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Apr 18 23:12

For What Narendra Modi Has Unleashed on His Country’s Poor a Just Punishment Distinct From a Painful Death Does Not Exist

While the world over people have grown myopic worrying about the real or imagined problem to do with corona-virus in their immediate surroundings, the world’s biggest prison has been erected. 1.38 billion people are in a complete house-arrest, with no possibility of leaving home. In scale, this is by far the first in human history.

I am not talking about China. When faced with the first wave of corona-virus, China focused mostly on Wuhan and other hotspots. It didn’t see a need to lockdown the whole country. Moreover, it didn’t think it could get away with that.

Any regime that contemplated locking down the whole country would have realized that not only would it create massive disruption, joblessness, poverty, and dislocation, but also that restarting the economy would be a gargantuan job. Farmers would have found themselves with no money to buy seeds and banks with no cash to lend out, and everyone in a vicious economic cycle.

Apr 15 09:21

How India identifies coronavirus COVID-19 hotspots, non-hotspots and green zones

The three categories are hotspot districts, non-hotspot districts but where cases are being reported and green zone districts said Ministry of Health Joint Secretary Lav Agrawal while addressing a press conference. A total of 170 districts have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots and 207 districts as cluster containment across the country after the districts were categorised into three zones.

Apr 15 04:10

COVID-19 crisis: Donald Trump names six Indian-Americans to Great Economic Revival Industry Groups

Trump has roped in over 200 top American leaders from various industries and sections to create nearly a dozen and half different groups, who will advise him and offer recommendations on how to revive the American economy, which has hit an unprecedented ebb in just a few weeks due to the deadly coronavirus.

Apr 14 04:06

Coronavirus COVID-19: Domestic, international flights suspended till May 3 as PM Narendra Modi extends lockdown

Justifying the decision, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri said that there were good reasons to extend the lockdown till May 3 and restrictions on both domestic and international flights could be lifted after that.
"There were good reasons for the Lockdown to be extended till 3rd May. We can consider lifting restrictions on both domestic & international flights thereafter. I understand the problems being faced by people who need to travel & request them to bear with us," he tweeted.

Apr 14 04:04

PM Narendra Modi urges people to follow AYUSH Ministry advisory for boosting immunity to fight coronavirus

While extending the nationwide lockdown to fight coronavirus till May 3, 2020, the Prime Minister on Tuesday (April 14, 2020) also recommended people to follow a series of measures suggested by the AYUSH Ministry through which they can take to boost their general immunity. The PM was seen recommending the AYUSH Ministry advisory on the matter during his televised address to the nation which began around 10 AM.

Apr 12 19:00

Welcome To India's Hunger Games

1.38 billion people are in a complete house-arrest, with no possibility of leaving home. In scale, this is by far the first in human history.

I am not talking about China. When faced with the first wave of corona-virus, China focused mostly on Wuhan and other hotspots. It didn’t see a need to lockdown the whole country. Moreover, it didn’t think it could get away with that.

Any regime that contemplated locking down the whole country would have realized that not only would it create massive disruption, joblessness, poverty, and dislocation, but also that restarting the economy would be a gargantuan job. Farmers would have found themselves with no money to buy seeds and banks with no cash to lend out, and everyone in a vicious economic cycle.

Apr 12 08:00

Coronavirus COVID-19: Anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine consignment arrives in US from India

Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre lifted a ban on export of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), a consignment of HCQ, which is seen as a game-changing drug in the treatment of coronavirus COVID-19 patients, arrived in the United States on Saturday (April 11).
It is to be noted that India decided to export HCQ to the US, Spain, Brazil and some other countries on humanitarian grounds.

Apr 11 04:50

We'll fight shoulder-to-shoulder against coronavirus COVID-19, says PM Modi in video-conference with CMs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (Apri 11) held a meeting with Chief Ministers primarily to take their suggestions on whether the 21-nation-wide lockdown be extended beyond April 14 to stem the tide of coornavirus infection. This is for the second time PM Modi interacted with the chief ministers via video link after the Centre imposed the lockdown across the country on March 24.

Apr 10 08:37

India, Pakistan locked in border fighting amid coronavirus crisis; Pakistan says it shot down Indian drone in Kashmir: region as troops engage in worst cross-border clashes in two years.

Indian and Pakistani troops in disputed Kashmir are engaged in their most frequent cross-border fighting for at least two years, official data shows, even as the nuclear-armed rivals battle surging coronavirus outbreaks.

Indian Army data reviewed by Reuters news agency shows 411 ceasefire violations by Pakistan's military in March, the highest number in a single month since at least 2018. That compares with 267 violations in March last year recorded by the Indian Army.

More:
Rebels, soldier killed in Kashmir gun battles: Indian army
Young Kashmiris want Indian forces to leave: Survey
'Demographic flooding': India introduces new Kashmir domicile law
Meanwhile, Pakistan's army said on Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance drone in the Pakistan-administered Kashmir region, according to a report by the AFP news agency.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Vlad Putin and Sergei Lavrov, courtesy telephone, and place those calls right the heck now, please, gentlemen!!

The US government, which had some degree of reputation for being an "adult in the room" in times past, is now mired by the consequences of its war crimes internationally, coupled with fiscal and medical crises at home, and has no real credibility in the world of geopolitics, other than the magnitude of damage its weapons may cause, when unleashed.

So gentlemen, you need to be working the phones with Islamabad and New Dehli, and right the heck now; to have two neighboring, nuclear-armed countries glowering at each other, with religiously-frenzied maniacs in both countries advocating for total war against the other, is not going to resolve anything, except to potentially turn a regional war into a world war, and this cannot be allowed to stand.

Apr 10 06:45

India ready to jointly fight coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic: PM Narendra Modi’s response to Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s tweets

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday (April 9, 2020) said that India is ready to help its `friends` in combating the deadly coronavirus and called for joint efforts to fight against the pandemic, which has claimed over 95,000 lives across the globe so far.
"We have to jointly fight this pandemic. India is ready to do whatever is possible to help our friends. Praying for the well-being and good health of the people of Israel," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet.

Apr 09 11:37

Pakistan doctors beaten by police as they despair of 'untreatable' pandemic

Doctors in Pakistan have warned of “deplorable” conditions on the frontlines of the country’s coronavirus outbreak, describing the pandemic as untreatable in one region and accusing police of brutally suppressing protests over working conditions.

Apr 09 05:00

Times likes these bring friends closer, says PM Modi after US President Donald Trump thanks India for HCQ export

Hours after US President Donald Trump thanked India for clearing export of hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), the anti-malaria drug dubbed as a game-changer in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic by some experts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi replied to Trump saying times likes these bring friends closer.
PM Modi expressed confidence that the India-US partnership will grow stronger and assured President Trump that India will do everything possible to help the world defeat coronavirus.

Apr 07 02:47

Coronavirus COVID-19: India partially lifts export ban on Hydroxychloroquine

Indian government has partially lifted the ban on the export of hydroxychloroquine, which is being called as a gamechanger drug in the fight against coronavirus COVID-19 by US President Donald Trump.
"Depending on availability of stock after meeting domestic requirements, existing orders will be cleared," sources told Zee Media.
The Department of Pharma and Ministry fo External Affairs will decide on allocations depending on the COVID-19 related situation in any foreign country.

Apr 06 10:20

‘Fauci Can’t Possibly Know Covid-19 Is 10x Deadlier Than Flu’ — Dr. Bhattacharya of Stanford in Superb Video Interview

“He doesn’t know. He can’t now, because nobody has done the serologic test of how many people in the population have antibodies to the virus. So that’s what you need to know. So he can’t know that, nobody knows that. So he’s reflecting his guess on what that is and I’m relecting my guess on what it is. The fact is neither of us know, neither of us know that number because there’s no scientific study yet done to establish that number in any broad population.”

Also explains the choice we are facing is “not just dollars versus lives, it’s lives versus lives,” since a “global economic collapse will cost the lives of millions of people.” He says he is “scared to death” what the economic harakiri we are committing will do to India where he still has cousins.

Apr 06 05:13

Lockdown in India must be extended to 49 days to curb spread of COVID-19 coronavirus: Study

A research conducted by R Adhikari and Rajesh Singh from the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in the University of Cambridge has claimed that the 21-day lockdown will not be enough to contain the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus in India amd the lockdown must be extended to 49 days.

Conditions:
- Study is based on the interpretation that the lockdown on March 25, removed all social contacts and confined everyone to their homes.
- They also acknowledged that this appears to be an "optimistic" interpretation but that it allows them to assess the outcome.

Apr 05 04:53

India coronavirus, COVID-19 live updates, April 5: PM Modi talks to former Prime Ministers, Presidents, opposition leaders to discuss COVID-19

The total number of positive cases across 181 nations on Sunday (April 5) stood at 1,197,405 and death toll reached 64,606, according to the data released Johns Hopkins University`s Coronavirus Resource Centre. The US remained at the top with the maximum number of positive cases at 308,850, followed by Spain with 126,168 infected cases, Italy with 124,632 cases, Germany with 92,150 cases and France at the fifth spot with 83,031 cases.

Apr 05 04:52

Coronavirus COVID-19: Urged PM Narendra Modi to release US order of hydroxychloroquine, says US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday (April 4) said that he has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release US order of hydroxychloroquine stockpile that can be used to treat COVID-19 coronavirus patients.
"After call today with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is giving serious consideration to releasing the hold it put on a US order for hydroxychloroquine," President Trump told the media.

Apr 02 11:36

Police in India raise coronavirus awareness with virus costumes while directing traffic, on patrol

Can it get anymore ridiculous. The Emperor wears no clothes.

In order to raise awareness about coronavirus, apparently, you sometimes have to wear it.

Police officers in one India city are now wearing virus costumes as part of an awareness campaign about COVID-19.

Mar 31 04:24

ORONAVIRUS UN says India, China may not face recession, calls for USD 2.5 trillion coronavirus crisis package for developing nations

While the deadly coronavirus pandemic has claimed thousands of lives across the globe and pushed the global economy into recession, it is unlikely to impact the economies of India and China, the United Nations has said in its latest report.
"The world economy will go into recession this year with a predicted loss of global income in the trillions of dollars. This will spell serious trouble for developing countries, with the likely exception of China and the possible exception of India," a report published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said on Monday.

Mar 29 05:43

Social distancing, not emotional distancing, says PM Modi on harassment of coronavirus COVID-19 patients

As the nation entered into the fifth day of 21-day nationwide lockdown called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to curb the spread of coronavirus, PM Modi on Sunday (March 29) urged people to "increase social distance and decrease emotional distance" during the lockdown period to defeat the deadly virus.
In his first 'Mann Ki Baat' after the imposition of lockdown, the prime minister also talked about the discrimination being faced by coronavirus patients and those under quarantine and said that it is unfair to treat these people like this. "It is not fair to discriminate against those under quarantine... they are taking precautions," PM Modi said.

Mar 23 05:29

China deployed 12 underwater drones 'Sea Wing Glider' in Indian Ocean

China has deployed a fleet of 12 underwater drones in the Indian Ocean. According to sources, these drones known as 'Sea Wing Gliders' were launched in December 2019 and these drones had made around 3,500 observations till February 2020.
These Sea Wing Gliders are a Uncrewed Underwater Vehicle (UUV) which are capable of operating for months without any human crew.

Mar 22 10:01

India claps in support of COVID-19 warriors, Centre shuts trains, metros, buses till March 31 and other top news of March 22, 2020

Showing their unprecedented support to the emergency workers like doctors, paramedics, Army, police, media personnel among others, people across the country came out to their balconies and clapped or rang any musical instrument even kitchen utensils like plates and bowls at 5 pm on Sunday (March 22) for a five-minute duration

Mar 22 09:58

Pakistan confirms 477 coronavirus cases, 104 new in last 24 hours

Pakistan government on Sunday (March 22) said that total number of coronavirus positive patients in the country has jumped to 477 and a National Health Emergency of Public Concern was declared by the government on March 13 to check the spread of the deadly virus in the country.
According to Pakistan's National Institute of Health (NIH), the risk assessment for COVID-19 in Pakistan is currently HIGH. A total of 1,409,798 persons have been screened so far at different entry points of the country, including airports and seaports.

Mar 22 03:31

Indian Railways cancels all trains till March 31 as coronavirus cases jump to 341

Ministry of Railways said in its order that no train except goods train will be run up to 2400 hrs of March 31. "However bare minimum Suburban services and Kolkata metro Rail service will continue to run till 2400 hrs on 22.03.2020, thereafter these services will also be stopped till 2400 hrs of 31.03.2020," announced Ministry of Railways.
The number of deaths due to coronavirus in India jumped to six on Sunday (March 22) after a 38-year-old man died at AIIMS in Patna, Bihar.

Mar 21 04:59

Never forget-precautions not panic, PM Modi's appeal to people amid spread of COVID-19

The number of coronavirus positive cases in the world is rising in alarming numbers with a total of 2,72,351 reports of infections while the death toll reaches 11,310. Italy reported another huge spike in fatalities which have now crossed 4,000. In the past 24 hours, the country recorded 627 deaths taking its total to 4,032, as per officials. Italy's COVID-19 death toll overtook that of China which has reported 3,139 deaths.

Mar 20 02:45

CORONAVIRUS US to provide $1mn to Pakistan to combat COVID-19

The US on Friday announced that it will provide Pakistan $1 million under the USAID programme to help improve monitoring and rapid response against the novel coronavirus outbreak in the South Asian country.
Senior US diplomat Alice Wells made the announcement on Twitter, reports The Express Tribune.

"The US-Pakistan government partnership is helping fight COVID-19. The US government is responding to Covid-19 in Pakistan with initial $1 million funding to bolster monitoring and rapid response."

Mar 19 10:40

Pakistan, China and Russia decide to conduct trade in local currencies skip dollars

When it rains, it pours!

A road map will be finalized and signed at SCO's Finance Ministers' meeting in Moscow on March 18th.

Representatives from the finance ministries and central banks of China, India, Russia, Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will attend the SCO conference in Moscow.

Mar 19 09:27

PM Modi asks nation to follow 'Janata Curfew' from 7am-9pm on March 22 to curb COVID-19 spread

The Prime Minister had also chaired a high-level meeting on March 18 to review the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19, besides discussing the ways to further strengthen India’s preparedness to deal with the issue. The Centre has taken several steps to curb the pandemic within the country. It has issued guidelines, advisories and taken several precautions to fight the deadly virus.
Here are the live updates of PM Modi's address to the nation:

Mar 18 04:34

Pakistan Calls on US to End Iran Sanctions to Confront Virus

Pakistan’s prime minister said Monday he fears the new coronavirus will devastate the economies of developing nations, and warned richer economies to prepare to write off the debts of the world’s poorer countries.

n an interview with The Associated Press, Imran Khan criticized recent comments by the president of neighboring Afghanistan, which appeared to reference accusations that Pakistan used militants to further its own goals in years past.

Khan also raised concern over India’s worst Hindu-Muslim violence in decades, saying the Indian prime minister’s Hindu nationalist-led government threatens to disenfranchise hundreds of millions of people through a controversial new citizenship law.

He further called for lifting sanctions against Iran, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Mar 18 03:25

PM Modi discusses global situation amid coronavirus pandemic with Saudi Crown Prince over phone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday held a telephonic conversation with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, and the two leaders discussed the global situation regarding the outbreak of coronavirus.
"Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation today with the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman. The two leaders discussed the global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic," India`s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement on Tuesday.

Mar 08 04:31

Women's Day: PM Narendra Modi 'signs off' from twitter, hands over his social media accounts to seven women achievers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (March 8) greeted the nation on International Women’s Day and signed off from Twitter, handing over his social media accounts to seven women achievers to celebrate the special day.
"Greetings on International Women’s Day! We salute the spirit and accomplishments of our Nari Shakti. As I’d said a few days ago, I’m signing off. Through the day, seven women achievers will share their life journeys and perhaps interact with you through my social media accounts," tweeted PM Modi.

Mar 07 07:58

Women's Day: PM Modi to interact with 'Nari Shakti' awardees, hand over his Twitter account to women

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with "Nari Shakti" awardees and hand over his Twitter account to women achievers to mark International Women's Day on Sunday (March 8, 2020). The interaction between PM and the women achievers will take place after President Ram Nath Kovind gives away the "Nari Shakti" awards at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Sunday morning.
"Prime Minister's Twitter account would be handled by women achievers tomorrow on the occasion of International Women's Day," a release from the Prime Minister's Office said.

Mar 07 05:07

PM Narendra Modi breaks down when Dehradun woman says she has seen god in him

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (March 7, 2020) broke down while interacting with a woman beneficiary of his government's generic medicine programme. According to reports, the PM turned emotional when a woman from Dehradun, Deepa Shah, who suffered paralysis in 2011, told him that she had seen God in him.
"I have not seen god, but I have seen god in you," she said, tears rolling down her eyes. The woman said this while interacting with the PM through video-conference on the occasion of Jan Aushadhi Diwas.

Mar 07 04:30

PM Narendra Modi appeals for calm, says 'don't believe rumours on Coronavirus'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (March 7, 2020) urged people to remain calm and not trust rumours about the coronavirus outbreak and emphasised the need to undertake proper protective measures.
"I request people to not believe in hearsay and rumours on what to do and what not to do on Coronavirus, whatever doubts you have please consult your doctor. Take advise from a doctor and do not be a doctor of your own," said Modi while interacting with Jan Aushadhi Yojana beneficiaries via video conference.

Mar 07 04:28

India has offered 300 Lines of Credit to 64 countries: Jaishankar at Global Business Summit

Stressing on the need of economic diplomacy as one of the core components of India`s foreign policy, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday noted that the country has so far offered 300 Lines of Credit (LoCs) to 64 countries that further involve 539 development projects.
"Economic diplomacy is the heart of any policy today. Be it Act East policy,

Mar 06 11:37

Pakistan is hit by its worst locust plague in 30 years: Insect swarms DECIMATE entire harvests as country declares nationwide emergency

Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

Heavy rains and cyclones sparked 'unprecedented' breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.

The insects have since fanned out and wreaked havoc on farms from East Africa to India before making their way into Pakistan from the desert on the country's southwestern border with Iran.

The crisis is so severe that the government has declared a nationwide emergency and urgently appealed for help from the international community.

Mar 06 06:36

Pakistan is hit by its worst locust plague in 30 years: Insect swarms DECIMATE entire harvests as country declares nationwide emergency

Pakistan's farmers are struggling to combat the worst locust plague in nearly three decades as insect swarms decimate entire harvests in the country's agricultural heartlands and send food prices soaring.

Heavy rains and cyclones sparked 'unprecedented' breeding and the explosive growth of locust populations on the Arabian peninsula early last year, according to the United Nations.

The insects have since fanned out and wreaked havoc on farms from East Africa to India before making their way into Pakistan from the desert on the country's southwestern border with Iran.

Mar 04 07:57

Pakistan court gives green light to women's march - with conditions

A Pakistani court on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the country’s largest women’s rights event but told organisers to ensure participants adhere to “decency and moral values”.

The country-wide event, known as Aurat March, using the Urdu word for women, has been attended by tens of thousands over the last two years to mark International Women’s Day on March 8.

A court in Lahore was petitioned last month to place restrictions on the organisers and participants of the march, whom the complainant said had an agenda to “spread anarchy, vulgarity, blasphemy and hatred” against Islam.

The court told organisers to consult local officials to finalise arrangements for the event, which campaigns for reclaiming space for women as well as the LGBT community.

Global watchdogs have expressed concern in recent years over what they see as a growing clampdown on rights campaigns in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The organisers have to see these threats coming, and do their best to counter them, as peacefully and responsibly as is humanly possible. MARCHERS, PLEASE HAVE THE HORSE-SENSE TO PROTECT EACH OTHER HERE!!

As these documented stories go, the level of violence against Pakistani women, is horrific. From Wikipedia, we have the following statistics:

"According to a study carried out in 2009 by Human Rights Watch, it is estimated that between 20 and 30 percent of women in Pakistan have suffered some form of abuse. An estimated 5000 women are killed per year from domestic violence, with thousands of others maimed or disabled."

Violence against Women on the rise in Pakistan

Pakistan to open more than 1,000 new courts to fight violence against women

Addressing violence against women in Pakistan: time to act now

Violence Against Women: The High Price of Women's Honor in Pakistan

As you can see, from the postmark on the last article, this problem goes back a long way.

This is one of the many reasons you would NEVER find me in Islamabad; as an "uppity gal" who peacefully and logically speaks her mind, and as a Christian, I would probably get both assassinated and dismembered in this country, before I got home, most probably arriving back in pieces, as did Adnan Kashoggi.

Mar 03 09:04

PM Modi shares preventive measures against Coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (March 3) said there is no need to panic and we need to work together, take small yet important measures to ensure self-protection against the Coronavirus outbreak in India.
PM Modi also tweeted, "Had an extensive review regarding preparedness on the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Different ministries & states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention."

Feb 28 06:10

India’s Waging a State-on-Citizen Hybrid War to Build Modi’s Hindu Rashtra

The Modi Mob Might Be Planning A Massive Anti-Muslim Massacre

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That vague, but persistently awful, and chronic, sound you are hearing, is that of Mahatma Gandhi, not thumping from the grave, as he was cremated after his assassination, but thumping from heaven itself, and screaming to the Indian government, "What the hell do you think you are doing to my India, which should have been a place where people of all faiths should be able to live together, peacefully and responsibly"?!?!?

Feb 26 09:49

Tamil Nadu food artist prepares 107 kilo idli as a welcome gesture to President Trump

As a welcoming gesture to US President Donald Trump, Tamil Nadu Chef-prepared 100-kilo idlis with the picture of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Donald Trump painted in it. Along with the two idlis weighting 50-kilos each, the food artist also made other seven-kilo idli painted with the flags of both India and the US.
It took 36 hours for the food artist to prepare the three colossal idlis which weight 107 kilograms in total.

Feb 26 02:48

More than a dozen killed, hundreds injured as New Delhi riots overshadow Trump visit

More than a dozen people have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes between opposing groups of protesters in New Delhi, hospital officials said on Tuesday, as riots overshadowed U.S. President Donald Trump’s first visit to India.

The clashes, the worst in the capital since unrest over a new citizenship law began in December, started at the weekend but turned deadly on Monday. Violence erupted again in multiple areas of northeast Delhi on Tuesday, just miles away from where Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met for talks.

India’s capital has been a focus of unrest against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which makes it easier for non-Muslims from three neighbouring Muslim-dominated countries to gain Indian citizenship.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It appears as though the world's largest democracy is sliding, irrevocably, into a slow burning anarchy, from which it may never recover, after the passage of this law.

Feb 17 10:14

Hiding slums ahead of Trump visit portrays him as EMPEROR & shows Indians' 'SLAVE MENTALITY' – newspaper

An Indian Hindu party has lashed out at government plans to hide slums behind a wall along the route Donald Trump's motorcade will take during his visit, likening preparations to those for British royals during colonial times.

Authorities in Ahmedabad are planning to erect a wall that would make local slums invisible for Trump and his entourage once they arrive in the city on February 24. The US president is set to attend a roadshow with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and will inaugurate a new cricket stadium.

However, the preparations have unnerved members of Shiv Sena, a Marathi Hindu nationalist party, whose mouthpiece newspaper hit out at the plans to hide poverty.

Such efforts portray the visiting US president as "badshah," or an emperor, the paper pointed out.

Jan 31 07:38

The United States: a Record-Holder in Political Assassinations

The crowing by Donald Trump that he “terminated” the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, Major General Qaseem Soleimani, simply because Trump believed, mobster-style, that he had it coming, should remind the world that the United States government stands as the world’s record-holder in either directly carrying out or coordinating with other parties the assassination of political leaders, American and foreign.

§1116. Murder or manslaughter of foreign officials, official guests, or internationally protected persons
https://corpuslegalis.com/us/code/title18/murder-or-manslaughter-of-foreign-officials-official-guests-or-internationally-protected-persons(4) “Internationally protected person” means—

Jan 30 21:37

FLASHBACK: How Many Millions Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars?

March 23rd, 2018

By Nicolas J.S. Davies

How many people have been killed in America’s post-9/11 wars? I have been researching and writing about that question since soon after the U.S. launched these wars, which it has tried to justify as a response to terrorist crimes that killed 2,996 people in the U.S. on September 11th 2001.

But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars on countries and people who were not responsible for the crime committed, as former Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz patiently explained to NPR at the time......

Jan 24 08:39

Trump meets Imran Khan in Davos, offers ‘help’ on Kashmir issue

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reiterated his offer to “help” on the Kashmir issue, as he met Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in Davos, Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum.

Interestingly, Trump volunteered the US’s “help” even before Khan spoke — without any prompting or provocation.

Addressing the media with Khan at his side, Trump said, “We are talking about Kashmir and in relation to what is going on with Pakistan and India and if we can help — we certainly will be helping. We’ve been following that and watching it very very closely.”

Khan said it was the US which will be able to help resolve the issue, and said that he had pinned his hopes on the US President.

This is the fourth time that Trump has made such an offer - each time, India has rejected his proposal.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Mr. President, what is going on in Kashmir, is very complicated, and has a long, and difficult history.

To sum up the issue in as few words as possible, India has suggested Kashmir a referendum, through which the Kashmiris themselves, could decide if they wanted to stay with India; become independent; or merge with Pakistan.

That has never happened, Mr. President; and it will take a great deal of political courage, from the Indian side, to allow this to happen.

But if it does not happen, we can look for more bloodshed in this decades old civil war, between India and Pakistan, over Kashmir; and I politely will remind you, that in the Declaration of the Rights of Man, a UN Document, to which the US, Pakistan, and India are all signatories, there is a statement affirming the right of people for "peaceful self-determination"; that is precisely for what Kashmiris are advocating, which is falling on a collection of truly "deaf ears" in New Dehli.

Jan 11 12:02

The reality we must face: Our Country, the United States, is a Rogue Nation and Our Leaders are Criminals

For as long as I’ve been alive, my country has been a rogue state.

Actually, the US became a rogue state four years before my birth in 1949 when, in 1945, Washington decided to bomb two militarily insignificant cities in Japan with its new super weapon, the atomic bomb, instantly incinerating several hundred thousand Japanese civilians, including many, many children, and condemning at least that many more to slow agonizing deaths from resulting cancers and birth defects.

Dec 25 18:03

India orders drawback of 7,000 troops sent to Kashmir after security review

Over 7,000 troops, which were deployed to the India-controlled Kashmir ahead of the withdrawal of its semi-autonomous status, are returning to their permanent bases due to the improved security situation.

A total of 72 companies drawn from various paramilitary branches were ordered to return from Kashmir on Monday, Indian media has reported. Each company comprises 100 people. The decision to scale down the presence of troops in the predominantly Muslim region was made as the government in New Delhi evaluated the security situation there as safer.

Dec 23 06:17

Pakistani academic Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death for blasphemy

Islamabad, Pakistan - A court in Pakistan has convicted a university lecturer of blasphemy and sentenced him to death in a case rights groups have long cited as emblematic of fair trial concerns in such prosecutions in the country.

Junaid Hafeez, a lecturer at the Bahauddin Zakariya University in the central Pakistani city of Multan, was accused of having insulted Islam's Prophet Muhammad and its holy book, the Quran, verbally and on Facebook in 2013.

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Pakistani academic Junaid Hafeez sentenced to death for blasphemy
University professor Hafeez found guilty of having insulted Prophet Muhammad and Quran verbally and on Facebook.

by Asad Hashim
21 Dec 2019
Amnesty International, a UK-based rights group, called Saturday's verdict 'a travesty' [Asim Tanveer/AP]
Amnesty International, a UK-based rights group, called Saturday's verdict 'a travesty' [Asim Tanveer/AP]

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We are very fortunate in this country to be able to practice a religion (or not) as we see fit; with other places on the planet, which only seem to embrace the 21st century through their acquisition of state of the art weaponry, this is a very different issue indeed.

Dec 23 06:01

India protests rage on as death toll rises to 24

Thousands of people joined fresh rallies against a contentious citizenship law in India on Saturday, with 24 killed so far in nearly two weeks of widespread unrest.

The death toll jumped one day after demonstrations turned violent on Friday in India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, where at least 15 people were killed including an eight-year-old boy who was trampled to death.

One protester died Saturday after clashes in Rampur, also in Uttar Pradesh, as police armed with batons used tear gas against a stone-pelting crowd, police told AFP.

Anger has been growing over the law, approved by parliament on December 11, which gives religious minority members from three neighbouring countries an easier path to citizenship -- but not if they are Muslim.

Critics say the law discriminates against Muslims and is part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu-nationalist agenda, a claim his political party denies.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Indian legislators actually passed this bill, is a demonstration of absolute, collective tone-deafness, which boggles the mind.

Dec 21 06:38

Thousands renew protests in India against citizenship law

Thousands of people took to the streets in India again on Wednesday against a new citizenship law based on religion that has touched off violent unrest, and a southern state imposed curbs on public gatherings to pre-empt further demonstrations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government says the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is intended to address the persecution of non-Muslim minorities such as Hindus, Sikhs and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Those groups, many of whom have been languishing in India for years without rights, will now get an automatic path to Indian nationality if they came from these three countries before 2015.

India's Supreme Court turned down a plea on Wednesday to halt implementation of the law but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure, which critics have described as anti-Muslim.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We are enormously lucky, here in the US, where one can practice a religion (or not ascribe to any religion), most generally, without death threats or demonstrations; unfortunately, in other places in the world, this is not so simple.

Dec 14 06:06

Clashes erupt in Delhi over citizenship law; Japan PM cancels visit

Violent clashes erupted in Delhi between police and hundreds of university students on Friday over the enactment of a new citizenship law that critics say undermines India’s secular foundations.

Police fired tear gas and used baton charges to disperse scores of students demonstrating at Jamia Millia Islamia university in the heart of Delhi over the law.

Protesters attacked cars in the capital, and several people were injured and taken to hospital.

Zakir Riyaz, a PhD student in social work, said the new law made a mockery of India’s religious openness.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, now it's "open season" on India's Muslims, in terms of denying citizenship to them?!?

What else will be denied them, beside the right to vote, under this law; will they not be able to attend the finest schools in India because of this?!? Will they have to present a pass, every time they work?!? Are there going to now be some jobs forbidden to them?!? And will housing become completely segregated by faith, driving Muslim families out of the marketplace?!?

I would politely suggest to the Indian government, that going the way of Israel's apartheid, is not going to help empower India in a positive, and moral direction.

That huge Thumpa-thumpa we are all hearing right now... is the sound of Mahatma Gandhi, whirling in his grave, at warp-drive speed.

Dec 05 08:57

Israel ‘discretionary spending’ on settlements up 50%

The Israeli government has increased discretionary spending on settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory by 50 per cent over the last two years, reported the Jerusalem Post.

According to data published by settlement watchdog Peace Now, so-called “discretionary spending” “is expenditure by various ministries outside the general budget, including from the Interior, Housing, Education, and Energy and Water ministries, as well as the National Roads Authority”.

These funds are directed towards the construction of settlement housing units, as well as for roads inside the settlements, “buildings for educational, social and religious purposes, commercial centres and industrial parks”, the report added.

Dec 01 09:13

India Test Fires Nuke-Capable Missile Amid "Israeli Model" For Kashmir Controversy

Following a major row over controversial comments from a senior Indian diplomat who in a recent televised speech called for the adoption of the "Israeli model" in Indian-administered Kashmir, New Delhi has added fresh fuel to the fire by another successful test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Agni-III, on Saturday. This comes after a series prior short-range nuke capable missile tests over the past two weeks.

It was the first night trial of the nuclear capable Agni-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile, fired from an island off India's east coast into the Bengal Sea. Indian defense sources have touted that the nuke-capable ballistic missile possesses a range of over 1,862 miles, and has successfully hit its targets in the latest tests.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the Indian diplomat stated, in a private gathering gone viral, was that Israeli-like apartheid should become the rule of law in Kashmir, where Muslim Kashmiris would only be granted what would be tantamount to an second, or third-class citizenship.

It is quite obvious that the person uttering those words, has never been to Gaza; East Jerusalem, or the West bank.

I would like to hope that some adults in the Bowels of Power in New Dehli; DC; Moscow; Beijing; will talk India and Pakistan about cooling down, and the creation of confidence-building measures between these two nuclear-armed countries. Otherwise, we may well be looking at World War III.

During this weekend, India and the US concluded two defense pacts;

And back in May, Pakistan signed a Memorandum of Agreements defense pact with Russia: Russia's looming arms sales to Palistan sets up a dangerous game

We need to understand that prior to World War I, alliances were formed to create a balance of power: The Major Alliances of World War I this article goes on to state: "By 1914, Europe's six major powers were split into two alliances that would form the warring sides in World War I. Britain, France, and Russia formed the Triple Entente, while Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy joined in the Triple Alliance. These alliances weren't the sole cause of World War I, as some historians have contended, but they did play an important role in hastening Europe's rush to conflict.

So if India and Pakistan "go at it", militarily, there will be the US government's, contractual obligation to assist India against Pakistan; and Pakistan will be looking to Russia for more military support.

How this might unfold, is anyone's guess; but it certainly has the potential of moving in a terrible direction, and very quickly.

Nov 28 08:31

Anger over India's diplomat calling for 'Israel model' in Kashmir

An hour-long video featuring Sandeep Chakravorty, India's consul general in New York, has gone viral on social media, in which he is addressing a group of Kashmiri Hindus - known as Pandits - at a private event in the US city last week.

"I believe the security situation will improve, it will allow the refugees to go back, and in your lifetime, you will be able to go back … and you will be able to find security, because we already have a model in the world," said Chakravorty, referring to the exodus of tens of thousands of Kashmiri Hindus in 1989 after an armed rebellion against the Indian rule started in the Himalayan region.

"I don't know why we don't follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it," he said, adding that the current Indian leadership is "determined" to do so.

'Chilling video'

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So let me get this straight; this guy wants to make Kashmiri Muslims second-class citizens, or worse, create a "Final Solution" response to their presence in Kashmir?!?

Forgive me, but I am having a palm to forehead moment, at warp speed, upon reading this!! WHAT THE HELL IS THE INDIAN GOVERNMENT THINKING, TO HAVE SOMEONE ADVOCATING FOR THIS MONSTROUS SUGGESTION IN PUBLIC, WITH THE SURE AND CERTAIN KNOWLEDGE THAT IT WOULD GO VIRAL?!?

This world has had some of its most brilliant thinkers and philosophers came from India; it's a pity that its current governmental regime cannot be described as belonging to either camp here.

Nov 28 06:31

ISRAELI GOVERNMENT TO EXPAND GLOBAL ARMS EXPORTS IN 2020

SOURCE: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR
The Israeli government is aiming to increase the volume of Israel’s defence exports, reported Globes, which has revealed the main points of the plan for the first time.

The project, being overseen by the Defence Ministry’s International Defence Cooperation Directorate (SIBAT) led by Brigadier General (Res.) Yair Kulas, will begin to be rolled out in early 2020.

According to Globes, the plan is based on “focused seminars for senior commanders in foreign armies”, Israeli military “assistance for promoting sales of Israeli weapons”, and “subsidising small and medium-sized defence companies seeking to sell arms around the world”.

Speaking this week, Kulas said that SIBAT favours a major expansion of agreements between countries, resulting in significant deals for the large defence companies, especially Elbit Systems, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Rafael Advanced Defence Systems.

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Color me unsurprised at this development; but one has to wonder how Israeli weaponry really stands up to that of China or Russia, at this point?!?

Nov 19 09:38

Operation Northwoods. False Flag Attacks and Regime Change. US Intervention in India

Operation Timber Sycamore

Operation Timber Sycamore is the codename of a covert operation officially authorized by Obama in June 2013 to train and equip the anti-Assad rebellion, but which actually started in October 2011, when the CIA was operating via Britain’s MI6 to avoid having to notify Congress that it was arming the rebels in Syria. Originally, the CIA and MI6 (the British foreign intelligence service) set up a rebel arms supply network in Syria from Libya — a plan that involved intelligence agencies of 15 countries.

Intervention in India

The Pentagon project Operation Timber Sycamore that spawned ISIS was the brainchild of former CIA Director General David Petraeus. It is now coordinated by the investment fund KKR, established by Henry Kravis and whose military activities are led by Petraeus.

Nov 14 08:18

500+ COMBAT ROBOTS SET TO STRENGTHEN INDIAN ARMY DEFENSES IN KASHMIR – MEDIA

SOURCE: RT
The Indian Army will soon reinforce its strength in Kashmir with hundreds of combat robots capable of lobbing grenades, overcoming obstacles, and carrying out search-and-rescue raids, local media report.
The Defense Ministry is looking for around 550 “robotic surveillance units,” each with a 25-year lifespan, according to Indian media, citing military sources. “These robots should be capable enough for water fording with minimum 20 cm depth,” an unnamed officer told Livemint.

Once acquired, the robots will be sent to the Rashtriya Rifles, the Indian Army’s counter-insurgency force. The unit will use them in built-up areas to gather intelligence on terrorists’ movements.

Aside from collecting imagery intelligence, the unmanned vehicles will be armed and capable of firing “suitable munitions at the intended target, for example, throwing grenade at places where the terrorists are holed up,” the source explained.

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What could possibly go wrong with these robots, other than the cold, hard
reality that they have no morality to tell them whether they are aiming at a bad guy, or attempting to shoot an infant out of its mother's arms?!?

I very much fear, that these robots will become instruments of mass genocide against every possible Muslim Kashmiri, and Pakistani non-combatant possible; children; women; infants; and the medically fragile elderly.

(Sigh) I have no magic wand to wave at this situation; I can only hope (and pray) that the "adults in the room" of global geopolitics (and guys, you know who you are), start working the phones like crazy between Islamabad and New Dehli, and attempting to ratchet the tension here down.

Because if a calming of tensions does not happen, we are looking, potentially, at a full-scale hot war, between two nuclear armed adversaries.

Nov 05 18:22

Software Engineer Shares Pics From 'Major Financial Institution' Near Dallas Showing H-1B Replacements

Progressives for Immigration Reform on Thursday shared pictures purportedly from a "major financial institution near Dallas" sent in by "one of the last" American software engineers at the company showing how American workers have mostly "been replaced by H-1Bs brought straight from India."

Oct 30 11:22

Trump’s Syria Trifecta?

According to Friedman, “(t)he job of the (US) president is to…oppose any foe to ensure the survival of freedom with the fact that US interests and values still require us to remain engaged around the world in a sustainable way.”

Translation: Preemptive wars on targeted nations threatening no one are OK as long as waged by Pentagon and allied forces, the rule of law a nonissue.Fact: The so-called global war on terrorism is a colossal hoax. It’s war OF terrorism on humanity at home and abroad, not on it.

Fact: ISIS and likeminded terrorist groups are used as US imperial foot soldiers in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, and virtually anywhere else where the Pentagon and CIA want them deployed.

The notion of involvement by US forces in combatting ISIS is one of the biggest Big Lies about US wars of aggression.

Oct 30 08:10

Cyberattack Shuts Down India's Largest Nuclear Power Plant

Via GreatGameIndia.com,

India’s second (and largest) nuclear power unit stopped operating on 19th October 2019. It is suspected that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was hit by a cyberattack and the authorities were already alerted of the threat months in advance. Even as cybersecurity experts are investigating the case, the authorities were quick to dismiss any occurrence of a spyware infiltrating their systems. The power plant project built in collaboration with Russia has been a target of foreign players since its inception.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Double-plus ungood, considering that the tensions in this part of the world are running very hot, and close enough to the surface between India and Pakistan, that limited shooting has already broken out.

I would like to hope that some of the adults in the room in the Bowels of Power who believe that peace and stability trumps war, murder and, population dislocations, are working the phones between New Delhi, and Islamabad, and trying to get the tensions ratcheted down.

Unfortunately, (spoiler alert), I do not believe that any kind of movement in this direction will come from the US.

So Vlad (Putin), and Sergei Lavrov), I am counting on you two gentlemen to do what you can to start creating some confidence building measures, so the tensions do not escalate any more badly than they already have.

Oct 29 15:11

‘Side with India and face our missiles’ – Pakistan’s minister for Kashmir issues stark warning to all friends of its enemy

Countries who side with India in its standoff with Pakistan over the disputed Kashmir region face being at the receiving end of the Islamic Republic’s missiles, according to the country’s minister for Kashmir affairs.

Speaking at a function on Monday, Minister Ali Amin Gandapur warned that Pakistan was willing to go to war over the contested territory. “If the tension with India escalates on the issue of Kashmir, Pakistan will be forced into a war,” he said.

Gandapur added that he regrets that the world has done nothing to resolve the issue and issued a stark warning to countries considering supporting India in the dispute.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This does not bode well for peace in the region.

And unfortunately, there seem to be no interested set of mature third parties willing to step in, and ratchet down the tensions here.

Oct 28 04:19

India, Pakistan Slowly Inching Towards Limited Scale Military Conflict

New Delhi (Sputnik): India and Pakistan are doing little to deescalate their border conflict, and the situation on the ground appears to be worsening with each passing week.

At least four civilians have been killed since Thursday and several injured in heavy shelling and firing at different sectors along the Line of Control (LoC), the de-facto border that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

A worrying development is the high and consistent use of artillery by both sides. In previous periods of tension the use of artillery was quite limited and would usually end up with a flag-meet. But this time, the situation seems different.

Pakistan administered Kashmir a Terrorist Controlled Country: Indian Army chief

Speaking at an army function in New Delhi on Friday, Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat categorically stated that Pakistan administered Kashmir is “illegally occupied by Pakistan and being controlled by terrorists.”

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I am hoping that some of the folks I look on as "The Adults in the Room" on geopolitics, will work the phones like crazy to calm the environment down here, and get each country to back off this prelude/dance toward war.

(Russia's President Putin) Vlad, and Sergei (His Foreign Secretary, Lavrov) you gentlemen know what I mean; please.

Such a war would be an absolute and unthinkable horror for not only for the region, but would also most probably set the entire world on fire.

Oct 27 06:25

India, US Officially Suspend Defense Cooperation

In a major development brewing for sometime now, India and US have officially suspended Defense Cooperation after Americans refused to give India high-end jet-engine technology. At the heart of the Indo-US Strategic Partnership is what is known as the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative or DTTI. Under the 2012 DTTI, India and the US set up joint working groups (JWGs) for cooperation on aircraft carriers and jet engine technology, all of the 4 pathfinder projects have now been shutdown. The move comes days after former US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s visit to India.

Oct 27 06:08

India, US Officially Suspend Defense Cooperation

Submitted by GreatGameIndia, a journal on Geopolitics and International Relations.

In a major development brewing for sometime now, India and US have officially suspended Defense Cooperation after Americans refused to give India high-end jet-engine technology. At the heart of the Indo-US Strategic Partnership is what is known as the Defense Technology and Trade Initiative or DTTI. Under the 2012 DTTI, India and the US set up joint working groups (JWGs) for cooperation on aircraft carriers and jet engine technology, all of the 4 pathfinder projects have now been shutdown. The move comes days after former US Secretary of State and National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger’s visit to India.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

(Sigh) Dear Trump Administration; your timing could have possibly been worse on this issue, but I do not know how.

The festering relationship between India and Pakistan, over the status of Kashmir, appears to be coming to a head; both are nuclear armed countries.

We see this, published just a couple of weeks ago from the asiaforum.com:

China remains Pakistan’s key partner
12 October 2019
The article goes on to state:

'While meeting with a visiting Chinese military delegation led by General Xu Qiliang, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan termed ties with China an ‘anchor for regional stability’. The visit of the military delegation came amidst rising India–Pakistan tensions over India’s unilateral revocation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, stripping Indian-controlled Kashmir of its autonomy. The action led to a series of measures by China and Pakistan, again proving China to be Pakistan’s irreplaceable ally.'

IF in fact, the above is true, where do you think that India will go for their nuclear control switches?!? Russia, perhaps?!?

And are you thoroughly unable to fathom the fact that when the US pulls away on something like these controls, nature abhors a vacuum, and there will be another country more than willing to help india achieve its goal, legally, or illegally?

I am having a palm to forehead moment right now, at velocity, upon reading this.

Oct 23 17:03

India plans to launch LARGEST facial recognition system to target criminals as country’s murder rate drops to lowest in DECADES

The homicide rate in India is the lowest it has been since the early 1960s, the new data shows. The government wants to curb it even more by installing a country-wide facial ID system to track “crime patterns.”

Oct 22 08:16

Iran FM: I’m ready to visit Saudi Arabia to settle differences

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says he is ready to visit Saudi Arabia to help reduce tensions between Riyadh and Tehran if suitable conditions existed.

Iran's top diplomat made the remarks while answering a question posed by Yemen’s Arabic-language al-Masirah news agency on the sidelines of a conference held in Tehran on Monday themed “Unilateralism and International Law.”

“If suitable conditions are provided, I would be ready to travel to Riyadh to settle differences” between the two countries, Zarif was quoted by ISNA as saying.

"Tehran welcomes any initiative that aims to ease tensions in the region and will cooperate [with other parties] to end Yemen’s war," he added.

Oct 15 18:48

Concerns About 5G Worsening India’s 3 Million Ton E-Waste Mess

By B.N. Frank

According to an opinion piece in the Hindu Businessline, India already has 3 million tons of E-Waste which will more than likely increase due to the introduction of 5G.

5G E-Waste concerns have been reported before. Let’s not forget also that E-Waste is a huge problem already without 5G.

So what will happen to all the increasing sources of E-Waste if there is ever a global ban on sending it to developing countries?...

Oct 13 15:17

Iran vs Saudi Arabia: Pakistan Prime Minister to mediate talks amid India Kashmir conflict

IRAN’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Tehran were ready for talks with Saudi Arabia after the Saudi oil attack in September saw the two come to blows and tensions in the Middle East fizzle out of control.

Now, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Tehran having offered to mediate between the two countries to help bring about peace talks, despite the fact Islamabad has its own conflict with India over the Kashmir region. Pakistan will do its utmost to enable talks between arch regional rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia, Khan said on Sunday, adding he will travel to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday.

Oct 13 12:43

Israeli attack on Iran would have nightmare global consequences — a thriller explains

This is the greatest pleasure of a thriller published this summer, in which a former intelligence analyst imagines what happens when Israel attacks Iran with well-laid plans, and a global humanitarian and environmental nightmare, and near-world-war, ensue. The book puts the lie to such cheerleading.

Oct 07 11:02

China’s ‘New Silk Road’ Vision Revealed

The Xinhua series promises the clearest look so far at China’s vision for its Silk Road Economic Belt as well as the Maritime Silk Road. One of the most intriguing pieces released Thursday was a map showing China’s ambitious visions for the “New Silk Road” and “New Maritime Silk Road.” It’s the clearest vision to date of the scope of China’s Silk Road plan.

According to the map, the land-based “New Silk Road” will begin in Xi’an in central China before stretching west through Lanzhou (Gansu province), Urumqi (Xinjiang), and Khorgas (Xinjiang), which is near the border with Kazakhstan.

Oct 04 21:10

David Icke: Who Did 9/11 and Why? Part One of a Two-Part Interview

David Icke’s new book The Trigger really triggers some people…like The Washington Post‘s passive-aggressive book reviewer Ron Charles, who brags, shedding crocodile tears all the while: “I banned a book. Or at least I helped get it banned, which makes Banned Books Week a little awkward for me this year.”

If Icke is such a nut, and The Trigger is just “harebrained word vomit,” why would anyone—least of all a Washington Post book reviewer who pretends to hate censorship—feel the need to have it banned? The likely answer, of course, is that Charles knows or suspects, consciously or unconsciously, that Israel was behind 9/11.(1)

And why wouldn’t he? Even the most naive and cursory observer of 21st century geopolitics can see that Israel was the biggest beneficiary of 9/11, which brainwashed the whole world to hate Israel’s Muslim enemies, and hijacked the American military to attack and/or destroy nations that Israel considered a threat.

Oct 04 19:19

‘Hit by our own missile’: Indian air force chief says downed helicopter’s friend-or-foe system was off during clash with Pakistan

New Delhi’s air force chief has confirmed that an Indian helicopter was brought down by one of the country’s own missiles during a skirmish with Pakistan back in February, when the two sides clashed in the skies over Kashmir.

The country’s newly appointed Air Chief Marshal Rakesh Bhadauria has offered the first official ‘mea culpa’ on Friday following a probe into the friendly fire mishap, which killed 6 air force personnel and one civilian on the ground in Kashmir’s Budgam district.

Oct 03 10:54

‘No precedent in human experience’: Study finds nuclear war between India and Pakistan could leave 125 million dead

Published in the peer-reviewed Science Advances on Wednesday, the study forecasted a colossal death toll in the event of such a conflict, which it said could send global temperatures plummeting to levels comparable to the last Ice Age.

“Such a war would threaten not only the locations where bombs might be targeted but the entire world,” the study’s co-author and professor of environmental sciences at Rutgers University, Alan Robock, said.

Each nuclear weapon detonated could wipe out as many as 700,000 people, the study’s computer simulations found, while the explosions could send so much soot and debris into the atmosphere that it would trigger a “nuclear winter,” leading to rapidly falling temperatures, crop failures, and ultimately mass starvation.

Oct 02 08:17

‘It will be quick & dirty’: Standoff with India may spark NUCLEAR ARMAGEDDON, Pakistani Kashmir chief says

A small-scale conflict between the two arch rivals could ignite a nuclear war that would kill hundreds of millions, the head of Pakistan’s Azad Kashmir said just days after PM Imran Khan addressed India with similar rhetoric.

“Even a limited military conflict could evolve into a nuclear war,” Masood Khan, the president of the Pakistani-controlled part of Kashmir, was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti. Although others would unlikely be involved the confrontation, the consequences would be wide-ranging, he said.

Sep 30 12:17

Annexation of Kashmir: Pakistan Just Warned the World About the 21st Century’s Munich Moment

Pakistani Prime Minister Khan warned the world that India’s annexation of Kashmir is akin to Nazi Germany’s annexation of the Sudetenland and might even lead to a nuclear war if New Delhi proceeds to follow in the Fuhrer’s footsteps and attack its neighbor.

Sep 30 11:39

Scott Adams: Presidential Tweet Persuasion, Ukraine and More

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1178671203273232386?s=20

Ukraine story continuing to unfold
Jake Tapper shreds Jim Jordan over the fired Ukraine guy
Elizabeth Warren’s rally at historically black college
India’s Modi wants nuclear power…and can’t have it
My reasons for promoting nuclear energy
Punchy De Niro’s F bombs and lack of reasons
A “Lifestyle Resister” managing his brand?
Have we moved past a need for reasons?
There’s never been a better Presidential communicator
Analyzing President Trump’s 3 part whistleblower tweet
An argument for allowing transgender athletes to compete
Sports are designed to showcase unfairness

Sep 30 09:33

145,000 Tons of Indian Oil at Risk after US Blacklists Chinese Shipping Companies

The US has put sanctions on several Chinese companies and their top officials for allegedly shipping Iranian oil, putting dozens of supertankers off limits to western energy traders. As a direct impact of the blacklisting of Chinese shipping company Cosco, 145,000 tonnes of Indian Oil is at risk.

Sep 29 10:19

Censorship and Online Threats Against the Press Spell Trouble for the Future of Pakistani Journalism

By R Umaima Ahmed

Deaths, threats, layoffs, late salaries, censorship and bans on TV channels have become the norm for media professionals in Pakistan.

On June 16, 2019, Pakistani blogger and independent journalist Billal Khan, who ran a YouTube channel where he interviewed political figures and talked about religion and politics, was stabbed to death by unknown individuals. Reports speculate that his criticism of the Pakistan army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s leading intelligence agency, led to his killing...

Every time they raise their voice, criticize the government or do shows, they are labelled as traitors or have their credentials questioned. (Sound familiar?)

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