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PAKISTAN / INDIA

May 08 07:05

At Least 50 Afghan Soldiers Killed as Pakistan Overruns Border Checkpoints

The situation at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is always tense, particularly after Friday’s exchange of fire between the two sides, but appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control, as Pakistani forces have attacked and destroyed several checkpoints along the Chaman border, which connects Balochistan to Kandahar.

At least 50 Afghan soldiers are reported dead, and over 100 wounded, as Pakistan reports they’ve destroyed five separate checkpoints in “retaliation” for Afghan fire. There was no news of new Pakistan casualties since Friday’s exchange of fire.

Locals say that the border crossing was closed earlier in the day by Pakistani security officials, and has remained so, with loudspeakers ordering all villages on the Pakistani side of the border evacuated until further notice. Helicopter gunships are reported overhead, and over 2,000 families have been displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This may get ugly, and very quickly.

May 05 20:16

Indian police claim rats drank 900,000 liters of confiscated alcohol

Police in the Indian state of Bihar, where alcohol was outlawed last April, have accused rats of decimating the majority of the stash of booze confiscated over the past year – over 40,000 cases, or about 900,000 liters.

According to the Hindu newspaper, senior superintendent of police of state capital Patna, Manu Maharaj, was informed of the disappearance of contraband from storage in a meeting this week, and was initially skeptical about how rats could have gained access to sealed glass bottles. His subordinates told him that the rodents chewed through the bottle caps, before glugging the drink.

Nonetheless, suggesting that he wasn’t entirely convinced by the explanation, the senior superintendent also ordered regular breathalyzer tests for officers.

May 05 09:33

India troops block Kashmir villages amid rebel hunt

Thousands of soldiers and paramilitaries were engaged in a huge operation in Indian-administered Kashmir, where armed rebels have repeatedly attacked government forces in recent weeks.

Police said government forces had surrounded at least 20 villages in the drive, launched on Thursday, in Shopian district in the volatile south of the disputed Himalayan region.

"It is an unprecedented operation," deputy inspector general of police SP Pani told AFP news agency.

"It is impossible to capture the militants, but we hope there will be contact [exchange of fire] with them in the course of the day."

Suspected rebels are frequently killed in shootouts with security forces in Kashmir, but are only rarely captured alive.

Witnesses said hundreds of residents came out onto the streets in two villages, Sug and Tarkwangan, during the search operations and threw stones at the soldiers.

One said soldiers attacked private homes in his village with sticks and rocks.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the Government and Military leadership of India, a word, please; through these actions, you are throwing petrol on an already roaring fire.

At the end of the day, in the spirit of sober, honorable, and moral reflection, the issue of the fate of Kashmir must be negotiated by Kashmiris, Pakistani, and Indian leadership.

What you are doing now to the Kashmiri people is an absolute recipe for utter disaster, and may potentially cause a revolution which your military forces may well not be able to put down.

The late President Kennedy said it best: "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable".

You are close to that moment in Kashmir.

May 04 10:22

Blasphemy and terrorism: Catchall phrases to repress dissent

James Dorsey says the abuse of labels like terrorism and blasphemy by governments, institutions, groups and individuals creates an environment that fosters violence, intolerance and disrespect for the other, and enables vigilantism and extremism.

May 01 22:24

Indian Brides Given Bats to Keep Abusive Husbands in Check

Hundreds of brides at an Indian mass wedding have been given wooden bats and urged to use them as weapons if their husbands turn abusive.

May 01 08:10

World needs to act against those who support, shelter and spread terrorism: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday reviewed the status of bilateral ties, including in key areas of security and trade, and discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the area of counter-terrorism and the regional security scenario were among key issues that were discussed during the meeting.

Apr 30 06:55

Climate change and sparrows: PM Modi's Mann Ki Baat was all about the environment – Here's what he said

The discourse on global warming and climate change has taken over a larger domain in the last few years and its rapidly growing effects have raised questions on Earth's habitability in the future.
Needless to say, the phenomenon of climate change is making its magnanimous presence felt in a bigger way, every day, every month.

Apr 27 10:16

India blocks social media in Kashmir in wake of abuse videos

India has ordered internet service providers in Indian-controlled Kashmir to immediately block Facebook, Twitter and 20 other social media sites and online applications for one month, after several videos and photos depicting alleged abuses of Kashmiris by Indian security forces sparked outrage and fueled protests.

The government said the restrictions ordered Wednesday were made "in the interest of maintenance of public order." But Pranesh Preshrank, policy director for the Indian advocacy group the Center for Internet and Society, called it a "blow to freedom of speech" and "legally unprecedented in India."

"It not only violates the Indian constitution but also violates international law," he said.

Most of the applications the government ordered blocked were still working Thursday. However, 3G and 4G mobile connections in the Kashmir Valley have not worked for more than a week now. Broadband and 2G connections have not been affected.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A short memo to the Indian government; it appears these episodes of torture have been approved, and signed off on by the top levels of the Indian government and military.

If they have not, why are you still permitting this to happen?!?

Tell your military in Kashmir to stop the torture; you can't kill the messenger here, because viral videos are almost impossible to stop.

This should be a vile embarrassment to one of the most diverse democracies on the planet!!

Apr 21 08:10

Pakistan's former army chief leaves for Saudi Arabia to lead Islamic military alliance

Pakistan's former army chief Gen Raheel Sharif left for Riyadh on Friday to head a 41-nation Islamic military alliance after getting the government's approval, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said amidst concerns here about the Saudi-led grouping.

Apr 18 09:51

India army's use of Kashmir protester as 'human shield' sparks outrage online

Video footage of a Kashmiri protester tied to an Indian army jeep - apparently as a human shield - has generated outrage on social media. India-administered Kashmir has been in the grip of violence for months.

The 11-second clip, which has gone viral on social media, showed an unidentified man tied to the front of an army vehicle as it passed through a street in the Budgam district. The area was the scene of violent demonstrations last weekend as Indian police and paramilitary forces clashed with protesters during a by-election.

A voice speaking in Hindi in the background of the video can be heard saying: "Stone throwers will meet a similar fate."

The army has ordered an investigation into the incident. The state police filed a formal complaint against the army and began its own probe following directions from state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, a local police officer said Monday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To the blithering idiot in the Indian Army who ordered this use of a Kashmiri man as a human shield; this is simply going to exacerbate the situation in Kashmir, not ratchet down the violence.

And Indian President Shri Pranab Kumar Mukherjee, a word, please.

By not holding that desperately needed referendum in Kashmir, through which the Kashmiri people decide if they want to be an independent nation; remain with India, or become a part of Pakistan, you, sir, are very much complicit in the bloodshed of both your military, and the Kashmiri people.

You have been in office since 2012, and yet have done nothing to stop this madness.

In the charter of the UN, a world body of which India is a member, there is a principle enshrined in it, and that principle is peaceful self determination.

The late US President John Kennedy said it best; "When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable."

President Mukherjee, I can nearly guarantee you that if India has nothing to offer but further suppression here, there will be a "tipping point" in Kashmir that may well lead to a violent revolution, which the Indian military will ultimately be utterly unable to control.

I am hoping that you have the moral courage to make such a politically complex, and difficult, but morally clear, decision, and give Kashmir its referendum, and very soon.

Apr 17 07:26

Top US official in Pakistan after hints at tougher stance

US National Security Advisor Lieutenant-General H.R. McMaster arrived in Pakistan on Monday on an unannounced visit, a day after he hinted that Washington could take a tougher stance with Islamabad.

Apr 07 15:44

Saudi-Iranian rivalry fuels potential nuclear race

James Dorsey views the incremental steps taken by Saudi Arabia – accelerated through major agreements with China, as well as France, the US, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea and Argentina – to acquire a potential nuclear weapons capability.

Apr 06 10:25

China-India: Heightened Tensions Across the Himalayas

Next week’s provocative visit of the Dalai Lama to the Chinese-contested town of Tawang is set to mark a low point in relations between New Delhi and Beijing.

Apr 06 10:02

PAKISTAN’S MILITARY-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX AND THE GULF STATES

Recently, Pakistan’s former army chief, General Raheel Sharif, has been appointed to lead a 40 member military alliance of Muslim nations dubbed as “the Muslim NATO.” Although the ostensible purpose of the alliance is to combat terrorism but in fact, the alliance of Sunni Muslim nations has been cobbled together by Saudi Arabia as a counterweight to Iran’s meddling in the Arab World.

Moreover, it should be kept in mind that Pakistan’s military and Saudi Arabia have very deep and institutionalized ties: thousands of Pakistani retired and serving army officers work on deputations in the Gulf Arab States. Furthermore, during the ‘80s, when Saudi Arabia lacked an efficient intelligence set-up, Pakistan’s Inter-services Intelligence (ISI) virtually played the role of Saudi Arabia’s foreign intelligence service.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US government was instrumental in creating a "deal" to keep Iran from developing their nuclear weapons capabilities; why not a similar deal with Pakistan?!?

This is particularly alarming, in light of the reality that Saudi Arabia has been discovered to have been using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen; if this in fact is true, what is stopping them from using micro-nukes in Yemen?!?

The short answer is, absolutely nothing!!

Video showing Saudi coalition using depleted uranium weapons in Yemen

Apr 05 07:29

Donald Trump should tell Pakistan to 'knock off' its Jihad-centric habits`

The United States needs to ask Pakistan to knock off its jihad-centric habits and stop the relentless witch hunt of liberals and reformers, whose only real crime is wanting to have a saner Pakistan, says Ms Christine Fair, Associate Professor at Georgetown University`s Security Studies Program, in an article published in `The National Interest`.

Apr 03 22:48

Syrian people do not want Assad as leader: U.S. envoy to U.N

Another really bad cabinet pick on Trump's part.The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing!

The United States does not believe that the Syrian people want President Bashar al-Assad as their leader any longer, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Monday.

"We have no love for Assad. We've made that very clear. We think that he has been a hindrance to peace for a long time. He's a war criminal. What he's done to his people is nothing more than disgusting," she said.

Haley was asked about U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's remarks in the Turkish capital Ankara on Thursday, in which he said that Assad's status would be decided by the Syrian people.

Apr 03 12:00

Pakistan Sees Alliance With Russia and China as Solution to US Foreign Policy Disasters

There's a lot of interesting discussion going on right now about Pakistan's growing partnership with Russia and China — and how it reflects on Washington's poor standing in the region. Pakistan sees Russia and China as natural allies in order to bring the conflict in Afghanistan to an end and restore stability to the region, a task that the U.S. is apparently incapable of (or not interested in) achieving. Of course, the big thorn in the side of Pakistan's relationship with the "Russia-China alliance" is India...

Apr 03 11:39

It’s Now OK To Go Kill Yourself In India

Many mental health professionals in India would turn away suicidal patients to avoid legal trouble in case their patients attempted suicide while under their care because attempted suicide and “any act towards the commission” of suicide was a crime. But now, as of March 27th, and to much rejoice, India decriminalized attempted suicide.(!)

Mar 28 08:03

'China will never own Pakistan's problems'

China has its own vision, and given its issues with the US and India, Beijingwould never own Islamabad`s problems, a former envoy has said, adding that Pakistanneeds to address its issues.
Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, a former ambassador to the US, India and China, said this while speaking at a seminar titled "US Foreign Policy and Trump Presidency: A Review and Outlook" on Monday.

Mar 26 09:04

US Will Keep Ground Troops in Libya

In a press briefing at the Pentagon today, African Command leader Gen. Thomas Waldhauser announced that the US intends to keep ground troops in Libya for the foreseeable future to support “friendly forces,” and to “degrade” the ISIS forces that remain in the country.

Waldhauser did not specify how many US troops are in Libya now, or how many will stay, but did estimate that there were less than 200 ISIS fighters left in Libya. The US had announced the end of the anti-ISIS campaign in Libya back in December, but never fully withdrew from the country.

The US forces were in Libya trying to help the “unity” government defeat ISIS in the city of Sirte. US officials repeatedly claimed the city was totally surrounded, and that no ISIS fighters would get away, though when the fighting finally ended, a substantial number of ISIS fighters did in fact get away.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is "military-speak" for the reality that the US government is never leaving Libya because of the oil and the oil pipelines.

Mar 18 12:07

Globalists Fail Again As Indian Gold Demand EXPLODES!

When Mohdi withdrew the most popular bank notes from India, many industry insiders believed the motive was to stifle Indian gold demand since much of the gold trade in India is conducted in cash.

But the Plan Backfired: Indian Gold Demand Has Gone Through the Roof:

Mar 02 15:28

India Bans Coca-Cola After Soda Giant Drains Water Resources

Traders in India are boycotting Coca-Cola en masse after the soda giant was caught draining the country’s scarce water resources.

Mar 02 07:55

South India boycotts Pepsi & Coca-Cola to help local farmers

Sales of Coca-Cola and Pepsi have been banned in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Two of the biggest trade associations in the region called for the boycott in favor of Indian products starting March 1.

The American soft drinks giants have been accused of taking too much water from rivers with local farmers left battling for proper irrigation of the land at the time of a severe drought.

Feb 25 11:40

Hailed a hero, bar shooting victim says he did 'what was naturally right to do'

A vet,drunk on his ass decided to kill some Muslims at a bar in Kansas and managed to murder one Indian Hindu employee of Garmin,seriously wound another Indian and seriously wound this fellow who tried to stop the idiot!

In the video posted to YouTube, Ian Grillot has his neck in a brace and his surgically repaired hand bandaged and protected.

He has heard, he says in the footage, that some have called him a hero.

"No, it's not like that," Grillot says. "I was just doing what anyone should have done for another human being. It's not about where he was from or his ethnicity. We're all humans. I just felt I did what was naturally right to do."

Feb 25 10:48

Here’s how the Deep State is trying to lead President Trump into a nuclear war

Before Donald trump took office, he promised to rebuild the US military by diverting a lot more funding into the armed forces. And when he made that promise, he wasn’t just talking about our conventional forces. He also proposed expanding America’s nuclear capability; a position he recently reiterated in an interview with Reuters. He stated that “It would be wonderful, a dream would be that no country would have nukes, but if countries are going to have nukes, we’re going to be at the top of the pack.”

Feb 15 19:01

Lift off! India successfully launches 104 satellites from a single rocket - almost TRIPLE the previous record set by Russia

The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle carried a 714 kilogram main satellite for Earth observation and 103 smaller 'nano satellites'.

Together this weighed a combined 664 kilograms.

Nearly all of the nano satellites are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from the US, said the state-run ISRO.

Feb 10 11:47

U.S. General Seeks ‘a Few Thousand’ More Troops in Afghanistan

The commander of the American-led international military force in Afghanistan, warning that the United States and its NATO allies are facing a “stalemate,” told Congress on Thursday that he needed a few thousand additional troops to more effectively train and advise Afghan soldiers.

“We have a shortfall of a few thousand,” Gen. John W. Nicholson said in a sober assessment of America’s longest war to the Senate Armed Services Committee .

The international force that is helping the Afghans currently has 13,300 troops, 8,400 of whom are American.

Afghan forces have taken heavy casualties over the last year as they have sought to hold off the Taliban and prevent them from capturing provincial capitals.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to General Wilkerson and President Trump: gentlemen, how long has the US government and NATO "occupied" Afghanistan?!?

15 years and counting.

And by what military metric, please, has this occupation been a "success"?!?

Absolutely none.

So I, and the rest of the American people have to ask; what is the real reason to continue this occupation, which shows utterly no signs of resolving in the favor of the US and NATO?!?

Absolutely none.

Afghanistan is not called "the graveyard of empires" for no good reason; the Brits found that out; so did the Russians; and now, the Americans and NATO are discovering that for themselves, and very uncomfortably, I might add.

"Magical thinking", coupled with a pathological inability to see any scenario through to its logical conclusion, is the absolute death-knell for any intelligent foreign policy, and gentlemen, we are there, right the heck now, in this ham-fisted, pig-headed occupation of Afghanistan, which was doomed to failure from the start.

So, what is to be done?!?

The US and NATO should be evacuating their troops from this country as rapidly as is safely possible, and then the US and NATO should be negotiating with whatever government is left standing in Kabul for the pipeline rights (which is originally what this was all about), plus access to Afghanistan's embarrassment of natural resources.

Of course, all of this...would be logical.

President Bush's administration, plus elements at UNOCAL attempted to negotiate with the Taliban before 9/11, but thought the prices quoted were "too high", threatened an invasion, and suddenly, "out of no where", 9/11 happened as the "excuse" for an invasion of Afghanistan.

It was all about the pipeline routes and natural resources all along.

US planned war in Afghanistan long before September 11

Feb 09 15:15

Indian Government Shuts Gate on Bill & Melinda’s Foundation

The Indian government has severed all financial ties between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI)

Feb 05 08:12

Game-changers ahead on the (long) Maritime Silk Road

Despite the Pentagon's predictably shrill notes, both China and India are only interested in making deals to expand and protect their supply chains

Feb 04 15:30

How the US Helped Create Al Qaeda and ISIS

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Feb 01 18:13

Trump cuffs his first verified genuine terrorist - Vid: [1:07]

In a decisive departure from International Norms and longstanding US Governmental policy. This terrorist in Pakistan didn't get a drone-bombing, he got handcuffs instead.

International diplomacy between India and Pakistan as a side benefit is actually an astonishing achievement. Well played President Trump, well played...

Jan 30 15:06

Liberals in Muslim world pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

James Dorsey argues that the Islamophobia fuelled by Donald Trump and far-right European politicians benefits not only Saudi-backed ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam, but also their anti-Saudi jihadist offshoots.

Jan 30 12:06

Statement Regarding Recent Executive Order Concerning Extreme Vetting

To be clear, this is not a Muslim ban, as the media is falsely reporting.

by Donald J Trump

“America is a proud nation of immigrants and we will continue to show compassion to those fleeing oppression, but we will do so while protecting our own citizens and border. America has always been the land of the free and home of the brave.

We will keep it free and keep it safe, as the media knows, but refuses to say. My policy is similar to what President Obama did in 2011 when he banned visas for refugees from Iraq for six months. The seven countries named in the Executive Order are the same countries previously identified by the Obama administration as sources of terror.

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.

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