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PAKISTAN / INDIA

Jan 29 09:21

Perhaps President Donald Trump Needs To Chill Out A Bit

We are not dealing with “widgets” here, but with people

These Refugee/Immigration Executive Orders appear to be knee-jerk, fear-based, and xenophobic acts of reflexive anger and emotional “lashing out,” rather than well-thought out policy and heavily researched executive action.

The last few Executive Orders pertaining to Refugees and Immigration appear to not have been very well thought through, and the etiology/genesis of the refugee crisis and immigration issues were either completely ignored, or Trump and his administration don’t understand it very well.

Jan 28 09:27

Indian soldiers rescued hours after snow cave-in in Kashmir

Five Indian soldiers were rescued several hours after being trapped in snow that caved in on them as they patrolled Saturday along the highly militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Jan 25 08:54

Donald Trump shows his internationalism extending invitation to Indian Prime Minister

US President Donald Trump invited Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit the United States later this year, during a phone call in which the leaders discussed economic and defence cooperation.

In its readout of the conversation, the White House said the two leaders also discussed security in South and Central Asia. The region includes Afghanistan, where U.S. troops are still battling Taliban militants, and Pakistan.

The two leaders "resolved that the United States and India stand shoulder to shoulder in the global fight against terrorism," according to the readout that was posted on the White House website.

Jan 24 16:39

Trump Signs Executive Orders On Trade, Abortion And More As He Settles Into Office

The Donald Trump presidency has officially begun with a decisive bang that belies the less than overwhelming support our 45th president received both at the ballot box and at his own inaugural festivities. Leaping straight into reversing the entirety of Democratic President Barack Obama’s progressive policies, the newly sworn in commander in chief already signed a series of executive orders to get his new administration up and running.

Jan 24 14:52

US Senate Committee Approves Tillerson For Secretary Of State

US President Donald Trump’s designated secretary of state Rex Tillerson has narrowly clinched the backing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The committee voted 11-10 along party lines on Monday to send Tillerson’s nomination to the full Senate, where he is widely expected to win confirmation next week, despite opposition from Democrats.

Jan 22 11:19

Pakistan Threatens To Use Nuclear Weapons If India Attacks

Pakistan has announced that it will use all the weapons at its disposal to defend the country and that includes nuclear weapons.

Jan 22 11:01

Why Palestinian and Israelis should be worried about Trump’s presidency

Uri Avnery says everyone who cares about justice in the Middle East should be worried about Trump – “a totally self-absorbed narcissist” aided by Jared Kushner, a Zionist champion of “the most fanatical elements” in Israel.

Jan 20 10:16

Cold Start: India to Deploy Massive Tank Army Along Border With Pakistan

The Indian Army is set to deploy over 460 new T-90SM main battle tanks (MBTs) along India’s border with Pakistan, senior Indian defense officials told IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly on January 19.

The new T-90SM MBT (other designations T-90AM or T-90MS) is the latest and most modern version of the T-90 (which in turn is a modernized variant of the T-72 MBT), and has specifically been designed for export by Russia.

According to IHS Jane’s Defense Weekly, the newly ordered MBTs will supplement 850-900 license-built T-90S Bhishma tanks, divided into 18 regiments, and currently deployed in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Punjab. It is unclear how many T-90S and T-90SM in total are currently in service with the Indian Army. (Estimates vary from 800 to 1,200 MBTs in various stages of operational readiness.)

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Indian and Pakistani governments; in light of the fact that you are both nuclear-armed countries, with a history of mortal conflict, and wars, please both of you, step back from the brink, and do whatever you can do to ratchet down the tensions here.

A war between you would very probably go nuclear in a heartbeat, and the results of this would be unthinkable, and the consequences, catastrophic... and irreversible.

So, please: you need to open communications at the highest levels possible, and find a way to back away from war.

Jan 18 14:24

Pakistani Mom Invites Daughter to 'Wedding Reception,' Burns Her Alive For Picking Own Husband

All cultures are equal, therefor we are not allowed to judge.

Jan 17 10:00

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a crowded chessboard

Place your bets on who will be the major partner in the Trump, Kissinger and Ma law firm.

Kissinger has drafted a plan to officially recognize Crimea as part of Russia and lift the Obama administration’s economic sanctions.

The plan fits into Kissinger’s overall strategy — call it a traditional British Balance of Power, or Divide and Rule, approach — of breaking up the Eurasian front (Russia-China-Iran) that constitutes the real “threat” to what Mattis defines as the “established world order.”

Jan 10 08:19

Pakistan Conduct Successful Nuclear Capable Missile Test

Pakistan conducted its first nuclear-capable missile test on Monday, launching a Babur-3 cruise missile from a submarine in the Indian Ocean.

Jan 10 08:03

ISRO to launch record 103 satellites in one go next month

As many as 100 of the satellites set for launch in February belong to foreign nations, including the United States and Germany.

Jan 09 07:47

First Finland Now India Trying Universal Basic Income

1. create a problem by banning cash 2. propose a solution of universal income so everyone now depends on government 3. tell everyone government saved the day this is basically another form of welfare. I'm going to buy more silver

Jan 07 10:46

Vaccine-derived Polio Spreading in “Polio-free” India

On June 17, 2016, the International Business Times (IBT) reported that a strain of the vaccine-derived polio virus has been discovered in Hyderabad, India, and experts have warned that the likelihood of more cases being discovered over the next year is extremely likely.

Jan 03 07:43

Washington Secretly Behind Cash Ban In India

The Obama administration were behind the recent ban on cash in India, which saw millions of citizens take to the streets in protest.

Dec 29 13:58

India Sends 4,000 Troops to Reopen Highway Blocked by Protesters

India’s central government sent 4,000 paramilitary personnel to the northwestern state of Manipur to reopen a highway connecting the state to its northern neighbor, Nagaland, and stop the violent protests the erection of the blockade had sparked.

These troops will support 13,500 personnel already located in the state, according to the The Times of India.

The economic blockade of the NH-2, imposed by the Union Naga Council (UNC), has already been in place for two months and has caused locals to rise up in violent protests. Crowds of people protesting the blockade have reportedly vandalized and burned cars and passenger buses; according to various reports, up to 40 vehicles have been burned.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This area looks like it is about to become a powderkeg, and the Indian government appears to be throwing matches in order to make it erupt.

Between these uprisings, and the unilateral act of nearly completely eliminating cash from the Indian economy, India's Prime Minister Modi is making it appear that he is answerable to no one, and he will do what he likes.

I feel reasonably certain that the Indian voters will remember this, in the next general elections.

Dec 29 09:07

INDIA FEARS RUN ON BANKS: CAPITAL CONTROLS AND WITHDRAWAL LIMITS TO CONTINUE

Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money.

Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits.

A decision by New Delhi on November 8 to scrap all large-denomination banknotes overnight removed 86 per cent of India’s currency from circulation. In an effort to prevent banks running out of cash, the finance ministry then imposed strict limits on the amount of new notes that could be withdrawn. Customers can currently withdraw just Rs2,500 from an ATM per day — equivalent to $37 — or Rs24,000 over the counter per week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The notion that such curbs will "...eliminate illicitly earned or unaccounted for income...." is so completely, hysterically false, I don't know where to begin.

The "bad guys", anticipating this, have already found safe havens for their cash, and learned how to either brilliantly encrypt its whereabouts, or laundered it to the point where it is untraceable.

But this "war on cash" IS coming to a bank near you here in the US, which means you are going to have to figure out where and how you want to store your financial assets under your own control, before the excrement hits the ventilator system.

Dec 29 08:33

India Fears Run On Banks: Capital Controls And Withdrawal Limits To Continue

Indian banks are fearful of running out of cash as lines queue up to withdraw money.

Bankers say they cannot cope with any sudden increase in demand, and warn against lifting cash withdrawal limits.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Oh yes, that "cashless" idea is working out real great!!!

Dec 28 13:56

Russia, Pakistan, China warn of increased Islamic State threat in Afghanistan

Russia, China and Pakistan warned on Tuesday that the influence of Islamic State (IS) was growing in Afghanistan and that the security situation there was deteriorating.

Representatives from the three countries, meeting in Moscow, also agreed to invite the Afghan government to such talks in the future, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

"(The three countries) expressed particular concern about the rising activity in the country of extremist groups including the Afghan branch of IS," ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters after the meeting.

The United States, which still has nearly 10,000 troops in Afghanistan more than 15 years after the Islamist Taliban were toppled by U.S.-backed Afghan forces, was not invited to the Moscow talks.

The gathering, the third in a series of consultations between Russia, China and Pakistan that has so far excluded Kabul, is likely to deepen worries in Washington that it is being sidelined in negotiations over Afghanistan's future.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government has not been invited to these talks, because in 15 years of US/NATO occupation, the only thing that the US/NATO Consortium seems to have been able to control is the production of opium poppies, and that business has been going great guns.

images: US soldiers guarding opium poppy fields

No, my friends, these images are not photoshopped; they are real.

But when it comes to ever-increasing violence, the US and NATO are completely impotent to stop the problem; it is no bloody wonder that China, Pakistan, and Russia believe that if there is a solution to the violence here, they will have to work together in concert with the Afghani government to find it.

Dec 28 12:02

Economy Shrinks Under Modi-fied India

Raja M. Nah discusses how demonetisation has adversely impacted manufacturing and agricultural growth in India, and how cash stringency will compel firms to reduce labour cost and thus reduce income of the working class

Dec 22 14:17

NATO Ramps Up Ukraine War After Defeat in Syria

The timing of the large-scale attacks on Donbas comes just as the US and its NATO allies incur a strategic setback in their covert war for regime change in Syria.

A surge in military attacks this week by NATO-backed Kiev regime forces on the breakaway eastern Ukraine regions is no mere coincidence.

It is the reaction to events in Syria by the US-led military alliance in its hybrid warfare against Russia.

Dec 22 14:14

Bipartisan War – A new study urges more U.S. interventions

Written before the presidential election, the co-authors could not have anticipated a Donald Trump victory, but they might be hoping that the report would serve as a guideline for the new administration.

Hopefully they will be wrong in that expectation, but it is difficult at this point to see where the next White House will be going with its Middle Eastern policy.

There are a number of things wrong with the report from my perspective. Most significant, it assigns to the United States the responsibility to set and enforce standards of governance in parts of the world where the American people have little in the way of actual interests.

Dec 19 09:49

"Gold Is Now Effectively Illegal" In India - The Consequences Of Creating A Cashless Society

Jayant Bhandari warns "there are clear signs that in a very convoluted way, possession of gold for investment purposes will be made illegal" as he discusses India's attempts to create a cashless society (and consequences of it) and why precious metals and geographical diversification are the most viable options investors around the world, not just India, should be taking.

Dec 19 09:41

Moscow to Host Crucial Meeting With China, Pakistan to Discuss Afghanistan

Russia, Pakistan and China will hold the next round of three-way counterterrorism talks in Moscow December 27, primarily focusing on turmoil-hit Afghanistan.

Russian Ambassador to Islamabad Alexey Dedov disclosed the details in an interview to state-run Pakistani radio.

This will be the third meeting of the “trilateral working group on Afghanistan,” he said, following meetings in Beijing and Islamabad.

“What we see in Afghanistan, unfortunately, is worrisome because it does not bring us optimism. There is a lack of three crucial elements; that is a stable self-sufficient economy, good governance and strong army,” observed Dedov.

A deterioration in security and the emergence of Islamic State affiliates in volatile border regions of Afghanistan have necessitated the trilateral consultations with an aim to form a “regional anti-terrorism structure” to counter “spillover effects” of terrorism, insist Pakistani, Russian and Chinese officials.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And notice the country which has been singularly "uninvited" to this meeting: the United States, which, after 15 years of occupation, has been impotent to stop the spiraling of violence.

Dec 17 09:26

Pakistan says children hurt, driver killed in Indian firing in Kashmir

A Pakistani school bus driver was killed and several children were wounded on Friday in Indian firing along the frontier in the disputed Kashmir region, Pakistan said.

"A shell landed near a school bus in Mohra village of Nakyal sector, leaving the driver dead and eight children wounded," official Sardar Zeeshan Nisar told Reuters by telephone from the area.

The firing was a violation of a 2003 ceasefire, the Pakistani army's media wing said in a statement.

"Pakistani troops effectively responded and targeted Indian posts from where fire was coming," it said.

The Indian army had no immediate comment on the Pakistani report but a spokesman said Pakistani forces had fired across the Line of Control - the de facto border - and the Indian side had given a "befitting reply".

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the Indian military; the injuring of innocent children is NOT a "...befitting reply" to Pakistani fire.

Dec 17 09:11

Indian Security Forces Are Blinding Hundreds Of Protesters With Shotgun Pellets

Indian authorities call the shotgun shells filled with hundreds of small metal pellets a “non-lethal” weapon for crowd control, but that does not make them harmless. They’ve inflicted a permanent toll on hundreds of Kashmiris hit by them.

Their faces are scarred. Their eyes are damaged or simply gone, replaced with prosthetics. And their psychological wounds run deeper still.

“What I miss most is being able to read the holy Quran,” says Firdous Ahmad Dar, 25, a Kashmiri man who lost vision in both eyes after being shot with the pellets during an anti-India protest in the troubled Himalayan region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If any of India's military chain of command are ordering their soldiers to do this, they should be bloody court martialed, and right the heck now.

India could well have a Kashmiri revolution on their hands, if they don't stop this horrific violence against protesters.

Dec 15 07:33

Is India PROOF Elites Want To CONFISCATE GOLD? — Andy Hoffman

Is this the model the globalists want to roll out in Western nations as well? Sure looks like it.

Dec 12 13:16

Stop the CIA Coup – The Deep State versus Donald Trump

The CIA is up to its old tricks: overthrowing a democratically elected government. Only this time it’s our government.

“The CIA presentation to senators about Russia’s intentions fell short of a formal US assessment produced by all 17 intelligence agencies. A senior US official said there were minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.” [emphasis added]

Dec 12 12:20

Foxconn Fires 25% Of India Workers As Demonetization Destroys Sales

While piecemeal anecdotes and surveys have already exposed the devastation that PM Modi's demonetization plan has had on the Indian economy, tonight we see the first hard evidence as Foxconn has asked 25% of its workforce to leave after the cash ban caused sales to collapse by 50% forcing the company to slash production by half.

Amid social unrest and loss of faith in the nation's currency, India's economy has ground to a halt with its Composite PMI crashing by a record in the last month as demonetization strikes.

And now, as The Economic Times reports, the government’s move to ban Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from November 9 has had a domino effect on the mobile phone industry, where a large majority of mobile phones are bought for less than Rs 5,000 and most of the transactions happen through cash.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looking at these numbers, one has to ask: has India's Prime Minister Modi gone absolutely, completely barking mad, with this demonetization scheme?!?

Looking at the results of this program, it is almost a shame that the Indian Constitution does not have its equivalent of the American Constitution's 25th Amendment.

The Indian people deserve far better leadership than this government is providing.

Dec 12 09:14

Foxconn Fires 25% Of India Workers As Demonetization Destroys Sales

While piecemeal anecdotes and surveys have already exposed the devastation that PM Modi's demonetization plan has had on the Indian economy, tonight we see the first hard evidence as Foxconn has asked 25% of its workforce to leave after the cash ban caused sales to collapse by 50% forcing the company to slash production by half.

Dec 10 17:13

Demonitization And Gold Price Surge In India

An excellent discussion of the cash situation in india, this helps clarify what is happening and why.

Dec 10 15:25

Save our planet: Worldwide air pollution is making us ill

Graham Peebles highlights the magnitude of the problem of air pollution that is poisoning many people, especially the poor, and underlines the fact that the responsibility for resolving it lies with each one of us.

Dec 08 20:21

India cash crisis: 100,000 villages promised electronic payment machines

Tens of thousands of Indian villages will soon be equipped with card-swiping machines to boost cashless payments, the finance minister promised on Thursday, a month after the government banned high-value banknotes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sparked chaos with his shock announcement last month that all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes – which make up 85% of bills in circulation – would cease to be legal tender.

The move triggered a chronic shortage of cash with people queuing for hours outside banks across the country to get rid of their old notes.

Cash accounts for 90% of transactions in India where millions rely heavily on notes for their daily purchases. People living in rural areas and individuals without bank accounts have been particularly hard hit.

Dec 08 10:45

India Confiscates Gold, Even Jewelry, In Raids On Hidden Money

Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold.

It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry.

Dec 08 09:09

Buy Silver – May Replace Gold as Preferred Money of India

The Indian government has been trying to reduce its citizens’ demand for imported gold through a number of means over the last few years. This is part of a wider crackdown on currency used in the black market, that included the withdrawal and replacement of its two largest-denomination bank notes in early November. The strategy will likely have some unintended consequences if we take our cues from the events of 1910.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The name "Black Market" is used to create a negative connotation, bolstered by lurid stories of drugs, organs, and children being bought and sold. But in actuality, the black market is any transaction that occurs outside government monitoring and bank profiteering. If you sell your old computer on Craiglist and are paid in cash, leaving no record, technically that is the Black Market.

The goal here is not to curb the drug/organ/human trade but to force everyone into dependence on the banks to handle their commerce for them, with the banks charging ever higher fees in their monopoly, and governments taxing every single transaction.

Dec 07 19:50

India Confiscates Gold, Even Jewelry, In Raids On Hidden Money

"The rich will pay what they need to escape harassment; the rest will suffer." Global financial repression picks up steam, led by India. After declaring large denomination notes illegal, India now targets gold. It’s not just gold bars or bullion. The government has raided houses, no questions asked, confiscating jewelry.

Dec 07 17:38

Palestine Rights Group’s Public Brawl With The New Statesman

Who would pick a pointless fight with an ally like the New Statesman and hand the Israel lobby an open goal just when Tel Aviv’s notorious propaganda chief, Mark Regev, is settling into his new role as Israel’s ambassador in London? Answer: the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), which describes itself as “the biggest organisation in the UK dedicated to securing Palestinian human rights”.

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.

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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

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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.

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