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Feb 27 09:21

Nuclear Weapons: Who Has What at a Glance

At the dawn of the nuclear age, the United States hoped to maintain a monopoly on its new weapon, but the secrets and the technology for making nuclear weapons soon spread. The United States conducted its first nuclear test explosion in July 1945 and dropped two atomic bombs on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945. Just four years later, the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear test explosion. The United Kingdom (1952), France (1960), and China (1964) followed. Seeking to prevent the nuclear weapon ranks from expanding further, the United States and other like-minded states negotiated the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) in 1968 and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) in 1996.

Feb 27 09:17

Pakistan-India showdown: What you’re not being told

Responsibility for the attack was claimed by a Pakistan-based Islamist group called Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM). JeM’s main goal is to steal Kashmir away from India and unite it with Pakistan, to ensure that Pakistan is ruled by Sharia law, and to drive Western forces out of Afghanistan. Its other eventual priority is to drive all Hindus and non-Muslims from the Indian subcontinent.

The attack has drawn such negative publicity that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), finally agreeing on something for once, identified India as a victim of terrorism and asked member states to cooperate actively with New Delhi to bring these attackers to justice.

Feb 27 09:07

India’s and Pakistan’s War and Nuclear War Plans

One of the most likely places for a major power war or nuclear war is between India and Pakistan. They each have between 80 and 200 nuclear weapons. This is the most likely place where a major nuclear war could break out. It is important for us to understand the situation and the thinking of the two countries.

India and Pakistan have had four major wars in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999. They also have had many border skirmishes and incidents.

There is an insightful video from a 2015 talk by Abhijit Iyer.

Feb 27 08:41

Pakistan shoots down two Indian fighter jets: Military

Pakistan shot down two Indian air force fighter jets and launched air strikes at six targets in Indian-administered Kashmir, its military says, in a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.

The Indian air force jets were shot down over Pakistani airspace in Pakistan-administered Kashmir on Wednesday, a day after Indian aircraft launched air raids on Pakistani territory, Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

Two Indian air force pilots were taken into custody, Ghafoor said, with one of them being treated for wounds at a military hospital.

India's foreign ministry spokesperson has confirmed that one of their pilots is missing and that they are "ascertaining the facts".

"In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one Mig-21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody," Raveesh Kumar told a briefing.

Feb 26 16:32

India's Military On High Alert, Stands Ready For "Possible Retaliatory Action" From Pakistan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's response to Tuesday's dramatic escalation with nuclear armed rival India was to direct his armed forces and the public to “remain prepared for all eventualities.” This after Pakistani officials confirmed that Indian fighter jets dropped "four bombs" in its sovereign territory while noting the Indian attack was repulsed and while going back the aircraft "jettisoned their payload" — implying the mission was cut short due to Pakistani defense efforts, according to the Times of India. "India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing," Khan's office said soon after the brazen violation of Pakistan's airspace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Thank you, China's President Xi, for urging restraint here; I would like to hope that those in the Bowels of Power in DC will absolutely the same.

But given previous hostilities, which have manifested due to no long-term plan as to how the treat the Kashmiri people, in the case of India's never-offered referendum, which would give the Kashmiri people a choice between statehood, staying with India, or joining Pakistan, I am concerned that what we are seeing here, is only the start of further, and more major, hostilities.

Feb 26 13:12

DANGEROUS ESCALATION BETWEEN NUCLEAR-ARMED RIVALS INDIA AND PAKISTAN

In a pre-dawn airstrike at 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, 12 Indian Mirage 2000 fighter jets intruded into Pakistan’s airspace and dropped their payload on the top of a mountain at a terrorist training camp, allegedly belonging to a jihadist group that had claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack in the Indian-administered Kashmir on February 14 in which more than 40 Indian soldiers had lost their lives.

Feb 26 10:37

Kashmir Crisis: From Hybrid War to Hot War?

India and Pakistan obviously have different interpretations of what happened, just like they have different views on the current status of Kashmir. New Delhi believes that its neighbor was behind the attack as part of its alleged long-running material support for the Kashmiri insurgency, while Islamabad denies these unverified claims and asserts that the Indian authorities are trying to scapegoat it to cover up for their own domestic problems in the region.

Feb 26 10:33

'You ran away - now wait for our surprise': Pakistani Army spokesman threatens violent response after Indian jets bomb alleged jihadist militant group blamed for suicide attack in Kashmir

Pakistan has threatened its own 'surprise' after India claimed jets had bombed 'a very large' number of militants in its arch rival's territory.

Officials in New Delhi said overnight airstrikes had pounded a 'terror camp' belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in the Balakot region of Pakistan.

The raids took place after the jihadist group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed dozens of troops in Indian Kashmir earlier this month.

Feb 26 10:32

INDIA BOMBS PAKISTAN, SAYING IT TARGETED TERRORIST CAMPS IN CROSS-BORDER AIR RAID

An Indian minister claimed that the country’s aircraft made a successful bombing run against terrorists on the Pakistani-controlled side of Kashmir. Pakistan said the Indian jets “released a payload” while fleeing.
“Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC [Line of Control] and Completely destroyed it,” the minister of state of agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, tweeted on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Of course, not a word about the civilian casualties here.

Dear Lord, I am hoping (and praying) that SOME adult in the room in the bowels of power, is working the phones between New Dehli and Islamabad, and trying to get this under control before a real, nuclear confrontation happens here.

As you understand, both nations are nuclear-armed; China has a degree of military support for Pakistan China says military ties are the backbone of its relationship with Pakistan, and under Obama, military ties with India were enhanced. US deepens defense ties to India with landmark agreement

So President Trump, and President Xi; please: if there is one time in you collective lives that you can do to ratchet down the tensions here, now, gentlemen, is the bloody time!!!!

The last thing both China and the US need right now is a proxy war between India and Pakistan, where allegiances may throw the US and China further at odds with each other, just at a crucial moment for trade talks, and force the hand of treaties into an acute dislocation.

Does anyone else out there remember the real cause of World War I?!?!? Because folks, we are looking at a "Sarajevo Moment", all over again.

The causes for World War I:
This article goes on to state: "World War one started on the 28th of July 1914 between two sides; triple alliance and the triple entente. It ended on the 11th of November 1918. Difference in policies were to blame, although the immediate cause of World War one was the assassination of Austria’s Archduke Franz Ferdinand. The war started mainly because of four aspects: Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism."

And we now have all the same elements, threatening to break the world apart with another war, from which no country shall ultimately go unscathed.

Feb 26 10:18

Indian Air Force Mirage 2000 fighters strike terror camp across LoC: report

News agency ANI quoting Indian Air Force sources claimed Mirage 2000 fighters of the Indian Air Force struck and destroyed a “major terrorist camp” across the Line of Control early on Tuesday. The report comes hours after Pakistan claimed Indian Air Force jets had crossed the Line of Control, following which Pakistani fighters were scrambled.

The air strike mark a major escalation in tension with Pakistan, which has been high since the suicide bomb attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama on February 14 left over 40 jawans dead.

Feb 26 10:02

Indian Air Force jets crossed LoC, claims Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday claimed that Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC), following which the former "scrambled" immediately. "

Feb 26 09:03

India bombs Pakistan, saying it targeted terrorist camps in cross-border air raid

An Indian minister claimed that the country’s aircraft made a successful bombing run against terrorists on the Pakistani-controlled side of Kashmir. Pakistan said the Indian jets “released a payload” while fleeing.

“Air Force carried out aerial strike early morning today at terror camps across the LoC [Line of Control] and Completely destroyed it,” the minister of state of agriculture, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, tweeted on Tuesday.

Feb 26 08:17

Drug-Addicted Parrots Create Nuisance for India’s Opium Cultivators - Reports

Licensed opium farmers in the state of Madhya Pradesh are facing the menace of drug-addicted parakeets right at the time when crops are at the stage of ripening, the ANI news agency reports.

The farmers are still reeling from damages to their standing crops arising from adverse weather conditions. Now they are being forced to contend with addicted parrots stealing their produce.

These parrots hover over fields from day to night, and when an opportunity presents itself, they suck out the opium sap from the crops. Some brazen bird even pluck off poppy pods and fly away with them, causing permanent loss to farmers.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When parakeets go bad ...

Feb 25 11:40

Saudi crown prince visits India

Mohammed bin Salman was greeted by Indian PM Narendra Modi at the airport in New Delhi. Before touching down in India, bin Salman visited Pakistan and held talks with officials in Islamabad. Analysts believe the trips are part of the crown prince’s charm offensive to repair his troubled image.

Feb 25 11:17

India and Pakistan Rattle Their Nuclear Sabres

While Americans were obsessing over a third-rate actor’s fake claims of a racial assault, old foes India and Pakistan were rattling their nuclear weapons in a very dangerous crisis over Kashmir. But hardly anyone noticed that nuclear war could break out in South Asia.

India and Pakistan, both nuclear-armed, have fought four wars over divided Kashmir since 1947, the lovely mountain state of forests and lakes whose population is predominantly Muslim. India controls two thirds of Kashmir; Pakistan and China the rest. This bitter dispute, one of the world’s oldest confrontations, has defied all attempts to resolve it.

The United Nations called on India to hold a plebiscite to determine Kashmir’s future, but Delhi ignored this demand, knowing it would probably lose the vote.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I am hoping that two adults in the world of geopolitics (those would, of course, be Putin and Lavrov) are working the phones like crazy, to prevent this from (literally) going nuclear.

But I would ask the question; how many more Kashmiris are going to have to die before the Indian government hold that long-awaited, but never delivered, referendum takes place?!?

IF the Indian government's response to this is "never", we will continue to see a pattern of oppression, and subsequent violence against that oppression, continue.

Feb 25 09:56

India-Pakistan War: Pakistan Army Prepares For Conflict, Tells Hospitals To Be Ready

The Pakistan military is preparing to defend against future attacks by India, and would respond with “full force,” the army’s spokesman announced Friday, amid worries of retaliation from India after the Pulwama terror incident, reported Reuters.

“We have no intention to initiate war, but we will respond with full force to full spectrum threat, that would surprise you,” Major General Asif Ghafoor said.

“Don’t mess with Pakistan.”

"We do not wish to go to war. If it is imposed on us, we have the right to respond,” Major General Ghafoor told journalists during a news conference in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, one week after a Pakistani-based terror organization claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack that killed 40 Indian policemen in the Kashmir region.

Feb 25 07:35

Pulwama attack: Scores of angry Indians protest in New York, raise 'Pakistan Murdabad' slogans

Hundreds of US-based Indians protested outside the Pakistan Consulate in New York on Friday against the terror attack which was carried out by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on February 14 in South Kashmir`s Pulwama in which at least 40 CRPF troopers were killed and several injured.
Waving the tricolour, protesters raised slogans like "Pakistan Murdabad," "Global terror Pakistan, LeT Pakistan," "9/11 Pakistan," "26/11 Pakistan and ''Osama bin Laden Pakistan," amongst others.

Feb 23 09:49

Weaponized water: India threatens to divert 3 rivers away from Pakistan

India has reiterated claims it is building dams to shut off its share of the water supply to Pakistan-controlled Kashmir in response to the February 14 suicide bomb attack in Pulwama which killed 40 paramilitary soldiers.

The bombing in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir was claimed by an insurgency group called Jaish-e-Mohammed which operates out of Pakistan. It was the deadliest attack on Indian soldiers since the Kashmiri insurgency began in 1989. India has accused its neighbour of not doing enough to rein in extremist insurgents operating within its borders while Pakistan denies any involvement.

Feb 22 10:31

Lockheed Martin Unveils "Made In India" F-21 Fighter Jet

Lockheed Martin offered India on Wednesday a new multi-role fighter jet, the F-21, in an attempt to secure a large defense order worth $15 billion, reported Reuters. The American defense company said the new plane will be specifically designed and manufactured for the Indian Air Force (IAF), and provide "Made In India" economic opportunities that strengthen India’s path to becoming a military powerhouse in the Indo-Pacific region.

Feb 19 11:11

India Weighs Military Strikes In Kashmir After Deadliest Terror Attack In 30 Years

After a relative lull that was punctuated by a handful of small terror attacks and military exercises along the line of control in divided Kashmir in 2018, tensions between South Asia's two nuclear armed neighbors - India and Pakistan - are escalating once again in the wake of a suicide car bombing that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police officers in the restive border region, the deadliest attack in the three decades of insurgency in Kashmir.

Feb 19 11:10

India Deploys Additional Army Units Along Myanmar Border As Threat Escalates

The Indian government is wary of people – militants and refugees alike - crossing over the border and taking shelter inside the country.

New Delhi (Sputnik) — India has deployed additional Indian Army units in the past few days along its Myanmar border after the threat of militants entering into the Indian side increased.

"A large number of troops have already been deployed in the sensitive area," a source told Sputnik.

Feb 18 10:26

Why Kashmir attack could spark a military confrontation in South Asia

The militant attack in India-ruled Kashmir has once again put New Delhi and Islamabad on a war footing. Analysts at the Munich Security Conference say it is a setback to those who wish to see lasting peace in the region.

Feb 18 10:22

India on alert for communal strife after Kashmir attack

The Indian government is on alert following a recent deadly attack on Indian forces in Kashmir that has triggered a wave of communal violence against Kashmiris residing in different parts of India.

India’s Interior Ministry on Sunday ordered increased safety measures for Kashmiri civilians following reports of mob attacks on them in various parts of the South Asian country.

The ministry issued an advisory to all states to “ensure their (the Kashmiris’) safety and security and maintain communal harmony.”

Feb 18 10:22

Bolton pledges support for India's 'heavy price' response

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has expressed Washington's support for New Delhi after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a strong response to those behind a recent deadly car bomb attack in Kashmir.

In a telephone conversation with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, Bolton said the Trump administration supports New Delhi’s right to self-defense against cross-border terrorism, Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly car bomb attack, which killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary troops in Kashmir.

India accused Pakistan of harboring militants behind the Thursday’s attack, which was the deadliest bombing in three decades of bloodshed in Indian-controlled Kashmir. India says it has incontrovertible evidence of Pakistan’s involvement, a charge Islamabad dismisses.

Feb 18 10:12

SAUDI CROWN PRINCE ORDERS 2,100 PAKISTANI PRISONERS 'RELEASED'

More than 2,000 Pakistani workers languishing in Saudi jails will be released, Pakistan's information minister announced on Monday during Saudi Arabian crown prince's high-profile visit to Islamabad.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had "ordered the immediate release of 2,107 Pakistani prisoners", after a request by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, Fawad Chaudhry said in a post on Twitter.

Prince Mohammed arrived in Pakistan on Sunday at the beginning of an Asian tour which will include China and is seen as an attempt by him to rebuild his reputation after the murder of Saudi critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia on Sunday signed investment agreements with Pakistan worth $20bn.

Saudi officials have yet to comment on the Pakistani announcement of a prisoner release.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A reasonably couple of "smooth moves" for the Butcher of Gaza (Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman) to be making; tying these financial deals to the release of these prisoners.

But I must tell you, honestly; history will not be kind to bin Salman, as the chief Architect of this carnage and genocide in Yemen, aided and abetted by two US Presidents; Obama and Trump, where US troops are working side by side the Saudi and UAE troops, in committing these atrocities.

I would love, at some point, to be a citizen of a country which denounces, and will not participate, in war crimes; unfortunately, given the trajectory of current US foreign policies, that may well not come before the end of my lifetime.

Feb 18 09:54

Pulwama terror attack: India to call for action against Pakistan before FATF, European Commission

India's next diplomatic action against Pakistan would be at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary meeting in Paris on February 17-22.

Pakistan was put on the FATF grey list in June of 2018 and was put on notice to be blacklisted by October 2019 if it didn't curb money laundering and terror financing. If India manages to convince the international financial watchdog on Pakistan's involvement in terrorism then it would lead to massive financial curbs on Pakistan's already dwindling economy.

The review meeting is to take place this coming week in Paris to look at the measures taken by Pakistan to curb money laundering and terror financing.

Coming right after the Pulwama attack by the Jaish-e-Mohammad whose chief Masood Azhar has been proved a safe haven by Pakistan, the Indian delegation will be armed to cut right through any of Islamabad's arguments.

Feb 18 09:53

SEVEN KILLED IN KASHMIR GUN BATTLE DAYS AFTER DEADLY ATTACK

Srinagar, India-administered Kashmir - At least seven people, including two armed rebels and four Indian army soldiers, have been killed in an ongoing gun battle in India-administered Kashmir.

The gun battle on Monday in Pinglan village of Pulwama district comes days after 42 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide blast - the worst such attack in 30 years of Kashmir conflict, which has raised fears of confrontation with archenemy Pakistan.

A senior Indian army official told Al Jazeera that the operation against the rebels was launched early on Monday following intelligence inputs about their presence in a house in Pinglan village.

"In the encounter, two militants and four army soldiers have been killed. The operation is still in progress," the official said, adding that the identity of the rebels was being ascertained.

"Among the slain soldiers is a top army officer," he added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, to Pakistani President Arif Alvi, and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, please cool your collective jets here. You both know what the Kashmiri people need and want, to prevent this from happening, hopefully ever: the long-promised, but never delivered referendum, to give the Kashmiri people the right to decide if they wish to stay with India; join Pakistan; or become an independent country.

Both of you leaders are Presidents of countries which are members of the UN, where one of the most cherished principals enshrined in their Declaration of Human Rights, is the right to Peaceful Self-determination. The Universal Right of Self-Determination

President Trump, please, you have to work the phones with Indian President Kovind (we have a security agreement with India, as you know) and Chinese President Xi Jinping, please work the phones with Pakistani President Alvi (China has been a very strong builder of defense systems with Pakistan.)

Please, Presidents Trump and Xi: the last thing in the world the world needs right now, is a (literal) explosion of tensions between these two nuclear-powered neighbors.

Feb 18 08:51

Pulwama attack fallout: Kashmiri students in Delhi fear for their security

Several Kashmiri students here said they were in a state of fear after reports of alleged harassment of Kashmiris following the Pulwama terror attack, even as police asserted that security had been enhanced in the national capital and they would ensure the safety of all citizens.

According to media reports, several Kashmiris living outside the state claimed they were harassed and attacked after the terrorist attack in Pulwama district in which 40 CRPF men were killed.

A Kashmiri student from Jamia Millia Islamia, who did not wish to be identified, said, "Just the fact that one is a Kashmiri, irrespective of his ideology or leanings, is enough to put one's life to risk. It is happening across the country. Kashmiri students are being harassed and hounded, be it Dehradun, Ambala or Bangalore. We really fear for our security here too."

Feb 18 08:50

CURFEW IN JAMMU CONTINUES ON 2ND DAY AMID PROTESTS

Indefinite curfew, imposed after incidents of violence in the winter capital during shutdown call on Friday against Pulwama terror attack, continued for the second day as protests spilled over to Jammu West after police used force against those defying curfew in Janipur area on Saturday.

This triggered violent protests and spread to other parts of Jammu West with protesters clashing with police and also resorting to stone-pelting. Police also rounded up over a dozen protesters in this connection. In the resultant violence, over a dozen persons including three police officers viz., SSP Jammu, SDPO City and SDPO Bakshi Nagar also sustained injuries. They were immediately rushed to Government Medical College Hospital, Jammu. Protests continued till late evening.

Feb 18 08:50

Pakistan must be accountable for terror attack in Iran: Parl. Speaker Larijani

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani says Islamabad should account for a recent bloody terrorist attack in Iran’s southeast as the assault was plotted on and launched from Pakistani soil.

“The Pakistani government should be accountable for this act involving the grouplet orchestrating and conducting the operation from their (the Pakistanis’) territory,” Larijani said during a parliamentary session on Sunday, referring to the terrorist outfit that has claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Wednesday, an explosives-laden car rammed into a bus carrying members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on a road in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province, killing 27 IRGC personnel and injuring 13 others.

The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group, which is linked to al-Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the assault.

Feb 18 08:49

Iran summons Pakistan ambassador over terrorist attack

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran, expressing the Islamic Republic’s “strong protest” to Islamabad over a deadly terrorist attack that targeted a group of security forces in southeastern Iran.

According to the ministry's press release on Sunday, Pakistani Ambassador Riffat Masood was called in for a diplomatic rebuke over a car bomb attack that targeted members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Sistan-and-Baluchestan Province on Wednesday.

The attack killed 27 IRGC members and wounded 13 others, and the so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for the bombing. Iranian officials say the group plotted the attack in and moved to carry it out from inside Pakistan.

Feb 18 08:48

Indian allegations threat to regional peace, Janjua tells foreign envoys

Pakistan on Sunday continued its diplomatic blitz to foil Indian propaganda on the Pulwama attack and rejected the pattern of ‘baseless allegations’ by its eastern neighbour, terming the aggressive rhetoric ‘counterproductive and a threat to regional peace’.

Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua took the ambassadors of African countries and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) states into confidence on the Pulwama attack at a special briefing at the Foreign Office, the spokesman said in a tweet.

Feb 18 08:48

India withdraws security of Kashmiri leaders after Pulwama attack

Following the Pulwama deadly attack, the Indian government has withdrawn the security of five Kashmiri leaders and all public facilities extended to them.

A notification of dropping the security cover has also been released by the Indian ministry of interior.

According to the communique, security granted to five Hurriyat leaders – Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Abdul Ghani Butt, Bilal Loon, Hashim Qureshi and Shabbir Shah – has been withdrawn at the same time directives for immediately withdrawing official facilities extended to the leaders has also been issued.

Pakistan strongly rejected allegations levelled by the Modi government and media linking the February 14 suicide attack in occupied Kashmir which killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary forces.

Feb 18 08:47

Post Pulwama attack: India raises import duty to 200% on Pakistani goods

Despite continuing its economic retaliation with Pakistan in the aftermath of the Pulwama incident, India raised the custom duty to 200% on all goods it imports from Pakistan, India Today reported on Saturday.

The decision will significantly hamper Pakistan’s exports to its neighbouring country, which stood at $488.5 million for the financial year 2017-18.

The decision will lead to drastic increase in price of imported goods – fresh fruits, cement, petroleum products and mineral ore.
The development comes after India withdrew its Most favoured Nation status for Pakistan.

Feb 18 08:46

Pulwama attack and finger-pointing at Pakistan

Prussian King Fredrick the great with many accomplished military victories under his belt is said to have commented that “the most experienced in his army was a mule who had participated in every campaign but was none the wiser for that experience.” At times strategic success is not the reward of the winner’s capabilities but incompetence of the losers. India is fast losing Kashmir and despite the writing on the wall none of the military commanders appointed over the years in Occupied Kashmir have been able to tell the policy-makers in Delhi about the futility of their Kashmir policy. State oppression and terrorism has been the name of the game in occupied Kashmir and when one young man rises up to blunt that state oppression being perpetrated on the people of his community in the Indian state doesn’t look inward at its mistakes and follies but outward and at its neighbour — a punching bag that it considers it can utilise to beat its frustrations and divert the world’s attention.

Feb 17 10:13

Iran warns Saudi Arabia, UAE of retaliatory measures, scolds Pakistan

The chief commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has warned Saudi Arabia and the UAE that they could face retaliatory measures for supporting terrorists on behalf of the US and Israel.

General Mohammad Ali Jafari on Saturday stressed that Iran would give a "decisive" response to a Wednesday terrorist attack which killed 27 IRGC border guards in the southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province.

"The patience that the establishment once exercised against conspiracies and reactionary regimes in the region, especially Saudi Arabia and the UAE which carry out these acts on orders from the US and the Zionist regime, will be different and we will definitely take reparative measures," he said.

On Wednesday, an explosives-laden car rammed into a bus carrying the IRGC personnel on a road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, leaving 27 of them dead and 13 others wounded.

Feb 17 10:11

Bolton pledges support for India's 'heavy price' response

US National Security Adviser John Bolton has expressed Washington's support for New Delhi after India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed a strong response to those behind a recent deadly car bomb attack in Kashmir.

In a telephone conversation with his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval, Bolton said the Trump administration supports New Delhi’s right to self-defense against cross-border terrorism, Indian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday.

The Pakistan-based militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility for Thursday’s deadly car bomb attack, which killed at least 44 Indian paramilitary troops in Kashmir.

Feb 17 09:51

Kashmir: India Blames Pakistan for Terror Attack, Vows ‘Jaw-Breaking Reply’

India accused its fellow nuclear power Pakistan of being behind a terrorist suicide bomb attack in Kashmir that killed at least 44 Indian security officers on Thursday, reportedly marking the deadliest attack in the disputed region in decades.

Thursday’s incident intensified the hostility between nuclear-armed Pakistan and India. In a speech in the wake of the attack, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared, “We will give a fitting, jaw-breaking reply, our neighbor will not be allowed to destabilize us,” the Independent reveals.

Modi said the Indian government security forces have “total freedom” to deal with the militants, the Associated Press (AP) notes.

Feb 16 10:47

India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad.

“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbour will not be allowed to de-stabilise us,” Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options.

The attack comes months before national elections in India.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying police personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports from the region, seem to indicate that New Dehli is seriously thinking about starting an economic war against Pakistan, particularly if such attacks continue (and trust me, they will continue, unless and until, the Kashmiri people finally get their long-deserved referendum, to permanently determine its status).

Here is the following article giving credence to this possibility:

India to remove trade privileges, and insure a complete financial isolation of Pakistan

And other stories about the case, brought together by antiwar.com:

Kashmir suicide bomber radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents say

Jaishe-e-Mohammad; the Pakistan-based militants at the heart of tension with India

China has a strong defence understanding with Pakistan:

China to boost military cooperation with Pakistan: Report

The US, under President Obama, inked a deal to provide more defense capabilities to India: Joint Statement by President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh on Defense Relations

If someone is not able to call off this potential war between Pakistan and India (Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, PLEASE!!) the US and China may well wind up in this mess also, with China backing Pakistan, and the US backing India against China and Pakistan. I would like to hope that some light of reason will dawn on the leadership of both countries, but it is hard to see where this will come from right now. A war between both nuclear-armed countries could create an absolutely horrific - and irreversible - future for both of them.

Feb 16 10:11

India's PM Modi warns Pakistan of strong response to Kashmir attack

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned Pakistan on Friday to expect a strong response to a suicide attack that killed 44 paramilitary policemen in Kashmir, ratcheting up tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The car bomb attack on a security convoy on Thursday was the worst in decades of insurgency in the disputed region. India said it had “incontrovertible evidence” of Pakistani involvement, a statement quickly rejected by Islamabad.

“We will give a befitting reply, our neighbour will not be allowed to de-stabilise us,” Modi said in a speech, after meeting security advisers to discuss options.

The attack comes months before national elections in India.

The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed responsibility soon after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a bus carrying police personnel.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Other reports from the region, seem to indicate that New Dehli is seriously thinking about starting an economic war against Pakistan, particularly if such attacks continue (and trust me, they will continue, unless and until, the Kashmiri people finally get their long-deserved referendum, to permanently determine its status).

Here is the following article giving credence to this possibility:

India to remove trade privileges, and insure a complete financial isolation of Pakistan

And other stories about the case, brought together by antiwar.com:

Kashmir suicide bomber radicalised after beating by Indian troops, parents say

Jaishe-e-Mohammad; the Pakistan-based militants at the heart of tension with India

China has a strong defence understanding with Pakistan:

China to boost military cooperation with Pakistan: Report

The US, under President Obama, inked a deal to provide more defense capabilities to India: Joint Statement by President Obama and India's Prime Minister Singh on Defense Relations

If someone is not able to call off this potential war between Pakistan and India (Sergei Lavrov, white courtesy telephone, PLEASE!!) the US and China may well wind up in this mess also, with China backing Pakistan, and the US backing India against China and Pakistan. I would like to hope that some light of reason will dawn on the leadership of both countries, but it is hard to see where this will come from right now. A war between both nuclear-armed countries could create an absolutely horrific - and irreversible - future for both of them.

Feb 16 01:52

US asks Pakistan to immediately end 'support' and 'safe haven' to all terrorist groups

In the aftermath of the Awantipora attack in which at least 44 CRPF personnel were martyred, the US has asked Pakistan to immediately end "support" and "safe haven" to all terror groups as it strongly condemned the Pulwama terrorist attack.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) has claimed responsibility for the attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Thursday that left at least 44 personnel dead and many critically wounded.

Feb 15 11:42

Putin Sends Condolences to Indian President After Deadly Kashmir Blast

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday sent his condolences to the Indian counterpart, Ram Nath Kovind, after a deadly bomb blast in the Indian-run part of the disputed Kashmir region.

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the death of Indian law enforcement personnel in a terrorist attack in the state of Jammu and Kashmir", Putin said in a message published on his website.

The president also expressed sympathies to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying those behind this crime must be brought to justice, and called for closer anti-terror cooperation.

Feb 15 03:14

India summons Pakistan's High Commissioner, lodges protest over killing of CRPF jawans

NEW DELHI: The Government of India (GoI) on Friday summoned thePakistan High Commissioner and lodged a strong protest in connection with Thursday's deadly suicide attack on CRPF troopers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama which left 40 dead and several critically injured.
According to news agency ANI, Foreign Secretary summoned the Pakistan High Commissioner to the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday and issued a very strong demarche in connection with the terrorist attack in J&K's Pulwama.

Feb 15 03:11

PM Modi puts Pakistan on notice, says its plan to weaken India with terror attacks won't materialise

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday warned of strict action and retaliation against those behind the Awantipora attack in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 40 CRPF personnel. PM Modi offered his condolences to the families of those martyred in Pulwama attack and paid his tribute to the martyrs.
He strictly warned Pakistan cautioning them that their plans to weaken India with terror attacks will never materialise. The prime minister warned that those behind the terror strike will be severly punished and will have to pay a "very heavy price".
PM Modi said security forces will be given complete freedom to crack down on terrorism, and the "blood of the people is boiling".

Feb 13 09:53

Venezuela hopes to create non-dollar trading bloc

Venezuela hopes to create a trade bloc consisting of China, India and Russia to help the South American country settle oil payments in currencies other than the dollar, its oil minister said on Tuesday.

The strife-torn country is looking for alternative payment methods to keep oil flowing to India, a crucial export market, especially after the United States imposed sanctions curbing the OPEC member’s crude exports to the United States.

“We all can build one economy and that economy does not necessarily have to be within the dollar economy,” Manuel Quevedo said, referring to China, Russia and India.

Quevedo, who on Monday said Caracas was open to barter trade with New Delhi, declined to disclose details on how he planned to do business with India.

Feb 10 08:39

'I want to execute. I want to behead,' says US man arrested at airport on way to Pakistan to join LeT

A 29-year-old New York City man has been arrested while he was about to catch a flight to Pakistan to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a dangerous sign that the Pakistan-based terror group, which carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has expanded its tentacles in the US.

Feb 09 10:43

'Technological Powerhouse': India May Cash In on Trump's Asia Pivot – Journo

India's rise is gaining momentum while the US is increasing pressure on China. Speaking to Sputnik, journalist and foreign affairs analyst Rakesh Krishnan Simha explained how Washington is using the New Delhi card in the Asian geopolitical game and how India could capitalise on Donald Trump's Pacific Pivot.

India has become the focus of both the EU and the US' attention: While the International Monetary Fund's 2019 World Economic Outlook predicts that India is going to come out on top in terms of economic growth in 2019-2020, Trump's Asia Reassurance Initiative Act of 2018 (ARIA) provides New Delhi with access to US technology.

"It is natural that a country of India's size, resources and scientific talent will do well when allowed to grow without restrictions. India's rise is therefore a rightsizing of the global economy to how it always used to be — Asia centric", journalist and foreign affairs analyst Rakesh Krishnan Simha told Sputnik.

Feb 04 10:23

Pakistan relying less and less on US, turning to China, Saudi Arabia & UAE

Pakistan is making important strides in its military and naval capacities with the help of China, relying less on US-made weaponry. Despite accepting money from all sides, Pakistan’s relationship with China continues to be strong.
After the Trump administration decided to suspend $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan, complaining that Islamabad fails to do enough to combat terrorism, Washington has risked pushing Pakistan into the open arms of a number of other notable nations.

China-Pakistan relationship continues to strengthen
China has been a key ally for Pakistan in recent times and is almost certainly the reason why the US has taken a sharp turn in its approach to dealing with the country. (Considering that the Bush administration was caught red-handed funding Pakistani terrorist groups, Washington’s recent disdain for Islamabad makes little sense in the context of wider US imperialism).

Jan 31 10:25

Israel Aerospace enters follow-up missile deals with India for $93 million

State-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) said on Wednesday it forged $93 million (71 million pounds) worth of follow-up agreements with India to provide naval surface-to-air missile systems.

The contracts were made with the Indian Navy and Cochin Shipyard Limited, IAI said.

IAI said it will provide complementary systems for the air defence system and that the contracts involve follow up orders for a range of maintenance and other services for various sub-systems of IAI’s advanced Medium Range Surface-to-Air Missile Air Defence System.

Jan 28 07:21

Lok Sabha election likely in April-May as EC writes to officers on transfers and postings

The Lok Sabha election schedule is likely to be announced in the first week of March and the election may take place in April and May. The Election Commission has written to the Chief Secretaries and Chief Electoral Officers of all states and union territories regarding the transfer and posting of officers in the light of the general elections.

Jan 26 13:10

Pakistani Coast Guards Reportedly Enter Indian Waters, Open Fire at Fishermen

India and Pakistan have been engaged in a long-standing conflict, with continuous mutual accusations of ceasefire violations along the de facto border in Kashmir, which has been a flashpoint of tension between the two countries for over six decades.

Pakistani coast guards reportedly entered the Indian territorial waters in Arabian Sea, near the International Maritime Boundary Line, and opened fire on two boats with Indian fishermen.

The guards allegedly seized the fishermen’s belongings, capturing as many as 12 people – although they released them later, ABP Live reported.

Fishermen Narrowly Escape Split Second Before Catastrophe (VIDEO)
Relations between the two neighbouring countries have historically been tense, but hit a new low after India accused Pakistan of harbouring gunmen who killed 19 Indian soldiers in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir in September 2016. Islamabad has, however, denied the accusations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

To Pakistani President Alvi and to India President, Kovid, a word please; you know why this has kept happening from decade to decade, since the end of World War II.

For years, the Indian government has promised a referendum for the Kashmiri people; unfortunately, this remains a promise unfulfilled even to this date.

It is interesting fact of the Chinese language; the same ideograph can mean either "crisis" or "opportunity", depending upon how it is interpreted.

Gentlemen, the situation in Kashmir offers its current crisis, but does have elements of an heroic opportunity within it.
This will take a great deal of both moral, and professional courage from both of you, and the people who hired you to govern your respective countries.

Please have a meeting arranged for both of you, perhaps in a neutral country, where the beginnings of a referendum will start to take shape, which will allow the Kashmiri people to chose if they want to become independent; stay with India; or become part of Pakistan.

There has already been two much blood spilled on this issue.

It is time for both of you to take a great leap of faith, and begin the process. I firmly believe that whatever happens during this process, will have a long, and positive effect on the relationship between your two countries, and tamper down the mistrust on both sides, leaving the Kashmiri people to breathe a little more gently.

Jan 25 08:18

'I was raped, starved and kept as a prisoner': How an Australian woman, 30, travelled to Pakistan to meet the man of her dreams... only for him to lock her up, force Islam upon her and abuse her daily

An Australian woman who was lured to Pakistan by the false promise of a lavish life with the man of her dreams was instead locked up, beaten and used as a sex slave for months.
Lara Hall, 30, became the victim of a predatory online groomer who raped her repeatedly over several months and kept her locked up in squalor.
When she managed to contact the Australian commission in Pakistan she claimed she was met with a 'lacklustre' response and offered only limited advice.

Jan 21 15:52

Satellite Images Reveal China Is Building Secret War Bunkers Near Indian Border

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has constructed a new, underground facility (UGF) about 31 miles from the India-China border, and 37 miles from the Indian Army’s forward posts at Demchok in Ladakh.

According to The Print, satellite imagery identified a deeply buried hardened target (DBHT) under construction outside the town of Ngari, also known as Shiquanhe in Mandarin.

Construction started in December 2016, about six months before the 2017 China–India border standoff near the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction in the east.

The Print, specified that special personnel are being used instead of locals, to maintain secrecy and security of the project.

The UGF appears to have four large tunnel entrances and three small ones; all have hardened entrances with reinforced concrete. Judging by the images, the openings would soon be covered with other material to withstand a direct military strike.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

IF this report is true, it is very distressing, due to the following:

Recently, there is also a new "thaw" in the Pakistani and Chinese economic courtship: China's Belt and Road Plan in Pakistan takes a military turn

And here's a very important article about a US/India defense deal, finalized last September: US and India sign 'breakthrough' military agreement despite differences over Iran and Russia

So if China is thinking about attacking India over disputed border issues, the US will be fighting on India's side.

I don't know what odds Vegas bookies are putting on it, but were I a betting woman, I would bet that a military draft will be reimposed in this country, and very soon.

Jan 16 12:57

Social Media Might Ban the Pakistani Map at India’s Behest

An alarming piece of legislation is about to enter into force in India next month mandating that social media platforms such as Facebook remove “unlawful content” such as posts that affect the “sovereignty and integrity of India”, meaning that this law could easily be abused by New Delhi to demand that the internationally recognized Pakistani map be banned because it contradicts India’s maximalist claims to Kashmir.

Jan 16 11:39

Iran, India Ditch Dollar In Oil Trading To Counter 'Bullying' US Sanctions

In an effort to circumvent US-imposed sanctions, India and Iran have reportedly ditched the US dollar and are trading oil in rupees. The reason becomes clear after considering the dynamics at play in the region.

In mid-February last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited India, and the two countries signed nine agreements signalling a strengthening of ties. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared to celebrate the growing relationship, stating that it was “a matter of great pleasure” for India that an Iranian president came to India “after a gap of 10 years.”

Fast-forward a few months later, and then-UN ambassador Nikki Haley was bluntly telling India that they should rethink their relationship with Tehran.

Jan 12 10:40

Pakistani Commander Praises Iranian Navy for Establishing Security in Indian Ocean

Commander of Pakistan’s Peace and Friendship Fleet Admiral Mohammad Salem underlined the Iranian Naval forces' key role in the establishment of peace and security in the Indian Ocean.

Jan 09 11:57

Iran turns to traditional partners as EU tarries on bypassing US sanctions

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran is working with its traditional partners such as China, Russia and India to circumvent the US sanctions.

Zarif told reporters in New Delhi Tuesday that the European Union is moving more slowly than expected to facilitate non-dollar trade with Tehran through a mechanism called the special purpose vehicle (SPV).

"We continue to work with the Europeans for the special purpose vehicle but we will not wait for them [to act]," said Zarif who arrived in the Indian capital late Monday for a three-day visit.

"We are working with our traditional partners like India, China and Russia so that we continue to serve the interests of our people," he added.

Jan 09 11:28

India Begins Paying For Iranian Oil In Rupees

Three months ago, in Mid-October, Subhash Chandra Garg, economic affairs secretary at India’s finance ministry, said that India still hasn’t worked out yet a payment system for continued purchases of crude oil from Iran, just before receiving a waiver to continue importing oil from Iran in its capacity as Iran's second largest oil client after China.

Jan 08 10:53

MONSANTO CAN CLAIM PATENT ON GM COTTON IN INDIA, TOP COURT RULES

After a long-standing legal battle, India's top court ruled on Tuesday that Monsanto can own patents on genetically modified cotton seeds, overturning a Delhi High Court ruling that said plant varieties and seeds cannot be patented under the country's laws, according to media reports.

The Supreme Court decision is a rare win for the seed giant—now owned by Germany's Bayer—which is facing more than 9,300 U.S. lawsuits over the safety of its controversial Roundup weedkiller.

Monsanto introduced its GM-cotton seeds to India in 2002, and now more than 90 percent of the country's cotton crop is genetically modified. These crops have been inserted with a pest-resistant toxin called Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt.

Today's decision could "encourage biotechnology firms to step up investment in the country," Reuters reported, adding that firms such as Dupont Pioneer and Syngenta had previously been concerned about losing patents on GM crops in India.

Jan 07 07:20

‘GLOBAL ZERO’ DOUBLE STANDARD FOR NUCLEAR WEAPONS

In the coming clash between President Trump’s $750 billion defense budget and House Democrats’ desire to cut Pentagon spending, especially on nuclear weapons, there will be tremendous fiscal pressure to shortchange the almost $30 billion annual cost to modernize America’s strategic deterrent. The ideological cover for such penny-wise, pound-foolish cuts is the so-called Global Zero movement to eliminate all nuclear weapons.

But in reality, the global-zero idealists practice a dangerous double standard: They push the US to unilaterally cut its nuclear arsenal even as they ignore or excuse nuclear buildups by Russia, China, North Korea, and (under the table) Iran. Even if they were consistent, their pursue of zero nuclear weapons would still make no sense when none of the nine existing nuclear powers has any interest in completely disarming.

Jan 06 14:45

It Begins: Russia, China, and India Are Now All Dumping the US Dollar

(RT) — The past year was full of events that inevitably split the global geopolitical space into two camps: those who still support using US currency as a universal financial tool, and those who are turning their back on the greenback.

Global tensions caused by economic sanctions and trade conflicts triggered by Washington have forced targeted countries to take a fresh look at alternative payment systems currently dominated by the US dollar.

RT has taken a deeper look into the recent phenomena of de-dollarization, summing up which countries have taken steps towards eliminating their reliance on the greenback, and the reasons behind their decision.

Jan 06 14:05

The new Great Game on the Roof of the World

On top of the graceful Baltit Fort, overlooking the Hunza Valley’s Shangri-La-style splendor, it’s impossible not to feel dizzy at the view: an overwhelming collision of millennia of geology and centuries of history.

We are at the heart of Gilgit-Baltistan, in Pakistan’s Northern Areas, or – as legend rules, the Roof of the World. This is an area about 70,000 square kilometers (27,000 square miles) crammed with spectacular mountain ranges and amidst them, secluded pristine valleys and the largest glaciers outside of the Polar region.

The location feels like vertigo. To the north, beyond the Batura Glacier, is the tiny northeast arm of Afghanistan, the legendary Wakhan corridor. A crest of the Hindu Kush separates Wakhan from the regional capital Gilgit. Xinjiang starts on Wakhan’s uppermost tip. Via the upgraded Karakoram highway, it’s only 240 km from Gilgit to the Khunjerab Pass, 4,934 meters high on the official China-Pakistan border.

Jan 02 08:28

Construction of warship for Pakistan underway

China recently started construction of an export version of one of its advanced warships and will deliver it to Pakistan as part of a major arms deal, according to China State Shipbuilding Corp, a large State-owned defense contractor.

It said the ship is a version of the Chinese Navy's most advanced guided missile frigate, without specifying its type.

In late December it said the ship is under construction at its Hudong-Zhonghua shipyard in Shanghai, noting it will be equipped with modern detection and weapon systems and will be capable of anti-ship, anti-submarine and air-defense operations.

According to the Pakistani Navy, the ship's class is Type 054AP, which means it is based on the Type 054A of the People's Liberation Army Navy. It previously said four such ships had been ordered.

Dec 28 09:12

India Wants Tech Platforms To Break Encryption, Scrub "Unlawful" Content

The government of India wants tech platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Google to remove content it deems "unlawful" within 24 hours of official notice, and develop "automated tools" which would "proactively identify and remove such material," reports BuzzFeed, citing the publication of the proposed rules by India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY).

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi
The rules would also require companies to break end-to-end encryption to allow the government to snoop on communications.

India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) published the proposed rules on its website following a report on Monday by the Indian Express revealing the government’s proposal to modify the country’s primary IT law to work them in. The report comes days after India’s government seemingly authorized 10 federal agencies to snoop into every computer in the country last week.

Dec 24 11:09

UK Taxpayers Funded Pakistani Death Courts As They Handed Down "Blasphemy Law" Sentences

New details from a secretive UK aid program reveal controversial Pakistani death sentence courts have been funded by the UK government for the past few years, even while Christians languished on death row as a result of the country's notorious "blasphemy laws". And while the program began as a "counter terrorism" initiative with a British ally, it's come under increased scrutiny after a Pakistani Christian woman was recently acquitted following 8 years on death row for "blasphemy charges". The Guardian reports:

British taxpayers are funding prosecutions in Pakistan that have led to dozens of death sentences, according to newly disclosed details of a secretive UK aid programme.

The documents reveal that the Foreign Office is supporting specialist civilian courts that prosecute terrorist suspects in what the UK government’s global security strategy calls a “rule of law” programme in Pakistan.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Absolutely...horrifically... amazing!! And one of the myriad reasons that I never will travel to Islamabad this lifetime.

Dec 23 10:32

INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO INTERCEPT, MONITOR, AND DECRYPT CITIZENS’ COMPUTERS

The Indian government has authorized 10 central agencies to intercept, monitor, and decrypt data on any computer, sending a shock wave through citizens and privacy watchdogs.

Narendra Modi’s government late Thursday broadened the scope of Section 69 of the nation’s IT Act, 2000 to require a subscriber, service provider, or any person in charge of a computer to “extend all facilities and technical assistance to the agencies.” Failure to comply with the agencies could result in seven years of imprisonment and an unspecified fine.

In a clarification posted today, the Ministry of Home Affairs said each case of interception, monitoring, and decryption is to be approved by the competent authority, which is the Union Home Secretary.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the citizens of India; your government has now declared that you have utterly no right to internet privacy, no matter how "vanilla" your messages, and documents sent and received may be.

Dec 21 11:44

Videos show Indian security forces opening fire on protesters

The videos show a chaotic scene. People are throwing rocks at vehicles as shots ring out. This footage was captured in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir on December 15. On that day, security forces opened fire on civilians, killing seven people. The protesters had taken to the streets to show their support for separatist rebels after the rebels faced off with security forces in a gun battle.

On December 15, a gun battle broke out between security forces and separatist rebels in Kharpora Sirnoo, a village in the Pulwama district. Four people were killed in these clashes.

Hundreds of civilians then poured into the street to protest in support of the separatist rebels. Some of them started throwing stones at the security forces, who then opened fire on them.

Dec 20 18:52

2018, the bloodiest year of decade in Kashmir

Unrest has intensified over recent weeks in Indian- administered Kashmir between government forces and pro-independence fighters, who are seeking an end to the Indian rule in the disputed valley. At least seven people died when Indian forces opened fire at people protesting the killing of several pro independence fighters shot dead earlier in the day.

Speaking to media during news conference on Dec. 16, Pakistani FM said 14 people were killed and 300 injured with many in critical condition.

With Saturday’s bloodshed, 2018 is now the deadliest year in the disputed region since 2008.

Dec 19 10:33

Pakistan Sentences Two Christians to Death for Blasphemy

A Pakistani court has sentenced two Christians in Punjab to death for the crime of blasphemy, following their arrest in 2015.
The two brothers, Qaisar and Amoon Ayub, were accused in 2011 of posting material offensive to Islam on their website, and subsequently sent to the Jhelum prison in Lahore in 2015. Qaisar testified that he had shut down the offending website in 2009 but that a Muslim acquaintance of his had resurrected the site keeping the copyright in Qaisar’s name.

On December 13, Judge Javed Iqbal Bosal heard the case in the Jhelum prison for security reason, and there declared the brothers guilty and sentenced them to death. The men are both married and Qaisar is the father of three children.

Dec 17 10:00

How Britain stole $45 trillion from India

There is a story that is commonly told in Britain that the colonisation of India - as horrible as it may have been - was not of any major economic benefit to Britain itself. If anything, the administration of India was a cost to Britain. So the fact that the empire was sustained for so long - the story goes - was a gesture of Britain's benevolence.

New research by the renowned economist Utsa Patnaik - just published by Columbia University Press - deals a crushing blow to this narrative. Drawing on nearly two centuries of detailed data on tax and trade, Patnaik calculated that Britain drained a total of nearly $45 trillion from India during the period 1765 to 1938.

Dec 11 12:09

Israel fears India could scrap $500m arms deal

Israel is afraid that India is planning to scrap a $500 million deal of anti-tank missiles claiming that more tests are needed on the arms, Ma’an reported yesterday.

The Marker, an Israeli economic outlet, noted that the Indian deal to purchase Spike anti-tank missiles is facing major difficulties, noting that India wanted the missiles to be better tested.

However, it said: “The real reason for the additional experiments is the claim of the Indian defence that the missiles should be tested in a high-temperature atmosphere.”

Citing foreign reports, the Marker said that India feels worried because the missiles are planned to operate in a hot desert weather.” However, it reported unnamed Israeli officials saying that this request is a sign that India “is looking for an excuse to scrap the deal.”

Dec 09 10:15

Iran Navy to stage military maneuver in Indian Ocean: Commander

Iranian naval forces plan to stage a large-scale drill in the Indian Ocean to boost and put on display the country’s military prowess, a senior commander says.

The maneuver will be held this winter within the perimeters of Iran's southern territorial waters and high seas, Deputy Navy Commander for Coordination Rear Admiral Hamzeh Ali Kaviani told IRNA on Saturday.

He added that the Navy's state-of-the-art equipment, including two Ghadir-class submarines that recently joined Iran's naval fleet, would take part in the drill.

Dec 09 10:15

Bye-bye dollar: India & UAE agree to trade in local currencies

New Delhi and Abu Dhabi have inked a currency swap agreement to boost trade and investment without involvement of a third currency like the US dollar.
The swap is for an amount of two billion UAE dirham or 35 billion Indian rupees (US$495 million), according to the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.

“The bilateral currency swap agreement between India and UAE is expected to reduce the dependency on hard currencies like the US dollar,” the embassy said.

Dec 09 10:14

Imran Khan’s Pakistan stands up to US like a sovereign nation: Analyst

Under the leadership of Prime Minister Imran Khan Pakistan has stood up to the United States from its position as a sovereign nation, and is demonstrating a clean break from the past, according to Adam Garrie, an independent political analyst and writer based in London.

Garrie made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Saturday while commenting on a statement of Prime Minister Khan where he expressed regret over Pakistan’s past dealings with the United States, adding that Islamabad will not act as a “hired gun” for the US anymore.

“I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like a hired gun — given money to fight someone else’s war. We should never put ourselves in this position again,” Khan said in a Washington Post interview on Thursday.

Dec 05 12:20

America’s imperial hubris is pushing Pakistan into the arms of Russia & China

The Trump administration’s strong hostility towards Pakistan has pushed the only nuclear-armed, majority-Muslim nation into the arms of America’s reinstated foes, Russia and China.

The US has suspended $3 billion in security assistance to Pakistan this year after Washington accused its former ally of failing to do enough to combat terrorism, according to a report. This figure is much higher than the $1.3 billion quoted by the Trump administration earlier last month as well as the $1.66 billion reported by the Pentagon not long after.

Regardless of which figure is correct, the general consensus appears to be that US President Donald Trump’s tough war of words on Twitter has been more than just the Twitter tirade of a madman, but has actually evolved into concrete action which will directly affect Pakistan’s economy and its relationship with the outside world.

Dec 05 11:55

Putin Initiates Trilateral Summit With India And China

The trilateral summit meeting of Russia, India and China on the sidelines of the G20 at Buenos Aires on December 1 becomes a landmark event in Asian security and global politics. The so-called RIC format has taken a big leap forward with the leaderships of the three countries agreeing “to hold further such trilateral meetings on multilateral occasions” – to quote from an Indian External Affairs Ministry statement.

What is of particular interest is that Russian President Vladimir Putin took the initiative and both Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese Presdient Xi Jinping instinctively warmed up to the idea. The three leaders were intensely conscious of the backdrop in which the meeting took place.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You've got to hand it to Putin; he is, most generally, one thousand economic chess moves ahead of his opponents.

Dec 03 03:55

Trump’s Crucial Test at San Ysidro

Among the problems facing America, in the eyes of her people in November, not one of the top ten involved a foreign threat. In the following order, all involve the troubled state of our splintered nation: immigration/illegal aliens; dissatisfaction with government/ poor leadership; health care; unifying the country; race relations/ racism; lack of respect for each other; ethics/moral/ religious/family decline; economy in general; unemployment/ jobs; and education. Immigration, race, culture, the economy and education appear to be the agenda Americans want addressed in 2020 ... Progressives fail to understand that what they describe as greater and ever more desirable diversity, millions of Americans see as the conquest of their country by an endless flood of uninvited strangers.

Nov 27 08:05

Russian large anti-submarine ship enters Pakistan’s port of Karachi

A group of ships of the Northern Fleet led by the Severomorsk large anti-submarine ship entered the port of Karachi in Pakistan while implementing its long-voyage tasks, the fleet’s press service reported on Tuesday. "The program of the unofficial visit, that will last a few days, includes social events with participation of the command of the group of the Northern Fleet ships and the command of the Pakistan Navy, and the attendance by the Russian sailors of the international exhibition of weapons and military equipment IDEAS-2018," the press service reported. During anchorage at the port of Karachi the Russian large anti-submarine ship will also replenish fuel, water and food supplies. The crew will have a short rest ashore and visit local places of interest. It is not the first visit of Russian sailors to the port of Karachi.

Nov 25 09:16

Dharam Sabha: Dates for Ram temple construction will be announced in 2019 Kumbh, says Ramji Das

Addressing the Sabha after the inauguration marked by chanting of mantras at the Badey Bhaktmaal ki Bagia, Ramji Das said, "The date for construction of the Ram temple will be declared in the 2019 Kumbh which will be held in Prayagraj. It is only a matter of few days, and I request you all to show some patience," the seer remarked.

Nov 23 10:54

30+ KILLED, MANY INJURED AS TERRORIST ATTACK ROCKS PAKISTANI MARKET

Over 30 people were killed and 50 injured after a blast hit a market in Pakistan. Conflicting reports say that either a suicide bomber carried out the attack or the explosive device was hidden in vegetables.
Three children and 28 mourners are believed to be among the 31 victims, according to local Geo TV. The network says that another 33 people were injured in the suicide blast on Friday after the attacker went to the market on a motorcycle.

Meanwhile, AFP citing local officials gives a different account, saying that the improvised explosive device was hidden in a carton of vegetables. The agency also put the death toll at 31 and said that 50 more people were injured, with 17 in critical condition.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I hope this uptick in violence, coupled with the attack against the Chinese Consulate in Pakistan, is not a harbinger of worse times ahead for the Pakistani people.

Nov 23 10:50

TWO KILLED AFTER REBELS STORM CHINESE CONSULATE IN PAKISTAN

In a tentative indication that superpower influence in Asia is shifting away from the US and to China, two police officers were killed and a security guard wounded after three suicide attackers stormed the Chinese consulate in the diplomatic quarter of downtown Karachi in southern Pakistan amid a series of gunshots and an explosion on Friday, but were killed before they could get into the building in a car packed with explosives, Reuters reported citing police.

Brazen terror pic.twitter.com/Dlqn7V5F6Z

— Syed Talat Hussain (@TalatHussain12) November 23, 2018
All Chinese staff at the consulate were safe, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and China’s foreign ministry said. Notably, this was one of the first times a Chinese offshore mission was the target of local insurgents, not the traditionally "imperialistic bogeyman", the United States.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We have a companion piece on this attack from globalresearch.ca:

The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) Attack on China’s Consulate in Karachi, Ahead of President Xi’s Meeting with Donald Trump

This is a clear explanation of the attack and its timing.

Nov 23 07:42

China can stop the Quad before it even starts

By reaching out to Japan and reassuring India, China can stop the Quad before it even starts
Vasilis Trigkas says the US has the determination and military credibility to make the Quad into an Asian Nato. But the alliance won’t work unless all partners are on board, and China can sink it with some careful strategic outreach

The recent war of words between China and the US at the Apec summit in Papua New Guinea stunned geopolitical pundits around the world and attests to the ominous dynamics in the Asia-Pacific. As the two nations increasingly see issues in terms of security, there is a real danger of matters escalating into a strategic competition for regional alliances.

Just two days before the opening of the summit, an informal meeting took place in Singapore. There, US Vice-President Mike Pence met the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. This was the third meeting of leaders of the four democratic Asia-Pacific states known as “the Quad”, and while the structure has not been institutionalised into an alliance, American strategists have called for the crystallisation of an archipelagic Nato.

Never has the United States faced a challenger with the geo-economic and military might of China>>>

Nov 20 05:52

Pakistan Summons US Envoy to Protest Trump's Tweets on Osama Bin Laden

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"The Foreign Secretary called in the US CdA Ambassador Paul Jones to register a strong protest on the unwarranted and unsubstantiated allegations made against Pakistan. Rejecting the insinuations about OBL [Osama bin Laden], Foreign Secretary reminded the US CdA that it was Pakistan’s intelligence cooperation that provided the initial evidence to trace the whereabouts of OBL," Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that "baseless rhetoric about Pakistan was totally unacceptable":

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(*Let's Face It! Trump has it all (*ABCNNBCBS&FOXNEWS) wrong on 9/11 . )

Nov 09 12:00

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This study reminds me that, as Karl Marx so succinctly stated, all wars are economic in origin.

In Afghanistan, you have the pipelines; the rare earth minerals, and the poppy crops; in Iraq, you have the pipelines; and in Pakistan, you have an embarrassment of resources: Natural Resources of Pakistan

The US government's MO, in more recent years, post 9/11, has been to destabilize, regime change, insuring that they are installing a US-centric government, then selling that countries only through "approved corporations, and only in US dollars.

But that even one person dies, let alone numbers like these, are appallingly immoral, and as though the US government, collectively, will be able to continue these practices with complete impunity.

Unfortunately, however, as history has taught us, the US government may find itself on a "bridge too far" from one of these future military misadventures, and unable to extricate itself from the potentially very brutal results of these wars.

Nov 09 09:28

US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People

Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.

This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.

This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Nov 06 14:51

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 14:49

The niqab represents a pernicious ideology and its spread should worry us all

Mohamed El-Doufani says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, the niqab, and its equally primitive variants is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and other ultra-reactionary Salafists and should be of concern to everyone of us. >>

Nov 06 08:30

'Dead' old man comes back to life in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu, family calls it a 'miracle'

A 95-year-old man in Khetri tehsil in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu district came back to life hours after his death leaving his aggrieved family members in a state of pleasant shock.
According to reports, 95-year-old Budh Ram Gujjar, a resident of Bakhtanwalan Ki Dhani, had fainted on Saturday afternoon. His family members then rushed the old man to a private doctor who declared him dead.

Nov 04 18:10

OUTRAGE as India spends £330MILLION of £1billion UK foreign aid on GIANT BRONZE STATUE

While the UK was sending India £1.17billion in aid, the Indian government was spending nearly half of that on the world’s tallest statue.

This new statue is twice the height of the US’ Statue of Liberty and has been met with condemnation for the large bill that it carried.

Over the 56 months it took to build India’s Statue of Unity, the government spent around £330million of UK taxpayer’s aid.

Nov 03 12:25

Moscow Initiates De-dollarization: India To Pay For S-400 Systems In Rubles

Since it became evident last summer that India was moving forward with purchase of at least five of Russia's S-400 air defense systems, the controversial initiative which is part of India's big ambitions for regional dominance immediately ruffled relations with Washington, resulting in the complete cancellation of at least one planned visit of Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis to New Delhi.

The S-400s can detect, track and destroy supersonic bombers, drones, fifth-generation fighters, spy planes, and supersonic missiles at a range of up to 400km and altitude of 30km - in what many Indian officials have praised as a game-changing military acquisition which has further cemented the Russian-Indian defense relationship which includes Moscow now accounting for 62 percent of New Delhi’s arms imports.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

That Trump and his people couldn't see this coming, in terms of the rapidity with which the US dollar is being shunned in favor of other currencies, is nearly terrifying.

Nov 01 10:48

World's tallest statue unveiled in India: At nearly 600 feet, it's almost twice as tall as Statue of Liberty

The prime minister of India today unveiled the world’s largest statue, dedicated to Sardar Patel, a nationalist who helped unite modern India after its independence from Britain.

"We are doing everything possible to turn Sardar Patel's vision into a reality and ensure a good-quality life for our fellow Indians," Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

Oct 30 12:45

Gaza's drinking water spurs blue baby syndrome, serious illnesses

This article is the first of a two-part series on Gaza’s water crisis. The second, which examines solutions to Gaza’s water and health catastrophe, was published on Tuesday, October 30.

Gaza - The unshaven doctor with circles under his eyes enters the children's ward at Al Nassar hospital in Gaza City. It's a Thursday evening, almost the weekend. The ward is bleak and eerily quiet, but for the occasional wail of an infant.

But in recent months Dr Abu Samia has seen sharp rises in gastroenteritis, kidney disease, paediatric cancer, marasmus - a disease of severe malnutrition appearing in infants – and "blue baby syndrome", an ailment causing bluish lips, face, and skin, and blood the colour of chocolate.

Before, the doctor says, he saw "one or two cases" of blue baby syndrome in five years. Now it's the opposite - five cases in one year.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Israelis have a multitude of ways toward insuring that Palestinians don't survive for very long; prohibition of clean drinking water for Gaza's children, is one of those ways.

Depriving anyone of clean water, is a act criminal.

But then again, what else would one expect of a wretchedly apartheid, self-proclaimed theocracy with nuclear weapons?!?

Oct 29 10:47

Pakistan's president says no ties with Israel

Pakistan's President Arif Alvi says the country will not establishing ties with Israel and that it supports the Palestinians because the Gaza Strip has also faced "unprecedented atrocities" like Kashmir.

Alvi, before departing to Ankara on a three-day visit Sunday, told reporters that all speculation about the landing of an Israeli jet at an Islamabad airport was baseless. Since he assumed office last month, this is Alvi's first foreign visit following an invitation from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Israeli journalist Avi Scharf tweeted on Thursday that a private Israeli business jet had flown to Islamabad from Tel Aviv and remained in the Pakistani capital for nearly 10 hours, fueling media speculation. Several Pakistani ministers and the Civil Aviation Authority denied the report.

Oct 22 18:10

India offloading US Treasuries to support national currency & buy gold

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is cutting down on its holding of US Treasuries, joining a number of countries which have been dumping US debt to bolster domestic economies.

The country’s share of US sovereign debt saw a gradual decline from $157 billion in March to $140 billion as of the end of August, according to the latest US Treasury report. RBI needed US dollars to sell in the market to stop the steep slide of its currency, the rupee. The bank has sold foreign currencies worth $18.6 billion in the spot market since April to rein the value of the rupee.

Oct 19 08:49

More than 50 killed as train runs over people watching 'Ravana dahan' in Amritsar

At least 50 people are feared dead after being mowed down by a speeding train in Punjab's Amritsar. Several others, who got injured, were rushed to nearby hospitals. Authorities fear that the death toll may rise.
The incident occurred on Friday when people went to witness burning of Ravana effigy near Dhobi Ghat area of Amritsar. News agency ANI reported that a train ran into a burning effigy of Ravana.

Oct 15 09:35

Pakistan: Thousands of Muslims rally to demand death for Christian woman accused of blasphemy

Several thousand protesters hit the streets of Pakistan calling for the Christian woman accused of insulting Islam be put to death. Asia Bibi would become the first person executed for blasphemy if her appeal fails.

The Pakistani city of Lahore was the center of Friday’s protests, which were organized by the anti-blasphemy party Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP). Demonstrations also took place in a number of other cities across the country, including Karachi and Rawalpindi.

The rallies came after Pakistan’s Supreme Court heard the final appeal of Bibi, a Christian laborer accused of blasphemy against the Prophet Mohammed in 2009 by Muslim women she was working with in a field.

Oct 15 09:21

India fares worse than 102 countries in global hunger index, neighbours rank better

The Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide says India is among the 45 countries that have "serious levels of hunger".
India has been ranked at the 103rd position among 119 countries on the Global Hunger Index, says a report.
According to the report, prepared by Welthungerhilfe and Concern Worldwide, India is among the 45 countries that have "serious levels of hunger".

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