statement said the men belonged to the Lashkar-e-Taiba group. Police on Tuesday had killed one of the group's senior Kashmir leaders, Abu Dajana.

As the news of the latest killings spread on Saturday, thousands protested and clashed with police in several parts of the region as residents chanted slogans against India and in favour of the fighters who have fought against New Delhi's rule since 1989.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Government of India, a word, please: as a signatory to the UN Charter, you are treaty-bound to support peaceful self determination.

Give the Kashmiri people their long promised referendum, to determine if they want to remain with India; join Pakistan; or declare their independence.

India, the world is watching right now, as what you will do to bring this bloodshed to an end.

Aug 03 18:22

China warns India of 'serious consequences' over border

China has accused neighboring India of adding troops and constructing roads along its side of the border amid increasing tensions over a standoff in a remote frontier region in the Himalayas.

The standoff broke out on June 18 when New Delhi's military forces moved into Doklam, a remote plateau in the Himalayas, which is also claimed by India's ally, Bhutan.

India claims it is legally obliged to aid Bhutan against what it calls China's advances into the disputed territory, amid reports that Chinese forces are building a road there.

On Thursday, Chinese officials urged Indian troops to withdraw immediately, warning of "serious consequences” if they did not.

"It has already been more than a month since the incident, and India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel," China's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could escalate into something very ugly, very quickly; hopefully, rational heads will prevail in Beijing, and New Dehli, and a real crisis can be averted.

What is of considerable concern here, is that last year, President Obama enhanced our mutual security pact with India:

India/US to boost defence, counter-terror activities

This means that should this become a shooting war between India and China, the US government would have some obligation to engage China on the side of India.

Aug 02 10:00

China-India Border Crisis is Unfolding at 'Most Unfavorable Time' for Beijing

India should withdraw its troops from Chinese territory if it does not want war, according to a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman. His statement came amid the ongoing border standoff between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.

Strange Bonhomie: India, Bhutan Attend PLA Event in Spite of China Standoff
"If you don't want war, go away from Chinese territory", Senior Colonel of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense Zhou Bo said during a China Global Television Network (CGTN) debate show on Tuesday.

His words, which were addressed to Ashok Mehta, a former Major General of the Indian Army, reflect the escalating border conflict between Beijing and New Delhi in the region known as "Doklam" in India and "Donglang" in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let us hope that both China and India back down from a military confrontation here; both are nuclear armed countries, and the US has upped its security relationship with India last year:

India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreement

This could potentially see the US fighting alongside India against China in this border dispute.

Aug 02 09:39

‘Leave Chinese land or face war’: China MoD official warns India amid border standoff

A combative Indian defense expert who accused Beijing of running bellicose news stories against Delhi drew a strong response from his Chinese TV show counterpart, who said Indian troops must leave the contested Doklam area if they do not want war.

Aug 02 08:41

Has China Undermined India’s Security Without Firing a Single Bullet?

It is now almost six weeks since Chinese troops attempted to extend a road on Bhutan’s Dolam Plateau south towards the Jampheri Ridge. Indian troops, deployed at the Indian Army post at Doka La, physically prevented the Chinese from building a road from the “Turning Point” on the Dolam Plateau to the Ridge.

Extension of the road would have endangered the security of the “Siliguri Corridor,” a narrow strip that joins the Indian mainland with India’s northeastern states.

India’s action mentioned above elicited a shrill and vitriolic reaction from China which demanded immediate pullout of Indian troops and threatened war if India did not do so.

Jul 31 08:15

Reasons for India to fear after Pakistan PM Sharif’s ouster

India is watching with concern as Pakistan’s army tightens its screws on power following the ouster of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a soft coup orchestrated by the country’s generals using the judiciary.

Jul 30 15:59

Wasserman-Schultz And The Pakistani IT Scammers: "There's More Than Just Bank Fraud Going On Here"

In Washington, it’s never about what they tell you it’s about. So take this to the bank: The case of Imran Awan, Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s mysterious Pakistani IT guy, is not about bank fraud. Yet bank fraud was the stated charge on which Awan was arrested at Dulles Airport this week, just as he was trying to flee the United States for Pakistan, via Qatar. That is the same route taken by Awan’s wife, Hina Alvi, in March, when she suddenly fled the country, with three young daughters she yanked out of school, mega-luggage, and $12,400 in cash.

Jul 28 09:27

Pakistani council orders "revenge rape" of 16-year-old girl

Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl as revenge for her brother's alleged sexual assault of another girl.

The Supreme Court also requested a report on the case, which echoed a notorious case from 2002 in which another teenager was gang-raped on a local council's order.

Jul 28 07:46

Nawaz's days are not over, party stands united, says PML-N after Pakistan SC ruling in Panama Papers case

Pakistan's ruling party - PML-N - put up a brave front after the country's top court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for life in the Panama Papers case on Friday.
Reacting to the devastating Pakistan Supreme Court ruling, Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of outgoing Pakistani PM, said, 'Nawaz Sharif's days are not over.'

Jul 28 07:15

Pakistan PM Sharif resigns after court disqualifies him from office

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned Friday after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him from office over corruption issues.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We need some of that sort of thing here!

Jul 26 10:27

China and India torn between silk roads and cocked guns

The current stand-off at Doklam, or Donglang, is little more than a sideshow in the bigger picture as South Asia's tectonic plates shift in a direction that makes New Delhi's resistance to China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) look increasingly futile

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And that may be the motive for "someone" to interfere and try to cause trouble, since that China's Belt and Road Initiative is a serious threat to western-owned shipping companies.

Jul 25 10:43

China will protect border with India ‘at all costs’

How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image

Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said later in the day that Indian National Security Adviser Ajit Doval would be among the guests hosted by Beijing during a security officials meeting of the BRICS countries on Thursday and Friday, also involving Brazil, Russia and South Africa.

State Councillor Yang Jiechi, who along with Doval is the special representative on the border issues, will also attend.

Lu refused to confirm whether the border issue would be discussed at the meeting.

“China hopes to maintain the peace and stability of the China-India border area, but certainly will not make any compromise on issues of territorial sovereignty,” Reuters cited Lu as saying.

Xi Jinping picks war games over military parade for Chinese army’s 90th birthday bash

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am sincerely hoping that a hot war will not develop between these two nuclear-armed countries, and that cooler heads will prevail, and some negotiated settlement can occur; but passions on both sides of the issue are running very high, and all it will take is one stupid mistake, or stupid miscalculation, to get a war going here.

Jul 24 13:18

US moves against Iran raise spectre of wider regional conflict

James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s manoeuvres to withhold certification that Iran has complied with its nuclear agreement could encourage Saudi Arabia to step up its long-standing battle with Iran and set the Middle East and Gulf ablaze.>>

Jul 24 09:33


India is militarily engaging a state actor from the soil of a third country over a piece of land its partner country does not even control. Not even the mighty US does that

Jul 21 12:17

The US Empire, the CIA, and the NGOs

The CIA recruited the Muslim Brotherhood to fight a proxy war against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan, which led to the withdrawal of the Soviets from the Hindu Kush. Since then, the CIA used the mercenaries to fight more proxy wars in the Balkans, Chechnya, and Azerbaijan. Due to the wars of aggression against Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen the US and its vassal states created sectarian violence that led to civil wars. Right now, the CIA and the Muslim Brotherhood are present in the form of ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Jul 21 11:50

Indian Police to Use Chilli Punch to Tame Hostile Crowds in Kashmir

Indian security forces will soon use capsicum gel-based tear gas shells instead of PAVA (Pelargonic Acid Vanillylamide) shells to disperse mobs in the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The new tear gas can be used either as a spray or as a shell against stone-pelters. Jammu and Kashmir has recently seen a large number of public protests and stone pelting incidents.

The new tear gas shells will be made at the Tear Smoke Unit of the Border Security Force at the Tekanpur, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, in collaboration with India’s premier defense research organisation, Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

According to the DRDO, the tear gas will be made in two forms, shell form and spray can. The chilli ingredient for these new teargas will come from north-eastern states and Andhra Pradesh.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That the Indian government is using this type of weaponry against its own people, just boggles the mind.

And particularly in the case of Kashmir, these protestors are angry because the long-promised referendum, in order for Kashmiris to decide to become independent; stay with India; or become part of Pakistan, has not been allowed to go forward.

To the Indian government; you are hailed as the most diverse, intense, and dramatic democracies on the face of this earth; please start acting like one, and hold the referendum!!

Jul 21 09:30

Billions Of Lives Are At Stake As China Threatens India With War

It could be argued that there’s never been a time in history, where so many Americans thought that we were on the brink of another major war. If you pay attention to the constant news stream of stories regarding Syria, North Korea, or Russia, you’d be hard pressed to deny it. In fact, a recent poll found that 76% of Americans are worried that another war will break out in the next 4 years, and 80% were afraid that we could be embroiled in a conflict with North Korea in the near future.

Jul 20 11:48

Chinese Army Mobilizes Military Assets to Tibet Following Live Fire Drills

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) mobilized thousands of ground vehicles and other military equipment as the standoff between Chinese and Indian troops near the disputed area of Sikkim continues, according to a report from the PLA Daily.
PLA Daily is widely considered the main outlet the Chinese army uses for external communications, LiveMint notes.

The report did not specify the exact date the military assets were relocated to Tibet but said it occurred at the end of June. The unspecified military "hardware" was transported via rail and conventional roads.

It’s not entirely clear where in Tibet the chess pieces have been placed. The report also failed to indicate whether the military equipment would be used in tandem with a Chinese battalion that recently completed drills in Tibet, China’s second-largest province.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could get very dicey very quickly.

And the fact that the US and Indian governments enhanced their military ties last year India and U.S. deepen defense ties with landmark agreementcould translate as a possible US military intervention, on the side of India, against China in this skirmish over Sikkim.

Jul 20 08:15

China moved huge military hardware into Tibet after Sikkim standoff: Report

The Chinese Army moved tens of thousands of tonnes of military hardware into the remote mountainous Tibet region after the standoff with Indian troops in the Doklam area in the Sikkim sector+ , the mouthpiece of the PLA+ said today.

The vast haul was transported to a region south of the Kunlun Mountains in northern Tibet by the Western Theatre Command - which oversees the restive regions of Xinjiang and Tibet, and handles border issues with India, reported the PLA Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese military.

Jul 19 12:34

China ‘Ready’ for Long-Term War With India

Chinese forces are holding an increasingly large series of live-fire training drills in Tibet, reflecting soaring tensions with neighboring India, while Chinese state media outlets suggest the nation is gearing up for a possible “long-term confrontation” with India over the border region.

Jul 18 10:02

China Holds Live Fire Drills in Tibet to Practice Invading India

The Chinese People’s Liberation Army simulated battle conditions with live rounds in Tibet over the weekend, as Indian and Chinese forces remain at a standoff over the disputed area of Sikkim.
Some 4,000 to 7,000 troops armed with shoulder-launched assault weapons and light arms were filmed striking an “enemy position,” the South China Morning Post reported on Monday. Soldiers practiced mobilizing around a battlefield, coordinating digital attacks and engaging hypothetical enemies on a 5,000 meter plateau, the Post added.

The drills "covering a dozen elements was testimony to the PLA’s combined strike capability," a narrator said on CCTV in China.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Chinese President Xi Jinping, a word please; you have the power to ratchet tensions down a bit, through negotiations here, rather than this show of force.

I would like to politely remind you that India is also a nuclear armed country; this exercise may well have more Indian nuclear weapons aimed in your direction, not something I would imagine either you, or your military, would like to see happen.

As you are well aware, China and India share over 2,000 miles of border; negotiation, rather than confrontation here, with both India and Bhutan, would be a far better way to go right now in resolving this conflict.

Jul 14 08:40

Once Aimed at Pakistan, Indian Nuclear Program Sets Missile Sights on China

Hans M. Kristensen and Robert S. Norris belong to a select group of experts keen on writing and researching all things nuclear. Norris is currently a senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington while Kristensen directs the Nuclear Information Project at FAS. The pair have co-authored the Nuclear Notebook since 1987, “widely regarded as the most accurate source of information on nuclear weapons and weapons facilities available to the public,” according to publisher Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

Next-generation ballistic missiles can be placed in central and southern India and reach nearly every region in China, the researchers said in their 2017 report on Indian nuclear forces published this month.

The duo estimate plutonium production in India allows for the creation of 150 to 200 warheads. So far, they believe between 120 and 130 nukes have been completed.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering recent border skirmishes between India and China, this is a very worrisome turn of events; I would like to hope that the Indian government sees its nuclear weapons as a deterrent, but not first-strike weapons, but right now, that is impossible to discern, effectively.

Jul 12 09:12

Video Shows US-Backed Syrian Kurds Torturing Detainees

In a particularly embarrassing case of US allies torturing detainees, a video leaked to the Turkish media shows fighters in Kurdish YPG uniforms torturing at least two captive Arabs during interrogation. The video is said to have been from the end of May, and in Mansura District, west of Raqqa.

The two shows the YPG forces kicking and stomping on the prisoners, demanding information about the location of ISIS fighters, as one of the detainees screams that he doesn’t know anything about it. Kurdish officials confirmed the authenticity of the video.

Exactly what that leads to is unclear, as the Kurdish “Self-Protection” body described the act as the torture of “one of the ISIS mercenaries,” but offered no detail of how they decided that’s what the detainees were, let alone why they only mentioned one torture when the video clearly shows two people getting stomped.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Not again, please!!

Jul 07 06:51

WW3 FEARS: Pakistan fires ballistic missile against 'hostile and belligerent India'

PAKISTAN launched a series of devastating ballistic missile tests as tensions rise with their “belligerent neighbour” India.

It follows outrage from Islamabad about the sale of advanced weapons to India by some countries Pakistan claims would undermine the strategic balance in the region.

Jul 06 09:16

Pakistan test-fires short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Pakistan has successfully tested a short-range surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its military says.

Webmaster's Commentary: 


Jul 06 06:51

Israel vs India: A comparison of economic development in last 70 years

The Republic of India and the State of Israel enjoy an extensive economic relationship which has grown exponentially in the last 70 years of robust association. While India became independent in 1947, Israel achieved freedom in the year 1948.

Jul 05 07:05

This Indian ISP won’t let its users use 128 bit or 256 bit encryption

Per its terms and conditions, YOU Broadband, the fifth largest Indian internet service provider (ISP), doesn’t let its subscribers use strong encryption. The ISP does technically allow VPN and encryption use… but only “up to the bit length permitted by the Department of Telecommunications,” which is 40 bits. It was over twenty years ago in 1997 that Ian Goldberg won $1,000 from RSA for breaking 40 bit encryption in just a few hours. He famously said then:

“This is the final proof of what we’ve known for years: 40-bit encryption technology is obsolete.”

Yet YOU Broadband, and other Indian ISPs, still insist that their users can’t use anything stronger than a twenty-year-broken key size.

Jul 02 08:50

Most McDonald’s restaurants shut down in New Delhi

Forty-three of fifty-five McDonald’s outlets have been closed in the Indian capital after their operating licenses expired on Friday.

Connaught Place Restaurants Private Limited (CPRL) which operates the fast food chain in north and east India said it was working to obtain the required licenses.

Jun 30 10:30

China Tells India to 'Stop Clamoring for War' and 'Learn Lessons' of 1962 Defeat

China has warned India to stop 'clamoring for war' and has reminded them of the thrashing they received from the People’s Liberation Army in 1962. The Indian Army has opened new helicopter bases in Sikkim, where tensions are rising.

Chinese troops reportedly crossed the Line of Actual Control at Doka La in Sikkim earlier this week and destroyed Indian Army bunkers.

The entire border is disputed, with a salient of Chinese territory — the Donglang region — jutted out between Sikkim and Bhutan.

"Donglang Region is part of China's territory. China's road-building activities in Donglang on its own territory are totally reasonable and understandable," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Thursday (June 29).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks as though this is one of those flashpoints which could get very nasty, very quickly.

Jun 29 20:44

GST launch: Stage set for India's biggest tax reform; Opposition to boycott gala midnight event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will at midnight unveil the new tax regime replacing overnight the messy mix of more than a dozen state and central levies built up over seven decades, with a one national GST unifying the country's USD 2 trillion economy and 1.3 billion people into a common market.

Jun 28 09:47


The Malyshev Factory in Kharkiv, Ukraine rolled out an Oplot main battle tank (MBT) and conducted a mobility test of it on Friday, June 23 with Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and Secretary of the National Security Defence Council Oleksandr Turchynov in attendance.

Ukrainian news outlets, such as Depo Harkiv, claim – citing Malyshev Factory employees – that this specific Oplot MBT – dubbed “Oplot-P – will be sent to Pakistan.

Jun 28 07:49

India should immediately retreat the border troops that illegally entered into China: Foreign Ministry

China has taken necessary and emergency measures in response to the Indian border troops crossing into the Chinese territory at the Sikkim section of the China-India boundary, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang told a press briefing on Tuesday. The Indian government has been informed of the matter through the diplomatic channel, Lu said.

“The Indian side should take necessary measures to alleviate the tension caused by their border troops' illegal entry, and create conditions for their pilgrims' travel to Xi Zang via the Nathu-la pass,” Lu told reporters on what could come next.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The questions which must be asked are, why did the Indian troops do this, and upon whose authority?!?

India and China are both nuclear-armed nations, and the tensions here need to get ratcheted down immediately.

Jun 27 19:01

Declare Pakistan state sponsor of terrorism: US lawmaker

The Trump administration should cut off military aid to Pakistan, declare it a "state sponsor of terrorism" and revoke its non-NATO ally status, a top American lawmaker has said.
"Quit giving them military aid. Quit giving them money. Designate them as a state sponsor of terrorism, and remove Pakistan's status as major non-NATO ally to the US," Congressman Ted Poe said on the floor of the US House of Representatives last week.

Jun 27 18:58

Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet: Camaraderie between India, US rattles China, Pakistan

China and Pakistan seem to be rattled by the bonhomie between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump.
While a a state-run Chinese Daily said on Tuesday that any attempt by India to become US ally to counter China will not be in its interests and could even lead to 'catastrophic results', Pakistan today slammed as 'completely unjustified' the decision by United States to declare Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin as a 'global terrorist'.